As much as I dislike Audrey, I feel like some of the things you claim she's "stealing" are reaching a bit.
I hope she/her fans see some of this stuff tho.
Good luck on the blog!
In reference to her Wildfox “inspiration,” I know some of her clothes don’t look exactly like the Wildfox versions. But I think how similar the subject matter of the designs are is definitely suspicious. The whole brand concept of Wildfox seems to be something Coco de Coeur is really interested in. I’m working on another post featuring the uncanny similarities in their video editorials.
Audrey’s most recent offense is this atrocity, which was sent to Hayley Williams, along with a few others:
Source: Audrey’s Facebook
If you’re familiar at all with Tumblr, then you’ve seen the numerous goofy and trendy variations of Black Flag’s iconic logo. Audrey’s design, however, was ripped straight from Etsy Seller SleazySeagull, who states on the item page:
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL CAT FLAG SHIRT. ALL OTHERS ARE COPIES.
She also says that the particular cat featured in the design belongs to her friend and is named Hugo, indicating that the design was not stolen. Some efagz members pointed out that this high quality image featuring the exact design printed on SleazySeagull’s shirts has been floating around the internet since April, but apparently SleazySeagull first posted her design in April.
Google “Cat Flag” and you’ll note that there have been many copies at DIY T-Shirt sites like RedBubble and Zazzle (half of which don’t even have the dignity to use their own art) sell for around SleazySeagull’s price of $23.99.
Audrey’s “version,” which hasn’t been officially released yet to the extent of my knowledge, is printed on a burnout t-shirt, which sells for an average of $15 wholesale. Judging by her usual (over)pricing of $35-$48, we can predict that… well, this shirt is going to be just another design she steals and makes money off of. Pretty hypocritical coming from a girl who calls Forever 21, “Forgery 21.”
A little over a week ago, blogger Sammi Spoon gave us one of the first photo reviews that Coco de Coeur, one of Audrey’s many “lines” has seen so far. Here’s what Miss Spoon had to say about the service:
When I ordered, I paid by Paypal and that was all fine I found it a bit weird that all I got was the usual Paypal receipt No actual e-mail from the site to confirm my order or anything :S
and then the waiting… the site states to allow 2 - 3 weeks, so I did and no sign of the shirt So I tried to e-mail them, no response. So I went through Paypal Then, I got my first contact and it was only then that my top was shipped out It shouldn’t have to take a Paypal claim to get someone to send your items That just seemed silly to me
However, the top I ordered did eventually arrive! lol
And here is the top she received, along with a free one:
But do you see anything funny, though, about the skull design?
If you look at the nose and chin of the skull, you’ll notice a “fotolia” watermark. And just in case you can’t put two and two together, that means Audrey stole this graphic from Fotolia, a stock image site. You can find the original image here. Now try to save the image. Go ahead, right click, and try to download it. Oh, you can’t? I guess that means that Audrey had to actually stoop to the level of screencapping the image when she realized it wasn’t as easy as she thought.
When confronted about this whole fiasco, Audrey responded:
Apparently she thinks that it validates her theft to tell us that it was only a sample.
Recently, since so dignifiedly casting off the label of “model” and taking on the role of fashion blogger and tastemaker, Audrey has relied heavily on her blog posts to communicate her “unique taste” to her fans. In sharing her inspirations, she lets us into her soul, her deepest and most personal sources of daily creative stimulation. She posts images of designer pieces and recent fashion shows, screenshots from films, accompanied by a bubbly message detailing how “crust punk” and “vintage” they are. But would her fans admire her taste so much if they knew that they are taken from, sometimes even hotlinked to, fashion blogs who spend their day scouring the internet for these images? Take a look:
This is only one of four examples from fashion blog Trend de la Creme. The writer of Trend de la Creme was alerted by her fans to some weird stuff going on Audrey’s Buzznet blog, and subsequently posted two informative articles entitled “Sticky PinkFingers.” The following images are taken from the now defunct gossip blog Sticky Drama (screenshots by TDLC):
Audrey’s mature response to all this?
(Both screenshots by TDLC)
What a nice thing to say to a blog who’s obviously one of your favorites, judging by the FOUR SEPARATE TIMES you’ve taken from her (see TDLC posts).
So what’s so bad about taking images that didn’t belong to the original bloggers i the first place? While the majority of these images do not belong to the blogs Audrey snatches them from, Audrey makes a living as a tastemaker. But when Audrey steals her taste from others, the fans who give her money and support her lifestyle are being tricked into thinking that what she takes from others is actually her being a genuinely creative person. Also, unlike most of the bloggers she steals from, she does not credit the images back to the original artist or source. Jill from Trend de la Creme said it best:
I spend hours scouring the web to find (and often crop/edit/Photoshop) my images and always link back to their sources. Your scene queen spends minutes eyeballing a handful of blogs to pull content that makes her appear to be “in the know” so she can get her BuzzNet paycheck.
Even after being called out by both Trend de la Creme AND Sticky Drama, Audrey’s still at it.
These seem to be Audrey’s favorite blogs. If you for any reason enjoy Audrey’s inspiration posts, why not instead add the actual tastemakers who spend their time searching the internet for these photos to your blogroll instead of a wannabe? All examples given below are uncredited by Audrey and all are hotlinked. Note that Oracle Fox was taken from 4 times, and probably more since I only looked through January.