Another day, another Kardashian scandal. Today's piping hot tea: An indie designer is claiming that Khloe Kardashian copied her original designs... and she has the receipts to prove it.
According to indie fashion designer Destiney Bleu, Khloe Kardashian has blatantly ripped off her designs for the new Good American line.
And believe me, guys, the tea gets HOTTER.
You may not know Destiney's name, but you DEFINITELY know her work. Through her label, Dbleudazzled, she's created the sexiest sparkly bodysuits, tights, and performance outfits for some of the world's biggest names.
Her sheer bodysuits — which come in a range of shades to match a range of skin tones — with nipple "starbursts" are her signature piece.
She even counts the Kardashian-Jenners as clients. Kylie has worn — and posted about — Dbleudazzled tights before.
According to Destiney, ALL the sisters have bought Dbleudazzled pieces — which she handmakes, btw, to ensure that everything comes out perfectly.
The item in question? This Good American bedazzled bodysuit, seen at :44 in the original video.
Looks kinda familiar, doesn't it?
While neither Khloe *nor* Good American have responded to these allegations, someone on the GA social team went ahead and uploaded three #inspo photos that reference the controversy.
AND IT GETS PETTIER, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT. The caption on the Cher photo reads "Here’s our forever inspo — Cher photographed by Henry Langdon, 1978. Important to know your fashion history #nofrauds"
Also, at no point in this did Destiney say that Dbleudazzled invented sparkly bodysuits. She just called attention to the fact that a now-former client, who had bought pieces from her before, suddenly released an item that looked eerily similar. So. Fashion history THAT.
Indie designers like Destiney — who make their living off their creativity — DESERVE recognition for their work. When bigger brands (allegedly) copy that work to make absolute piles of money, that's not OK.
And we as consumers have to continue calling out predatory BS like this when we see it.
For better or worse, the Kardashians are a cultural juggernaut — and their associated brands, like Khloe's Good American, have a LOT of power. If these brands *allegedly* take ideas from less well-known designers and artists, that's uncreative AT BEST and an abuse of power at worst. It's not OK. And we need to hold them to account for that.
UPDATE: Reps from Good American have responded with the following official statement.
Ms Bleu’s claim that Good American and Khloe Kardashian copied or stole her designs is flagrantly false and little more than a cheap publicity stunt and an attempt by Ms Bleu to get her 15 minutes of fame. Ms. Bleu did not create the concept or design of a bodysuit with crystals – a fashion style that has been around for decades as evidenced by the fact that Cher has been wearing these styles for over 25 years. The Good American design team designed a range of eleven bodysuits and had never heard of Ms. Bleu or seen her designs. The letter from her lawyer -sent to the press for no legitimate reason – is outrageous, defamatory and misleading in the extreme. Good American will absolutely not stand for anyone trying to damage its reputation and plans to deal with this through the proper legal channels.