Kylie Jenner, known for her successful makeup empire, is now facing accusations of copying designer Betsy Johnson's ideas for her new clothing line, Khy. Johnson, not to be confused with iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson, claims that her label, Products, had contacted Jenner's team months ago, sharing concept and language along with a line sheet.
Taking to Instagram, Johnson expressed her disappointment and called out Jenner, stating, "INTERESTING CONCEPT KYLIE:… INTERESTING. Thanks for the co-sign … F**k your support." She also criticized Jenner's privileged upbringing and shared a screenshot of her own student debt, highlighting the hard work she put in to realize her ideas.
Jenner collaborated with independent label Namilia's founders for Khy's first collection, further fueling Johnson's claims of copying. Despite the controversy surrounding the launch, sources familiar with Jenner's brand state that she is excited to continue partnering with designers and brands in the future.
While Jenner's announcement of the new clothing line received attention and praise, the initial reactions from social media users were not entirely positive. Fans and critics expressed their disappointment with the brand's supposed cheap price point and raised concerns about the lack of originality in Jenner's designs.
Some users pointed out the similarities between Khy's products and other competing brands, questioning the affordability and the alleged lack of inspiration. Additionally, Jenner faced accusations of imitating The Row, a fashion brand founded by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Despite the criticism, there were also fans who expressed their support for Khy. Some users stated their intention to purchase items from the line, while others defended Jenner's growing fashion ventures. Overall, the launch of Khy has generated mixed opinions and anticipation for its official release on November 1.
Kylie Jenner's representative has been contacted for a comment on the allegations made by Betsy Johnson. It remains to be seen how the accusations will impact the success of Khy and whether Jenner will address the concerns raised by fans and critics.