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Emily Ratajkowski’s swimwear line, Inamorata Swim, has been accused of copying two of the six styles from its debut collection which launched Nov. 17.
New York-based contemporary womenswear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez alleges that the model/actresses’ line has ripped off two of her registered swim designs — the “Poppy,” a one-piece with knotted detail ($535), and the “Leandra,” an off-the-shoulder bikini top ($395), both of which have been in production for three years.
A representative for Ratajkowski declined to comment; representatives for Inamorata Swim did not return the Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.
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According to Business of Fashion, Fernandez sent a cease-and-desist letter to Inamorata Swim asking the brand to immediately discontinue the sale of the Cardiff one-piece ($160) and Vulcan top ($80). However, as the United States does not allow copyright protection for physically functional items, including apparel, and because Inamorata Swim ships internationally, Fernandez invoked two European Union Community Design Registration certificates she had filed in 2015.
Ratajkowski has stated in the past that she is heavily influenced by vintage designs, telling Vogue that the Cardiff style was actually inspired by a suit worn by Stephanie Seymour in Sports Illustrated, where the bows were in the back. “I thought that was so pretty and such a nice way to show the figure,” she said. “I loved the idea of turning it around.”
The San Diego-native also posted an Instagram of Christie Brinkley from the ‘90s wearing a leopard print suit that is nearly identical to her Swami suit. “We all tap into vintage inspirations,” she wrote in the caption.
This is not the first time Fernandez has leveled allegations of copying. She has previously sent cease and desist letters to H&M and Cotton On, according to BoF.
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28: This article originally stated that Lisa Marie Fernandez sent a cease and desist letter to Solid & Striped over copied designs, citing BoF. The publication has since retracted that statement due to lack of evidence.