Small fashion retailers knocking off major designers' work is nothing new but it's rare that large design houses look to smaller labels for inspiration.
Chanel has side-stepped a possible confrontation after withdrawing a range of accessories that look remarkably similar to those by New York jewellery star, Pamela Love.
Karl Lagerfeld styled his models with chunky crystal cuffs when they walked down the Paris catwalk for his autumn/winter 2012 presentation earlier this year.
The reception from the fashion pack was enthusiastic, as they applauded the creativity of the show.
However, one eagle-eyed attorney noted the similarity.
'When I glanced at a photo of an industry insider wearing Chanel's crystal bangles, they registered in my mind as Love's designs,' Julie Zerbo told Fashionista.com.
"That's called consumer confusion, folks! It's also called stealing".
Mail Online - March 14, 2012