Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Imitation = flattery?

I recently posted a gorgeous editorial from Irish Tatler, styled by Sarah Rickard with photos by Liam Murphy and the gorgeous 16-year-old up-and-coming models, Kelly from Morgan and Gracie from 1st Option. Just take a look, if you haven’t already, …

Tue, Nov 15, 2011, 12:30

   

I recently posted a gorgeous editorial from Irish Tatler, styled by Sarah Rickard with photos by Liam Murphy and the gorgeous 16-year-old up-and-coming models, Kelly from Morgan and Gracie from 1st Option. Just take a look, if you haven’t already, and you’ll see what it was that made me go “oooooh!”

Then I got a letter from a reader concerned about the similarities between that editorial and one they’d seen a few months previously, from Elle Mexico.

I contacted Sarah Rickard to see if they’d been previously aware of the shoot and she replied to say that “yes, we were recreating that shoot and were all fully aware of the original”. So I guess . . . that’s that!

What do you think? Is this flattering or does it go too far in its imitation / recreation?

You can see the full set of pics from Mexican Elle here.

Update: As I felt that, in the comments, people were beginning to place the blame, insofar as there is blame, at Irish Tatler‘s feet rather than talking about the team involved, I asked Jessie Collins, editor of Irish Tatler, where she stood. Her statement is below.

“Our freelance stylists often take inspiration from their amazing international contemporaries and while I hadn’t seen the full Elle shoot I think the Irish team created work of a really high standard.”