Marc Jacobs has posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt after the band launched legal action against the design.
Jacobs is seen posing on a private jet with his dog Neville by his feet on the way back from a festive trip to St. Barths, sporting a black top featuring a yellow smiley face with the letters M and J in place of the eyes and the word HEAVEN above it, from his re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.
The top bears a striking resemblance to grunge band Nirvana’s yellow smiley face T-shirt – a trademark the group has owned since 1992.
Last month (Dec18), the band’s legal team began proceedings to sue Jacobs over the alleged theft of their logo.
Lawyers for Nirvana – originally made up of late frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl – called the design a “blatant ripoff” and further alleged the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmakers were one of the founders of the grunge music scene, so even the name of Jacobs’ collection is linked to them.
It seems some fans agree, with one posting under the new Instagram photo: “No talent, stealing designs and just for your ego.”
Another asked: “@themarcjacobs isn’t that the shirt you’re being sued over?”
“I get it probably wasn’t done out of disrespect, but I feel he would react the same way if someone jacked one of his creations. Seems rude as a fellow artist,” a third commented.
Jacobs, 55, is yet to comment on the lawsuit.
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