We’ve seen plenty of logo disputes over the years, with most of them involving a huge brand going after the little guy. But every now and again we see two biggies go head to head – and this time it was a giant of fashion against a titan of tech.
Chanel was unhappy with Huawei’s new logo, arguing that the design, made specifically for Huawei’s computer hardware, too closely resembles its own. Sure, both consist of two interlocking curves inside a circle – but they’re essentially opposites of one-another. We’ll go out on a limb here and say Huawei probably didn’t take logo inspiration from the French fashion house.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Chanel has just lost an EU court battle over the logos. According to the BBC, the EU General Court in Luxembourg ruled this week that the logos “share some similarities but their visual differences are significant”.
Not only do the curves face a completely different direction, but Chanel’s logo features more rounded curves and thicker lines. Oh, and they are, of course, completely different brands in completely different sectors. Let’s be honest – nobody is going to see Huawei’s logo on a computer and assume it was made by a perfume company.
French DJ Michel Gaubert has apologized for showcasing racist slanty-eye paper masks on social media.
The longtime music collaborator for Chanel, Fendi and Raf Simons first posted a video on Instagram of a private dinner on Thursday night. In the clip, eight dinner guests can be seen holding the masks while yelling “Wuhan girls, wahoo.”
This post soon received backlash from industry influencers including Susanna Lau, Bryan Grey Yambao, Tina Craig, Diet Prada and model Chu Wong.
“Where to begin with this.…The patently racist paper maskers with the slanted eyes cut out, which are basically an Asian version of blackface,” Lau said in a series of Instagram Stories. “The dumb reference to Wuhan girls obviously tickling Marie Beltrami and Michel Gaubert to no end as their LOL around with their f–king horrible masks whilst Asians are getting beaten up because of people conflating the origins of a virus with people’s ethnicity.”
Lau later added that she is “genuinely upset,” because “these are people I mix with (well pre-COVID-19). What lies beneath the smiles and niceties…I don’t know anymore. Are we just all the same? A slant-eyed white-masked non entity with no voice, no significance, no agency…”
Yambao said he was surprised that “no one at that dinner thought that it was NOT nice to do this and it was NOT wise to post it on social media.”