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• Hey, want to listen to a whole song in which Kanye West boasts about his awesome high-end womenswear line? Me neither.
But I think we all know someone who does! (that’s Kanye West). The rapper’s newest track “Theraflu” mentions his fashion exploits, which would lead you to believe his collections were well-received : “Dinner with Anna Wintour, racin’ with Anja Rubik/ I told you maf*ckers it was more than the music/ In the projects one day to Project Runway,/ We done heard all that loud-ass talkin’, we used to it.” Yeezy even gets braggadocious about the
cankle shoes $6,000 Giuseppe Zanotti sandals the designer created for West’s Spring 2012 show: “$6,000 pair of shoes, we made it to the Paris news!/Don’t talk about style, ‘cause I embarrass you,/ Shut the f*ck up when you talk to me ‘fore I embarrass you.” (Styleite)
• Jessica Simpson is the latest celebrity designer to be accused of plagiarism. Simpson’s “Evangela” sandal, featured in the current issue of ELLE, bears an all-too-uncanny resemblance to the Christian Louboutin “Staratata” shoe, which was released in 2010. Could another Loubi lawsuit be in the works? (Cellar Paper)
• OPI is teaming up with Disney to bring a Minnie Mouse-themed collection for the summer. The four nail lacquers come in different hues of red and pink, and include a charming heart topcoat, which is officially on my beauty wishlist. Will you be buying? Or is this collection boring you? (BellaSugar)
• Guess, Inc.’s Paul Marciano took the stand yesterday to defend his company in the Gucci v. Guess case. Marciano says the diamond shape, interlocking G’s, and red and green stripes featured on their wares were not necessarily inspired by Gucci’s products. Marciano claims his brand draws inspiration from the most popular high-end designers, and details like diamond-shape logo prints are just a reflection of popular trends. “This kind of pattern is common in the world of fashion and it’s not particular to Gucci, what I understand here, which is very frequent [in fashion], is an inspiration to create an original bag of G’s with the same components. That’s what design is.” Do you buy his argument? (WWD)