Wesley Berryman only debuted at New York Fashion Week with his Spring 2017 collection nine months ago, but the Savannah College of Art and Designgraduate has already become an industry darling among the unisex fashion scene. He’s made devoted fans out of Lady Gaga, FKA Twigs, Bella Hadid and Farren Fucci, his goth-tinged pieces appearing on the too-cool pages of Paperand in front of 8.7 million viewers on “Saturday Night Live.” Topshop, it seems, has even taken note: On Wednesday, Twitter user Liron Eini pointed out that the British high-street retailer appears to have ripped off Berryman’s signature lace-up jacket and trousers.
This, unfortunately, feels particularly egregious, if only because it’s Berryman’s lace-up designs that have attracted the most industry attention, most memorably appearing throughout Hadid’s much-shared Paper editorial.
It’s easy to note the similarities between the two, including the same oversize silhouettes, white contrast stitching and chunky white lace detailing. Berryman hasn’t yet addressed these claims on his brand’s Instagram — where designers often turn to speak up about such controversies — but we’ve reached out to his team for comment. A representative for Topshop was also not immediately available for comment.