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“Imitation is NOT The Most Sincere Form of Flattery” Aquazzura Calls Out Ivanka Trump for Copying his Design

Eki Ogunbor



It seems like imitation is a hot topic, and not in Nigeria alone – click here if you missed today’s Insta-drama!

It’s definitely something the international fashion community is always talking about.

A few weeks ago, Italian luxury shoe designer Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura posted on Instagram saying Ivanka Trump had copied his Wild Thing Fringe Suede Sandals from his Spring Summer 2015 collection as her Hettie Suede Stiletto Sandals with a collage of both shoes side by side.

It’s no secret that most affordable designers copy the luxury brands when creating collections. In fashion I believe it’s called the ‘trickle down’ effect while the reverse is known as the ‘bubble up’ effect, when high end designers copy what they see on the streets and turn it into luxury fashion. I’ll do a post on that soon – look out for it!

NYC Fashion blogger Esther Santer of Louboutins & Love wore Ivanka’s copy in a recent post of hers and shared on Instagram, Ivanka also reposted.

Soon on L&L // Snapchat: EstherSanter #louboutinsandlove #motojacket ?: @batshevaloeb Hair: @rivkah912 #wearittowork

A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Louboutins & Love (@louboutinsandlove) on

Have a look at Both Shoes & What They Cost:aquazzura wild thing sandals bella naija march 2016 blue1

Aquazzura’s Wild Thing sandals retail for $785 on Net-A-Porter. It comes in red as well.

ivanka trump hettie shoes bella naija march 2016

Ivanka Trump’s Hettie sandals retail for $145 on Bloomingdales. It also comes in beige.

What do you think, can you spot the difference or are they too similar?

Credits: Aquazzura | @aquazzura,  Bloomingdales, Net-A-Porter, Louboutins & Love, Instagram

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. hmmmm

    March 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I prefer Ivanka Trump’s . It’s more beautiful, classy and well-done.

    • Lade B

      March 31, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      You prefer someone else’s intellectual property and design in another person’s collection?

    • george

      March 31, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      hahahaha, u can imagine !! dats bad to say no matter what!

    • Leah

      March 31, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      How is it “more beautiful, classy and well-done” if it the same exact design?

    • Anon

      March 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      You poor sack of average…..?

  2. Josephine

    March 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Yep, Ivanka should be ashamed of herself.

  3. Niyoola

    March 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    So similar, just 1 strap placed differently.

    I’m sure some political jobber will pick up on thi s and cite it as another reason why you should vote her father.

    • Ghanaba

      March 31, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      So Ivanka is his ex-wife, Ivana is the daughter

    • Anon

      March 31, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Ivana is the ex-wife and Ivanka is her daughter.

  4. Ghen Ghen

    March 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Steve Madden also has these!
    It’s really disgusting.
    lazy design team pilfering other people’s ideas!

  5. mrs chidukane

    March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Ahn Ahn, Ivanka no try at all.

  6. oj's friend

    March 31, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Please,they all copy each other
    Steve madden,misguided and some others has same design
    why call out ivanka?oh because of trump?

    • Ilaye

      April 1, 2016 at 12:51 am

      I so much hate this mentality. Instead of admitting that a wrong was done, your problem is with who in particular was called out.

    • Fashionista

      April 1, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Whoever said its because of trump? Im sure he called Ivanka out in particular because she should indeed know better, her brand though not “high end” luxury is midway and would not and shouldn’t actually be overlooked for imitation.
      The other names you mentioned are high street through and through. Their own is “inspired by” for the people who cannot afford the real deal but want to rock a similar design. That one is generally “accepted”, you see it even with designer bags. Invanka should indeed know better and such a close rip of as well.

    • abi

      April 1, 2016 at 2:48 am

      I got the Missguided ones to wear and giveaway over Christmas in Lagos. The shoes are very very uncomfortable.

  7. Tgirl

    March 31, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Even just fab has the same design..: check fashion nova the shoe is everywhere..:

  8. Ladybird

    March 31, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    hmm..this seems politically motivated after all there are other brands who have done similar designs but no one is calling them out. In any case this is a bad move on her part ….

  9. nwakaego

    March 31, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Similar for where?..Aquazzura all day..every looks so lush..I would choose it with my eyes closed.

  10. nwakaego

    March 31, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Wild thing is one of his most comfortable creation…I am sure ivanka’s one can cause of the disadvantages of cheap?

  11. swagg1

    April 1, 2016 at 3:52 am

    For the same style at a cheaper price, hell yeah I will buy Ivankas shoes.

  12. MamaD

    April 1, 2016 at 5:20 am

    All these sandals and their sister shoes that have no platform *Side Eye*. No matter how expensive, you can’t wear them for long because your feet gonna hurt.

  13. Ami

    April 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Most Nigerian designers especially clothes too copy and paste. That thing irritates me ‘cos they are so full of themselves feeling fly after stealing other people’s work.

  14. I just waka come....

    April 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Please tell all these erm ‘Nigerian Designers,’ masters at copying international pieces, placing one stretch of ankara under the armpit and calling it fashion.

  15. freemind

    April 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    this fringe sandal dey nija too na. same style . Hook me up… I sell for 7k. It comes in Red, bLUE, BLACK , PURPLE AND NUDE…08066758452

  16. Akpeno

    April 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Similar shoes can be found at banana republic…. But if they are uncomfortable like someone said earlier then i no want ’cause I’ve been eyeing these for a while now:


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