Indie swimsuit designer Lisa Marie Fernandez is calling out Emily Ratajkowski's newly launched swimwear line Inamorata for infringement. The designer released an official announcement on Monday morning, claiming that the model and actress's "Cardiff" one-piece and "Vulcan" top, which were released earlier this month, copied her namesake label's "Poppy" and "Leandra" swim styles. As a result, Fernandez has called for an immediate cease and desist and filed suit against Inamorata in federal court in New York.
Fernandez is no stranger to calling out knockoffs and plagiarism. In the past, she's named Victoria's Secret, Triangl and Cotton On for stealing her original work, with the designer going to great lengths to protect her label's offerings; in this instance, this includes "Poppy" and "Leandra," both of which were registered on June 21, 2015.
In a previous interview with Fashionista, Fernandez revealed that she registers her designs through Germany for protection throughout the EU. Brands that allegedly steal her designs and do business in Europe — Inomarata ships internationally — will then receive a cease and desist letter. In addition, Fernandez has personally confronted copycat designers, refused to sell to buyers who also work with those designers, as well as taken to social media to call attention to these matters. Meanwhile, on Instagram, Fernandez is currently posting photos of press that have covered her situation with Ratajkowski and Inamorata.
We have reached out to Inamorata for comment and will update this post when we hear back.
Update: This article has removed Solid & Striped as one of the brands that has copied designs by Lisa Marie Fernandez due to a lack of evidence to support such allegations.