Sadaf Fawad Khan Has Accused Another Brand Of Stealing Her Designs And WTF Is Happening?

By Arslan Athar | 31 Jan, 2019

Fawad Khan’s wife, Sadaf Fawad Khan, started her own fashion line a few years ago. Her brand, SFK Bridals, has earned a name for itself across Pakistan. It also definitely helps that she has one of Pakistan’s most good looking men as a model.

SFK Bridals have had some pretty jaw-dropping photo shoots

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Shining through the night in a sparkling gown , she fills up the room with her delicate presence. Elaborately detailed patterns borrowing from French columns and art nouveau pattern, this combination of golds and silver with champagne crystals and pearls , our soft grey bridal is ideal for the big-day. Borrowing the details of a landscape of exquisite palm trees on an island, our classic ivory sherwani speaks of class and sophistication . The richly crafted cuffs of the sherwani merge the right tones of gold and silver with a dose of pearl and crystal bound to draw attention as you walk arm and arm with your beloved. Styled with a diamond studded brooch , this statement sherwani is all you need to steal the audience. #SFKBridals #Sanam #pakistaniwedding #pakistanifashion #couture #bridal #bridal2019 #SanamSaeed #FawadKhan #SadafFawadKhan

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And clearly, their design sense is impeccable. 

 

This particular design, worn by Fawad, is now in the middle of a confusing controversy between SFK Bridals and Republic by Omar Farooq.

According to SFK, Republic copied their design exactly. 

This is SFK Bridals ‘signature design’ and are calling out Republic for their ‘blatant plagiarism’.

 

This is being taken up by the company pretty seriously, considering their Instagram grid since last night. 

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

Some people stood with SFK on this matter.

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

In response, some people were calling ‘Republic’ by a different name.

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

However, there were some who could see a difference. 

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

And they were even arguing why such behavior by brands is okay.

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

They couldn’t see why SFK Bridals was making this such a big deal.

Source: @sfkbridals / Instagram

 

Now, things get interesting as ‘Republic by Omar Farooq’ responded to SFK’s claims. 

They make the whole incident out to be a mistake on their part. Their claim is that, since Fawad Khan models for them, a lot of clients ask to recreate his photo shoot look. On one instance, a customer asked to recreate Fawad’s look for SFK, and their team didn’t realize that the photo wasn’t from a shoot of theirs.

 

Now, Republic is a brand that is well known in the fashion industry within Pakistan. For them to make such a massive blunder is a little unprofessional and also totally unforgivable. Also, making a customer take the fall for such a mistake is actually really uncalled for. And again, the practice of giving a reference to a designer is common, however, using that as an excuse to completely copy a particular design is wrong and unethical.  This mistake of theirs is plagiarism. Now I know, the issue of plagiarism is a big one in Pakistan and in Pakistani fashion, but accountability on the matter needs to start somewhere.

We also reached out to Sadaf Fawad Khan about this. This is what she had to say. 

Source: Dawn.com

Firstly, she clarified that Fawad Khan has not modeled for ‘Republic’ since 2016, especially in Eastern menswear, therefore ‘making their claim shaky’. Also, Sadaf debunks Omar’s claim that he reached out to her or her brand. Sadaf says that Omar called Fawad, however, Fawad was unable to take the call at the moment.She questions why Omar called Fawad rather than her- the brand is owned by Sadaf, therefore she says, any such communication should be with her.

We reached out to ‘Republic by Omar Farooq’ for a comment on the matter and we are yet to hear back from them.

Lastly. Sadaf talked about how we need to call out such activity in the fashion industry, because it hinders new talent from emerging in the fashion world.

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Cover Photo Courtesy: @sfkbridals / Instagram and dawn.com

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