Halston is suing Calvin Klein for copying its dresses and passing them off as authentic. The LA-based fashion brand is known for disco-era slinky designs once worn by Jerry Hall, Tina Chow and more latterly by Sarah Jessica Parker during her short tenure as president and chief creative officer for the Halston Heritage line.
Halston’s complaint, filed in mid-October in a California federal court, is centred on the accusation that Calvin Klein’s design team copied a number of dress designs straight from the Halston house. Halston alleges that in Calvin Klein’s versions, “the elements, materials, place, movement, centering, composition, colours, arrangement, overlay, appearance and structure of them are substantially and confusingly familiar, if not identical” to the original Halston dresses, amounting to a copyright breach.
Additionally, Halston has added unfair competition and false advertising to the suit and is seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief.