Philipp Plein Representative Responds to Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang was all over fashion news yesterday when he accused Philipp Plein of copying a show he did with H&M in a video he posted on Instagram. Now, a Philipp Plein representative has responded to Wang.

According to an article on WWD, a Philipp Plein representative has responded to Alexander Wang’s comments about Plein copying a show he did with H&M in 2014.

On Tuesday, Wang posted a video on Instagram of the show for Plein’s Sport 2017 collection and his show for the Alexander Wang X H&M collection. The Instagram posted includes quotes saying, “can I copy your homework?” “Yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look like you obviously copied.” “Ok.”

Since then, the video has acquired over 34,000 views and over 1,000 comments. Both Wang and Plein did not respond to requests for comment, however, a Philipp Plein representative has.

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Jennifer Leppla, marketing and communications director for Philipp Plein, Plein Sport, and Billionaire released a statement saying,

I was involved in every step of the production of the Plein Sport FW [sic] 1718 show, working closely with the production team, our art director Simon Costin and Mr. Plein. Actually, the photo posted by Alexander Wang is rather deceiving, because it does not show the main theme of the show, which was the two-story gym hidden behind the reflective walls, which was revealed at a certain point during the show.

She continued to say,

The obstacle course in the foreground was custom made for the Parkour team once they were on board for the show, and designed by Mr. Costin. Other sports elements were added as the project developed, ideas usually coming from Mr. Plein directly and brought forward by Mr. Costin, then realized by our production company. I have been working with Mr. Plein since his first show in 2010. I can assure you that the shows are always born of a concept in Mr. Plein’s head, the visuals are then developed by the team. Copying the layout of another fashion show is just not the process used at Philipp Plein.

Leppla concluded her statement saying, “Mr. Costin is a world-renowned, highly respected and extremely talented art director; that he would be involved in a project where another designer’s work is copied is just not a possibility.”

Alexander Wang declined to comment.

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