Former Marie Claire editor, favorite subject of street-style photographers the world over, and newly named artistic director of online high-end shopping site Moda Operandi Taylor Tomasi Hill has been caught red-handed doing something very un-high-end: copying designer fashions. For the new collection Tomasi Hill "designed" for Hong Kong-based department store Lane Crawford, it appears she knocked off a Marc by Marc Jacobs dress from 2008. And as if that weren't enough, Tomasi Hill also copied a blue striped Comme des Garçons shirt — a Comme des Garçons shirt she just happens to have been photographed wearing, by the Sartorialist, in 2009. This is far from the first time a non-designer has been caught knocking off her own clothes for a namesake line — Rachel Zoe, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, and Rachel Bilson have been documented doing the same — but it is a bit unusual that Tomasi Hill copied things that are practically brand new. The smarter knock-off artist always copies vintage things; it's harder to get caught, and there's always the defense that you were just bringing back into style (albeit uncredited) something that hadn't been in stores for decades. [Elle, Fashionista]
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