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    LVMH and Hermès continued their ongoing rivalry today in front of the French stock market authority's sanction committee. The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) began its investigation into whether there was insider trading and share price manipulation involved in LVMH's aquisition of stake in the Hermès company 2010 and has since referred the case to the sanctions committee. Today's hearing is off to an intense start, as LVMH's attorney Georges Terrier accused the AMF of being biased in its investigations into LVMH's acquisition of 17.1 percent of Hermès via cash-settled equity swaps, and said that Hermès had tried to influence proceedings. Terrier further alleged that the AMF had prevented LVMH from gaining access to certain elements of the investigation, impeding the company from effectively preparing its defense. 

    Both parties are present at the sanctions committee tribunal today, after the AMF found that LVMH had secretly bought shares in rival Hermès to build a stake in the iconic Paris-based design house, and not merely to make a financial investment as LVMH has claimed. LVMH began its stake in Hermès back in 2001 through subsidiaries; all the while, LVMH execs, including Chairman Bernard Arnault, have been stating they have no plans to take over HermèsA decision on the outcome of today's hearing is not expected for several weeks. The maximum fine that LVMH could face is $13 million, a company spokesman confirmed. These proceedings are separate from the parties' criminal complaints, which are currently pending in Paris courts. 

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    Rihanna's lipstick for MAC Cosmetics may have been a huge success (selling out in a few hours), but a concert goer is filing suit over RiRi Woo - the lipstick. Harlem-based Starkeema Greenidge, who was in attendance at Rihanna's concert earlier this month, has slapped MAC with a lawsuit. The 28-year old alleges that while she was at the concert, a MAC Cosmetics representative applied a used tube of RiRi Woo on her lips. According to Greenidge's complaint the MAC rep "didn’t use a fresh or new lipstick tube, but rather one that had been used for other patrons,” and as a result, she contracted herpes. 

    image courtesy of zimbio

    “I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money,” Greenidge, a waitress, told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. The complaint further contends that MAC “should have known that it was unsanitary and exposing patrons to possible spread of disease.” Greenidge has filed suit in a Manhattan Supreme Court and is seeking unspecified damages for her “mental anguish and emotional distress.” Where Rihanna goes, herpes follows. 

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    Tory Burch's legal team is a vigilant protector its trademarks. The womenswear brand filed four lawsuits in the Southern District of New York today against wholesalers selling counterfeit Tory Burch jewelry. According to Burch's complaints, the jewelry at issue has been on display at various trade shows and in the wholesalers defendants' showrooms. In addition to the four suits filed today (which are detailed below), Burch filed a suit in Illinois Northern District Court earlier this month and one in late April against over a hundred unnamed defendants, stemming from the operation of websites selling counterfeit goods.

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    According to WWD, the four lawsuits filed in a New York court are as follows:

    Tory Burch LLC and its subsidiary, River Light LLP, sued Wona Trading Inc. and Grace Thun, a jewelry wholesaler, alleging that counterfeit Tory Burch jewelry was sold in the company’s store in New York and to other retailers.

    Tory Burch filed suit against Lin & J International Inc. and co-owners Lani Kim and Youngran Kim, claiming the Chinese company sold “thousands” of units of counterfeit Burch jewelry to a host of retailers. According to the lawsuit, an undercover Tory Burch representative paid the company a visit in NYC and was shown a variety of knockoffs. 

    In the third lawsuit, Burch sued New York-based Jewelry House Corp. and UK “Jimmy” Choi, citing a 2011 seizure, in which New York City Police nabbed more than 500 units of counterfeit jewelry from the company. 

    The final complaint was filed against California-based Glitzlane Boutique and its owner, Martha Buchanan. Glitzlane allegedly sold knockoff Burch jewelry in-store and on its website. 

    In all four cases, Burch is seeking unspecified damages and injunctive relief. 

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    With so much happening this week, we don't blame you for wanting to catch up. Check out our top stories from the past seven days with our end of the week review ...

    Christian Louboutin is back in court. After a lengthy battle against YSL over its red soles, Louboutin has filed a lawsuit against Alba Footwear for making shoes with red soles. This is one of the footwear brand's first trademark suits since the YSL case. 

    Pamela Love filed suit. The NYC-based designer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a New York court against wholesale website, which have allegedly copied her Talon cuff. 

    Meet some of Parsons top students. We talked to nominees for this year's prestigious Designer of the Year award about their brands, their favorite designers and following in the footsteps of Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler. 

    Chanel fights counterfeiters. The Paris-based design house filed suit in a Miami court against more online sellers of counterfeit goods, with a list of defendants coming in at 150. See which sites made the cut ... 

    3-D printing: the future of fashion. Read a bit about the popular-yet-controvserial production technique and learn about the potential legal consequences that are likely to arise. 

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    The Fashion Law Exclusive - Former Harper's Bazaar intern, Diana Wang, isn't satisfied with the Southern District of New York court's ruling regarding her status as an unpaid intern and is set to take her case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In case you missed it, Wang brought suit against the magazine's parent company, Hearst Corp., claiming it violates federal and state labor laws by using her and hundreds like her as a cheap way to avoid hiring and paying entry-level employees. Last summer, she asked a New York federal court for class certification, and earlier this month was denied certification when Judge Harold Baer held that she failed to establish "a uniform policy among the magazines with respect to the contents of the internship, including interns’ duties, their training, and supervision."

    images courtesy of tfs

    On Wednesaday, Wang asked S.D.N.Y. Judge Baer to permit immediate appeal of his order denying her (and a potential class of 3,000 former Hearst interns) class certification, saying the Second Circuit should weigh in on whether the unpaid interns are employees under federal and state law.

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    Art director Trey Laird teamed up with legendary fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh for the annual CFDA Fashion Awards journal, which will be distributed to each attendee at the CFDA Awards on Monday night. The 150-page program includes black and white images of this year's nominees: designers Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough and Thom Browne, among others. Also in the 2013 program: some top model models in the nominees designs, such as Miranda Kerr in Cushnie et Ochs, Erin Wasson in Alexander Wang, Kristen McMenamy in Givenchy, Iselin Steiro in 3.1. Phillip Lim, Hanne Gaby Odiele in Creatures of the Wind, Ruby Jean Wilson in Marc Jacobs, Sasha Pivovarova in Proenza Schouler and Carolyn Murphy in Oscar de la Renta. See them all below ... 

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  • 06/03/13--08:00: Model Mondays: Efren Garza
  • After a friend suggested that he consider modeling, Mexico born, NYC-based Efren Garza stopped into Paragon Model Management and they signed him. He has since signed with DNA in New York and as of February 2013, has walked for John Bartlett, Ricardo Seco, and Alexandre Plokhov (and starred in Plokhov's Fall 2013 lookbook). Known for his super-long locks, Garza has graced the pages of Hypebeast Magazine and appeared in Fashionisto exclusives. Efren talks to us about Zoolander, life as a model/musician, Alexandre Plokhov, and more ... 

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

    Efren Garza – I am 24 years old, and I am Mexican. 

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

    Efren Garza – I wouldn't say models are brands, I just think models and brands complement each other in the fashion industry.

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

    Efren Garza I like when someone asks in the castings or jobs, "Where is the long-haired guy?" and someone else says "The Mexican?" I feel it is something that distinguishes me when there are so many models. And I don't know, I just try to be myself all the time.

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

    Efren Garza – At first I thought it was a little funny. I guess  because I had never imagined that I was going to be a model. Ever since I watched Zoolander, I couldn't talk about modeling without thinking of that movie, which is very funny. But everything changed when I started as a model. I totally changed my mind. I've met wonderful people, so talented and professional. Designers, photographers, and models. All with different and very interesting lifestyles, and I am very grateful to have this great opportunity in this part of my life.

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

    Efren Garza – I would say … the places I've gone so far and the friends I've made have been the highlight. I loved working work with Alexandre Plokhov and Jojo Asuncion. They are great and very professional people.

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

    Efren Garza – Not in particular. During the last few months I've been meeting such great people, and I think I just want to keep doing that.

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

    Efren Garza  I really like to make music  with my friends. I enjoy when I can return to Monterrey in México for a while, and I can play guitar and sing with my sisters. It is a great feeling. Oh and I like to take my camera and go out to take pictures! 

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

    Efren Garza  I still seeing myself traveling during the next years. If not modeling, I will be playing music.

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

    Efren Garza  I'm involved in a music project right now, and to be honest, I am getting pretty obsessed with that. We just started, but I am really enjoying the entire process. 

    images courtesy of tfs

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    Tonight is the night for American fashion. The CFDA Awards, which are basically the equivalent of the Academy Awards in the fashion industry, are set to take place tonight at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC. Get acquainted with the nominees below and join us as we live tweet leading up to the event tonight (@thefashionlaw) ... 

    image courtesy of zimbio

    Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear Nominees: SUNO, Creatures of the Wind, and CUSHNIE ET OCHS! (Read a little bit more about them here.)

    Swarovksi Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear Nominees: Tim Coppens, Public School and Tod Snyder (Read a little bit more about them here.)

    Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessories Nominees: Irene Neuwirth, Pamela Love, and Jen Meyer (Read a little bit more about them here.)

    Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominees: Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang

    Menswear Designer of the Year Nominees: Michael Bastian, Duckie Brown, and Thom Browne

    Accessories Designer of the Year Nominees: Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and 3.1 Phillip Lim

    The International Award: Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy

    The Founders Award: Oscar de la Renta

    The Media Awards: Tim Blanks

    The Board of Director Award: Colleen Atwood

    The Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Wang

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    Now that Saint Laurent's Greene Street flagship in Soho has opened its doors, things make a bit more sense. You may recall that beginning in July 2012, the space at 149 Mercer Street in Soho bore temporary signage that read Saint Laurent. So, when the house formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent announced that its second NYC flagship (in addition to the one on 57th Street) was set to open at 80 Greene Street, I was confused. 

    Turns out, the space, which has been under construction for quite awhile, is set to be a Balenciaga men's boutique. This makes sense because a Balenciaga women's shop is set to open directly across the street, and because Balenciaga and Saint Laurent are both owned by Kering (aka PPR). Balenciaga's Soho locations are set to open this Fall. This begs the question: Is that space in Chelsea (that currently bears Saint Laurent signage) across the street from the Balenciaga store (that is currently under construction due to damage from Hurricane Sandy) also be the site of his and hers Balenciaga stores. Sounds familiar. See the image below ... 

    149 Mercer Street

    148 Mercer Street

    the Balenciaga store in Chelsea

    the soon-to-be Balenciaga store in Chelsea?
    images courtesy of shophound & the fashion law

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    Mens fashion is taking notice of Seoul-born and based designer, Juun. J, in a big way as of late. Launching his namesake collection around this time nearly six years ago in Paris, Juun. J is creating buzz for his street-meets-avante garde aesthetic, which he refers to as "street tailoring." For Fall 2013, Juun. J teamed up with American artist Greg Simkins for a range of oversize sweatshirts with loud prints (sounds a bit like Givenchy, no?), that WWD called "a little too much." While we must agree that his work isn't for everyone, there certainly is something to be said of his exaggerated proportions and expert tailoring. Whether it be his sleek biker jackets, printed neopreme sweaters or the crocodile sneakers, its hardly a coincidence that Juun. J's hybrid aesthetic, draped and larger-than-life, is making waves. See more images below and join us in hoping he expands to womenswear soon! 

    images courtesy of & le21eme

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  • 06/03/13--17:49: And the Winners Are ...
  • This just in: The 2013 CFDA Awards winners. The trade organization and leader in American fashion awards US-based designers each year for outstanding talent in womenswear, menswear and accessories. See the full list of winners (and nominees) below ...

    image courtesy of nyt

    Accessories Designer of the Year Nominees: Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and 3.1 Phillip Lim - WINNER = PHILIP LIM

    Menswear Designer of the Year Nominees: Michael Bastian, Duckie Brown, and Thom Browne - WINNER = THOM BROWNE

    Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominees: Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang - WINNER = PROENZA SCHOULER

    Swarovksi Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear Nominees: Tim Coppens, Public School and Tod Snyder  - WINNER = PUBLIC SCHOOL

    Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessories Nominees: Irene Neuwirth, Pamela Love, and Jen Meyer  - WINNER = PAMELA LOVE

    Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear Nominees: SUNO, Creatures of the Wind, and Cushnie et Ochs - WINNER = SUNO

    The International Award: Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy

    The Founders Award: Oscar de la Renta

    The Media Awards: Tim Blanks

    The Board of Director Award: Colleen Atwood

    The Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Wang

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    The much-anticipated July Vanity Fair issue, featuring disgraced designer John Galliano's first interview since his anti-Semitic rant and subsequent ouster from Dior in 2011, is here. Fifty-two year-old John Galliano sat down for a series of wide-ranging conversations with contributing editor Ingrid Sischy. Beyond his anti-Semitic rant, which shattered the designer’s career, Galliano and Sischy talked of the designer’s young life, including beatings and childhood taunting; his fashion education and the development of his eye; and how being “a slave” to his success led him down a path of addiction. Looking forward, Sischy writes of Galliano's future: “He has begun taking baby steps to re-enter the world of fashion. My prediction: Get ready for his second act.” Read below to see a preview of the piece, available in full in the July 2013 issue:

    Fashion designer John Galliano, in his first-ever sober interview, tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Ingrid Sischy that, in spite of his words, he is not an anti-Semite or a racist. “It’s the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn’t mean it. . . . I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so fucking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could.”

    Galliano tells Sischy that he has been sober for over two years now and that theirs is the first interview he has ever given sober. Of his drinking and drug use in the years leading up to the outburst, Galliano says, “I was going to end up in a mental asylum or six feet under.”

    Sischy reports that Galliano has spent the last couple of years learning about what he has to do to keep his illness at bay, facing up to what went wrong in his life, and taking certain steps to atone, including reading books on the Holocaust and Jewish history, meeting with Jewish leaders, and reaching out to members of the larger fashion community, including retailers, as part of the process of making amends and possibly returning to work.

    Reflecting on his last two years of sobriety and struggles to come to terms with his words and actions, Galliano says that he knows “it sounds a bit bizarre, but I am so grateful for what did happen. I have learned so much about myself. I have re-discovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive.”

    Galliano describes how he slipped into addiction slowly over the course of time, while continuing to work at a high level. “I never drank in order to be creative, or to do the research,” he tells Sischy. “I didn’t need alcohol for any of that. At first alcohol was like a crutch outside of Dior. Then I would use it to crash after the collections. I’d take a couple of days to get over it, like everyone. But with more collections, the crash happened more often, and then I was a slave to it. Then the pills kicked in because I couldn’t sleep. Then the other pills kicked in because I couldn’t stop shaking. I would also have these huge bottles of liquor that people got for me. Towards the end, it was whatever I could get my hands on. Vodka, or vodka-and-tonic. Wine, in the belief it would help me sleep. Wrong. I did manage to stop the voices. I had all these voices in my head, asking so many questions, but I never for one second would admit I was an alcoholic. I thought I could control it.”

    “What had started as self-expression turned into a mask,” Galliano says. “I lived in a bubble. I would be backstage and there would be a queue of five people to help me. One person would have a cigarette for me. The next person would have the lighter. I did not know how to use the A.T.M.”

    Galliano tells Sischy he was aware on some level that he had a problem, especially as he began to lose days to bouts of drinking. “Not having washed, I’d be covered in sores and humiliated,” he says. “I had the tremors. I wouldn’t sleep for five days. I would go to bookstores and get some self-help books, but I was in denial. I’d throw myself back into the gym. I’d be careful about what I ate. And, of course, the whole cycle would start again.”

    Sischy reports that Galliano’s bosses at LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), the parent company of Dior, confronted him on at least two occasions shortly before his downfall. First, Sidney Toledano, C.E.O. of Dior, took Galliano to lunch and said he needed to get help. According to Sischy, Galliano turned the tables and suggested that Toledano should change his diet and eat more healthily. The second confrontation occurred when Bernard Arnault, chairman and C.E.O. of LVMH, and Toledano told Galliano he was going to die if he didn’t do something about his problem. In response, Galliano tore off his shirt to reveal a gym-toned torso and asked, “Does this look like the body of an alcoholic?” Other friends told Sischy they wanted to intervene, but that in the end no one wanted to betray the designer, and that after a drinking binge, he’d seem fine again.

    All told there were three separate accusations of Galliano’s having made anti-Semitic tirades. Galliano reiterates that he does not remember the events of the night in 2010 when his remarks were videotaped, explaining, “When everyone came over to tell me that I had done these terrible things, I was walking round and round and round not really knowing what had gone down. My assistant told me about the video. When I saw it, I threw up. The feeling was like I was about to take a step out onto the street and a bus or truck whooshed past me and the blood was drained from my legs. I was paralyzed from the fear.”

    Galliano tells Sischy about his admission to an Arizona rehab facility on March 1, 2011. Here staff confiscated pretty much everything he brought, including the Keith Richards memoir, Life. When he was allowed his first two-minute phone call, he called Bill Gaytten (who had stepped in as creative director of the John Galliano label), just before the Galliano fashion show began in Paris, hoping to tell the models what they should be thinking as they walked down the runway. The call did not go well. “Bill said, ‘Do you realize what you’ve fucking done?,’” Galliano recalls, “and I said, ‘Kind of.’ But I still didn’t. I couldn’t say yes. I just couldn’t. And those were the last words we shared. That’s someone I’ve known for 30 years. Even now I’m still learning every day how many people I hurt.”

    Linda Evangelista was the sole friend to make the trek for Galliano’s first visitors weekend. “I just didn’t want that weekend to go by without anyone reaching out to him,” she tells Sischy.

    A few weeks into Galliano’s recovery, Kate Moss contacted him and asked him to design her wedding dress, something they had discussed when he was still at Dior. Galliano tells Sischy he felt it was a gift: “Creating Kate’s wedding dress saved me personally because it was my creative rehab. She dared me to be me again.” Moss describes the gown as “absolutely gorgeous, a diaphanous 1920s-type dress, romantic, with gold sequins in the shape of the phoenix—as if he was saying he would rise from this.” She tells Sischy that “when my dad gave his speech he thanked everyone and then he referred to the genius of Galliano, who made his daughter’s dress. Everyone stood up and gave John a standing ovation. It was the most moving thing, because suddenly John realized he wasn’t on his own.”

    Sischy speaks with a wide range of sources for the article: Galliano’s friends and colleagues, including Kate Moss, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Jonathan Newhouse, and Naomi Campbell; members of the Jewish community, including Rabbi Barry Marcus, of London's Central Synagogue, and Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League; and several addiction specialists and major retailers.

    Text courtesy of vanity fair

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    Kate Upton’s (dramatic) history with Victoria’s Secret is one you've likely heard a thing or two about. A quick recap: In 2012, VS casting agent Sophia Neophitou went on record as saying she would "never use" Upton for a VS show. She went on to describe Upton as a “Page 3 girl,” “too obvious,” and as being “like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.” Despite these disparaging remarks, Upton has gained notoriety, showing up on two Sports Illustrated covers and being labeled as “the hottest supermodel on Earth” on Vogue’s cover. So, it would seem, the model has moved on and above VS. With the exception, of course, being a recent VS catalog.

    The lingerie giant features a pic of Upton on the back cover of its last catalog. Turns out, the picture is actually from a VS shoot in 2011; so, the model is not currently in business with the lingerie brand. Some publications have said the model was “furious” about the use of an old photo without notifying her, others are saying she merely was “not thrilled” about it.  

    image courtesy of wwd

    Whatever the case is, we wondered what legal recourse (if any) might be available to Upton for VS’s use of her image. Upton's best argument would likely be that VS’s use of an old catalog photo results in appropriation. Ainsworth v. Century Supply Company, an IIllinois Appellate Court case, defines appropriation as the use of one’s name or likeness, without consent, and for commercial purposes. However, without a good look at Upton’s contract with VS in 2011, it’s hard to say whether or not unlimited use of the photos was given to VS, which would takeaway the  “without consent” element. Our guess is that VS has contracting with models down to a science, and this is a perfectly legal move on its part. As a result, Upton is left with the options or being “furious” or “not thrilled”." Unless, of course, and as some are speculating, Upton’s image in the catalog signifies that she might be headed for Angel wings.

    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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    The Fashion Law Exclusive - It looks like footwear design brand, Christian Louboutin, is on a mission to police its very valid red-sole trademark. You may recall that the Paris-based design house filed a trademark infringement suit last week against Alba Footwear. Well, this week the footwear designer (via his trusty attorney Harley Lewin, who represented Louboutin in its battle against Yves Saint Laurent) has filed suit against another group of defendants, including Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear for trademark infringement. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York, stems from the alleged sale of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes, and Louboutin isn't playing around. According to Louboutin's complaint, the counterfeit shoes were allegedly sold on the website of DSW, and at stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and that “Defendants were and are aware that the counterfeit products they sell are not genuine Louboutin products." As such, the design house is asking for $2 million for each infringed trademark, in addition to injunctive relief, interest and attorneys' fees.

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    Paris-based design house Balenciaga's Soho, NYC store has fallen victim to theft. Two thieves snatched four handbags worth a total of nearly $7,000 from the designer shop last week, police said. The men grabbed the bags — which included pink, black and silver city totes — from a display table about 12:15 p.m. last Sunday, and ran out of the 138 Wooster St. store. Police were still investigating the incident this past week and said they have surveillance footage of the crime. This is the second bout of theft at the Alexander Wang-helmed brand's store in Soho in the past couple of months. 

    Mary-Kate Olsen carrying a Balenciaga bag - image courtesy of tfs

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    The Fashion Law Exclusive - Coach has won yet another big lawsuit in its fight against counterfeits. The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a $5 million damages award against Frederick Goodfellow, a Memphis, Tennessee-based flea market owner. According to the court's ruling on Monday, Goodfellow knew that counterfeit Coach goods were being sold at his site, making him liable for contributory trademark infringement. 

    images courtesy of designscene

    Coach brought suit against Goodfellow in 2010, in the Western District of Tennessee, after Coach learned of the sale of fake bags and other accessories bearing its trademark and notified him about it. According to court documents, Goodfellow claims he told the flea market vendors that the sale of counterfeits was prohibited, but knew that they continued to offer them for sale anyway. In 2011, Goodfellow was found guilty of contributory trademark infringement and was fined $5 million, and as of Monday, the Sixth Circuit court, upheld the lower court's ruling. This win joins a list of several big wins by Coach over the past couple of years. 

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    Chanel has been banned from registering the word "JERSEY" as a trademark, according to the World Intellectual Property Review. The Paris-based design house filed its application with the UK Intellectual Property Office in 2011 for "JERSEY," which would extend to Class 3 (cosmetics, perfumes, nail polishes, etc.), and refers to a line of cosmetics (namely) a Chanel fragrance marketed under the name. Turns out, Jersey (a British island off the coast of Normandy, France) is what is standing between Chanel and the trademark.

    image courtesy of newyorker

    The UK Intellectual Property Office's Judi Pike, who decided the case, backed the Jersey and rejected the application. She held that JERSEY “consists exclusively of a sign or indication of the geographical origin of the category of goods." In addition to losing the case, Chanel has to pay  the States of Jersey $3370 to cover costs and a small award stemming from evidence filing. Since the decision, Chanel has filed an application for "JERSEY CHANEL," which was published for opposition last week.

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    Alexander Wang may not have won a CFDA awards for Womenswear Designer of the Year but he did debut his first Resort collection for Balenciaga today. Wang is certainly continuing to make some serious strides at Balenciaga (proving all of the 'he is a t-shirt brand' skeptics wrong). See the entire collection below, and start counting down until everyone is wearing these hats! 

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    Our friends over at came across a designer vs. designer copyright battle. NYC-based design label, Vena Cava, took to its Instagram last night to accuse fellow NYC design company, alice + olivia, of copying a floral print from its Fall 2012 collection. Along with a side-by-side image, Vena Cava posted the following message: "@alice_olivia Please stop being 'inspired' by our prints from last season. Get a library card." A basic yellow iris print or a blatant copy? Well, based on an image of Lisa Mayock, one of the Vena Cava designers, this may be a case of inspiration (as opposed to imitation). Mayock graced the pages of Elle magazine back in 2009 in a vintage iris-print dress of her own (pictured after the break). See what alice + olivia founder Stacey Bendet has to say about the accusations ...

    Vena Cava Fall 2012 (left) & alice + olivia Pre-spring 2013(right)

    alice + olivia's founder and creative director, Stacey Bendet, spoke exclusively to The Fashion Law about Vena Cava's accusation, saying:


    Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock in a vintage dress in Elle in 2009

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    As you may or may not know, NYC-based jewelry designer, Eddie Borgo, doesn't necessarily follow the beaten path. The runner-up in the 2010 CFDA/VogueFashion Fund contest rarely puts his pieces on sale and certainly doesn't subscribe to the notion of traditional advertising. Instead of buying ad space in magazines or online, Borgo, who got his start in 2002 and now stocks at over 100 retailers worldwide, circulates his campaigns to editors, retailers and friends. He also rarely uses models, in favor of industry insiders, like Vanessa Traina, Lauren Santo Domingo, Tabitha Simmons and now, Julia Restoin Roitfeld for Fall 2013. New mother, Restoin Roitfeld appears in Borgo’s Cyprus necklace, earpiece and bracelets in a black-and-white image shot by Paul Maffi. 

    image courtesy of eddie borgo

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