Emily Ratajkowski, actress, model, and Instagram fashionista extraordinaire, released a new swimwear line called Inamorata last week. Unfortunately, it seems her creations have now landed her in some hot water (no pun intended).
According to Business of Fashion, New York swim designer Lisa Marie Fernandez sent Ratajkowski a cease and desist letter for allegedly copying two of her swimsuit designs. “Because of technology, we are really entering an era of accountability in so many ways,” said Fernandez.
The indie designer says she found Ratajkowski’s styles on Instagram and noticed that supermodel’s off-the-shoulder Leandra Bikini ($277) top and multi-bow Triple Poppy One Piece Swimsuit ($435) bore remarkable similarities to Fernandez’s Inamorata’s Vulcan Top ($80) and Cardiff Suit ($160) respectively.
Ratajkowski told Vogue that the Cardiff suit was inspired by a photo of Stephanie Seymour in a vintage issue of Sports Illustrated. “…She [had] three or four [bows], and it was actually in the back,” she said. “I thought that was so pretty and such a nice way to show the figure. I loved the idea of turning it around.”
Swimsuit designs can’t be copyrighted in the US, but since Ratajkowski sells the styles in Europe, Fernandez is citing two European Union Community Design Registration certificates that she registered in May 2015 as grounds for Ratajkowski ceasing sale of her styles. The registration gives Fernandez the sole right to use the designs within the EU until 2020, when she can apply for a new registration that will last up to 25 years.
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