If you follow Alexander Wang on Instagram then you already know that there are few things the designer loves more than a good meme. His latest, however, isn’t one to laugh at. In a post uploaded on February 14, Wang accused designer Phillip Plein of plagiarism with a note and side-by-side video comparison.
“‘Can I copy your homework?'” reads the note, which consists of an imaginary conversation. “‘Yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look obvious you copied.'” The last line reads, “‘ok.'” Finished off with a thinking emoji, the Instagram post combines clips of the Alexander Wang x H&M fashion show that debuted in 2014, where the designer transformed the Armory at Hudson in Manhattan’s West Harlem into a racetrack, and footage of the Plein Sport show which was unveiled last month in Milan. Clothing aside, the similarities between both sets are enough to give pause.
Plein Sport also opted for a linear design on their runway, only instead of aiming for a race track, the designer created a running track complete with white-bordered running lanes and numbers marking each one. Like Wang, Plein also hired out performers for the show. Both designers tapped acrobats to jump around a box-strewn set in all-black creations. The performers even held the same pose: a handstand on top of one of the boxes.
Watching the two shows fused together, it’s hard not to pick up on the similar accessories as well. At Wang’s H&M collaboration debut, models wore goth takes on harnesses and sporty headgear as well as boxing gloves draped around a model’s neck. There are versions of all those things in Plein’s show as well.
Then, there’s the matter of both designers closing their respective shows. Both Wang and Plein jogged out on the track after their collections were modeled.
This isn’t the first time Plein has been accused of plagiarism: In 2015, the designer showed a fur stole emblazoned with the word “warrior” in a font and style nearly identical to one by VFILES alum Hyein Seo, which she sent on the runway a year earlier.
Plein has yet to comment on Wang’s accusation.
plucked from wmagazine