LONDON — Topshop has agreed to pay Chloé, the French fashion house owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont, more than 13,000 pounds, or $26,700, in an out-of-court settlement regarding a yellow overall dress.
Chloé had alleged the yellow cotton dress sold by Topshop was “almost identical” to a dress from See by Chloé, the brand’s diffusion line.
While the Chloé dress cost about 185 pounds, or $380, the Topshop version retailed for 35 pounds, or $71.
Topshop also has agreed to destroy more than 1,000 dresses in question. On Thursday, a spokesman for Topshop confirmed the company had compensated Chloé, but declined further comment.
Rachael Parman, an intellectual property lawyer for Shoosmiths, the law firm that acted on behalf of Chloé, said the introduction of European design right legislation in 2002 meant designers now had automatic protection for their designs under European law.
“Design right protection applies for three years, which is a long time in fashion,” said Parman, adding that if a copy of a new design gave the same “overall impression” as an original one, the legislation protected the original designer.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
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Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
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