UPDATE Willow Smith’s stylist responsible for ripping off Mother of London‘s signature harness at the AMAs has been named, and it’s not Mariel Haenn. The offending copycat in this case is Brea Stinson, aka Bstar. We’re relieved and thrilled that Mildred Von Hildegard is able to finally get the credit she deserves, and to move on.
Haute Macabre [and fashion blogs all around the Web], recently featured a Mother of London editorial so breathtaking, it’s likely left a permanent imprint it in your subconscious. Just in case, a reminder:
The editorial featured a recent incarnation of the iconic Mother of London ruffed, sleeved harness, which first made its appearance way back in 2006.
This collage features a few versions of the harness. Also pictured, musician/actress Juliette Lewis and adult film star Belladonna, just two of MoL’s many celebrity clients, wearing their commissioned Mother of London harnesses.
And now, this.
That’s actress and budding pop star Willow Smith at last night’s American Music Awards. But her ill-fitting, canary-yellow harness is not the handiwork of Mildred Von, the designer behind Mother of London.
Oh HELL no.
The search for the perpetrator is underway, with sources currently pointing to Willow’s stylist, Marial Haenn. The noted celebrity stylist has denied her involvement in a series of emails with Nadya Lev of Coilhouse Magazine. However, considering that these denials came after the knock-off story erupted all over the internet, and not when Haenn was being praised for “her” work by tabloids earlier today, we all find it rather dubious. Unless someone else steps up to the plate, we are left to assume this is Haenn’s doing, whether directly or via outsourcing.
Mildred Von spoke to Haute Macabre, saying:
I’m disappointed and saddened that this will negatively impact my business. My original design is now recognized in the mass media as someone else’s work, and it’s very hurtful on both a personal and professional levels. I hope this can be resolved, and I wish nothing but the best to Willow.
Indeed. And the fact that there is a talented, engaging ten-year-old now indefinitely associated with this mucky situation makes it so much worse.
The only viable resolution is for the responsible party [or parties] to immediately come forward and publicly apologize, so that Mildred Von / Mother of London can get the recognition and compensation she deserves.
Photo by Chad Michael Ward. Harness by Mother of London.