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Social media calls out Ralph Lauren for ‘copying’ Met Gala design

Kim Kardashian wasn’t the only one copying a classic Met Gala look.

Social media users were pointing the finger at Ralph Lauren, angrily alleging the designer ripped off the idea of Alicia Keys’ New York skyscraper cape of fellow haute couture designer Zang Toi.

Toi, fashionable society’s favorite must-have designer, showed off a floor-length white silk gazar cape with hand-beaded black New York skyscrapers in February 2020 during her Fall/Winter 2020 runway at New York Fashion Week – much like Lauren’s design for the 2022 Met Gala.

“My cape was inspired by my love for my adopted home, New York City,” Toi told the Post, noting that her inbox was flooded with fashion enthusiasts pointing out the similarities to her original design. “I came here 41 years ago with $300 to study at Parsons School of Design and wanted to show my love and appreciation for the city that embraced me – and made it possible for me to live the American Dream. “

In fact, Toi debuted her black and white skyscraper cape many years ago during her Spring 2009 collection – later worn by Ling Tan at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards.

“I decided to pull the iconic hand-beaded New York skyline cape from the archives – timeless beauty never goes out of style – to pay homage to my favorite city in my 2020 runway show” New York, New York “”, did he declare. The Post, which featured former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Social media is calling out Ralph Lauren for apparently copying the design of Zang Toi (right) at the Met Gala (left.)
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Alicia Keys wore a Ralph Lauren cape to the 2022 Met Gala.
Alicia Keys wore a Ralph Lauren cape to the 2022 Met Gala.
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Zang Toi showed off a design two years before the Met Gala, in 2020 during New York Fashion Week.
Zang Toi showed off a design two years before the Met Gala, in 2020 during New York Fashion Week.
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Eagle-eyed fashionistas couldn’t help but point out that it looks like Lauren got the idea for the Malaysian-born designer’s “New York, New York” collection, which included a cape with similar embellishments in NYC.

“They copied Zang because they know Zang is the most creative unparalleled fashion designer,” a fan said. “I thought it was you then they said Ralph and I were like WTF,” another commented on the creator’s page.

“I thought it was yours the whole time,” wrote another. “The NERVE”, a Facebook user simply written.

“It’s a great line from Zang Toi He’s the OG,” a The Instagram user said. “The second I saw that cape, I screamed, ‘It’s fake! ‘” said another person.

Zang Toi also presented a similar design for her Spring 2009 collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2008.
Zang Toi also presented a similar design for her Spring 2009 collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2008.
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Zang Toi with Ling Tan at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City.
Zang Toi with Ling Tan at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City.
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The original sketch of designer Zang Toi's New York City cape.
The original sketch of designer Zang Toi’s New York City cape. “My cape was inspired by my love for my adopted home, New York City,” Toi told the Post.
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Worse still, some social media users pointed out that this wasn’t the first time Lauren had apparently copied fellow New York courtier Toi, who typically dresses stars like Sharon Stone, Patti LaBelle and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

“My immediate reaction was ‘Well, Ralph is copying Zang again!!!!’ “,” wrote one user, while another added, “It’s no surprise…he does it all the time.”

The designer, who launched his eponymous line in 1989 after seducing Anna Wintour, and appeared in the pages of Vogue alongside Lauren, also noted that he had seen her designs imitated before.

“It’s not the first time,” he said simply.

Designer Zang Toi showcased a similar cape during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at the Lincoln Center Salon on February 17, 2015.
Toi showcased a similar cape during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in fall 2015.
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On the red carpet, Keys told Vogue that she and Lauren were inspired by the Big Apple, since the “Empire State of Mind” singer and designer hailed from New York.

“My inspiration is our city. New York forever. We just wanted to bring New York to the gala,” Keys told Vogue, noting that she loved the “artistic vibe” of the cape.

The Post has reached out to Lauren for comment.

Ralph Lauren, seen here in 2015, did not attend the 2022 Met Gala.
Lauren, seen here in 2015, did not attend the 2022 Met Gala.
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Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time Lauren has been called a copycat either. In 1994, Ralph Lauren was ordered to pay $350,000 to fashion house Yves Saint Laurent for copying a tuxedo dress. A sort of impromptu fashion show took place in the courtroom featuring YSL’s design from the winter 1992 couture collection against Lauren’s dupe seen in a French fashion magazine.

“This is a great victory for creators and design,” said Pierre Bergé, president of YSL. said in a statement at the time of victory. “It’s really important to protect creativity and designers – they shouldn’t get ripped off.”