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LIVE BLOG: Fashion Folk Take Sides as Rajo Laurel Accuses Young Designer of Copying His Work

Updated 5:34 p.m., July 9.
LIVE BLOG: Fashion Folk Take Sides as Rajo Laurel Accuses Young Designer of Copying His Work Updated 5:34 p.m., July 9.

Fashion designer Rajo Laurel wishes to sue young designer Mariella Garcia of online shop 37 LA for allegedly copying his Iris top. Garcia calls her version the 'Luna.'

 [View the story "LIVE BLOG: Rajo Laurel Vs. 37 LA Vs. Dion Lee" on Storify]

Bianca Gonzalez and Divine Lee called out Garcia, by leaving comments on her brand 37LA's Instagram account.

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via Pep

Meanwhile, young designers on Facebook have posted status messages accusing Laurel of the same offense, mentioning a previous instance where he allegedly copied a cobweb-inspired dress by Cebu-based designer Arcy Gayatin.

The Soshal Network created its own version using Good Morning towels.

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Update as of 5:34 p.m., July 9:

Of note: Despite what one commenter wrote in the thread picked up by Pep, Laurel's top came out a full season before Australian designer Dion Lee.

Here are photos of model-host Teresa Herrera wearing an ensemble made by and credited to Laurel. These were taken 111 weeks or about 2.5 years ago.

 

See which celebs wore the controversial top.

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