If you follow Alexander Wang on Instagram then you already know that there are few things the designer loves more than a good meme. His latest, however, doesn’t seem like one to laugh at.
在Alexander Wang本周发布的一则IG中，他隐晦地暗讽刚刚在纽约时装周上发布了全新系列的设计师Philipp Plein抄袭自己之前的作品，之后甚至提供了完整的对比证据。
In a post uploaded on February 14, Wang suggested designer Philipp Plein, who staged a high-profile and celebrity infested show earlier this week in New York, might have copied one of Wang’s own past productions. Then, Wang appended the note with side-by-side comparison.
在帖文中，Alexander Wang用对话的形式来表达自己被抄袭的愤怒，与此同时提供了一则视频，对比了他2014年和H&M合作的运动系列以及Philipp Plein刚刚发表的同样是运动主题的大秀，大有让大家自发评断的意味。
“‘Can I copy your homework?'” reads the caption, which consists of an imaginary conversation. “‘Yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look obvious you copied.'” The last line reads, “‘Ok.'” Finished off with a thinking emoji, the Instagram post combines clips of the Alexander Wang x H&M fashion show that debuted in 2014, where the designer transformed the Armory at Hudson in Manhattan’s West Harlem into a race track, and footage of the Plein Sport show which was unveiled last month during Milan Fashion Week Men’s.
Let’s watch the video and see how similar they are.
Alexander Wang X H&M 2014
Plein Sport Fall/Winter 2017
Watching the two shows simultaneously, it’s hard not to pick up on the similar accessories as well. At Wang’s H&M collaboration debut, models wore goth takes on harnesses and sporty headgear as well as boxing gloves draped around a model’s neck. There are versions of these items in Plein’s show as well.
Then, there’s the way both designers closed their respective shows, by jogging on the track after their models retired backstage.
Alexandar Wang (Left) / Philipp Plein(Right)
对于Alexander Wang 的指控，担任Philipp Plein和Plein Sport 行销传播总监的Jennifer Leppla 如此说道：“Philipp Plein的作品绝对不存在抄袭！我参与了Plein Sport 2017秋冬服装秀的每一个制作过程，我们的艺术总监Simon Costin 和 Plein先生有者相当密切的合作。实际上，Alexander Wang 贴文中的照片是相当欺骗的，因为它没有完整显示整个服装秀的场地，我们的秀场是隐藏在反光牆后面的两层楼健身房。”
Jennifer Leppla, marketing and communications director for Philipp Plein, Plein Sport and Billionaire, said “another designer’s work [being] copied is just not a possibility.”
“I was involved in every step of the production of the Plein Sport FW [sic] 1718 show, working closely with the production team, our art director Simon Costin and Mr. Plein,” she said in a statement. “Actually, the photo posted by Alexander Wang is rather deceiving, because it does not show the main theme of the show, which was the two-story gym hidden behind the reflective walls, which was revealed at a certain point during the show.
Jennifer Leppla 继续说明：“秀场上的赛道是由Costin先生设计、Parkour团队订制的，在这个装置的计画及执行过程中，陆续增加了其他运动元素，这些想法通常是Costin先生和Plein先生直接提出，然后由我们的生产公司实现。我从2010年就开始与Plein先生合作，我可以向你保证，秀场的概念都是在Plein先生的头脑中诞生，然后由团队开发去达到这些视觉效果的。复制另一个设计师的时装秀设置，这不是Philipp Plein 的作风。”
“The obstacle course in the foreground was custom made for the Parkour team once they were on board for the show, and designed by Mr. Costin. Other sports elements were added as the project developed, ideas usually coming from Mr. Plein directly and brought forward by Mr. Costin, then realized by our production company. I have been working with Mr. Plein since his first show in 2010. I can assure you that the shows are always born of a concept in Mr. Plein’s head, the visuals are then developed by the team. Copying the layout of another fashion show is just not the process used at Philipp Plein,” she continued.
“Costin先生是一位世界知名、备受尊敬，且极具天赋的艺术总监，对他而言，抄袭另一个设计师的作品是不可能的！”Jennifer Leppla 最后再次强调。
She concluded by saying that “Mr. Costin is a world-renowned, highly respected and extremely talented art director; that he would be involved in a project where another designer’s work is copied is just not a possibility.”
对于Philipp Plein 方面的回应，Alexander Wang 拒绝评论。
Alexander Wang declined to comment.
虽然这样「抄袭」事件在时尚圈时有所闻，不过这已经不是Philipp Plein第一次卷入抄袭风波了，就在今年初，法国包款品牌Perrin Paris正式向Philipp Plein提起诉讼，指称Philipp Plein抄袭品牌经典的Glove Clutch设计；在这之前，Philipp Plein 2015秋冬秀上一件印有“FEAR”的黑白皮草披肩，也被指称跟VFiles设计师之一的Hyein Seo 在2014秋冬系列上的设计几乎一样。
除了被点名抄袭之外，Philipp Plein 去年底也被Dolce & Gabbana 控诉他以不当的方式挖角其米兰旗舰店的员工；此外，Philipp Plein 在2007年时还曾因为在T-Shirt 印了「FUCK YOU CHINA」的字样而得罪一大票的中国消费者。只能说Philipp Plein 这位近年当红的人气设计师，的确也深陷在各种争议之中。
Plein has been accused of plagiarism before: In 2015, the designer showed a fur stole emblazoned with the word “warrior” in a font and style similar to one by VFiles alum Hyein Seo, which she sent on the runway a year earlier.