D&g Lawsuit

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  1. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    Debonair vs D&G
    The designer behind the west London shop and fashion label Debonair is considering suing Italian fashion duo Dolce and Gabbanna for allegedly copying her designs. Debonair's Deborah Nicholas claims that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana first visited her shop in the Portobello Green Arcade back in February 2000, became regular customers and bought several of her designs over the next few years. In 2002, Deborah saw a bag in the Evening Standard credited to D&G which was remarkably similar to one she had designed and sold to the pair. She then visited D&G's Sloane Street shop where she obtained the spring/summer 2003 catalogue and spotted not only the clutch bag but also a Manga print T-shirt and a gold leather top which she recognised as being very like her own designs and which had also been bought by D&G. Last month, Deborah was taking a ciggy break outside of her shop when she saw Domenico Dolce and confronted him. Now, Deborah is seeking help with the costs of pursuing a legal case through copyright specialists at London law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner. Her solicitor, Caroline Barber told us: "We are totally behind Deborah and have agreed to represent her on a conditional fee basis, but this doesn't cover all the associated costs of taking high court action." It is estimated that £1000 would cover her initial costs -


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  2. macchiom

    macchiom New Member

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    It’s no news that designers often are inspired by others.

    Does anyone have pictures of the allegedly copied items and the originals?
     
  3. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    sorry..no pics accompanying the article...
     
  4. Luna

    Luna offline.

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    Inspired is one thing.. copying is another.

    Too bad she'll probably lose.
     
  5. macchiom

    macchiom New Member

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    That’s why I would like to see some pics.
     
  6. Atelier

    Atelier Hoppity Hop

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    Berwin Leighton Paisner can't fund a design infringement case?
     
  7. Derin

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    There's no way she could win the trial imo..Good exposure for her brand though!
     
  8. Spacemiu

    Spacemiu New Member

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    Yes they also TOTALLY copy Vivienne westwood with the SEX chain chockers
     
  9. Alura

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    The D&G has been a bit 'behind' for the last few years imho, one could spot graffiti, 80s punk style etc for years in good clubs when D&G all of a sudden began to apply it to their collection a few years after. I remember lots of friends saying: jeez seen it, done it, been there. Italian youth is not known to be very trendsetting anyway, stylish: yes, streetwise: no.
     
  10. PrinceOfCats

    PrinceOfCats Naturellement pulpeuse

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    I smell a Marc Jacobs herring...
     
  11. Scott

    Scott Stitch:the Hand

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    One cannot count the times work of underrated designers are often being copied by big-wigs. Walter Van Beirendonck could have sued Marc Jacobs when he explicitly used his signature mask graphic from his æstheticterrorists line for "Marc" a couple seasons ago.

    Its no use really in the end,as far as compensation is concerned,but somehow it does sort of prove something to this disillusioned,narrow minded,quick-to-praise industry we're in. And hopefully,there will be shame that will be put onto these copy cats.
     
  12. Scott

    Scott Stitch:the Hand

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    If not,well,that's the fault of the people who buy into it.

    Is this the first time we've actually heard of somebody trying to sue someone for plagerism? Or was it that Balenciage incident?
     
  13. stylegurrl

    stylegurrl New Member

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    It's really a shame that small designers have little recourse against big-names who steal their work. I think the copyright laws, as they pertain to the fashion industry, need to be reviewed. :innocent: The Balenciaga incident Scott referred to is a classic example of why I feel this way.
     
  14. AlexN

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    What happened with Balenciaga?
     
  15. brian

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    i agree 18548787%
     
  16. Erzébeth

    Erzébeth New Member

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    i think the balenciaga incident is the copying kaisik wong's patchwork thing.
     
  17. stylegurrl

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    Yes, that is what I was referring to, AlexN.
     
  18. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    actually...YSL famously sued ralph lauren for copying the tuxedo dress...
    YSL argued that it was originally his idea...and lauren argued that it was a classic and that no one could claim to have created it first...
    i don't remember the outcome...it was in the early 90's and the whole industry was buzzing about it...there was an article about it almost everyday in wwd for weeks...

    i feel like YSL eventually dropped the suit but everyone pretty much agreed that ralph had ripped off the idea...so YSL made his point...which was not really about money anyway...
    ralph lost face...it took awhile to get back on track...

    FYI... :flower:
     
  19. MissKatherineA

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    Didn't Coco Chanel once say "Without copying how can you have fashion"

    ...or something to that effect?

    Still, Dolce and Gabanna are HUGE designers, how cool would it have been of them to have this designer commision certain peices, still capitalizing on the great ideas while helping a new career and contributing fresh energy to the fashion industry?

    Would have been very cool of them.
     
  20. Puccipatterned

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    Now in fashion everybody is inspired on everybody, and we can see in D&G a lot of inspiratons from other designers, but Dolce and Gabanna are often complaining about other brands that are inspired on them, I read it in an interview.
    They copy but they complain about othes copying them, it isn't very ethic.
     

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