A coalition of luxury jewelry makers has won a preliminary injunction to stop an online retailer from using certain language when marketing goods. In an order filed Nov. 3 in federal court in Manhattan, a judge prohibited Overstockjeweler.com from using the terms “replica,” “reproduction,” “copy,” “faux,” “fake,” “imitation,” “look-a-like,” “made in the likeness of,” “-esque,” and “knock off” in reference to Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gucci and Bulgari or their trademarks. The brands filed suit against the Web site and its owner, Ellen Castaneda, in September 2007 alleging trademark, copyright and trade dress infringement. After the initial filing, the defendants said they had ceased using the brand names with the language in question. The manufacturers alleged in later proceedings that the Web site continued to do so. The injunction also applies to a similar suit filed by jewelry design firm Yurman Studio against Overstockjeweler.com in February 2007. The retailer did not return a call seeking comment.
A federal judge has entered a default judgment in favor of Urban Outfitters Inc. in a trademark suit it brought against Hype Outfitters Inc. in 2005. According to the judgment, filed in federal court in Manhattan in September, Hype failed to replace its attorney after he left the case in September 2007. Judge Richard Sullivan ordered the New York-based apparel and accessories store to find a new lawyer or explain why it could not. In December, without an explanation from Hype, Sullivan ordered the company to further explain why a default judgment should not be filed against it. When it failed to do that, Sullivan ruled in favor of Urban Outfitters. In its initial complaint, Urban Outfitters accused Hype of infringing on its trademark in a window display bearing the phrase “urban outfitting” and with shopping bags that made use of the phrase “urban outfitters.” On Oct. 30, Urban Outfitters submitted a memorandum asking that it be awarded Hype Outfitters’ gross sales as profits as well as attorneys’ fees as damages, a total of $1.6 million. A phone number listed for Hype Outfitters was not in service.
“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