Gwen Stefani is sure doing a lot of hollering to claim not to be a Holla Back Girl.
The multi-talented artist, singer, songwriter and now fashion designer feels she has every right to do so. She is suing the retail company Forever21, Inc., for copyright infringement. In papers filed in Los Angeles Federal Court, representatives for Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers fashion line allege that the retail chain, Forever21, Inc., stole their original design where Harajuku Lover’s Heart/Box motif was copied, slightly modified, then advertised, promoted and sold as their own. Theres is no doubt that Forever21’s heart box logo has striking similarities to that of Stefanis,’ but in a world of love and art all can be forgiven, or not? Dejavu it seems in the artistic world, where artists need to be inspired by their creative muses, but these muses aren’t too happy and they are making those copycats pay a hefty price for it.
Forever21 is an affordable cheap and chic fashion retailer catering to teenagers and young women alike who cannot afford or would rather pay low prices for fashionable designed clothing. Stefani’s L.A.M.B./Harajuku Lovers line known for their unique styles and comtemporary pieces. The aftermath?
This is what shoppers like you had to say:
“I do not see anything wrong, everyone copies ideas from everyone, if you cannot afford a more expensive brand why not buy an almost comparable least priced item instead.” Amanda from Queens, New York
“It seems she wants only middle upper classes to buy her stuff, she's an amateur fashion designer who has a lot to learn. This is what people do in the business. Gwen’s line is also inspired by other Asian labels and no one is suing her for that so I guess then it is okay for her.” Krystina, Manhattan, New York
People had less than positive things to say about Gwen Stefani’s legal actions, but not all, Ling of Parsipanny, New Jersey says, “She’s doing the right thing. It is about time people begin to defend their artwork, it is unfair… and time to attack back!” Linda of Upper East Side, New York agrees, “Gwen is a talented musician and designer and should be credited for her work.” Enough of the subjective people can we find an objective one for Pete’s sake! Shockingly—we did, Peter of North Haven, CT loves shopping in New York City, when asked about the whole Fash ordeal, he stated, “Who cares?” Well obviously, Stefani does, and for the gal who has sang lyrics such as: “Both of us wanna be the winner, but there can only be one So I'm gonna fight, gonna give it my all,” I’d be pretty scared. Forever21, it seems you’ve been forewarned.