Did Eva Mendes x New York and Company Steal Nigerian Designer, Jewel by Lisa's Design?

Imitation they say is the best form of flattery, but when does this scenario apply and when does it translate to outright theft of ideas?

While this territory is often heated with consequences, I do know for sure that imitation isn't always flattery. Especially when the reason or person behind the inspiration is not acknowledged. .

This may well be case between Eva Mendes' creation with New York and Company and Nigerian designer, Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa.

People observed some similarities between some clothes in her collection with New York and company and Lisa Folawiyo's Jewel by Lisa SS 2018 collection. Their prints aren't just similar but they both share another distinction......a knot to the side. on some of the clothes. This feature is most prominent in skirts from both collections.

We don't know if the print on the fabric is exclusive to Jewel by Lisa, we however can not ignore the similarity in the cut and style of the skirts.

This is not the first time a brand has been accused of copying the Nigerian designer.

In 2012, the designer called out Burberry over similarities the brand shared with some of her creations.

JBL Purse, JBL Blouse and Burberry Bag (Credit.....Yeoal's  Blogzine)

However,cases like this are not uncommon in the fashion world. I reported how fashion brand, Bfyne accused Brazilian designer Silvia Ulson of stealing her designs. Read the article here.