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KKW Tells Designers Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Having suddenly developed a conscience, Kim Kardashian West is concerned about the integrity of fashion designers who duplicate styles from iconic designers. How drôle!

Pot, meet Kettle.

It’s funny, in a cosmic sort of way. A woman who has developed her brand by co-opting Black culture wants to hold companies accountable for employing a tactic she and her siblings have used for nearly a decade. Last night, Kim Kardashian West expressed her disappointment with fast fashion companies. Taking aim at online retailers like FashionNova, who quickly replicate high fashion styles for affordable prices, Kim said she was devastated. Angry that true designers could be ripped off so easily, Kim claims this could complicate business relationships with various fashion houses.

The designs in question are a slinky, black dress designed by Thierry Mugler and a gold look that Kanye commissioned for a Miami trip last summer. Within just three hours of posting the gold dress on February 8th, Missguided had it posted on their Instagram. The image is currently removed from their feed but the caption read as follows:

“The devil works hard but Missguided works harder @kimkardashian you’ve only got a few days before this drops online”

“I can no longer sit silent”

Kim had not publicly commented on Missguided’s appropriation of her ensemble. After FashionNova released images of the Mugler duplicate, she was dismayed. This led her to release a statement in the form of several tweets, which she posted to Instagram as well.

“It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat, and tears of true designers who have put their all into their original ideas. I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent.”

Columbused

It’s interesting to note that while she is championing for the intellectual works of luxury brands, she stood by as several seasons of her husband’s designs were sold as counterfeits and off-label copies. In the past, Kim Kardashian West and her siblings, excluding Kourtney, were accused of exploiting the complexities of fashion design copyright, for which there were little protections until late 2015. This makes her sudden enlightenment on ownership of intellectual property laughable for those of us who recall the many instances things looked all too familiar in Kardashian/Jenner storefronts.

“I often plan for weeks”

Hoping to salvage her relationships with luxury designers, Kim continued:

Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site – but it’s not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet. This is a way to get people to sign up for their mailing list and make people believe there is some kind of relationship between me and this fashion site. There is not.

This segment of her claims is complicated by screenshots captured by Instagram fashion blogger Diet Prada. The user alleges that not only did Kim Kardashian West conspire with FashionNova, they had photos of the design ready for their website 4 days prior to Kim’s original post. Still, Kim went on with her crusade to guard high fashion designs from us poors.

My relationships with designers are very important to me. It’s taken me over a decade to build them and I have a huge amount of respect for the amount of work that they put into bringing their ideas to life. I often plan for weeks, sometimes months, and even a year in advance, and I’m grateful for every fashion moment those designers and their dresses have helped me create. So, as always, don’t believe everything you read and see online. I don’t have any relationships with these sites. I’m not leaking my looks to anyone, and I don’t support what these companies are doing.”

You Only Care When It Hurts You

When Khloe allegedly copied the designs of Destiney Bleu by ordering one of every item from her “DBleudazzled” collection, Kim was remarkably silent.

Original DBleudazzled and Khloe Kardashian

Kim was nowhere to be found when Kylie supposedly copied the imagery of lip artist Vlada Haggerty and camo designs of PLUGGEDNYC.

Original Vlada Haggerty (pink) and Kylie’s Knockoff Design (gold)

How could we forget the time Kylie and Kendall used the likenesses of deceased rappers and rockers for those disrespectfully tacky t-shirts?

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the times Kim columbused her way through an industry. She caught fire for mimicking the recognizable Jean Paul Gautier bottle for her KKW Body fragrance. Kim worked to save face after rumors she and Kanye duplicated kid’s wear from Comme des Garcons and Vetements. The entire Kardashian-Jenner clan stood accused of stealing a whole concept from Lip Lace jeweler, Tanaya Henry.

On behalf of these silenced indie designers, please miss us with your self-righteous indignation. If you turned a blind eye to it when you and your family stood to profit from the efforts of underground artists, designers, and creatives, don’t cry now that you’re losing the game you paid to play.

It was not intentional

In response to Kim Kardashian West’s statements, FashionNova issued a response to Glamour. A representative for the online fashion store said:

“We respect the fashion community and work with a variety of vendors, designers, influencers, and celebrities to keep our style offering fresh and relevant. Kim Kardashian West is one of the top fashion icons in the world that our customers draw inspiration from. However, we have not worked with Kim Kardashian West directly on any of her projects but have been driven by her influential style.

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Actor Bryshere Gray From ‘Empire’ Arrested for Domestic Violence

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Police in Goodyear, Arizona has arrested Bryshere Gray the tv actor from the show ‘Empire‘. Gray was arrested Sunday after police received a domestic violence call. The Goodyear Police Department has released the following statement.

Goodyear Police Arrest “Empire” Actor, Bryshere Gray on Domestic Violence ChargesOn Sunday night, July 12, 2020, at approximately 10:15pm, Goodyear Police responded to a 911 call that an adult female victim had been allegedly assaulted at her Goodyear home by her husband, who she identified as Bryshere Gray, an actor on the TV series “Empire.”

She was treated and released for her non life-threatening injuries. Goodyear Detectives and Victim’s Advocate continued to assist her after her discharge from the hospital. Goodyear Police responded to the

Goodyear residence located in the 13000 block of S. 176th Lane, Goodyear, in an effort to contact Gray, but he refused to come out and speak with officers. Goodyear SWAT and Crisis Negotiations were called out to assist. Just after 7:00 am, Gray was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on domestic violence charges.

Gray played Hakeem who was Jussie Smollett’s brother on the show. The show just wrapped up their final season earlier this year.

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Jada Speaks on August Alsina Drama in Latest Red Table Talk

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In her first “Red Table Talk” since the infamous August Alsina-Jada Pinkett-Smith drama began, Jada admitted that she did in fact have a relationship with singer August Alsina. 

In response to Alsina’s claim that he was involved in a romantic years-long relationship with the actress, Jada said their relationship began “4 and a half years ago” at a time when both her and August were going through an immense amount of change in their lives. 

“You and I were going through a very difficult time,” Jada said, speaking to her husband Will Smith. “You kicked me to the curb.. We basically broke up.” Will agreed that he was “done with her ass” while commenting that “marriages go through that.” 

When her husband asked her why she chose the relationship with Alsina, she replied “I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good, and it was really a joy to help heal somebody.” Since news of the relationship broke, much of the criticism Pinkett-Smith has faced revolved around her possibly wanting to heal August as he had recently lost his sister and taken on custody of her children. In an interesting comparison, she likened her need to help broken people – such as August, at the time – to an addiction.

She argued that she “was really able to do some really deep healing” before he suddenly broke communication and hadn’t had any contact with her since then. According to both Jada and Will Alsina cut the Smiths off “years ago” and that’s why Alsina even mentioning all this now was so “strange.”. 

The actress then went on to thank her husband for being such a good companion that both of them “could make mistakes without fear of losing [their] family.” They both expressed gratitude in each other for sticking around especially when, according to Will, Jada messed up so badly he wasn’t sure he was even going to speak to her again. 

The two shared laughs then reaffirmed their marriage some more by talking about how whatever Jada did that had Will so pissed off wasn’t enough to scare him away. 

In all, this latest installment of “Red Table Talk” was interesting to say the least. Check it out below.

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Simone Biles Stuns On Vogue Cover

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Stop everything! Simone Biles, possibly the greatest living gymnast in the world, on the cover of Vogue. She’s giving power. She’s giving sophistication. She’s giving ballerina. She’s giving praise dancer. She’s GIVING YOU LIFE.

We’re all here for it, too. And why wouldn’t we be? Simone is adorable, kind, and the future of Black athleticism. To make this shoot even more iconic, people have also pointed out that her shoot is aesthetically similar to the shoots Annie Leibovitz, who is also the Biles’ photographer, has done for Serena Williams in the past, and I can see it.

One interesting, and sad, parallel here, is that Biles has come under racist fire in the past for her appearance. Leibovitz’s work captures the musculature in the bodies of her subjects and glorifies them. These photos don’t hide Simone’s body or make any effort “accent” them. They center her body, which has been scrutinized throughout the years, in a way that Black people have seen only occasionally in the past. These earth tones? The softness of the focus? The high fashion? You can’t deny any of it!

As you might remember, Serena also did a maternity shoot with a similar aesthetic. (Same photographer) So, I’m interested to see how she if she might do the same if that time ever comes.

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