In an interesting twist on this-thing-looks-like-that-thing, Chanel has decided not to produce the crystal cuffs from its most recent runway show.
Julie Zerbo over at The Fashion Law blog first noticed that Chanel’s fall 2012 cuffs some thought looked a whole lot like some cuffs from Pamela Love‘s fall 2011 collection. While they do look similar, it’s Chanel’s response that is far more interesting. When reached for comment, the company told Fashionista:
For the A/W 2012 collection, Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the ‘mineral earth’ theme that explored amethyst, crystal and quartz. The theme was captured by the design of the show which included a runway of white granite sand, by the setting which featured huge crystal and amethyst columns, and by the clothing which was in earthy hues of purple, blue and gray. In keeping with the inspiration, large and colorful crystals also adorned some of the clothing and accessories, including heavy bracelets. It has been brought to our attention that some of the bracelets that appeared in the show may resemble those of another designer. Out of respect for the concerns raised and for the artistic process generally the House has decided not to offer these bracelets for sale as part of the A/W 2012 collection.
This is pretty awesome. We do think the similarities were a coincidence, and while Chanel’s actions may be motivated by its own desire for design singularity, it certainly did the noble thing. COOL ‘TUDE, CHANEL.
Apologies for the less-than-great visual, but here is Pamela Love on the left and Chanel on the right: