Yesterday, Fashionista posted one of their classic Adventures in Copyright. This time around, Chanel was the culprit. Karl Lagerfeld (or, more likely, the brand’s jewelry design team) accessorized the fall collection with crystal topped cuffs bearing a striking resemblance to Pamela Love’s jewelry.
Love’s cuffs are from her fall 2011 collection (though they’re still sold on her site), and feature amethyst and amber crystals emerging from the top of brass bracelets. They cost $525. Though Chanel offered a variety of jewelry on its fall runway, more than one style of cuff resembled Love’s. Purple amethyst reigned supreme (as part of the set, too) and though it was too soon to price the pieces, one could expect to pay a lot more than $500.
But it turns out they won’t be produced. Chanel sent Fashionista a statement:
For the A/W 2012 collection, Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the ‘mineral earth’ theme that explored amethyst, crystal and quartz. The theme was captured by the design of the show which included a runway of white granite sand, by the setting which featured huge crystal and amethyst columns, and by the clothing which was in earthy hues of purple, blue and gray. In keeping with the inspiration, large and colorful crystals also adorned some of the clothing and accessories, including heavy bracelets. It has been brought to our attention that some of the bracelets that appeared in the show may resemble those of another designer. Out of respect for the concerns raised and for the artistic process generally the House has decided not to offer these bracelets for sale as part of the A/W 2012 collection.
So if you had your eye on those jewels for spring, pay Love a visit instead.