Designer Copies Last Year's Gucci Dress as if We Wouldn't Notice

Here we have pictures of two dresses. One, on the left, was made by Gucci, shown on the runway last spring, and worn by Jennifer Lopez to last year's Met Ball. It's a bright pink halter-neck chiffon gown, with long, trailing ties at the neck that can be tied up almost any which way you want. There's a vertical slit running down the center of the bodice. The other, on the right, was made by Giambattista Valli, and shown on the runway in his Paris couture show yesterday. It's a bright pink halter-neck chiffon gown, with long, trailing ties at the neck that can be tied up almost any which way you want. There's a vertical slit running down the center of the bodice.

Whereas Gucci's dress had some pink silk flowers that came in a little matching shrug, Giambattista Valli's dress has little pink silk flowers in a little matching headpiece.

It's true that this is a fairly generic dress design, and not anything Gucci "invented" — but let's be real here; Giambattista Valli knew what he was doing. Gucci's fall collection was one of the most photographed of the season, and this dress has appeared in magazine editorials the world over. It was worn by a major celebrity to the event known informally as "the Oscars of the East Coast." It strains credulity to believe that the appearance of another hot-pink chiffon halter neck-tied dress adorned with little silk flowers just a season later could be just a big aw-shucks coincidence.

Similar things about these dresses include color, fabric, neckline, bodice, the halter, the ties, and the full, flowing skirt. Dissimilar things about these dresses include Giambattista Valli's decision to move the flowers up by about 8".

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Photo of Giambattista Valli dress via @okjanelle.