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    WWD finally wrote a piece on designer "parodies." Here are some of the key (aka most interesting) points: 

    The legal test for parody – The legality of a parody rests on two key legal tests: whether there is actual consumer confusion between the two brands and whether there is dilution of the original brand’s value, said Joseph Gioconda, an attorney who specializes in intellectual property cases and whose clients include Hermès. “It’s fair to say that in the designer community, there is a spectrum of opinion about these types of activities,” said Gioconda. “On one end of the spectrum are companies like Louis Vuitton who have taken a very aggressive stance to the use of their name or logo in any context. Other brands see it as a relatively inconsequential act with no direct threat to their own commercial value. Brands have different cultures and sensibilities.”

    Some designers like them  Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy [a die-hard streetwear fan] and Olivier Rousteing at Balmain may be two designers who appreciate streetwear’s current fascination with luxury logos. Earlier this month, Tisci posted a photo of LPD’s “Tisci” jersey to his own Instagram feed. According to LPD founder Benjamin Fainlight, a number of “Tisci” T-shirts and jerseys have been ordered by the Givenchy office in Paris. Givenchy declined to comment.

    Similarly, Rousteing has posted a photo on his Instagram feed of himself wearing a sweatshirt by Criminal Damage that riffs on the Balmain logo, turning it into “Ballin.’” Balmain declined to comment as well.

    Some designers don't like them – Other companies have taken a more overtly hostile stance toward perceived infringements of their trademarks. Earlier this year, lawyers for Dolce & Gabbana sent LPD a cease-and-desist letter after the New York company hosted a pop-up shop at Lane Crawford that included its “Gabbana” jerseys. “They thought it would cause brand confusion. I respect their wishes, but I think they’re misunderstanding the concept,” said Fainlight.

    Possible causes for legal action – As streetwear parodies may not cause actual confusion among consumers — shoppers are unlikely to confuse a Hotmès hat for the real thing — the most effective tack for designer labels could be a dilution claim. “There are two forms of dilution. One is by blurring, which means making the brand less recognizable,” explained Susan Scafidi. “The other is tarnishment, where the brand is made less elegant and desirable” — which off-color parodies like the Cartier and Comme des Garçons ones could easily fall under.

    Defenses – Parody is, in fact, protected by the First Amendment, pointed out Gioconda — but only to a certain extent in commercial applications. “The legal test is whether there is some form of content or communication in the parody. Commerce can be protected under it, but courts put it in a second tier. Commercial speech is not entitled to the same level of protection as political speech,” he explained.

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  • 09/10/13--14:29: NYFW Highlights From Day 7
  • New York Fashion Week may be winding down, but there are still some major shows left. Here are some of our favorites of the day ... Reviews to come shortly. 

    Timo Weiland - NYC-based design duo Alan Eckstein and Timo Weiland (with the help of Donna Kang) focused largely on womenswear for Spring. This took the form of bright colors and strong graphic prints, wearable sportswear mixed with feminine, romantic pieces, and a few looks for the guys (think: quilted shorts, a leather anorak and flecked linen jeans). The floral-meets-geometric prints were incorporated into a crew neck sweatshirt, a cut-out dress and also in a flirt skirt (which was paired with an outerwear-inspired sweatshirt). Also in the mix: racing stripes, a silk crepe top and matching track pants, and some denim. It is a diverse collection but somehow it all works together and chances are, the downtown crowd that consistently comes back to Timo Weiland, will love it.

    ADEAM - Designer Hanako Maeda looked to the early summer hydrangeas in Tokyo for inspiration for her spring Adeam collection, which was minimalist and quite beautiful. Maeda's mastery stems from her work with construction and her use of luxe fabrics, and for Spring, in particular, her juxtaposition of masculine and feminine cuts. She paired sexy bra tops and delicate chiffon blouses with structured suits and tailored trousers, and showed them next to eyelet shirt dresses and whimsical floor-length gowns. The result was a modern and very wearable collection that provides the Adeam woman with a wardrobe for Spring. Don't miss: the tie-dye garments, which are surprisingly easy on the eyes. 

    Wes Gordon - Georgia-born, New York-based Wes Gordon, who is just barely 27, showed his first NYFW runway show this season. (Prior to today, he showed his collections in presentation settings). I'm not sure how often a young NYC designer's runway debut draws a crowd like Gordon's did today (Carine Roitfeld, actress Christina Hendricks, Alina Cho, Lauren Santo Domingo, top bloggers Bryan Boy and Leandra Medine and many more), but Gordon's collection (and his steady rise to fashion fame - which includes a finalist position in last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund) explains why! For Spring, Gordon showed effortlessly chic and sophisticated looks, which range from lace-embellished frocks, knit pullovers and lambskin cropped motorcycle jackets to floor-grazing skirts and racerback gowns, some of which were topped with long coats or structured crepe blazers. His color palette consists of tea green and lilac to rose and copper, with a bit of black and white. Some of the stand out pieces? The double-slit skirts, the embroidered metallic lattice (which came in the form of a pencil skirt and long-sleeve crop top), the white plunging v-neck gown, and the simply luxurious silk crepe gowns. Also don't miss: the Manolo Blahnik for Wes Gordon booties. 

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    One word: Oscar.

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    Fashion law drama at New York Fashion Week! Turns out, Australian brand Zimmermann, which made its NYFW debut this season, allegedly copied the design of one of the swimsuits in its Spring 2014 collection. According to Murielle Victorine Scherre, the founder, designer and owner of Belgian lingerie brand La Fille d’O, Zimmermann has copied its Naughty underwire bikini top (below, left). A little background information on La Fille d’O: the brand, which hand-makes all of its pieces and sells both online and at its boutique in Gent, Belgium, was founded 10 years ago and has had its fair share of press: editorials in a variety of magazines, the cover of Vogue Turkey last year and most recently, the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Scherre took to her Instagram to share the following image and a caption (Lafilledo#naughty #whatsinaname @zimmermann #copycat thanks for giving me free catwalk #exposure) ... 

    The design at issue is an inverted triangle underwire bikini top. I'm not sure its a completely novel design in the first place. However, Scherre is convinced that Zimmermann's version is a copy (and we understand her concern, given the brand's extensive use of this particular design in its collections - other swimsuits and bras also utilize this design). We want to know what you think ... Coincidence or copy?

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    Jack and Lazaro, aka the boys of Proenza Schouler, are showing at their new time as of this season (in order to accommodate their party, of course) and we have the collection right here for you. Be sure to check out the entire collection (which was inspired by "understated domesticity") below and sound off in the comments section with your thoughts ...

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    Maybe that cocaine scandal is hurting model Cara Delevingne's career more than we had initially anticipated. You may recall that following the incident, which occurred outside her home in London in May, the supermodel-in-the-making was dropped by H&M (which cited its strict anti-drug policy) but worked the following week for Karl Lagerfeld - walking in the Chanel cruise collection show. Well, now it appears she has been dropped by Victoria's Secret, along with her bff and fellow "it" Brit model, Jourdan Dunn. Delevingne, 21, who made her Victoria's Secret runway debut last year, has been notably absent from New York Fashion Week. While some reports have suggested she is focusing on her acting career, we wonder if she is avoiding the spotlight to clean up her image (or to avoid the backlash from having her wings, or a pinwheel in this case, taken away). A Victoria’s Secret spokesperson had no comment on the Delevingne's absence from the roster. The show will take place on December 10th. What are your thoughts? 

    image courtesy of mirror uk

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    In the midst of all of the NYFW happenings, a New York federal judge denied Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga's motion to dismiss an unpaid overtime suit brought by her former bff and personal assistant. The case (O'Neill v. Mermaid Touring Inc.) now turns on whether a jury will find the time that Gaga's assistant, Jennifer O'Neill, spent on call during the singer's 2009-2011 Monster Ball tour constituted working hours for which she should have been paid. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe refused to dismiss O'Neill's claims, which include damages and unpaid wages in relation to more than 7,000 alleged hours of unpaid overtime, stemming from her being available around the clock to serve the pop star. As a result, the case is set to go to trial. 

    Thus far, the case has been anything but a walk in the park. After refusing to turn over roughly 150,000 photos earlier this summer, famed photog Terry Richardson has been ordered to turn over an extensive amount of candid photos that were taken during Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour, which O'Neill's legal team plans to use as evidence in the case. 

    In other evidence-related news, O'Neill's counsel also requested that Lady Gaga turn over a string of emails between herself and O'Neill, but the singer has failed to do so. Gaga reportedly provided the court with a portion of the emails but as for the remaining conversations, she claims she no longer has the emails because her Google Web-based account purged the messages 30 days after she first deleted them. As a result, O'Neill filed a motion to sanction the singer, which was subsequently denied by Judge Gardephe, who held: “Plaintiff [O'Neill] has not offered any evidence that defendants have withheld responsive emails, or that they destroyed emails” after being ordered to keep them.

    More to come, unless they settle to avoid trial ... 

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    Kanye West is launching an affordable clothing line and he's hiring. Turns out, someone on Yeezy's team posted Vice President of Production and CFO job postings on LinkedIn. Your guess is as good as mine regarding whether this is a total joke or if Kanye is really: 1) starting a clothing line that will be sold in malls and 2) looking for a CFO on LinkedIn. Maybe this is the unisex line we've been hearing about. Check out the full job listings after the break ... 

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    An indoor parking garage set the stage for German-born, New York-based Siki Im's Spring/Summer 2014 menswear presentation. Inspired by jail and hospital uniforms, the show notes even included a quote from Dostoyevsky's Crime And Punishment and some pieces featured specially commissioned prints based on Russian prison tattoos. The surprisingly alluring white and grey outfits were reminiscent of utilitarian digs, but far more elegant thanks to the generously cut fabrics, which allowed for a sense of ease and movement, and graceful draping. Some looks featured cellophane tops under white or black blazers. Each look was accompanied by white shower sandals with matching socks. Save for some pieces with a blue or red shell print, the collection was mostly white and grey paired with black. One such variation was a shiny baby blue top, paired with grey drawstring trousers. The prison, or mental institution, look of the clothes was achieved by taking classic menswear staples, like wide-legged pants and shorts, and making their proportions baggy and dramatic. The result is haunting, stark, wearable and above all, elegant and defiant of the status quo.

    While some critics argue that Siki Im's conceptual designs are better suited for foreign runways and sensibilities, this is one of the precise reasons why his showings are always an objective gem amongst the nearly uniform sportswear of his stateside peers. New York will likely lose the undeniably talented (beyond his years) Siki Im to Paris (or Berlin or Antwerp) one day, and so, we are hanging on to every threat while he is still here. Oh and don't miss John Tan's spot-on casting (think: Paul Boche, Yuri Pleskun, Aiden Andrews, Jake Shortall, Jakub Pastor, Noma, Botond and more) and David Vandewal's styling. A wonderfully-matched team and easily one of the most inspiring collections New York saw this season, if we can say so ourselves. 

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    Paris-based design house, CÉLINE, under the creative direction of Phoebe Philo, was granted two design patents last week. The patents extend to the design of the house's Diamond clutch (from its Fall 2013 collection) and its Case bag (which debuted for Spring 2013). In case you aren't sure, a design patent provides legal protection for the ornamental design of a functional item, such as a handbag. Design patents are on the rise in the U.S. in general, but in fashion, as well. In terms of design houses applying for design patent protection, it is a relatively costly and time-consuming process and paired with the very seasonal nature of fashion, design patents are not the ideal form of protection for garments or accessories that designers do not intend to make staples of their collections. However, for designers with the resources to spare and the intent to reintroduce a design or offer a design for longer than the one or two seasons, design patents provide protection that are not available to the vast majority of designs in the U.S. (where design piracy is rampant and the shift away from logo-covered purses makes trademark infringement a difficult avenue to fight fakes). See CÉLINE's protected purses after the break ....

    CÉLINE's Case bag (left) & the USPTO drawing (right)

    CÉLINE's Diamond bag (left) & the USPTO drawing (right)

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    By Erin Greiger Smith, Reuters (edits by TFL)

    Diane von Furstenberg, famous for her wrap dresses, has a design patent on a chain mail-style bag. The popular French line Celine has one on the envelope-style handbag sported by countless fashion experts at New York Fashion Week. This summer alone, brands including Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Tod's all were granted design patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on accessory designs, records show.

    Because U.S. copyright and trademark laws often do not apply to new, logo-free designs, designers are applying for design patents to protect clothing and accessories from being targets for knock-offs, industry attorneys said. While some brands, such as Gucci, have been obtaining design patents for decades, it is becoming more the norm for fashion companies to do the same, said intellectual property attorney Steve Nataupsky. Design patents protect the way something looks, as opposed to more commonly known utility patents, which protect the way something is used and works.

    While statistics are not available for all fashion-related design patents specifically, design patent applications have increased overall each year since 2009. Because design patents are only available for creations with some originality, companies must carefully evaluate which designs, or portions of designs, deserve protection, said attorney Harley Lewin, who represents brands including Wang and von Furstenberg.

    Fashion companies patent designs that they anticipate are going to be "big style setters" and "have a lifetime of at least a couple of years," said attorney Stephen Soffen, who has worked with Valentino and Versace.

    Wang, for example, in 2011 was granted a patent for a "stud with grooves." He wanted a patent because he intended to use the studs on handbags and garments and felt they would be identifiable to his brand, Lewin said. Wang also got patents for several other versions of studs, as well as a shoe with a cape flowing from the ankle strap, U.S. patent records show.

    Savvy fashion brands also evaluate what not to patent, said attorney Elizabeth Ferrill. If a design patent covers an entire design, those who copy it can generally escape liability as long as there are some differences between its product and the original. And if part of a design, such as a complicated purse handle, is particularly expensive or complex, it is less likely a company seeking to make a cheaper version will copy that portion, Ferrill said. As a result, companies might exclude that element from the patent application, so if someone copies the rest of the item, the brand will have leverage to stop them.

    Design patents, which last 14 years, also offer an advantage to designers who want to keep their looks secret until they hit the runway, lawyers said. Although applications are generally filed before goods are shown to the public, the U.S. patent office does not publish the applications until a patent is granted. That publication typically happens a year or more after the filing, giving the goods time to find space on boutique shelves.

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    ISAORA continues to fly just under the radar, despite being a current CFDA Incubator member and with a number of solid collaborations under their belt. Hopefully that is all about to change, as their S/S 2014 show proved to be their strongest Spring/Summer showing yet. As a devoutly technical brand, it’s hardly a surprise that ISAORA’s strongest offerings have traditionally come in the form of very serious cold weather outerwear – but the young label appears to determined to change that perception. Their S/S offerings included some of the most wearable warm weather technical gear from any brand to date. The highlight of the show was the classic outerwear like Perfecto and trucker jackets, reinterpreted in lightweight technical materials and of course with plenty of taped seams and probably more zippers than the originals. ISAORA is one of the few lines right now that is able to fully capture the present moment while also aggressively pushing things forward.

    Marlon Gobel was another under-the-radar-as-of-right-now New York designer, who had a strong showing this S/S 14. Gobel continues to elaborate on his full figured silhouette, this time forgoing some of the whimsy of his past shows (no bedazzled chest plates this go-round) with a more tightly edited, and ultimately, more wearable collection.  The assortment of sport coats and full cut jeans on display were the perfect antidote to the all-skinny-everything trend that has had such a firm grasp on menswear for the past what seems like 10 years now. Few designers share Gobel’s ability able to simultaneously march to the beat of their own drum while putting out collections full of easily accessible sportswear. It’s this unique combination that makes Marlon Gobel one of the most exciting young designers to watch.

    Todd Snyder showed a predictably strong collection for S/S 14. The NYC-centric designer moved passed his “J.Crew for rich people” look that defined his first few collections and instead, is further defining his own take on American sportswear. The collection was a solid mix of wardrobe staples for the well-dressed everyman that Todd Snyder is always channeling, including lightweight Macs, cotton suiting, and printed shorts – all done in a wide spectrum of greys and blues on a black background, which made the usually dark, autumnal colors feel cooler and more seasonally appropriate than in the past. As always with Mr. Snyder, the attention to details, fit and fabric is impeccable.

    Public School, fresh off their CFDA Best Emerging Menswear win, presented a S/S collection worthy of their many recently acquired accolades. Staying true to the downtown aesthetic that the duo has pioneered, this season finds the Public School man still cloaked heavily in lots of black and in a range of fabrics, from an avante-garde-leaning leather jacket, replete with their signature ribbing, to wool overcoats and supple black leather bombers. Layering essentials, from T-shirts to minimal sweaters provided the occasional hint of color – never too bright or distracting, though. The Public School look has been so clearly defined at this point that while the feel of the collection was expected, there were still plenty of surprises to be found within the individual garments. It is to the duo’s credit that at such an early stage in their career they’ve already learned to forego the overly dramatic design flourishes typical of other young designers, and instead, focus on constantly refining and reinterpreting the core values of the brand.

    Siki Im held one of the more dramatic shows this year (and a favorite of our Editor-in-Chief, who shared her thoughts on the collection here). In a city known for accessible sportswear, Siki Im showed a sparse, minimal collection as avante-garde as anything in Paris or London. The neutral palate was mostly white with a smattering of cool desert colors. The baggy cut jackets and trousers were meant to evoke more fashionable hospital attire, while the show accessories - washcloths on the heads and shower sandals on the feet, gave this a very post-gym-class-chic vibe.

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    You may have forgotten that a lawsuit between former Condé Nast interns and well, Condé Nast (and its parent company, Advance Publications) is still pending - despite the publishing giant's various efforts to make it go away. In June, Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib (former W Magazine and New Yorker interns, respectively) filed suit in the Southern District of New York, claiming that Advance (by way of its subsidiary magazines) violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Labor Law by misclassifying them as interns (as opposed to entry-level employees) and thus, failing to pay them. Condé Nast's latest attempt to delay/get rid of the lawsuit altogether involves a motion to stay (aka hold the suit in suspension for a period of time) until the Second Circuit rules in other cases on how to class interns under labor law. The other cases its referring to? Well, there are quite a few on the docket, namely: the Hearst/Harper's Bazaar internship lawsuit and the Fox Searchlight/Black Swan lawsuit. 

    However, as of Wednesday, a New York federal judge did not take the bait and ruled in the interns' favor. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan, who is presiding over the case, rejected Condé Nast's request, stating that he would not stay the proposed class action brought by former unpaid interns seeking to force Conde Nast to pay them wages, and that the case could move forward with the discovery phase. 

    Because this is a proposed class action against Advance and Condé Nast, if it is certified, the pool of individuals that could join the lawsuit (and share in a potential settlement) very well may include former Vogue interns. That would prove very interesting, as Vogue is notoriously tough on its unpaid interns. More to come ...

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    Amidst all of the NYFW happenings, there is some drama happening at Marc Jacobs. A recently released tee, the "Marc Boots" tee (pictured after the break), has sparked quite a bit of controversey, as the design is emblazoned with a symbol used in connection with Skrewdriver, a skinhead band with a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi lead singer (Ian Stuart Donaldson). The white t-shirt, which is part of Jacobs' more affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs line, features art from the 1987 LP "Boots & Braces" by Skrewdriver, a white power rock band popular in the 1980's. As John Galliano has proven, any mention of Nazis in fashion is a pretty awful idea. MJ has sice pulled the t-shirt from its stores, urged stockists to do the same (although Saks has not yet followed suit, as the shirt is still available on its site) and released the following statement ... 

    Marc Jacobs statement says: "It has been brought to our attention that the imagery on a T-shirt of ours is similar to that used by a band. We were not trying to make a connection to that band or make a statement of any kind. We have removed the stock of the shirt from our own stores and offer our retail partners the same opportunity."

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    It is official. Jon Buscemi's 100MM Birkin bag-inspired shoes that we told you about not too long ago are available for sale. Described as: "FULL-GRAIN IMPORTED ITALIAN TUMBLED CALFSKIN LEATHER UPPER, SOFT VACHETTA CALFSKIN LINER, 18K GOLD-PLATED HARDWARE AND LOCK, KEY WITH LEATHER KEY FOB, RUBBER CUPSOLE," they will cost you only a fraction of what an Hermès bag would: $785.00 (as opposed to upwards of $7000, especially now that Hermès is raising its prices). The 100MM's are available in black, white and red, and Buscemi's namesake collection also includes a hand-stitched leather skateboard, a leather tie, and a (quite obviously) leather weekender bag. Check out the collection here and count down with us until a rapper steps out in the Buscemi shoe. Also, be sure to catch the video starring our favorite fashion enigma, James Goldstein.

    As for the legality of the shoe, because Buscemi is not mentioning the H-word (Hermès) or alluding to the brand or an association or endorsement between the two, I think he is probably in the clear. Plus, Hermès does not have a monopoly over the handbag handle and lock and key hardware.  Thoughts?

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  • 09/13/13--09:33: NYFW: A Week in Review
  • New York Fashion Week flew by! Before we get caught up in the craziness of London Fashion Week, take a look at some of the most anticipated shows of this passed week and some of our personal favorites ... 

    Here are some highlights from Day 1, including: Veronica Beard & Bespoken. 

    Day 2, which boasted collections from: Creatures of the Wind, Nicholas K and HONOR. 

    Day 3: Cushnie et Ochs, Zimmermann, Jenni Kayne, Jason Wu (pictured below), SUNO and more ...

    Day 4: Lacoste and one of our favorite new design duos, TOME. 
    - Prabal Gurung showed his collection (pictured below), inspired by the preservation of beauty, today. See it here. 
    - Balenciaga's Alexander Wang showed his namesake collection, complete with logos and 'Parental Advisory' motifs. See it here. 
    - Joseph Altuzarra, Kering's new prodigy, presented his Spring collection today, too, and it is our favorite collection of his to date! See it here.

    Day 5with shows such as: ISAORA, En Noir, Carlos Campos and more menswear designers.
    - Derek Lam showed a beautiful must-see collection today, too! See it here.

    Day 6, which consisted of: Tim Coppens, Karen Walker, Ohne Titel, etc.
    - Thakoon also showed his Spring collection today. See it here!
    - Zac Posen, New York version of couture, showed a truly stunning collection of gowns. See it here.
    - Siki Im showed one of my personal favorite collections (pictured below) today - inspired by institutional uniforms. See it here.

    Day 7Wes Gordon, Timo Wieland, and more. 
    - The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's label, showed a world-travel inspired collection. See it here.
    - Vera Wang's collection is quintessential in sexy and wearable womenswear. See it here.
    - Never to be missed - Oscar de le Renta showed an elegant and luxurious collection for Spring. See it here!

    Day 8: Proenza Schouler

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    In case you weren't at Siki Im's Spring 2014 show, here is a video. It is a must watch, and catch my thoughts on the collection here

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    Brandon Sun's name has become synonymous with fur, and for good reason. He has headed the fur division for Oscar de la Renta and for J. Mendel, as well. He has (somewhat single-handedly and very much behind the scenes) transformed fur coats, something that was once a bulky, gaudy and slightly antiquated statement, into something young and edgy and still completely luxe. And for the past few seasons, he has been making significant strides - but this time, on his own turf. The young designer, who made his New York Fashion Week debut in 2012, has taken major steps to broaden his namesake collection and his Spring 2014 collection (while not his first foray into ready-to-wear) is the perfect case in point. Once you move past the initial shock stemming from the use of rich color (something Sun does not dabble in too often) juxtapositioned with blacks and white, you will see both sleek and voluminous silhouettes, a skilled utilization of prints, experimentation with a range of textiles, and even a bit of fur. 

    Sun's inspiration, Kyoto’s imperial villa, Katsura, was evident in the geometric prints and the color palette, which ranged from a deep grey and creamy white to jade, mandarin and cherry blossom pink. The colors translate quite well into a cropped paper leather moto jacket (layered quite expertly over a long tweed coat and crepe charmeusse slip dress), a darling and wearable mandarin silk georgette wrap dress, and a grey printed tuxedo dress with an open back. Contrast is one of Sun's strongpoints. Think: the tough black leather jersey-style t-shirt paired with a delicate cluster skirt; and the deep grey hand knit cable sweater, which was paired with a white georgette jumpsuit with racing stripes. Fur played a small but important role (especially for the devoted Sun fans). He reintroduced the geometric Intarsia mink pattern from his fall collection and incoportated it into a chubby, which was layered over a v-neck frock, as well as into a skirt. These proved to be standout pieces. Last but not least: Do not miss the jade silk georgette jumpsuit with racing stripes, which is so flattering and elongating, that even women of non-model height will be smitten. In short, Sun's collection is meticulously crafted and yet, the vast majority of pieces are effortlessly chic and easy on the eye. This is not a collection to be missed or a designer to be overlooked - but you almost certainly don't need us to tell you that!

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    London Fashion Week is underway and one of the city's most promising young talents, J.W. Anderson, showed his collection today. His name is one you should get to know for several reasons. First, he's very young; he was born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland in 1984. Second, he's taking over the industry! As of this year, he succeeded Christopher Kane at Versus (Versace's second line) and is currently being courted by LVMH - if the rumors are true. See his Spring 2014 collection below and tell us what you think of London's rising star in the comment section ... 

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    The Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2014 collection is a must-see! Catch the collection in its entirety below and tell us what you think ...

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