Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s have at least one thing to celebrate with Amazon: dodging a lawsuit.The department stores and the e-tailer, along with Zappos and the brand Sanctuary Clothing, convinced a California federal court to reject claims by Gold Value International Textile, which does business as Fiesta Fabric, that fabric design it had copyrighted had been infringed upon.While Sanctuary was deemed the manufacturer of a blouse allegedly made from a sheer fabric with an embroidered mixed-geometric design, the retailers were included in the suit as vendors and beneficiaries, according to Fiesta’s January 2016 complaint.But U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt on Friday handed a pre-trial win to the retailers and Sanctuary after finding that Fiesta’s copyright was invalid, mainly because the design had already been published when the textile company applied for the protection in late 2013.The U.S. Copyright Office agreed, telling Kronstadt at the end of April that Fiesta characterized the design as unpublished in its application and it would not have granted the copyright otherwise."The analysis of the [Copyright Office] response and its application of these standards are persuasive,” Kronstadt said before citing a number of similar district court cases that also ended with invalidated copyright registrations.As Fiesta’s case rested on only the one design, the judge said the company “cannot sustain its claim for copyright infringement.”Kronstadt also rejected Fiesta’s motion for reconsideration of the determination by the Copyright Office, finding its argument of a “good faith mistake” to be faulty as Fiesta purportedly knew the design at issue had been previously published, according to the order.Commenting on the result, Sanctuary counsel Jed Ferdinand said the ruling “is an important victory for the fashion industry as it continues to fight against the flood of copyright lawsuits that have been plaguing the industry for years.”A representative of Fiesta could not be reached immediately for comment.Copyright has been becoming a bigger issue in fashion, and the U.S. Supreme Court even weighed in recently with a ruling that sided with the ability of companies to copyright certain artistic elements of an apparel-based design.Apparel has long been considered a “useful article” immune from copyright protection, but fabric design has been one way around that, and textile companies regularly make use of copyrights.For More, See:Supreme Court Copyright Ruling Could Be a Coup for FashionKardashian Beauty Licensee Seeks to Sell Product Amid Trademark RowAsics 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