April 20, 2014

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Vogue Sued Over Kim and Kanye Cover

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Vogue just got slapped with a lawsuit stemming from the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West April cover shoot. Turns out, Rickey Spicer, the singer behind the 1970′s track sampled in West’s song “Bound 2″, is suing the magazine for using the song in a behind-the-scenes video. Spicer slapped West and recording labels Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group with a copyright infringement suit over the song this past December. That suit is still pending. As for Vogue, Spicer filed suit in a Manhattan  court against Vogue’s parent company, Condé Nast, alleging that his “voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 percent of the lyrics” and that Vogue “knowingly used the voice audio recording of Mr. Spicer without his authorization or consent.” As a result, he wants unspecified damages and the video pulled from Vogue’s site. More to come …

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Coach Partners with Philip Crangi for Smart Collab

American leather goods brand Coach has teamed up with fellow American Philip Crangi for a line of understated leather accessories. The leather manufacturer has been in the process of rehabilitating its image, after succumbing to over-saturation by way of its monogrammed bags and accessories. After replacing former creative director Reed Krakoff with Mulberry vet Stuart Vevers this time a year ago, the brand has made a clear move towards more understated, elegant offerings; in stark contrast to the garish, logo-heavy designs that have long been associated with the label.

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Trump’s Modeling Agency Sued for Trying to Poach Models

Donald Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, is being sued in New York state Supreme Court for trying to poach models from New York Model Management. According to its complaint, NY Models, which reps Liberty Ross, Malaika Firth, and Sui He, as well as an impressive mens board (think: Guerrino, Gryphon O’Shea, and Charlie France) claims that its former booking agent, Lorraine Ospedales, is in breach of the non-compete clause she signed in 2011 at New York Models, stating she wouldn’t “attempt to solicit or take away” any clients — or provide information about any of the firm’s models — for a period of six months if she went to another agency. Ospedales joined Trump’s agency this year and is allegedly attempting to poach a number of NY Models’ star faces.

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Rihanna Settles Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit with Ex-Accountants

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Rihanna has settled the lawsuit she filed against her former accountants at Berdon LLP. You may recall that Rihanna filed the suit in 2012 against her former accounting firm and two accountants, alleging that they were liable for “gross mismanagement” of her finances, costing her millions of dollars during her 2010 “Last Girl on Earth” tour. Specifically, Rihanna alleged that the firm extracted millions of dollars from her by way of “excessive and exorbitant” commissions, mishandled her foreign and domestic taxes, and failed to monitor unpaid song royalties.

Well, as of this week, the parties have settled the case, in light of the upcoming trial date, which was slated for May 12th. As for how much Berdon LLP had to pay the singer to make the matter go away, we’re not sure. Details of the settlement haven’t been released, and lawyers for Rihanna and for the defendants, accounting firm Berdon and former employees Michael Mitnick and Peter Gounis, declined to comment.

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Dior et Moi: The Fashion Film by the Numbers

Fashion documentary, Dior et Moi, which was written and directed by Frédéric Tcheng, is debuting today at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is about the “storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection as Artistic Director.” In light of its debut, Elle broke the film down by the numbers and here are some of our favorite stats … 

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Prabal Gurung Talks Reviews, Target, the CFDA & More …

NYC design darling Prabal Gurung paid a visit to Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus this week, where he sat down with the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s CEO Steven Kolb to talk about his brand, Whether he reads the reviews of his collections, why he wasn’t worried about doing a collection with Target, and more …

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Gurung, Theyskens Rumored Replacements for Oscar

olivier-theyskensThe Financial Times’ Vanessa Friedman reported this week that Oscar de la Renta is not actively searching for a new Creative Director. However, the rumors about replacements (if you can actually “replace” Oscar) for the 81-year-old designer have not ceased. John Galliano was reportedly up for the position after he spent time at the house last year, but as of last week is out. Jason Wu was also a top contender but was nixed from the list when he accepted to position of creative director at Hugo Boss last year. Still in the running: Olivier Theyskens and Prabal Gurung. Theyskens (left), a bit of an underdog industry favorite, is currently the head of design at Theory and has previously worked as the creative director of Rochas and Nina Ricci. Gurung, who currently runs his own eponymous label, also serves as the chief designer at Japanese brand, International Concept Brand. More to come …

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VFILES Launched a UNIVERSITY Lecture Series

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The Fashion Law Exclusive – Because the team at VFILES is not content with simply taking over the web, producing a few original and wildly addicting web series, staging shows at New York Fashion Week (whose designers go on to become favorites of Rihanna), and just generally being a cool cultural movement (more about that here), they are taking on academia. That’s right, the minds behind 12 Mercer Street (their Soho brick and mortar store) and Model Files (the mockumentary web series starring casting director Preston Chaunsumlit) have launched VFILES UNIVERSITY.

Julie Anne Quay, the former executive editor at V magazine-turned-VFILES visionary, announced today via Twitter and Instagram (of course) the launch of the VFILES UNIVERSITY, a lecture series that will be held in conjunction with Columbia Business School and which examines the intersection between fashion/media/commerce/business/etc. VFILES  is kicking off their latest venture today at Columbia with a lecture by John Sykes, the co-founder of MTV and VH1. Our friends over at VFILES told us that the next UNIVERSITY event is a panel discussion with been trill and there will be tons more to follow. My only question is: What can’t VFILES do? More info. to come …

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