Emily Ratajkowski has been accused of copying swimwear designs by Lisa Marie Fernandez in her debut launch.
Unveiled last week, the 26-year-old launched a collection of six bikinis and swimsuits under her new brand Inamorata.
One day later, reports Business of Fashion, New York designer Lisa Marie Fernandez send her a cease-and-desist.
Fernandez – who is a swim and ready-to-wear designer – reportedly took issue with two of Ratajkowski’s designs due to their close resemblance to silhouettes she released over three years ago.
The pieces in question include an off-the-shoulder bikini and a swimsuit with knotted-ties to the front, which Fernandez claims to be a copy of her Leandra bikini and multi-bow Tripple Poppy swimsuit she launched three years ago.
But while there are very few copyright protection laws in the US, Inamorata also ships internationally rendering Fernandez able to invoke “two European Union Community Design Registration certificates that she registered in May 2015”.
“Because of technology, we are really entering an era of accountability in so many ways,” said Fernandez, who discovered the similarities between the designs via Instagram.
Lisa Marie Fernandez has given Inamorata until November 22 to respond to the letter before she starts legal proceedings.