July 30, 2014

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TODAY: From Around the Web

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“You invert an hourglass when the sand runs out, and the fashion world inverts the social hierarchy when the trappings of privilege lose their glamour. But it’s also a conceit that we owe to the Romantics: in a civilized milieu, ferocity confers cachet. The upshot is a pair of jeans, pummelled by a bored animal—a slave laborer, you might say—with a four-digit price tag.” – The New Yorker

Amazon announced today that it’s getting into the 3D printing industry. Here’s what that means for the technology. – Fortune

I’m not a technophobe: Wearable technology is just ugly. – The Independent

“Once upon a time, you’d find the cool kids at football club or smoking behind the bike sheds. Now, they’re more likely to be at the IT lab practicing their coding skills or designing an app. How did this happen – and in it, has youth lost its rebellious streak?” i-D

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Vestiaire Collective Releases Counterfeit Study

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Fakes are never in fashion, and with the rise of technology, it is becoming increasing difficult to tell the real thing from a counterfeit. So, as a member of the “Charter Against Counterfeiting on the Internet,” Vestiaire Collective, a fashion resale site, set out to explore the world of counterfeit designer fashion pieces on marketplace sites in the UK. They discovered that almost two-thirds of online shoppers said they had accidentally bought a fake garments or accessory (spending between $300 – $1600) through resale or knew someone who had. Of those surveyed, 50% had purchased handbags. Shoes and sunglasses were also popular items. Additionally, 66% of the respondents admitted that they didn’t feel they possessed the knowledge to accurately spot a counterfeit item from a genuine good.

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Dior Announces Annual Revenue, Growth in Couture

The Christian Dior group announced its annual revenue for the year ending on June 30, 2014. Under the creative direction of Raf Simons, who helms the womenswear and couture collections, and fellow Belgian, Kris Van Assche, who serves as the director of the house’s Homme collection, Dior achieved $41.6 billion dollars in revenue for the fiscal year from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, generating profit from recurring operations of $8 billion dollars. Consolidated net profit amounted to $5.2 billion dollars. In a statement from the brand, which is owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Dior noted that it continued exceptional growth for the house’s couture collection, particularly through its network of directly operated stores, up 19 percent at constant exchange rates compared to the same period in 2013.

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Lindsay Lohan is Suing Grand Theft Auto Makers

Months ago, there were rumors that Lindsay Lohan was planning to sue Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games over Grand Theft Auto V, because the game features a character that the starlet alleges is based on her. According to the suit, the cover of the game depicts a bikini-clad woman that bears a striking resemblance to LiLo. And the game, itself, apparently includes more similarities, including the fact that the character runs from paparazzi, takes cover in the Chateau Marmont, and incorporates Lohan’s “image, likeness, clothing, outfits, [Lohan’s] clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts.” Lohan is not the only blonde who has posed in a bikini while giving he peace sign, she’s not the only star that find comfort at the Chateau Marmont, and she’s certainly not the only celeb to run from paparazzi. But does she have a case?

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TODAY: From Around the Web

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Every two weeks, the high street spits out new knock-offs of garments originally designer by often-defenseless young designers. But when it comes to fashion, is imitation the most sincere form of flattery? – i-D

Kendall Jenner opened up about her modeling experience thus far: “I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn’t take me seriously as a model. Because of the TV show. I went on castings and some people weren’t feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn’t recognize me.” – The Cut

Copycat products manufactured in China have long been a headache for luxury brands. But now policing purse designs is getting harder than ever, thanks to a trend toward “tong kuan” or “look-alike” products that mimic the shape of their high-end counterparts but feature phony Western-sounding brand names. – Fast Co.

The Key to Selling an $800 Sneaker: The founders of the Buscemi brand talk about their made in Italy accessories, being spotted on celebrities, keeping supplies tight, and what they learned about luxury demand from Hermès. – WSJ

Miami street artist David Anasagasti filed a lawsuit against American Eagle Outfitters Inc. for copyright infringement. – WWD

As outfits based on yoga pants have become increasingly popular as streetwear, and have even infiltrated the office in recent years, the sale of athletic apparel has exploded. Two main strategies have emerged in this competition for market share during a time of consumer caution. Some retailers employ the simplest angle, vying to offer the lowest possible price for leggings or gym socks. Others have started an arms race to offer the newest, most high-tech garments as often as possible. – NY Times

New New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman granted an interview to Haaretz while in Israel recently and discussed everything from her work history to her thoughts on blogging to the state of fashion criticism to her feelings about pop culture. – Racked

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Updated: The Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby Digital Pop-Up is Here

In light of the launch of the Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby digital pop-up shop, which launched on July 14th, we have a video (watch it after the break below) and a bit more information. As we told you, the duo (with the help of Willy Vanderperre and Charlotte Arts) is offering their single-season collaboration for sale in an online pop-up and a brick and mortar pop-up next month. The web shop, which launched at www.inthenameof.be, and will be online until September 1st, will debut a limited number of items from the collection, which will be available for one week only. See the entire Fall/Winter 2014 collection right here and catch the video, as well as the looks Raf/Ruby have released thus far, below …

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Buzzfeed Editor Fired for Plagiarizing Over 40 Articles

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BuzzFeed has given its political editor, Benny Johnson, the boot for allegedly copying entire sentences and phrases from other sites, such as Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers and U.S. News & World Report, without giving the respective authors credit. According to sources, the plagiarism came to light last week after Twitter users began discussing instances where Johnson had lifted text from other sites, and Buzzfeed subsequently reviewed some 500 post penned by Johnson, revealing nearly 50 examples of blatant plagiarism. The news and entertainment website terminated Johnson’s employment on Friday evening, and the site’s editor in chief, Ben Smith, issued a statement saying that the plagiarism is “a breach of our fundamental responsibility to be honest with you” and held that its editors are in the process of attaching an editor’s note to every instance of plagiarism. Johnson, 28, took to his Twitter to share an apology: ”To the writers who were not properly attributed and anyone who ever read my byline, I am sincerely sorry.”

While the instance at hand is not fashion-related, it is indicative of a larger trend in blogging, one that is rather evasive of intellectual property rights, particularly copyright. You may recall that just last week beauty blogger Michelle Phan was slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit for her unauthorized usage of over 50 songs in her popular beauty tutorial videos. Before that, in July 2013, BuzzFeed was served with a copyright infringement lawsuit for posting photographs to its site for which it did not have authorization, and around that same time, celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, was also sued for copyright infringement for using others’ photos without permission. For more information about crediting your photos, read on here

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Balmain’s Creative Director Thinks Copies are “Genius”

While most designers take an active stance against fast fashion copies, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing does not mind. Rousteing, 28, landed at the helm of the Paris-based design house in 2011, after having served as the assistant of Christophe Decarnin, who was known throughout the industry for his rockstar-style, which drew on Balmain’s couture heritage and carried astronomical price tags (think: an embellished Balmain jacket could easily set you back five figures). Decarnin left the house following a rumored breakdown on the heels of his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. But back to Rousteing: Maybe it is his young age that makes him a bit unconventional than some other creative director (think: he was embracing “parody” tees when most design houses were suing for trademark infringement). Maybe it is the fact that Balmain is an established house and thus, arguably not as affected by fakes (aka its business is not threatened its entirety). Either way, he spoke out quite boldly to The Independent about being copied by fast fashion chains, namely, Zara.

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