The fast-fashion brand tried to get Donatella to sit for a deposition in connection with the case.https://t.co/nWpjnC5QIr— Dazed (@Dazed) August 27, 2020
In November 2019, Versace sued Fashion Nova, claiming the fast-fashion company deliberately copied its “most famous and recognisable designs”, including its famed black and gold Barocco print, and the iconic “Jungle Print” popularised by J.Lo in 2000 (revisited during the house’s SS20 show).
Fashion questioned Versace’s right to copyright its own designs, claiming they’re not “original”, for using “standard geometric figures and patterns in the public domain” and “widely used in the fashion industry”.
Fashion Nova claims Donatella Versace holds information that couldn’t be provided by the Italian label’s Company Heritage & Special Projects Senior Manager, Antonio Masciariello, during his deposition, information about the design and creation of Versace’s famed jungle print dress.
According to Fashion Nova, Mr. Masciariello had no knowledge on the production process for the jungle dress, which is what led them to call for the testimony of Donatella.
Judge Oliver sided with Versace in an August order, stating that: “the information (that Fashion Nova) contends it needs from Ms. Versace that it could not obtain from Mr. Masciariello is not relevant to the case to warrant the deposition of Ms. Versace.”
So Donatella Versace won’t have to personally testify, on the US District Court for the Central District of California, despite Fashion Nova pushing for her to give evidence in connection with the ongoing infringement case.