Forever 21 is being accused of ripping off the designs of another company — again.Valfré, a Los Angeles-based apparel and accessories brand known best for its pop-art cell phone cases designed by illustrator Ilse Valfré, has sent a cease and desist letter to Forever 21 over a rainbow cell phone cover the budding company says is an “exact replica” of its design, WWD has learned.The letter was sent Friday to Forever 21, but the fast-fashion retailer has yet to respond to Valfré’s accusations of copyright infringement and the company is planning to file suit should the silence continue.“Should Forever 21 take responsibility for the infringement, cooperate with our investigation and agree to tender reasonable compensation, then no court case will be necessary,” Valfré attorney Scott Alan Burroughs said.As for why legal action against Forever 21 may be necessary, Burroughs said Valfré is a company known for its original designs “and the copying of those designs by big corporations really damages our relationship with consumers and the market.”[caption id="attachment_10884091" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A comparison of Valfré's rainbow phone case (left) and Forever 21's case.[/caption]While Valfré prices its phone cases roughly between $20 and $40, Forever 21 is selling the alleged knockoff for $10.Representatives of Forever 21 could not be reached for comment.The trend-hungry retailer is no stranger to litigation over its alleged copycatting ways. Forever 21 has faced scores of lawsuits alleging trademark and copyright infringement and is currently defending against claims from Puma over shoes designed by Rihanna and was recently called out on social media for selling clothes resembling Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” merchandise. Valfré rose to popularity through Instagram and has since grown beyond cell phone cases to a line of apparel, handbags and stationary illustrated by the brand’s founder, but has recently taken to enforcing its intellectual property rights.In April the company sued struggling teen retailer Rue 21 for allegedly using several of its cell phone cover designs for a line of earbuds.[caption id="attachment_10884099" align="alignleft" width="352"] A comparison of Valfré's phone cases and Rue 21's earbuds.[/caption]Valfré said Rue 21 developed, distributed and “widely promoted” the earbuds knowing they were “identical” to Valfré’s designs and doing so without permission, according to the complaint.The company added that it’s suffering “irreparable harm” through Rue 21’s use of its designs and is seeking up to $150,000 in damages for each infringing product, along with the disgorgement of all profits from the sale of the earbuds.Rue21 has yet to respond to the complaint and a company representative could not be reached for comment, but the earbuds at issue currently do not appear on the retailer’s web site.For More, See:Harley-Davidson Ends Urban Outfitters Fight Over Infringing TsWal-Mart Getting Closer to Amazon With New Auto-Order PatentFyre Festival Attendees Demanding $5M — or More — in Lawsuit
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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