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With nearly 30,000 video views and more than 1,000 comments and counting, Alexander Wang’s latest Instagram post certainly has people talking.

On Tuesday, the New York-based designer took to the social platform to share a video meme, which claims that Philipp Plein borrowed several elements of the 2014 show Wang mounted for his collaboration with H&M. A day later, Plein’s camp has launched a rebuttal.

This story first appeared in the February 16, 2017 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Jennifer Leppla, marketing and communications director for Philipp Plein, Plein Sport and Billionaire, said “another designer’s work [being] copied is just not a possibility.”

“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,” she said in a statement to WWD.  “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.

“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,” she continued.

She concluded by saying that “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.

Plein Sport Runway

Leppla provided this image to show a larger view of the Plein Sport set from January.  Getty Images for Plein Sport


Wang vs. Plein

The set for Alexander Wang x H&M in 2014. 


For more on Wang and Plein, see:

Alexander Wang Accuses Plein Sport of Knocking Off Runway Show

Alexander Wang’s 2014 Runway Collection With H&M

Plein Sport Men’s Fall 2017 Review

Philipp Plein Fall 2017 Review

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