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    The CFDA has teamed up with Details Magazine for its latest menswear collaboration with the CFDA: a series of limited-edition pocket squares from ten different CFDA members. Band of Outsiders, Billy Reid, John Varvatos, Marc Jacobs, Michael Bastian, Rag & Bone, Richard Chai, Robert Geller, Thom Browne, and Tommy Hilfiger designed these nearly one of a kind pieces, which were all screen-printed by hand. Only ten of each style launches exclusively on today, and for $100 each, all proceeds benefit the CFDA Foundation, which focuses on charitable causes: Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, The CFDA Health initiative and The CFDA-Vogue Initiative for HIV and AIDS (7th on Sale). Lastly, according to CFDA CEO and all-around stylish guy, Steven Kolb, pocket squares are very relevant accessories right now. He said: "Pocket squares are the new skinny tie."

    from left: John Varvatos, Thom Browne & Marc Jacobs
    image courtesy of details

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    In case you didn't know that its not always the best idea to buy luxury jewelry or cars from online marketplace sites, here's some proof. Seven defendants were taken into custody in Romania, Czech Republic, U.K. and Canada stemming from fake internet marketplace listings for non-existent Audemars Piguet and Cartier watches, Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW cars, motorcycles, boats and other luxury goods priced from $10,000 to $45,000. Further, the U.S. Attorney's office filed a suit in the Eastern District of New York this week. 

    According to the FBI, Emil Butoi, Aurel Cojocaru, Nicolae Ghebosila, Cristea Mircea, Ion Pieptea and Nicolae Simion corresponded with the buyers via e-mail, sending fake certificates of title and other information designed to lure victims into making a purchase. From there, when they reached an agreement with the buyers, they would often e-mail them fraudulent invoices purporting to be from online payment services such as Amazon Payments or PayPal. It’s estimated that the defendants earned more than $3 million from the scheme, for which each defendant is charged with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. If convicted, they will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count. Moral of the story: when you're in the market for luxury goods (online or not) only shop authorized sellers. 

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    Things have been on the up and up for design brand we LOVE, Proenza Schouler, since the label's founders Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez closed a major deal with Theory founder Andrew Rosen last July. They opened their very first brick and mortar store on Madison Ave in NYC in this past September and now, they are putting their name on shoes. The design duo is licensing their name to Iris SpA. So, no word yet on how involved Jack and Lazaro will be in the designs. Set to hit stores with the brand's Pre-fall 2013 collection, the industry is saying the boys of Proenza are in good hand with Iris SpA, which currently manufactures shoes for Nina Ricci and Marc Jacobs. You may recall that this isn't the boys' first foray into footwear; they inked a deal with Giuseppe Zanotti for Spring 2009.

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    Daphne Guinness took to her Twitter today to comment on the lawsuit against her, or at least that what it seems like: "FOR THE RECORD...Is it not RIDICULOUS that anyone is talking about A BATH ..I have been 'flooded' by others NO BIG DEAL ..SANDY?... HELLO?" and "THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS............. It won't STOP ME!!!!!"

    A refresher: the artist, style icon and Guinness heiress was sued in 2010 by Karim and Tina Samii, who lived below Daphne's home in New York’s Stanhope Hotel. The coupled sued for $1 million in compensation for both damages and the “mental anguish and emotional stress” caused. A New York judge ruled on the case this past September holding that Guinness is not responsible for the emotional stress, just the water damage (and she will owe less than the requested $1 million). Today's Twitter comment follows the news that Guinness has officially sold her apartment in the Stanhope Hotel, telling Page Six, “I am glad to be out of the building, the lawsuit caused me so much distress. I felt afraid every time I got in the elevator I’d bump into the neighbors.” I, for one, am glad Daphne is getting the new start she deserves! What do you think?

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    Too busy to catch all of this week's stories?  We've got you covered!  Here is your week in review from The Fashion Law!

    Prediction: Hermès' Next Lawsuit:  What happens when you try to infringe on one of fashion's most iconic bags?  Nothing good.  Be forewarned "designers," copying Hermès will only make you a lawsuit target and an very easy subject for us.

    Kate Spade May be Encroaching on Saturdays' Name:  In a recent expansion move, Kate Spade announced the release of a new womenswear brand set to debut in Tokyo and it seems they're not the only brand that is living for the weekend.

    Wil Fry's Latest Take on High Fashion:  See the super exclusive-piece that is boasting labels like Chanel,  Jil Sander, Dior and more.  And yes, you read correctly, this is ONE piece.

    Kardashians File Suit over Khroma Makeup:  It wouldn't be a true week in review if the Kardashians didn't make some sort of an appearance.  Apparently the girls are not going down without a fight in their cosmetics dispute, kan't wait to see how this plays out.

    The Fashion Law for KENTON Magazine:  The Fashion Law's very own Julie Zerbo contributed to the oh-so-chic KENTON magazine.  Read her op-ed on fast fashion and emerging designers.   

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    Our Saturday Style Feature, Ceylan Atınç, has been a favorite of mine for several years now because while she is a street style star, she is first and foremost, a smart woman (she started at Bilkent University in Turkey and continued her studies at UC Berkeley, and then studied at London College of Fashion) and it doesn't hurt that she always looks so effortlessly chic. How refreshing is that! Street style as of late has become somewhat circus-like. It often involves dressing in attempts to be camera-worthy and Atınç is one of the few, who manages to balance individuality and wearability, without looking over the top. Born in Turkey, Ceylan is an editor, stylist, and even a blogger

    images courtesy of garancedore, citizencouture & stylebyme

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    It looks like Lamar Odom may have taken our advice and removed that infringing sweatshirt from his Rich Soil clothing line website. Either that or he received a cease and desist letter from Chanel. You may recall, in late October Odom's wife Khloe Kardashian posted a picture to her Twitter of the clothing line's newest design, a sweatshirt with the words Rich Soil with the classic Chanel C's. However, what seems even more likely is that the sweatshirts spent a very short time in commerce as the only person I've seen wearing the sweatshirt is a Kardash. pal (see below). Looks like the Kardashian camp chose not to promote this particular style in their usual way. That's not very surprising considering that Odom and his Rich Soil team have few defenses to their seemingly blatant attempt to profit from Chanel's iconic logo and established appeal. Odom must share attorneys with the Kardashian family. Do better ... all of you. 

    images courtesy of twitter

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    If the Rottweiler is any indication of what to expect from Givenchy fans in the future, then the design house's Pre-Fall collection suggests that the Doberman Pinscher is the new "it" dog and the one we will be seeing all over street style blogs in the near future. Considering that designers' pre-fall collections are generally more mainstream than their Spring or Fall designs, the chances that the dog trend will continue at Givenchy, as opposed to a shirt towards the religious iconography that Riccardo Tisci showed for Spring, is probably quite likely, at least in terms of street style. Also being shown by Givenchy for Pre-fall 2013, jersey-like shirts with the number 17 and instead of a player's name, the word Pervert (see below). Thoughts on the reinvention of the Givenchy dog ... Love it or over it?

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    One of my favorite style features is model street style, and our Sunday Style Feature, Anja Rubik, is no exception. The editor of 25 Magazine and model's winter style is pretty flawless. Her winter staples: lots of black, plenty of leather, boots and some touches of fur. If she doesn't inspire your winter wardrobe, I don't think anyone will ... 

    images courtesy of zimbio, tfs & brit vogue 

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    The epitome of style and thus, the ultimate Fashion Law MEN: Peter, Jr. and Harry Brant. Here are the two Brants living it up at Art Basel in Miami. The teenage brothers have said they much prefer a Chanel celebration to your average high school party. So, its of little surprise that they were in attendance at Chanel's dinner party with Karlie Kloss, Demi Moore, Dasha Zhukova, the LSD and others. We just love these two. 

    images courtesy of fashionista

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    The fast fashion industry is going green. Over the past few weeks, Zara and Mango vowed to begin using greener materials in their clothing and H&M started a recycling initiative that allows shoppers to exchange used clothes for store discounts. These are very noble efforts BUT ... what about addressing design piracy and unethical labor? It seems that the recent push to go green is, to some degree, an attempt to overshadow the other wrongs that these mega-businesses commit on a daily basis. As I continually address, there is a reason fast fashion is cheap.

    So, how is it that fast fashion retailers can charge $20 for trousers? Well, if the consumer is not paying a reasonable price for garments, someone else is paying for the difference, and it is usually laborers or designers. Fast fashion retailers are often able to sell products at such low prices because: 1) they do not have to employ/pay designers because a majority of their pieces are copies of the original designs of others; 2) they bypass important quality control and manufacturing safety standards because they are costly to implement and monitor (hence the toxic chemicals in clothes and the frequent employee hospitalizations); and 3) they do not pay their laborers adequate wages. So, while I applaud the efforts of Mango, Zara and H&M, please consider what is left to be done. Think about what issues these fast fashion retailers and others are not addressing. 

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    First he took Chistopher Kane's place at Versace-owned label, Versus, and now he is being honored by NewGen. J.W. Anderson may just be the next big name in fashion. London-based designers Anderson and Simone Rocha won NewGen's top prize this year. To be exact: the young designers won the British Fashion Council’s NewGen sponsorship to show during London Fashion Week in February. Other participants, designers Christopher Raeburn; J.JS Lee; Marques Almeida; Nasir Mazhar; Sophia Webster; Sister by Sibling; and Lucas Nascimento, will receive funds to stage presentations. NewGen, which was founded in 1993, is a showcase for new and emerging. Anderson and his fellow NewGen honorees join the ranks of former NewGen talent, like Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll and Erdem.

    image courtesy of t magazine

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    British pop star and style icon, Cheryl Cole filed a lawsuit Friday claiming breach of contract and a asking for a cool $2.3 million. Her suit against Blue Orbit Productions stems from her position as a former X Factor judge. Cole served as a judge on the U.K. version of the show and signed on to judge the first two seasons in the U.S. She was dismissed after two sets of auditions and was swiftly replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, which the star claims is in breach of her two-season contract. According to the complaint that Cole filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, she was paid her $1.8 million salary for the first season. However, she was not paid her promised salary for the second season or any of the allowances, including a $100,000 wardrobe allowance, a $25,000 allowance for a stylist, $15,000 per month for a hotel or apartment in L.A. and a $2,500-per-month living allowance. More to come ...

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    You voted last week and the results are in. The top look from our weekly emerging designer poll: nearly everyone was in favor of Kelly Rutherford in Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2012! Up this week Cushnie et Ochs, Prabal, Charlotte Ronson, and more. See more emerging design looks from this week below and cast your vote ...

    Model Elettra Wiedemann in Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2012

    Holland Roden in Charlotte Ronson Spring 2013

    Ivanka Trump in Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

    Actress Emma Stone in Daniel Vosovic Spring 2013

    Kiera Knightley in Duro Olowu Spring 2013
    images courtesy of, zimbio & vogue

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    How did Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen go from being child stars to fashion designers that can charge $39,000 for a bag, only to have it sell out. We could say it is because the mini-moguls, who took home this year's biggest CFDA prize (beating out Proenza and Marc Jacobs), have style. We are obsessed with their sartorial choices, as much as or even more than we are intrigued by their romances and net worth. Whether you love their style or hate it, what is not up for discussion is the fact that they have style. But is that enough to make The Row a success? Certainly, no. 

    From time to time, the 26-year old Olsens, who boast no formal design training, have had me wondering: Do they actually design for The Row, which debuted in 2006 and is known for its lux fabrics and perfect fit. They do. My next question: how did their brand get to the point respectability in the cold, hard world of fashion? Celebrity lines are not only not welcome in high fashion, they don't exist. The "celebrity lines" that have managed to make a profit are merely joke-worthy attempts at design. Not only has The Row ascended above this, it has somehow landed on a pedestal that stands taller than brands of many of their design school-educated peers. 

    What it comes down to is this: In addition to style, MK and A have professional tact and an innate sense of fashion that goes well beyond the surface. They have an understanding of the industry beyond their years and even more importantly, an appreciation for it. So, while they quite obviously had an advantage when they started: expansive resources, their process was, nonetheless, one grounded upon respect of the industry. This is what most celebrities seemingly neglect to consider, and thus, underestimate the power of, when they make their foray into fashion. The twins chose to focus on quality and craftsmanship, and they have earned industry respect but certainly not in one season.

    The collection was initially a very difficult sell, in part, because their prices reflect the quality of materials they use and their almost exclusively NY-based manufacturing. Yet, what was probably their biggest obstacle, their use of the highest quality materials and their refusal to be swayed by trends, may be the exact thing that helped them overcome the initial adds. Their collection speaks to one of the most difficult demographics to attract: Those who have turned up their noses to cycle of trends and the allure of celebrity-endorsed luxury. Not those with logo-laden handbags and loud, red-soled shoes, but those who value small-scale, high-end manufacturing, much like the twins themselves. 

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    For the second edition of our newest addition to The Fashion Law, which features some of our favorite designers, editors, models and other industry insiders, sharing their thoughts on anything and everything fashion, is the talent behind Lanvin menswear. Lucas Ossendrijver is the Dutch-born Lanvin menswear designer. Ossendrijver landed a job at Paris-based clothier Kenzo in 1997. In 2001, he signed on to assist Hedi Slimane during the designer's mythical skinny-suited tenure at Dior Homme. Parisian luxury powerhouse Lanvin tapped him to revitalize the house's menswear collection in 2005. Here are his thoughts on the Lanvin man, his style icon, and more ...

    1. On his inspiration: I don't really have a famous actor who I find really fabulous. It's really people that I know, people that I work with, people that I see in the street. 

    2. On modern day style: It's very important to get less uniform, to dress more individually, and to mix different textures. They need to have pieces that last—pieces that are more personal.

    3. I like when I see somebody wearing Lanvin who has made it their own--when they've mixed it up with something they've had for 10 years, like an old, shabby raincoat. For me, the worst thing you can do is buy a total look. 

    4. On his favorite place - The Seychelles. You go to this one island and have your own little house. You can go diving or swimming. You're completely isolated. I really love that, to be completely cut off.

    5. Bryan Ferry. For me, he's a No. 1 style icon. He looks so classy and so effortless.

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    Givenchy Fall 2012 couture (left) & Hero Magazine (right)

    It looks like the recent issue of Hero Magazine took a page from Givenchy's Fall 2012 Couture lookbook. Christian Ferretti shot model Matt Ardell and a fury friend for the "Who Will You Be" entitled editorial, and it looks a bit like the Givenchy photo. Before I go any further, I do not object to Hero's photo at all. Inspiration in the fashion industry is absolutely essential. Further, as I frequently say, it is a sign of greatness when others are drawn to your aesthetic. There is a world of difference between inspiration and imitation!

    Back to business .... Thanks to the limits placed on the scope of copyright law, Hero's photo is perfectly legal, as it should be. It is not infringing for a number of reasons but namely because copyright law explicitly refuses to protect ideas. As such, Givenchy does not have a monopoly over the right to use an unhappy-looking model walking a German Shepard because it is an idea, as opposed to an original expression. If Hero had recreated the photo, right down to the overall look and feel, the character that Joan Smalls portrays and the background of the Givenchy shoot, then we could talk infringement. In Photos are often deemed to be copied if the subsequent photographer copies the subject of the original photo or an original use of color. But since the key similarity between the two works is a dog, and Hero has almost certainly inserted enough creativity on its part, the mag is in the clear (and that's the great thing about copyright law!).

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    It's finally here and its perfect. One of the most promising young designers in the U.S., Prabal Gurung, has finally released images of his Pre-Fall 2013 collection, which consists of thirty-seven looks. Some of the pieces are more sophisticated and wonderful than we have seen from Prabal to date, and I am loving the chic varsity-ish jacket, which is especially darling since Prabal is almost never seen without his! The prints are daring, some of the silhouettes are really amazing and there are certainly pieces in this collection for the true PG fan. While he arguably took a refreshing leap with this collection, it still feels very true to Prabal's lust-worthy aesthetic! See all of the images below and tell us what you think! Also check out the Casadei shoes. 

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    I've been really hard on Kanye in the past, but some recent developments suggest that I may have underestimated him and his ability to design accessories. First of all, he caused quite a bit of bizz with the $6k shoes he designed with Guiseppe Zanotti and, now he is experiencing what has unfortunately become a designer's right of passage. The rapper-turned-fashionisto is being knocked-off. Kanye's Yeezi necklaces just barely made it to Colette Paris (the exclusive retailer of all things Kanye) in time to have a lovely little online shop called RSVP Sweatshop, already selling them. Is this site an authorized retailer of Kanye couture? I don't think so. 

    Kanye West x Jacob & Co. (left) and RSVP Sweatshop (right)

    Not only is RSVP Sweatshop, which also stocks some questionable Kenzo, Givenchy, Celine, and YSL pieces, selling an inferior version of Kanye's design, the site is representing it as the real thing. Anyone who is familiar with Jacob and Co., Kanye's design partner for the Yeezi necklace, knows that Jacob has never made a piece of jewelry for less than a few thousands dollars. So, Colette's $1300 price tag is a bit more fitting than RSVP's $120 version. However, based on quite a few online threads, the price difference isn't a dead giveaway, and consumers are confused about the authenticity of the necklaces. So, I'm here to tell you: Kanye, you're being knocked-off. Consumers, those necklaces are not real, and RSVP Sweatshop, you're committing trademark infringement. West (via Mascotte Holdings, Inc.) filed a trademark application for the name "YEEZI" in numerous classes of goods and services, one of them being jewelry, in March of 2011. So, actually, you are potentially committing trademark infringement, my friends. Do better. 

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    The Target-Neiman Marcus-CFDA collaboration is certainly unprecedented, but it may simultaneously be another indication that the mass market collaboration mania is finally on its way out. It's not fair to compare it to the epic Missoni for Target collaboration, but if we are, this collaboration, which features designs from 24 American designers, doesn't even come close to that. While the goods have reportedly been selling pretty well at Neiman Marcus locations, the same cannot be said for Target. The mass market retailer's website is still fully stocked with a few exceptions.

    A retail analyst told the WSJ that the sales were far less than expected, especially when the headlines leading up to the event were among the likes of: "The Ultimate Collaboration" and "Target Holiday Collab Lands Saturday, Prepare Yourselves Now."  I'm not making my decision regarding the state of designer collaborations just yet. Prabal Gurung is set to debut his collection for Target in February, and I have a feeling that he may receive the overwhelming response that was expected for the CFDA collaboration. 

    On a positive note, the Target-Neiman Marcus-CFDA collaboration undoubtedly gave some of the young and/or less mainstream design labels a boost in terms of consumer awareness of their brands. Target is notorious for their big advertising budgets, that are infinitely larger than what emerging designers can spend. As such, Rodarte, Eddie Borgo, Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal, Band Of Outsiders, etc. have likely benefited from this collab despite the less than stellar sales. 

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