If Philipp Plein’s celebrity-laden NYFW show wasn’t enough to make him a household name, this might be — though probably not in the way he desires. Last night, fashion darling Alexander Wang took to Instagram to accuse Plein of knocking off his 2014 H&M collaboration, and unfortunately for Plein, the evidence is pretty damning.
Being millennial, Wang made his case meme-style, setting it up with a little “can I copy your homework?” joke. The next line reads “yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look like you copied.” We’ve all been there. But looking at the shows side-by-side, as Wang’s post allows us to, it’s not hard to see that everything from the gymnasts to the bondage-and-boxing-glove outfits to the designers’ athletic runs at the end of the show looks mighty similar. Mighty similar, indeed.
Even the dark, gymnasium-style sets look practically identical. And given how widely publicized the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration was, it would be hard for Plein, who we can only assume keeps up with his fashion news, to make the argument that he was unfamiliar with it.
Plein has yet to respond directly to the accusations (we reached out to his press team and will update this story if we hear back), but he did post a picture of a neon sign that reads “the devil is jealous of me” to his personal Instagram account two hours ago. Passive aggressive or just coincidental?
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time the Plein has been accused of plagiarism. In 2015, people noticed that a black and white fur stole in Plein’s show looked awfully similar to a black and white stole shown the year before by Hyein Seo for VFILES and later worn by Rihanna.