The Fashion Law first reported that the French fashion house, which showcased its "Paris in Rome" collection last week, was under fire for allegedly copying garments from the Scotland-based knitwear designer.
Following the runway show, Vetrillon took to her Facebook and Instagram pages to write the following to express her frustration, saying "I specifically said that I was going to sell it to them for the reputation of [the] Chanel house and because I would not expect them to copy my design."
Endorsement or plagiarism?#chanelofficial@mativentrillon Earlier this summer two Chanel staff visited Fair Isle and bought some of my stock garments with the understanding that the garments were for research, I specifically said that I was going to sell it to them for the reputation of Chanel house and because I would not expect them to copy my design....little I know
She also expressed on her Twitter account that her concerns were more about "craftsmanship" rather than money.
The Fashion Law reports that Gary Robinson, Political Leader of Shetland Islands Council, was also outraged, calling Chanel's behaviour "shameful copying." He also took to Twitter to invite Karl Lagerfeld to discuss the matter with him.
Following the backlash, Chanel released the following statement, as reported by Fashionista:
"Further to discussions that have allowed the parties to clarify this issue, Chanel will credit Mati Ventrillon by including the words 'Mati Ventrillon design' in its communication tools to recognise her as the source of inspiration for the knitwear models in question. Chanel recognises that this situation resulted from a dysfunctionality within its teams and has presented its apologies. Chanel also recognises the heritage and know-how of Fair Isle. Chanel wishes to emphasise that the House is extremely vigilant in terms of its respect for creativity, whether its own or that of others."
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