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    Marlon Gobel is one of the most talented emerging designers in the menswear scene as of late. His name should sound familiar for a few reasons. Two of them being: he is the former Director of Operations for Thom Browne and the Assistant Creative Director for Michael Bastian. His namesake label may be fairly new (barely three years ago) and his aesthetic may be imaginative each season. However, well-tailored looks always ground his work and make him one of the most talked about names in menswear. We finally caught up with the menswear giant-in-the-making and talked about the MARLON GOBEL brand, Christian Louboutin,  the Met Ball and more ... 

    The Fashion Law – Tell me a little bit about your brand, since business, now more than ever, is focused on branding. 

    Marlon Gobel – After 7 years of working with two established menswear brands, I started MARLON GOBEL with a very specific idea of what I wanted my brand to look like and who I thought a MARLON GOBEL man would be. The DNA of our brand has always remained the same; beautifully tailored clothing that looks and feels familiar, but has a uniqueness to it.

    The Fashion Law – The two menswear brands you're referring to are Thom Browne and Michael Bastian. What were the biggest things you took away from working with them?

    Marlon Gobel – I began my fashion career as Thom was starting his label. So, I was very fortunate to learn about all facets of the fashion industry while working alongside him. I paid close attention to what brought sucesses, and what didn’t work for an emerging brand. I was very drawn to his ability to weave art and clothing together. 

    The Fashion Law – Do you ever worry about others copying your designs, and is this something you have encountered? 

    Marlon Gobel – Here are two examples that have been brought to my attention; so, I'll let you decide for yourself...

    MARLON GOBEL S/S 2011 (left) and Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2012 (right)

    MARLON GOBEL S/S 2012 (left) and Moschino S/S 2013(right)

    The Fashion Law – We’ve talked about this in the past a little bit, but you did a highly anticipated collaboration with Christian Louboutin (his first menswear collaboration to date). How did that come about? 

    Marlon Gobel – Every season I include one women's look. So, for my S/S 2011 runway show, "Mr. America," Christian Louboutin was kind enough to let me borrow a pair of their shoes for my women's look. After the show Christian and I started a conversation about a possible all-men's runway show using his shoes exclusively. After 2 long design meetings and me sending my own fabrics off to Paris, a few months later for my A/W 2011 show, "The Secret Order," all my male models were walking the runway in MARLON GOBEL looks with Christian Louboutin shoes. It was a wonderful experience and the reaction to our working together was fantastic. 

    The Fashion Law – Your first collection was Fall 2010. How do you think your brand has changed since then?

    Marlon Gobel – As I said before, I had a strong sense of the MARLON GOBEL brand's DNA from the start ... and it only gets stronger after every season. I'm more knowledgeable and confident in my ability to dress men. We have also gained a very diverse fan base from Mr. Hamish Bowles to our most recent styling of a pro surfer.

    The Fashion Law – Any thoughts on the menswear that hit the Met Ball red carpet? 

    Marlon Gobel – I was disappointed watching the men arrive at the Met Gala this year, actually. Menswear does not have to be mundane or have to conform to a basic black or navy tuxedo, especially for this year's theme: Punk. MARLON GOBEL had many choices that would have been spot-on for the event, but it seems the only labels the men wore were the already established designers we see year after year. It appears the support for new, fresh talented designers is just not being cultivated enough. 

    The Fashion Law – What are you working on now?

    Marlon Gobel – I'm already onto S/S 2014 and I'm really excited to show it off in September. We are hard at work on an online shop that is set to debut in the very near future! [Check MG's site for launch details]. I also have a few things up my sleeve that I can't discuss yet, but The Fashion Law will be the first to know once I can ...

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

    Marlon Gobel – I'm obsessed with changing men's idea of fashion, and how they should look and present themselves. I always say I want to make men feel special, not look like a spectacle. I love a wonderfully tailored, luxurious suit ... and I'm ready to show all men that there's more than just navy, black, and gray for them to choose from.

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    With the annual CFDA Awards approaching in less than a month, it is time to get to know this year's nominees. We've already told you a bit about the the emerging womenswear and menswear design brands, and now its the accessories designers' turn. See a list of all of the nominees here and below, read more about the nominees for this year's award for emerging design in the accessories category: Irene Neuwirth, Pamela Love and Jen Meyer Maguire. Be sure to check back next week to get to know the established womenswear nominees.

    Irene Neuwirth
    For the past ten years, Irene Neuwirth's jewels have probably been on the red carpet more than they haven't. The Los Angeles-based designer, who focuses on fine jewelry and is consistently inspired by the ocean, is the ultimate California cool-girl, and her jewelry is the perfect mix of modernity, luxury and even a bit of timelessness. No wonder stars and fashionista alike cannot get enough of her designs. Neuwirth was first nominated for this award in 2012. 

    Pamela Love 
    There is nothing about Pamela Love's jewelry that we don't like. The NYC-based designer has a way of creating pieces that end up on just about everyone's must-have list, from her tribal necklaces to her crystal-encrusted cuffs. Maybe the best part: Love manufactures each and every piece of her jewelry (which she is more often than not wearing) in her NYC design studio. With a cult-following and some serious fans over at Vogue, Love is an obvious choice for this award. Also, she was nominated for this same award in 2012. 

    Jen Meyer
    Following her runner up position in this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Jen Meyer joins the nominees for this year's emerging accessories design award. Known for her handmade 18 karat gold pieces that adorn the necks of most of the "it" girls in Hollywood, Meyer, who launched her brand in 2004, is hardly an unknown name. Meyer's trademark initial pendants and other designs are the perfect balance of casual luxury and unparalleled quality.

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    Ever since Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Daft Punk and others appeared in Hedi Slimane's Music Project-ad campaign, the question on just about everyones' mind is, who's next? If an interview Slimane did with Hint Magazine years ago, when he was still at Dior Homme, is any indication, we have a few predictions. He told Hint: "Mostly, I love to dress Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, the Libertines, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and Beck." Well, since Gordon and Beck have already appeared in Saint Laurent ads, we may be seeing the others clad in Saint Laurent wares soon.

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    In case you missed it, singer Beyonce has prohibited professional photographers from her "The Mrs Carter Show" tour after a series of unflattering shots from her Super Bowl performance went viral. The result: the singer is being threatened with legal action. By way of a letter drafted by Mickey H. Osterreicher, the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, nineteen news organizations have opposed the singer's tour guidelines, which prevent publications from sending photographers to Beyoncé’s shows. In the letter to the Schure Media Group, Beyonce's PR team, Osterreicher wrote: "Ending the ban is more likely to result in publication of fair, objective and mutually beneficial photographs that serve your interests and ours… We believe such action would be seen as a good-faith effort on behalf of your client to support a free and independent press." More to come ... and in the meantime, see some of the pics Beyonce didn't want you to after the break. 

    image courtesy of buzzfeed

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    After completing a Google search for news relating to Italian design house, Gucci, I was almost exclusively directed to stories about rapper Gucci Mane and his recent release from jail. Not exactly high fashion news, but it did make me wonder why the iconic Italian brand didn't work harder to prevent the rapper, who made his music debut in 2005, from using its name. Gucci (the brand) doesn't have a huge presence in the music industry, aside from the UK Music Fund it recently launched in an effort "to discover and nurture British music talent," and the Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery Music Fund, which the brand launched last year in China. However, the brand's failure to federally register its trademark in classes relating to music doesn't mean that Gucci lacks grounds to sue the similarly-named rapper.

    Trademark dilution is a trademark law concept giving the owner of a famous trademark (such as Gucci) standing to forbid others from using that mark in a way that would lessen its uniqueness. In most cases, trademark dilution involves an unauthorized use of another's trademark on products that do not compete with, and have little connection with, those of the trademark owner. Sounds like the ideal claim for Gucci to bring against Gucci Mane (pictured below). As for why we haven't seen any Gucci vs. Gucci Mane trademark dilution cases, your guess is as good as mine. One thing that is interesting to note, however, is that the rapper does not have a federally registered trademark on his name, which may be the result of opposition from the design house. 

    images courtesy of tfs & all hiphop

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    Has-been retailer Abercrombie & Fitch can't seem to stay out of the press these days. First, the size discrimination (aka they don't want women over a size 10 in their stores) and now, the company has signed on to the Bangladesh fire and safety accord. But this time last year, the company was also making headlines ... for a lawsuit, which has since been settled (it seems). Model Benjamine Bowers  filed a $1 million lawsuit against the retailer and a modeling agent, alleging that the two ordered him to strip down and masturbate during a photo shoot. According to Bowers' strongly-worded complaint, he was referred to agent Brian Hillburn by an A&F casting director. Hilburn subsequently flew the Bowers out to a photoshoot in Jackson, Mississippi, where Hillburn persuaded him to masturbate in order to get a more “relaxed” look for his modeling portfolio. 

    image courtesy of vision models

    It doesn't stop there. The model, who is now represented by VISION Los Angeles, further alleges in the lawsuit that Hilburn exposed himself after he finished masturbating and began commenting on the size of their penises, and that Hilburn told him he had to pose nude for the photographs, or Abercrombie photographer Bruce Weber (not a party to the complaint) would get "mad." Bowers, a former A&F employee, alleges that "Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co. are delivering the names, photographs, addresses and telephone numbers of its young employees to a sexual predator." The model is suing for over $1 million in damages for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring and supervision.

    We haven't heard anything about the suit in about a year now, which likely means one thing: A&F didn't want anymore negative press about the incident and paid Bowers off to keep quiet. 

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    The king of cashmere has found himself in the news most recently, this time for being one of the newly minted billionaires to come from the fashion industry. He joins the illustrious ranks of Georgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, as well as recent fashion billionaire Miuccia Prada.  Last April, Brunello Cucinelli took his eponymous company public, while maintaining a controlling 63% interest.  Since then, the company’s stock has doubled, catapulting Mr. Cucinelli’s wealth into the billions. Particularly inspiring are Mr. Cucinelli’s infamous business practices.  

    image courtesy of tfs

    Plenty of fast-fashion retailers have achieved financial success by marginalizing employees and finding ways to dupe consumers into purchasing lower-quality products for higher prices (think: Zara). A number of luxury brands have struck it rich by using their luxury marquee on mall-grade products (aka: Ralph Lauren and Armani by way of Armani Exchange). However, the group of brands that offer actual hand-made luxury goods, produced humanely, is usually smaller and not nearly as lucrative.

    Fortunately, Mr. Cucinelli’s recent success provides us with a counter-example of how to succeed in the fashion industry. Investing in “human capital,” as Mr. Cucinelli puts it, has allowed him to build an empire founded on treating both his employees and his customers with dignity. He even went so far as to buy a 14th Century Castle in Solomeo, Italy, where his company is located, and went about rehabilitating the town itself for the benefit of his employees. While most designers won’t be able to actually buy a city to lodge their workers, Mr. Cucinelli’s attitude towards his brand can be shared by anyone.

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    Another day, another case of blatant design piracy. It appears as though Los Angeles-based denim co., Cult of Individuality, has copied the work of Brooklyn-based menswear brand, Deth Killers, and is passing it off as their own. The design at issue: a t-shirt from Deth Killers' Spring 2011 collection. The problem is that Deth Killer's design is potentially copyrightable (as it likely meets the low level requirement of originality). While DK's tee includes some generic elements, (namely, angel wings and a diamond-shaped design), the end result is likely copyrightable material, which makes Cult's subsequent version copyright infringement. 

    Cult of Individuality's tee (left) & Deth Killer's original design (right) 
    image courtesy of instagram

    In case you're not up on your menswear brands, Deth Killers launched in 2002 and is far from an unknown brand. In fact, the company stocks at Barneys, as well as some of NYC's hottest shops, such as OAK, and has been featured everywhere from Vogue and Harper's Bazaar to Nylon and GQ. 

    Cult of Individuality (read: Cult of Copiers), which launched in 2009, is a self-described connoisseur of denim and original design. However, from the undeniable similarity between the two t-shirts, we're not so sure we agree. Stealing another brand's design, passing it off as your own and selling it for half the price, is not exactly the height of originality. Support original designs and the companies that create them. Shop the real thing here.

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    Just when we thought we were tiring of design collaborations, Uniqlo proved us wrong. The Japanese retailer has announced it's latest completely covetable partnership. You may recall that they broke new ground with womenswear brand Costello Tagliapietra and now, it's SUNO's turn. The NYC-based womenswear brand that we love, that launched in 2008 and is lauded for its mix-and-match prints, has created a highly affordable collection. The exclusive collection, SUNO's first mass-market collection, is set to debut on Monday, May 20th. We asked SUNO's co-founders and designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty why they chose to team up with Uniqlo, and they told TFL: "Uniqlo is optimistic, like us, and shares the love of great design, above all!" As for their must-have pieces from the collab? "We love the printed jeans and the sweet print combo dress!" Look for the collection of printed summer dresses, striped tops and floral patterned jeans in stores and online in May 20th. See looks from the collab after the break ...

    images courtesy of vogue uk

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    Rihanna is reportedly suing British fast fashion giant Topshop for $5 million for selling tank tops bearing her image (see below) without her consent. According to the singer's lawsuit, which is well under-way in a London court, her team tried to negotiate with the Arcadia Group (Topshop's parent company) for about eight months over the rights to her image, “but they offered her $5,000 and said they don’t care.” Some reports say Topshop bought the image at issue from the original photographer, but has not paid Rihanna any of the relevant licensing fees. Other reports allege that the retailer giant bought the shirts from a third party supplier. (We think the latter is more likely the case). 

    image courtesy of topshop

    According to a source for the NY Post: “What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, ‘Go to hell. We don’t care; we are going to continue selling you.’ Topshop is now in the United States. They set up in Manhattan and Nordstrom, but they know better than to do this in the US because they would get in trouble.” Yes, they would get in trouble in the U.S., for copyright infringement, among other claims, but in the U.K., laws are not in place to protect the artist. Rihanna has decided to go forth with the suit anyway. More to come ...

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    Yesterday we told you exclusively about the striking similarity between a t-shirt introduced by Brooklyn-based menswear brand, Deth Killers, in 2011 and a subsequent version by Los Angeles-based company, Cult of Individuality. When Cult founder, Ron Poisson, caught on to the internet chatter about its alleged copies, he took to Twitter to clear the air. He claims the copied design is the work of a former employee. We commend Cult for pulling the tee, especially since it likely amounts to copyright infringement.

    This instance raises a very relevant question. What role does the owner (or creative director) of a brand have to ensure that the designs that are produced under the company's name (whether in-house or by third-party suppliers) and passed off as original designs, are not copies? Read Poissonn's message after the break, as well as Deth Killers' response ... 

    Deth Killers' founder Greg Minnig
    images courtesy of oak

    Cult of Individuality is a company I founded to celebrate the original; a brand that champions the creative. We are a denim company that endeavors to offer a unique and innovative product that WE develop. So it is with great disappointment and embarrassment, that today I discovered, in 2011 a former employee betrayed my trust and tarnished our reputation by copying an original t-shirt design from @dethkillers and passing it off as his own. Although, the product is no longer available, this serious fraud and violation of artistic integrity is in harsh contradiction to the brand I have put my blood, sweat and tears into. For this, I sincerely apologize to the @dethkillers, their original designer and to all that were offended. This is not the kind of company we are, not the kind of man that I am.

    To this, a spokesman for Deth Killers responded (via Twitter): Cult Denim, no hard feelings, thanks for doing the right thing.

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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 ...

    Chanel files suit. The French design house filed a major lawsuit in a Miami court this week, alleging that over 200 websites are using its name to sell fake "Chanel" goods. 

    Marlon Gobel, The Fashion Law MAN. We sat down with menswear designer Marlon Gobel and talked about his namesake brand, what he really thought of the Met Ball, what he projects has in the works, and more. 

    Cocaine Cara. Following last weekend's alleged cocaine scandal, it looks like the young supermodel-to-be's career isn't going to suffer from the incident. Here's why ...

    Another unpaid intern lawsuit. Hearst may have won the lawsuit it was facing, but Fox Searchlight is still facing an intern-initaited suit stemming from the production of its film, Black Swan. Here's the latest. 

    Target copies again. Known for taking a bit too much inspiration from emerging design brands, the mega-retailer is at it again. Tell us if you think this bag looks familiar. 

    images courtesy of ew, tfs &

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    It is almost that time again. This year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion finalists are set to make their debut at J. Crew this month. As a result of J. Crew's partnership with the CFDA/Vogue initiative, the Fashion Fund winner Greg Chait (for The Elder Statesman), and runners-up: Jennifer Meyer and Tabitha Simmons, have a chance to reach a new audience. They each designed about five items for the retailer, which will be available for a limited time in J. Crew stores and online, and consist of sandals by Simmons, knitwear (and a blanket) by Chait and jewelry by celebrity-favorite Jen Meyer. The collections debut on May 22 but if you sign up now on the retailer's site you can get the chance to shop them a day early on May 21. See their entire collections below ...

    images courtesy of j.crew & cfda

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    A real-life “Bling Ring” hit the Cannes film festival this week, stealing $1 million worth of jewels from Chopard, one of the festival’s official sponsors, a police source said. The jewelry, which was set to be worn by celebrities on the red carpet, were stolen from the Novotel hotel on Friday, while the person in charge of the jewels was out at dinner. The jewels were stolen from a safe inside a suite at the Novotel hotel on Boulevard Carnot in Cannes, according to the report. The thieves unscrewed the safe from inside the hotel room and carried it out sometime between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.This year, Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford and Cara Delevingne were all spotted at the opening ceremony wearing Chopard jewellery.

    Anja Rubik in Chopard at Cannes last year
    images courtesy of zimbio

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    The Fashion Law Exclusive - The Kardashians' Khroma lawsuit has spurred yet another lawsuit and this time, the reality TV stars aren't even a party. The sisters settled their suit with Lee Tillett, the owner of the federally registered Kroma trademark, earlier this month, agreeing to change their company name to avoid infringing Tillett's mark any further. A lawsuit between Kardashians and their licensing company, and Los Angeles-based Chroma Makeup Studio owner, Michael Rey (who has openly trashed the Kardashians' beauty line), seems to be off the table, as well. The court in the Kroma case stated that Rey's request for a preliminary injunction against the Kardashians' Khroma was denied and that it had found Rey's Chroma mark to be "conceptually weak." Now, Rey has brought suit against Tillett. 

    In a lawsuit filed last week in a Los Angeles court, Rey is alleging that Tillett (via its Kroma trademark) is infringing his "Chroma" trademark, as the two marks are confusingly similar, and its negatively affecting Rey's business. Rey is asking for an injunction (which would prohibit Tillett from using its mark), damages and interest, attorneys' fee, and other damages. Tillett has been using its Kroma mark since 2004, and received its federal registration on January 3, 2012. Rey, on the other hand, only has common law rights to his Chroma mark, which he allegedly began using about twelve years ago. Thus, if Rey succeeds in proving his case, the injunction will provide limited protection. It will only apply to the geographic area where Chroma Makeup conducts business, which appears to be Los Angeles alone.  More to come ... 

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  • 05/20/13--08:00: Model Mondays: Dorian Reeves
  • NYC-based model Dorian Reeves was discovered at an open call for Mode Models Edmonton in 2011 and has been modelling ever since. He has walked exclusively for Versace this past June, and graced the pages of Plain, Bello and Visual Tales magazines - just to name a few. He talks to us about Versace, what he expected modeling to be like, books and more ... 

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

    Dorian Reeves – I'm 20 years old and I'm Canadian.

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

    Dorian Reeves – I feel that models have certain brands written across their forehead. I believe that you've got to know who to sell yourself to as a product.

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

    Dorian Reeves – What seperates me from other models may be my looks, but I'd say it is my personality and character, as well. I'm optimistic, relaxed, instinctive, ambitious, and naughty!

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

    Dorian Reeves – 3 words: Glamorous, Travel, Girls. So far, the travelling and girls have exceeded my expectations. As far as the 'glamorous' lifestyle goes, it isn't like what you see on TV, in my opinion. 

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

    Dorian Reeves – This is hard for me because I truly do enjoy all of it, but walking exclusively for Versace stands out for me.

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

    Dorian Reeves – I feel that modeling has only led me to bigger and better opportunities via travelling and the social aspect of it all. Maybe the only downside is the manipulative behaviour of those in "power."

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

    Dorian Reeves – Dress me in that Chanel, baby.

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

    Dorian Reeves – I spend time reading, singing, and making green drinks.

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

    Dorian Reeves – Talking to you about this interview.

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

    Dorian Reeves – This book I've been reading, Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

    images courtesy of & tfs

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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is the latest to take issue with the Kardashians' questionable legal tactics. Turns out, Cuomo's administration has sent Rich Soil, the clothing line run by Khloe Kardashian and her husband, NBA player Lamar Odom, a cease and desist letter, demanding that they stop selling a T-shirt that bears the NY state logo (see Kardashian in the t-shirt above). State officials allege that the logo resembles one the state Department of Agriculture created to identify food grown in New York, and claim that if Los Angeles-based Rich Soil doesn't comply within five days, the state will sue for trademark infringement. This comes as little surprise. We told you last year that Rich Soil had misappropriated the Chanel logo for one of its wares. Rich Soil is a self-described clothing line that "promotes creative design and spiritual iconic imagery." The creative design is questionable but it seems they have the "iconic imagery" thing down.  

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    This weekend, streetwear fans (read: rappers, wannabe rappers and Givenchy t-shirt aficionados) were buzzing. Turns out, a rapper named Fabolous appeared on-stage recently in a lookalike Wil Fry jersey (aka in a Givenchy-printed jersey). In case you aren't familiar, graphic designer Wil Fry took the Givenchy birds of paradise print, put it on a Brooklyn Nets jersey, gave it to some friends and/or people in Kanye West's crew and thus, created some sort of streetwear Internet sensation. 

    According to Fry, Fabolous is the guilty party here, as the rapper contacted him about getting some of the jerseys for his tour since they aren't actually for sale. (Fry says he doesn't sell them in any real quantity because he likes exclusivity, but lets be honest, it's because he doesn't want to face Givenchy's parent company, LVMH, in court for copyright infringement - and rightfully so). Anyway, Fry reportedly told Fabolous he'd have to pay for them. As a result, the rapper found "Givenchy" jerseys elsewhere: Michigan menswear shop, REVIVE. Fry subsequently took to his Twitter for a lengthy Kanye West-style rant about the "fake" jersey. Interestingly/confusingly, Fry's anger is directed towards the rapper alone (and not REVIVE and the individuals responsible for making/selling the jerseys). 

        Givenchy t-shirt (left) & Wil Fry's jersey (right)

    Putting aside the fact that Fabolous reached out to Fry and didn't want to pay for the jerseys, I do not see the controversy. Maybe it's the protectionist in me but if any party has legitimate grounds to speak out in this situation, it's Givenchy. It seems we are forgetting that the jerseys in question are almost certainly copyright infringements of original Givenchy prints. We can make the fair use/parody argument in Fry's defense, but there really is no way to predict how a court would decide this one. My guess is that we'd never know, as this "case" would never make it that far. Fry would likely stop production upon receipt of a cease and desist letter from the luxury giant. 

    The questions we can ponder are: Just how original is the Givenchy birds of paradise jersey, and thus, is there any legitimacy to Fry's claims of copying? 

          Givenchy t-shirt (left) & REVIVE's jersey (right)

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    NYC-based menswear designer Antonio Azzuolo has been named creative director for menswear, womenswear, and accessories at the Milanese label Giuliano Fujiwara. Azzuolo, who was one of the finalists in the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, is first and foremost a bespoke tailor, but thanks to the launch of his a.a. Antonio Azzuolo collection in 2008, his hand-tailored blazers and bespoke suits have taken the form of ready to wear.

    image courtesy of zimbio

    Antonio Azzuolo will show his first collection for Fujiwara in Milan this June. He has been based in Milan, working on the collection, since at least at least February, as he did not show a collection for Fall 2013 in New York. While Azzuolo is slated to incorporate iconic Fujiwara styles, he says he will innovate quite a bit, saying: "I think what’s important is to have a strong vision on what is relevant today in the world and community we will live in.” And for the fans of Azzuolo's namesake line, there's good news: he will continue to design and show the collection in New York.

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    Our friends over at Fashionista spotted an interesting high-fashion similarity today. The designs at issue: a dress from NYC-based Prabal Gurung's Fall 2012 collection and one from Beirut, Lebanon/Paris, France-based designer Zuhair Murad's Spring 2013 collection. Selena Gomez wore the latter to Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, sparking a debate about the similarity of the two designs. While Gurung may be swiftly becoming a household name (thanks to a successful collection for Target and fans like Michelle Obama and just about every big Hollywood starlet), his brand is newer than you would expect. He launched his collection in 2009, which is quite young in the fashion industry, especially in comparison to Murad, who launched in 1995. So, is Murad's subsequent design a coincidence or a copy? We're not exactly sure. Gurung's design has certainly been in the spotlight, as actress Zoe Saldana wore it to the CFDA Awards last year. Tell us what YOU think! 

    image courtesy of fashionista

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