Last night, MrB and I went to an event hosted by The Weinstein Company, so I was inspired to wear the same Junya Watanabe jacket I wore to a Weinstein event in February. I am the anti-wardrobe-remixer.
I got this jacket at Bergdorf Goodman. I was very excited to see it on Bergdorf’s homepage recently. I feel kind of famous!
The event was a screening of the French film The Intouchables. The movie — a huge hit in France — is about a wealthy, paralyzed white man and his black caregiver; it was inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. After the film, there was a reception at the French embassy to toast Harvey Weinstein, who received France’s Legion d’honneur for his commitment to French cinema. (The Weinstein Company was behind Oscar-winning French-language film The Artist.) MrB took a washed-out photo of me outside the embassy.
What Wendy Wore
Jacket: Junya Watanabe (2012)
Dress: Versace (circa 2003)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Purse: Louis Vuitton (2001)
Rings: My own designs, of course!
MrB and I had another movie date over the weekend: Titanic 3D. Titanic was the first movie we ever went to together. But we didn’t go see it for sentimental reasons. I just love watching that ship break up. I don’t know why. I’ve seen it dozens of times on television and I never get bored. I wore my Stacy Lomman shearling vest and arm warmers and posed for a picture with FitzRoy the cat.
What Wendy Wore
Vest: Stacy Lomman (2012)
Arm warmers: Stacy Lomman (2012)
Jeans: Acne (2008)
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (early 2000s? previously seen here)
I like to complain about MrB’s photography skills, but I must confess that my Photoshop skills are as bad, if not worse. Online photo-editing site Picnik had a tool for fixing pet eyes, but Picnik is no more. I tried other options for de-demonizing FitzRoy’s Rosemary’s Baby eyes, but this supposedly simple task was beyond me. Whatever! I have other good qualities. And maybe my cat DOES have lasers for eyes. Right? RIGHT?
Speaking of good qualities, I’d like to thank the many kind people who sent supportive messages or blogged yesterday in response to my musings about the similarity between my swear rings and a set of “punctuation” rings being sold at Topshop. Like I said, there’s a lot of copying in fashion. In fact, in yesterday’s post, there’s an example of a Topshop knockoff of another designer’s work that I think is more egregious than my situation. There is usually not much to be done about this sort of thing, but it can’t hurt to try. I’m attempting to get in touch with the right person at Topshop in order to suggest a real collaboration. I’ve got plenty of ideas that I’d happily share for fair compensation. Like my gorgeous rapper friend Gangsta Boo says, “Where Dem Dollas At?”
When you think about it, Topshop and I have a lot in common: it’s trying to make money and I’m trying to make money too. And I’ve always been interested in a partnership that would allow me to produce affordable jewelry. If Topshop doesn’t want to do business, that’s fine. I’ll ask the company to stop selling the rings, the way it stopped selling a dress after gorgeous blogger Susie Bubble pointed out a resemblance to a design by Yasmin Kianfar.
No matter what happens, I feel rich in friends! Thanks again to you all.
P.S. Check out my Watanabe jacket — and everyone else’s cool outfits — in the Visible Monday post on Not Dead Yet Style.
Wow! I almost missed that last post… Aaaack!! is what I have to say in response, and a reiteration of your ring!! Whoever said that mimicry is the best form of flattery was CERTAINLY NOT IN BUSINESS, unless they had an iron-clad contract! Hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind goods shine with the energy of the creator, the hand of the creator – there’s a value there that can never ever be matched by mass production if that’s any consolation. And you obviously have a loyal following!! Maybe this incident will lead to an unexpected windfall…
As for this post…that confection of leather and shine makes me swoon. It embodies a touch of evil, with that edgy belt action, and goodness both. And those fencing-climbing yellow shoes! Gasp. You certain get around town, don’t you?!
You are stunning in the jacket — much better with a smile. The model is too serious. I love you in my vest and arm warmers. You wear them both so well. Can you just walk all around the city and sell them and bring me the order requests?
Topshop is going down.”IGBE” I just made that up — “It’s Gonna Be Epic.” I doubt it will catch on though!
Mary Panjari says
Looking good in both outfits. OMG FitzRoy is too cute for words. I can’t fathom topshop copying your designs, how outrageous. I hope they turn everyone’s fingers a horrid shade of poxy green! I really fucking hate those chain stores and will not buy anything from them. I have a couple of topshop pieces bought online years ago but I have also bought stuff from them and promptly given it away because so horrible IRL. Now that topshop is in Melbourne I have lost interest completely.I hate their whole ethos of fast fashion and copying other designers and when they go after independent designers such as yourself, that just won’t do!Bastards.
Susan Tiner says
Yay! So glad to hear Topshop apologized and pulled the rings! I hope you do get to do a collaboration with them if you want to.
I’m excited about my OMG and <3 rings and can't wait to wear them!!!
Patti @ NotDeadYet Style says
yay for your campaign against stealing!! i cannot stand stealers. Your JW jacket is divine — thanks so much for posting to Visible Monday.
That jacket is so amazing on you! Have you tried PicMonkey yet? It’s from the makers of Piknic and has the same anti-demon-eyes button!
Thanks for the tip!