In this day and age, it’s hard to name a designer who doesn’t get knocked-off. In fact, it’s even become one of the tell-tale signs that you’ve ‘made it.’ If the visibility and desirability of a brand has reached the masses—who don’t necessarily have the money to afford it—retailers, like ASOS, step in.
Mary Katrantzou is the latest designer that fits that bill. Or should we say, her bright, graphic print designs don’t fit that bill inexpensively enough (ranging from $800-$3,500) since landing on the radar of the general public. And so, retailers, like ASOS, have stepped in once again, with the originator taking notice. Mary Katrantzou said of fast fashion’s imitations, “you can’t take it personally; everyone is being copied, and I don’t have the budget to sue” – Telegraph. She regretfully added, “[...]when you put ‘lampshade skirt’ in google, you get ASOS! It’s so unfair!”
Indeed, Mary, intellectual property theft is unfair. But so is being broke, or poor, or underpaid, or over-extended. And so, it is with glee—but guilt, lots of guilt—that many shop the affordable rip-off designs of your collection, and other creative geniuses like you, from ASOS. But does that make it right?
Check out 4 of ASOS’s Mary Katranzou-esque pieces that may or may not have been knocked off.
ASOS Lace T-Shirt Dress In Print
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