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Fab Flash: Gwen Stefani Sues Forever 21

Diane von Furstenberg filed a lawsuit against Forever 21 back in March, and now Gwen has followed suit, claiming in her lawsuit that the fast fashion chain has illegally ripped off Harajuku Lovers' designs.

The complaint cites Harajuku's trademark red, white, and black hearts and heart-box designs have begun to appear in nearly identical red, white, and black prints on Forever 21 clothing, handbags, and accessories. The only difference is the wording that accompanies the hearts and Japanese characters: Gwen's line says "Harajuku Lovers" while Forever 21's designs say "Forever Love." Sounds suspicious...


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aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I just bought a Harajuku Lovers bag yesterday and I love it because it really does remind me of Tokyo. Good for Gwen.
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 9 years
although i do agree that she has the right to file suit, this is fashion. there are knock-offs everywhere now. even in home goods.
posey posey 9 years
I agree with Mintie about LeSportsac and the Tokidoki line...they're pretty similar. I do think that a design shouldn't be out and out copied, though, which to me includes a design that is so close that it could be mistaken for each other. However, it happens all the time. I don't really know if she has a case against them...I guess that's for the courts to decide. I often wonder how companies get away with it, though. I can't remember the name of the one that copies famous red carpet dresses...ABS or something like that? Anyway, every year after the Oscars I wonder why they don't get sued. Maybe someone here knows?
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Gwen didn't even really design it. She put probably no work into making the bags.
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 10 years
Good for Gwen!!!
meeshy meeshy 10 years
i know it's about principle.. not money. but in the end, that's what it really comes down to. if gwen didn't give a rats ass, she'd let it be. but people like her have so much bank.. geez. who cares! and if you REALLy think about it, seriously. how many people do you think REALLy has bought that tacky bag... and how many of thosepeople wouldve dropped like 2 bills for the REAL thing.. get over it!
artfashionmusic artfashionmusic 10 years
hmmm wow...that sux...GOO GWEEEN!! :D I HATE PPL WHO COPY..sheesh! :P
wowjules wowjules 10 years
I saw the picture of the purse and knockoff, and sad to say, but the shirt is cuter. Oh well. Good luck, Gwen, if that's what helps you sleep at night.
GQ_send GQ_send 10 years
good, i have never seen forever 21 carry those styles before..i have only seen a few designers but mainly from japan designers. So jen got her design from japan and now forever 21 is copying her. I always thought forever 21 was the same as gap and all those brands that just follow trends instead of innovate.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
I love Forever 21, but I've seen quite a few things in their store that are somewhat cheap knock offs of more pricey stuff. It's good for the average Jane like myself who can't afford the real deal, but bad for the designers who put the effort into it. Forever 21 can be very odd about their stuff, what I mean by that is. A friend and I were in front of their store one day and I took a picture of her. The manager came out and yelled at us. Her reason for this was "these clothes are all original designs, you are not permitted to photograph and steal them." I told her "I wasn't intentionally taking a picture of the clothes in their store I was just taking a picture of my friend and that if I really wanted to steal a design then I'd just fork over the cash to buy the shirt and really study it." She had no response to this so we left.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
i think that gwen and dvf have every right to being suing f21. 1) because they didnt even attempt originality, its almost an exact replica 2) because their products are of poor quality and if i were i designer, i would not anyone to attach my name to something that is poorly made and 3) the clothes and accessories are made in sweatshops and if your a designer who pays extra money so that human rights violations do not occur within your line, why should you allow some chain to rip off your designs and save a buck only to commit them?
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 10 years
i love forever 21, and i liked gwen until i heard she was suing the store. i think it's really lame, excuse forever 21 for wanting to make something that's actually affordable instead of being ridiculously overpriced. and it's not like her ass sat there and came up with the design herself, let's be real here. She probably snagged it from someone else.
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 10 years
gwen's bags are ultra tacky, eww.
estellasmum estellasmum 10 years
This is so funny. I was just at the mall, and passed by Forever 21, and thought how much their designs reminded me of her stuff, but thought it was me being crazy.
high-d high-d 10 years
i know this was bound to happen with forever21, but who cares about their knockoffs it saves alot of $$ for people like mee
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 10 years
I think I'm gonna go shopping now... take advantage of the "bargain" as long as I can...
ticklezmepink ticklezmepink 10 years
all i have to say is FINALLLYY!!! my sister shops at Forever 21 and maybe once and a while i do too... and I do notice some exact knockoffs there... has it ever occur to you guys that maybe the reason why Gwen Stefani created Harajuku Lovers is because it's cheaper than her L.A.M.B line??? to me... i see it as Harajuku Lovers is cheaper line of LAMB> Come on.. who can really afford LAMB at regular price??
uacosj uacosj 10 years
uacosj uacosj 10 years
Its obvious a knockoff, which Im sure they are doing it purposely. I doubt that Gwen is losing money b/c someone will choose to buy something from F21 intead of her line; if you cant afford, then you cant. If you can Im sure somesome would buy the Harajuku Lovers over the F21. Why not buy something similar to it? I cant afford it! I shop at f21!
ooowheee23 ooowheee23 10 years
okay the whole reason for this is because forever 21 is a product development store. The people that work for it look to other designs and on the runways and make replicas of what they see, but the prices are afforable for everyone. I don't really know why she's suing because this store has always been like that, as have many stores. I doubt it will really be that successful.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 10 years
Who the hell cares - I mean you have to expect knock offs when fashion is so overpriced now a days!
prttynpink prttynpink 10 years
id be complimented if i wsa gwen. Some people cant afford to spend that much money on her bags. they clearly love the design just dont have enought money to just drop on a purse like tht. Yeah its kinda shitty but lifes not fair right? forever 21 makes it easy for girls who dont have a lot of money but love designer wear. they can get similar styles for a way way cheaper price.
evita evita 10 years
i was thinking that Forever 21 was getting pretty good at making designer imitations, and i love a good bargin just as much as anyone else, but i understand Gwen's fustration, and hopefully they can come to an agreement.
Fashionsugar Fashionsugar 10 years
I think that Forever 21 is definitely just trying to reach out to those who love designer clothes but can not simply afford them...I know that when I am a big fan of a certain design or style of clothes, but can't come up with $300 for a silk blouse...and I can go into forever 21 and find one that is very similar, I of course buy the cheaper one...I agree also that I don't LOVE Gwen's line that much myself...but that is besides the point...I think that maybe with this certain piece, Forever 21 might have replicated the design too much, but other than that..I love what the store does..and I think that they should keep doing it!
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