YOKO ONO SUED FOR COPYING NYC DESIGNER's FASHION COLLECTION

Yoko Ono's mens line

Brooklyn fashion designer Haleh Nematzadeh, owner of Smashing Starlets, filed a lawsuit last Friday, March 22, 2013, against Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow.

Nematzadeh argues that Yoko Ono's mens line sold at Opening Ceremony (clothing retailer) is a copy of her women's collection entitled "Gonna Walk the Night" - a fetish-inspired line features nipple holes, sheer fabric and pieces adorned with handprints over the breasts and crotch.

Designer Haleh Nematzadeh

According to the information provided on Opening Ceremony's website, Ono's collection is "based on a book of hand-drawn illustrations that Yoko presented to John Lennon on the occasion of their wedding".

But Nematzadeh claims that "she met with photographers working for Opening Ceremony [...] in July hoping to get images of her Gonna Walk the Night collection in the store’s catalog. [...] the fotogs were supposed to meet Nematzadeh for a shoot but instead teamed up with Ono’s designers, who altered the garments into a men’s line without permission", according to the New York Post.




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