Versace is suing Fashion Nova for copying its iconic green leaf-printed dress.
The design, famously worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 2000 Grammys, isn’t the only print that the luxury house is suing over.
Alongside the Jungle Print, Versace has also taken legal action against Fashion Nova’s use of its black and gold Barocco design and its Pop Hearts design. Despite all three prints being copyrighted, the fast-fashion label has manufactured and sold remarkably similar versions on its own products.
The lawsuit states, according to the Hollywood Reporter: “Fashion Nova’s ability to churn out new clothing so quickly is due in large part to its willingness to copy the copyrighted designs, trademarks and trade dress elements of well-known designers such as Versace, and trade on their creative efforts in order to bolster Fashion Nova’s bottom line.”
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“Fashion Nova’s Infringing Apparel is plainly a deliberate effort to exploit the popularity and renown of Versace’s signature designs, and to trade on Versace’s valuable goodwill and business reputation.”
“Versace seeks to bring an end to Fashion Nova’s latest brazen attempt at copying the work of yet another famous and world-renowned designer.”
Versace’s iconic green leaf-print made history the first time J. Lo wore it, as it led to the creation of Google Images after it was so heavily searched. She then wore an updated version of the dress nearly 20 years later to close Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show during Milan Fashion Week.
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Fashion Nova has previously been called out for copying designers; Kim Kardashian West criticised the brand for replicating her vintage Thierry Mugler gown.
The star tweeted: “It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas.”
It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 19, 2019
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.
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