Let’s Talk about Karl

Beginning your career as an assistant to Pierre Balmain portends a pretty great future in fashion. That was certainly true for Karl Lagerfeld.  Add stints at Jean Patou and Chloé and his current positions as Creative Director at Fendi and Chanel, and his career seems touched by divinity.   But Karl was so much more than titlesContinue reading “Let’s Talk about Karl”

DESIGNER SERIES: Varun Bahl, Indian Couturier

COPYRIGHT IN EMBELLISHMENTS, ORNAMENTATION, AND TEXTILES I was blown away when I visited Varun Bahl‘s studio in Delhi, India in 2011.  It was mesmerizing to see up close the details of the hand embroidery, beadwork, and embellishments that make up so many of his designs.  Varun is a true couturier. Nothing is mass-produced – it wouldn’tContinue reading “DESIGNER SERIES: Varun Bahl, Indian Couturier”

Are Fashion Bloggers Ruining NY Fashion Week?

Fashion week has become “20 million people with zero connection to the clothes.” – Oscar de la Renta There is a new movement happening around New York fashion week. Many fashion professionals believe that the hordes of wanna-be and real fashion fans/bloggers have seriously mucked up the affair.  The result is that many true fashion insiders areContinue reading “Are Fashion Bloggers Ruining NY Fashion Week?”

Thank You BLACA (British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association)

What a great event hosted by BLACA and Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in London!! I especially loved meeting all of the Queen Mary IP Masters students who “crashed” the event (I’m glad you did) and the London-based IP professionals who were so knowledgable and collaborative.  Thank you for hosting me and making me feel so welcome.Continue reading “Thank You BLACA (British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association)”

Happy Anniversary Chanel!

Celebrate for Coco!! November 18 is the 89th anniversary of one of the most famous trademarks in beauty/fashion: CHANEL. Although used in commerce in the US as early as 1920, the company filed its US trademark application for CHANEL and the interlocked CC associated with cosmetics and toiletries on November 18, 1924. And the restContinue reading “Happy Anniversary Chanel!”

DESIGNER SERIES: Orly Ruaimi, Jewelry Designer

Orly Ruaimi’s jewelry designs have graced the arms, wrists, and necks of many celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Will.I.Am.  Her designs embody the phrase “fashion as art”. This view traces its origins back to the French Copyright Act of 1793, which classified fashion as an applied art. Clothing design is not considered art under US law because theContinue reading “DESIGNER SERIES: Orly Ruaimi, Jewelry Designer”

DESIGNER SERIES: Monisha Raja “Love is Mighty”

Monisha Raja’s “Love is Mighty” brand embodies what she calls “”compassionate living”.  Not only are the shoes and handbags made of vegan and often recycled materials, but her Indian production operation employs Indian women from local tribes who are keeping their ancient crafts alive and providing for their families as well.  Picture vibrant textured clutchesContinue reading “DESIGNER SERIES: Monisha Raja “Love is Mighty””

Louboutin Assertively Protecting its Trademark Rights in Red-Soled Shoes

Trademark litigation has captured the attention of the fashion industry once again following Christian Louboutin’s recently filed charges in the Southern District of New York late last month, which alleges trademark infringement against Alba Footwear and Easy Pickins, the primary named defendants in a complaint submitted by Harvey Lewin, Esq., counsel for Christian Louboutin, andContinue reading “Louboutin Assertively Protecting its Trademark Rights in Red-Soled Shoes”

Be a Charitable Fashionista

  Let’s face it: fashion and luxury are pretty superficial. But here’s a chance for all fashionistas to be do-gooders too.  Help the young women of the Cheyenne River reservation experience an American rite of passage – high school prom! Donate your gently used items and make some sweet kids really happy. You can find details onContinue reading “Be a Charitable Fashionista”

“T-Shirts to Triumph: Stella McCartney”

Stella McCartney is no stranger to struggle. Once upon a time, McCartney was snubbed as a “T-shirt designer” by Karl Lagerfield in her early fashion design days.  But Stella McCartney has officially arrived as 2012 draws to a close.  She received awards for the “Designer of the Year” and “Designer Brand of the Year” atContinue reading ““T-Shirts to Triumph: Stella McCartney””