Mass market retailers copying independent designers is nothing new. What is new, however, is having a single (albeit influential) blogger call out a mega-retailer like Topshop for ripping off a design, and having them respond not only appropriately, but almost instantaneously.
It’s not the first time I’ve asked high street retailers to take down designs that copy young designers so here goes…
Yasmin Kianfar S/S 11 vs. @Topshop current lazer cut dress? http://tinyurl.com/83c3dpz http://yfrog.com/oe7izicj
Come on @Topshop, @YasminKianfar is too small a designer to be aping. I say, take it down!
Just so you know, I still love you @Topshop and it’s no skin off your back to take down one design misdeed off the site…
And less than two hours later, she posted this update:
Yay @Topshop will be taking down the dress (24 hrs to effect)
Now that’s the kind of response we like to see. We’ve included photos of both Topshop’s and Kianfar’s dresses below, and they’re incredibly similar. Good for Susie for sticking up for young designers — and great for Topshop for listening to her.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.