Last night I went to a panel discussion about Garage magazine’s Vestimentality project at Somerset House. American writer and cultural critic, Cintra Wilson, was commissioned to write tongue-in-cheek – who am I kidding, downright rude! – manifestos for brands such as Versace, Givenchy and Tom Ford. These slogans were then worked into a final collection of garments by knitwear duo Leutton Postle.
Givenchy is suing BCBG for “trade dress infringement”. The luxury fashion house has accused the French label of copying its grey Nightingale bag and of “unfair competition”.
BCBG’s Remembrant handbag has been described as a “knock off” by Givenchy. Legal documents, uncovered by SheFinds, state the bag “unlawfully copies and imitates” and may confuse customers into thinking the BCBG style is related to the original Givenchy design.
“[The handbag] is likely to cause consumers, the public, and the trade to erroneously believe that [BCBGeneration’s bags] are authorised, sponsored, and/or approved by Givenchy when, in fact, they are not,” reads Givenchy’s legal statement.
As the muse of Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, supermodel Lea T has graced the catwalk at the label’s recent Haute Couture show and stars in their new campaign. However the 28-year-old Brazilian model, and newest fashion rising-star, was actually born Leandro Cerezo and is currently undergoing hormone replacement therapy in preparation for a full sex-change.
While it is rare for a transgender model to break into high fashion as Lea has done, she is not the first to have experienced success in the industry. Last year transgender actress and model Patricia Araujo got a standing ovation at Rio de Janiero Fashion Week and was described as the event’s most spectacular model.
A fan of androgyny, bisexuality and all things that blur the line between gender stereotypes, when I first read about this story I thought that this was the beginning of something special. However, Lea’s career choice, and the success she’s experienced in it, has still provoked the anger of her Catholic family.