Fashion influencer Danielle Bernstein is again accused of copying an indie designer.
Designer Ngoni Chikwenengere, who runs the black-owned sustainable brand We Are Kin, wrote on Instagram this weekend: “I’m really sad to say this, but I’m the latest victim of @weworewhat and Danielle Bernstein’s crusade against small one’s Designer. ”
She claims Bernstein sent me a DM to say she loved my silk strap maxi dress and I would send her one. She continued, “My friends said at the time to be careful, but I thought she wasn’t kidding me for pissing me off herself and I like to think about the best female founders, you know?”
But this week, Bernstein released a new design for their WeWore brand. What Chikwenengere says: “Is identical to mine. The one that I put my heart and soul into … this is my design, she posted it all over her social channels, and it’s for sale to her millions of followers. I am really devastated. ”
Bernstein – who has 2.6 million followers – has responded online, reportedly saying on Instagram Stories, “I’m tired of being accused of stealing designs or content that I ABSOLUTELY NOT … those ridiculous claims made for 15 Minutes of fame are unfounded and unfairly unfair. ”
On Monday, Bernstein claimed in her stories that she was offered the dress by Chikwenengere, and Bernstein posted an “original” sketch by a freelance designer that she used to create the piece.
“A quick Google search can find ties in a million ways,” she says. She also claims that her design is different because of the back and neck, the fabric loops, the length, and saying that “the construction is completely different”.
Bernstein claims she tried to contact Chikwenengere about the situation. She added on Instagram, “With all the false allegations in the press, I honestly don’t even blame her for feeling that way.” And that: “The death threats and disturbing messages that I and my team receive have gotten out of hand. I’m tired of this false narrative being spread about me when I’ve proven time and time again that every allegation is false.”
We learned that Chikwenengere has retained copyright attorney Jeff Gluck.
Bernstein was repeatedly confronted with allegations of plagiarism. She has been accused of allegedly cracking a rock design by indie brand Grayscale and is currently in a lawsuit with underwear brand Great Eros for allegedly copying a design. Bernstein has denied the claims of the Great Eros.
She was previously accused of stealing a mask design – which she has denied – and was accused of copying jewelry for a line with Nordstrom. Bernstein denied this, but a Nordstrom representative said at the time, “We take such situations seriously and are working with Lulu DK and Danielle Bernstein to remove each of the parts in question. We are happy to offer our customers the opportunity to shop for the rest of the collection. “