Add another notch for Ralph Lauren in the protracted battle of the polo ponies. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling in March that the U.S. Polo Association could be stopped from using a “double horseman” logo on its fragrances because it was confusingly similar to Ralph Lauren’s trademarks. “The court agreed that the United States Polo Association acted in bad faith in adopting its double horsemen logo on fragrances and infringed on Ralph Lauren’s polo player marks,” a Ralph Lauren spokesman said Tuesday. “We will continue to vigorously defend against any attempt to infringe on our intellectual property rights.” The U.S. Polo Association, which had previously been granted the use of the logo on apparel, has been locking mallets with the fashion brand over the use of the double horseman trademark for 29 years. In 1984 a Manhattan federal court enjoined the U.S. Polo Association from using its “name or marks in a way likely to cause confusion” with Ralph Lauren’s marks. At the same time, the court did permit the use of a mounted polo player on the polo association’s merchandise as long as it didn’t cause consumer confusion.Twenty-two years later, a New York federal jury quibbled over the double horseman image and decided that if it included text that identified it as a USPA product, it did not count as infringement. A solid double horseman without text, however, did count as infringement, the jury found. That decision was upheld on appeal in 2008. In the most recent case concerning fragrances, the Court of Appeals argued that just because the polo association could use the logo for apparel, it didn’t mean it “acted in good faith” in using the mark on fragrances. In other words, the appeals court agreed with the lower court’s prior ruling in March that the polo association adopted the mark with the “intention of capitalizing” on Ralph Lauren’s “reputation” and products.
Exclusive: @isabelmarant and @lorealmakeup have teamed up to create a capsule makeup collection. "She is rather natural in the day but doesn't have time to go back home before going out [in the evening] and redo her entire beauty look," said Marant on the 5 products included in the collection, which will launching in September. Read @jenniferbethweil's interview with the designer on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty
After 17 years, Tomas Maier is leaving @bottegaveneta. “I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve,” said François-Henri Pinault, head of parent company @kering_official. Head to WWD.com for more on his departure. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: Davide Maestri)
@shaymitchell is no stranger to teaming up with beauty brands, but she’s made her latest partnership official: She’s signed with @buxomcosmetics as global creative brand ambassador, WWD learned exclusively. Mitchell and Buxom will collaborate on campaign development, social media strategy and content and new product and shade development. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
Today we’re at the WWD Retail 20/20 Forum where industry leaders will be talking about the future of shopping for fashion, footwear and beauty. Tune in on Instagram Live at 9 am and 3:30 pm to hear from two of our speakers –– @therealreal’s Rati Levesque and @bandier’s Stephen Ippolito. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Seen last night at @coach’s launch party for “Life Coach,” an interactive pop-up in Soho: @joansmalls. Open now, visitors of the pop-up can engage in themes of “creativity and self-expression,” through tarot, carnival games, live performances and art. See the rest of the party pics on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @vnina)
“We figure there’s enough cynicism to go around the world right now let’s go out there and be ourselves, let’s be enthusiastic, let’s have positive energy, which is something I think a lot of people really want and need right now,” said musician @joshgroban ahead of hosting the Tony Awards with @sarabareilles. Read @leighn’s interview with Groban on how he picked his look for the night, his next record and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye #tonyawards (📷: @vnina)
“Rock as an attitude and not a uniform. Street as a style and not just clothing. Sportswear as the new normality,” @paul_surridge said of his first @roberto_cavalli men’s wear collection, previewed here. The British designer joined the brand as the creative director in May 2017, and is gearing up to unveil his debut for the label with a runway show at the Florence Charterhouse on June 13 at #PittiUomo. Head to WWD.com to read more about his collection and see more sneak peek photos. #wwdfashion (📷: @simonelezzi)