CFDA award-winning jewelry designer Alexis Bittar is refusing to lend Kim Kardashian any more of his pieces, saying he suspects she has been ripping off his designs for her own collection Belle Noel. Bittar tells us, “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.”
Despite this, Bittar says he is not ready to take legal action, “You have to be very careful to pick and choose your battles. I haven’t talked to Kim about it, the truth is she might not even know. She might be so far removed from it (the design process), and her designers just go shoppingand knock things off. But we are definitely not lending to Kim any more, she has been barred.” A rep for Kim’s Belle Noel said: “There is no truth to this. Kim is constantly inspired by her travels which she incorporates into her designs. She hasn’t ever noted any inspiration from Alexis Bittar’s pieces so any similarity in design is purely coincidental.”
Is he mad at Claire’s and Forever 21 too?