Well-known fashion writer Merle Ginsberg reportedly got the boot from The Hollywood Reporter after penning a favorable review about a recent Marc Jacobs collection in exchange for a pricey handbag from the New York-based design brand. The writer’s ousting comes on the heels of a larger, relatively recent push for transparency in the fashion industry in terms of sponsored content and the need for parties to provide consumers with disclosures in connection therewith. In a similar vein, Federal Trade Commission violations have become a topic of conversation as the industry begins to rely even more heavily on branded content and native advertising and entities ranging from large publications to highly influential bloggers continue to run afoul of federal law in this area.
Here are some other articles you may have missed this week …
1. Christian Dior named Maria Grazia Chiuri as its new artistic director, the first woman to hold the position in the French fashion house’s 70-year history. Chiuri, who joins from Valentino, replaces Raf Simons, who left Dior in October. She will be responsible for women’s couture, ready-to-wear and accessories.
2. Abercrombie & Fitch has filed suit against Gap Inc. after the San Francisco-based retailer poached its former VP of marketing, Craig Brommers. Ohio-based Abercrombie alleges that Gap enlisted Brommers to fill the role of Chief Marketing Officer in January and the marketing exec, who spent three years at Abercrombie, is slated to begin work on July 25 in violation of the parties’ non-compete agreement.
3. The UK Court of Appeal has held that trademark holders may be granted site-blocking injunctions against internet service providers. A noteworthy win in the fight against counterfeits, the ruling comes on the heels of Cartier, Alaia, and Net-a-Porter’s parent company, Richemont, filing suit against five different ISPs, after they refused direct requests to block access to websites found to be selling counterfeit goods without a court order.
4. A Manhattan street corner will be temporarily named for longtime fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who died last month. Cunningham, who took pictures of everyday people on the streets of New York for The New York Times, died on June 25 at age 87.
5. After filing to oppose a Texas-based company’s attempt to federally register the word “Waffle” as a trademark due to its own existing trademark rights, Nike is fighting World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. In an action filed in late June, Nike is asking the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to shoot down WWE’s pending trademark application for “JUST BRING IT.”
6. Jeremy Scott and Italian design house Moschino have settled the copyright lawsuit that graffiti artist Joseph Tierney, the street artist referred to as “Rime,” filed against them last year. According to Rime’s complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, “Defendants Moschino and [its creative director] Jeremy Scott – two household names in high-fashion – inexplicably placed Rime’s art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent.”