July 28, 2014

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The Week in Review

This week brought an exciting feature of The Fashion Law, courtesy of Racked.com. I spoke with the site about the current landscape of fashion law, how TFL is different from other websites (think: No glorification of fast fashion/design piracy), how we built a readership audience, and more. Here is what else happened this week …

Alexander Wang announced his upcoming collaboration with H&M this past April. In light of the partnership, we look to whether luxury houses benefit from placing restrictions on their most coveted talent and what do they stand to lose (or gain) by allowing such partnerships?

Despite what you may have read on a certain fashion site, fakes are NOT back in fashion.

When an oil tycoon decides to buy a fashion brand and serve as creative director, this is what happens

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, the design director behind Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen’s brand, The Row, is replacing Christophe Lemaire, who took the creative helm at Hermès in 2010 following Jean Paul Gaultier’s departure. While her name is far from well known, she has quite an impressive resume. 

Buzzfeed took on fashion law this week, in an article entitled, “Lululemon Is The Fashion Industry’s Biggest Patent Troll“, and the result was interesting. Here is our take on Lululemon and its design patents.

Vogue Japan released its September 2014 issue cover; the September issue is the biggest (figuratively and literally) issue of the year. The mag is bringing models back to the cover, but Vogue U.S. may not follow suit. Here’s why …

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Chanel Successfully Fights Registration of its Mark

Two years ago, Jerzy Makarczyk, a Canada-based real estate broker, filed to federally register a trademark for the word Chanel in the class of goods/services that extends to “real estate development and construction of commercial, residential and hotel property.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) found the mark to be eligible for registration and thus, published it for opposition, a standard part of the USPTO trademark registration procedure, which allows third parties to prevent a pending application for a mark from being granted registration if it believes its mark will be damaged by a resulting registration. Chanel opposed Makarczyk’s application, asserting that his use and registration of the mark would create a likelihood of trademark “dilution by blurring.” The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with Chanel and denied Makarczyk his registration.

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SEE: Alexander Wang’s F/W 2014 Campaign

Alexander Wang has moved from the bathroom to the boarding school for Fall/Winter 2014. Of the campaign, which was shot by Steven Klein and styled by Karl Templer at St. Cecilia’s school in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Wang says: “I went to boarding school for five years so there was a familiarity to the environment for me. The idea of survival at a reformation camp was the theme of the campaign. In those limiting environments, there are always temptations to rebel, to react and to test yourself.” While the setting may be different for Fall, Wang kept a familiar face around: Anna Ewers, the stunning blonde, who starred in his Spring/Summer 2014 campaign (posing on a bathroom floor in one of the shots, as you may recall). She is joined by Vanessa Moody, Kaitlin Aas, Kat Hessen and Lexi Boling. See the campaign in its entirety below …

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Prabal Gurung Released his Fall/Winter Campaign

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With his company’s fifth anniversary approaching, Nepal-born, NYC-based design darling Prabal Gurung has revealed that he has not only mastered his aesthetic (stocking at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Kirna Zabete, and a handful of retailers worldwide) but he has also developed the ability to communicate with a larger audience, something that is absolutely essential nowadays in fashion and beyond. Today, he released his Fall/Winter 2014 ad campaign (see in its entirely after the break below), the second-ever print ad for his eponymous label. The first came this January, shot by Daniel Jackson, styled by Gurung’s longtime collaborator Tina Laakkonen, and featuring model Liya Kebede. Much like they did in anticipation of the launch of his Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, Gurung’s team took to social media (namely, Instagram and Twitter) to share teasers with the brand’s fans (us included), who have been eagerly awaiting its official launch. Prompted by a handful of puzzle piece-like photos (one of the model’s neck, another of her cheek, her eyes, etc.), fans have flocked to the brand’s Instagram page to share their guesses as to who the campaign’s star  is. The brand did announce, after all, that it is awarding the first three individuals who guessed correctly a piece from the designer’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection, a contest it announced on Instagram. Gurung, who is still quite a young designer, certainly knows how to engage his audience and the F/W ad campaign release (and his select collaboration collections) clearly demonstrates this.

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We’re Listening to: Dior Homme S/S 2012 Soundtrack

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Andreja Pejic is Ready to Face the World

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Courtesy of style.com (edited by TFL)

You won’t be seeing any more of Andrej Pejic, the androgynous male model who rose to fame in 2010 after Carine Roitfeld had him photographed in womenswear for Paris Vogue.An onslaught of editorials followed (including a shirtless Dossier Journal cover that was essentially banned by Barnes & Noble for fear their customers would think he was a naked woman), and he even walked as the beautiful bride in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring ’11 Couture show. But Andrej’s days on the runway are over. However, Andreja’s career is just getting started.

Earlier this year, Andreja underwent sexual reassignment surgery (SRS). She always knew she was a woman, but her body, or at least parts of it, didn’t match up. Yesterday, the model trekked from her current Williamsburg digs to LGBT advocacy group GLAAD’s Chelsea headquarters to speak, for the first time, about her transition. Donning a white crop top and embellished Ports 1961 skirt, Pejic, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina but was raised in Melbourne (hence her charming Aussie accent), looked as angelic as ever. “I feel good,” she told me before sitting down. It showed.  Read Katharine K. Zarrella’s entire interview with Pejic at Style.com, the six-foot-one stunner opens up about her SRS, the challenges of being a transgender model, and why, at long last, she’s “ready to face the world.”

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Changes Are Coming to New York Fashion Week

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced that they will be acquiring the all-important Fashion Calendar as of this October. The Fashion Calendar is a paid subscription service that tracks and schedules all of the shows during New York Fashion Week. In the new hands of the CFDA, a few meaningful changes are coming for the autumn/winter 2015 shows in February (think: the launch of an official calendar for the resort and pre-fall collections; the streamlining of fashion shows and events during NYFW; and the digitalization of the service itself, which has historically been run by Finley offline). There’s more …

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Catch Up on All of Fashion’s Recent Switch Ups

Since Angela Ahrendts officially left her post as Burberry’s CEO in early May to head up the retail division at Apple, and the British design house’s long standing Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey stepped into his dual role (as CEO and Creative Officer), a number of other high profile changes have occurred at an array of design houses. From the upcoming departure of Christophe Lemaire, Hermès’s womenswear director, and the subsequent appointment of The Row’s Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski to take his place to Sebastian Suhl’s move from one LVMH-owned brand, Givenchy to to another LVMH subsidiary, Marc Jacobs, here is a quick look at some of the recent changes …

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