Tag: WWD

28 Mar

The Rundown –Weekly Fashion News for Fashion Feens

-Madonna’s 12th studio album, “MDNA” receives lukewarm welcome from critics [Reuters]

-Madonna worked with photographers Mert + Marcus for the cover of album [Pictures!]

-Trendabl, a new iPhone app launching today, aims to create a social network that’s tailored specifically to fashion [WWD]

-Faberge to launch e-commerce site [Forbes]

-DKNY PR Girl’s tweets [WWD]

-Salvatore Ferragamo releases fashion short The Signorina Story to push new fragrance [The Cut]

-Coach collaborates with The Coveteur to market men’s line [FashionablyMarketing.me]

-What Siri means for the future of mobile shopping [eMarketer]

-Alexander McQueen has relaunched its [website] to incorporate contemporary label.

- Alexander McQueen | Women’s Autumn/Winter 2012

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03 Mar

The Rundown –Weekly Fashion News for Fashion Feens

 

  • Woman turns into a dress in Miu Miu’s new short film [The Cut]
  • Alice Dellal stars Karl Lagerfeld’s short 1920s-inspired silent film for Chanel Boy [Fashionologie]

 

  • Gap uses bloggers for new Styld.by digital catalog [PSFK]
  • Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors were most “talked” about in online space during NYFW [WWD]
  • Retailers shut their Facebook stores; is this the end of F-commerce? [Mashable]
  • Neiman Marcus launches social media challenge for Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary [Luxury Daily]
  • Nike introduces Nike+ basketball sneaker with high-tech sensors [AllThingsD]
  • Google to start selling glasses that will project information, entertainment and ads onto the lenses [NYTimes]
30 Jan

A Footwear Fiasco

It might be a new year but the fight for the red sole continues for Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Lauren. Last Wednesday marked the second court hearing for the two fashion forward brands since Louboutin attempted to sue YSL back in April, 2011 alleging that YSL had breached its copyright by using the red sole!

“For YSL and PPR Group, this might just be a legal matter, but that’s not the case for me,” Louboutin said. “On the contrary, to me it is very personal: after all, this is an intrinsic part of my life and my company, which bears my name – and which I have built over the past 20 years and still independently own. This is why I had to be there in person.”

“I was impressed by the way the judges ran the hearing,” Louboutin told WWD. “The company remains confident that the appeals court will adhere to its conviction that the red sole, this integral and long-held part of the brand’s identity and recognised by consumers worldwide, will continue to be recognised as the Christian Louboutin trademark.”

YSL's red monochromatic pump from the 2011 resort collection

 

Louboutin’s lawyer, Harley Lewin of McCarter & English LLP, told The Cut:
‘We are profoundly disappointed in Judge Marrero’s decision. Although we are still studying it, it appears he has decided that in the fashion industry, one colour should not serve as a trademark. While he acknowledges the fashion industry at large has recognised the Louboutin Red Sole as a trademark source indicator, he has concluded that the fashion industry needs to use colours on outsoles without restriction and this, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, including a recent decision by the 2nd Panel of Appeal at OAMI in the EU that concluded exactly the opposite, calling Mr. Louboutin’s adoption of the bright red outsole brilliant. We will evaluate all the alternatives available in the days to come.’

Meanwhile, YSL’s lawyer, David Bernstein of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, said in a statement:

‘We’re gratified that Judge Marrero has agreed with YSL that no designer should be allowed to monopolise a single colour for an article of apparel. As Judge Marrero indicated, YSL designers are artists and, like other artists, they should have the right to use the full palette of colours in designing their fashions for each season.

As YSL has noted from the start, this is a trademark registration that never should have issued, and we are pleased that Judge Marrero has agreed that the registration likely should be cancelled.’

For a timeline of court events click here

 

What do you think? Can a color – like the blue of its famous Tiffany boxes – be a trademarked? Leave your comments below!!