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    Givenchy's nose rings have started to hit the fast fashion retailers. The Paris-based design house's creative director, Ricardo Tisci, showed the nose rings for Spring 2012 couture, and subsequently with a few of the mens and womenswear collections that followed. Given the price tag that accompanies the Givenchy septum rings, which rang from upwards of $500 to $1,000, the high street brands not-so-surpisingly want in, by way of versions that cost only a small fraction of the cost of an original. So far, both ASOS and Urban Outfitters have introduced their versions, a "Spike nose ring" for $5 and a "Cross septum nose ring" for $10, respectively, and while we know where the retailers are getting their inspiration, they are legally in the clear, as the designs are not quite imitations. Unlike most garments (which are not awarded protection via copyright law in the U.S.), jewelry is protectable (as long as the design at issue has design features that are separable from the utilitarian features, per Kieselstein-Cord v. Accessories by Pearl). As a result, if we see some spot-on copies of Givenchy's septum rings, they will not just be design piracy, but will also likely be copyright infringement. More about Givenchy nose rings here!!




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    After over a year of speculation, Swedish fast fashion giant H&M has launched the U.S. version of its e-commerce site, and the fashion blogosphere is celebrating. While we don't deny that H&M's e-commerce launch is a smart business decision and will likely be a huge success for the brand (and its bottom line), I cannot help but be disappointed. Are fast fashion shoppers really forgetting that just this past April over a thousand people were killed in a garment factory in Bangladesh, much likes the ones where H&M garments and accessories are manufactured? Sure, H&M has signed onto an accord that vows to bring increased standards to the Bangladesh garment factories, but is it really that easy to put such devastation out of our minds for a $20 dress? Apparently, the answer is yes.

    Huffington Post Style's reaction to the news: "BEST. DAY. EVER."

    image courtesy of tfs

    We have truly become a culture that embraces fast fashion and the idea that more-is-more at all costs, even more so than I had previously understood. I suppose it is easy to put the young brand owners, who's designs are stolen, to create $10 H&M blouses, out of our minds. Also easily forgotten: the underpaid children and women, who are working in hot, cramped spaces, with locked fire exists, to ensure that our printed skinny jeans are $20, as opposed to the $150+ price tag of those that manufacture ethically in the NYC Garment District, for instance. These realities of fast fashion are somehow washed away when we hear things like ... Isabel Marant for H&M or H&M is launching e-commerce! Thoughts?

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    According to a study released today by New York University think tank, Luxury Lab, Google and Facebook dominate mobile advertising, the influence of Asia is rising and photo and video sharing are eclipsing texting. The study uses metrics from 247 prestige brands’ social media efforts across 15 platforms, and holds that Chanel (even though the Paris-based design house does not have an official Instagram account, it’s the most posted about brand on the platform; there are nearly 3 million images with the hashtag #chanel. Victoria’s Secret commands the most followers on Instagram — it has almost 2.2 million — followed by Topshop with 1.1 million. Average prestige brand users are 18 times more engaged on Instagram than Facebook and 48 times that of Twitter, the report said.

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    Everyone has been opining on Street-Goths lately. So, we thought we would, too.

    First, let’s get a few things out of the way. There will be no dissection of the origins of “street-goths” or how they relate to “goth-ninjas” or anything regarding whatever Sociology 101 statement you think you’re making by wearing a leather skirt in the summer. There’s a lot of that out there already, almost always accompanied by a lively comments section, and we’d love to not have any of it here. So, if that's what you're looking for, go elsewhere. 

    With that out of the way ... The thing I’ve wondered about from time-to-time, since Street-Goth went from being a way to describe how Kanye dressed on his Watch the Throne tour, or how A$AP Rocky dresses in his music videos (and at his Paris Fashion Week cameos), to becoming a serious part of the men's style conversation on the internet, is this: Is this moment in fashion not eerily reminiscent of the mid-2000’s Ed Hardy-driven gaudy t-shirts (and everything else) phase?


    Think back to 2005 or so, a clothing line, specializing in hats and t-shirts comes from Los Angeles and, for a brief period, has a serious impact on men's style. And while most people’s last recollection of Ed Hardy was watching the Jersey Shore cast parade around in it, think back a few more years – to when GQ featured trucker hats and just every celebrity around was wearing it. You probably were, too.

    During this mini-craze, a number of other brands popped up and did their version of the superfuckingloud t-shirt and hat combo, as well. Many of the same department stores and boutiques that you get your menswear staples from now, were, not too long ago, filled with “artisanal” t-shirts replete with loud, nonsensical prints, at price points that were even more confusing. Keep in mind this is also when “premium” denim was flourishing – which makes sense, because when you’re trying to give strangers a seizure just from looking at you, it makes sense to have an equally loud and abrasive back pocket design and “vintage” denim wash to compliment the rhinestones on your trucker hat and the all-over print of your t-shirt.


    Now, you’ve scrubbed the internet of any photos of you sporting boot-cut jeans and a trucker hat, and you’ve had your mom hide all her photos from family functions during this time. Why? Because it would be really embarrassing if anyone saw them, that’s why.

    Now, instead of opting for loud graphics to snap you out of your menswear doldrums, you’re opting for all black leather. Sometimes a skirt, sometimes shorts over pants over leggings. Bona-fide fashion brands like Givenchy, Balenciaga and Rick Owens are either biting it or, depending on who you ask, leading the way. So, you tell yourself it has legitimacy. And of course, Kanye and the A$AP crew are killing it. But – does any of this mean that it’s right for you or for anyone who isn’t part of the A$AP Mob or on Team Pyrex? Will you readily show off future significant others photos of you wearing literally pounds of black leather in the middle of summer? Or, or in a few years time, once the Jersey Shore-equivalent of 2016 is decked out in Street-Goth attire, will you very inconspicuously delete all the #Trill photos of you decked out in Fear of God LA, Skin Graft, and Black Scale from social media and politely ask your mother to please hide the photos where you, a grown man, were dressed like a fucking ninja to your family reunion ... in July.

    images courtesy of tfs, style.com, selectism

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    On the heels of racism claims among the employees at Alexander McQueen's Meatpacking, NYC boutique, Louis Vuitton is currently investigating a former employee's claims of sexism and racism. The allegations come from Chanjira Razzell, formerly of LV's Selfridges shop in shop. Razzell, who is of Thai descent, claims that she was recruited to work in order to attract more Thai customers, and within a week was fired, but not before she was allegedly subjected to a series of sexual text messages from a colleague and a "humiliating store approval" interview, in which she was asked questions relating to her Thai heritage and name. According to a Louis Vuitton spokesman: "Louis Vuitton believes that the rich diversity of people within our workforce is central to the value of the brand. We seek to ensure that our practices meet the highest standards of integrity, responsibility and respect, and, therefore, take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously. We are currently undertaking an investigation into this matter." More to come ... 

    image courtesy of tfs

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    The fashion blogosphere has been buzzing after Vogue announced who will grace the cover of its September 2013 cover - the biggest issue (literally and figuratively) of the year and the first since Anna Wintour jumped ship (so to speak). Last September, a very airbrushed Lady Gaga covered American Vogue and this year, The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence, will take her place. While I don't really care either way, as American Vogue is a bit too fame hungry and mainstream for my taste these days, the fact that the magazine has chosen Lawrence, a presence that is largely absent from the world of social media, is interesting. Lady Gaga, in comparison, has nearly 40 million Twitter followers. This is a compelling move, given last month's New York Times piece, which examined the fading allure of the film star, and magazines subsequent reliance on TV actors, reality stars and musicians, largely due to these parties' willingness to promote themselves and their projects (such as their faces on magazine covers) on various social media outlets. 

    image courtesy of w magazine

    Is Vogue slowly reverting to its old ways, and the days when fashion truly was its main focus and models covered each month's issue? I doubt it. However, with Anna Wintour, the force behind bringing celebrities to the cover of Vogue (as prior to the devil in Prada, herself, Vogue covers featured only models), moving on to serve as the Artistic Director of Conde Nast, as a whole, as opposed to focusing solely on Vogue, this may be the beginning of something different. It is quite obvious that we won't see a change overnight (and we may not see a change at all - it may simply be a coincidence that Lawrence is a huge star at the moment worthy of a Vogue cover and yet, she does not maintain social media accounts). But it would be refreshing to think that Vogue, the entity that puts the U.S. on the map in terms of fashion (both emerging and established), is able to maintain relevance in our digital world without focusing so heavily on the mainstream media and celebrity gossip that is dominating the public right now - for better or worse. Thoughts?

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    Shelly Asquith, the student union president of the University of the Arts London, wrote to the late designer's head office accusing the label of "using and abusing" fashion students, after becoming aware of an advertisement for an 11 month-long unpaid internship. According to Huff Post UK, one of Alexander McQueen's studio managers in London sent an email to various fashion and design schools saying they were in "urgent" need of a "talented knitwear student" after their current intern had suddenly left. The internship, which is set to last from 6 to 9 months, and consist of nine and a half hour days, five days a week, is largely unpaid. However, the design house will pay for travel expenses would be paid and the intern will be provided with lunch vouchers. The fashion giant has since apologised. Read Asquith's letter after the break and be sure to tell us what you think of the alleged internship requirements ... 

    image courtesy of tfs



    Dear McQueen,

    I am writing to you with concern regarding the unpaid work placement you recently advertised for unpaid student workers in your knitwear department.

    As if studying for a degree in arts and design wasn’t a financial burden enough, your email requests students to work for free for up to 11 months in your studio, and all they will receive in return is a meal voucher.

    For anyone like myself – with a household income far below the level of debt I rack up each year – it is a daunting prospect to be graduating at a time of mass unemployment and limited investment in the arts. Besides the tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt students are ordinarily graduating with, any creative subject requires a large amount of investment. Students at my college - Central Saint Martins - spend up to thousands of pounds on their final collections and material costs throughout the academic year. Many of them have to work part time to fund their studies. But it is now the very commonplace unpaid internship that has become the latest financial barrier to making it in the fashion world, leaving those from less affluent backgrounds without the ability to break in to the industry.

    In your latest collection, a twill-woven jacket costs £8,930. It is a bitter irony that this is almost as much as the amount of fees a student who may have made it is paying in course fees each year. No amount of luxury is worth the slaving away of an unpaid worker. That students are spending months creating these pieces of clothing and not seeing any return is downright disgraceful and the label should be ashamed. 

    I was shocked when I first learned just how prolific the practise of taking on unpaid interns was in fashion. Big name designers such as yours use and abuse fashion students to pattern, fasten, cut and sew in to the early hours and in some cases even use their original designs uncredited. 

    The attitude of some is that this is ‘just the way it is’, but it does not have to be. Students gaining work experience is one thing, but where any person is carrying out work integral to the running of an organisation, they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage - anything less is a breach of the law. Your advertisement requests a student worker to be ‘knitting on a domestic machine and making knitted samples, as well as research, CAD, presentation and organising of the collection.’ This clearly meets the definition of ‘work’. And it is not as if most labels do not have the money. Fashion contributes £21 billion to the UK economy, and with a revenue of over £40 million, McQueen can certainly afford to pay its staff. After much pressure from InternAware, Stella McCartney, a brand from the same business family last year signed up to pay their interns; clearly your brand is behind on this trend.

    Alexander McQueen studied at my own college; he too was from a working class family and broke in to the industry after years as a paid apprentice on Savile Row before enrolling on MA Fashion. He worked hard and was paid for it. Considering his background it is unlikely McQueen would ever have been able to pay his way without a wage - his father was a cab driver and unlikely to have provided him with a trust fund. In fact, in his will the designer asked for part of his fortune to be granted to some of our most hard-up students at CSM. McQueen recognised the financial barriers that exist to make it in the industry: it is a great shame his legacy label is exacerbating them.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Shelly Asquith
    President, University of the Arts London Students' Union

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    For those of you who don't live in New York or those who live in New York under a rock, the city has recently launched a Citibike share program, much like the Vélib' in Paris or Cycle Hire in London. So, the New York Times recently ran an oh-so-appropriately themed piece on bike riding footwear, which included a sketch  by Meghan Drake, a footwear designer for Jimlar, the NYC-based corporation that holds the license for Coach and Calvin Klein footwear, and owns Frye Boots. Interestingly, the sketch that Drake provided looks a bit familiar - it is essentially a drawing of ACNE's Daan shoe, what the Swedish company (with stores in NYC) calls a "modified mary jane." While a mary jane style is hardly a novel shape, that in connection with the buckled strap, the stacked heel and the ankle strap, make these two seem exactly the same (except that Drake's appears to be a bit loafer-like). Even more interestingly, in 2008, ACNE teamed up bike manufacturer, Bianchi Bicycles, to produce a bespoke fixed-gear racer bike in custom colors. So, I guess the point is: ACNE's Daan shoe is perfect for bike riding! And we'll see if any of the Jimlar brands produce a similar shoe in the near future ... 

    ACNE's Daan shoe (left) & Drake's Citibike sketch (right)
    images courtesy of acne & nytimes

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    The recent buzz of fast fashion giant H&M opening its e-commerce site in the U.S. has us at TFL thinking about sustainable manufacturing. After all, H&M is the largest manufacturer of clothing in Bangladesh, where a string of garment manufacturing tragedies have occurred, including the factory collapse that killed over 1,100 garment workers this past spring. With so many clothiers using sweatshop-style labor practices, it is often difficult to find ethically produced apparel. Luckily, some of our favorite young designers have capitalized on this new sense consumer consciousness by establishing their manufacturing back stateside, and New York City is naturally reaping the benefits. 


    Menswear label, Public School, who took home this year's CFDA award for Best Emerging Menswear, produces the entirety of their pieces in New York's Garment District. Industry-wide womenswear brand in-demand, Cushnie et Ochs produce their smart and sensual dresses exclusively in NYC - in a two block radius of their Garment District studio (see a look from their Spring 2013 collection above). Favorite of the CFDA, TFL, Kate Middleton and young Hollywood, Prabal Gurung (pictured below) has also chosen to manufacture almost his entire collection in New York. Up-and-coming designers have taken to New York as a hotbed of inspiration, creation, and now production. Time and time again, designers, creators, and artists alike have cited New York as a major source of inspiration for their work. It is encouraging to see the return of garment manufacturing to the city, allowing the artistic process to happen from start to finish in one place. More pragmatically, manufacturing in New York makes it easier to get the finishing details on a garment just right and helps create jobs. 

    images courtesy of zimbio

    Organizations like Made in NY, the CFDA, and Manufacture New York are supporting their fellow New Yorkers by providing resources for young talent to design and produce their lines ethically and sustainably in the city. This level of financial support from the industry definitely aids in and encourages new designers to shed the nasty habit of fast fashion and is a reflection of consumers’ attitudes towards how their clothes are made. 

    The Intern Journals is a segment by TFL Intern Dominic DeLuque. Dominic is an MLK scholar at New York University studying Art History. The Intern Journals features stories on contemporary fashion and relevant happenings in and around New York. Contact: domdeluque@gmail.com.

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    Have you ever wondered what Prada design pioneer and all-around inspiring woman, Miuccia Prada, thinks of fast fashion? Well, here it is ... 
    It poses a perfect example of hypocrisy, no? People [who] are intellectual leftists, they say I am expensive and horrible, “How can you sell clothes at that price?” Simply, it’s the cost. If you pay people to do everything with the right system, things are expensive. And the same people that criticize the [dangerous production environments], when it comes to cost they like the inexpensive pieces because they think it’s more democratic. This is an example of hypocrisy.

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    Lady Gaga and Madonna may be facing prosecution after Russian officials issued a statement saying the singers failed to obtain appropriate visas to enter and perform in the country. Madonna, who played there in Moscow in August 2012, and Gaga, who performed last December (and is already involved in a legal battle at the moment), traveled using cultural-exchange visas, which according to authorities "do not grant their bearers the right to engage in any commercial activity." As a result, prosecutors are looking into possibly asking Russia's foreign ministry or federal migration service to press charges. Russian entertainment promoters worry that the prosecutors' announcement could have a chilling effect on future tours by western performers. More to come ...



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    It looks like Urban Outfitters isn't the only company being forced to pull garments as of late. French brand Le Léon has pulled from production a cashmere sweater emblazoned with the word "Chômeur," which is French for "unemployed." According to the company's founder, Léon Taieb, the sweaters were supposed to be ironic and were intended to "denounce unemployment and the gloomy situation in France in general." However, given the record-high French unemployment rate (currently 10.4%), the nearly $400 sweatshirts are drawing more controversy than praise. And in case that's not enough, the Le Léon lookbook featured models posing next to working-class individuals, like street cleaners (catch that shot after the break), which caused further upset. As a result, Taieb said the company has pulled the sweaters and the controversial images from its site and stores.



    image courtesy of hit-bag

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    Apparently, it is national Twins Weekend. So, this obviously means one thing for us: back-to-back Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen style features. Check out the gallery below, which consists of street style pictures of the mini-moguls (who own and design The Row), images from events and even some throwbacks (to their homeless-chic NYU years) ... 











    images courtesy of tfs, olsensanonymous, zimbio

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    Apparently, it is national Twins Weekend. So, this obviously means one thing for us: back-to-back Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen style features. Check out the gallery below, which consists of street style pictures of the mini-moguls, images from events and even some throwbacks (to their homeless-chic NYU years). Enjoy ... 












    images courtesy of tfs, olsensanonymous, zimbio

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  • 08/04/13--11:34: Week in Review
  • Too busy enjoying the summer to stay up to date on all things fashion law? Here are the top stories of the week ...

    Nasty Gal is at it again. And this time, the online retailer and notorious design pirate isn't imitating an emerging design brand. Nasty Gal is offering a blatant replica of a Marc Jacobs' Spring 2013 frock.

    Calvin Klein is getting diverse for Fall. The design brand has casted three of our favorite Asian models in its Fall 2013 ad campaign and here are casting director (and newly-minted reality star) Preston Chaunsumlit's thoughts ...

    Busta Rhymes likes fakes. The rapper recently released a new music video, in which he's clad in fake Louis Vuitton and Chanel, and it's ugly!

    Rihanna won her lawsuit against Topshop and The Fashion Law MAN talks about Street-Goths

    Louis Vuitton is in hot water. The Paris-based design house is being accused of racism and sexism by a former employee. Here are her allegations ...

    images courtesy of selectism, tfs

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    Turns out, H&M has dumped Cara Delevingne after that alleged cocaine scandal in May, when pictures hit the web of the model dropping a bag of white powder outside her London flat. The high-street chain has confirmed that they are no longer working with Delevingne – who was previously featured in a campaign for their 2011 Authentic Collection. An H&M spokesman revealed that the Swedish fast fashion brand "has no particular reason" to use Delevingne’s services at any point in the foreseeable future. This follows a statement from the brand in May that they would make a decision regarding their association with Delevingne after reviewing the images for themselves, and saying: "We have a zero tolerance policy towards drugs, and this also forms part of our advertising policy."


    The brand's stance sounds familiar. The fast fashion giant obviously has some brand-friendly morals clauses in its contracts with models, as it took similar action in 2005 when images of Kate Moss snorting coke in a London recording studio were run in the Daily Mirror along with the title, Cocaine Kate. In the aftermath, H&M gave Moss the boot, as did Chanel. However, it does not seem that Moss' mini-me is getting quite the same treatment as she walked in Chanel's Cruise collection show in Singapore in May and appears in the Fall 2013 Chanel film "Women Only" along with models Edie Campbell and Lindsey Wixson. 

    The supermodel is also set appear in Kids In Love, a big screen flick about hard-partying young Londoners, which is being made by Delevingne's pal, Preston Thomas. 

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    We recently received a tip that Urban Outfitters may have taken a little bit too much inspiration from Stella & Bow for its new Moon & Star earrings (pictured after the break), but upon further inspection, it appears that neither Urban Outfitters (who list the earrings as an "UO exclusive") nor Stella & Bow are free of blame. Stella & Blow recently released Moon & Stars earrings as part of its Spring/Summer 2013 collection. However, Upper Metal Class, a Los Angeles-based online retailer, introduced its Moon and Stars earrings (pictured above) over a year ago on Fab.com. The chances that either retailer or both knew about Upper Metal Class' design? Well, the jewelry brand has some impressive press to boast about, including NY Magazine, Nylon, Telegraph, Refinery 29, and Polyvore, among others, and so, it would be a stretch to say its an unknown brand. As for whether Upper Metal Class has a legal claim here, that's a tough one. What do you think?

    Jewelry is afforded copyright protection far more often than garments. So, while the moon and stars motifs depicted on Upper Metal Class' earrings (and Stella & Bow and Urban Outfitters' subsequent versions) are not exactly novel, the mismatched combination of the moon and star may be deemed original enough for copyright protection, but that's up to a court. 

    The legal enthusiasts among us know that the level of originality necessary for copyright protection is quite low. Whether that copyright is infringed largely depends on the jurisdiction in which the infringement case is heard. Assuming the (hypothetical) case between Upper Metal Class and/or Stella & Bow and Urban Outfitters is heard in Los Angeles, a prominent 9th Circuit test is the "extrinsic/intrinsic test." According to this test (and put very simply), in order to prove that two works (the initial copyrighted work and the subsequent allegedly infringing work(s)) are similar enough to hold that infringement has occurred, the jury must decide whether the average observer "would find the total concept and feel of the works" to be substantially similar, and the second aspect of the test looks at "specific criteria [of the two designs] that can be listed and analyzed," such as the details contained in the works, the materials used, etc. It seems that the test weighs in Upper Metal Class' favor against both Urban Outfitters and Stella & Bow. Shop the originals (which are made in the U.S.) here

    Stella & Bow's Jenny Lewis earrings (left) and Urban Outfitters' Moon & Star earrings (right)

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    Brit model, Karen Elson, reportedly has been granted a restraining order against her estranged husband, White Stripes rocker, Jack White. Married in 2005 in Brazil, the couple (pictured below)have two children and separated in 2011. Elson, who walked in the Olympics Closing Ceremony with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell,  and Stella Tennant, among others, filed for divorce last year and recently filed for a temporary restraining order against White citing harassment (namely, expletive-filled and offensive emails) and “fear for her safety and that of their children” over their pending divorce settlement. According to the order, which was granted by a Nashville, Tennessee judge, White is barred from "any contact with Karen Elson whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children." Elson's expletive-filled and offensive emails and that he contacted her legal team “in an inappropriate and aggressive manner.” And true-to-form, White isn't going down without a fight. He's suing her ... 

    image courtesy of fashionologie

    According to the rocker, he is not "scary or violent" and his ex only wants to "malign him in the public record," and as a result, he has filed filed a motion to contest the charges against him. White alleges that while Elson's court documents claim that she is "in fear" of him, she leaves their kids in his care all the time, even as recently as last month, and according to White's countermotion, "he does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent toward his wife and children." We had a feeling this one wouldn't be an open and shut case. 

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    Netherlands-based Pascal de Wolff is one of an exclusive breed of models who stars off their career as a Prada exclusive. de Wolff, who is signed with Major in New York, Angels & Demons in Paris, and I Love Models Management in Milan, made his debut in Prada's June 2011 show, and when he's not walking as an exclusive for Prada, he has hit the runway for Comme des Garcons, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Kenzo, Costume National, and other big names. He has also graced the pages of VMAN, F!cking Young, Arena Homme +, Fashionisto and Male Model Scene exclusives, as well as appeared in Rad Hourani and Prada's lookbooks. He talks to us about DSquared2, how he's different from other models and what's he's currently (and secretly) obsessed with ... 


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

    Pascal de Wolff – I am Dutch and I turned 22 last April.

    The Fashion Law – When/where were you scouted and what was your first big modeling job?

    Pascal de Wolff – Almost 4 years ago, this guy approached me in the library. From the second we talked about modeling, he said I would be perfect for Prada and apparently, he was right. Working for them exclusively was my premiere and my breakthrough I guess.

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

    Pascal de Wolff – Personally, I don’t see much difference in looks. People tell me my face is unique or that I look like an alien. When I was younger, it was meant as an insult by my classmates and it probably still is. But nowadays I just take it as a compliment.

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

    Pascal de Wolff – Before this, I had no interest in the whole industry whatsoever. Especially growing up in Groningen, which isn’t exactly a fashion capital, I never put much thought into what it’s about. So, this major change of lifestyle has been an interesting experience.


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

    Pascal de Wolff – That’s hard to say, since I loved many jobs for their own particular reasons. Either because I meet some great people backstage or it is at some beautiful location I’ve always wanted to go to. But definitely the trips to New York and times spent in Tokyo are ones I will never forget.

    The Fashion Law – Do you think there are any downsides to modeling? What is the most difficult part for you?

    Pascal de Wolff – Surely there are struggles that come with it, mainly when doing this full time. It sounds contradicting, how the most enjoyable parts of modeling are also on the flip side of the coin. Like going places so easily is a blessing! But being away from home often makes it hard to maintain old friends, study and practice sports fanatically.

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

    Pascal de Wolff – Not anyone specific. I wouldn’t mind changing my market from high fashion to the more commercial brands. But most importantly, I just want to work with designers who treat models in a respectful way and have good food served during the breaks. At DSquared2, for example, there’s always a cheerful atmosphere, and the designers and their team is just a delight to be around.

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

    Pascal de Wolff – Back in the Netherlands, I like to spend some quality time with my family. I also like to study to prevent my brain from becoming too lazy.

    Pascal de Wolff (right)

    The Fashion Law – What have you learned about the business of fashion so far from your work?

    Pascal de Wolff – I got to know a lot about the brands individually, like what their goal is and why they design the way they do. It is probably obvious to some people, but there is a lot more to fashion than some fabric pieces together and just the art of design. It can be a statement, an attitude and it often has a story behind it. That is something I start to see more and more.

    The Fashion Law – Have you done any cool jobs recently?

    Pascal de Wolff – Kind of. A few shows of last fashion week were quite nice. Right after that I went to Rome, where I shot a couple editorials and worked on projects with Kevin Pineda, a photographer based in Italy. It’s work while having a good time.

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

    Pascal de Wolff – After modeling it will be hard to get a regular 9 to 5 job in my hometown, considering I’m bored easily. So, I'm thinking of migrating to the US, preferably New York, still being active in fashion and having enough flexibility to travel around.

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

    Pascal de Wolff – I’m hardly obsessed with anything, ever. But right now I’m focused on beating my friends and girlfriend in this game called Candy Crush. But don’t tell anyone, I don’t want them to know that it is the only reason I play!

    The Fashion Law – What are your plans for the rest of the summer?

    Pascal de Wolff – First, I want to stay home for a bit. It would be more of a holiday for me than being anywhere else. For later, I will let my impulsive mind decide what to do.

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    A series of old ads for her lingerie line, Elle Macpherson Intimates, resurfaced on Twitter after one bra enthusiast took issue with a 2004 print ad called "Blue Shoes." One image, in particular, is garnering its fair share of attention: One that depicts a woman laying on the ground, seemingly helpless, wearing nothing but lingerie and blue shoes with her face hidden. Despite the ad having circulated for nearly a decade, its recent appearance on Twitter has caused quite a stir, with users calling the image "Disturbing," "Not cool" and "rapey." Tell us what you think of it by commenting below ... 


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