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Rip-offs? See West's Designs Compared To Similar Items From His Own Closet

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Feb. 24 2014, Published 6:07 a.m. ET

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Is Kanye West a great design mind or simply a great mimic? As his A.P.C. x Kanye collection is slammed with allegations of being full of "rip-offs" of other designers' work, takes a look at how items from his own closet could have inspired his line.

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Kanye West Fashion Styles

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1. West wore this $2000 Rick Owens for DRKSHDW collection parka in November 2013, just as he was putting the final touches on his A.P.C. x Kanye line. When West debuted his line in January, one Twitter user noted the resemblance, writing, "Kanye APC collection is literally all Drkshdw/Rick Owens … ripoffs paired with Timbs."

Kanye West Fashion Styles

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2. West has worn Balmain's denim shirt several times, including this outing in 2012. His 2014 collection featured a nearly identical look, as Twitter critics noted.

Kanye West Fashion Styles

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3. Both West and his pal Scott Disick were spotted in this Ermanno Scervino coat in later 2013 and early 2014, when he was likely finishing up his A.P.C. x Kanye collection. When that collection debuted, it included this strikingly similar design.



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