On the heels of the YSL/Hedi Slimane v. Colette drama over the Ain't Laurent Without Yves "parody" wares, SSUR, the streetwear brand most known for popularizing the COMME des FUCKDOWN design, has released a YSL design of its own. The brand, which was started by artist Ruslan Karablin, has released its "Yves Saint Laurent Scratched-Out Crew," a black crewneck sweater featuring the classic Yves Saint Laurent name with many of the letters scratched out, with an emphasis on SSUR (pictured below). YSL is certainly an interesting design house for Karablin to target, especially since it appears that most brands are actually pretty cool with their names/logos being turned into streetwear designs/"parody" wares. Off of the top of my head, it seems only Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Raf Simons and now, YSL have taken the first step in waging a legal war (aka sent a strongly-worded cease and desist letter) to fight the unauthorized use of their respective intellectual property. Some even like it. Riccardo Tisci reportedly ordered some of the LPD jerseys with his name on the back, and Balmain's Olivier Rousteing was spotted in a BALLIN tee.
So, as of now, D&G reportedly didn't like LPD's Dream Team jerseys with their names on them, and now the dream team is missing two players. Cartier was not a fan of KTHANKSBYE's Cuntier "parody" designs. Louis Vuitton generally isn't a fan of anything involving their name, logo or likeness (think: the Chewy Vuitton lawsuit and the suit against artist Nadia Plesner, the lawsuit it brought against Warner Bros. for using fake LV luggage in the Hangover. etc. etc. etc.). As for Raf, the designer and/or his legal team was not a fan of House of Hollands' "parody" tees that date back to 2006, one of which reads "Don't Do Womens, Just Raf Simons." And chances are, you know all about the recent YSL v. Colette controversy. (If not, that's a link. Click on it). So, it seems to me that Karablin is either confident that his design is, in fact, a "parody" or he is looking for a very public fight with Hedi Slimane and the YSL legal team (as Slimane is becoming somewhat prone to do). Thoughts?