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    Ugg Australia's parent company, Deckers Outdoor Corp., filed a couple of lawsuits this week targeting online sellers of fake Ugg boots. One suit was filed in the Central District of California this week. The defendants: Comfy Fluffy, Inc. and nine other companies that Deckers alleges are infringing the famous boot company's trademarks by selling lookalike footwear bearing the Ugg Australia name. Comfy Fluffy, Inc., for instance, purports to sell "100% authentic Ugg Boots for less." The other: a suit against 100 web domains, which are selling counterfeit Ugg boots. Deckers filed this suit in the Northern District Court in Illinois.

    Deckers filed similar lawsuits last year, winning upwards of $686 million in its suit against over 3,000 Chinese websites selling counterfeit Ugg boots. According to a spokesman for Deckers, its legal strategy does not necessarily center on the monetary awards, but rather, Deckers' goal is to shut down the sites selling counterfeit. In addition to being able to access funds from the PayPal accounts of the companies offering the counterfeit boots (which often only amount to a small fraction of the damages amount), if the court rules in Deckers' favors, the company will win control of the domains. As for why Ugg boots are such hot commodities for counterfeiters, they are reportedly quite easy to copy and rarely go on sale, making them a profitable item.  

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    Following the recent tragedies in Bangladesh garment factories, Diane von Furstenberg, designer and president of the CFDA, has issued a note regarding safety and fairness in the workplace, as well as a recommended Supplier Code of Conduct (which requires suppliers to sign off that they will not employ discriminatory practices or use child labor, will abide by relevant health and safety standards, and more) and Certification document. See DVF's note below. We commend her and the CFDA for doing its part to prevent garmnet-related injustices. Do yours. Shop smart. Know where your clothes are coming from.  

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    To CFDA Members,

    What happened in Bangladesh is a tragedy and a harsh reminder that it is our obligation as designers to make sure our factories are a safe place to work and that the workers are respected. At DVF we ask our suppliers and partners to follow the attached below “Code of Conduct” to emphasize our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices. I share our “Code” with you as a template in case you do not have one. I also encourage you to have your production team visit directly with your supplier partners to see firsthand the working conditions and treatment of workers. As I am sure you are aware, there are third party vendors who can audit and inspect for you as well. It is important to know who you work with and to ensure safety and fairness in the workplace.

    Diane von Furstenberg
    CFDA President

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    Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has another legal drama to add to her resume. D.N.A.M. Apparel, a Los Angeles clothing company, has filed counterclaims against Lohan, stemming from the star's 6126 leggings collection. Early this year, Lohan and her 6126 business partner, Kristi Kaylor, filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against D.N.A.M. in a federal District Court in California, alleging that the company failed to pay her what she is owed from sales of the leggings. D.N.A.M. has fired back with some claims of its own. In a $5 million breach of contract counterclaim, D.N.A.M. claims that Lohan's hard-partying image devalued the brand. In its answer, which was filed on Friday, company says that while the 6126 collection was initially successful, buyers began canceling appointments and orders, and Lohan, who was the face of the company, was in rehab at the time and unable to endorse the brand. D.N.A.M is seeking $5 million in damages. 

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    As promised in last week's post, Some Thoughts from Hedi Slimane, we are following up with a post about Raf Simons. The two took their places as creative directors at Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, respectively, at roughly the same time, which made for the most anticipated Paris Fashion Week in quite awhile. Thus, it only seems fitting to feature some thoughts from Raf this week.

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    On fashion: "I don’t have so many things in the fashion world that interest me. It’s probably because I am so deeply into it. There are things that I relate to more than fashion though, personal, private things. Like my environment, my family, my friends, you know."

    On his celebrity status: "It’s not that much in my interest. It’s actually something that I’ve found quite complicated for a while. I’ve always kind of tried to split it up, but that is becoming more and more difficult because I’m attracted to do things that have this constant dialogue with an audience and it seems to keep growing. But the idea of fame just for fame’s sake is something that I actually hate."

    On his first internship: "I went to Walter Van Beirendonck. I knocked on his door, and I was super scared because I had nothing to do with fashion. But he was interested. I ended up doing that with him, and he took me to Paris, and I saw my first show, which was the third show for Martin Margiela. Nothing else in fashion has had such a big impact on me. It was a show where half the audience cried, including myself."

    On his Raf Simons label: "For me, I think that the 21st century almost doesn't allow the beauty of something really small and out of the spotlight. My own mentality is to make it small, like my own environment. I enjoy just working with my people every day. But our society doesn't allow that. Our society wants things to grow, and our society wants things to become bigger and bigger. Everything has to be put under the spotlight."

    On being a fashion designer: "I never feel I am a fashion designer. I have even found it problematic that the world defines me as a fashion designer. To me it's more like, Yes, it is what I do now, but it's far from my only interest, and I could see myself doing so many other things than fashion."

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    You may have noticed that we are quite captured by the idea of a John Galliano comeback. Which is why the offered (and quickly rescinded) position at Parsons The New School for Design offered such hope. After a lot of opposition to the designer guest teaching, the Parsons administration sent a letter to students stating that “an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of [a scheduled] forum, and so the program will not move forward.” We weren’t quite sure what to make of it. Was the comeback too soon or was Parsons just not interested in the controversy surrounding the designer’s impending stint at the school? Well, for those of you still searching for answers, two upcoming events may shed some light on what the future holds for John Galliano.

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    Since his drunken statements in 2011 and subsequent firing from Dior, Galliano has yet to come forward and publicly discuss his actions and tell us what he plans to do with his talents. We are finally pleased to report that this may not be true for much longer as Galliano recently sat for an interview with Ingrid Sischy, which is set to run in the July issue of Vanity Fair. Details on the much-anticipated interview remain sparse, but it’s likely that Galliano will express his hopes for the future. 

    And, in case that's not enough, WWD is reporting that Galliano may appear in a TV interview with Charlie Rose. Even less is known about this sit-down and Galliano’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, denied the claims to WWD, saying “there are no plans in place regarding TV appearances for John at this time.” Despite this, the rumor has gained some force, probably in large part because Galliano rarely ever sat for this type of interview even before his troubles. We, like many others, wait with baited breath to find out if Galliano plans to once again influence the world of fashion with his magical designs.

    Jennifer Williams is a law student, who writes about fashion, the legal avenues available for protecting it, and the ways in which the laws are falling short. Jennifer writes for legal reporting blog, Legal As She Is Spoke. For more from Jennifer, visit her blog, StartFashionPause, or follow her on Twitter.

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    She may have hated the Met Ball, but Gwyneth Paltrow loves Prabal Gurung. The actress stepped out in a frock from NYC-based designer Prabal Gurung's Fall 2013 collection in London tonight to celebrate the launch of her website Goop's summer series. The dress she chose: Gurung's Ivory Baroque Print Silk Charmeuse Shirt Dress with Chiffon Sleeves and Hand Draped Skirt Detail. Now its official. Just about everyone has worn something from this young designer's collection (which is made in New York)! 

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    The Fashion Law Exclusive - The U.S. subsidiary of Swiss watch company, Rolex, has filed a  lawsuit against Texas-based band, Forever The Sickest Kids' frontman Jonathan Cook (below left). Turns out, in his free time, the musician was selling "high quality" counterfeit watches on Craigslist. In late 2012, after seeing several of Cook's listings, Rolex hired personal investigators to purchase what it suspected were fake Rolexes from Cook. The musician was arrested by the Dallas County District Attorney in January after Rolex's investigator purchased several counterfeit watches from him. Rolex brought suit against Cook in a Texas Northern District Court last week for the "intentional, malicious, and willful" sale, offers for sale, distribution, promotion, and advertisement of counterfeit Rolex merchandise. 

    According to Rolex's complaint, Cook's counterfeit operation violated nearly 20 of its federally registered trademarks, including those relating to its name, logo, and various style names. The complaint further alleges that Cook had 34 fake Rolex watches that he was offering for sale at $350 each, which is far less than the average $5000+ price tag for an authentic watch. 

    Rolex claims that it has suffered irreparable harm and damages as a result of Cook's conduct and are asking for damages to the tune of up to $2 million per offense. So, approximately $68 million in total for the 34 watches that were in Cook's possession. The watch company also wants to recover attorneys’ and investigators’ fees from Cook.  The singer also listed in the Craigslist ads that he had Montblanc, Louis Vuitton,  Tag Huer, Breitling, and Cartier watches. No word on whether these companies will file suit, as well.

    Cook has since released an apology to his friends and fans for his recent arrest and charges, saying that he "was not aware of how serious such a transaction was and through my experience I have learned that it does not matter how or where I purchased the watches. Simply presenting an item for sale with a false trademark logo is a criminal offense, even if it is well known that the item is a fake." 

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    There's a lot of information out there about Libertine designer and "creative force," Johnson Hartig, besides the basics, which are that he launched the Los Angeles-based menswear and womenswear collection in 2001 with Cindy Greene (who has since left), and that the brand stocks internationally at "it" stores like Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris, and Isetan in Tokyo. Some of the other things you may have heard: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Karl Lagerfeld wear his clothes. He books models according to their energy and doesn't even look at their books. And, he LOVES Instagram (@officialjohnsonhartig). We talked the the creative genius ourselves to learn more. Hartig talks to us about the Libertine man and woman, the time Karl Lagerfeld bought his entire collection, what he's obsessed with right now and more ... 

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

    Johnson Hartig – There are several things that set Libertine apart. Working with recycled vintage, working as a bi-coastal team, silk screening on clothing that hadn't traditionally been printed on, and a very unique point of view.

    The Fashion Law – NYC is supposed to be the “center of fashion” in the U.S. How does living in Los Angeles work for you? 

    Johnson Hartig – It works very well for me. I tend to shy away from attention and groups and am much less involved in the fashion scene living in Los Angeles. Being in NYC for fashion week twice a year is plenty of fashion for me, and I think it provides me with a unique point of view. 

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

    Johnson Hartig – Our unique aesthetic was copied almost immediately by everyone from jeans and t-shirt companies to some of the biggest designers in the world. It still is happening regularly, and yes, it is extremely frustrating. Only on one occasion, with Allen Schwartz, was it so obvious that we took legal action and ended up settling for half a million dollars.

    The Fashion Law – How are you personally and/or professionally different now than when you started your brand? 

    Johnson Hartig – I hope I'm different. Its been 12 years and if there hasn't been any personal or professional progress, I think I'd be in trouble. I have a more refined design sensibility. For instance, I'm more interested in other design areas ... interiors and interior product design, to name a couple.

    The Fashion Law – You have done a few really noteworthy collaborations. Ones with Damien Hirst and Goyard, and then at the other end of the spectrum with Target. I’m dying to know about these in your own words. 

    Johnson Hartig – I actually really enjoyed the process with all of our collaborations. Damien is a friend and I suggested putting the spin paintings on jackets that we could sell and donate the profits to animal rescue organizations. Target was very exciting in that it was the first time we'd actually designed a comprehensive collection from start to finish, and working with them was so streamlined and seamless. Goyard was decided on and done in 3 days. Karl Lagerfeld bought ALL 25 of the bags from Colette so nobody else got a chance.

    The Fashion Law – You won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge in 2012. What does making ecologically responsible fashion mean to you? 

    Johnson Hartig – It means a great deal to us to be able to create covetable garments from something that has been cast aside. If all of us did a little more, the impact would be substantial.

    The Fashion Law – You have said you have really amazing customers. Eccentric art lovers and a 75-year-old woman in Ohio, who basically can’t get enough Libertine garments. Who are the Libertine girl and man to you? 

    Johnson Hartig – We really do have the best and chicest women and men wearing Libertine. There are no parameters, except an adventurist spirit and a keen sense of fun. Oh, and some money... 

    The Fashion Law – What are you working on now? 

    Johnson Hartig – SPRING 2014!!!

    The Fashion Law – Last but not least, what are you obsessed with right now? 

    Johnson Hartig – My garden, dogs, and the book I'm doing with Rizzoli publishers due for Christmas.

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    American Apparel is causing controversy yet again, and this time, it's the Swedes that have taken issue with the brand. Swedish news site, The Local, recently addressed the Los Angeles-based brand's trademark "sexualization" of women, namely the marketing for American Apparel's "unisex" items. In an interview with blogger Emelie Eriksson, the site reported that when a male model is used, the garment is styled without any sexual undertones. However, the female models in the very same piece are made to "look like they've just had sex." Eriksson claims that this demonstrates the brand's "very degrading view toward women." 

    The piece goes on to address the large number of complaints the British Advertising Standards Authority receives about American Apparel's controversial ad campaigns and the similar complaints the Swedish Advertising Ombudsman has also received about images on the company's website. As for American Apparel's view, a company spokesman claims: "Unfortunately, some bloggers have confused an artistic photoshoot which accompany the pages with a product shot and a controversy erupted as a result." Hmm ... that statement doesn't exactly explain the disparity between the two images above (which were taken from American Apparel's e-commerce site), which appear to be selling two very similar products, button-up shirts. However, we aren't exactly surprised. 

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    With just a couple of weeks until the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards on June 3, the nine designers nominated for a Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent have put their skills to work - in a bit of an unconventional way, and gathered last night to celebrate the launch of their most recent project. Using Swarovski crystals, the designers behind Cushnie et Ochs, SUNO, Creatures of the Wind, Todd Snyder, Public School and more, created “objects d’art," which range from a crystal encrusted cactus a crystal-adorned kitchen knives. The designers' creations are available for purchase at New York City boutique Fivestory, and the proceeds benefit Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit that provides children in need with educational arts and mentoring programs. We talked to a few of the nominees about their creations. See what Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, the guys behind Public School, Todd Snyder and Irene Neuwirth have to say about their designs below ...

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    Design duo Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs chose a knife set, saying: "It's for the woman who seduces in the kitchen. We love to entertain and relate most to knives, just like us it is clean, sharp and always has a sense of danger."

    On her iPad case, which was inspired by her own dog, Teddy, Irene Neuwirth said: “I wanted to do something fun and whimsical, and I’ve been looking for the perfect iPad case!”

    Menswear designer Todd Snyder embellished sneakers with crystals, and told us: "I chose New Balance as my favorite object because thats what I wear all the time. Its my favorite sneaker. I thought what a better way to change up a classic than to add some bling."

    Last but not least, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School chose this bike because, "We wanted something that was functional, yet unpolished possible at achieving beauty; much like New York City itself. "

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    It appears that there has been an update in the Kardashian Khroma-fueled lawsuit between Chroma Makeup Studio and Lee Tillett, the owner of the federally registered Kroma trademark. After Los Angeles-based makeup studio owner, Michael Rey, filed suit against makeup company, Kroma, last week in the Central District of California, he (via Peter Ross and Jonathan Gottfried of Browne George Ross, LLP) has filed to dismiss the initial suit and subsequently filed a new one. 

    According to the court's docket, Chroma Makeup Studio filed a trademark infringement suit against "By Lee Tillet Inc" on Friday, which was followed by a voluntary dismissal filing on Monday. Also on Monday, Chroma Makeup Studio filed suit on the same grounds (trademark infringement) but this time against "By Lee Tillett Inc." The only difference between the two suits: the spelling of the word "Tillett." According to the lawsuit that is still in existence, the parties have been ordered to participate in a Court-Directed Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program in lieu of a regular trial. This basically means that a third party mediator will assist the parties in negotiating a settlement. More to come ... maybe. 

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    NYC-based menswear brand Public School has managed to become one of the quintessential New York brands in a remarkably short time.  The CFDA nominated designers, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, debuted their line in 2008 with an attitude-driven inaugural collection that veered heavily into streetwear territory. Just five years later, two of which were spent as members of the CFDA Incubator program, the brand's attitude is still there but the collection has matured. Now you can find expertly tailored suiting, from a killer Spring tuxedo to a wool/silk blend “cardigan jacket” – all in addition to the usual mix of downtown staples that they’re known for.

    What is most remarkable about Public School is the way the two designers have adeptly taken their original downtown NYC aesthetic and applied it very organically to a number of different mediums. For instance, this past year they introduced Public School Denim, one of the most buzzed about denim collections in recent memory (especially remarkable given how fickle menswear fans are about their jeans). This coming fall, they will be introducing their first footwear collection, a black and white creeper made in conjunction with The Generic Man. And up next, the CFDA Awards. The design duo is nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Menswear Design. 

    This young brand has accomplished a lot in its short history, and we are confident that we will continue to see amazing things from Mr. Chow and Mr. Osborne. Good luck next week (at the awards ceremony) guys, not that you’ll need it! 

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    Riccardo Tisci released Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign starring a bunch of new-to-the-house faces, including actress Amanda Seyfreid (who stars in the Paris-based design house's latest fragrance campaign), former Paris Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld and her daughter Julia, Spanish actor Quim Gutiérrez and models Dalianah Arekion and Mariano Ontanon. As for his selection of models, who were shot by Mert & Marcus, Tisci says: "These people are my family. They have always believed in me. They are very faithful to me," says Tisci. "Faithfulness and love are the most amazing things in what I want to do."

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    By Robin Pogrebin, NYT

    A lawsuit has been filed against New York City and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts accusing them of limiting public access to Damrosch Park by using it for commercial purposes, including the bi-annual New York Fashion Week, for as many as 10 months of the year.

    The lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court by a coalition of area residents and environmental groups along with Damrosch family members. It demands that the agreement between the Parks Department and Lincoln Center be terminated, that the park be restored and no longer be used for non-park purposes and that any concession revenue from the park be paid into the city’s general fund.

    Lincoln Center said it does not comment on litigation matters. Kate O’Brien Ahlers, a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department, said: “The city is awaiting formal service of the suit and will review it carefully. Fashion Week is an important part of the city’s cultural and economic fabric, generating $865 million each year while also creating fashion-related jobs.”

    The suit argues that revenue from the city’s July 2010 license agreement with Lincoln Center is being diverted from the city’s general fund to Lincoln Center, amounting to more than $32 million. “These actions constitute an illegal alienation of Damrosch Park in violation of the New York State Public Trust Doctrine and other laws,” said NYC Park Advocates, a nonprofit watchdog group, in a release.

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    Moda Operandi’s founding partners have called it quits. Ãslaug Magnúsdóttir, who launched the online trunk-sale shopping site in 2011 with Vogue "it" girl Lauren Santo Domingo, has left the company. According to a source for the NY Post, Santo Domingo may be happy to see her co-founder go. Magnúsdóttir, who served as Moda Operandi's CEO, "wasn’t hip and cool enough" for the company in Santo Domingo's eyes. So, in an attempt to consider if website, which offers runway fashion-to-you in the quickest amount of time, can make it without Magnúsdóttir, see a comparison of the womens' credentials below and tell us what you think ...

                                      Ãslaug Magnúsdóttir                    Lauren Santo Domingo

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  • 05/24/13--05:00: Prabal Gurung: Made in NYC

  • By Florence Kane, Vogue

    “It’s a way of giving back, even if only in a small way, to the country that gave me the opportunity to do what I am doing,” says New York–based Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung, of making 98 percent of his collection in Manhattan (the other two percent includes belts, made in Italy, and tees in Peru). He can walk from his West Thirty-seventh Street studio to the garment district factories that produce his clothes, which gives him peace of mind, not only when it comes to monitoring quality, but working conditions too. With frequent visits, Gurung can watch over every aspect of the process. “It’s almost like a couture house, with hours of labor and the utmost care put into every piece,” he says. “It’s time-consuming and incredibly detail-oriented.” What’s more, for a young, growing label such as his, working like this is also crucial. So, it’s a win-win for all: Gurung, the skilled men and women who turn his ideas into beautiful, tangible things, and the women who can feel good about wearing them.

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    Domain names are not limited to just .com, .org and .net addresses anymore. Some of the newer domains are .fr (for France), .us (for the U.S.), and .paris, among others. In order to get a top level domain ("TLD") or a generic top level domain ("gTDL"), the proposed name must pass the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) rigorous examination, and it appears that Paris-based design house, Hermès, has made the cut. Hermès' request for the .hermes gTLD has been accepted. According to Hermès' June 13, 2012 application, the company believes that the gTLD will serve as a means for unifying the various Hermès-owned websites and will help the company to establish a "new means in its combat against counterfeits." Other fashion houses to apply: Gucci (for ".Gucci"), The Gap, Inc. (for ".athleta," "bananarepublic," "gap," and "oldnavy"), Macy's, Inc. (for ".bloomingdales" and "macys"), Chanel International B.V. (for ".chanel"), and Punto FA S.L. (for "mango"). No word on whether their applications have been accepted. 

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    Last time we heard from former Prada Japan senior retail manager, Rina Bovrisse, she was headed to the United Nations to fight the countersuit that Prada had filed against her. Quick recap: Bovrisse filed filed a sexual harassment and unfair dismissal lawsuit against the Italian design house's Japanese subsidiary in a Tokyo court back in 2010, after her superiors called her "ugly" among other things. The judge ruled in Prada Japan's favor, even though the court did find that harassment occurred, and then Prada Japan and Prada SA Luxembourg (the owner of the Prada trademark) filed a $780,000 countersuit against Bovrisse in the same court for defamation. 

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    Well, according to Buzzfeed, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is on Bovrisse's side. Following Bovrisse's April testimony in front of the Commissioner, in which she described herself as a “victim of harassment by the Prada Group,” the UN has urged Japan to adopt legislation that would make sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace illegal. An excerpt from the Commissioner's ruling says: 
    The Committee urges the State party to introduce in its legislation an offence of sexual harassment, in particular in the workplace, which carries sanctions proportionate to the severity of the offence. The Committee also recommends that the State party ensure that victims can lodge complaints without fear of retaliation. The Committee recommends that the State party continue to raise the public awareness against sexual harassment.
    No word on the status of Prada's countersuit against Bovrisse yet. More to come ... 

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    Busy week? Here are some of our top stories from the week, just in case you missed them ... 

    Musician busted for selling counterfeit watches. Jonathan Cook, the lead singer for Forever the Sickest Kids, has been slapped with a multi-million dollar lawsuit from Rolex US for his sale of counterfeit Rolexes on Craigslist. 

    That dress looks familiar. It seems Zuhair Murad may have taken a bit too much inspiration from young design superstar, Prabal Gurung, for his Spring 2013 collection. See the two dresses here and tell us what you think. Coincidence or copy? 

    We talked to some of the CFDA x Swarovski nominees this week. In case you missed it, they created one of a kind designed encrusted with Swarovski crystals. See what designer Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie, Todd Snyder, and more have to say about their designs. 

    Wil Fry: An Update. Fry a go-to name for streetwear is embroiled in a controversy after his “Givenchy” jersey design was stolen by Detroit menswear company, REVIVE. We ask: Does he actually have an argument? 

    Kardashian Khroma: The Aftermath. The Kardashians may have settled their lawsuit and changed the name of their makeup company, but as we told you exclusively, there is now a lawsuit pending between Chroma Makeup Studio and Kroma makeup. The Kardashians are the gift that keeps giving!

    Last but not least, we talked to Libertine founder and designer, Johnson Hartig about everything from his brand to the collaboration he did with Goyard, and more ...

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    Planning a trip to Las Vegas anytime soon? If so, we have a must-see for you. Louis Vuitton has commissioned an installation by 70-year-old, Los Angeles-born artist James Turrell. Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite artist has created “Akhob,” a work of art that fills the store’s entire fourth floor, and is viewable by private, appointment-only tours (only six people are present at a time for the twenty-four minute experience). The title is derived from the Egyptian word meaning “pure water.” 

    What do viewers have in store for them? The exhibit, which is located at Louis Vuitton CityCenter Maison, is described as the full immersion in monochromatic, uninterrupted, slowly changing color inside a curved empty room as pristine as the interior of an eggshell. 

    This is not Turrell’s first partnership with Louis Vuitton. He first joined forces with the luxury giant in 2005, for an exhibit at the design house’s Champs Elysee location; followed by an exhibit in 2006. 

    Also worth noting: another Turrell design is set to be unveiled this month at the Crystals’ monorail station in Las Vegas and luckily, it is much more accessible. For those of you who cannot make it to LV in LV (Louis Vuitton in Las Vegas), Turrell, a light and space artist, has a solo exhibit opening at the New York Guggenheim Museum in June, and a retrospective at Los Angeles County Museum of Art scheduled for later this month.

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