With 1.8 million followers and counting (Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and Pharrell are some of the biggest names on the list), Diet Prada is undoubtedly the most influential fashion watchdogs and the voice of the call-out culture right now. From luxury fashion houses to A-list celebrities and influencers alike, the co-founders—Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, who remained anonymous until they revealed their identities two years ago—are not afraid to hold the biggest names in fashion accountable, be it exposing copycat designs or cultural appropriation.
Dolce & Gabbana had to resort to cancel its Shanghai show due to its racist ad (and Stefano Gabbana’s leaked controversial messages that followed). Gucci and Prada issued apologies over their blackface backlashes. But the one name who makes the most “appearance” on their list goes to Kim Kardashian. The media mogul—along with her sisters—is no stranger to controversies, and below, we take a look back at all the times they’ve been called out by Diet Prada for their actions.
The Kids Supply saga
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@kimkardashian ! Just when we thought you may have rocked the glitter better than Bey, you had to go and rip an extremely limited edition @commedesgarcons x Kosho & Co souvenir jacket for your @thekidssupply line AND that Tay Swift @vetements_official dress you knocked for North. Great message for the little ones! #kimdesgarcons #letreiknow #letdemnaknow #kimkardashian #thekidssupply #souvenirjacket #sukajan #vetements #commedesgarcons #demnagvasalia #reikawakubo #streetwear #copyat #knockoff #dietprada #sequins #sparkle #kkw
When: December 2017
Backstory: Over two years ago, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West launched a (now defunct) children’s clothing line called The Kids Supply, and in their fourth collection, there were two pieces—a bomber jacket and a sequinned dress—that looked identical to the ones from Commes des Garçons and Vetements. Diet Prada wasted no time to call them out for ripping off other designers’ work.
Kim’s response: A spokesperson for the brand told Page Six, saying: “The idea behind Kids Supply is to give people the opportunity to purchase things that would never be available for children otherwise. We decided to release the Demna dress after making one on our own for North because it got such a great reaction and an overflow of people wanting it for their own children. We named it the Demna dress to pay homage to him as it was one of Kim and North’s favorite mommy and me moments. The Rei jacket was a mixture of some our favorite souvenir jacket art. We have been collecting for years and have [an] archive of them. We named it the Rei Jacket out of the utmost respect for [Rei Kawakubo, founder and designer of Commes des Garçons].”
Aftermath: The star later revealed that 100% of proceeds from those two pieces will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, although Diet Prada were skeptical and called the move a “clean-up”. Not long after, Diet Prada released a ‘Kim des Garçons’ parody collection, and the merch is still available on its site today.
The Fashion Nova saga
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UPDATE: See “MUGLER” story highlight for a screenshot of the date of the Capture One session (it’s labeled 02-14-19). Fashion Nova Mugler knockoff shot 4 days before Kim wore it on 02/18/19. Kim, you’ll never fess up to your sneaky lil collaborations, but we got all the receipts
When: February 2019
Backstory: For the 5th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards, Kim Kardashian stepped out in an eye-catching—to say the least—vintage Thierry Mugler dress from its Spring/Summer 1998 collection. Hours after, online fashion retailer Fashion Nova released a design that’s eerily similar to the gown, and the video showed that the date of the shoot happened four days prior, and the file of the picture was labelled the “Kim Dress”. Diet Prada were suspicious at the quick timing, posting “receipts” suggesting that Kim is working with the brand, “peddling her vintage finds to mass retailers ahead of debuting them for a calculated, timely release.”
Kim’s response: The star cleared up the allegations in a series of tweets.
Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site – but it’s not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 19, 2019
Aftermath: Fashion Nova also set the record straight by commenting on Diet Prada’s Instagram post, saying: “Nice try @diet_prada. Don’t mean to brag but we found out about @KimKardashian in the Mugler dress when the rest of the world did—that’s how fast and talented our team is.”
The Naomi Campbell saga
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