Knockoffs Page 1
There was (is?) a big fuss over Ralph Lauren making the U.S. Olympic team‘s gear in China, but at least he didn’t do anything illegal when he outsourced labor overseas. What the Egyptian Olympic committee is doing, however, is very illegal: they’re dressing their athletes in counterfeit Nike gear.
The American fashion establishment is not going to be happy about this. First Lady of fashion (and you know, our country) Michelle Obama attended the annual White House Halloween Party on Saturday wearing a knockoff of one of Diane von Furstenberg‘s dresses.
Back in January we reported on Hermès suing Thursday Friday over its Birkin-printed totes. (And then we promptly bought one in blue.) Now Thursday Friday is the one filing a counterfeit suit.
Designer knockoffs just ain’t what they used to be. In fact, they’re much, much better than the old fakes — and they’re being sold online at high prices.
It’s never really that hard to find designer knock-offs, but from what we’ve read, Google‘s new fashion venture Boutiques.com is going to make the hunt for fast-fashion fakes as simple as pointing and clicking. And that might be problematic for high-priced designer labels that have partnered with Google on the site. Above, an Anna Sui dress next to an unmistakable knockoff by Forever 21.