Plagiarism in fashion is what piracy is to films. The game has just gone gone bigger and yes, international. This one involves Shahid Kapoor, IIFA, New York and shady so called designer, shamelessly copying an international one and unabashedly putting it on a national celebrity to walk for an international red carpet.
It’s been less than a month when master couturier Rohit Bal, exasperated by the blatant copy of his designs at the hands of namesake designers, vented out his frustration at the latest exploits of one Seema Mehta – a self-proclaimed designer who designs less and copies more for, well…a living! Bal’s Facebook post below continues to tell the sordid tale.
Thankfully, at the recent India Couture Week, Rohit Bal patented his designs. Armed with his newfound weapon to incriminate those who still dare to copy, Rohit will feel safer, but only yet. For the plagiarism laws in our beloved country are archaic and redundant, offering little protection to the victim.
Anyway, the latest episode does not involve Bal.
Designer Anuj Madaan made a public mockery out of Bollywood celebrity Shahid Kapoor at the recently concluded IIFA in New York City. Shahid wore a crisp, grey suit, carefully carved out of the design repertoire of Anuj…or so you’d imagine!
Here’s what Shahid looked like wearing Anuj’s creation.
Seen it before? Yeah, we know. But what do you not know is that this was a centimeter to centimeter copy of Belgian fashion designer, Kris Van Assche’s A/W 2013 design. Here’s proof…
The other silhouette had a longer trench coat with the same design story.
Even the styling of the suit was completely lifted and picked to the last bit. Shahid wore it with a black shirt and matching shoes.
iKarmik says, Kris’ entire A/W13 story was based on horizontal colour blocking and our pictures prove the same. Incidentally Kris is also the director for Dior menswear and we hope he takes notice of this and does everything within his ambit to bring the copycat to books. As for Shahid, we doubt that he was aware of the copy-cat streak in Anuj Madaan. But the stylists (Instagram/@theanisha, in this case) should know better.