November 28, 2019: Oh boy, here we go again! Your favourite fast-fashion brand, Fashion Nova (babyyyy!), has been pulled into drama yet again for ripping off designs without a single care in the world. This time, the brand is coming under fire for ripping off luxury Italian fashion house, the one, the only—Versace.
On Monday, Versace filed a lawsuit against Fashion Nova for copying their signature Barocco print and perhaps their most iconic print known to mankind. Ring a bell? Yep, it’s the "jungle print" dress that Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards that single-handedly inspired the creation of Google Images—yes, really.
Everyone adored that dress, so much so that Versace actually brought it back during its Spring 2020 show during Milan Fashion Week...with J.Lo modeling it!!!
But I digress. The Fashion Law managed to obtain a copy of the lawsuit docs, in which Versace claims that Fashion Nova is trying to “exploit the popularity and renown of Versace’s signature designs, and to trade on [its] valuable goodwill and business reputation in order to drive profits and sales to line Fashion Nova’s pockets.” Say it with me: Yikes!
"Fashion Nova’s ability to churn out new clothing so quickly…is due in large part to its willingness to copy the copyrighted designs, trademarks and trade dress elements of well-known designers, and trade on their creative efforts in order to bolster [its own] bottom line," the papers continued. Basically, it’s as messy as you probably expected.
This isn’t the first time that Fashion Nova has come under fire for copying designs. Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian wore a vintage Thierry Mugler cutout gown to the 5th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards—and Fashion Nova sold a replica of it on their website for $50, literally 24 hours later.
"It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat, and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas," Kim wrote on Twitter after the event. "I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent."
It’s unclear how much $ Versace is suing Fashion Nova for at the moment, but IDK...something tells me this won’t end well for one of these brands!