Rihanna has won a court battle against fashion retailer Topshop over a T-shirt featuring a photo of her. Britain’s Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that Topshop can’t sell the shirt bearing the singer’s image without her approval. The star’s lawyers said the image was from an unauthorized photo taken while Rihanna was filming a video in Northern Ireland in 2011. Topshop’s lawyers argued that retailers have used images of stars including Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix over the decades.
In other fashion news. Jessica Simpson is mourning the death of a friend and mentor Vince Camuto, who died at the age of 78 Thursday. She posted on Instagram a favorite quote of his: “It is never about one person. It’s the teams you put in place. Without the right people, you’re nowhere.” The two teamed up in 2005 to launch her multimillion dollar namesake brand.
An aspiring singer was placed under house arrest in Jerusalem on suspicion of hacking into Madonna’s computer and stealing and selling unreleased songs. Israel’s cybercrime unit arrested 38-year-old Adi Lederman after an investigation coordinated with the FBI. Songs from Madonna’s upcoming album Rebel Heart, were leaked in December. At the time, she urged her fans not to listen to the stolen copies that had surfaced, writing on Instagram: “I have been violated.”
Robert Redford kicked off the Sundance Film Festival he founded 31 years ago on Thursday afternoon at the event’s original home, the 280-seat Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah. Sundance has long outgrown that venue and now casts a Hollywood sheen over this cozy ski resort town for 10 days. Movies remain the focus, as more than 12,000 submissions from around the globe were culled to the 118 feature-length documentary and narrative films featured during the festival.