Can Fashion Be Stolen?

Even If Fashion Is Hard To Trademark, It's Still Fraud When It's  Stolen

Why high-end designers and stars have been accused of stealing styles from lesser known individuals – and why they're getting away with it.


Fashion Month is over, however, there are still some felt tremors from the trends, looks, and innovations that dropped during the Big 4 fashion weeks. But not all of these lingering looks are positive.

A not-so-new and very common problem in the fashion industry is the issue of stealing ideas, inspirations and designs. And Milan Fashion Week was no exception to this issue. UK designer, Edda Gimnes took to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook on September 21 to announce she had been, in short, ripped off.

The S/S 2019 Moschino collection was comprised of stunning looks. Comprised of distinguishing features such as asymmetrical designs and dresses, as well as a prominent feature: sketchbook-like coloring as patterns. This structured yet messy design was the reoccurring theme throughout the whole collection, from hats to heels, and was even spotted in the set pieces surrounding the runway.

Stunning collection, great approval rating, but what's the catch? The catch, according to Gimnes, is that it wasn't Moschino's idea – it was hers. Rather than making unsupported accusations, Gimnes came prepared with the receipts to back up her claims. She posted side-by-side pictures of her S/S 2016 and 2017 collections.

What do you think? Personally, I see it as a direct rip-off of a hard working up and coming designer who didn't get one shred of acknowledgment in this collection. Now, there is the small possibility that this look may just happen to look alike! It's a big world, and great minds think alike. However, what makes it worse is the fact that Gimnes met with Moschino personnel in November of 2017. During this meeting, Gimnes showed the representative multiple collections and design ideas, including the collection in question.

Coincidence? If it is, it's a pretty big one.

Moschino and its creative director, Jeffery Scott, quickly denied the accusations and brought their own receipts, claiming that this scribbled inspiration had been tossed around Moschino for many years. These concepts were apparently present in a Moschino campaign ad in 1986, in their Fall 1996, 2008, and 2014 collections, as well as in their Spring 1992 one.

While we don't know for sure whether or not Gimnes was ripped off, or if her collection was just simply similar, things like this are not uncommon.

Among the runways of the Big 4, Balmain and its creative director, Olivier Rousteing were called out for copycat designs by Thierry Mugler. If you don't know who Thierry Mugler is, he (ironically) used to be the creative director for Balmain.

Mugler posted photos of Rousteing's collection for Balmain alongside his for Balmain from seasons 1979, 1991, 1998, and 1990. With these photos came captions like "Really?," "No comment!" and "Probably a tribute ha ha!"

Considering they were both designs for the same fashion house, Balmain made no comment, and the drama subsided and fashion week went on.

However, back in 2017, the internet erupted when Kylie Jenner's new camouflage sets were released upon the accusations that she had stolen inspiration from another up and coming designer. This particular inspiration was supposedly stolen from an independent brand called Plugged NYC.

Designer for the brand, Tizita Balemlay shared side by sides of her brand and Jenner's brand, noting how similar each looks, and even the poses were. Again, camouflage is and was an up and coming trend, so it may have been another honest similarity, however, Balemlay provided screenshots of emails between her and Jenner's stylist confirming that Jenner had, in fact, bought the clothes from Plugged NYC way before her release date.

This accusation came only a week after Kenner's older sister, Khloe Kardashian was accused of stealing design inspirations from another up and comer.

You may think, "Why don't these designers patent their ideas? Or trademark them?" and the simple answer is that you really can't! Fashion inspiration, or really any idea that is intangible, can't be trademarked. It's so hard to define what is or isn't a direct rip off rather than a harmless inspiration. So, unfortunately, the fashion world is stuck in this limbo between originality and stolen looks.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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11 Things All Beauty Wannabes Think Watching A Makeup Tutorial

I thought baking was for food only.


Even though I don't wear much makeup on a day-to-day basis, I can appreciate it as an art. I watch James Charles, Jeffree Star, and the like on YouTube pretty frequently, and I am continually blown away at how they use products to highlight their best features, create designs, and transform their face. As much as I'd like to be able to, I don't think I will ever have those skills.

Here are some of the thoughts that run through my mind while watching a makeup tutorial.

1. "This MUA has so many makeup products I don't know how they keep track of it all."

At least for the YouTubers I watch, they have beauty or makeup rooms that have drawers, shelves, and tables filled with every makeup product from every brand. I don't know how they keep track of it all and decide which products to use for that particular look.

2. "They have such nice skin the foundation doesn't even seem necessary."

Practically every MUA video starts off with the MUA complaining about their acne breakouts, even though their skin looks absolutely flawless. Sure, the foundation makes their face look better, but it also seems like a waste to cover up naturally good skin.

3. "How do you match your foundation shade?"

It seems like an impossible feat, but even the MUAs struggle too. James Charles made a video about this after receiving comments about his foundation always being too orange.

4. "The highlight just makes their face look sweaty."

Yeah it looks cool, yeah it's a pop of fun, but I will always contend that overall, it just looks like sparkly sweat.

5. "What does the 'baking' step even do?"

You apply this white powder to your face, let it sit while you do other parts of the makeup routine, then brush it all off. What does it do while it's just sitting there? Plus, to me, their face doesn't even look that different in the before and after.

6. "With all the palettes and all the colors, how do they decide which shades to use?"

Between all the palettes of eyeshadow, they certainly have dozens, if not hundreds, of purple shades. Likely many of them are about the same hue too. So how do they decide which purple shade is best for the look?

7. "That has to be the most perfect winged eyeliner I've ever seen."

And they got it on the first try.

8. "They were able to make the other eye to match."

Between the eyeshadow and eyeliner, it's a mirror image.

9. "False eyelashes look scary but also really pretty."

I'm not personally a fan of the really big falsies, but I have to admit that they look better than natural eyelashes. It's just the gluing something to your eyeball part that makes me never want to try it.

10. "Wow, the lipstick just really brings the look together."

It's always the last step, so it's not until this point that they say "the look is complete."

11. "Even if I'd put in a lot of effort, I don't think I could ever replicate this look."

The whole point of a tutorial is so the audience can try it at home, but it will never truly look the same.

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