- GUCCI AWARD: Gucci America Inc. and Chloé SAS were awarded $2 million as part of a final order and judgment on consent against HGL Enterprises, EZDesignerReplicas.com, DesignerReplicas.HighPowerSites.com, Henry Leizgold, Linda Leizgold and other unspecified defendants on Dec. 7. In addition to damages, the judgment established a permanent injunction against the defendants forbidding them to make, market or sell goods that infringed on Gucci or Chloé trademarks. Gucci and Chloé charged the defendants with selling counterfeit products online. Manhattan federal judge Richard Berman presided over the case. The initial complaint and a temporary restraining order were filed in June.
- EU TRADE CHIEF HITS CHINA: European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Thursday that he intends to throw the weight of the 27-nation bloc behind the European textile industry's demands for better market access around the world and for tougher action against counterfeiting, especially by China. He estimated that counterfeiting and market access barriers in China were combining to cost European businesses 55 million euros, or more than $80 million at current exchange, a day in foregone sales. Speaking to the European Parliament, Mandelson said the EU textile and apparel industry "is going through a long period of structural change." He said European companies doing well, however, are not taking the mass producers head-on, but instead are investing in technology and quality.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion