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  • 09/15/13--11:12: Mary Kantrantzou S/S 2014
  • Greek-born, London-based Mary Katrantzou has gained quite an avid following for her impeccable use of print and her innovative silhouettes (think: the lampshade skirt, among others). For Spring 2014, it seems she was inspired by the shoe, from the sports trainer to the men's dress shoe, as well as floral (because its just not spring without some floral prints!). See the entire collection right here ...

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    The young design talent in London is mind-blowing. Case in point: Jonathan Saunders. See his S/S 2014 collection below and tell me this: Is Creatures of the Wind the United States' version of Jonathan Saunders?

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    London's wonder-child, Christopher Kane, showed his Spring 2014 collection this morning, complete with sexy cut-outs in the shape of petals, fashion sweatshirts that read Flower and Petal, and flower anatomy prints. Kane, who Kering (formerly known as PPR) invested in early this year, was also reportedly a front-runner in the replacing of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, along with Alexander Wang. See his entire collection below ... 

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  • 09/16/13--02:30: Model Mondays: David Hlinka
  • David Hlinka (who is signed with Ford Models in New York, Success in Paris, and d1 in London, among others) was scouted in 2010 and has gone on to walk for Juun J, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Phillip Lim, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, grace the pages of Italian GQ, Vogue Hommes Japan, and L'Officiel - just to name a few, and most recently, is the face of BBC Black's Fall 2013 collection. We managed to catch up with David before he jets of to Japan, and he talked to us about the business of fashion, working with Phillip Lim, what he's obsessed with right now and more ...

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

    David Hlinka – I am 21 years old, born and raised in New York. My Grandparents are full blooded in their respective nationalities. One is Czech, another is Polish, one Irish, and the last English.

    The Fashion Law – When were you scouted and what was the first big modeling job you did?

    David Hlinka I was first scouted in Penn Station in New York City near the end of 2010. I thought I was about to be asked for directions and all of a sudden someone's business card is in my face. After signing with an agency, I was propelled right into NY Fashion week where I was fortunate enough to walk for Marc Jacobs.

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

    David Hlinka – I have a lot of good friends in the industry who share similar interests or ambitions ... but for the most part its not so. Also, I'm grateful for what I'm doing now. I hate listening to guys complain about the industry. If you don’t like it, leave ... Stop complaining about how long you have to wait in line (hanging out with your friends) or that your feet hurt! Suck it up. Be thankful you dont have to wear heels all day, or better yet, be thankful you are seeing the world as a model. 

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

    David Hlinka – I didn't even know that male modeling was prevalent. I was obviously aware of advertising, but modeling was still something that was foreign to me. Fashion and all of that was not something on my mind, and because it is not something really out there outside of major fashion hubs... it never reached me. So it was very interesting getting involved with everything.

    The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far?

    David Hlinka – I have always wanted to travel so that is definitely the highlight. I planned on working hard to be able to travel in my spare time, but with modeling it goes hand in hand with the work itself. I have been able to see places and meet people I never would have otherwise.

    The Fashion Law – Is there a specific job you loved?

    David Hlinka – I really enjoy working with reoccurring clients because you get to know them better than just working with them once or twice. I've done a bunch of jobs with Phillip Lim in Paris and recently, one with him in New York. He is always great to work with, and I think he has a really strong brand.

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

    David Hlinka – Modeling like any job will have its downsides. There is a lot of time away from home or friends. I hate flying away from the people I care about, but in moderation its all good. I can't have everything I want in life, not yet at least!

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

    David Hlinka – When not traveling I like to be around people that elicit good times. I like going out on any random adventure, hiking, playing sports, the beach, a movie, being with my girl. Just living without regret. I can be kind of a homebody in my down time. I like to just take time to relax and only answer to my own desires.

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

    David Hlinka – The business of fashion? Well the business side is taken care of for us mostly. But its fast paced, last minute decisions and a race against the clock sometimes. Definitely a lot of pressure is present in most scenarios. At the same time if the people are solid they know what they want, how they want it, and when they want it, and everything can be done methodically. Deadlines drive creativity. It is interesting to see the client-agent relationships in each country. Every market/culture has its way of doing business, which is pretty cool.

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

    David Hlinka – Recently, besides Europe shows, everything seemed to be on a hiatus. I was in between management companies. So, work in NY was slow. But everything is settled and it is back to business as usual. Now, I am going back to Asia. That will be good fun! The jobs over there are always interesting. Its another world.

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

    David Hlinka – While modeling I have been slowly obtaining college credits preparing for when I go back to school full time. As for the next several years... settle myself into my career, marry an amazing girl, and have a few kids to pass the love onto.

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

    David Hlinka – Finding alone time with my girlfriend, void of any distractions, before I go to Japan and working on a project that has only been an idea for a few years now...unrelated to school or fashion. Basically a non-profit endeavor with hopes to do a lot of good for as many people as possible.

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  • 09/16/13--08:40: Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014
  • Burberry's Spring 2014 collection is here and it is positively darling. See the collection in its entirety (think: sheer, lace, pastels and polka dots) below and don't miss wild child model Cara Delevingne, who walked twice (despite being booted from the Victoria's Secret runway show) ...

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    Just on the heels of the launch of the Phillip Lim for Target collection, Target and PETER PILOTTO announced their forthcoming spring collaboration at the designers' runway show today. Set to launch on Feb. 9, 2014, at most Target stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as, PETER PILOTTO for Target will feature women's apparel, accessories and swimwear, with most items priced at less than $60. Additionally, Target is partnering with online retailer, NET-A-PORTER.COM, to reach an international audience and offer global fans of London-based PETER PILOTTO a curated assortment of the limited-edition Target collection. See the intro. video after the break ... 

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    In addition to being one of fashion's favorite streetwear poster children, Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky is also trying his hand as a fashion designer and somewhat unsurprisingly, his designs may not be all that original. The rapper's very newly-launched e-commerce site, A$AP Mob Shop, which stocks the rapper's tees, sweatshirts, and hats, etc., began offering its Fall/Winter 2013 wares, including a Raf Simons "parody" tee that reads "RAPH THIMONS MURDERAH" t-shirt, last week. This may sound/look familiar, as the rapper has been spotted in similar tees a few times since early last year, but also because he isn't actually the originator of the design.

    It appears that the RAFH THIMONS MURDERAH design (pictured above) originated in September 2011, when one of the founders of up-and-coming Southern California-based brand, FN-TN (also known as FANTOME), posted it to his personal Tumblr page, vph-mcse-p (and then started selling the design on a t-shirt). The design was subsequently reposted by A$AP on its official Tumblr page in late October 2011. Thereafter (beginning in January 2012), A$AP Rocky was spotted in several different "RAPH THIMONS MURDERAH" t-shirts that, according to the founders of FN-TM, were not made by their brand or made with their consent. In October 2012, FN-TM's tees gained a bit of internet fame, as seen in shout outs from Four Pins founder Lawrence Schlossman, and bloggers Yimmy Yayo and Third Look, among others, and have since completely sold out. A$AP Rocky put his lookalike tees up for sale just less than a year later. 

    We caught up with the founders of FN-TM, who are less than pleased about A$AP's tees. They said: "Seeing our shirts sold at a much lower cost [A$AP is selling them for $30, as opposed to FN-TM's $42 price tag], presented without any care, and have poor design standards was outrageously offending. We know that high fashion parody tees have been going on ever since the golden age of streetwear 5+ years ago, and it didn't bother us too much when ASAP first made it because they never sold it to the public. But now that they've started selling it, that's when we think they've crossed the line." 

    So, while FN-TM does not have a trademark over the RAFH THIMONS MURDERAH saying and while A$AP changed the spelling from RAFH to RAPH, it seems the copying is pretty blatant here, especially given the fact that A$AP reblogged FN-TM's original Tumblr post containing the design. Take sides and fight it out in the comments section below ...

    FN-TM's tee (left) & A$AP Rocky's version (right)

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    by Eric Wilson, NYT

    This week, 50 New York women’s wear designers were cited in an open letter of complaint to the Council of Fashion Designers of America for having used only one black model, or none, during the fall collections shown in February. Those included popular labels like Derek Lam and Alexander Wang, which each had one black model in their fall shows.

    This Fashion Week, Mr. Lam and Mr. Wang each had two black models, so you could say that was a 100 percent improvement, in light of a new campaign to increase diversity on the runways. Or you could say, as André Leon Talley did before the Oscar de la Renta show on Tuesday, that “two is not enough.” Mr. de la Renta had three (Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman).

    As the New York shows come to a close, there are nevertheless indications that more runway spots have gone to black models, a sign that designers are taking the complaints seriously. Naomi Campbell and Iman appeared with Bethann Hardison, who created the campaign at, on “Good Morning America” this week to remind them. Indeed, more than half the designers who were faulted last season used two or more black models this season, but it was only two for the majority of them.

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    In case you need to catch up on the collections that have hit the runway in London, here you go. See some highlights from Preen (pictured below), Emilia Wickstead, Temperley, L'Wren Scott, and more below and be sure to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section ... 

    Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

    Emilia Wickstead

    Holly Fulton

    John Rocha

    Julian Macdonald

    L'Wren Scott


    Richard Nicholl

    Temperley London

    Todd Lynn

    Topshop Unique
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    Last week, Prabal Gurung, one of America's young design sweethearts, showed arguably one of his best collections to date. Aside from the positive reviews he has received for the cuts and construction of the garments that make up his Spring 2014 collection, which celebrates the elegant woman, he also is worthy of a mention regarding the casting of his Spring runway show. Unlike the majority of designers/design houses that feature a few token black and/or Asian models (usually Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Liu Wen, Fei Fei Sun, Fernando Cabral, Paolo Roldan, or one of the other famous black and Asian models), Prabal does not seem to define his view of beauty in accordance with a strict standard. Instead, his runways continually exemplify a diverse standard of beauty, one which is not shared by a number of his peers and especially not by most of his established design house superiors. 

    For Spring 2014, Karlie Kloss, Cat McNeill, Ondria Hardin and Ashleigh Good draped in Prabal Gurung shared the runway with Chiharu Okunugi (who is Japanese), Herieth Paul (who is Tanzanian), Ji Hye Park (who is South Korean), Senait Gidey and Grace Mahary (the later is pictured above, who are both from Canada and of East African descent), Ming Xi (from China), Angolan born Maria Borges, and Varsha Thapa (who is from Gurung's native Nepal). In spite of such a diverse line up, I'm fairly sure that Gurung was not trying to make a #diversity statement this season, as he casts an array of multi-cultural girls each season. Joan Smalls opened his Spring 2013 show (and appeared in his ad campaign). Ji Hye Park opened his Fall 2013 show. However, such a genuine embrace of diversity in fashion is a rarity, despite frequent pushes (aka pressure after each runway season) to use more girls of different ethnicities. Prabal's choice to use a range of models is worth celebrating.

    Fashion is a widely recognized as a form of art, a very commercial one in most cases but art, nonetheless. As a result, there is an argument that designers (like artists) should be free to create and show their craft (aka their collections) in whatever way they see fit. If they want the sample size of their garments to be zero, it can be. (Balenciaga under Ghesquiere was cut notoriously small, and the same goes for any Hedi Slimane-helmed collection). In much the same vein, if a designer wants to use "x" number of Asian models,  or none at all, he should have that right, no? Society does not dictate the size or race of the subjects of sculptors' or painters' works but we find it necessary to dictate the work of designers. Instead of allowing creative freedom, we are imposing "guidelines" and calling those who do not oblige racists, and I'm not certain that the result is success.

    It seems that pressuring designers to cast more racially diverse models is leading to the industry-wide tokenism that we see (think: Harper's Bazaar's recent "diversity" spread, entitled Singular Beauties) or as Eric Wilson of the New York Times recently addressed, the use of two, as opposed to one, black model. Pressuring designers to incorporate a more diverse line up of models, twisting their arms, so to speak; is this actually progression? I don't think so.

    Designers and creative directors (often with the help of casting directors) should have the freedom to choose whatever models they believe embody their look for any given season, without the looming fear of race-based condemnation. Maybe this will result in actual progression, such as individuals, like Prabal, who truly believe that beauty is not embodied only by white females, and not in the trend of designers using two Asian or black models each season solely to appease the journalists/critics because what is the beauty in that? 

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    Nothing says Saint Laurent like drug-absuing rockers. So, the news that rocker Zachary Cole Smith, one of Hedi Slimane's latest poster boys, has been arrested for heroin and ecstasy possession (along with his girlfriend Sky Ferriera, who was the face of the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2013 lookbook) is not exactly news at all. In case you don't know his name, the DIIV frontman walked in Saint Laurent most recent menswear show in June and is the face of quite a few of the house's online images, in addition to starring in the ad campaign with fellow wild child Cara Delevingne. Smith and Ferriera (pictured after the break) were taken into custody on Saturday evening and released on $1,500 bail–and later that same day, DIIV played a concert in Hudson, New York.

    Smith took to Twitter to denounce the reports, saying, “What you’re reading is a police blotter, not the outcome of a court case. These cops wanted to fuck us, and they did. Sky did nothing wrong.” This is in conflict with reports that Ferriera was found to have ecstasy is here possesion and resisted arrest by physically fighting off the police officers. This whole mess is very Saint Laurent. Don't you think? They are expected to appear in court on Monday. 

    images courtesy of saintlaurent

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    As of this morning, the standout "Parental Advisory" sweatshirt from Alexander Wang's Spring 2014 collection is available ... for pre-order. Retailing for just under $1000 on Moda Operandi, the rayon sweatshirt with ribbed knitting at the crew neck and cuffs is expected to ship between Feb 1, 2014 and Apr 15, 2014. This means that Forever 21, Nasty Gal and the million China-based counterfeit websites are very likely working away as we speak and will have $45 versions of this notable piece in a few short weeks - if not sooner. However, while it usually is that simple (fast fashion retailers copy high end designer), there is a bit more to it this time.

    Quite unsurprising (given the design at issue), Alexander Wang, who is hailed as America's wonder boy following his appointment as creative director at Balenciaga not too long ago, isn't the first to slap a Parental Advisory warning on a garment. Cult skate brand, Supreme, produced a colorful version, as well as a black-and-white one, in 2007. Los Angeles brand, Joyrich, showed its version last year, and Brooklyn-based streetwear brand, Rocksmith, introduced a similar design earlier this year (all are pictured after the break). While Wang's version certainly differs in regard to the overall look (thanks to the sheer and knitted contrast panels of the sweatshirt), the concept is the same, and this wouldn't be the first time Wang looked elsewhere for inspiration.

    Also worth mentioning: Urban Outfitters has been stocking its own version of the Parental Advisory sweatshirt for some time now. In fact, it hit shelves before Wang's sweatshirt hit the runway early this month. As for who Urban copied, your guess is as good as mine, but considering that its $46 sweatshirt predates Alex Wang's collection, high fashion inspiration seems to be out of the equation in this case. Thoughts?

    from left: Supreme, Rocksmith, & Joyrich

    Alexander Wang (left, center) & Urban Outfitters (right)

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    Fashion week - and all its mayhem - has left New York City. Scrambling bloggers, designers, reporters, and photographers are all now camped in London, for the time being, which promises some exciting collections. One such brand and its Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey, are among those unveiling S/S 2014 collections in England’s capital. The Burberry collection graced the runway yesterday and the London-based brand joins many other designers opting to utilize technology to connect with consumers.

    An Apple press release reports that Burberry plans to use early access to the recently announced iPhone 5s to capture and share beautiful photos and video before, during and after the Burberry runway show in London. Using the all-new iSight® camera on iPhone 5s, Burberry is shooting high quality photos and video for runway and beauty looks, product details, and backstage moments.

    “This collaboration celebrates our relationship and shared foundation in design and craftsmanship. We have a mutual passion for creating beautiful products and unlocking emotive experiences through technology, which has made it intensely exciting to explore the capabilities of iPhone 5s,” said Bailey. “We’re inspired by what this could mean for the future as we continue to explore the merging of physical and digital experiences.”

    Several designers are now seeking to offer the masses, even those without a ticket to the actual show, a live and very personal experience. And because Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, is described by Bailey as a “very good mate,” it should be no surprise that the new iPhone would play a part in Burberry’s connection with its customers (or those who long to be).

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

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    #LFW is showing quite a few major collections this season. See some highlights from the Burberry (pictured below), Peter Pilotto, Tom Ford, Erdem, Giles, Barbara Casasola, Simone Rocha, and Jonathan Saunders (among many others) Spring 2014 collections below and after the break ... 

    Burberry Spring 2014 

    Giles Spring 2014 

    Thomas Tait Spring 2014

    Simone Rocha Spring 2014

    Erdem Spring 2014 

    Barbara Casasola Spring 2014

    Peter Pilotto Spring 2014 

    Jonathan Saunders Spring 2014 

    Marios Schwab Spring 2014 

    Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2014

    Mary Katrantzou Spring 2014 

    Tom Ford Spring 2014 

    Christopher Kane Spring 2014 

    Antonio Berardi Spring 2014
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    Hedi Slimane is going in a bit of a new direction (and by new, I mean older) for the latest additions to the Saint Laurent Music Project. The three new ad campaign shots star rock and blues legends B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. Previous subjects for the photo series included Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Daft Punk and Kim Gordon. What do you think of the design house's new subjects?

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    Courtney Love has been slapped with yet another defamation lawsuit. Interestingly, the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday by fashion designer, Dawn Simorangkir, stems from a prior lawsuit between the two. Turns out, Simorangkir sued Love three years ago, accusing Love of ruining her business with a series of allegedly defamatory Twitter posts in 2009. In the initial lawsuit, Love argued that her rantings (which included that Simorangkir is an “asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief") were merely an expression of opinion and that Simorangkir could not prove damages. The fashion designer, on the other hand, pointed to Love’s influence as an entertainer and the power of social media to disseminate damaging comments. The parties settled the case, with Love paying $430,000 to Simorangkir. Well, thanks to some Pinterest comments and an interview that Love gave to radio host Howard Stern on May 30, 2013, she is set to be back in court.

    Simorangkir's most recent complaint, which was filed in a Superior Court of California in Los Angeles, gives a bit of background. According to Simorangkir, the two became acquainted after purchased quite a bit of Simorangkir's Boudoir Queen clothing and apparel on Etsy. Simorangkir alleges that Love became "infatuated" with her and flew her to Los Angeles to meet at the singer's Malibu home. They had several meetings before Love eventually became "angered that she had to pay for Simorangkir's work." 

    According to the Simorangkir's complaint: "Love blatantly defamed Simorangkir by falsely accusing her of stealing from Love and claiming that this purported theft was captured on closed circuit television videos. Love even went as far as to falsely claim that Simorangkir had engaged in prostitution." The complaint also alleges that Love shared some ill will against Simorangkir on Pinterest, saying: "You stole 36 bags of clothing on cctv" and "you stol;e 36 bags of my txtiles and designs and are still using my designs."

    In case that's not enough, Love is also involved in an ongoing defamation battle with her ex-attorney Rhonda Holmes, which also stems from her initial lawsuit with Simorangkir and from comments made on Twitter, of course.

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    By Astrid Wendlandt, Reuters (Edited by TFL)

    Louis Vuitton's pricey new Capucine leather handbags are selling out in European fashion capitals, store managers said, signaling the world's biggest luxury brand could be regaining some of its lost sparkle. The news implies Louis Vuitton's efforts to strengthen its offering of expensive leather bags to reposition itself as more upmarket and exclusive - as did Gucci recently - is starting to yield positive results.

    A Reuters survey of Louis Vuitton shops in Milan, Paris and London revealed shortages of the $4,600 Capucine bags (which have been spotted on the arms of A-listers such as Angelina Jolie) since their launch in June, with long waiting lists. On New Bond Street in London, there was only one sample bag with a "not for sale" sticker on it and 40 people had already reserved one but assistants said the bags were likely to be available only at the end of September or early in October.

    Bernard Arnault, the boss of parent company LVMH, said in January that Louis Vuitton planned to prune its portfolio of canvas bags, which make up two thirds of its business and generate gross margins of 90 percent. Shop assistants said they took delivery of only a handful of Capucine bags every other week over the summer, intimating Louis Vuitton may have deliberately caused the shortage to create a buzz around the product - taking a leaf out of Hermes' book.

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    The following is an interview by Marlisse Silver Sweeney for Corporate Counsel on the General Counsel for Stuart Weitzman, a true pioneer of fashion law, and my mentor, Barbara Kolsun ... 

    In the fall of 1979, Barbara Kolsun retired her character shoes. The Sarah Lawrence graduate had spent the last eight years acting, singing, and touring the United States. From the trumpet-playing stripper Mazeppa in Gypsy, to pious Sergeant Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, she was ready for a new role: lawyer.

    "Absolutely no thought went into law," she explains in an interview at the midtown Manhattan headquarters of Stuart Weitzman LLC. "I knew I wasn't talented enough to go to medical school," says Kolsun, who once graced the stage of Radio City Music Hall. After 12 years in private practice, Kolsun decided to switch roles again, and she took her first in-house job at Calvin Klein Jeans. This fashion-savvy lawyer has now worked at many of the top fashion brands in the states and pioneered three legal departments, including Stuart Weitzman's, where she now wears ballet slippers once again.

    CORPORATE COUNSEL: A New York Times article called you "the must-have accessory for any designer serious about protecting his or her name." What goes into protecting Stuart Weitzman?

    BARBARA KOLSUN: Well, number one, of course: registration of trademarks, enforcement of trademarks. We're a global company, so that has to be done globally. Protection of the image of the brand, and we have a great chief marketing officer who is charged with all of that. I think it's very important that legal and marketing have a very strong and intimate relationship and understand priorities. And distribution—like any luxury brand, it's important to control distribution.

    CC: It seems like there's a certain glamour attached to fashion law. Is that true?

    BK: Glamorous is the wrong word. It's interesting to work with creative people, and it's why I think my ending up in this area is fortuitous, because I came from a creative world and I think I have a certain understanding of creative people. The problems are still the same, but I guess they're more fun because the product is so beautiful. We make beautiful, beautiful shoes. Stuart is a genius, and it's certainly fun to work for a genius.

    CC: What makes Stuart Weitzman such an iconic brand?

    BK: I think the fit. Everybody talks about these gorgeous shoes that fit so beautifully. It's the beauty of the product and the fit and I think the man—he lives and breathes this brand. This is his life. When anyone asks him if he's going to retire, he'll say, "Retire from what? This is my hobby." We should all be so lucky to feel that your métier, the way you make a living, is also the great love in your life. That's why he's fun to work with. He's always inventing.

    CC: You've taught fashion law at numerous law schools, have coedited and written the first fashion law textbook, and you attend two pieces of theater a week. How do you manage your time?

    BK: I'm exhausted. I try to relax on the weekends, but I'm on overdrive. I'm a very "Type A" personality. But theater for me is my passion, my old life. It's very relaxing. Some people go home and watch TV, some people watch sports. I like to go to the theater.

    CC: From your successful career to date, it seems like you've always "leaned in." Is that true?

    BK: Yes. I love that book [Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg]. I think she nails it. People have joked about the fact that it's easier to lean in when you have lots of nannies and you're that well off, but I think she makes really good points, and it's a long slog for women in this business. I think the business of fashion is very woman-friendly. You walk around this office, and it's all women, but in terms of women in law, it's still a long road.

    CC: Have you always been a shoe person?

    BK: I think all women are shoe people. No matter what you weigh or how you feel about yourself, shoes always make you feel good.

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    By Christie Smythe, Bloomberg

    Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. can immediately appeal findings that some unpaid interns should have been classified as employees and paid, a federal judge said.

    U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley in Manhattan filed an order today allowing the action. Pauley’s said his ruling in June that internships must meet a strict test to be exempt from minimum-wage laws conflicted with one by U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. in a similar case against publisher Hearst Corp. and the differences should be addressed by a higher court.

    “Application of a different standard from one adopted by this court could result in the reversal of a final judgment,” Pauley wrote. “It is the primary issue in determining defendants’ liability.”

    Pauley rejected Fox’s request to delay the case during the appeal.

    Former unpaid interns Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman sued Los Angeles-based Fox Searchlight in 2011 saying they and other interns should have been paid for their work. They performed routine tasks such as making deliveries, organizing file cabinets, making photocopies and taking lunch orders, they said.

    Fox Searchlight obtained “an immediate advantage from Glatt and Footman’s work,” Pauley said in June, citing a six-part test used by the U.S. Labor Department to determine whether unpaid internships are legal. “Menial as it was, their work was essential.”

    Pauley’s decision allowing the case to proceed toward trial helped spark other suits on behalf of unpaid interns.

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  • 09/18/13--12:59: RIP, Prada Marfa?

  • About 30 minutes outside of the Marfa, Texas (population 1,900) is Prada Marfa - a Prada store, designed by Berlin-based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. The sculpture (aka the store) was constructed in 2005 and designed to resemble a Prada store, right down to the Fall/Winter 2005 shoes and handbags, selected and provided by Miuccia Prada. (Prada allowed Elmgreen and Dragset to use the Prada trademark for this work but is otherwise not involved with the project and did not fund it). The store is never open and is intended to never be repaired, allowing it to slowly degrade back into the natural landscape - the point of the installation. As of this week, Prada Marfa might meet its end sooner than expected. 

    The faux store/permanent installation has been classified by the Texas Department of Transportation as an “illegal outdoor advertising sign." Turns out, the Prada logo on the "store" is in violation of the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, which prohibits advertising on unlicensed land bordering federal highway U.S. 90 and requires an advertisers to have a permit. (The artists never obtained a permit because they "reject the idea that their installation is an advertisement," claiming: “There’s a difference between being commissioned by a company to do something for them and using their logo, and using their logo on your own."). So, while Texas law enforcement is entitled to remove the installation, the Department of Transportation has not yet decided what action it will take. 

    The Prada Marfa dispute joins the art-versus-advertising debate that has been underway in Marfa since June, when Playboy Enterprises planted its own installation on the same highway, just a mile northwest of town. The Playboy piece consists of a 1972 Dodge Charger on top of a box in front of a forty-foot neon Playboy bunny sign, and was designed by the artist Richard Phillips for Playboy (and was paid for by Playboy).

    As for artist Elmgreen's thoughts on the violation and potential removal of Prada Marfa, he said: “If it really is against the regulations, they should have found out in 2005 when it was erected." Good point. More to come ... 

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