To no one's surprise, fast-fashion juggernaut Forever21 has just been named in another copyright-infringement suit, this time at the hands of eco-conscious, indie label Feral Childe. Again, to no one's surprise, the print in question, pictured above left, does indeed look identical to Feral Childe's original Teepees print, above right. Actually the only surprise is that, sadly, given Forever21's track record for winning suits, the retailer may get away scot-free--But not if Eliza Starbuck has anything to say about it. The Brooklyn-based designer started an online petition with Change.org to help ensure Feral Childe's pleas are heard. Yesterday, we caught up with Starbuck to ask her how she got involved, and why she thinks this time, Forever21 might actually listen.
Last week I took part in a "style challenge" put on by Bright Young Things, a new line from designer Eliza Starbuck. Of course, the word "line" is misleading because Starbuck's collection consists of one super versatile, super cute, little black dress. You've probably heard about Starbuck's dress--Sheena Matheiken wore the dress for a year (styled in every possible permutation using only vintage duds to accessorize) as part of The Uniform Project, and in doing so grabbed headlines everywhere from the New York Times to the BBC.