It may only be Tuesday, but it has been an extremely eventful week for the fashion industry so far.
Over the weekend blogger and mega-influencer Danielle Bernstein (better known as “We Wore What”) came under fire when she announced via Instagram her upcoming jewelry collab with Lulu DK and Nordstrom. The post announcing the collab has since been deleted.Several pieces in her 27-piece collection (all of which will cost under $100) are strikingly similar to high-end pieces from jewelry designers such as Foundrae, Bondeye Jewelry and Retrouvaí–some Danielle even wore herself in the past.
After receiving a ton of backlash from fashion industry insiders (including Diet Prada) and outsiders (such as Julie Zerbo, the attorney behind the popular site The Fashion Law) alike, Bernstein, Lulu DK and Nordstrom decided to pull the “pieces in question” from the collection (set to launch Wednesday, May 9). Bernstein uploaded a lengthy message and a tearful video (shown below) to her Instagram Stories on May 6, claiming that her designs were inspired by vintage pieces and that her name and integrity were being “dragged through the mud.”
Bernstein also wrote, “It has been extremely frustrating to be on the receiving end of a vicious online campaign to inaccurately paint the #LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collaboration in a negative light, based on misrepresentations.”
She continued, “I would never in a million years deliberately copy or attempt to knock-off another brand’s work…That being said–the past couple of days have been devastating for me. I have never experienced such malicious hatred in my life. My character being called to question has broken my heart.”
Comments on Bernstein’s Instagram photos accusing her of copying the aforementioned brands have reportedly been deleted, and the accounts linked to those comments have been blocked by Bernstein, according to comments left on Nordstrom’s post announcing the collaboration.
“Wow @weworewhat you can block everyone you want. The game is over, and the whole fashion community has your number. Never cool to be a fraud. @nordstrom please do the right thing here. Designers like @foundrae and @retrouvai are amazing and [loved] by many (as you can see from the posts). If you drop the line now and make a public statement, your loyal customers, like myself, will be forever grateful. #dotherightthing,” @annettegallo wrote.
Other users, such as @streetartglobe, write, “Hey @nordstrom–given that you’re now stocking the lines of @weworewhat who, let’s be honest, blatantly and callously stole designs from others and called them her own for profit, we were hoping you could also stock the lines of that labels affected–namely @bondeyejewelry, @foundrae and @retrouvai.”
The commented gained over 40 likes.
@maryfae said, “@nordstrom I hope you were unaware of the blatant rip-off. This is from the gorgeous @foundrae line. Now that you are aware, please do the right thing and pull [Bernstein’s] line!”
Nordstrom responded publicly to the controversy late Monday (May 7) evening via an Instagram comment on the account’s original post announcing the collection.
“Thanks all for reaching out. We recently heard from three jewelry designers who felt products in a new collection we’re carrying looked very similar to items they designed. We take situations like this seriously and partnered with Lulu DK and Danielle Bernstein to remove each of the pieces in question,” @nordstrom wrote.
On Tuesday, May 8, a day before the set launch, Bernstein uploaded photos of herself at UPTON, a New York City boutique hosting a pop-up shop to celebrate the LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collab. She invited her followers to “come say hi” the day of the launch.
In more exciting and inspiring news, the 2018 Met Gala took place Monday (May 7) evening. The first Monday in May is always deemed fashion’s biggest night of the year, and this year’s theme was #HeavenlyBodies. A-listers gathered at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in their best Catholic Church-inspired formalwear.
I don’t keep up with too much celeb gossip, but I always look forward to the Met Gala red carpet photos. (Plus, there are real models in attendance–not just It girls.)
My best-dressed list this year includes: Stella Maxwell (flawless from head to toe), Rihanna (queen of everything–no one else can pull off an outfit like that), Zoe Kravitz (sophisticated and feminine), Natasha Poly (always one of my favs at the Met Gala), Emily Ratajkowski (looove those sexy bronzed goddess vibes), Irina Shayk (of course she’s absolutely stunning in anything, but her #HeavnlyBodies look was statement-making without being overdone) and Gisele (dripping in gold).
As far as beauty goes, I loved Gigi Hadid’s makeup, Golden Barbie’s hair, Winnie Harlow’s hair and headpiece, as well as Ashley Graham’s…everything (peep the shot of her killer cleavage below). I gathered some of my favorite posts from IG…And in terms of my own style, it’s been hot here in NYC, so I’ve been keeping it pretty simple. Over the weekend I paired a white Are You Am I top with vintage denim cut-offs (one of my go-to combos) and added an orange lip (TonyMoly LIPTONE Get It Tint in Oops Orange) to make the look more fun. Then, I tied everything together with a black Western-inspired belt and patterned booties.