Having suddenly developed a conscience, Kim Kardashian West is concerned about the integrity of fashion designers who duplicate styles from iconic designers. How drôle!
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.”
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.
Kim was nowhere to be found when Kylie supposedly copied the imagery of lip artist Vlada Haggerty and camo designs of PLUGGEDNYC.
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.
R. Kelly Charged AGAIN
Thursday prosecutors in New York charged embattled singer-songwriter R. Kelly with bribery, alleging the artist and his crew bribed a government official over 20 years ago.
On August 30, 1994, the day before Kelly married the late Aaliyah, he bribed a public servant to doctor an ID in an effort to obtain a marriage license to the underage girl. That’s one day before the two got married.
Reminder: Kelly has always maintained he did not know Aaliyah’s true age at the time, but this new allegation could make him rethink his statement. So far, his attorneys have brushed off the charge calling it “still the same nonsense.”
The charge is being added to an ongoing racketeering case against Kelly which includes child pornography, sexual exploitation of a minor, and kidnapping indictments.
Expect to see this all play out in federal court in 2020. Grab your popcorn.
R. Kelly Girlfriend Denies Creating Patreon Account, Parents Respond
In a video statement given to TMZ on Wednesday, Joycelyn Savage, 23, fiercely denied setting up a Patreon account in her name or posting a cryptic message to an Instagram account previously linked to her.
“It has been said that I have left him and he has abused me and all kinds of nonsense. I have said before none of it is true… I also want to say please do not believe what you see and hear on social media. That is not my Instagram. Someone is impersonating me.”
Last week, Patreon, a website that helps creators earn money, shut down an account claiming to be Savage citing an inability to “verify the identity of the account holder.” Many donated to the campaign with the expectation of getting more details of the abuses alleged in the anonymous posts. According to the unauthenticated posts, R. Kelly tormented Savage with everything from physical abuse to frequent golden showers.
In response to their daughter’s scripted video, the parents spoke through their attorney. We’re saddened and disappointed to learn that Joycelyn Savage has said that she was not the person operating the Patreon account… we deeply desired to hear her story and in her own voice…”
Read the full statement below:
A Complete Timeline of the Gabrielle Union-America’s Got Talent Saga
In late November it was revealed that actress Gabrielle Union had been fired from her spot as a judge on the NBC show America’s Got Talent, but troubling reports of her exit have caused everyone from Janelle Monae to Howard Stern to weigh in on the controversy. Here’s a complete timeline of everything we know.
November 22, 2019 – Variety Magazine announces NBC will not renew Union’s contract
In addition to Union’s exit, it is revealed fellow judge Julianne Hough will also not be returning to the popular television show. Male judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Terry Crews all expected to remain on the roster.
November 24, 2019 – News of ‘toxic culture’ at AGT hits the internet
Sources with direct knowledge of the culture at AGT describe the now-infamous joke that put Union at odds with show producers. During a guest appearance, comedian Jay Leno joked that a picture of Simon Cowell with his dogs reminded him of something “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.” The actress learned of the joke and explained to producers this joke would not be well-received particularly by Asian crewmembers and viewers. She reportedly urged producers and an unnamed NBC executive to scrap the offensive joke and report it to the network’s human resources department. The line was ultimately thrown out, but a formal report or complaint was never filed with HR.
Further reports emerged describing Union and Hough receiving “excessive notes” on their appearance, with Union in particular getting regularly coached on her hairstyles being “too black.”
November 26, 2019 – Julianne Hough and NBC deny allegations
Julianne Hough released a statement claiming she “loved working with the cast, crew, and producers and the claims are not “accurate to her experience.” She goes on to say “I am happy continuing my working relationship with NBC.”
The network echoed her statement with a vehement denial of all allegations.
November 28, 2019 – Celebrities show support for Union
As the news of NBC’s culture made its waves, celebrities voiced their support for Union. Stars like Janelle Monae, Ellen Pompeo, and democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro, among many, voiced their opinions on the matter in favor of the ousted actress.
It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it…has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) November 28, 2019
December 1, 2019 – Jay Leno speaks out, NBC releases new statement
The comedian at the center of the alleged racist joke spoke of nothing but his fondness of Union. “I love Gabrielle Union, she’s a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her.” When asked whether he uttered the joke on the NBC show, he refused to answer.
For its part, NBC released a new statement vowing commitment to “ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees.” The network also stated it is working with the actress’ representatives to hear her concerns and address them as necessary.
December 2, 2019 – Howard Stern gives his two cents
To add fuel to Union’s fire, Stern made very choice comments on his show seemingly backing up Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough and trashing Simon Cowell. “He sets it up so that the men stay. No matter how ugly they are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are… He constantly replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks.”
Phew! That was a lot to keep up with and somehow we have a feeling this drama isn’t over yet. Only time will tell how steep the fallout will be. What do you think about all this? Give us your thoughts below.