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Balenciaga Just Got Accused of Ripping off This London-Based Designer

Diet Prada claims the shoes from the brand’s SS20 collection look familiar…

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Instagram’s favorite fashion industry watchdogs, Diet Prada, are well known for keeping a close eye on what designers are up to and calling out any suspicious behaviour. The latest designer to have been called out by the duo is Demna Gvasalia, who presented his SS20 collection for Balenciaga during Paris Fashion Week a few days ago.

Showcased upon a cobalt blue set that was said to resemble the UN, the hoof-esque footwear was the standout detail to Diet Prada, who pointed out its similarities to that of London-based designer Paula Canovas del Vas. The Central Saint Martins’ alumna launched her namesake brand a year ago alongside her signature “Diablo” shoes inspired by hooves, featuring pointed ends met by a shallow dip above the toe. Commenters on the account have pointed out that this shape may be an evolution of Balenciaga’s square-oe footwear from last season however may also claim the shoes are too similar to have been a coincidence.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and why not check out five things you need to know about Balenciaga’s SS20 show?

 

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Love @balenciaga , but that’s a hella specific toe shape to have magically come up with on their own lol. The image on the left is from @paulacanovasdelvas , a London-based designer who launched her brand one year ago after graduating from Central Saint Martins MA program. Her “Diablo” shoes, part human and part animal-inspired, were in her MA collection since AW18 and are currently selling at @h_lorenzo in Los Angeles following an exclusive with @doverstreetmarketginza . Perhaps Demna’s got a thing for under the radar London designers. It’s widely known that he brought @martine_rose to consult on his inaugural SS17 Balenciaga menswear, having been a long-time admirer of her work. It ended up boosting her profile big time. If the idea for these shoes did come from Paula Canovas del Vas, it’s a bummer Demna didn’t invite her to consult. Dieters, is this too close for comfort or is the shoe industry on a hoof wave? • #balenciaga #paulacanovasdelvas #shoes #footwear #leather #boots #wiwt #ootd #london #lfw #centralsaintmartins #doverstreetmarketginza #pumps #toes #demnagvasalia #martinerose #streetwear #luxury #heels #animal #hoof #dietprada

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