Style Notes: T-Shirts Trigger New Lawsuits for Rihanna, Lamar Odom
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Just as Rihanna prepares to launch her second collection with River Island this Saturday, the pop star is also putting the finishing touches on a lawsuit against its British clothing competitor. Without her consent, Topshop sold a T-shirt last year with a still from the "We Found Love" music video, which captured the singer in a denim top, red lipstick and a bandana holding her curls. [WWD]
Also in newfound legal trouble is basketball player Lamar Odom -- his clothing company Rich Soil sells a tee that mimics the Pride of New York logo, which denotes agricultural products grown in New York and was spotted on Khloe Kardashian-Odom. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a letter to Rich Soil to immediately top all sale and advertising of the shirt, and disclose profits made. If the company fails to respond, they’ll be facing legal action. Apparently, Rich Soil is a habitual imitator of others' logos, as another tee "design" resembles YSL's signature cascading letters. [Fashionista]
On the other hand, Fabolous has garnered attention for wearing a custom-made Brooklyn Nets jersey onstage during his "Life Is So Exciting" tour -- yet free of any kind of legal fashion drama. The black-and-white uniform that is embellished with oversized, hand-painted roses is the work of Delano Brown, who outfitted the rapper for his "Ready" video. The artist's client list also includes Chris Brown and rapper Future, as well as basketball players like Kevin Durant. And jerseys aren't Brown's only canvases, as he has also painted a pair of Balenciaga sneakers, Audemars Piguet watches, a Louis Vuitton Speedy and an Hermès Birkin bag. [Complex]
Is Louis Vuitton seriously planning to take over Hermès? Despite claims that the acquisition was spontaneous, French marketing authority AMF released a 115-page report over the weekend, alluding that LVMH has been quietly building its stake in Hermès International for years under multiple aliases. The luxury conglomerate allegedly began investing back in 2001 under the code name "Mercure" at amounts lower than required to report by a public company. The two brands are currently targeting each other with lawsuits -- Hermès accusing LVMH of manipulating stock prices and unfair insider trading, and vice versa of false allegations and blackmail -- so this reveal only blurs their lines even more. [Vogue UK]
And in fashionable "partnership" news, Urban Outfitters is planning to open another New York storefront -- this time, the 10,000-foot space will be outfitted with a restaurant and bar. Whether the upcoming Williamsburg, Brooklyn spot will serve with an in-house cafeteria like UO's Philadelphia store or opt for a more upscale experience like in its Westport, Connecticut location has yet to be determined. [StyleBlazer]