Philipp Plein is once again in the eye of the storm for the controversy that arose after the publication of a post by the Diet Prada Instagram account highlighting the extreme similarity between Plein’s recent lookbook and campaigns and the aesthetic and graphic identity of the Fall/Winter 2020 collection presented by Dior in collaboration with Shawn Stussy.
Already last February the German designer was involved in a controversy full of controversy after the presentation of a collection dedicated to Kobe Bryant immediately after his tragic death on 26 January.
Evidently Plein has a magnet for this kind of trouble, in fact, at the beginning of June, he declared that he would have made a donation to the Black Lives Matter movement or George Floyd’s family if Ferrari had closed the legal dispute that the Maranello company intended against him for bad publicity.
In August 2019, Plein published on her Instagram account a pair of Moneybeast, the limited-edition sneakers on sale at the price of 5,000 euros, resting on a green Ferrari, pending with shoes. The designer’s response was spicy: “I’ll burn your cars”.
Ferrari, therefore, decided to sue the designer that the Maranello-based company won last week forcing Plein to pay 300,000 euros in compensation.
To get back to the question of plagiarism, looking at the pictures posted by Diet Prada you can’t help but notice the extreme similarity between Plein’s drawings and those of Shawn Stussy for Dior but, reasoning with the benefit of the doubt, let’s leave any reflection on the matter to you.