The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Designer ‘in Tears’ After Seeing Nicki Minaj in A Knockoff of Her Design, Robin Givhan Is Cool With Corporate, and American Apparel XL Model Search Winner Reprimanded by Brand’s Creative Director

• It seems Nicki Minaj‘s stylists have committed the ultimate affront towards a designer. Jessica Rodgers, famous for her use of “puff balls,” (a term she coined) in her designs says the rapstress’ outfit at the Carolina Herrera show was a copy of one of her designs. “When I saw the photos, I was in tears. I’ve worked very hard to make my dream of being a fashion designer come true. I have built contacts with Teen Vogue, Gaga, Katy Perry, and Marina and the Diamonds has worn my garments. [Now,] I feel like everything has crumbled down…I am very upset by the fact that she was sitting next to Anna Wintour. I admire Anna Wintour very much and I was hoping that one day she would see my garments and it would be the first time that she would see Puff Balls used as I use them.” Rodgers says she sent Minaj’s stylists photos of her work before, and they never got back to her. So you can imagine her surprise– and devastation when she saw Minaj’s highly publicized look. Do you think Nicki should right this wrong? Or do you feel she has no such obligation? You can check out Rodgers’ work here. Support! (The Cut)

Carine Roitfeld might be weary of fashion’s corporate predilections, but there are some insiders who don’t think it’s been such a bad thing for the industry. Robin Givhan says: “The industry long ago stopped being this sort of charming, mom-and-pop world, and became much more corporate. But the corporate gave us Marc Jacobs, and it gave us Tom Ford, so I think it’s just sort of a gut reaction to say that because it’s become more corporate it’s somehow become more sanitized. I do think, at least here [in New York] there’s far more new, younger designers who have the ability to show because of corporate sponsorship than we ever see in Milan or Paris. I mean, seeing a new designer in Milan is a rare thing because it’s just that much more difficult.” (The Cut)

• After Nancy Upton, winner of the American Apparel XL Model Search, admitted her entry featuring photos of her shoveling food into her mouth was done to lampoon the questionable tone of the operation, she was stripped of her title and sent a strongly-worded letter from creative director Iris Alonzo. “It’s a shame that your project attempts to discredit the positive intentions of our challenge based on your personal distaste for our use of light-hearted language, and that “bootylicous” was too much for you to handle. While we may be a bit TOO inspired by Beyoncé, and do have a tendency to occasionally go pun-crazy, we try not to take ourselves too seriously around here. I wonder if you had taken just a moment to imagine that this campaign could actually be well intentioned, and that my team and I are not out to offend and insult women, would you have still behaved in the same way, mocking the confident and excited participants who put themselves out there?” I think the bigger shame is American Apparel’s lack of self-awareness. (Village Voice)
•It’s the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! If you’re not going to the shows, here’s what’s going down:

Ralph Lauren, 10-11AM, Sergio Davila 12:30-1:30PM, Calvin Klein 2-3PM, Naeem Khan 4PM, Made in Africa: By Arise Magazine, 5PM, Elene Cassis 6PM.

It’s been a crazy but amazing week! Can’t wait for next season!


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