Alas, Counterfeit Chic arrived at eBay too late to secure this season's limited edition "it" tote -- the fashion-for-a cause-version of the "it" bag. The CFDA-eBay collaboration
to combat counterfeiting and celebrate original design included the basic $35 model, bearing the slogan, "You Can't Fake Fashion,"
and $150 customized versions from 50 different designers. Particularly
clever versions included Calvin Klein Collection's python-trimmed transformation from tote to elegant clutch,
Foley and Corinna's re-creation of their own much-copied classic,
and Narciso Rodriguez's deceptively simple Swarovski-studded transformation of the "C" in "Can't" to a copyright symbol. As Narciso knows all too well from personal experience, you can't (legally) counterfeit fashion's trademarks, but under copyright law you can still knock off a fashion design. Given the context and his personal commitment
to the "fashion copyright" cause, this bold red copyright symbol is the epitome of aspirational style.
And speaking of aspiration, here's hoping for a reissue of the sold-out tote! Or better still, a time when its message is no longer necessary.