Called Out for Copying, Chanel Does the Right Thing – The New York Times

Called Out for Copying, Chanel Does the Right Thing

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Have the fashion police found a new home on social media?This week, after an outcry on Facebook and Twitter, Chanel admitted that some of the Fair Isle sweaters that appeared in its recent Métiers d’Art show in Rome had been perhaps too closely inspired by pieces that Chanel staff members had bought from Mati Ventrillon, a designer from the Shetland Islands in Scotland.Henceforth, a Chanel spokeswoman said on Thursday, “Chanel will credit Mati Ventrillon by including the words ‘Mati Ventrillon design’ in its communication tools to recognize her as the source of inspiration for the knitwear models in question.”On the RunwayVanessa Friedman writes about news happening in the fashion industry, from business decisions to designer moves.Sergio Rossi Sale May Signal the End of the Shoe BubbleJonathan Saunders Is Closing Shop, Ending a Colorful RunPantone’s Color(s) of the Year Have a Political EdgeMichelle Obama Picks 4 Designers for White House’s Holiday MakeoverDigital Report Singles Out Fashion’s ‘Gifted’ and ‘Challenged’See More »The sweaters in question were worn by “newsboys” who surrounded Chanel’s designer, Karl Lagerfeld, as he took his triumphal end-of-show bow on Dec. 1. Though Fair Isle patterns are in the public domain, several Chanel offerings had exactly the same shape, color palette and pattern arrangement as Ms. Ventrillon’s designs, a point she made in a Facebook post as soon as she saw photographs from the show.

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