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    The international semi-finalists for this year's International Woolmark Prize have been announced. Altuzarra, Creatures of the Wind, Ohne Titel and Timo Weiland from the U.S., and Sibling, Piece d’Anarchive, Norwegian Rain, Sara Coleman, Tabernacle Twins and Mattijs ven Bergen from Europe join the list of forty-nine global designers selected to present ideas for a capsule collection made from Merino wool. Regional contests take place in the U.S., China, Australia, India, Italy, the U.K. and France. The winner of each of those rounds receives $100,000 and then goes on to compete in the global competition for another $100,000. We wish these young design brands the best of luck! 

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    Turns out, the law applies to the Kardashians. Following a fury of lawsuits after the launch of the Kardashians' Khroma Beauty collection last year, the reality TV sisters and their liscensee, Boldface Licensing + Branding, have agreed to change the name of Khroma Beauty by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian to Kardashian Beauty. This settles the pending lawsuit between the sisters and Lee Tillett Inc., an Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based company that sells a makeup line under its federally registered trademark, Kroma Makeup. Boldface is reportedly permitted to sell the rest of its current stock of products under the original name (which may be at any of the brand's current stockists, which include over 5,000 stores, such as Duane Reade, CVS, and Sears), and Kardashian Beauty will hit shelves in about a month. While this lawsuit may be over, the sisters are still facing a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles-based Chroma Makeup Studio owner Michael Rey, who filed a trademark infringement suit, claiming the girls are cheapening his image with their less-than-stellar image. More to come ...

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    The Fashion Law Exclusive - Chicago-based model, Aureen Berry, has lost her $7.9 billion battle against Ford Models, stemming from what she claims was the "misuse of her image." Berry filed suit against Ford in a Chicago federal court last year, alleging that the modeling agency "used her image on packages of 'fake' hair without her consent" and as a result, she asked the court to order billions of dollars in damages. Late last year, the district court ruled in Ford's favor, holding that it was wig marketer, Chade Fashions Inc., that had used Berry's image, not Ford, and now, the Seventh Circuit court of appeals has upheld that decision.

    Berry claims she sat for a photo session commissioned by Chade Fashions, Inc. and signed a release form but never consented to the use of her image on hair extension packaging. Ford's connection to Berry? Well, Berry was represented by Suzanne's A-Plus Talent Agency, which was subsequently acquired by Aria Model and Talent Management, LLC. In 2003, Ford purchased Aria's assets, and so, according to Berry, Ford is liable to her. The court, however, held otherwise, stating that Ford "received no commercial benefit from the product that allegedly bears [her] image."

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    It was a busy week. Make sure to catch up on the best of The Fashion Law right now with our week in review ...

    The Harper's Bazaar intern lawsuit is over. In case you missed it, we broke the news (reporting an entire day before Reuters and WWD) that Judge Harold Baer ruled in Hearst's favor, and dismissed the interns' claims against the publishing giant. May fashion companies with unpaid interns rejoice! -- In other legal news, Paris-based design house, Dior, has sued similarly-named beauty company, Diora

    Colette wasn't the only one. In addition to the Paris-based shop, famed Chicago boutique owner Ikram Goldman purchased a bit of Kanye West's womenswear. Here's why you never saw it in her store ... 

    Another day, another Wil Fry copy. Love him or hate him, there's no denying that underground streetwear sensation, Wil Fry, is making an impact. Case in point: the latest work inspired by Fry himself. 

    The Interview Series Continues. This week we chatted with the design duo behind womenswear brand Costello Tagliapietra. The designers talked about their personal style, creating more affordable fashion and getting copied. 

    Galliano isn't coming to Parsons. After making an announcement earlier this year that disgraced designer John Galliano would grace Parsons School of Design with his presence for a three-day master class, the school has cancelled. 

    One extra -- raw juice company that we LOVE, BluePrint Cleanse was the victim of a heist this past weekend. Nearly $200,000 of its juices were stolen from the company's headquarters by an individual posing as a deliveryman. 

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    The BCBG Max Azria Group has settled its lawsuit against Los Angeles-based womenswear label Stretta, stemming from the sale of what BCBG claims are copies of Hervé Léger bandage dresses. BCBG filed suit against Stretta in the Central District court of California court in 2012 for trade dress infringement, further claiming that Stretta falsely represented that its garments were made by the same factories as the Léger bandage dresses, and damaged the Léger brand. According to the parties' settlement agreement, Stretta can no longer legally produce garments resembling Léger’s trademark bandage dresses and has to pay $150,000 in damages BCBG, which owns the Hervé Léger brand. This is a lawsuit to be thankful for! The less bandage dresses, the better. 

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    Born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, Julie Sarinana has garnered quite a following as one of the hottest young personal style goddesses for some time now. After launching her site in early 2009, Jules has become known for her West Coast chic style, which consists of pairing pencil skirts with Converse sneakers and mixing pieces from the Gap with vintage high fashion brands, such as Gucci. We love her laid-back and yet, utterly chic take on Spring/Summer style and hope you do, too. Be sure to check out Part II on Jules tomorrow.

    images courtesy of sincerelyjules, tfs

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    As promised, for today's Style Feature, we are bringing more from Julie Sarinana, the personal style blogger behind Sincerely Jules. This West Coaster has some serious style and it only gets better with warm weather. Check out her Spring/Summer style below ...

    images courtesy of sincerelyjules, tfs

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  • 05/12/13--10:45: On Mother's Day ...
  • For Mother's Day, we put together a collection of some of the most stylist mothers in fashion. From supermodel Natalia Vodianova, to Angela and mother-to-be Margherita Missoni, Danielle Steele (and her equally stylish daughters Vanessa and Victoria Traina), stylist Rachel Zoe, designer Stella McCartney, Jerry Hall, and my mother and me. Have a look and Happy Mother's Day. 

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    Chanel has brought a major lawsuit stemming from the sale of counterfeit "Chanel" goods online. Filed on Thursday in Florida's Southern District Court, the French design house's complaint lists over 200 web domains that are currently offering fake Chanel for sale. A few of the domains include:,,,,, and, which are "identical or confusingly similar to" the actual Chanel name. Chanel is alleging that the unnamed defendants associated with these domain names have infringed its trademarks by using, promoting, distributing and selling counterfeit products. The Karl Lagerfeld-helmed design house is being represented by Fort Lauderdale-based attorney, Stephen Gaffigan, who also worked with Chanel to file suit in 2011 against nearly 400 online counterfeiters. So, what is Chanel asking for this time? Permanant injunctions (which would force the sites to permanently cease use) and millions of dollars. More to come ...  

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  • 05/13/13--08:00: Model Mondays: Jace Moody
  • London-based model, Jace Moody, made his official debut just over a year ago and has been gracing the covers of a plethora of magazines ever since. Discovered by fellow models John Pearson and Chris Forberg, Moody, who says he's known for his cheekbones, has been on the pages of Wonderland, V MAN, HERO, AnOther Man, and GQ magazines, just to name a few. He talked to us about his favorite job to date, misconceptions about modeling, why he loves Dolce & Gabbana, and more ... 

    The Fashion Law  How old are you and what's your nationality?

    Jace Moody – I'm 22 and I'm English, born and raised in Yorkshire

    The Fashion Law – Business today is so much about branding do you feel like models are brands? 

    Jace Moody – Models are like brands in the sense that they all have their own unique style, attitude and know what direction they want to move in. 

    The Fashion Law – How do you think you are different from other models?

    Jace Moody – I'd say my work ethic sets me apart from others. I like to be busy and have something going on all of the time.

    The Fashion Law – What did you think of modeling before you got started?

    Jace Moody – Like many people I had the misconception that everything in modeling is luxurious, doing things like shooting on beaches getting paid thousands a day. This can be the case sometimes but people don't see the work you put in before to get there. I also didn't realise how many men were working as models. There is a lot of competition these days.

    The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far? Is there a specific job you loved?

    Jace Moody – I once did a Top Gun themed shoot where I played Maverick (Tom Cruise's character). We were at an RAF airport hanger and I got to shoot in fighter jets. I really got into playing the character and had such a fun day. Saying that, I enjoy most jobs. They are all different and new experiences.

    The Fashion Law – Do you think there are any downsides to modeling?

    Jace Moody – I dont think any model enjoys waiting at castings for a long time. Also, handing the clothes back at the end of a shoot isn't fun. They would go nicely in my wardrobe!

    The Fashion Law – Is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work with?

    Jace Moody – I'd love to work with Dolce and Gabbana. Their clothing fits me really well and I like that they have a family of models that they work with. I think men can aspire to be like the guys in the campaigns and women are attracted to them.

    The Fashion Law – What do you like to do when you're not traveling/working?

    Jace Moody – I spend time at home in Yorkshire with my family and friends having a laugh, eating good food and having a few drinks. I love being outside, working out and playing sports.

    The Fashion Law – Where do you see yourself in the next several years?

    Jace Moody – I'll continue with modeling. It provides some amazing experiences. However, I hope to get more involved in some sort of business. I used to work in Sales & Marketing before modeling and I studied business management. So, I'd like to put my skills to use. It would be a dream to build a relationship with a brand and perhaps work for them in the same way as Nacho Figueras does with Ralph Lauren, for example.

    The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?

    Jace Moody – Summer. I can't wait for the nice weather to arrive here in the UK!

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    Move over Marilyn Manson, Hedi Slimane has chosen model Freja Beha Erichsen for Saint Laurent's Pre-Fall 2012 ad campaign. The Danish model, who is known for her many tattoos and her androgynous look, appears in the campaign next to images of the new Saint Laurent Paris flagship store at 53 Avenue Montaigne. We think Freja for Saint Laurent is the ultimate. 

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    There has been quite a bit of "interesting" reporting lately on the Supreme vs. Supreme Bitch case. Just for fun, here's an excerpt from a recent post on the case (taken from an NYC art/news/culture blog, their words not mine). See if you can spot all of the legal errors, and share them in the comments section below. We will provide you with the answers tomorrow. Have fun!
    As you’ve probably heard, Supreme is suing Married to the Mob label owner (and ANIMAL friend) Leah McSweeney for $10 million claiming copyright infringement of their signature logo in her “Supreme Bitch” parody design. However, the logo they are suing over hasn’t been federally trademarked. Records from the US Patent and Trademark Office show that although Supreme has been using the mark since April 1994, they didn’t file a trademark for it until March 6, 2013. In most cases, it takes between six months and two years for a logo to be officially trademarked.

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    Nellie Partow gives the terms "fashion knockout" a whole new meaning. This California-born, Manhattan-based champion fighter-turned-industry insider launched her collection of tasteful, standout garments for powerful women in 2008. Before then, Partow was attending business school and designing for the likes of Calvin Klein and John Varvatos. Masculine-tailored coats and cashmere wool dickeys are only apart of what defines this brand. Hand knitting, original colors, and the use of luxurious Italian fabrics all of which bear a "Manhattan-made" stamp of approval on them gives this brand its undeniable edge. And don't let the fact that Nellie Partow is a neighbor to brands like Stella McCartney in Saks Fifth Avenue fool you. She still gets a solid swing in here and there ... outside of the fashion industry, of course.  See more below ... 

    Kate Concannon is an experienced fashion and lifestyle writer featured in publications, such as, Philadelphia Style Magazine, and Examiner. Her fashion and lifestyle blog, Life Sucks In A Strapless Bra, featured in Time Magazine online, is a spin on all the crazed things women do for the sake of fashion. Follow Kate on Twitter @LSIASB.

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    Cameron Russell is at it again. The model, who has walked the Victoria's Secret fashion show runway and graced the pages of Vogue, created quite a bit of buzz after her appearance on ABC News and at a 2012 TED conference. The 25 year-old American model has spoken out about the "skinny equals beautiful" female image, which she says, she feels guilty about. Russell recently shared a blog post with the Huffington Post, in which she tells readers that our beauty standard is based on sexism and racism. Read her entire post below ... 

    Women are not crazy for wanting to have a discussion about body image. And the conversation isn't as superficial as the one Dove keeps encouraging us to have. It is a conversation about sexism and racism. It is a conversation about the real reason we try to shrink our waists and whiten our teeth (and sometimes even our skin). Most of the time we don't do those things to make ourselves happy, we do them for someone else. I think we should start talking about that.

    The easiest place to see discrimination is our incomes. Modeling is one of the few professions where women actually out-earn men. And across all jobs, studies have found that more attractive women earn more. A woman's value is too often skin-deep. In 2004 a study found that resumes with very African-American-sounding names were 50 percent less likely to get called for an initial interview. And racial bias in salaries is overwhelming. While white women make an average of 78 cents for every man's dollar, for African-American women that number drops to 62 cents, and for Hispanic women to 54 cents.

    Unfortunately, the industry with the most potential to change this reality is also a site where women have little access. In the media, where we can powerfully perpetuate as well as undermine damaging stereotypes, both coverage and employment are hard to come by (The OpEd Project). 

    Physical appearance plays an enormous role in who gets seen. When women and other marginalized groups do get access to the media, they often have to fit into a narrow definition of what the people in charge are looking for. Women, for example, are more likely to be portrayed as victims when they get news coverage, and are more likely to be depicted wearing sexy clothing when they are cast in Hollywood's leading roles.

    I've experienced this first hand. During the last couple months of press around my TEDx talk, when I've suggested that TV producers include more women in discussions around access to media, they wanted to see headshots. (Not bios, or clips, or anything a sane person curating a panel would ask for.) And while last year women wrote just 20 percent of all op-eds, over the last month I have been invited to contribute more op-eds than I have time to write. Many an editor has made it clear why I've been invited to contribute. "We sought you out because of how you look," one put bluntly.

    Women are often worried about how they look and that's not superficial. We know that our appearance has nothing to do with how smart, creative, or hardworking we are, but it plays powerfully into what society decides we are worth. There are healthy ways to have this dialogue. A good place to start is inviting those who are marginalized and discriminated against into the conversation more often.

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    In case you missed it, Hearst Corp. won the class action lawsuit it was facing against former Harper's Bazaar intern, Diana Wang (and potentially 3,000 other former interns), on the grounds that there was not a uniform pool of unpaid interns working  at its magazines. Following New York federal Judge Baer's ruling, attorneys for the Fox Entertainment Group were in a NY federal court stemming from  its own intern-related lawsuit. The entertainment giant argued that the internships at its corporate subsidiaries are so varied and individualized that a wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by former unpaid interns can't proceed on a classwide basis. Sounds familiar. Much like Hearst's suit, the interns' case is based on the claim that Fox improperly categorized its interns as nonemployee trainees, exempting them from federal and state labor laws. 

    A quick reminder: Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman worked on Fox Searchlight's production of "Black Swan" in New York City and subsequently brought suit in the Southern District of New York in the Fall of 2011, alleging that the company's unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. The presiding judge conditionally certified the two interns' class action lawsuit, which would expand the scope of the suit beyond merely Fox Searchlight Pictures interns to "all unpaid interns who participated in Fox Entertainment Group's internship program between September 2005 and 2010." 

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    Hedi Slimane does not need an intro. He designed at YSL. He served as the creative director for Dior Homme. According to some, he invented the skinny suit. And maybe most notoriously, he's back at YSL over a decade later, having changed the name and showing grunge for Fall. Here are some of his thoughts on celebrities, fame, leaving YSL (the first time), and more. And for those of you on Team Raf, check back next Tuesday for Some Thoughts From Raf Simons

    image courtesy of nytimes

    On celebrities: "The fashion system has been busy keeping up with blogging/social networking. It is not always for the best, but it did give fashion a global audience. The unfortunate outcome might be the obsession and collusion between the celebrity culture and high fashion. It is just a big global mess of random endorsement. Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models. Good models have an inner understanding of the clothes and design."

    On fame: "I don't care about being recognized. Fashion designers think they are famous. In fact, they are not, not even Calvin Klein. There's only one famous fashion designer and that's Karl."

    On menswear: "I'm more interested in magnetism than flesh. I'm not into the traditional idea that a man has to be manly."

    On leaving YSL (before going to Dior Homme): "I was really sad because I loved very much to be around the original house. They were really wonderful people. Difficult, but so amazing, so true. But it was my choice to leave. I could have stayed, but I felt the new house would just become a branding opportunity. I didn't know exactly what was going to happen. They (Gucci Group) were trying to tell me, but I couldn't feel for what they had in mind. As a result, I thought 'Let's get out of here.'"

    On Margiela: "I was an intern at Martin Margiela when I was a kid, at almost the beginning of the house. And for me he was the original one. For me, he invented integrity."

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  • 05/14/13--10:00: The LUST Bracelet: An Update
  • We told you about the Lust Bracelet last year when the company was just getting its footing. As we said, it is up for debate whether it is a genius take on the pricey Cartier Love Bracelet or if it is little more than a trademark infringement ploy to attract those who want the Cartier screw motif on their wrists. While we were largely in the "more genius than dangerous" camp (due to a low likelihood of confusion), it seems the Lust Bracelet founders are no longer playing it safe, and it has us questioning the legality of the whole operation.  

    There are a a couple of new factors in the mix since the company started its business that could give rise to an increased chance that consumers will be confused into thinking that the Lust bracelet is designed by, associated with, or endorsed in some capacity by Cartier. Two key elements: the styling of the Lust bracelet and the introduction of other bracelets. The company's styling of its 100% silicon bracelet, which retails for $25, is interesting. Pictures from the company's site and various social media pages show the original black and newly colored Lust bracelet paired with what appear to be authentic Cartier Love Bracelets and the Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet. Furthermore, the company has plans to launch a Juste un Clou (just a nail) bracelet of its own, which is almost identical to Cartier's version, but for its black hue. It seems Lust Bracelet is inching into delicate territory. What do you think?  

    Cartier's Juste un Clou (left) & Lust Bracelet's version

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    In case you forgot in the midst of the Met Ball (and all of the under-whelming and not remotely PUNK dresses that hit the red carpet), 20 year-old Cara Delevingne, is involved in a cocaine scandal. The British model, who has been tapped as the next Kate Moss, dropped a little bag of white powder outside her home last weekend, which spurred rumors that she is doing drugs. It also reportedly prompted H&M to begin conducting a thorough investigation into the matter, since Delevingne fronts their Divided ad campaign. Two people who don't seem to care too much about the incident (in addition to Sienna Miller, who locked lips with the model at the Met Gala, as evidenced by a Instagram picture posted by Delevingne): Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs. 

    image courtesy of graziadaily

    Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for Chanel, included the model in his 2014 cruise collection runway show in Singapore this past week. Also, Marc Jacobs released the latest t-shirt from his skin-cancer-awareness collection, starring a nude Delevingne. Granted the shirts were likely produced and shipped prior to Delevingne's "coke" incident, if this is any indication of how the rest of the industry will reaction, Delevninge's brand won't be too tarnished by the incident. 

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    In case you missed it, NYC-based design superstar-in-the-making Prabal Gurung was feted in a major way this week courtesy of Vogue and MAC cosmetics. The two industry giants joined Lisa Love, the senior West Coast editor of Vogue, in toasting the one of the most talked about names in fashion at LA's Chateau Marmont. The party comes just days after First Lady (and Prabal Gurung fan), Michelle Obama stepped out on a dress from the designer's Resort 2013 collection. On hand at the party on Monday night were some of Hollywood's finest, including Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, Hailey Steinfeld, Cody Horn, Liberty Ross, and Jaime King (among others) - all in Prabal's designs. Prabal has certainly found a pack of adoring fans and friends. See more from his soiree below ... 

    images courtesy of instagram, vogue

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    Target has a thing for manufacturing and selling some seriously familiar bags. Remember when the mass-market retailer began stocking a satchel that was eerily similar to Proenza Schouler's trademark PS1 bag? Well, it seems Target is at it again; this time channeling the original design of Phillipines-based company, Banago, with its Mossimo straw tote. 

    Banago's Imogen tote (left) & Target's version (right)

    In case you're not up on Banago, it company stocks its goods, which are all hand crafted by artisans in the Pacific Islands, at Nordstrom, Trink Turk, and Anthropolgie stores (among other boutiques in the U.S. and abroad), as well as on various e-commerce sites. What are the chances that Target had the bag at issue, Banago's Imogen tote, on its radar? Well, considering the fact the bag has recently been garnering quite a bit of attention after gracing the pages of Vogue, Lucky, and other publications, we'd say its not too much of a stretch to say Target knew about the original. Please consider supporting original design and responsible manufacturing by shopping the real thing

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