Breaking news: Jeremy Scott’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection for Moschino may actually be legal. Instead of just copying the imagery of other brands (as Scott has been know to do), he actually worked in collaboration with the Cartoon Network in order to legally utilize the Powerpuff Girls imagery that adorned an array of Moschino's S/S 2016 runway looks. As indicated by the broadcasting company, “The Powerpuff Girls x Jeremy Scott fashion collaboration, which is a part of Moschino’s Spring 2016 collection, was unveiled at the exclusive Moschino fashion show in Milan [last month]. Featured on the runway during the event was an assortment of prints inspired by the girls, including all-over print leggings, a one-piece swimsuit, knitwear tops, a line of bags featuring their iconic faces, and more.” Maybe Scott, who has been sued personally and in his role at Moschino, for copyright infringement in connection with his collections, has learned his lesson.
The collaboration coincides with the Powerpuff Girls’s return to television, which is slated to occur in 2016, and also with a pending copyright infringement lawsuit that Scott and Moschino are facing in connection with the brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection.
You may recall that graffiti artist RIME filed suit against Scott and Moschino, alleging that Scott copied his well-known street art (namely, the mural, “Vandal Eyes” - which Rime was invited to create on a building in Detroit in 2012) for his Fall/Winter 2015 Moschino collection. In his complaint, Rime notes a Moschino dress, the one that model Gigi Hadid wore to close the show and that singer Katy Perry subsequently wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala this year, and a jacket from the same collection, which Scott wore to the annual industry gala.
The complaint goes on to state: “In case consumers entertained any doubt that the artwork in question was Rime’s, Defendants also added Rime’s name and fake signature on the clothing, in advertisements, and in media photographs.” And it does not stop there … “If this literal misappropriation were not bad enough, Moschino and Jeremy Scott did their own painting over that of the artist—superimposing the Moschino and Jeremy Scott brand names in spray-paint style as if part of the original work.”
The question is: Has Jeremy Scott decided to clean up his act and right his copyright wrongs? I'm not convinced just yet.