UPDATE (8/6/2015): Moschino has released an official statement regarding the lawsuit:
"We were not aware that a lawsuit had been filed until yesterday. Many of the allegations, especially the inflammatory and gratuitous allegations of wrongdoing are false. We intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit. During the pendency of a lawsuit, it is our practice not to comment on the specific facts of an ongoing case."
See the original post from 8/5/2015 below:
Brooklyn-based graffiti artist Rime is suing Jeremy Scott and Moschino for using his artwork without permission.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles earlier today, Scott and the famed fashion house adorned women’s garments with a print that closely resembled a 2012 Rime mural.
The mural in question is called Vandal Eyes, which was created for a Detroit street art organization called The Seventh Letter. As you can see in the image below, the work features a set of glaring eyes on top of a red-and-blue background. The art is very similar to a print Scott used for Moschino’s Fall 2015 collection—specifically a dress worn by Katy Perry at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala.
The complaint read: “Moschino and Jeremy Scott––two household names in high-fashion––inexplicably placed Rime’s art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent. The only person harmed was Rime. Not only was his art exploited by Defendants, but his credibility as a graffiti artist was compromised by inclusion in such a crass and commercial publicity stunt.”
Clearly, Rime’s lawyers aren’t messing around. The complaint continued to detail the damages caused by the infringement. Rime is now seeking damages, and is demanding that Moschino stop selling designs that feature the print.