September 23, 2014

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You Can Pre-Order Rodarte’s S/S 2015 Collection Now

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.21.51 AMLaura and Kate Mulleavy, the sibling duo behind Los Angeles-based label, Rodarte, showed their aquatic themed Spring/Summer 2015 collection earlier this month during New York Fashion Week. The collection, complete with “70′s glam pirates in flouncy blouses and white jeans, hook belts and anoraks with pockets covered in rope netting, and dresses with asymmetrical hems and shimmering beads,” has hit Moda Operandi for pre-sale and the prices are pretty steep. The “mermaid” gowns — layered with crocheted net, Swarovski crystals, lace, pearls and sequins — start at $21,850, and the fringed and feathered varieties go up to $25,300. The shorter iterations range from around $6,000 to $14,000, and the utility jackets, which are also adorned with netting and lace, start at $3,450. As Style.com’s Tim Blanks wrote in the conclusion of his review of the collection: “Women are going to want these clothes,” and we don’t doubt it. When has a price tag ever stopped die-hard Rodarte fans?

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A Legal Look at the Kendall Jenner Upskirt Photo

Kendall Jenner is, like the rest of her family, constantly thrust in our faces in some “news” story or another. A recent story has caught our attention, though. Jenner recently attended an event in New York and, surprise, surprise, was photographed while there. The part that differentiates this from the thousands of other situations in which she is photographed is the content of the photo. Her face is nowhere to be seen. In fact, all you see is the bottom half of her body. She’s wearing a pretty revealing outfit, making it so that a creepy photographer at just the right angle was able to get a shot showing part of her derriere.

 As with all things Jenner/Kardashian, there are countless “reports” on the upskirt photo. Evidently this story merits coverage from numerous outlets. The real issue for us, though, is directed at those outlets that go beyond just a basic regurgitation of what happened and attempt to make legal conclusions. Why a writer with no legal knowledge or the desire to do legal research would claim the photo is legal or not is beyond us. So allow us to give you a real analysis before we even think about saying whether it’s legal or not.

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TODAY: From Around the Web

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Meet Roos Abels, the 14-year-old model, who has graced both the Prada and Giamba catwalks at Milan Fashion Week and is reigniting the debate over whether designers should be allowed to cast models under the age of 16. – Telegraph

Shoe company DSW will shell out $900,000 to former employees as a result of an age discrimination lawsuit. – Chicago Tribute via Racked

Preview Sonic, Hedi Slimane’s new photography exhibition, featuring Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse, Sky Ferreira and all your other musical heroes – Dazed (and catch more about the exhibit here)

Sonia Rykiel’s new artistic director, Julie de Libran, formerly of Louis Vuitton (she was the womenswear Creative and Studio Director until last year, having worked very closely with Marc Jacobs on all the creative process for ready-to-wear, accessories, ad campaigns and fashion shows) is set to parade her first collection on Monday during Paris Fashion Week. – Vogue UK

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week

Here are some of the highlights from Milan Fashion Week in photos …

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9 Things to Know About Alibaba and its Record-Breaking IPO

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AP – China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are nine things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:

THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest U.S.-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit card processing company Visa in 2008. If Alibaba’s investment banks were to exercise their option to sell an additional 48 million shares, it could make Alibaba’s IPO the biggest in the world, beating out the $22 billion IPO of Agricultural Bank of China in 2010.

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Gucci, Tiffany Dealt Blow in Counterfeit Case Against Chinese Banks

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has directed two lower court judges to reexamine whether they had the authority to force compliance with court orders freezing accounts in China in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting federal court jurisdiction over foreign corporations. New York courts have grappled recently with whether foreign-based banks can be forced to comply with orders freezing overseas assets. On Tuesday, New York State’s highest court heard arguments on whether state law prohibits a Motorola subsidiary from freezing the assets of a Turkish family held in the United Arab Emirates by Standard Chartered Bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York backed foreign banks in a similar case, warning that subjecting bank headquarters to U.S. law via their New York City branches could imperil the city’s status as a global financial center.

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TODAY: From Around the Web

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No new blood and no fresh ideas: How do you solve a problem like Milano? – The Independent

Prada SpA, the Italian maker of $3,990 handbags and $795 pumps, reported a 21 percent drop in first-half profit as sales grew at the slowest pace in three years on weakening demand in Asia and Europe. Will open fewer stores in 2014 in response. - Reuters

8 new brands to watch this autumn: From NYC-based newcomer Misha Nonoo to J.W. Anderson’s new take on Loewe and NewbarK, a collection from Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, sisters who style the Rolling Stones. – Telegraph

The Dolce & Gabbana show is the unofficial closing ceremony of Milan Fashion Week. Before we move on to Paris, see its S/S 2015 take on Spanish matadors (pictured above). – Style.com

Of course Kate Moss’ exercise regime is dancing. – W Mag

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The Week in Review

As fashion month advances, so, too, have an array of fashion law and business of fashion matters that have been in the works. Chinese internet giant, the Alibaba Group debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in one of the biggest initial public offerings to date. Texas authorities and the Ballroom Marfa Foundation came to an agreement to keep iconic art installation, Prada Marfa open, and Urban Outfitters continues to rely on shock value and controversy as a means to boost its unimpressive sales growth. Here is what else you may have missed this week …

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