The ever-quotable Guy Trebay reflects today on the provenience of fashion trends. Although some "defy explanation," he also notes:
A certain amount of designer inspiration amounts to larceny, the kind of plagiarism that, in the innocent days before appropriation became a sanctified part of the creative process, sometimes led to litigation or the occasional black eye.
Sanctified? Well, from the perspective of Counterfeit Chic the lion hasn't yet lain down with the lamb -- and the courts aren't closing their doors just yet. And while we don't recommend a return to more primitive means of dispute resolution, at least Viktor & Rolf's controversial "fencing masks" will provide some cover: