|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.