Thursday, May 13, 2004

--"Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery?"

Yesterday I ran an item on Tuesday evening's Cooper Hewitt sponsored "Conversation with Narciso Rodriguez and Deborah Berke", which took place at the Tishman Auditorium on West 12th street. Later on in the day, I read www.fashionweekdaily's column, which began with the headline, "Don't use the word "minimalist" around Narciso". What immediately struck me was how SIMILAR this seemed to mine. I felt as if I were reading a transcript of my notes of the evening's quotes.

Oh, sure, there were enough differences - the format, the way it was broken up, the sequence, and the fact that their copy spoke more about Ms. Berke, the well known and well respected architect, who shares a minimalist aesthetic with the revered fashion designer.

But that said, there were eerily and uncannily, many similarities and comparisons: fashionweekdaily seemed to focus on the very same 'highlights' as did I, and more importantly, used the same quotes - which were edited and phrased the way I had jotted them down in my notes.

Just a coincidence? Maybe so. Things like that do happen in this business. In any case, I certainly can't complain. I guess you can say, "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery" or perhaps, "great minds think alike".

- Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

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