Rihanna wins case against UK retailer Topshop

Updated 12 August 2013
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Rihanna wins case against UK retailer Topshop

LONDON: Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission.
High Court Justice Colin Birss ruled in favor of the singer on Wednesday, saying buyers were likely deceived by believing Rihanna had authorized its sale.
“I am quite satisfied that many fans of Rihanna regard her endorsement as important,” the judge said in his ruling. “She is their style icon. Many will buy a product because they think she has approved of it. Others will wish to buy it because of the value of the perceived authorization itself. In both cases they will have been deceived.”
Birss also said the sales caused a loss of control over Rihanna’s reputation in the fashion realm, where the singer has been trying to carve out a name as a designer. She has a clothing line in her name at a rival store.
The shirts were first sold as the “Rihanna Tank.” After her complaints, they were sold as being the “Headscarf Girl Tank” and the “Icon Tank.”
Topshop’s owner, Arcadia Group Brands Ltd., had argued that Rihanna was seeking legal recognition for a flawed assumption that only a celebrity could market a product bearing his or her image.
Topshop said it was surprised and disappointed by the ruling and was considering an appeal.
“There was no intention by Topshop to create the appearance of an endorsement or promotion,” it said in a statement. “We do not believe it conveyed any false message to our customers.”
The judge did not make an assessment of damages in his ruling.


First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

Updated 24 April 2018
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First lady Melania Trump greets the Macrons with a hat

WASHINGTON: Melania, or more specifically Melania’s hat, what were you saying?
The media and the Twitterverse had a big time Tuesday with the first lady’s I-spy chapeau, a wide-brim number designed by Herve Pierre that would have been perfect had the sun been out in Washington.
It was a grand topper for Mrs. Trump’s bright white Michael Kors suit and some said it stole the show during the South Lawn military pageantry welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, during their first official state visit.
Others on the social media sidelines were merely perplexed.
Was the hat more Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington Colby on “Dynasty” or Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope on “Scandal?” Was the grim-faced first lady in theoretical need of help as some asked on Inauguration Day?
Mrs. Trump kept her hat in place as the group moved indoors and also at the National Gallery of Art for a Cezanne break with Mrs. Macron, who wore a creamier shade of white, but no hat.
“Melania’s hat for president,” one tweeter declared. Others shared the sentiment.
Another chimed in: “Getting some serious Beyonce Formation vibes from Melania’s hat this morning.” Bey wore a version in black in the video for that hit.
Others on social media stuck to matters of etiquette, like the Twitter account of I’m Every Woman: “Melania’s hat might be OK for the races, a runway or even Church, not to wear when greeting visitors when you want to express a warm welcome. You want people to see your eyes and face and not impose an obstacle to the two cheek kiss, a French greeting.”
One thing was certain. Mrs. Trump was seriously committed to her hat.