Thursday, May 8, 2008

Imitation = Flattery?

Its' one thing when I see design "inspiration" taken from established companies and designers but it's quite another when I see styles that look lifted from smaller independent people. It may just be coincidence, but then again it may not be.

This top heel is from dELiAs. It's cute, right? Love the pop culture 80's-ness of them with their neon charm attached.



But to me they look remarkably like the embellished shoes created by ShoeMissy. These are a pair I got from her last summer.



Then there are these fabric heels from Faith. Shoewawa got to preview some of their summer styles and took a picture of these.



I know patterned fabric heels are big this season but when I saw this picture they reminded me of the kimono fabrics that Hetty Rose uses to create her one off pieces.



Obviously you can't directly prove anything but the thought they they could be lifting from these independent designers bothers me more than when a Louboutin or Manolo knock-off is made. These are individuals trying to make a living with their art. They only have themselves maybe someday they'll be bigger and have more stability but now they shouldn't have elements of their designs swiped.

9 comments:

jinnan-tonnyx said...

the faith picture isn't showing up

LOL - the word verification just now is "oleffnt" - looks like oliphant to me!

TheShoeGirl said...

awesome blog! :)

xoxo

Princess Poochie said...

jinnan -

I am able to see it now. Let me know if you are still having trouble.

Thanks, Shoe Girl!

Luv
Poochie

jinnan-tonnyx said...

I see it now. Thanks!

WendyB said...

I dread the day I see one of my piece knocked off.

Princess Poochie said...

We'd have to go beat them up Wendy!

WendyB said...

We will cut them with the Matilda necklace.

Anna said...

Hi ShoeMissy here, I noticed it the other day, weird feeling! Not sure whether to be flattered or upset, but the good thing is I'm always one step ahead of the rascals - so I'm not going to let it get me down x

Princess Poochie said...

Hi ShoeMissy!

Keep up the good work! You know I'm a big fan.

Luv
Poochie