FASHIONBOSS ENCORE: SUNDAY FASHION RECAP
FASHION LAW: Lessons on “Borrowing”
Adidas Takes on Isabel Marant in Trademark Use | Adidas, the ever popular designer of the famously known Superstar and Stan Smith sneakers, has accused Isabel Marant of copyright infringement. The sportswear brand claims Marant illegally copied the Stan Smith sneaker by imitating its distinct red heel tab in her newly produced Bart low-tops. So the question of whether Adidas has grounds to pursue a copyright infringement case lingers. It just so happens that the brand is no stranger to cases such as this if you remember the 2008 case against Payless Shoes that arose to protect Adidas’ key design feature- the colored part on the outer back heel. It’s been seven years since this case and still it seems that many designers have yet to learn.
Adobe Suite Not So Sweet on Forever 21 | Notorious fast-fashion retailer and questionable vendor of ethical practices, Forever 21 has gotten itself into boiling water over the unauthorized and illegal use of creative design programs. The class action suit was filed on Jan. 28th, 2015 in the Northern District of California by industry giants:Adobe Systems Incorporated (DE), Autodesk, INC. (DE), and Corel Corporation (Canada). The three corporations discovered that Forever 21 was using pirated copies of their products, and “continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement.” The plaintiffs claim that Forever 21 violated intellectual property laws on copyrighted material (see: Title 17, “Copyright Act”). Although it is unknown how these companies caught Forever 21’s piracy, the plaintiffs recount 63 different instances where the defendant infringed on programs that included almost all Adobe’s Creative Cloud products (Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver), Autodesk software (Factory Design Suite, Sketchbook Pro), and Corel programs (WinZip, PaintShopPro).
BUSINESS OF FASHION: Out With the Old, In With the Haute
GAP Creative Director Leaves Brand | Former casual-wear denim monarch of the ’90s, Gap encounters a challenging marketplace in recent years. Parting with its lauded creative director Danish designer Rebekka Bay, the company has gone so far as to cut her position altogether. Bay’s delicate, minimalist style was her trademark and success at Cos and with Gap until she was booted. Her vision was illustrated in her belted, crisp white pleated shirt dresses and feather-light paneled tops paired with super sleek blazers. But when she channeled the same sort of collection at Gap in 2012 upon employment, the already flagging sales continued to descend: they dropped 5% in December — more than the 3.8% prediction by analysts.
Viktor & Rolf Return to Couture | Viktor & Rolf is going strictly luxury shutting its ready-to-wear business after the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Taking a cue from Jean-Paul Gaultier last year, the brand is to focus entirely on haute couture and fragrances. As reported to WWD, Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren will complete and market their last womenswear collection in a private presentation, not the Paris runway. The brand currently delivers men’s and women’s clothing to about 100 high-end stores in addition to its flagship on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, which will close in early 2016.
FASHION REPETITION: Moschino’s “It” Backpack
Jeremy Scott’s Biker Jacket Bag | It’s not everyday you have an American fashion designer, bred from a town known as the Cave state (Missouri) design a collection of ‘IT’ bags, inspired from a series of classic outerwear. This designer additionally curated a collection of bubblegum pink, frills, and highlighted Barbie as his muse for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. This head designer is none other, than creative director of Italian fashion house Moschino, Jeremy Scott. This funky eccentric series of handbags is bound to face replicates and we can’t blame the fast-retailers that went hell-bent over it. Moschino’s top seller the Bike Leather Jacket Backpack (retailed at $2,300 per bag) is granted to break a few necks. NastyGal waits only two months before concocting it’s own rendition; The Go Moto Crossbody Bag retails at $49.
Images via Gap/Viktor & Rolfby