Pardon my French

Blue and white crop top + maxi skirt set, Selah Collection at West Town Mall. Moto Zip Crop Jacket, Nasty Gal. Cuff ring set in silver, Kristin Perry. Chinese Laundry d'orsay flats, TJ Maxx. Rounded sunglasses, Forever 21. Vintage purse.

     While I have a few favorite designers, I admit that I rarely follow fashion week or typical runway shows/presentations when the time rolls around. I see the trends through a trickle down effect considering the number of fashionable people I follow on Pinterest, but I hardly ever visit Style.com for seasonal updates. Sure, the impact of the new collections is felt in the more affordable market as well, but designer looks are rarely applicable to my daily life. 
     This is a bit presumptuous, but I'd venture to say that the average citizen is much like I am in that respect. I actually wrote an article for my school newspaper discussing the difference between fashion and style that delves more into that idea. So, a lot of people have style without necessarily being fashionable. This long rant is basically to say that I unknowingly bought a piece (my two piece set up there) that was directly inspired by this dress from Isabel Marant:

     Would I like to own the real thing? Absolutely. Could I justify the price tag for a shift dress? Maybe if I weren't a college student. But at the end of the day, I still essentially bought a knock off of a designer I absolutely admire and respect. It wasn't until a few days after I had taken these pictures that I saw a pin of this dress on Pinterest and did a little bit of sleuthing to figure out that it was from the Étoile Isabel Marant SS13 line.
     Don't get me wrong, I still absolutely adore the set from Mono B. After all, I'm pretty obsessed with the blue and white color combination for spring and summer. I think it is different enough not to raise too many eyebrows. After all, I've noticed that textiles get sourced to a lot of different companies and that's not really a knockoff, just business. But what happened to me happens to so many consumers on the mass retail level without them having a clue and without the original designer that served as inspiration ever getting the credit they deserve. And that's a (pardon my French) damn shame.