Just days after Kylie Jenner announced the launch of her debut clothing line, Khy, controversy has erupted. Renowned London-based designer, Betsy Johnson, has publicly accused Jenner of plagiarizing the concepts of her own clothing line, PRODUCTS.
Betsy Johnson, who should not be confused with the iconic designer Betsey Johnson, claimed on her Instagram that Jenner and her team were emailed concepts, language, and line sheets from Johnson’s PRODUCTS label six months prior. The insinuation is that Jenner utilized these concepts without providing appropriate credit to Johnson.
“We emailed Kylie and all her team @products.ltd concept and language and a line sheet 6 MONTHS AGO,” Johnson posted, adding, “INTERESTING CONCEPT KYLIE…INTERESTING. Thanks for the co-sign. F-ck your support.”
Johnson’s Credentials and Further Claims
Johnson is more than a mere name in the fashion industry. With a rich portfolio that includes serving as the Visual Director for YEEZY, working on projects such as the Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga line, and providing expertise in areas like creative direction, casting, styling, and photography, Johnson has established herself as a credible voice. She also dressed notable figures like Julia Fox, showcasing her innovative designs such as a leather jacket with a chiseled breastplate. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Johnson presented a personal angle to the debate. She shared a screenshot of her student loan balance, which was over £50,000 ($60,558), to underline the significance of her hard work and commitment to the industry.
“While I stare @ my student debt. Worked my ass off for this,” she commented. “Like so many other working-class kids who bust their ass for expertise they weren’t born into to realize their ideas.”
Jenner’s Perspective on Khy
Kylie Jenner, on her part, has portrayed Khy as a reflection of her genuine self. In her statements, she emphasized that the brand is an embodiment of “who I am at my core.” She further expressed her strong creative vision for her brand, emphasizing her autonomous decisions regarding its direction.
“Creatively I have such a strong vision of what I want to look like and what I want to do and what I want to wear. There’s really no one telling me what to do,” Jenner remarked.
Collaborations and Future Endeavors
Jenner’s Khy line’s initial collection was formed in collaboration with independent label, Namilia. Sources close to Jenner informed Page Six Style that she intends to continue this trend, partnering with other designers and emerging brands for future Khy collections.
The Fashion World Reacts
As word of the controversy spreads, reactions from the fashion world have been mixed. Some industry insiders have rallied behind Betsy Johnson, voicing concerns about established celebrities potentially overshadowing or even appropriating the creative works of lesser-known artists. Others have cautioned against jumping to conclusions, stating that similarities in design can often be coincidental and emphasizing the importance of understanding both sides of the story before casting judgment.
The public, having easy access to both Jenner’s and Johnson’s designs on social media platforms, have been quick to chime in with their opinions. Some users have taken to comparing specific pieces from Khy and PRODUCTS, posting side-by-side comparisons and debating the extent of the similarities. Others have expressed concern over Johnson’s financial struggles, citing her student debt revelation as evidence of the broader challenges that young designers face in breaking into the competitive world of fashion.
Waiting for Official Responses
The public awaits Jenner’s official response to these allegations. As the story continues to develop, many in the fashion industry and beyond will be closely monitoring any updates.
- Kylie Jenner launched her clothing line, Khy.
- Betsy Johnson alleges Kylie plagiarized her PRODUCT label’s concepts.
- Johnson has previously served as the Visual Director for YEEZY and has collaborated on significant projects.
- Jenner describes Khy as a representation of her core self.
- Controversy remains unresolved as the public awaits Jenner’s response.