As with many designer items, there are plenty of "exact" copies of the McQueen scarf for sale, especially on eBay. I have one friend in New York with a legit scarf, & while it's lovely, I just can't see spending that much money on a very small square of fabric. I admire the designer's work -- many of his couture designs were fantastically gothic! -- but ultimately, genuine designer goods are not in my price range & not my priority. And fakes don't interest me because they're trying too hard to be designer as well. Either pony up for the real goods or admit that it's not for you.
I much prefer knock-offs & inspirations. Forever 21, ModCloth, aw heck, most every clothing store around does some type of knock-off of the latest designer collection each spring & fall. As soon as the models leave the catwalk of NY's fashion week later this month, we'll start seeing the couture trends interpreted for various ready-to-wear price points at every store imaginable. This is normal & expected.
Similarly, certain classic, iconic styles are commonly repeatedly knocked-off by others. Think of the Chanel jacket. Here's the latest couture version, a vintage suit, Newport News has one, Spiegel has one, & ModCloth has a cardigan interpretation. All of the ones not made by the House of Chanel still exude that essential "Chanel jacket-ness," without seeming fake. They're an homage, inspired by, in the feeling of. A fake would be if they had logos or almost-logos & tried to emulate the precise effect of the real thing in order to fool viewers (or worse, the wearer).
I don't think there's anything wrong with admiring designer style or brands. But faking it just feels weird. Draw inspiration from everywhere, yes. That's part of life, I believe. But be honest & upfront about how & where you do it.
What I'm wearing:
Black knit top, NY & Company
Burgundy velveteen jacket with vintage jet buttons added by me, Kohl's
Black pinstripe skirt, Newport News, gift from Lisa
Black tights, unknown brand
White & black skull-print scarf, gift from my husband
Burgundy faux-suede boots, DSW
Jet beaded hoop earrings, random accessory store
Silver cocktail ring, gift from Kendra
Do you wear designer brands, fakes, or knock-offs? Do you care?