|Cavalli a/w 2010-11|
To add some spice to Milan's fashion extravaganza, Florence-based Roberto Cavalli claimed that the new collection of Gucci's Frida Giannini - which privileged dark colours and gothic but (ça va sans dire) sexy shapes - was a slavish imitation of his a/w 2010-11 collection.
|Gucci a/w 2012-13|
So far, Gucci has refused to comment on Cavalli's allegations.
As is well known, IP protection for fashion is still a patchwork of different rights and remedies, ranging from trademarks to design rights and unfair competition or passing off. While copyright protection has often been pretty unfit to serve fashion (not to say controversial, due also to difficulties in dealing with the idea/expression dichotomy consistently), might things now perhaps get a bit clearer, following the CJEU's efforts to clarify concepts such as 'originality' and 'work'?