Music producer Swizz Beatz has accused the French fashion house of ripping off a shirt produced by Ruff Ryders, the record label founded by his uncles and aunt, in its latest menâ€™s collection.
This comes after Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele was criticized for including a copy of a puff-sleeve bomber jacket designed by Harlem tailor Dapper Dan in its cruise 2018 collection. The brand later issued a statement describing the look as an â€œhomage.â€
On his Instagram account, Swizz Beatz posted an image from Wednesdayâ€™s Balenciagashow with the caption: â€œ@balenciaga we must have a talk about this Ruff Ryder shirt ASAP ðŸ¤” Dapper Dan with Gucci now this ðŸ¤” thoughts ?????? Blessings.â€
He also posted a version of the original shirt, which bears strong similarities to the Balenciaga version. The stylized â€œRâ€ on the original shirt has been altered into a â€œBâ€ and the name across it from â€œRuff Rydersâ€ to â€œBalenciagaâ€. A slogan in red now reads â€œThe Power of Dreamsâ€ instead of â€œRuff Ryders Ryde or Die.â€
â€œ@balenciaga @vetements_official ðŸ¤”ðŸ‘€ what are we doing??? Call me back blessings . I Might just want you to open up a fashion school in the bronx or harlem ðŸ¤”Just so you can give back to the culture !ðŸ™ðŸ½ðŸ™ðŸ½ðŸ™ðŸ½ðŸ™ðŸ½ðŸ™ðŸ½ðŸ™ðŸ½ thoughts ????â€ Swizz Beatz said.
Officials at Balenciaga were not immediately available to comment. Demna Gvasalia, the labelâ€™s creative director, has collaborated with brands including Leviâ€™s, Champion and Juicy Couture for his VÃªtements label.
Swizz Beatz, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, is married to singer Alicia Keys.
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Drake Writes Song for Louis Vuitton Menâ€™s Show: The rapper announced the collaboration on his Instagram account.
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