A lot of people have said a lot of mean things about Kim Kardashian, but we don’t think anyone had ever called her a thief until jewelry designer Alexis Bittar accused her of copying his designs for her own line of baubles, Belle Noel.
Bittar told Alexa, the fashion magazine of The New York Post, that he won’t lend Kardashian any more of his jewelry to wear because he thinks her line looks a little too much like his. Bittar, a CFDA-award winning designer, makes some of the chunkiest statement jewelry we’ve ever seen, and numerous celebrities, including Kardashian, have borrowed pieces to wear on the red carpet. But on a recent trip past one of Kardashian’s stores in New York City, Bittar noticed that some of his pieces made it a little farther than a few ritzy events.
“In the reality TV world, there are so many people coming out with lines to capitalize on their TV shows. They are not designers and they are just stealing. I passed the Dash pop up store on Broadway, and I saw that Kim’s pieces were very similar to mine, and she definitely has been taking note (of my designs). The tricky thing is that we have sent pieces to Kim in the past to wear, so now I have told my staff we cannot send anything to her. She was definitely influenced by my designs without a doubt.”
We have our own misgivings with celebrity fashion lines, but we’re not so sure that Kardashian actually stole anything from Bittar. At least not specifically. While Bittar’s pieces are fun and imaginative and made from seriously high quality materials, they’re not necessarily groundbreaking original works of metal art. There are a lot of jewelry designers who make crystal-encrusted hoop earrings similar to Bittars, and if there’s a single contemporary jewelry company out there that’s not making multi-strand chain necklaces or Lucite pendants, we haven’t come across it.
Bittar’s indignation isn’t unwarranted, it’s just misplaced. Kardashian’s jewelry line isn’t copying him, it’s copying a contemporary approach to accessories. Bittar told Alexa he doesn’t plan on pressing charges, and that’s probably because he realizes he couldn’t win a copyright infringement lawsuit against Kardashian. To us, the solution is clear: if you don’t want your stuff to get copied, don’t make things that are easy to copy.
Take a look at a few comparisons of what Bittar does (left) and what Kardashian does (right) below.
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