Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Awkward: An Oscar de la Renta employee recognized fabrics and styles from the label's 2008 collection in the window at Lord & Taylor recently—all represented in looks by Max Mara Studio. It's hard to conclusively prove copycatting when it comes to the cut of a garment, but Max Mara Studio's tribal print is undoubtedly similar to the one de la Renta used two years ago. Max Mara told WWD that their designers chose the fabric "in good faith" and that they'd have a word with the mill that supplied it. But as de la Renta explains, this probably can't be blamed on a mix-up at the mill. "This particular print is not a print that I bought," he said. "I gave the Italian house the artwork?.This is horrible because Max Mara, you know, they should be more responsible."
· Oscar to the Max [WWD]
· Is Urban Outfitters Ripping Off Brooklyn Flea Designers? [Racked NY]