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    It is that time again. Time for you to vote for your favorite emerging designer look of the week. You cast your votes last week and Girls star Allison Williams in Altuzarra Spring 2013 won, followed by Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2013. Up this week, Erdem, Rodarte, Mary Katrantzou and more. See all of the looks below, vote and be sure to check back next Friday for the results! 

    Marion Cotillard in Erdem Pre-Fall 2013

    Deepika Padukone in Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

    Sarah Jessica Parker in Mary Katrantzou Spring 2013 (dress)

    Katy Perry in Rodarte Fall 2012

    Best Dressed This Week


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    TFL's Week in Review is back and just in time to keep you informed as we head into the madness of Fall fashion weeks! Here are some of our top stories of the week ...

    Design pirates seem to be going farther and farther with their thefts. RSVP Gallery is a victim of not only name theft, but some of their most notable products are also being knocked off! 

    Here at TFL we constantly wonder how major fashion blogs can promote design piracy, but are even more concerned by the constant pirating of designs!  This time, Jenni Kayne's famous d'orsay flats are victims.  We've said it a million times and we'll keep saying it: Shop the real thing!  

    Céline inspired designs are popping up everywhere from J. Crew shirts to skateboards, it's certainly popular, but are these uses legal? 

    From the catwalks of McQueen, Missoni, Lanvin, among others, Jackson Rado heads to The Fashion Law to discuss his career, the modeling industry, and what he is currently obsessing over. 


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    Fashion royalty hit Paris this past week for the Spring 2013 couture shows, which means that the street style was on the next level. Some of our favorites, Miroslava Duma, Alexandra Golovanoff, Raf Simons, Elena Perminova, and more were on hand in the City of Light ... 















    images courtesy of w magazine & wwd

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    Remember all of the drama surrounding Instagram's Terms of Use? Well, there is an interesting lawsuit happening in California regarding Facebook's Terms of Use. In 2011, five Facebook members filed a class-action lawsuit against the social networking site, stemming from the use of their names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities to advertise or sell products and services through Sponsored Stories without obtaining users' consent. Before I go any further, a Sponsored Story is created if you “like” a brand’s Facebook page, or if you craft a status talking about a brand or its products, Facebook sells this content to the relevant brand and it appears as a Sponsored Story including your name and profile picture.


    So, the plaintiffs, lead by Angel Fraley, claim that Facebook's Sponsored Stories feature violates California law by publicizing users' information without compensating them or giving them a way to opt out. After one failed attempt to settle the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Richard Seeborg has held that Facebook's latest settlement proposal is adequate. As of December 2012, the settlement holds that Facebook users can claim a cash payment of up to $10 each to be paid from a $20 million total settlement fund. Any money remaining will go to charity. In addition to the to monetary relief, Facebook will revise its terms of service to more fully explain the instances in which users agree to the display of their names and profile pictures in connection with Sponsored Stories, and to provide users with the ability to prevent particular items or categories of content or information from being displayed in future Sponsored Stories, among other changes. More to come ...


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    In case you weren’t able to catch the couture shows in Paris this past week, we were and here are a few of our favorite looks. Elie Saab didn’t exactly branch out with his Spring 2013, but this doesn’t mean it wasn’t one of the most breathtaking of the season. He works magic with his gowns and Spring 2013 is no exception. Also of interest: Valentino and Giambattista Valli, obviously. Showing her first Spring couture collection, Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko presented an utterly theatrical collection that is as endearing as it is impractical. With this in mind, she showed some truly gorgeous looks. See more couture tomorrow … 

    Elie Saab Spring 2013 couture



    Valentino Spring 2013 couture

    Valentino Spring 2013 couture

    Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2013 couture

    Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2013 couture

    Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 couture
    images courtesy of style.com

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    Yesterday we showed you some of the street style sights from the Spring 2013 couture shows in Paris, but there's more! Today we have looks from Miroslava Duma, Anya Ziourova, Harry Brant, Carine Roitfeld, Sofia Guellaty, and more. Enjoy ...










    images courtesy of w magazine & wwd

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    The estate of legendary actor Marlon Brando settled its lawsuit with licensing company CMG Worldwide this week, and now the same company is settling with the estate of Marilyn Monroe. CMG Worldwide, which serves as the licensing agent for the Marilyn Monroe estate, filed suit against early last year, seeking a declaratory judgment after Monroe's estate threatened legal action regarding the actress' posthumous right of publicity. 

    andrej pejic as marilyn monroe

    The right of publicity is generally the right of an individual, especially a celebrity, to control the commercial value and exploitation of his name or picture or likeness and to prevent others from unfairly appropriating it for commercial benefit. Last year the Ninth Circuit court ruled that Monroe's estate was prohibited from claiming a posthumous right of publicity. Monroe resided primarily in New York at the time of her death, a state that does not recognize a right of publicity in the heirs or estates of deceased celebrities. As such, the entities that own and license her intellectual property rights have no case against a company that sells Monroe photographs. Now, nearly six months later, CMG dropped its suit seeking legal protection from the estate.

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    Yesterday we showed you some of our favorite couture looks from Elie Saab, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Ulyana Sergeenko. Our highlights for today: Raf Simons for Dior, Maison Martin Margiela, Chanel and Stephane Rolland. Raf’s spring garden party was not one to be missed for obvious reasons. Some of my favorite looks: the ballgown with the cut-out skirt and the floral embroidery. In true Margiela fashion, models hit the runway in ornate masks, and yet, what appear to be utterly wearable frocks. Stephane Rolland’s show upped the sex factor big time with deep v-necks and plenty of sheer. The highlight of Chanel was certainly Karl's take on marriage equality: the finale of two brides, and then there was Zuhair Murad ...


    Dior Spring 2013 couture

    Stephane Rolland Spring 2013 couture

    Margiela Spring 2013 couture

    Chanel Spring 2013 couture

    Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 couture
    images courtesy of style.com & wwd

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    Mad Men actress January Jones hit the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild awards tonight in ... PRABAL GURUNG, of course! A red carpet is not complete with a design by one of our favorite young, NYC-based designers, and its hardly a surprise that Jones is being praised for her dress choice, which is the Black Matte Jersey Wrap Gown from Gurung's Pre-Fall 13 collection. Less than a month to go before Gurung's collection debuts at Target. Are you excited?


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    The boys behind NYC-based design label Proenza Schouler are advocates for legislation that would protect designers from the vast amount of copying that occurs in the fashion industry. This is most likely because they know a thing or two about being copied, and the latest copycat to knockoff their designs: Nasty Gal. The Los Angeles-based retailer's Buckled Stud Satchel is a fairly blatant attempt to copy Proenza Schouler's PS11 bag. Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso may have been on Forbes' 30 under 30 list this year, but don't be fooled, she is not exactly the epitome of original design. In fact, you may recall that she took to her Instagram not too long ago, saying that knockoffs are a "rite of passage." So, while we are not surprised to see a Proenza knockoff of Nasty Gal's site, we certainly are disappointed. 

    Proenza Schouler's PS11 (left) & Nasty Gal's version (right)

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    The announcement that actress Kate Hudson is "designing" a collection for retailer Ann Taylor is not exactly news. However, it does shed light on interesting questions. Namely, what role do these celebrities actually play in regards to such clothing lines and why are people shopping them? WWD writes: "The Hudson-helmed capsule collection is her first foray into fashion design ... Working with Lisa Axelson, creative director at Ann Taylor, Hudson helped create a lineup of looks inspired by her red-carpet style." From the sounds of things, Hudson isn't doing much designing at all, which isn't terribly surprising since she isn't a fashion designer. 



    Now, assuming we think that Hudson actually designed the collection, as Ann Taylor is purporting, the more difficult answer to pin-point is: what is the appeal of a garment "designed" by a non-designer? Isn't it enough for Hudson to appear in the ad campaign and promote the brand without saying she is involved in the design process. Personally, I am far more inclined to shop the collection of a skilled designer than one of an actress. I suppose any popularity that surrounds the celebrity clothing line marketing ploy is just proof that our society's obsession with celebrity has even permeated our choice in who "designs" our clothing, which is pretty sad.  

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    As you already know, Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci won't be presenting a couture collection for Fall, reportedly because he is focusing on his Met Gala co-chair duties. However, there has been talk that the house is taking a more RTW approach following its rise to street wear fame. Last week, Tisci told style.com that he "wanted to make a much more couture collection for menswear." However, the more interesting bit was from style.com writer Tim Blanks, who wrote: "There was an ulterior motive [to this]. As much as [Tisci] loves seeing people around the world in the Givenchy tees and sweatshirts that have become a virtual uniform for Kids Today, he was keen to challenge himself—and them—by offering something more chic, more…well, couture-ish."

    The result: Lapel-less jackets, prints on cashmere and taffeta, suits of tweed and crushed velvet, and lots of leather.  The collection was not devoid of the famed t-shirts and sweatshirts. While Tisci's effort to present a more sophisticated RTW collection is admirable, do you really think Givenchy street wear affectionados will be trading in their Rottweiler t-shirts for a printed argyle sweater? I'm not so sure. 



    images courtesy of style.com

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    Another garment factory fire has been reported. In addition to the two recent fires that occurred in Pakistan and Bangladesh, this is the second in Bangladesh in the past several months. On Sunday, seven garment workers were killed, six were hospitalized, and more than 50 were injured after a fire at the Smart Export garment factory in Bangladesh. WSJ is reporting that the factory produced clothing for several labels owned by Zara's parent company, Inditex, which denies working with the factory. 


    According to the Washington Post, Altaf Hossain, the father of one of the deceased, has filed suit against Smart Export's three directors for negligence. The factory reportedly had no fire-fighting equipment, no fire safety license, no factory license, and the fire exits were locked.

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    In case Nasty Gal's Proenza Schouler knockoff that we showed you yesterday wasn't enough, here's another attempt by the online retailer to profit from the original designs of emerging design brands. If Nasty Gal's South Of Heaven Dress looks familiar that because it is basically a direct copy of NYC-based design label Cushnie et Ochs' Wool Crepe Dress. Available for sale at the same time as CeO's dress (which is from their Fall 2012 collection) is in stores and online, Nasty Gal's version is a pretty blatant blow to the design duo's dress.

    Cushnie et Ochs Wool Crepe dress (left) & Nasty Gal's version (right)

    However, unlike Cushnie et Ochs, which manufactures all of its pieces in New York, Nasty Gal's goods are imported from who knows where. Also unlike Cushnie et Ochs, which is a still a very young design label, Nasty Gal's founder Sophia Amoruso has netted over $250 million from her site, according to Forbes' 2013 30 Under 30 list that Amoruso was featured on. Also on the list: Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. However, its quite clear that only one of these two brands is worthy of the honor.   

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    Prabal Gurung's Spring 2013 ad campaign images were released today by British Vogue, and seriously ... Does it get more perfect than this? Model Joan Smalls was shot by Daniel Jackson, and directed and styled by Tiina Laakkonen. As for his choice of model, Smalls is constant PG runway figure and looks epically chic. The designer says Smalls "epitomises the Prabal Gurung woman in so many ways." He also tells British Vogue that his Target collection (which is set to debut next month) exceeded his expectations and that first store may be in the works soon. See more below ...




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    One of our newest additions to The Fashion Law features some of our favorite designers, editors, models and other industry insiders, sharing their thoughts on anything and everything fashion. Today's feature: Hedi Slimane. He doesn't really need much of an introduction, but I will say this. He was the creative director at Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007, and now serves as the creative director and driving force of change at YSL - aka Saint Laurent. Here are his thoughts on the mass market collaborations, his influences or lack thereof, and more ...


    On dressing the Saint Laurent woman: "I approach this via a wardrobe codified to the extreme, almost ritualistic."

    "I don’t necessarily need to interact with people — in fact, I usually don’t — but I need to see people interacting."

    Whether he would ever do a mass market collaboration: "No, never. I don’t like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand. I belong to luxury fashion."

    On his influences: "I don’t really think that way. Unless it’s something really striking, I usually integrate and move on. It’s always hard to mention any one film or band. I find that sort of thinking restrictive."

    On his signature silhouette: "I heard so much about my proportions, and how absurd and unsuccessful, for instance, my skinny jeans and silhouette would be. I also heard about my lack of definition in masculinity, as I was aiming to try another definition. "

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    WWD is reporting that fast fashion retailer H&M has teamed with the World Wildlife Fund to minimize its impact on water. H&M employees will be trained to use water responsibly (whatever that means) and H&M will work with regional players to support better management of river basins in China and Bangladesh. While this is a very noble effort, what about underpaid workers and design piracy? While H&M is plotting to save the earth, nearly 200 garment workers in Cambodia are locked in a dispute with Kingsland Garment Cambodia Ltd., an H&M supplier, over unpaid wages. The workers are owed approximately $200,000 in wages. While H&M denies any involvement, this isn't the first time the company has been called out for irresponsible labor practices. So, what do you think? Is H&M really concerned about the environment or is it just focusing on easier to tackle initiatives?

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    Now this is what we call high street! Proenza Schouler's classic PS1 bag is street chic for Spring 2013. Available for pre-order at Barneys and Bergdorf's for $2,375+, will you be shopping the new and arguably improved PS1?

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    Another day, another act of blatant design piracy by Nasty Gal. The latest copy available on the online retailer's site: its Bright Future Shades, which are suspiciously similar to Karen Walker's Number 1 sunglasses. In fact, the shape is the EXACT same as Walker's original design. Any chance that Nasty Gal was unaware of this glaring similarity? Probably not. Walker's designs have been spotted on everyone from Anne Hathaway to Gwen Stefani, to Rihanna and the Kardashians. Further, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has absolutely zero respect for design based on her recent Instagram comments. It may seem like we are picking on Nasty Gal, but the notorious copycat makes it painfully easy! Whether they are copying Cushnie et Ochs, Pamela Love or Proenza Schouler, the company is no stranger to stealing the original designs of vulnerable, young brands. Please support design integrity and not Nasty Gal. 

    Karen Walker's Number 1 glasses (top) & Nasty Gal's version (bottom)

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    Here at The Fashion Law, we have quite the penchant for emerging talent of all kinds, and so, up-and-coming blog, Up&Die, has been on our radar for awhile. Responsible for curating and presenting some of the most beautiful and influential images on the web, the blog's founder, Diago Mariotta Mendez, sat down with us to talk about his site, his work and why he chose to London as his home base.

    The Fashion Law – Business today is so much about branding. Do you feel like Up&Die is a brand?

    Diago Mariotta Mendez – Up&Die is not a brand, it is a state of mind. It represents my idea of beauty, and Up&Die is that beauty hunter. It is also a source of inspiration to people around the world, through my daily research to seek for that slice of beauty. The name Up&Die is a reference to the dichotomy of life and death, up and down. It also stands for the ephemeral nature of beauty.

    When someone looks at a work of art for the first time, that impression is precious and unique; it cannot be re-enacted. That unique sensation is an Up&Die moment. That is what we seek to do here, it is to inspire the minds all around the world. This sets us apart from the rest.

    The Fashion Law – Tell me a little bit about Up&Die and about yourself for those who aren't very familiar with you or the magazine. 

    DMM – My name is Diago Mariotta Mendez. I was born in Nicaragua but raised in the Italian part of Switzerland. It was during high school that I discovered my passion for photography, When I was 16, partying was my life and that period allowed me to capture the moments in the clubs and events using my photographic skills, I became quite popular in the scene. That was some of the first images that appeared on my blog and garnered Up&Die its' first followers.

    Thus, Up&Die started from the humble beginnings of a personal blog in 2009 during the rise of the the blogging phenomena. It was a time when I was very much into myspace, back when it was huge. It has since evolved into a platform showcasing beauty from all sorts of visual media that has influenced a huge international audience.


    The Fashion Law – As a photographer, do you ever worry about people stealing your pics? Does this happen often?

    DMM – No, I do not worry. However, it has happened. Once when I did a personal project, a few weeks after completing that project, someone copied my idea but did a sloppy job at it.

    But it's all part of how ideas work. There is always a risk of plagiarism. However, I do not worry about it at all. As a photographer, I feel it's important to show the world what you are capable of yet always having something extra under your sleeves.


    The Fashion Law – You are based in London. How do you think London fashion is different from American fashion?

    DMM – I chose London because it's so creative and good for networking. Collaborations are everywhere and people are generally open to come together and make something creative. It's good for creative people.

    I think fashion in America is so much more commercial than London is. The focus is different as America is more pret-a-porte while London is more couture. American fashion magazines are more geared towards commercialisation, but the ones in London are more experimental and high fashion.

    The Fashion Law – You are currently studying at London College of fashion. Are you studying photography?

    DMM – Yes, I am currently a 2nd Year BA Fashion photography student at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. On the side, I'm also working as PR for Inbar Spector, who's up and coming in the fashion scene. I've also working as Rough magazine's photography editor. I've started collaborating with international stylist like Kate Carnegie and VISION Magazine, China. 

    Lastly, I'm working on a huge project concerning Up&Die in this year and the next. I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag, but it'll be a huge surprise for my followers out there.


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