Get To Know The Designer Behind The Coolest Clutches In The World

Photo courtesy of Gelareh Mizrahi.

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Iranian-born accessories designer Gelareh Mizrahi was going to be a lawyer before her fashion calling became undeniable. The 32-year-old Parsons grad launched her eponymous brand in 2013 and grew it on a shoestring budget with her own two hands (and some help from YouTube tutorials when necessary). By now you’ve seen her playful python clutches—from pizza to a gap-toothed pout—all over fashion week and Instagram. Here, Mizrahi tells us about herself and her work.

Hometown: North Potomac, Maryland.

Astrological sign: Virgo.

Design philosophy: “I do what I want.” I started saying this to tease my husband when we first got married. Now it’s become a set of words to live by that reflects an inner rebellion—a quest to do what I love, not just what’s expected.

Muse: A human hybrid of Angelica Pickles and Method Man

Materials of choice: At the moment, it’s python. Python power! But I know the python bags are super special and expensive, so I have also started making pins and other little goodies to share my vision in a more accessible way.  

Sartorial scenario: A magical universe set atop Chloe Nørgaard’s head in between her colorful locks  

Fun fact: The day after I gave birth to my son I had to send out my two largest shipments. While I was in bed with my baby, my husband went home from the hospital, packed up boxes of bags, made all of the packing slips and invoices, and shipped everything out for me. 

Inspiration for fall ’15: It’s called The Trip Collection, the follow-up to The Stoned Collection. It’s all about saying peace out” to this universe and going for a ride in your rocket ship to the other side of the rainbow where little green men rock out to the Wu-Tang Clan. 

Personal wardrobe staple: Super-tight high-waisted black jeans, super-soft round-hem long black T-shirt, black YSL leather jacket, four-inch heels or higher, and my black python bucket bag with a hidden smiley face detail.

Last novel you loved: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey.

Favorite film of all time: District 9. It reminds me of when I first moved to New York and was living on my cousin’s couch while going to Parsons. 

Daily soundtrack: “HYFR” by Drake.

Drink order: Michelada.

Standby snack: Super sour Mexican candy.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.