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Social media is calling out Ralph Lauren for “copying” the Met Gala design.

Kim Kardashian wasn’t the only one Copying a classic look at the Met Gala.

Social media users pointed the finger at Ralph Lauren, angrily claiming that the designer ripped off the idea from Alicia Keys New York Skyscraper Cape by fellow high fashion designer Zang Toi.

Hey, that Go-to designer Favored by fashion society, during his Fall/Winter 2020 runway show at New York Fashion Week in February 2020, flaunted a floor-length cape in white couture silk gazar with black hand-embroidered New York City skyscrapers – similar to Lauren’s design for the Met 2022 Gala.

“My cape was inspired by my love for my adopted home, New York City,” Toi told the Post, noting his inbox was flooded with fashion lovers pointing out the similarities to his original design. “I came here 41 years ago with $300 to attend Parsons School of Design and I wanted to show my love and appreciation for the city that embraced me – and allowed me to live the American dream.”

In fact, many years ago, Toi debuted his black and white skyscraper cape during his Spring 2009 collection, which was later worn by Ling Tan at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards.

“I decided to pull the iconic hand-embroidered New York skyline cape from the archives – timeless beauty never goes out of style – to pay tribute to my favorite city for my 2020 New York, New York runway show,” he told The Post , attended by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Social media is calling out to Ralph Lauren for apparently copying Zang Toi's design (right) at the Met Gala (left).
Social media is calling out to Ralph Lauren for apparently copying Zang Toi’s design (right) at the Met Gala (left).
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Alicia Keys wore a Ralph Lauren cape to the 2022 Met Gala.
Alicia Keys wore a Ralph Lauren cape to the 2022 Met Gala.
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Zang Toi showed a design two years ahead of the 2020 Met Gala during New York Fashion Week.
Zang Toi showed a design two years ahead of the 2020 Met Gala during New York Fashion Week.
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Eagle-eyed fashionistas couldn’t help but point out that Lauren may have borrowed the idea from the Malaysian-born designer’s ‘New York, New York’ collection, which featured a cape with similar NYC embellishments.

“They copied Zang because they know Zang is the most creative and incomparable fashion designer,” said one fan. “I thought it was you and then they said Ralph and I were like WTF,” commented another on the site of the designer.

“I thought this whole time was yours,” wrote another. “The NERVE,” a Facebook user Simply written.

“This is a stunning recreation of Zang Toi He’s the OG,” an Said an Instagram user. “When I saw that cloak, I screamed, ‘It’s fake!'” said another person.

Zang Toi also showed a similar design for his Spring 2009 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2008.
Zang Toi also showed a similar design for his Spring 2009 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2008.
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Zang Toi with Ling Tan at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City.
Zang Toi with Ling Tan at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York.
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The original sketch for the Skyline cape by designer Zang Toi.
The original sketch for the Skyline cape by designer Zang Toi. “My cape was inspired by my love for my adopted home, New York City,” Toi told the Post.
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Worse, some social media users pointed out that this wasn’t the first time Lauren had seemingly copied New York courtier Toi, who usually dresses A-listers like Sharon Stone. Patti Labelle and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

“My immediate reaction was, ‘Well, Ralph is copying Zang again!!!!'” wrote one user, while another chimed in, “It’s no surprise… he does it all the time.”

The designer, who launched his eponymous line in 1989 after wowing Anna Wintour and has appeared in the pages of Vogue alongside Lauren, also noted that he had seen his designs copied before.

“It’s not the first time,” he said simply.

Designer Zang Toi presented a similar cape on February 17, 2015 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Salon at Lincoln Center.
Toi presented a similar cape during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Fall 2015.
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On the red carpet, Keys told Vogue that she and Lauren are inspired by the Big Apple, as both the “Empire State of Mind” singer and designer are from New York.

“My inspiration is our city. New York forever. We just wanted to bring New York to the gala,” Keys told Vogue, noting that she loved the cape’s “artsy vibe.”

The Post reached out to Lauren for comment.

Ralph Lauren, seen here in 2015, did not attend the 2022 Met Gala.
Lauren, seen here in 2015, did not attend the 2022 Met Gala.
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Meanwhile, it’s not the first time Lauren has been called a copycat either. In 1994, Ralph Lauren had to pay fashion house Yves Saint Laurent $350,000 for copying a tuxedo dress. A sort of impromptu runway show took place in the courtroom, where the YSL design from the 1992 Winter Couture collection was pitted against Lauren’s dunce, which was featured in a French fashion magazine.

“This is a great victory for creators and design,” said YSL President Pierre Bergé it said in a statement at the time of victory. “It’s really important to protect creativity and designers – they shouldn’t be ripped off.”

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Dais Johnston

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