For the release of their first full length album The Red, girl group Red Velvet held a comeback showcase to promote the album and title track “Dumb Dumb”. Unfortunately, the girls garnered a few negative headlines after a netizen suggested that the outfits worn at the showcase were plagiarized from the Olympia Le Tan Spring 2015 collection. Slight differences in the designs were noted, such as the hemline of Irene‘s pink dress, and the lack of Olympia Le Tan’s monogram logo on Seulgi‘s striped blazer.
To avoid controversy, representatives for SM stepped up to clarify the situation. It turns out the the items in question are genuine pieces purchased from Olympia Le Tan, but the stylists modified some of them — a common occurrence when ready-to-wear items are purchased for idol use. Irene’s dress had the hemline changed and the belt ditched. The logo on Seulgi’s jacket is actually a separate piece, a broach that is easily removed! She also went without the belt seen on the runway look. Additionally, Wendy‘s skirt was shortened.
Though Red Velvet was not actually sponsored by Olympia Le Tan, it isn’t the first time the girls have worn this quirky label. They wore a previous collection during their “Happiness” debut as well! Check out details on the items worn from Olympia Le Tan’s “We Don’t Need No Education” Spring 2015 Collection!
Pink Short Dress (Sold Out)
Wide Pencil Belt ($1335)
Olympia Le Tan Items