January 27, 2015

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Op-Ed: There are Benefits to the Lack of Legal Protection in Fashion

To this day I can recall my elation when Isabel Marant sent her wedge sneaker down the runway during Paris Fashion Week. Evidently, I was not the only one who saw the appeal of this footwear because the shoe quickly appeared on the feet of numerous celebrities, bloggers, and other trendsetters. The bandwagon effect created by this “it” shoe was quickly realized by fast fashion giants who wasted little time stocking their shelves with a variety of knockoffs. If you are like me, this secondary  fashion market is where you acquired your own pair of “Marant-esque” sneakers. Looking back on my purchase of these copied shoes, it is hard to believe how an industry that thrives on such obvious forms of copying can be so profitable when there is very little copyright protection. However, the success and steady flow of new creative ideas suggests that there is a silver-lining to the fashion industry’s general lack of intellectual property protection (there are, of course, an array of instances in which the law provides some form of protection for garments and accessories).

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How to Avoid a Future Unpaid Interns Lawsuit

Given the increasing number of unpaid internship lawsuits over the past several months, the latest being the one filed this past week against Burberry, here is an article we posted last year.

Social change is generally brought about through the courts: Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade and United States v. Windsor spring immediately to mind. Plaintiffs’ attorneys are primarily the engineers of that change. Most unpaid intern lawyers want to induce social change by ending illegal unpaid internships, but not all unpaid internships. We are against worker exploitation but we are not against career advancement. Right now, it looks as if the only way to end illegal unpaid internships may be to end unpaid internships altogether. But if it is possible to throw out the bathwater instead of the baby and the bathwater, such an option is definitely worth pursuing.

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SEE: Chanel Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture

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Today: From Around the Web

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VFiles has announced its Fall/Winter 2015 designers (think: Ximon Lee, Di$count Univer$e, Andrea Jiapei Li, and Julia Seemann). But the news doesn’t stop there. In addition to sourcing design talent this season, the VFiles team sourced the hairstylists, makeup artists, and models all from the VFiles community. Still more: the NYC-based retailer and online platform will be showing on the official NYFW calendar next month for the first time. The show will take place at Lincoln Center and will be the first official show of the week.

Adidas has set up a fairly lofty challenge for recently promoted Mark King: make the German sportswear company cool again in the U.S. Apparently, Adidas’ North American business is in shambles. – Fortune

New brands to know and love this season: from Molly Goddard to Nicopanda – Independent

Rick Owens explains his ballsy catwalk tactics: Was Owens’ penis-baring show just a silly shock tactic? Yes, but also a gesture of freedom from the non-conglomerate-owned fashion designer. – Telegraph

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SEE: Christian Dior Spring 2015 Couture

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The TFL MAN Reflects on the Collections in Paris

Somber times abound in Paris at the moment, and this season’s collection couldn’t help but reflect that. While social themes are frequently cited as inspiration for collections, rarely have current events had such an overarching effect on an entire city’s efforts. But, such was the case with this season’s Paris shows. Not that brilliant and thoughtful clothes didn’t grace the catwalks – they did – but, where Paris has been known as the home of the avant-garde, full of color and explosions of creativity, this season was marked by a somber turn towards the immediately wearable. This might leave some of the more aggressive fashion fans wanting more, but for everyone else; those who wanted to see what might inform their own wardrobes come this time next year, this might have been Paris’s best season yet. Check out the five collections we liked  most below.

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Givenchy to Show Couture Again, According to Tisci

On the heels of the Versace couture show yesterday, the New York Times’ style reporter, John Koblin, took to his Twitter account to share some Gucci updates as provided to him by one of the designers on the reported short list, Riccardo Tisci. As you likely know by now, Alessandro Michele has landed the Gucci creative director job, and Tisci seems to be just fine with that, commenting on the “happy marriage” he is in with Givenchy, where he has served as creative director for almost ten years. Maybe more interestingly, though, is another one of Koblin’s tweets about Tisci: “He also said Givenchy would do couture again.” This warrants some chat.

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Burberry Hit with Unpaid Internship Lawsuit

Burberry is the latest design house to be targeted in a growing pool of unpaid internship lawsuits, all being filed by two New York-based law firms. The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. and Virginia & Ambinder, LLP are currently representing plaintiffs in cases against Gucci, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, and Donna Karan. The latest former fashion intern to file suit with the help of the law firms: Lysandra Whitlow. According to Whitlow’s complaint, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court, she served as a showroom intern with Burberry in New York for four months beginning in May 2012, working 32 hours a week on tasks that included “trapping and handling samples, providing hospitality and customer service during important market weeks to places such as Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales, coordinating showroom meetings and maintaining the showroom calendar.”

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