September 2, 2014

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Designer Series: Melitta Baumeister

Melitta Baumeister, who earned her MA in fashion from Parsons: The New School for Design last fall, is helping to jump-start a fashion revolution. The 27-year-old German-born, New York-based designer began climbing the ranks after sending her designs down the runway this past February as part of VFILES MADE FASHION show, which uses its online platform to allow designers to submit their work for a chance to show at New York Fashion Week. Since Baumeister’s NYFW premier, the designer’s sculptured and modern aesthetic has been quite the rage. Her use of unorthodox textiles helps to create her unique design style, which ranges from clean and sleek to oversized and structured. Baumesiter’s philosophical view of fashion helps to inform her designs and her design process, as well. Whether it was a “’real-fake’ black banana cast” that she utilizes to represent a certain moment in time and evolution, in this instance a rotting banana, Baumeister’s evolutionary approach to fashion and dressing help to tell her young, yet, evolving story on the runway and beyond (think: in a recent spread in Vogue Japan and in stores at Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, just to name a couple).

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Chanel Doesn’t Want You Using the Word Chanel, No Matter What

Chanel is suing a Merrillville, Indiana salon owner for what the company claims is trademark infringement. In the lawsuit, which was filed last week the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the Paris-based design house alleges that Chanel’s Salon, a  spa and beauty salon, infringes at least nine of its federally registered trademarks and is benefiting from the established reputation of the fashion company’s name, which is derived from the founding designer’s name, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

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TODAY: From Around The Web

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Alumni of the Royal College of Art’s Fashion Menswear MA programme represent some of the most rigorously creative designers working today. BoF investigates how the programme has paved the way for the emergence of menswear as a creative discipline. – BOF

Why Coach, Michael Kors, Apple, GM and New Balance are succeeding in China – Forbes

Abercrombie & Fitch Co is finally shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel, clothes that made the brand one of the most sought after among teens in the past two decades. – Reuters

There has been another garment factory fire in Bangladesh. – BD News

The founder and creative director of Tootsa MacGinty, a unisex fashion brand for children, claims major British retailer Marks & Spencer is apparently selling a copy of one of her designs. – Daily Dot

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TODAY: From Around The Web

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Choupette Lagerfeld’s life is way more fabulous than yours. – Telegraph

Alexander Fury: Mediocre advertising in fashion magazines is a hard sell. – The Independent

It’s no longer uncommon to see tech companies and fashion brands collaborate to make wearable devices into accessories that consumers may actually want to wear. – Washington Post

Luxottica Group SpA said Andrea Guerra stepped down as chief executive officer after a decade at the helm of the world’s largest eyewear maker. – Bloomberg

New York Fashion Week is about to kick off this Thursday (actually, unofficially on Wednesday with the menswear show), and so we ask: How much does an NYFW show cost? A minimum of $100,000. – Dazed

According to Maureen Callahan’s new book, “Champagne Supernovas”, Alexander McQueen admitted he was HIV positive before he killed himself in 2010. – NY Post

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The Week in Review

This week brought quite a bit of red carpet fashion (think: the MTV VMAs, the Emmys, and the Venice Film Festival). While we don’t often follow celebrity outings or their corresponding sartorial choices, red carpet events serve an important role in fashion, and thus, warrants some attention. It provides an important source for designers to achieve press at a relatively low cost. A dress, placed on an actress (who often borrows the dress from the designer’s public relations company), who then attends the Golden Globes achieves international coverage. Even if we consider the fact that oftentimes, these stars are paid to wear a certain design, the cost is far less than the price tag attached to an ad campaign, especially one that is run in an array of magazines internationally. As such, scoring a big name to walk the red carpet in your dress at any one of the major red carpet events (and there are many: the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA Film Awards, the Emmys, the Grammys, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Comic Con, the ESPYs, the AmFAR Inspiration Gala, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, etc.) is a coup for most brands. While the authenticity and effectiveness of red carpet placement has come into question recently, given the sheer number of events and the role of each celebrity’s team (in June, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour called the red carpet and its stars “very manufactured and not individual”), it is still a  noteworthy practice given the traditional media and social media attention that is devoted to red carpet events. Here is what else you may have missed this week …

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From the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet

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Hermès Continues to Post Grow

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Hermès International SCA, the French maker of $10,000 Birkin bags, reported a 6.3 percent increase in first-half earnings as sales in Asia rose. Operating profit reached 621 million euros ($818 million) from 584 million euros, Paris-based Hermès said today in a statement. Analysts predicted 617 million euros, according to the median of nine estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings as a percentage of sales decreased to 32.6 percent from 33.1 percent.

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Roberto Cavalli Responds to Lawsuit, Denies Wrongdoing

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Roberto Cavalli has responded to the recently filed lawsuit claiming that the designer has copied the work of three San Francisco-based artists for his label’s “Graffiti” collection. According to a statement, the Italian design house has unequivocally denies any wrongdoing, telling NY Magazine’s The Cut: ”In response to the recent lawsuit brought forward by artists Jason ‘Revok’ Williams, Victor ‘Reyes’ Chapa, and Jeffrey ‘Steel’ Rubin, the Roberto Cavalli company would like to state that no official notice of such suit has been received. However, we have heard of some highly inflammatory allegations, which have no basis in fact and are incorrect; we intend to contest and defend against these allegations vigorously. In order to avoid the time and expense of unnecessary litigation, we also intend to communicate with the artists’ attorneys to discuss a mutually agreeable resolution of the issues.” We can confirm that a lawsuit has been filed against Cavalli in the Central District of California court, in which the three artists claim that Cavalli infringed their copyrights and violated the Lanham Act in connection with a work they completed in San Francisco’s Mission district in 2012. More to come …

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