My first-hand lesson in learning to NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING READ ON THE INTERNET.
Story: I was absolutely stoked that not only was I asked to find some pieces for Her Honorable Rap-tress Nicki Minaj from Japan for her to wear to New York Fashion Week in September, but I was floored when she actually wore a piece I sent from Harajuku DOG to sit next to Anna Wintour!! This photo above not only became one of the most published from all of fashion week, but the pom-pom vest was also one of the most talked about for all of the celebs outfits (um, but controversially, you can imagine!).
And this is where it got hairy. A young designer who also used these pom-poms in her designs looked to capitalize on the buzz, and told every press outlet she could, “Nicki and her stylist stole my designs! *sob,sob,sob*.” Well, even if it is not true, the fashion world loves a scandal *as much* as they love champagne… especially one that involves designers copying each other. This story spread like WILDFIRE. Every fashion site I read, even respectable newspaper sites, ran the story often taking the side of the young (lying) designer.
So what about poor DOG, way over here 14 time zones away in Japan without a clue what’s going on, now being accused of plagiarism? Of course, this vest was completed two years prior, and DOG is not the brand to go internet surfing for inspiration. I had my head to the desk every time I saw the “copying” story printed over and over and over….
Now what to do?! I get word from Nicki’s team, “DOG was credited in WWD!”. And I look, and there it is! A big-ass photo of the DOG piece being worn by Nicki, and totally credited all properly right there. Huzzah!!! This is a huge coup for DOG!!!
…but waitaminute. So all those people who kept reprinting the “copying” story over and over again never bothered to read this HUGE credit in WWD? Or they chose to ignore it?? Ah, a lesson on life.
Well, in the end this vest became a huge phenomenon. For Halloween, it was the most talked-about “costume” of all! There were how-tos all over the internet. Someone even made a YouTube video on how to recreate this dress to make a “Nicki Minaj” costume for Halloween! Harajuku seeped into the psyche of the American public in such an unsuspecting way.
OMG…it has over 130,000 hits…o_o
I finally got my hands on a copy of this issue over here (THANK YOU Amanda!!). And here is a photo of DOG designer Kae-san with the WWD article. Congratulations!!! His reaction?
“Oh. That’s cool.”
….Ah, just like him… ;) Oh, and in case anyone wonders, the original vest came back from NYFW and was suddenly snapped up by a stylist here. I hope he/she is ready to defend against some random designer about copying it…just a friendly warning!