Bikini-grammer extraordinaire Emily Ratajkowski has a brand new career as a swimsuit designer, and it may have hit a snag already. Just 24 hours after she launched her own line of super sexy bikinis and one-pieces, Business of Fashion reports that another swim designer sent EmRata a cease-and-desist letter.
NYC designer Lisa Marie Fernandez, whose pricey swimwear is sold in shops such as Net-a-Porter, claims that Ratajkowski's Inomarata Swim launched two suits that look an awful lot like designs Fernandez dreamed up three years ago.
Fernandez reportedly threatened to start legal proceedings against Inomarata Swim over the swimwear designs, which she registered for European Union Community Design Registration certificates in 2015. Meanwhile, Fernandez is Instagramming up a storm over the suits, using hashtags like #copycat and #imposter.
Let's compare and contrast the two styles in question. Here's EmRata's off-the-shoulder bikini top:
Compared with Lisa Marie Fernandez's "Leandra" bikini:
This Inamorata Swim one-piece is the other style that Fernandez claims is way too similar to her own designs:
This is Lisa Marie Fernandez's bow-covered maillot:
A representative for Ratajkowski and Inamorata Swim declined to comment to Business of Fashion when asked about the claim. As of this moment, both styles are still available for sale on the Inamorata Swim website, so we'll have to see how this all plays out.
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