Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain, along with NIRVANA members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have joined together for the legal battle against designer Marc Jacobs over a design featured in the brand’s “Redux Grunge” collection. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Marc Jacobs is planning on calling all four of them as witnesses in the case.
Last year, Nirvana L.L.C. sued Jacobs accusing him of ripping off their iconic NIRVANA image of a smiley face, which they claim to have trademarked in 1992. The Marc Jacobs version features an M and a J instead of Xs for its eyes (as in the NIRVANA version), and it reads “HEAVEN” instead of “NIRVANA” in a typeface similar to the band’s font.
Jacobs defended himself, saying that he basically introduced the world to grunge. The designer claims since his original “grunge” collection, he has referenced the style in many collections. He says the smiley face is his work and not NIRVANA‘s.
He is demanding the lawsuit be tossed.