Following Chanel's highly awaited Paris-Rome Métiers d'Art presentation last week, the famous brand has been accused of copying a Scottish designer Mati Ventrillon’s Fair Isle knitwear pieces.
Through social media, Ventrillon said that two members from the Chanel team had visited her studio over summer and purchased her garments for the new pre-fall collection.
"The black and white design and the pattern arrangement is my design. I designed that garment for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in 2012 as part of Oxford Street Fashion Flags Campaign," she wrote on Facebook. And further added that, although Fair Isle patterns are in the public domain, they are ultimately her designs. According to the Daily Record newspapers, Chanel’s designer, Karl Lagerfeld did not pay a single fee to any of the individuals they bought the jumpers from.
Ventrillon has not yet decided whether she will take legal action. "At the moment I need to think about what I'm going to do next, what action to take," she reportedly said.
The Chanel pre-fall 2016 show was hosted on 1 December in the iconic Cinecittà film complex on the outskirts of Rome.