Virgil Abloh responds to Diet Prada’s accusations of plagiarism

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Words by Nicole La Ruffa

We’ll let you decide.

After coming under fire for copycat allegations, Virgil Abloh has decided to speak out against the backlash.

In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Abloh clapped back at claims from Diet Prada that suggested he had been ripping off designs from smaller indie brands.

“I could go on for a whole hour about the human condition and the magnet that is negativity. That’s why the world is actually like it is. That’s why good doesn’t prevail, because there’s more negative energy. You can create more connective tissue around the idea that this is plagiarized. It’s better just to sit and point your finger. That’s what social media can be. All that space to comment breeds a tendency to fester, versus actually making something.”

His comments refer specifically to a post by Diet Prada from January, featuring a comparison of an Off-White design versus one from streetwear label COLRS.

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Another men’s fashion week, another @off____white collection with cherry picked references from indie streetwear labels? This time, the designs in question are a yellow graffitied ensemble from Cologne-based @colrsbaby by @punkzec , who showed his AW18 collection at @arisefashionweek in Lagos in April 2018, and a graphic from Manchester label @gramm . It could be a coincidence, but Virgil has been known to swipe designs from the fans he meets, some of who happen to be young creatives themselves. Interestingly enough, @punkzec met Virgil prior to one of his presentations in Paris in 2017. Think they talked design? • #colrsbaby #punkzec #arisefashionweek #lagos #streetwear #graffiti #hypebeast #hype #virgilabloh #offwhite #streetstyle #wiwt #ootd #gramm #hoodie #sweatshirt #manchester #cologne #snobshots #dietprada

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While it’s not the first time Diet Prada has called out the designer, Abloh told The New Yorker that these similarities were merely a coincidence, with the allegations based on just ‘the use of a yellow fabric with a pattern on it’.

We’ll let you decide on this one.


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