Fashion Nova messed with the wrong designer.
The fast fashion brand tried their hand at knocking off the iconic Versace dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards — and Versace is suing.
Versace has filed a suit with Fashion Nova for ripping off J.Lo’s Grammy gown, as well as a few other designs. The Italian design house labels Fashion Nova as a fast-fashion movement—a.k.a. scammers. In court documents, Versace calls Fashion Nova a “serial infringer specializing in ‘fast-fashion’ knock-offs.” Versace also points to the famous people who have worn their designs, including Princess Diana, Princess Caroline, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Liz Hurley.
The suit also says that Fashion Nova has been sued at least eight times for this type of alleged wrongdoing, including a suit from Adidas.
Versace says it originally warned the fast-fashion company in July 2019, but when nothing happened Versace decided to take the matter to court. The design house is suing Fashion Nova for profits off Versace replicas, and to get an injunction blocking further sales and damages.
Previously, in February 2019, Kim Kardashian called out Fashion Nova for its launch of a pre-sale for a dress she says is a ripoff of the vintage Mugler dress she wore at the Hollywood Beauty Awards.
Even though Fashion Nova claims that they can complete designs within hours, at the time, many believed Kardashian had some kind of working relationship with the brand she was publicly condemning. Some are convinced the she “leaked” her look to Fashion Nova so they could create a replica in a timely manner. Kardashian later denied that theory.
In December 2018, the Los Angeles fashion company Riot Society alleged that Fashion Nova stole a Panda bear and rose design, which the company claimed they copyrighted, according to The Blast. Riot Society sent a cease and desist letter to Fashion Nova in June 2018 but never heard back. They sued $150,000 for infringement and demanded all profits that were made off the design.