Copycats galore

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 8:30am IST Updated: Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 7:04pm IST | Agency: dna

LFW hasn’t even started and all we see are copies
  • Amrita Puri dons a Ritika Mirchandani sari, Nihkil Thampi’s Kerala-inspired sari (left) ; the sheer pleats with embroidery are similar

Our mailbox is flooded with too-much-inspiration-for-comfort sketches. It’s one thing to derive inspiration but blatantly replicating a look borders on downright plagiarism. We’ve just come across the collection note and sketches from designer Sounia Gohil and we can’t help but notice the glaring similarities between the sketches and the pieces from designer Mary Katrantzou’s Spring 2011 ready-to-wear line. Gohil’s release reads: “Taking inspiration from opulent architecture, Sounia takes the luxurious interior decor of home space to another level, replicating them on to the garments making them distinctive.”

However, the prints and the silhouettes are unmistakably Katrantzou, who had worked in 3D for the first time when she channelled references from old issues of Architectural Digest and World of Interiors. And this isn’t a one-off case! Designer Ritika Mirchandani’s sari again gives us a sense of déjà vu. Did someone say Nikhil Thampi? The sari with sheer pleats resembles Nikhil’s last Kerala-inspired collection at LFW. See the images to gauge the similarities.

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