I don't typically do two posts on knock-offs in a row but today has been a day filled with them.
From Jeffrey Campbell (right) straight up thievery from Simone Rocha (left) with their lucite heeled oxford wedges...
and now this...
I was looking for neon heels when I came upon these Girl of my Dream heels via ModCloth. And I was stopped in my tracks. Not because of the bright neon orange color.
But because they are a straight lift from the Fall 2011 Prada RTW runway mary janes.
These mary janes were done as pumps and boots and sandals. What made them distinctive was the wide strap, that large button and the curvy heel. All combined to exaggerate the mary jane style and create a new design. A design created by Prada and "leveraged" by Jeffrey Campbell.
I don't know why I'm surprised by Jeffrey Campbell or Steve Madden and their stealing of designs. I scrolled through a page of JC's on Shopbop and it was nearly every shoe or boot. They were almost all a lift from a more innovative talented company, just taken and tweaked ever so slightly.
I've said it before and I will continue to do so... this is intellectual property theft. If you admire a designer and their work but you can't get it or can't afford it, do you really think it's better to dilute their work so they, eventually, can't continue to create or are you fine with someone coming along, dumbing their work down and mass producing it.
Do you support the artists or the thieves