Recently, netizens have noticed some striking similarities between BLACKPINK and JYP Entertainment‘s rookie girl group ITZY.
Netizens have claimed that ITZY have copied BLACKPINK’s outfits on a number of occasions.
Some believe that the outfits pictured above are “rip-offs” of the outfits BLACKPINK wore during their “As If It’s Your Last” era.
Netizens have also pointed out that these ITZY clothes resemble…
…BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU” clothes.
The ITZY members have also performed in sporty crop tops and cargo pants, just like BLACKPINK have in the past.
In response, both BLACKPINK’s fans and ITZY’s have come to ITZY’s defense. Many have pointed out that girl groups often have similar concepts and follow the same fashion trends.
As some of you guys know, some outfits of #itzy's stage performances are kind of the same as what #blackpink members wear. Itzy wasn't coping what the actual blackpink members wear/outfits. Those are only clothes. They are meant to be worn on.
— Dahyuniee_is_my_bae (@DahyunieeB) February 22, 2019
Others say that, if anything, ITZY’s stylist was inspired by BLACKPINK’s trendsetting styles.
On the 'ITZY copying Blackpink's fashion' style: I don't think they are. BP for sure are fashion trendsetters; maybe they are an inspiration to ITZY stylists. But a rookie group like them is also looking for their own style overall, there's no need to drag BP into what they wear.
— Julius Martin Ong (@julibells_47) February 23, 2019
Regardless of the style issue, fans are encouraging each other to stan both groups rather than create rivalries.
— BLACKPINK WORLDWIDE (@BlinksAreOne) February 21, 2019