Post # 1
*This is just meant to have a fun conversation.*
Last year, I felt like Watter’s collection looked a whole lot like the Vera Wang collection and a few others from the year before.
I haven’t seen the enitre new Watter’s collection yet, but this photo was posted on Southern Wedding’s website and I wanted to see what you all think.
Watter’s new dress:
Here’s Amsale’s Dahlia, which has been around (and very popular) for years:
Obviously, this happens (look at Sunday Rose), but how do you feel about it?
Post # 3
I think it’s actually a good thing… it makes it possible to find a similar dress in every price range.
Post # 4
The reality is that in fashion, it’s all been done before. There are only so many necklines, hem lengths, sleeves etc. The idea that any of them are doing anything original is a stretch to me.
Post # 5
This is me being angry that it didn’t come out sooner because the Dahlia is my dream dress and I could never afford it.. now it is too late for me to get a new dress.. plus the Watters gown probably won’t be available for order until right before my wedding.
Post # 6
There aren’t any original ideas anymore, besides if the designers thought it was an issue they would do something about it.
Post # 7
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: Also I think it is funny that you mentioned Sunday Rose because both Amsale and Watters did their own versions of it. Amsale Bijou and Watters Adelaide.
Post # 8
I guess there’s just only so many ways you can have a wedding gown!
Post # 9
@Stassney: Exactly. This reminded me of the exact situation with Sunday Rose. I wonder if we’ll see more “Dahlias” showing up in the future.
Perhaps I just haven’t been watching closely enough, but I feel like there was a time when Watters was very, very classic. Simple lines, simple styles. I wonder if they are hoping to move in a more fashion forward direction with these last two collections.
I almost called the thread “Where is Watters going,” but I didn’t want anyone to think I was being negative about them. It’ll be so interesting to see where they go from here.
Post # 10
I find it strange that this is OK in bridal but not really anywhere else. Yeah you will see things that are a little bit similar in fashion but directly ripping off a designer is not legal. Like Forever 21 getting sued for knocking off independent designers as well as by Anna Sui.
Post # 11
@Lt.Columbo: I’ve never heard of Forever 21 actually losing one of those cases. This is incredibly common outside of bridal (See any shoe ever made by Steve Madden) and almost impossible to sue for.
Post # 12
I was looking through the watters gowns and saw that and thought hmmm…now they are literally doing exact replicas? That is strange
Here is another example:
And Anais Collection:
Post # 13
I am probably going to be in the minority here but I personally don’t like it when designers completely copy other designers’ dresses. I mean, in this case, Watters blatantly just tried to make the exact same dress as Amsale. I totally agree that much has been done before in fashion but I think there is a big difference between using similar cuts, materials, styles, inspirations, etc. and literally taking one designers dress and recreating it and calling it your own. If I was the original designer, I would be really frustrated.
Post # 14
@LGenz: Good point… but I still don’t like the practice.
Post # 15
and don’t forget this lazaro from a few seasons ago:
which looks surprisingly similar to this new watters:
God I used to love Watters back in the day of Sonara and Torreon….
Post # 16
Does anyone know what the name of the Watters “version” of Dahlia is called or what specific collection it’s part of? I can’t find it on the Watters site so I’m assuming it’s 2012 and they’re only previewing in person…