It's common to see now a days, especially in small countries like Costa Rica, people copying pieces from foreign designers. I think it's dissapointing when this is done. Taking advantage of people's ignorance and lack of knowledge is not the way to succeed. It's a deception for the customer and also for the designer.
Steve Madden is being sued by Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen for copying too of their must famous and acclaimed shoes. The copy is more than obvious!
left: Alexander McQueen. right: Steve Madden's knock off.
left: Balenciaga. right: Steve Madden's knock off.
Taken inspiration from a designer does NOT mean that you have to do something exactly the same. INSPIRATION NOT KNOCK OFF! Using the colors, the same siluet, the same accesories qualifies for me as a copy.
Originality and creativity are two of the most importants requirements in a designer profile. Make your own statement! Do your own signature pieces! And use inspiration as it should be used!