Swizz Beatz isn’t having it, though.
The French luxury fashion house recently unveiled their Spring Summer 2018 collection at Paris Fashion Week. Featured in the runway show was a male model sporting a green kimono jacket; under it was a printed short sleeve shirt that bore a striking resemblance to a piece released by Ruff Ryders in 2000.
Not only was the design of the shirt an exact duplicate but the “R” logo was converted into a “B” for Balenciaga purposes. Swizz addressed it directly via his Instagram: “we must have a talk about this Ruff Ryder shirt ASAP Dapper Dan with Gucci now this thoughts ?????? Blessings”.
In a following post the “Ultra Light Beam” producer featured the original Ruff Ryders shirt that inspired the shark bite and offered Balenciaga a way to get right.
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This is the Ruff Ryders original version from 2000👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 @balenciaga @vetements_official 🤔👀 what are we doing??? Call me back blessings . I Might just want you to open up a fashion school in the bronx or harlem 🤔Just so you can give back to the culture !🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 thoughts ????
Balenciaga has yet to formally respond to the allegations, but even to the untrained eye this seems to be a straightforward case of copyright infringement.
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