Twitter has been abuzz for the past two days with the news out Urban Outfitters ripping off another independent designer's jewelry design (as seen here). I suppose I'll be adding this to my list of why I don't support Urban Outfitters as a corporation/trend.
I have nothing against Urban Outfitters as a great place to get pieces to turn into their own creation, but it's when people start calling it 'alternative' that gets me. I shouldn't be targeting just UO though. I think this stands for any trend. I have trouble with 'alternative' as a style because it has become a sort of mainstream in itself. A prime example being the hipster trend. I mean, how many thick-rimmed glasses, plaid shirt wearing, indie music listening guys will we see until we acknowledge that alternative is becoming the mainstream? In the pursue of being different, companies such as Urban Outfitters have created a different kind of trend that still embodies the same principles as the mainstream- unoriginality and people that eat up whatever clothing is deemed 'trendy'. Again, don't get me wrong- I like the style, but I just think it's misrepresented.
I'd love to know your thoughts.
Is there such thing as 'alternative fashion'? To what extent are we creative and original with our personal style?