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Picking up on Summer 2013’s lawsuit trend, luxury shirt retailer Thomas Pink has accused Victoria’s Secret of trademark infringement. Apparently Victoria’s Secret are confusing customers by hawking sweatpants and bath lotion under the name ‘PINK’.
If this is true, it’s bloody awful. And if you’ve ever been into Alexander McQueen’s Meatpacking store to wistfully stroke skull-handle umbrellas you’ll never be able to afford but wouldn’t dream of stealing so stop doing that thing with your eyebrows at me please, well, you might not have trouble believing it.
It’s official: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will be trading in their Baroque embroidery for prison stripes. Earlier this morning, an Italian court found the Dolce & Gabbana designers guilty of tax evasion and sentenced them both to jail time.
For months we waited with bated breath for Nicolas Ghesquière to speak out about his decision to leave Balenciaga, and thanks to his much anticipated interview with System back in April, we no longer had to read between the lines. However, it seems Kering (formerly PPR), who owns Balenciaga, is not happy about the designer’s choice words for his former employer and is planning to sue him for “breach of duty of confidentiality.”
She may not look like she packs much of a punch, but Tory Burch is a heavy-hitter when it comes to the fight against counterfeiting. Her company won the biggest sum ($146 million!) in our roundup this week of major victories against fashion fakes, and today they have filed no less than four new suits against shady companies allegedly dealing in Tory Burch knockoffs.
Today, after a grueling four-and-a-half-year lawsuit, Versace scored a big win against counterfeiters who were hawking knockoffs of their designer wares on eBay. This is just the latest in a string of slam dunks for fashion brands, as judges have begun cracking down on companies making and selling fake versions of their designs, and we’ve rounded up the ones that we’re sure had them popping the champagne — once they finally made it out of court, that is.
Rihanna may not like how she looks in the allegedly unauthorized photo Topshop screened on their “Rihanna” tank top — in fact, she’s currently embroiled in a major lawsuit over it — but the UK fans that snapped it up before the retailer pulled it from their website certainly do. Here’s why that might not be such a good thing for the pop star.
New York Fashion Week might be at risk of losing its home once again thanks to a lawsuit being filed against New York City and Lincoln Center. According to The New York Times, residents of the surrounding area, in alliance with environmental groups, claim that Lincoln Center’s commercial purposes limit the public’s access to the adjacent Damrosch Park.
We’d guess that with one River Island collab selling like hot pants and another hitting shelves in less than a week, Rihanna is a bit sensitive about her image being affixed to another brand’s clothing. According to a source who spoke to the New York Post, Topshop’s Icon Tank, which features her face, has the star T’d off.
There’s trouble in paradise for Kate Moss’ favorite denim brand. Designer Michelle Siwy, who co-founded Siwy Denim in 2005, is suing the brand’s current owners after they allegedly went back on their word to grant her a stake in the company.
It’s hardly a holly jolly Christmas in the Burch households this year. Page Six reports that the latest development in the messy, ongoing dispute between Tory and Chris Burch involves heavy-hitting lawyers and lots o’ subpoenas — none of which, we imagine, were tied up with a festive bow.
Things are not looking good for attractive Iowans. On Friday, the state’s supreme court ruled that a male dentist was within his rights to fire his assistant for being too good-looking. James Knight alleged that Melissa Nelson, a married mother of two and his employee of ten years, became too “irresistible” for his meagre willpower to handle, so, to eliminate the “threat” and protect his own marriage, he terminated her employment.
This Thursday, Journalist Charlie Rose and his production team agreed to pay $250,000 in unpaid wages to former interns in order to settle a class-action suit they had filed against him. Could this mean that Hearst will be forced to do the same in the suit former intern Diana Wang brought against the company? And could this be the beginning of the end of unpaid internships?
Let this be a lesson to us all not to throw around claims of elephant polo tournaments where litigious supermodels are involved.
Can American Apparel go 24 hours without getting hit with a new controversy? Yesterday, several of their ads were banned in Britain for appearing to sexualize minors, and today CEO Dov Charney is getting hit with a lawsuit that alleges he choked and rubbed dirt in the face of a former employee.
For something involving people who make pretty things for a living, the fight between Tory Burch and ex-husband Chris Burch sure is ugly.
After a lengthy legal battle, ex-Prada Japan retail manager Rina Bovrisse has seen the case that she filed against her former employer rejected by a Tokyo District Court.
Do you find the names Ali Ro and A+RO for two totally unrelated fashion labels a little too close for comfort? Donna Morgan LLC certainly does. As the owners of Ali Ro, a contemporary line founded in 2007, the company is now suing a whole slew of retailers and manufacturers involved with selling products under the label A+RO.
According to the New York Post, a slew of major New York City modeling agencies from Wilhelmina to Ford to Elite are currently the target of a $20 million class action lawsuit alleging that their fraudulent accounting led to models getting repeatedly cheated out of their hard-earned paychecks.
CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and France’s richest man Bernard Arnault got a very rude awakening when he opened up the newspaper this morning — a picture of him on the cover of Libération under the headline “Casse-toi riche con!”, which can be (politely) translated to “Get lost, rich idiot!”, was staring back.