When is a designer a not a designer but a cheating copycat?
I â€œdesignâ€ dresses using a 1950s pattern and modern fabrics.Â I tweak the proportions for a modern figure sans foundations, but Iâ€™m not so sure it is â€œdesigningâ€ so much as it is â€œre-imaginingâ€â€¦
The dresses are stunning, wearable and I am proud of the work nevertheless!
One day last summer, a film crew swept into currentVintage while following Hamptons personality and â€œReal Housewife of NYâ€ Kelly Killoren Bensimon around Nantucket.Â She is a real glamazonâ€”tall, big-boned and tannedâ€”and it was exciting for her to come in and make a fuss over the store, especially the dozens of cool vintage owl and animal necklaces we have hanging from our shelf (currentVintage has been owl-crazy for the last three seasons and people marvel at our collection).Â She modeled several pieces for the camera and settled on a funky ruby-rhinestone-eyed horsehead medallion, which was fabulous.
Whatâ€™s interesting a year later is the controversy over her new line of Owl jewelry.Â It seems that Kelly and a stylist at Elle â€œdesignedâ€ some Swarovski crystal embellished Owl pendants, only Kelly took the idea and ran with it and the mad stylist is now suing her.
I find it fascinating that:
A.Â Someone can be sued over stealing an idea to copy vintage jewelry and
B.Â That people pay $300+ on the Home Shopping Network for a mass-produced knockoff when the original one sells for $78 at currentVintage.
But maybe thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m not yet a famous designer or a real housewife ofÂ Nanucket.
http://tinyurl.com/l4cwxf KKB Owl Scandal link