its just the old argument that says originality is impossible as soon as you start references other things. and ill go all the way here, and say there may be a lot of bikers on the market, but there really is only one L17, for example. it stands out in a more nuanced way than a lot of the other designers out there. which is another thing that someone like me, who is indifferent to designer stuff generally, is drawn to.
often i think a lot of the attempts of other designers to rethink certain designs, bikers again for example, is unnecessary. pretty cool that the permanent collection can be an anchor for all of the seasonal items, as well as a permanent wardrobe for years to come. and if thats the case, as it is with me, the high price tag isn't as big a deal.