Saturday, July 16, 2011

Humor Chic Exclusive - Inspiration or plagiarism? Daphne Guinness draws on illustrated works by aleXsandro Palombo and Tom Ford follows after like a good gravedigger

aleXsandro Palombo, Daphne Guinness and Tom Ford are in the Chinese press. Why?

This morning some Chinese media outlets, including the "Nanking Oriental Guardian," a paper with a circulation of 400,000, devoted ample space to the performance of Daphne Guinness at a private party hosted by Jay Jopling, to celebrate the collaboration between Daphne and a jewelry designer. The model wore an 18-carat diamond-encrusted hand-crafted glove and presented him with a performance where she simulated a corpse (not that it was necessary), welcoming the public swathed in a lace veil, suspended on a Perspex box. Tom Ford also took part in the performance, approaching to give her a kiss, as if wanting to awaken her from endless slumber ... but like a good grave-digger he couldn’t do it!
The performance struck more than some, not by its originality but because it recalled the more insightful "Karl Lagerfeld, Vision of a funeral", a work produced in 2010 by aleXsandro Palombo.
This was pointed out by the clever and talented reporter on the Chinese paper The Nanking Oriental Guardian. She saw fit to do what a lot of people don’t, namely set things to rights.

"I remember the last time I saw the funeral of Karl Lagerfeld. What? In fact it was a fake, but when it comes true, in reality we will weep real tears. Who will kiss his old face? Who will carry the coffin to accompany him on his last journey? All this is in the illustrated novel by aleXsandro Palombo, who with his irreverent illustrations gave us a preview of the funeral. Do you remember Karl Lagerfeld’s mock funeral? You should, because if you remember it was the illustrator aleXsandro Palombo in his new graphic novel 'Karl Lagerfeld, Vision of a Funeral' who for the occasion organized every detail of the event. And now Daphne Guinness has identified with the amusing part ...."

And we at Humor Chic are happy for her, but next time, dear Daphne, learn to acknowledge your source ... please!

And are you aware of it?

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