Mercy's floral jacket, at right, and Diane von Furstenberg's version at left.

Diane Von Furstenberg has been accused of "copying" the design of a struggling Toronto designer and said victim in this controversy is being paid handsomely to shut the fuck up and not make a fuss about it.

Red flags are being waved across Toronto's fashion district over this ongoing controversy. Apparently one of Diane Von Furstenberg's many "hired helpers" who designs for the designer has copied Toronto designers, Mercy's, floral jacket (everything except the print anyway), which brings to a head the issue of intellectual property laws. The irony in this controversy is the fact that Von Furstenberg "is the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and is in the front lines in the battle to create legislation, called The Design Piracy Prohibition Act, aimed at thwarting those guilty of the very infraction of which she is accused." - Toronto Star

She has been handling the issue quietly and appropriately. Immediately conceding to Mercy as well as firing the "hired helper" and offering remuneration to the designers.

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