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Target's Knocking Off Hermes Now

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Surprise, surprise.

Target's knocked off designer!

The bulls eye retailer has blatantly copied Hermes' CDC and Kelly bracelets and selling them for almost 1% of the original price.

Ouch.

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Designing Dita???

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We like the sound of this!

Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese may take on the designing world!

Dita mentioned the possibility in a recent interview, saying:

"I might like to (design) but I would be very careful about how I went about it because I wouldn't want to just go into my closet and knock off my favorite designers. I feel like a lot of celebrities do that. They're like, 'I'm going to have a clothing line!' And meanwhile it's like, 'Oh, you really loved that Dior suit you borrowed! You loved it so much you knocked it off!' "

Yeah, don't pull a Kardashian. That would be totes embarrassing!

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Haiti Gets The US' Confiscated Conterfeits

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On Monday, Brooklyn's DA announced that the United States will donate over 125,000 tons of confiscated knockoffs to Haiti rather than destroying them.

The amount of goods comes to a whoppin' $10 million worth of designer fakes including Ralph Lauren, Diesel and Ed Hardy.

But there's a catch. Any logos or brand identifiers will be removed from the clothes before being shipped to the earthquake ravaged country.

Sounds like a lot of work to us, especially when they have to scrape off all that douchiness from Ed Hardy's shiz.

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Balenciaga Blacklisted French Vogue For Aiding Knockoffs!

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Tisk, tisk Carine Roitfeld!

Last week, we mentioned that the folks of French Vogue were blacklisted from all things Balenciaga, and now we know why!

According to a source, while borrowing one of the label's samples for an editorial shoot, the mag's editor-in-chief passed it off to Max Mara for them to copy before sending it back to Paris.

Balenciaga eventually found out, lost their shiz over it and now the Frenchies are banned.

The source also adds that it was no mistake and they knew what they were doing the whole time.

That's no way to make friends in the industry.

Now that the word is out, we're sure other labels will be giving them hell if they decide to loan them anything.

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Knocking Off Fashion Is Legal!

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So this is how Hot Topic gets away with shiz like this!

Counterfeit experts and law professors Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman have revealed why it's so easy for fashion copycats to get away with such things: because it's legal!

At least in the United States.

The knock off gurus explain:

American law does not protect most fashion designs. Copyright law views fashion designs not primarily as artistic works, but rather as “useful articles,” and useful things are not granted copyright protection. This rule reflects the fact that useful things are supposed to be the domain of patent law. But clothing designs virtually never qualify for patent protection, because they are almost never “novel” – i.e., truly new – in the way patent law requires.

They do point out that while labels are fully protected by trademark law, the actual design and what not isn't.

So in a way, and we hate to admit this, Kim Kardashian was kinda sorta right about her Fendi knock offs.

And while this may be a low blow to designers like Jeremy Scott and Iskren Lozanov, Raustiala and Sprigman believe this type of thing is good for the fashion industry. Says the duo:

Copying helps to create trends. It then helps to destroy them: as more and more designers hop on to a trend, the look becomes overdone, and the most fashion-forward consumers hop off. Copying, in other words, accelerates the fashion cycle.

We're sure those designers bank account could argue that point, but it makes sense if you really think about it.

What do U think? Are copycats good or bad???

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