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'Yoko Ono STOLE my ideas': Fashion designer sues Yoko Ono for 'ripping off' fetish-inspired clothing line

Yoko Ono is being sued by a New York fashion designer who is accusing John Lennon's widow of shamelessly ripping off her new fetish-inspired clothing line.

Ms Ono, 80, claims her men's range, which includes jock straps and thigh-high boots, is a tribute to the late Beatles singer.

But designer Haleh Nematzadeh, 36, from Brooklyn, claims Ms Ono's design team saw her sketches for a new women's line, tweaked them and then produced the men's clothing range without permission.

Both lines feature see-through garments and items with suggestive hand-prints around the crotch and chest areas

Ms Nematzadeh, who owns her own clothing company Smashing Starlets, in Brunswick, said Ms Ono's team 'took everything with no shame'.

She said she had met photographers from retailer Opening Ceremony and that they were supposed to return to photograph the clothes.

But she claims they went to Ms Ono's team, with her Fashion For Men 1969-2012 now available on Open Ceremony's website.

Ms Ono has said her clothes are based on a book of hand-drawn illustrations she presented to her husband on their wedding day and that they are tribute to his body.

A statement on the website reads: 'I was inspired to create Fashion for Men, amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy body

Ms Nematzadeh, who filed the suit in Brooklyn federal court on Friday, dismissed this as a 'feeble attempt' to claim the designs as her own. She added: '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.'

Her lawyer, Aymen Aboushi, said it is not unusual for big companies to copy independent designers. He added: 'They rip off pieces here and there all the time, but you don’t see up-and-coming artist really trying to fight for their rights.' Ms Ono's range includes items costing up to $595 and is described as 'limited edition'.

The Japanese artist and peace activist, who married John Lennon in 1969, is yet to comment on the case.

by Anonymousreply 1504/01/2013

Yoko STOP!

by Anonymousreply 103/25/2013

After seeing her clothing line I would think Yoko Ono would be glad to have someone elses name attached to it.

by Anonymousreply 203/25/2013

Is there anything original about clothing that's fetish-inspired? It would be like Adidas suing Nike for selling shoes because they've been around longer.

by Anonymousreply 303/25/2013

"Ms Nematzadeh, who owns her own clothing company Smashing Starlets, in Brunswick, said Ms Ono's team 'took everything with no shame'."

Brunswick? I think they mean Bushwick Brooklyn.

What's baffling me is that an area like Bushwick is now turning into another Williamsburg, with trustafarians opening up all sorts of useless stores.

I'd be curious to know if any of the new residents are actually New Yorkers! Not to mention what the second wave of working class immigrants think of what;s happening to their neighborhood. The first wave of immigrants who moved to Bushwick were Italian, German, Irish and Polish.

by Anonymousreply 403/25/2013

Ono you didn't.

by Anonymousreply 503/25/2013

I think the designer should be grateful that Yoko is willing to take responsibility for this shit

by Anonymousreply 603/26/2013

Look away, tasteful friends

by Anonymousreply 703/26/2013

Yoko Ono is insanely rich wihtout contributing anything of worth to society.

by Anonymousreply 803/26/2013

Let's review, shall we:

Wiccans are not satanists

Witches were in reality just kindly herbalists who were slaughtered by nutjob Christians

The illuminati run the world, and they may/may not be satanists

Generally speaking, satanists are mentally ill, impoverished people with criminal records

Jay Z, Beyonce, are House Negroes who will tap dance and shake their butts for the Masta in order to get rich

by Anonymousreply 903/26/2013

Can you imagine ANYONE who would wear this shit?

by Anonymousreply 1003/26/2013

R10 - holy shit.. No!

by Anonymousreply 1103/30/2013

Yoko = fashion??

No, just another knock-off.

by Anonymousreply 1203/30/2013

She's just looking for even more fame, unfotunetly she's doing it with those ugly clothes. Like being John Lennon's widow isn't enough fame

by Anonymousreply 1303/30/2013

A Brooklyn fashion designer is suing Yoko Ono, claiming Ono's recent Opening Ceremony clothing collection copied her work. According to the New York Post, Haleh Nematzadeh claims that Ono's design team used ideas from her sketches, made a few changes and sold the designs as their own. Nematzadeh filed suit in Brooklyn federal court on Friday, pointing to similarities between both fashion lines, especially the motif of illustrated hands placed over body parts.

Nematzadeh claims she met with photographers working for Opening Ceremony, the first store that sold Ono's collection, last July in an attempt to get her own Gonna Walk the Night line in the store's catalog. According to Nematzadeh, she was set for a shoot with the photographers, but they backed out and partnered with Ono instead, taking the designs with them.

Nematzadeh's fetish-inspired line sports sheer fabrics and handprints superimposed over the chest and crotch areas. Ono's fashion line also features sheer fabrics and handprints, but Ono has pointed to a series of drawings sketched in 1969 for her late husband John Lennon as inspiration. "I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod," she said last November. "So I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more."

To this, Nematzadeh fires back about Ono, "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."

So she's doing this in honor of John Lennon's "hot bod?" Oh, please! First of all, John Lennon did NOT have a "hot bod." The front and back covers of "Two Virgins" are proof of that. And she's not doing this as a tribute to him, she's doing it for the MONEY. She's worth God knows how much but her greed continues to know no bounds.

Andy Warhol said this of Yoko Ono: "she'll always copying somebody's art." Her plagrism now extends to fashion design.

By the way, the "fashions" are hilariously awful.

by Anonymousreply 1404/01/2013

Yoko's idea of art lacks sophistication imho. I also think she overcompensates, because she doesn't seem to like it that she's mainly known as John Lennon's wife or the one who broke the Beatles up.

by Anonymousreply 1504/01/2013
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