Willow Smith is no stranger to fashion criticism. But this time, it seems, the criticism has taken a turn to the serious—two words loathed by real fashion heads: knock off.
It’s been alleged that the “Whip My Hair” songstress wore a knock-off of a Mother of London leather buckled arm sheath to the “American Music Awards.”
Mother of London lead designer, Mildred Von Hildegard, was interviewed by Haute Macabre and commented, “I’m disappointed and saddened that this will negatively impact my business.” Hildegard continues, “My original design is now recognized in the mass media as someone else’s work, and it’s very hurtful on both a personal and personal level. I hope this can be resolved, and I wish nothing but the best to Willow.”
People are directing their questions to Mariel Haenn, Rihanna’s stylist who was directly enlisted to help create Willow’s public image, and called out for ‘borrowing’ before. But Haenn quickly denied her involvement in the style choice on Twitter tweeting, “Just an fyi, we only dressed Rihanna last nite. I don’t like when people try to credit me for work that’s not mine #justsayin.”
According to Fashionista, Haenn took a step further to clear her name by emailing Coilhouse magazine stating, “To be honest, I have no idea who ‘styled’ her or the designer. Wish I did. I don’t ask my clients who they used when I’m not available.”
Just Jared reports that the stylist and designer in question is Brea Stinson, a New York-based stylist credited for working with Raheem DeVaughn and Keri Hilson.
What do you think about the designer infringement? Sound off!
–Geneva S. Thomas