The story began in the summer of 2018 when Philipp Plein posted on Instagram a photo of his latest sneakers, placed on the back of his Ferrari 812 Superfast, dressed in chrome green. The picture is too many for the Italian manufacturer, tired of seeing the man highlight his cars in a bling-bling universe with short-dressed bimbos. At Ferrari, the legal department wrote a letter to the German fashion designer, based in California, ordering him to remove his photos within 48 hours.
“In this image, the Ferrari brand is used to promote your brand and your products, with an illegal appropriation of its positive image. The Ferrari brand and models are associated in your images with a universe unrelated to Ferrari’s image, in the presence of models with sexually suggestive poses, portraying Ferrari cars in bad taste”. Philipp Plein deliberately ignored the injunction, believing that this photo, posted on his personal Instagram account (philippplein) and not that of the brand (philipppleinofficiel), was not intended to promote its products. In response, the fashion designer even asked his fans to post photos of their shoes on their luxury cars. With success!