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    Because they are doing so well with their Khroma Beauty collection, the Kardashians are expanding further. This time with a collection of self-tanners under the name Kardashian Sun Kissed. This isn't exactly news. The interesting part comes from Kim K's thoughts on tanning, which she shared with WWD in her promotion of the girls' newest venture. She said: “I think tanning has really been a way of life for all of us ... I do like regular tanning because I have psoriasis, and the tanning beds are particularly good for that." Enter the Skin Cancer Foundation any minute now! You may recall that the Skin Cancer Foundation filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against MTV earlier this year for "glamorizing and promoting" excessive tanning on its hit TV show, The Jersey Shore. Chances are they won't like Kim's promotion of tanning either. More to come, I'm sure. As a side note, the Kardashian Sun Kissed line is expected to net about $10 million.

    image courtesy of huffington post

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    In case you missed some of the news this week, we've put together a list of highlights from The Fashion Law. Get up to date with some of our top stories ... 

    Raf Simons is racist? Well, according to one casting director he is. Buzzfeed talked to a few casting directors about the lack of diversity among models on the runways this fashion month, and here are some of the highlights. 

    Lindsay Lohan was in court for the millionth time this week and while the hearing didn't land her in jail, it did land her a Louis Vuitton advertisement. Kind of. 

    Céline showed a knotted coat that has industry insiders screaming copycat. See the two coats here and learn a thing or two about the copyrightability of fashion. 

    You Can't Fake Fashion and the CFDA and eBay have partnered with nearly 100 of the CFDA's members to prove it. See the custom totes that everyone from Cushnie et Ochs to Carolina Herrera designed for the cause and learn why they think you can't fake fashion. Be sure to catch Part II here!

    The front row at Givenchy's Fall 2013 show was a scene. With Hollywood starlets to rappers and of course, Kimye - the show garnered quite a bit of attention but little of it seemed to be on the looks themselves. Is Givenchy's questionable branding strategy working? 


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    Now that it is Spring, we are one step closer to full-on gypset mode (minus winter-time St. Barth's trips, that is). We've put together a gallery of gypset-inspired looks, including pieces from Mara Hoffman, Pamela Love, Missoni, Philip Crangi, Emilio Pucci, Free People and more ... 


















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    By Andrew Roberts, Bloomberg

    Hermes International SCA (RMS), the French maker of Kelly bags and silk scarves, will resist raising prices significantly in 2013 even as profitability may decline as the Japanese yen weakens against the euro.

    While there may be some minor adjustments, “there won’t be a big movement” in the amount the Paris-based company charges customers, Chief Executive Patrick Thomas said today as Hermes reported record profitability for 2012.

    Hermes is an outlier in a sector where several companies have lifted prices in reaction to the yen’s devaluation. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC), which owns 22.3 percent of Hermes, in February increased some prices at its Louis Vuitton brand in Japan by an average 12 percent, the most ever at the unit in the country. Jewelers Tiffany & Co. (TIF) and Harry Winston have said they plan to follow suit.



    For 2013, Hermes is hedged at $1.28 per euro and 104.5 yen per euro, Finance Director Lionel Martin-Guinard said today at a presentation in Paris. That compares with $1.41 per euro and 112 yen per euro in 2012, he said.

    Operating profit as a percentage of sales will probably narrow in 2013 because of currency fluctuations after the weaker euro helped boost last year’s margin to a record 32.1 percent, Thomas said. Earnings should rise this year, he said. Hermes makes the bulk of its products in Europe.


    ‘Damning Facts’
    Separately, Hermes has found “damning facts” relating to how LVMH amassed a stake in its rival via equity swaps, Thomas said. Hermes filed a civil complaint last year against LVMH that its bigger competitor rejected as baseless. The outcome of a separate French market authority investigation is expected in the summer.

    The CEO also called for LVMH to reduce its stake in Hermes to increase the number of shares on the open market. Hermes rose 0.9 percent to 259.30 euros at 1:45 p.m. in Paris. The stock has gained 15 percent this year.

    The saddle maker is aiming for sales growth of about 10 percent in 2013, Thomas said, adding that “too many unpredictable factors” called for prudence. Since the start of the year, business has been good, with the only change being slightly weaker sales in January because of the later timing of Chinese new year, the CEO said.

    Operating profit rose 26 percent to 1.12 billion euros ($1.45 billion) in 2012, Hermes said earlier in a statement. Analysts predicted profit of 1.09 billion euros, according to the average of 15 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    The better-than-expected profit “once again demonstrates the positive momentum for Hermes and for other high-end niche brands,” said Luca Solca, an analyst at Exane BNP Paribas. “The limit for Hermes is their manufacturing capacity in leather goods. Given the bottleneck there, one could have expected higher price increases than anticipated.”

    Hermes proposed raising its full-year regular dividend to 2.50 euros a share from 2 euros last year. The company already paid a 1.50 euro interim dividend and will pay the remainder later. Last year, Hermes also paid a bonus dividend of 5 euros a share.

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    Minimalism is my go to favorite look in fashion, and who better to display it than Anja Rubik. Clad in Balenciaga (by Nicolas Ghesquiere), Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Fleet Ilya, and Jil Sander (just to name a few), Rubik graces the pages of the latest issue of T Magazine and has me wanting to add a ruffle (a la Balenciaga) and some sleek lines (think Jil Sander) to my wardrobe for Spring. Enjoy ... 








    images courtesy of tmagazine

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    By Luisa Zargani, WWD

    Bulgari on Thursday said it is “confident” it will disprove allegations of fraudulent earnings in Italy, and also accused Italian authorities of waging a campaign in the media to destabilize the Roman jeweler by seizing assets. The comments came after Italy’s tax police, the Guardia di Finanza, said it had confiscated real estate, including two sites on Rome’s Via dei Condotti; life insurance policies, and corporate investments traceable to Bulgari executives for a total value of 46 million euros, or $60 million at current exchange. Paolo and Nicola Bulgari, chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of Bulgari SpA; former chief executive officer Francesco Trapani, and Maurizio Valentini, current legal representative of the Italian parent company, are among the executives named by the tax police. 


    The investigations are focused on alleged fraudulent earnings declarations and evasion of tax payments of around 3 billion euros, or $4 billion, starting from 2006, through a system of allegedly fictitious companies in the Netherlands and Ireland, set up in order to avoid paying taxes in Italy. The tax police said it has unearthed nine pages of documents in which Bulgari executives named an “escape strategy” to find alternatives to Italy’s high tax rate and, in particular, to legislation introduced in 2006, “referred to taxes to be paid on dividends coming from countries with a privileged fiscality.” 

    Bulgari said Thursday that company officers and directors were notified of the precautionary seizures after learning about them in press reports and vowed to “raise this serious breach with the competent authorities.” The company is "extremely surprised by the arguments deployed in such order and declares that the foreign companies at issue are real and genuine companies performing an undisputable strategic role for the group, employing about 300 employees of various profiles,” said Bulgari, a subsidiary of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Rome-based Judge Vilma Passamonti requested the precautionary seizure following requests from a local prosecutor, said the police. 

    Guardia di Finanza commander Alfredo Falchetti told WWD that, contrary to media reports, the historical boutique in Rome’s Via dei Condotti has not been confiscated, and that the investigations, initiated in 2011, refer to the years spanning from 2006 until 2010. “It all started in 2011, when we found differences between the papers and the actual movement of goods. For example, jewels did not move from Ireland to Italy but from Switzerland to Italy,” said Falchetti. 

    According to the “escape strategy,” said the police, Bulgari “margins — the difference between revenues and costs of sales — were reallocated, through foreign controlled companies, in countries other than Italy, and, in particular, first in Switzerland, then in the Netherlands and, lastly, in Ireland.” In the papers found by the police, Bulgari allegedly defined Ireland as “the only country available with a low fiscal pressure, 12.5 percent, not located in a fiscal paradise.” For this reason, Falchetti said Bulgari had singled out Ireland as its “final destination” in terms of fiscal planning for the group. Accordingly, Bulgari Ireland Ltd. (Beire) was founded and entirely controlled by the Italian Bulgari SpA with “the objective, only apparent, of stocking and shipping finished goods to the group’s commercial companies or third distributors around the world,” said the police statement. 

    It concluded by saying that Bulgari “omitted to declare corporate income taxes in Italy for almost 3 billion euros in the period 2006-2011, as well as a regional tax on production for more than 1.9 billion euros, or $2.5 billion. Dividends that were unduly not taxed in the same period totaled more than 293 million euros, or $381 million.” The corresponding amount of unpaid taxes totaled more than 46 million euros, or $60 million. 

    In December, the tax police accused the Rome-based jewelry firm of evading tax payments of more than 70 millions euros, or $91 million. The inquiry was said to focus on 2011, when LVMH took control of Bulgari in a cash-and-share swap valued at more than $6 billion. Falchetti said he could not confirm or comment on that investigation. 

    The Bulgaris are the latest in a long line of Italian fashion industry figures to be targeted by the country’s tax police, ranging from Giorgio Armani to Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti to, most recently, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Almost all the cases have subsequently been dismissed, although the Dolce and Gabbana one is ongoing. In November, the Italian tax authorities took aim at another high-profile fashion family: the Marzottos. The allegations involve the family’s association with the sale of Valentino Fashion Group to private equity fund Permira in 2007 and include former Valentino chairman Matteo Marzotto, among others. In this case, too, the police confiscated assets, including land and real estate properties, worth more than 65 million euros, or $83.4 million, owned by a number of Marzotto family members.

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    The Fashion Law EXCLUSIVE - Christian Louboutin v. YSL has technically been over since YSL dropped the existing claims in December, but that doesn't mean the parties haven't been battling out of court. After the New York federal court of appeals' September ruling that Louboutin’s federally registered trademark over the red soles is valid, the two parties have been at war over the language of the new trademark for Louboutin's red sole. As of 2008, Louboutin's federally registered trademark extends to "a red lacquered outsole on footwear that contrasts with the color of the adjoining ('upper') portion of the shoe." However, following the court's ruling in September, the trademark must be modified to enable designers to use a red sole on all-over red shoes without infringing Louboutin's trademark. So, this is where the parties disagree. Louboutin requested that the Court instruct the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to revise the trademark in a manner that, in Louboutin's view, "would be more precise." Basically, Louboutin's counsel argues that the red sole mark should be broader (namely that the lacquered red outsole must simply contrast with the color of any visible portions of the shoe). On the other hand, YSL has argued for a narrower interpretation: that the trademark extend only to the lacquered red outsole that contrasts with the color of the adjoining remaining portion of the shoe." (More about that here). 

    As of Friday, the Second Circuit court held that Louboutin cannot interfere with the USPTO's orders to limit the trademark, as this matter does not present the “exceptional circumstances” required to grant such a request. Further, the Court held that Louboutin has not identified "any authority for making such a modification to the mandate." Ouch. Sounds like YSL won this final round. 

    image courtesy of tommyton

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    The Louboutin v. YSL legal drama may be over, but that doesn't mean the Kardashians are finished. Boldface Licensing + Branding, the licensee of the sisters' Khroma Beauty by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé collection, has appealed a California judge's recent ruling. We broke the news earlier this month that U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins granted Lee Tillett's (the owner of the federally registered KROMA trademark) request for a preliminary injunction. Judge Collins ruled that the sisters and their licensee are prohibited from using the Khroma trademark. One of her reasons: withholding an injunction “will destroy Tillett’s business, which it has built over a decade, causing losses of hundreds of thousands” and perhaps millions of dollars. According to WWD, in the court documents that Boldface filed with the Ninth Circuit court of appeals, Boldface’s attorneys argue that “if the current stay is lifted and the injunction issues, Boldface stands to lose tens of millions of dollars, and will likely be put of out business.” More to come ... 

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    Yoko Ono's collection for Opening Ceremony is making headlines for more than just being totally weird. Brooklyn-based fashion designer, Haleh Nematzadeh, has slapped Yoko Ono and Opening Ceremony with a $10 million lawsuit, claiming that the parties "willfully and intentionally copied all of [her] designs and presented them as their own collection." Alleging copyright infringement (and other claims), the up-and-coming designer claims that she "was introduced to Opening Ceremony photographers to do a photo shoot of [her] collection in July 2012 so that it may be featured for sale in OC's catalog and stores worldwide." Nematzadeh further claims she showed the sketches and pictures of the collection to OC's photographers, and thereafter, they canceled the shoot. According to Nematzadeh, her work has been featured in Vogue Italy, Elle, Paper, Nylon, and WWD and is worn by the likes of Kelly Osborne, Gwen Stefani, Mishcha Barton and Alexa Chung. See the designs after the break and learn why this suit likely in not going to last for long...

    Nematzadeh's suit will likely be dismissed because she's not the first designer to use handprints. Moschino used them in the 1990's. Rodarte and Diane von Furstenberg both used them for Fall 2013. Also - in case you're wondering why this case amounts to copyright infringement when most design piracy is perfectly legal, its because of the handprints. What Haleh Nematzadeh is claiming ownership over is the "original" artwork and the placement of it on the garments in accordance with the copyright doctrine of Pictorial, Sculptural and Graphic works (PSGs). In the U.S., copyright law provides very limited protection for clothing designs, as they are primarily utilitarian in nature. However, when an original print or pattern is embodied in a garment, copyright law quite often applies via the category of PSGs. Because Nematzadeh’s garments can exist without the handprints on them (aka the prints are not functionally required), the separability requirement is likely met and the prints themselves are worthy of copyright protection, assuming that they are original prints.

    Nematzadeh's design (left) & Yoko Ono x Opening Ceremony (right)

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    According to a recent report by the World Customs Organization, the U.S. isn't the only nation suffering from the widespread effects of counterfeiting. The U.K. has reported a permanent loss of nearly 400,000 jobs in the fashion industry and at least £5 billion (approximately $7.6 billion) in revenue over the last 20 years. Also on the rise: the black-market fashion industry, which grew a reported 15% between 2010 and 2011. Save yourself the low quality goods and the guilty conscience (because there are proven connections between counterfeit fashion items and terrorism, organized crime and child labor), and shop the real thing. One way to do so, check out this year's ebay x CFDA Can't Fake Fashion tote

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    ARTINFO has released annual ten designers under 30 list, and we must say, its not too shabby. Some are obvious picks and others were very pleasant surprises. See all of the designers that made this year's list below and tell us who you love!


    By Nicholas Remsen, Art Info

    Let’s start with a heavy-hitter. Parsons alum Alexander Wang, after founding his eponymous line coveted for its off-duty-model bite, recently showed his premiere collection at the helm of the revered French house of Balenciaga. Wang stuck to house codes and played it safe, curbing the critics for the time being. Between New York and Paris, the prodigious young designer has a long and promising career ahead.

    At 25, Olivier Rousteing assumed control of Balmain after its previous creative director, Christophe Decarnin, allegedly suffered a nervous breakdown. Rousteing has retained Decarnin’s oligarch ostentation (leather and skinny jeans with four to five-figure price tags), but with an energized hand. With (mostly) critical acclaim and continuing growth, Rousteing has a leg up on other designers his age.

    Actresses-turned-designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have garnered a huge amount of praise around their label The Row – including the top prize at the last CFDA Awards. While we all knew they could dress the part, the sisters Olsen have proven their design chops with sleek, minimal silhouettes constructed in ultra-high grade materials.

    Simone Rocha has quickly come to be known as a maestro of femme-futurism. Her plexi-totes, fluorescent daisies and quirky-meets-classic cuts reflect a deft vision — no doubt the product of growing up in a fashion family (dad John Rocha is also a successful designer). Picked up byOpening Ceremony and Net-a-Porter, the Irish phenom appears to be carving out her own niche.

    Now 22, Pedro Lourenço has transformed his output from the novel and printed to a sportier silhouette. Throughout his short yet heralded career — a coming of age — the brash Brazilian has had an eye for textile treatment and manipulation beyond his years, thanks in part to his family’s manufacturing ties (spring '12 saw shimmering organzas and matelassés, akin to Teflon). If you don’t use it, you lose it! 

    Kaelen Haworth knows a thing or two about intrinsically modern, new New York dressing. Mixing prints and juxtaposed fabrics in her KAELEN line, Haworth has quickly amassed a fan base of Manhattan’s freshest social fixtures, including pal Hannah Bronfman. Keep an eye on KAELEN for its texture-rich dynamism.

    Henry Holland became famous for his amusingly antagonizing slogan tees (“DO ME DAILY CHRISTOPHER BAILEY”), but has since transformed into a bonafide creator himself, known for pop-cheek themes and kiss-me-I’m-cute colors. He gets better and better, season after season. As the noted fashion editor Jo-Ann Furniss said of fall '13, "Henry Holland grew up a little bit."

    Tomas Tait is, perhaps, the closest thing to an industry wunderkind. In just a handful of seasons, the Central Saint Martins-educated Canadian has found his gorgeously distinct métier in fluid, athletic cuts and masterful palettes. He could very well have taken over at Balenciaga, had PPR been looking for a less branded name. 

    Another prodigy out of Saint Martins, Craig Green has rapidly emerged as one-to-watch in menswear. Hailing from NW London, Green’s easygoing demeanor plays in stark contrast to his riffs on religion and groupthink. His most recent collection, under the UK's MAN sponsorship platform, had models covered in driftwood. Tim Blanks told SHOWStudio, "If London ever was to fade from the headlines, there are people like Craig Green that will bring it back."

    Where Tait and Green attained their MAs at Saint Martins under course director Louise Wilson, Wes Gordon graduated from the school’s BA program. Hailing from the state of Georgia, he's become a darling of the American industry, producing wearable and feminine designs with wide appeal. Some have likened him to a young Michael Kors.

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    For Fall 2013, Christian Dior is showing Andy Warhol-inspired images, classic houndstooth and a necklace that looks a little bit too familiar. The Dior necklace, not shown on the runway, but at showroom appointments, bears a striking resemblance to the work of Thailand-born, Netherlands-based designer, Noon Passama. Far from an unknown, Passama was awarded the top prize for emerging design by the Art Jewelry Forum in 2012, and her work has been featured in Dazed and Confused Japan, L'Official Homme China, Vogue Italia and Turkey, and Wallpaper, among others. 

    The necklace at issue is from Passama's collaboration with Antwerp-based brand Capara; the collection debuted in the Fall of 2011. While it may appear that both necklaces are merely chain link styles, the varying sizes of the links and the delicate interlocking details have me questioning just how original Dior's version is. Also, this wouldn't be the first time an established design house looked to a small designer for inspiration.  

    Noon Passama (left) & Christian Dior (right)

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    Prabal Gurung went from being a relative unknown (designing behind the scenes for others' companies) to a household name in just a few years. From young starlets like Jennifer Lawrence and Rooney Mara to Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, every "it" girl is wearing his designs - a testament to his skill and his vision. Rumor has it, even Anna Wintour was smiling by the end of his Fall 2013 show. The Nepal-born, NYC-based designer, who is quite often clad in a white tee and a varsity-style jacket, has firmly positioned himself as America's sweetheart. Here are his thoughts on starting his own company, seeing women in his designs, his favorite designer and more ... 

    image courtesy of interview mag

    On the first time he saw someone wearing Prabal Gurung: "You really never forget that. The first time I saw my look on a real person was in Paris, and I felt a little shock, a little thrill that went through my body. And that thrill never goes away; never. I think every time a woman wears one of my dresses, you know, in a matter of speaking, I'm having a little love affair with her!"

    On the Prabal Gurung woman: "I feel like I’ve dressed every age group, every shape and size, every demographic but the one thing that remains consistent is you look at all of them and there is substance to them. They are not, how should I say, they’re just not famous for being famous."

    On his favorite designer: “Marc Jacobs is my favorite designer. I just love how brave he is in the kilt and he looks great." 

    On dressing celebrities: "My goal is: I’m not trying to be snobby, but my clothes are not for everyone, not for every Hollywood celebrity. There is a designer for everyone, and a celebrity for every designer. I’m careful. The person who wears it should embody what this girl is all about. It’s not about age, it’s about an attitude." 

    On the Prabal Gurung woman: “I want women to look sensual without being vulgar. My collection is about well-made clothes; beautiful fabrics, lots of draping and tailoring, an old-school way of making clothes done in a modern way." 

    On starting his own brand after working for Bill Blass and Cynthia Rowley: "it’s something I’ve always dreamt about. I’m from Nepal, and when I came to New York to study fashion, a lot of people said to me, it’s a good hobby, but what are you going to do? In a Third World country, fashion is not a thing to do for a guy ... I loved running around to the factories and shops, and doing everything myself. It made me realize how much I still love doing this.”

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    By Brittany Adams, Style.com

    Inexperience was an advantage for models this season. Casting directors continued to favor fresh faces, especially those with a slightly androgynous look. Karl Lagerfeld favorite Ashleigh Good clocked more runway miles than any other newcomer, but the short-haired, sharp-cheekbones Sam Rollinson wasn't far behind. Blonde beauties Sasha Luss and Katya Riabinkina led the pack of Russian rookies. And we also saw a refreshing push for diversity, with the rise of Japanese stunner Chiharu Okunugi and Angolan star-in-the-making Maria Borges landing prime catwalk spots. See the entire list below ...



    AGE: 20, FROM: Magadan, Russia, SHOWS WALKED: 58

    AGE: 20, FROM: Meguro-ku, Japan, SHOWS WALKED: 53

    AGE: 18, FROM: Doncaster, England, SHOWS WALKED: 62

    AGE: 18, FROM: Russia, SHOWS WALKED: 47

    AGE: 20, FROM: Luanda, Angola, SHOWS WALKED: 37

    AGE: 24, FROM: Chicago, Illinois, SHOWS WALKED: only 11 (BUT: she was an exclusive at Proenza Schouler and Prada, the latter of which she opened and closed)

    AGE: 21, FROM: Auckland, New Zealand, SHOWS WALKED: 65

    AGE: 16, FROM: Brugg, Switzerland, SHOWS WALKED: 36


    AGE: 17, FROM: Vilvoorde, Belgium, SHOWS WALKED: 32

    AGE: 20, FROM: Belgrade, Serbia, SHOWS WALKED: 47
    images courtesy of style.com

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    Tory Burch is suing Bluebell Accessories Inc., an NYC-based company for selling jewelry bearing the designer’s trademarked "TT" monogram, which is front and center on so many of Burch's designs. Burch filed suit in the Southern District of New York on Friday after working with a private investigator, who bought necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets from Bluebell that bore a logo strikingly similar to Burch’s wares. The designer's claims against Bluebell include: trademark counterfeiting, trademark and copyright infringement, false designation of origin and false descriptions, trademark dilution, unfair competition and injury to business reputation. What does Burch want? A permanent injunction, a list of suppliers of the counterfeit jewelry, any profits garnered from the sale of the jewelry, and damages, attorney’s fees and other costs. More to come ... 


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    Victoria's Secret allegedly has a new line called, Bright Young Things, and it is causing quite a bit of controversy. The lingerie giant was reportedly in the process of launching a collection targeting the tween demographic but has since changed its mind as the public is not too pleased. Parents have taken to Victoria's Secret Facebook page with angry comments, most of which center on the notion that VS is "furthering a trend of sexualizing girls younger and younger." 


    Upon inspection of the VS website, it appears that Bright Young Things is a new Spring Break-themed tagline for PINK, and not a separate collection. The lingerie brand founded PINK, its younger-focused collection, in 2002 with brightly colored sweats, bras, tank tops and underwear. A PINK spokesperson released the following statement: "In response to questions we recently received, Victoria’s Secret PINK is a brand for college-aged women. Despite recent rumors, we have no plans to introduce a collection for younger women. 'Bright Young Things' was a slogan used in conjunction with the college spring break tradition." However, according to Business Insider, that's not entirely true. At a recent conference, VS Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said: “When somebody’s 15 or 16 years old, what do they want to be? They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink.” So, 15 or 16 year olds in Victoria's Secret - what do you think? 

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    A mock-up advertising image for Ford has hit the internet and rumor has it, the Kardashians are ready to sue. The ad, which was created for Ford's Indian market, consists of a drawing of Paris Hilton in the front seat of a yellow Ford Figo with Khloé, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian tied up in the back. An attorney for the Kardashian family told E! News that the sisters "do not take this lightly and they are exploring all of their legal options" against those responsible. "The 'leave your worries behind' Ford ads are disgusting, vile and offensive to all women," says the family's lawyer. "It is unacceptable that Ford would align itself with an ad agency that would so carelessly release these ads." See the ad below ... 

    JWT India, the firm responsible for creating the image has since issued an apology. Ford has also publicly apologized, saying: "We deeply regret this incident and agree with our agency partners that it should have never happened. The posters are contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and our agency partners. Together with our partners, we are reviewing approval and oversight processes to help ensure nothing like this ever happens again." JTT parent company WPP Group said that they also deeply regretted the release of posters that were "distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism."


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    It is true. Louis Vuitton is raising its prices. Last month, the luxury giant raised prices by an average 12 percent in Japan, and now is applying similar increases to many of its non-leather handbags in most of its main markets. 


    The Paris-based luxury design brand, which is owned by Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has raised prices on bags such as its classic Speedy bag and its popular Never Full by about 10 percent in the euro region, according to a recent report by  Bloomberg. To be specific: "Vuitton raised prices by at least 10 percent in the U.K. and U.S., and by 5 percent to 10 percent in Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore." According to LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault, the euro’s strength against some currencies may lead LVMH to charge more. Analysis predict that Vuitton’s 2013 sales may rise 6 percent, while volume may decline 2 percent to 3 percent. So, non-leather goods? Some of the bags that are likely to be affected ...

    from left: Minaudiere Petit Tresor Strass, Audacieuse GM suede bag, & Speedy Bandouliere

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    By Olivia Bergen, Telegraph

    Love magazine editor-in-chief Katie Grand and her creative team have a real knack for persuading the top models of the moment to star in short, tongue-in-cheek videos in between shoots for the bi-annual style tome. Whether it's Cara Delevingne miming to Shania Twain's That Don't Impress Me Much, or Abbey Clancy stripping off to her underwear for its annual digital advent calendar, Grand has unprecedented access to some of the most beautiful women in the world.

    As the style consultant to Marc Jacobs, the creative director of the storied French fashion house, Grand assists in the fittings for the Paris Fashion Week show - ensuring that all the final details are as they should be. Hiring director James Lima to make a short film around the last-minute autumn/winter 2013 collection preparations, the likes of Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger, Isabeli Fontana and Edie Campbell were captured walking around the Rue du Pont Neuf in the French capital at night, wearing the short, messy wigs and often revealing outfits they had been hired to wear on the catwalk days later.

    Depicted lurking lonesomely on corners and in the back of strangers' cars, occasionally semi-naked, the final footage has been called "an extremely shocking representation of women" by Dominique Attias, a leading lawyer who signed a letter in the left-wing daily newspaper Liberation. With signatures from the Scelles Foundation Against Sexual Exploitation, Chantal Jouanno, a former centre-right minister and Laurence Rossignol, a Socialist senator, the letter accused Louis Vuitton of "assimilating luxury with the world's second most profitable criminal activity after drug trafficking", reports today's Times.

    Attias added how the film: "portrayed women's bodies as an object and prostitution as something that is playful and enjoyable. This is very damaging because we are trying to fight the idea, to which some young women in France subscribe, that prostitution is banal and just a way of getting money to buy clothes."

    The film cuts to footage of the catwalk show, which was staged as a hotel corridor and also starred 39-year-old Kate Moss. Louis Vuitton issued the following statement when contacted: "This video was created and broadcast by Love." Grand's team could not be reached for comment.


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    Opening Ceremony has unveiled a collection inspired by newly released flick, Spring Breakers, which was designed by stylist Heidi Bivens. Its perfect for anyone in the market for screen-printed tanks, tees, hoodies, bandanas and rubber wristbands bearing images of ice cream cones, weed leaves and Spring Break 4Ever Bitches. The item that caught my eye: the DTF sweatshirt. An obvious ode to MTV's hit show, The Jersey Shore, the sweatshirt is actually quite legal. You may recall that Jersey Shore star, Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino sued Abercrombie & Fitch for using "his" trademarks: GTL, the Situation, and twinning, among others, on t-shirts. Turns out, none of the Jersey Shore cast members or MTV's parent company, Viacom, have registered the DTF mark. As such, Opening Ceremony can sell this beauty without fear of a federal trademark infringement lawsuit. 

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