Looks like 80 year old Yoko Ono’s collaboration with Opening Ceremony might actually be the work of Brooklyn-based fashion designer Haleh Nematzadeh and she’s filed a $10 million lawsuit accordingly! We didn’t think anyone but Yoko could come up with designs as bizarre as these- the collection features a boob tube for men with flashing light bulb nipples, trousers with a see through bum patch and trousers with crotch grabbing hand prints – but Nematzadeh claims “they took everything with no shame, they stole from me blatantly.”
Nematzadeh says she met with photographers working for Opening Ceremony in July hoping to get images of her Gonna Walk the Night collection in the store’s catalog. Instead they stole her designs and teamed up with Ono who altered the garments into a men’s line.
Ono claims that she was inspired by her late husband John Lennon in creating the collection. Nematzadeh disagrees
“She’s trying to put fetish in context, but since when does fetish and John Lennon go together? When you think of the Beatles, you think of doves and trees, not that.” she said.
Wigsandgowns question whether Nematzadeh’s handprints would receive copyright protection – she isn’t the first designer to use hand prints in a collection – Diane Von Furstenburg used them in her A/W 2012 collection too (no, we don’t know why either), so its unlikely they’ll meet the originality requirement necessary under copyright law.
Stay tuned for more on this fetish fashion law fiasco!