Even Eighties-vintage court orders are due for the occasional revival.A magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Manhattan last week recommended Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. pay more than $3 million for breaching a 22-year-old injunction banning unauthorized Fendi merchandise from its racks. According to court documents, Fendi noticed handbags bearing its mark at Burlington-owned stores and sent the retailer a cease-and-desist letter in 2004.After the luxe brand accused Burlington of having sold Fendi counterfeits since 2002, the off-pricer said the goods were real and the two sides spent the next two years trading correspondence as to their authenticity. Fendi served Burlington with a trademark infringement suit in 2006, accusing it of violating a 1987 court order, which banned Burlington from selling Fendi goods without permission. In October 2007, a U.S. District Court judge granted Fendi’s motion to hold Burlington in civil contempt for breaking the order and sent the matter to a magistrate judge to assess relief.In his report, Magistrate Judge Michael Dolinger wrote neither side seemed to be aware of the 1987 injunction until late 2005, weeks before Fendi filed the suit.Dolinger nevertheless suggested the retailer pay $2.5 million in disgorgement of profits and $541,913.65 in attorney’s fees for selling the products. The report is only a recommendation and will be passed on to the U.S. District Court judge overseeing the case. Stacy Haigney, general attorney for Burlington Coat Factory, said the company voluntarily entered into the injunction as part of a settlement related to a one-time order in 1985. He said the company had one handbag buyer and its president could oversee every order at the time.He called the recent violation “totally innocent,” said Burlington’s vendor vouched for the products’ authenticity and promised it would be objecting to Dolinger’s report on several grounds.“With great respect, we totally disagree with what the magistrate judge recommended here,” said Haigney. Burlington Coat was sold to, and taken private by, Bain Capital for about $2.05 billion in 2006.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast