Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian.
The legal fight between Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian and the company trying to sell their beauty products rages on.Haven Beauty and its parent, Hillair Capital Management, urged the Ninth Circuit appeals court to vacate a preliminary injunction granted last year prohibiting the company from selling its only product, Kardashian Beauty, while a $180 million breach of contract suit winds it way through arbitration.The arbitration stems from a lawsuit launched by Haven, which alleges the sisters did not do enough to promote their beauty brand. The appeal, however, stems from a countersuit launched by the sisters claiming trademark infringement and that they were never paid royalties.The sisters and Hillair dispute whether any royalties are due, but Hillair doesn’t feel a halt to sales of the product is serving either side and argued that the sisters’ breach should have been factored into the underlying decision.“The court committed reversible error by refusing to apply the ‘unclean hands’ analysis and in fact refused to mention, or so much as discuss, our uncontroverted evidence of the Kardashians’ rampant, blatant and willful violations of my client's rights to the very same marks to which they seek relief,” said Hillair counsel, Gregory Fayer, during oral arguments.But the sticking point between the parties is proving to be technical, namely whether the sisters’ alleged failure to submit any invoices to receive their royalty payments is a violation of the related licensing agreement. If that is the case, the underlying injunction ruling would likely be sent back to the district court for further review or vacated.After some prodding by the appellate judges, Fayer admitted that Hillair’s goal is to beat the injunction in order to again sell Kardashian Beauty and related products, despite ongoing arbitration.Counsel for the Kardashians, Jonathan Steinsapir, argued there is no reason nor court precedent supporting a reversal of the injunction, noting that he assumes a permanent injunction will arise out of the arbitration. Even if that doesn’t happen, Steinsapir pointed out that the licensing agreement expires in May 2018.The sisters would then be free to license their names elsewhere for beauty products.Steinsapir went on to note that Hillair has so far been unable “to cite a single case where a licensor of a trademark is not getting paid and yet the licensee can still use the mark.”Given that the extensive arbitration involves all of these issues as well, one judge questioned whether the Ninth Circuit even needed to rule on the appeal of the injunction. An additional hearing has yet to be set.A status report on the arbitration is due in district court by the end of the month.For More, See:The Vagina Diaries: Beauty World Embraces Feminine CareValfré Accuses Forever 21 of Ripping Off Cell Phone Cover DesignAsics Wants Adidas Suit Over Fitness Tracking Tech Nixed
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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