Fashion designer Philipp Plein took offense to Alexander Wang‘s accusation that Plein pulled a Beyonce by copying elements of Wang’s 2014 H&M show.
Songbird Keyshia Cole and Atlanta clothier Tee of Exclusive Game were among the well-heeled stars on the front row at Philipp Plein’s runway show at NY Fashion Week on Tuesday.
Wang took to Instagram.com earlier this week to blast Plein Sport for copying his sports theme. Wang posted clips showing side-by-side comparisons of both events with the caption, “Can I copy your homework?” “Yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look like you copied” “ok”.
But, Jennifer Leppla, marketing and communications director for Philipp Plein, issued a statement to WWD insisting her boss would never plagiarize another label’s work. It is “just not a possibility,” she said, adding that the video footage posted by Wang is misleading.
“I was involved in every step of the production of the Plein Sport FW 1718 show, working closely with the production team, our art director Simon Costin and Mr. Plein. Actually, the photo posted by Alexander Wang is rather deceiving, because it does not show the main theme of the show, which was the two-story gym hidden behind the reflective walls, which was revealed at a certain point during the show,” she said, explaining the obstacle course featured was custom made for the Parkour team and that all the sport elements involved were thought of by Plein himself and brought to life by Costin.”
Wang’s 2014 H&M set resembled a race track — similar to a layout seen in Plein Sport last month, and both shows also featured models wearing sportswear which was accessorized with helmets and boxing gloves.
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