Diadora America Inc. and Diadora SpA filed a lawsuit against Skechers USA Inc. for alleged trademark infringement. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle on Feb. 12. According to court documents, the Italian footwear and apparel company alleged that California-based Skechers manufactured a line of sneakers called the Luger-Strafe that infringed on its own Diadora logo. According to exhibits included with the complaint, Diadora has had a registered trademark for the shape in question since 1985. Skechers did not return calls seeking comment. Diadora alleged in legal filings that, "Skechers deliberately employs a mark substantially identical to the Diadora logo, with knowledge of Diadora's long prior use, to mislead and confuse consumers into believing that Skechers' goods are provided, sponsored or approved by Diadora and to intentionally profit from Diadora's good will." The complaint included allegations of federal and state trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution. Diadora asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, unspecified financial damages and trial costs.
Marc Jacobs is accused of plagiarizing a scarf design, according to media reports from Sweden as well as U.S.-based blogs. Goran Olofsson, a man living in western Sweden, said he believes he may own the copyright of a scarf being sold by Marc Jacobs. The brightly colored scarf emblazoned with the Marc Jacobs name allegedly may infringe on a scarf that bears the name of the village Linsell where the man grew up. Olofsson said Jacobs' scarf design bears an uncanny resemblance to a scarf his father made depicting a church, wood huts, bears, flowers and a coat of arms. Some of the images are symbols of Härjedalen, a county in northern Sweden. Olofsson said he had contacted Marc Jacobs and was waiting for a response. A representative for Marc Jacobs declined to comment.
KN Ltd. and San Francisco Network reached a settlement with Mervyns and J.D. Fine & Co. in a copyright and trade dress infringement lawsuit. J.D. Fine is a competing clothing manufacturer. KN Ltd. alleged in a federal lawsuit that a line of sleepwear sold at Mervyns infringed on its own sleepwear design. The Mervyns line, called Country Garden, was manufactured by J.D. Fine. The lawsuit alleged that the line infringed on the KN Karen Neuberger brands. Terms of the settlement were confidential. KN Ltd. announced the settlement on Feb. 15.Cartier, and several other Richemont NA Inc. divisions, Van Cleef & Arpels Logistics SA, Van Cleef & Arpels Inc. and VC&A Distribution Inc. won a consent judgment against J&P Timepieces Inc., Jeff Morris and Peter Fossner. According to a judgment filed in Manhattan federal court, the Richemont companies filed a lawsuit against J&P Timepieces and its principals for allegedly selling altered Cartier, Panerai, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels brand watches. The allegations included trademark infringement, counterfeiting, false designation and unfair competition. The defendants were ordered to pay $200,000 in damages and were restrained from infringing on Richemont's trademarks.
“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
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
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