Kendall and Kylie Jenner released a new collection of vintage-inspired merch T-shirts for $125, some of which had Tupac and Notorious BIG's faces imposed beneath Kendall and Kylie's. Twitter users accuse the Jenners of cultural appropriation, but there may also be a legal issue at play.
For another edition of its in-house labels (the retailer carries both in-house lines and other well-known brands), Aritzia has produced at least four pieces (under its label, The Constant) that bear an all-too-similar resemblance to OV's signatures silhouettes, colors, and fabrics.
Forever 21 recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit. Forever 21 has been accused of ripping off other designers many times in the past — from big labels like Adidas and H&M to smaller individuals like Marta Freedman. Forever 21 claims that both C. Luce (parent company TCEC) and CornerStone Apparel, doing business as Papaya Clothing, copied one of its “original” designs, according to documents published on Monday.
When Toronto entrepreneurs Rose Chang and Stephanie Drabik heard about the alleged copying of designs by illustrator Tuesday Bassen by fast-fashion retailer Zara, they were appalled. “We didn’t know that we were also ripped off until another designer, Adam J. Kurtz, posted one of his designs that was stolen and we saw ours on there as well,” Chang and Drabik, the co-owners and founders of fashion and accessories line Crywolf, tell Yahoo Canada Style in an email.
A designer has used Twitter to claim that retail giant Zara has been copying her designs without compensation or credit. Tuesday Bassen, based in Los Angeles, has worked with brands such as Adidas, Nike and Urban Outfitters - but tweeted that “@Zara consistently uses my work against my wishes and without any compensation”.
H&M’s version on the left; Forever21′s knockoff on the right. Photo: @thefashionlaw/Twitter What happened to the good old days when everyone just copied one another and there was hostility and resentment but no one ever filed a lawsuit? Let’s go back. These days, knockoffs don’t seem to be any more prevalent than in the past, but the fight for who was first has taken center stage.