Courtney Love, excellent rock and roller, consumer of cheese, and a style muse to designers is frequently imitated.
Her just released riot-themed throwback Nasty Gal collection scored some serious buzz. But RunwayRiot found that one designer is alleging that the Courtney Love designs in an old collection were actually her own original designs. Elena Kanagy-Loux claimed that the majority of all these Courtney Love designs, with the exception of a handful of dresses she suggests might just be recycled vintage, were her originals. She says she worked for Courtney Love and only recently went public on the alleged similarities. (Previously, the line in question was gushed over by Vogue and the like.)
From the post itself: “Yesterday I finally shared a post about my old boss (Courtney Love) ripping me off, after years of privately fuming over it. I never anticipated such a huge response of support, and I want to thank you all so much for that!! I don’t plan to take anything to court. Designers have almost no recourse for situations like this. For me to have my community be aware that this is my work is enough satisfaction! So I thought I’d share pictures of the collection I created for Never the Bride. (I made over 80% of the pieces in this slide show, excluding the red dress and a couple of dresses that just look like she’s reselling vintage haha.)”
Intellectual property is tricky business when it comes to fashion law, and Elena has stated on Facebook that she’s not taking legal action, but IF a tattered slip dress is made in the forest, and then a famous woman puts her name on it, did it happen? We reached out to the designer and Courtney Love, and they did not get back to us on the matter.
Anyways Celebrity Skin is our jam, and you can check out Elena’s over the top, super femme designs here