This week saw the closing of the Spring/Summer 2017 runway shows in Paris, as well as the ousting of Justin O’Shea from his role as creative director of famed footwear brand, Brioni. O’Shea, the former director of German e-commerce site, MyTheresa, had been in the position for just over 6 months (just long enough to give the brand a Metallica-themed makeover), thereby marking one of the swiftest tenures we have seen in an already sped-up cycle of musical chairs among the industry’s top creatives. Meanwhile, another former creative director, Hedi Slimane, also made headlines this week by taking to his Twitter account to set the record straight about on what he claims are an array of "inaccurate statements in recent articles” in connection his use – or lack thereof – of the house’s historic logo.
Here are some other articles you may have missed this week …
1. Rihanna Victorious in Lawsuit Claiming She Copied "Rockstar 101" Video: A French court has cleared superstar Rihanna of copyright infringement claims in a case brought against her by an American visual artist, who claimed the singer copied his work in connection with one her music videos.
2. Hedi Slimane Sues Kering Again, Claims Ownership Stake in YSL: Despite a $13 million payout from Yves Saint Laurent earlier this year, Hedi Slimane, the former artistic director of YSL, has launched a new legal attack on the famous Paris-based brand's owner, French conglomerate, Kering.
3. Tiffany and Costco Face Off in Court over Counterfeit Ring Damages: The jury has ruled that Costco must pay Tiffany $8.25 million in punitive damages for selling counterfeit diamond rings, bringing the discount retailer's total damages amount to $13.75 million.
4. Design Patent Protection Still on the Rise for Fashion Brands: The use of design patent protection is certainly not a new tactic, as brands have been utilizing such protection for decades. However, it seems that many have begun to rely significantly on this form of protection in relatively recent years.
5. McDonald's Sued for Copyright Infringement for Using Late Artist Dash Snow's Work: On the heels of lawsuits filed against fashion brands like Moschino and Roberto Cavalli for copying the work of graffiti artists, McDonald’s has been hit with a similar suit.
6. In the Internet Age, Dolce and Gabbana Are Still Banning Critics, But Why? Fashion designers banning publications from their shows is not merely a mythical practice of the past, nor is it a one-off act that occurs on a season-by-season basis. No, it was alive and well as of the Spring/Summer 2017 show season.
7. The Pink Panthers Suspected to be Behind Kim Kardashian Jewelry Heist: Coined the world’s "best" and most accomplished diamond thieves, the network of criminals has stolen more than $500 million in jewelry during highly-planned heists spanning more than 30 years.