Evidently the courtroom is fashion’s hautest hangout this season, and it looks like Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will be back there before they’ve even finished appealing those tax evasion charges.
This time they’ll be joined by Peter Fonda, who wrote, produced and acted in the iconic 1969 movie Easy Rider. Fonda, like a few people, has taken issue with Dolce & Gabbana’s tribute tee. Though his qualm is not the $295 price tag but the fact that the designers didn’t ask permission to use his name and image. WWD reports:
Fonda alleges in the suit that he has “suffered injuries to his peace, happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image, loss of fair market value of his services, and dilution of his current and future publicity value.” He’s seeking damages of at least $6 million, plus punitive damages, lawyer fees and any profits generated from sales of the offending tees.
Neither of the boys have responded to the suit, but the shirts in question have been pulled from their website and that of Nordstrom – another defendant in the case. You can, however, buy one from FarFetch at 50% off.
If you’ve got a cool $129 to spend on a t-shirt then get in quick. If Marc Jacobs has taught us anything, it’s that few things are kinder to t-shirt sales than a juicy copyright battle.