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French Fashion Designer Gets Called Out for Copying Indigenous Oaxacan Clothing Design

Isabel Marant, a popular French fashion designer, is under fire for allegedly trying to copyright a design used by an indigenous community from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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It all began with this Marant blouse.

Credit: Isabel Marant

Her typical design aesthetic is bohemian, relaxed chic with a flare of pattern. Looks cool, right? Wait…

Earlier this year, several people noticed the blouse closely resembled this indigenous Oaxacan design.

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The design you see above is a blouse worn by the Mixe community in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca. They’ve been there for hundreds of years.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison. The Oaxacan blouse costs 300 pesos (about $18). The Marant blouse sells for nearly $300.

Credit: change.org / Isabel Marant

Soon, people began calling out Marant…

And the women of the Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec region demanded reparations from Marant for plagiarizing their design.

S*** really hit the fan when it was reported that Marant was seeking a copyright in France for the indigenous Oaxacan clothing design.

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According to Vogue, Marant was battling with another clothing company, Antik Batik, which claimed to own the patent to the blouses.

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If a patent was upheld, that means the Oaxacan community would have to pay the patent owner copyright fees to sell their blouses. Oaxaca’s secretary for indigenous issues responded by filing a lawsuit to claim the intellectual rights of the design from Isabel Marant and Antik Balik.

Of course, people were PISSED.

change.org petition was started to protect the status of the design.

After all the uproar, a rep for Marant sent Vogue magazine a statement in which she formally denies owning a patent for the design:

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According to the statement, Marant’s company appears to be defending itself from Antik Batik’s claim that it owns a patent on the design: “Isabel Marant formally denies owning any patent to the Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec embroided blouses. Isabel Marant also formally denies having sent – or asked any French authority to send or issue – any document to the authority of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, to prevent the inhabitants of the municipality from selling their indigenous designs. On the contrary, Isabel Marant is fighting before the district court of Paris to set the record straight.”

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Marant be “setting the record straight” in a Paris, but it’s clear she’s still influenced by indigenous designs. These are some designs from her Spring/Summer 2016 Collection:

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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Women Are Sharing Their Sage Heel Shopping Advice

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Women Are Sharing Their Sage Heel Shopping Advice

When it comes to heels the options can beyond overwhelming. From stilettos and block heels to wedges and kitten heels, these pumps are proof that when it comes to shoes it’s not always a one-size-fits-all kind of game.

Women on Reddit recently gathered around on a discussion board, to share their best type of heel advice for women.

Check it out below!

“Sarah Flint is great if you really want to invest. Cole Haan is my personal go-go, but I’ve had success with Corso Como as well. J. Crew also has a surprisingly good selection of footwear and I snag trendy or statement shoes from them from time to time. All of these makers have small sizes in-stock as part of their standard offering.

For heels in particular I think committing to leather is important–if you buy them in the proper size they’ll “mold” to your feet in a way that synthetic materials never will. Pretty important for us wee ones who often have to deal with things running large to begin with.

edited for the bot”- ONTaF

“Thanks for the advice! Every pair of Cole Haan shoes I’ve tried haven’t been my favorites, so I’ll check out the others!”- mimosaandmagnolia

“While decidedly not an expert on heels, I checked the gf’s closet and found lots of Cole Haan and Burberry. She’s on her feet all day doing rounds at the hospital so she’s literally put a premium and is willing to pay a premium to be comfortable when she dresses up (however infrequent that’s been in the last year).

These may be outside your budget if purchased new, but may be brands to keep an eye out for at Nordstrom Rack, etc.”- itsonlyastrongbuzz

“Cole Haan for me. I have a pair of navy capped toe pumps that have lasted me for years and are very comfortable. For particularly small feet, I would recommend a Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pump. They’ve got a nice low heel, come in loads of colors, and they too last a long time if you take good care of them.”- Foxlurker8

“Hi! I think Franco Sarto makes a super cute block heel. Practical but still chic. I usually just go to nordstroms and try a bunch on.”- billnyegirl

“I bought a pair of heels once by Franco Sarto and they left blisters on my feet. I was so disappointed because after wearing them for a day my blood stained the tan leather.”- mimosaandmagnolia

“Definitely an investment but it may be worth looking at M Gemi? I bought a pair of their suede loafers on sale and love them — they are so comfortable! Looks like their heels go down to a size 35 (EU) which I think is close to your size?”- WannaWearMyRedShoes

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