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    Kering (the luxury conglomerate formerly known as PPR) has bought into NYC-based designer Joseph Altuzarra's company. Kering, which owns includes Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, has taken a minority stake in the 29-year old womenswear designer's company. Altuzarra released the following statement today:

    Altuzarra said: I am delighted to enter into this relationship with Kering, a group renowned for its excellence in luxury and innovation with an incredible track record for nurturing some of the greatest talents and brands in the fashion industry. This partnership will allow us to take the Altuzarra brand to the next stage of its development in accordance with my creative vision. It was very important for me to keep [Kering] a minority stake at this point and for us to keep control of Altuzarra. [Kering was] incredibly supportive of that decision and really understanding of it, and that was also very rare.

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  • 09/06/13--07:47: We Are Live Streaming NYFW

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 215 counterfeit luxury watches last month at  at Los Angeles International Airport, including high-qulaity Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Louis Vuitton fakes. The watches, which arrived from China as air cargo early last month, were listed by the exporter to have a declared value of $173 and a weight of 68 pounds. Customs officers inspected and seized the cargo, which has a retail value of $1.25 million (if the goods were authentic). Per CBP regulations, holders of registered trademarks and copyrights may record their IP with CBP to assist its officers in confiscating infringing goods as their enter the country. 

    According to Todd C. Owen, director of the L.A. field operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection: "This seizure of these trade-marked watches is testament to our officers' vigilance in protecting the intellectual property rights of manufacturers and retailers. It is just another example of the caliber of the CBP officers in performing their day-to-day duties." Some notable and recent CBP seizures include: 20,000 fake Christian Louboutin shoes, $14M worth of Hermes Birkin bags, and millions of dollars of fake Louis Vuitton and other designer handbags. If you are a copyright or trademark owner and you are experiencing a rise in counterfeits, you may record your intellectual property rights with the CBP for less than $200. You can learn more about that here ...

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    Hermès is following suit and raising its prices. The Paris-based design house, whose signature Birkin and Kelly bags retail from $8,000-$40,000, is set to increase its prices after increases by its rivals such as LVMH's Louis Vuitton (which announced a price increase in March) and Kering's Gucci earlier this year. Hermès, like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, said that as well as countering rising material costs, the move will mitigate currency fluctuations, such as the weak yen compared with the euro. "You can indeed expect price increases, which as always we want to be moderate," said Axel Dumas, who will take over from Patrick Thomas as CEO of the company when he retires next year. This follows an March 2013 announcement by Hermès that the company would not raise prices significantly in 2013

    image courtesy of purseblog

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  • 09/06/13--14:49: NYFW Highlights From Day 3
  • It is day three of NYFW already! Here are some of our favorites collections ... including Zimmermann, Jenni Kayne, Cushnie et Ochs (pictured below), Jason Wu, and more.

    Zimmermann - Kicking off Tuesday's slew of shows at Lincoln Center, Zimmermann presented their Spring 2014 collection bright and early this morning. Sydney-born sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann titled this season's show The Ringmaster, alluding to the romanticism and fluidity of performance. The clothes were all quite well-tailored, with flowing and jutted silhouettes and liberating cuts. A mixture of day, evening, and swimwear, this show was an evolution for the young brand, whose clothes often evoke a sense Australian sensuality and ease. The majority of the outfits felt versatile, wearable on a beach, in the office, or about the city. Also notable were the prints and textures used, using soft injections of pastel color. The accessories were modern and almost utilitarian, a nice juxtaposition with the rest of the collection. Ultimately Zimmermann's spring collection was easy, buoyant, and romantic, but with a clear and unique aesthetic in mind. 

    Jenni Kayne - Los Angeles-based designer Jenni Kayne seems to get it right every season, which probably explains why she has been in business for over 10 years now. For Spring, she continued with her classic menswear-as-womenswear, showing strong shoulders, lust-worthy overcoats and asymmetrical skirt suits. Refreshing was the large amount of white that Kayne showed in the collection, as a surprising amount of designs don't show white for Spring/Summer. Kayne's whites are contrasted with a pattern that is a cross between leaves and cheetah spots; a minimalist bleached-out poplin print; and nautical stripes. Also in the mix: military green crocodile embossed leather, silks with white leather trim and tweed plaid. Be sure not to miss the deep v-neck white sleeveless top paired with white -on-white color-blocked trousers! 

    Cushnie et Ochs - Design duo Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs have taken the title of NYFW's sexiest and are holding onto it. Their Spring 2014 collection, which was opened by Karlie Kloss and closed by Chanel Iman, is hardly an exception. The designers showed different variations of their signature cut-outs, body con dresses and crop-tops. Also in the line up, a few swimsuits, which the girls began showing last Spring, as well as some crayon drawing-like printed frocks (which we didn't exactly love) and some serious leather-embossed looks, which were absolute stunners. The hues ranged from (a lot of) white to gray, rich purple and black - for a sleek, modern feel. A welcome surprise: flowing frocks, which certainly contrast with the skin-tights numbers, which make up the majority of the collection. 

    Jason Wu - The young designer, who boasts many high-profile fans, including Michelle Obama, presented a wonderfully dynamic collection today - one of his best in quite awhile. For Spring 2014, Wu says he was aiming for "a dialogue between construction and ease." The result is neutral hues (think: light beiges, grays and blush), contrasting soft tones and airy shapes (by way of fluid suede or silk crepe) with structured black pieces, and hints of subtle sex appeal. Very clearly inspired by menswear pieces, the tuxedo jacket, the shirt dress, and the collar were in full effect but to show a softer side, so were sheer materials and shimmery beaded frocks. The collection can be summed up fairly well by the black, cropped trench coat paired with a creme and detailed skirt, which fell just below the knee (below, far right). Do not miss: Everything in this collection, including the two gowns that closed the show! Well done, Mr.  Wu. 

    Sergio Davila - Set at Malt and Mash in the Meatpacking district, Sergio Davila's twenty-five piece spring presentation was elegant and youthful. Speaking with Sergio, the 2009 Rising Star Award winner for Best Menswear Designer  told TFL that he was inspired by photographs from bustling Latin American cities like Havana and Buenos Aires during the 1920's. The clothes for both the men and the women were mostly khaki, camel, and white, often punctuated by lavender, blue, and green. Millinery was done by La China Loca, headed by Anastasia Andino. The hats were mostly straw, but provided a twist on the traditional fedora design. The looks were young and effortless, and evoked an art deco feel. Much of the collection looked like an updated version of a quintessential beach vacation look. My favorite look was a sheer, lavender, "maxi blouse" paired with purple and green leggings, a wide-brimmed straw hat, and black booties. Though this was a unisex show, it seemed as though more attention was given to womenswear. The men's outfits looked, at times, a little antiquated. The combination of a fedora, a blazer, and knee shorts felt unimaginative. Additionally, despite the notion of tradition, the use of white linen felt dated. With some different styling, perhaps, the Guayabera shirts could have felt more recent. However, overall the collection gave off an air of uncomplicated chic; a willingness to explore with color, and sometimes pattern, but with a foot planted firmly in tradition.

    SUNO - Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis presented a collection for the "maximalist African-safari Suno girl" for Spring. Their signature prints (think: zebras (a throw-back to an early SUNO print, from maybe 5 years ago), florals and some geometric-looking ones) were in full effect but emerging victoriously were a handful of sold, even monochrome looks that really stole the show, in my opinion. For instance, laser-cut faux leather T-shirts, a burnt orange snap-embellished dress with an asymmetrical skirt, and a sleeve-less v-neck dress with large pockets. The proportions were quite large, and new prints and textures were introduced. This collection was very well done. Not to be missed: the Nicholas Kirkwood x SUNO shower sandals. 

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    The full Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 collection is here! See it in its entirety below ...

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    The full Alexander Wang Spring 2014 collection is here! See it in its entirety below ...

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  • 09/07/13--08:40: NYFW Highlights From Day 4
  • Day Four ... More images and reviews to come shortly!

    Lacoste - For Spring 2014, Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista channeled Classic Americana, but the result was a bit more interesting than that. Arthur Gosse (the male model who walked in the most shows this past June) opened the show, which had sporty minimalism taking center stage for Spring. Think: sheer chiffon panels and muted tonal colour blocking, soft pastels, as well as some muted jewel tones, and airy silhouettes. Lacoste is more than just a tennis brand, my friends. 

    TOME - Designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin presented a collection today that screamed of sensual ease and attention to detail without actually screaming at all. Must-have slip dresses, soft pleats, delicate tweed, and light hues (with the exception of the bold orangey, red flowing caftan) while effortless in appearance, simultaneously give off a vibe of utter luxury. One look at the design duo's collection makes it obvious why they are in the running for this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. A young brand (its just two years old) they may be but do not be misled, this brand is promising beyond its years. And considering how many truly notable designers showed collections today (think: Prabal, Alex and Altuzarra), this collection was not merely lost in the mix, which is pretty bold in and of itself. 

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    Joseph Altuzarra's Spring 2014 Collection is here! See the collection in its entirety below and tell us: who is the best out of the young designer (aka Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra)? Share your choice in the comments section below! 

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    I was not going to post all of the images from Derek Lam's show today, but since I really can't stop thinking about the collection, here is it ... 

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  • 09/08/13--12:14: NYFW Highlights From Day 5
  • Day 5 of New York Fashion Week is off to a really great start! More to come ...

    ISAORA - Current CFDA Fashion Incubator participants, Ricky Hendry and Marc Daniels, hosted their first-ever NYFW show today. Set in a slightly haunting old church space at the Highline Hotel in Chelsea, the stage was set (and the music was notably perfect, as well) for their Spring collection, which consists largely of dark hues and even has a subtle hint of street goth (think: long tanks and a bit of layers). In case you're not familiar with the new-ish brand, the ISAORA design duo's main focus is high-quality tech-driven garments for the fashion-foward man. Known for their use of luxury textiles and only the finest materials and also for their out-of-this-world winter wear, the brand (which is simutaneously consistent and yet, fully innovative) presented an impressive collection for Spring. One that is focused not only on athletics and performance (think: windbreakers, shin-grazing sweatpants, and shorts layered over tight running pants), but also quite a bit on fashion (see: the leather moto jacket, crisp white button-up and printed-tees). This collection provides the ISAORA man with clothing that is wearable and not visually defined by utility, as the designers continue to mix form and function quite seamlessly. To say that this is a brand to know about seems trite, but in all actuality, this brand should absolutely be on your radar. 

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  • 09/08/13--12:48: Thakoon Spring 2014 is Here!
  • See Thakoon's entire collection below ...

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    British high fashion company, Burberry was shot down by a New York federal Court of Appeals this past week after seeking to file suit against the owner of a company responsible for selling counterfeits, a company Burberry sued three years ago. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held last Wednesday that it Burberry is not permitted to pursue a case against Asher Horowitz, whose company Designers Imports USA lost a  $2.5 million trademark counterfeiting case in 2007, initially brought by Burberry in 2007. 

    Turns out, Designers Imports has failed to pay more than $2.5 million in damages, interest and attorney's fees (the amount ordered in the 2010 lawsuit), and as a result, Burberry filed suit involving the same allegations, products and conduct but instead of Designers Imports, it named Horowitz as the defendant. The only problem is: Burberry's legal counsel knew (and has known since 2005) that Horowitz was the owner and CEO of Chester, NY-based Designers Imports when it filed the original lawsuit. And according to the ruling, Burberry cannot bring claims against him now that it could have brought in its initial suit, especially as the British company has failed to “offer any reason why it could not have joined Horowitz as a defendant in the earlier action." 

    Last week's ruling is the result of an appeal of Judge Paul Crotty's (of the Southern District of New York) decision from December 2012, which granted Horowitz's motion to dismiss the case, finding Burberry's claims were barred by res judicata (the legal doctrine that establishes that a matter may not be relitigated once it has been judged on the merits). So, since Burberry had filed essentially the same lawsuit against Designers Imports (subject to a final judgement in 2010), it was not permitted to pursue legal action against Horowitz, and the Court of Appeals has upheld that ruling. This doesn't mean that Burberry is out of luck as to the $2.5 million damages amount it is entitled to. It just has chosen the wrong way of going about it. More to come ... 

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    Matthew Barnett (who is signed with Supa in London, Re:Quest in New York and Independent Men in Milan) was discovered in London just two years ago. He has since gone on to shoot by Sasha Hitchcock and Ian Cole, grace the pages of GQ, Fashionisto and Carbon Copy magazinea, and walk for Topman, Ports 1961, Mark McNairy, and Duckie Brown, among others. He may not be at New York Fashion Week, but we did manage to catch up with Barnett, who talked to us about  Burberry and Prada, shooting with Ian Cole, the downsides of modeling and more ...

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

    Matthew Barnett – I've just turned 20 and I'm British. 

    The Fashion Law – What was your first big modeling job?

    Matthew Barnett – I started modeling just before I turned 18. It took me a good amount of time to actually make any money but my first 'big' modeling job was probably a fourteen page spread in Ian Cole's Carbon Copy, which we shot in the humble city of Liverpool. 

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

    Matthew Barnett – To be honest, I don't really think I'm that different from other models. We all look different for sure, but at the end of the day you can categorise us into different models. I think, if I do have a difference to some other models, it's that I don't take it too seriously. Modeling's not a permanent job for me and I have lots of other stuff that occupies my time. 

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

    Matthew Barnett – Before I started I didn't really know what modeling was! I had about as much knowledge about agencies, castings, fashion weeks etc as any other 17 year-old boy. Perhaps my sisters' (I have seven of them) frequent viewing of 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model' gave me some clue, however ...

    The Fashion Law – What have been some of the highlights of your career so far?

    Matthew Barnett – I really enjoyed my first season in New York when I was 18. The city is incredible and I had a great time walking for Duckie Brown, Perry Ellis and Mark McNairy. I didn't really go out there with the intention of doing loads of work and earning any money - it was more the fact that I wanted to go away for the summer and get a good tan! 

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

    Matthew Barnett – I think there are many downsides to modeling; the preying nature of some people in the industry makes me very angry. Especially when the model feels subjected to do whatever in order to "further their career." Secondly, I don't think there is enough money in the agencies for the new faces who are travelling abroad. It's horrible having to ask your parents for money in order to go away for fashion weeks before you've got any shows guaranteed. 

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

    Matthew Barnett – As a Brit I think it's obvious that I'd love to work for Burberry, but clients such as Prada and Neil Barrett appeal to me more purely because I think they're really shaping the industry in a far more influential way. 

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

    Matthew Barnett – Outside of modeling, I'm actually studying at Goldsmiths College in South London for a degree in English Literature. I have a humble abode in South London's Peckham which I share with my friends from school and university. I'm a keen skateboarder.  I play a bit of field hockey. I am a very amateur photographer (which goes hand in hand with modeling). I'm also very much into my house and disco, and waste a lot of my time DJing in a fairly inebriated state. 

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

    Matthew Barnett – Um, tough one. Don't be late. Charlie's (from SUPA) beaten that out of me. Go to your castings even though you don't think you'll get the job (he's also beaten that out of me). And say 'yes' - some of my favorite shots in my book are from test shoots. 

    The Fashion Law – You've done quite a few things lately. How do you think this past season was for you?

    Matthew Barnett – Yeah, I did Topman in London but didn't go to Milan for personal reasons. Aside from shows I've just done the Autumn campaign for Primark. The team were ace and just lovely to work with. 

    The Fashion Law – What are you plans for September? Will we see you in New York?

    Matthew Barnett – I'm moving into my new house so that's going to be a biggie. Heading to Berlin in September (for play, not work). Then Mint festival in Leeds and then university again! Not feeling NYFW this September with all the house moving!! Maybe next season though.

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

    Matthew Barnett – Again, a tough one. I want to keep modeling for as long as I can stay in the game and use that to better my photography but I'm still so young. So, nothing is set in stone. 

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

    Matthew Barnett – Buying cheap furniture from second-hand shops. 

    images courtesy of ian cole, tumblr

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    It is hardly a secret that Zac Posen is one of New York's greatest talent. See his entire Spring 2014 collection below. It is gorgeous!

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    Hermès is following suit and raising its prices. The Paris-based design house, whose signature Birkin and Kelly bags retail from $8,000-$40,000, is set to increase its prices after increases by its rivals such as LVMH's Louis Vuitton (which announced a price increase in March) and Kering's Gucci earlier this year. Hermès, like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, said that as well as countering rising material costs, the move will mitigate currency fluctuations, such as the weak yen compared with the euro. "You can indeed expect price increases, which as always we want to be moderate," said Axel Dumas, who will take over from Patrick Thomas as CEO of the company when he retires next year. This follows an March 2013 announcement by Hermès that the company would not raise prices significantly in 2013

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    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen presented their award winning label The Row's Spring 2014 collection today, which was quite clearly inspired by world travel. See it in its entirety below. Don't miss: the long layers and the models' veils, the coat made from perforated shearling, the white crinkled georgette top worn over a twisted bandeau and a snakeskin wrap skirt, and the cross-body hobo bags ...

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  • 09/09/13--22:24: NYFW Highlights From Day 6
  • Another full day at New York Fashion Week. Here are some notable collections from the day, including Libertine, Ohne Titel, Marlon Gobel and more ... 

    Libertine - Los Angeles-based brand, Libertine, which is under the direction of Johnson Hartig, really showed this season. Bright hues, bold prints and exquisite embellishments were the stunning topical displays on the runway, but in case you're not familiar with the brand, the true gem here is the story behind each of the one-of-a-kind pieces. With the exception of the button-up shirts and the blazers, every piece is derived from a existing vintage garment and augmented by Hartig. The result? Truly "slow fashion" (the opposite of fast fashion) at its finest and the utmost in luxury. While it is quite difficult to select a few "stand out" pieces, the opening blue-and-white jumpsuit decorated with brooches (which were handmade by Hartig this summer) is a dream, as is the long-sleeve minidress (another piece embellished with Hartig's brooches and augmented with a floral print as the skirt). The yellow and pink tie-dye-like floor-grazing frock is impossible to ignore, and any/all of the pieces that bear the "God Save the Libertine" motif (which includes womenswear and menswear) are hits in my book. Libertine is certainly not for everyone, but that is the beauty of it! If you manage to get your hands on any of Hartig's designs (as they really are one of a kind), consider yourself a lucky one! 

    Karen Walker - For Spring, Karen Walker showed a collection of collegiate-cool and boho wares for the chicest of young women. In hues of muted blue, sea foam green, salmon, burnt orange and cream, Walker's idea of Spring consisted of long layers, big bags, patent leather trainers, baggy pants and even a basketball jersey that reads UTOPIA. The semi-structured tailoring of the suits brought the collection down to earth a bit amidst the airy orange floral prints, flowing trench coats and easy-chic tunics. Don't miss the accessories: the patent leather sneakers made with the brand BePositive and big bags, which were produced with Benah.

    Ohne Titel - put the Ohne Titel essence pretty well: "Designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill bring a ton of visual and technical intelligence to the task of refreshing their brand signatures each season." Known for their technical knit pieces (aka “sweater-dressing”), those were in full effect in the perspective-themed collection (think: circle skirts in reversible black-and-white and dresses with complex vertical stripes engineered to go in at the waist and flare out below). If this season is any indication of what we can expect from the design duo in the future, we are excited! The designers added some new pieces to the Ohne Titel repertoire, showing silk halter dresses, embroidered organza pieces, and hints of leather. This is very much a brand-in-the-making, but having said that, it is one that we really want to watch develop!

    Marlon Gobel - The theme for Marlon Gobel's Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collection was "We Built This City," a tribute to the iron workers of the early-mid 20th century that helped build Manhattan. Set in the rafters of the Park Avenue Armory, ironwork overhead perfectly set the stage. The intimate collection featured phenomenal suits, a staple of Gobel's aesthetic. A couple of blazers came in OSHA-approved neon yellow and safety orange. Navy, olive green, and red were used in a classic but colorful palette. Some models carried canteens, hammers, and a pair of gloves. The final look included the show's only woman in a smart gray dress with a blazer while her male companion donned a tuxedo shirt, black slacks, and a vest, complete with bow tie. The outfits were all wearable and well-cut, an updated uniform for the modern man.

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    Designer Micah Cohen is taking on author E.L. James in an attempt to prevent her from gaining federal trademark registration for “Fifty Shades of Grey," the name of her massively successful book trilogy and also the name of his menswear collection. In June 2012, James (via Fifty Shades Limited) filed a trademark application to register “Fifty Shades of Grey" in quite a few classes, which range from class that cover candles, handcuffs, wine, and sex toys to Class 25, which covers clothing. Obviously, Cohen is taking issue with the latter and has filed a motion of opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to block James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" trademark registration. 

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    James filed an application in Class 25 under Section 1(b), which means that she has not yet begun using the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trademark on clothing, but instead, intends to do so. Hence, the Section 1(b), "Intent-to-Use" filing basis. Interestingly, James is also filing this registration on Section 44(d) and 44(e) filing basis, which means that she filed a foreign registration for the same mark and has been granted a foreign registration for the mark.

    No word yet on whether Cohen, who founded his Los Angeles-based collection in 2009, has made a successful plea. We do know that he has not filed an application to trademark the name. However, in January 2007, Cohen applied to trademark "SHADES OF GREIGE" - the name that his brand appears to have gone by from 2007 to 2009 - but that trademark application was abandoned. 

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    Vera Wang showed her Spring 2014 collection today. Check it out below ...

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