• Reader Mail: Did Draya Michele’s Mint Swim Line Copy Andrea Iyamah?

    A anonymous concerned reader wrote in, typing, “Draya posted one of her latest swimwear designs on Instagram last night. She copied the entire design of one swimsuit from a Canadian-based designer Andrea Iyamah.”

    Andrea Iyamah Accuses Draya Michele of Stealing Swimsuit Designs for Mint Swim
    “.. The picture she posted has been attached below, as well as pictures of the original design from the Andrea Iyamah collection last summer!!! Angela Simmons wore the SAME swimsuit last year from the designer.”

    Andrea Iyamah Accuses Draya Michele of Stealing Swimsuit Designs for Mint Swim
    She continued, “This is not the first time! Draya is forever knocking off designs from other labels! Someone needs needs to put her on blast!”
    2 Andrea Iyamah Accuses Draya Michele of Stealing Swimsuit Designs for Mint Swim
    Well, alright! Looking at the pictures, it does seem as if Draya took inspiration from Andrea’s line, and several others. A swimsuit from her Mint Swim collection a few seasons ago bore a striking resemblance to a Norma Kamali suit once worn by Rihanna.


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    Mintswim
    Rihanna Hawaii Swimsuit Norma Kamali One Shoulder Metallic Slash Swimsuit
    Norma Kamali

    Designers take inspiration from other brands all the time. Be honest, how often have you guys asked for the knock off/look for less? Not because you don’t care about the original designer, but because you simply can’t afford the runway version?

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    Rita Ora’s Tom Ford Coat
    rita ora kate moss party tom ford fall 2013 black and white coat for less from asos
    The ASOS version

    This is an interesting situation, as both designers are relatively new. They’re not selling their swimwear in flagship stores on 5th Avenue for exorbitant prices (Andrea Iyamah’s two piece is very affordable at $56!).
    So I can understand the upset.
    What do you think of this situation?
    And do you think Draya copied Iyamah’s designs?

    Claire

    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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