Pretty, Polished, Perfect.: Polka Dots, Peplum and Hearts.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Polka Dots, Peplum and Hearts.

This week it's been pointed out on every blog (even the home decor blogs!) that Old Navy has an inexpensive version (Rip-off?  Knock-off?  Replica?  what is the politically correct term for this?) of this Alice + Olivia sweater:

Old Navy's less expensive (and non-sequin) version:

Forever21, not wanting to feel left out, also knocked-off last years' uber-popular - even I bought it - J. Crew original (available this fall in a lighter-weight Merino wool) :

Forever21's version:

Old Navy's version:

Now, polka dot sweaters?  Over-sized Graphics? I don't know that I feel like a designer or brand can really trademark that.......

Looking for a different version of polka dots?  I love this peplum polka-dot top (say that quickly, three times.)

What do you think of mass retailers' ripping-off/knocking-off/replicating designer's ideas?

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At August 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM , Anonymous Brenda said...

I think, some how, the knock offs always look a bit off. The smaller polka-dots just aren't the same. And somehow the Old Navy heart sweater looks cheaper. I don't think it really hurts the sales that much. I saw a segment on "Today" a few years back were they did the designer vs cheap knock offs and the crowd knew the originals. If you can afford it you'll buy the original. PS I agree with the claiming polka-dots. I have seen them way before last year ;-)

At February 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM , Blogger alinescu sandor said...

Do u by any chance have a item number for the old navy polka dot sweater?


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