• Anticounterfeit-piracy bill: Federal authorities are already seizing Web site domain names distributing counterfeit and pirated products, but bills in the House and Senate would give the U.S. Attorney General and rights holders that are victims of the infringement the authority to bring action against a “rogue site” if a court issues a “cease-and-desist” order. Rights holders and the government would also be authorized to serve that order on payment processors and online advertising networks. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has scheduled a cloture vote on a bill for Jan. 24 that will require at least 60 votes to advance for debate and a final vote.
• Web tax bill: A revised Senate measure would enable states to collect sales taxes from out-of-state merchants regardless of whether they have a physical presence in the state. The bill is backed by traditional retailers and has support from long-time opponent Amazon.com, which improves its chances.
• PNTR for Russia: Congress is expected to take up legislation granting permanent normal trade relations to Russia, a required step in order for U.S. companies to gain the full benefits of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
• China currency bill: Although the legislation’s prospects remain uncertain, it could gain momentum this year if China’s currency continues to fall against the dollar. The bill passed the Senate in October, but House leaders have refused to bring it to a vote, claiming it could spark a trade war with China. The bill would direct the Commerce Department to treat undervalued currency as an illegal export subsidy, which could lead to punitive tariffs on imports from China and other nonmarket economy countries.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty