The famed designer thinks cheapie-fashion store Forever 21′s $32 “Sabrina” smock dress looks suspiciously similar to her own $325 “Cerisier” design.
Von Furstenberg’s studio filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit last week against Forever 21, claiming the downmarket retailer willfully copied the pattern, colors, and measurements of her popular frock – as well as another dress from a previous season.
While the fashion industry has long been plagued by counterfeiters hawking knockoffs on Chinatown street corners, rarely do established mass-market retailers so brazenly mimic high-end designers’ current-season offerings, von Furstenberg’s lawyers say.
Well, I found this “Sabrina” smock dress on the Forever21.com website, which doesn’t look anything like the item featured in the Post story (pictures there). Did they change it already? Why reuse the name, if so — wouldn’t you just drop the “number”? You can be sure counterfeit plaintiff’s lawyer of the moment Harley Lewin, partner in the law firm of the moment (and my excellent friends) Greenberg Traurig, knows what he’s doing. Expect a quick settlement. (See update.)
Hat tip to the guy reading the Post next to me on the 320 bus.