Californian designers copied the silhouettes of three world-famous dresses from the fashion house - Jungle Print, Barocco and Pop Hearts.
Italian luxury fashion house Versace has filed a lawsuit against California mass-market brand Fashion Nova, accusing the company of plagiarism. Versace felt that the brand's designers copied the silhouettes of three world-famous dresses released under their label in previous years.
This includes the famous "Jungle Print" dress, which Jennifer Lopez was seen wearing at the Grammy Awards in 2000. This model, which is a landmark for the fashion house, was personally designed by Donatella Versace. In 2020, the singer participated in the Versace show in Milan, showing the public an updated version of the dress.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles court alleges that Fashion Nova violated the rights of the luxury brand by copying flared sleeves, original bamboo leaf print, as well as an elongated V-neckline and a round brooch embellishment. At the same time, in the Fashion Nova collection, they found dresses similar to other well-recognized Versace models - “Barocco” and “Pop Hearts”.
Representatives of the Italian brand note that they tried to settle the dispute out of court by sending claims to the company's head office, but there was no answer, and the production and sale of dresses continued. Versace says that Fashion Nova's actions could harm consumers as the designer's products evoke associations with iconic Versace creations, putting the reputation of the luxury fashion house in jeopardy.
According to representatives of the Italian company, thanks to the litigation, they hope to stop plagiarism by Fashion Nova, which has previously been engaged in copying famous models of world brands, including adidas. The amount of the claim is stated in the amount of profit that the brand received from the sale of these dresses. In addition, Versace expects to recover compensation from the defendant in the amount of $90,000 for non-pecuniary damage.