In a legal coup for Anthropologie during its lawsuit against Forever 21, the fast-fashion chain’s founders, Do Won Chang and Jin Sook Chang, faced depositions this month. The husband-and-wife team, who own and run the $1.7 billion retailer, were deposed for full days on April 16 and 17 in the L.A. offices of Duane Morris LLP, which is representing Anthropologie in its claims that Forever 21 copied nine of its copyrighted garments.
Forever 21 has been sued over 50 times for copyright infringement in the last three-and-a-half years, but its lawyers have successfully blocked attempted depositions of the Changs by settling the cases out of court or raising objections to their being deposed. In this case, however, Judge Michael Dolinger of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York compelled the depositions of the Changs, noting Do Won Chang is chief executive of the company and Jin Sook Chang is Forever 21’s head buyer — and documents indicated she was directly involved in the purchase of eight of the nine disputed garments.
This was the first time in about 10 years the Changs were successfully deposed in a lawsuit against Forever 21. The transcription and videotape of the deposition is sealed, but the judge could make portions public in a few weeks, according to Greg Gulia, an attorney with Duane Morris.
Frank Colucci, an attorney representing Trovata in a separate case against Forever 21, noted the videotapes would be “of great interest to a lot of people.” He plans to subpoena them in his own case, which is set to go to trial in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., on May 12. (It was previously scheduled for May 7 but was pushed back due to a conflict with another case the judge is hearing.)
During the depositions, the Changs requested the use of a Korean translator. They immigrated to the U.S. 28 years ago and have been running Forever 21 since 1984.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast