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Thoughts and prayers! Glenn Martens falls victim to Fashion Nova

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When Glenn Martens teased a Jean Paul Gaultier collaboration as part of his AW22 offering – all languid columns in heat-mapped nudes – the fashion set took a sharp inhale. And then a spluttering cough when TheKimbino posted a $24.99 iteration on Instagram this week, albeit a mini dress with a searing-red crotch. Obviously, the redux didn’t come from a Parisian atelier, but the online behemoth Fashion Nova, beloved by Instagram influencers trapped in the late 2010s. At this point, fast fashion’s flagrant approach to plagiarism shouldn’t come as a shock, and yet the gall is just as breathtaking, especially when it’s been appropriated from fashion’s less mainstream designers. The whole thing is reminiscent of when Shein began shilling a pair of tracksuit bottoms festooned in criss-cross, latticed shoelaces – a near identical copy of Rick Owens’ signature Mega Lace pieces. Unethical, obviously, but quite impressive, really.