This week in Style…
1. Legal issues plague the world of Fashion
From a legal point of view, this week it has been quite an exciting one. First there was news that the Chanel copyright infringement lawsuit against Jeanine Heller who owns the company “What about Yves”, famous for their “parody” t-shirts, has been dropped, but this soon turned out to be false. Chanel is suing Heller for using the double C logo as the Ghostbuster sign on several products available from her website. The company was in the news last year for a similar disagreement with Saint Laurent after their infamous “Ain’t Laurent without Yves” shirt, commenting on the brand dropping Yves from their name.
A lawsuit that has indeed been dropped though, is the tax evasion suit against Dolce and Gabbana. The two designers have always pledged innocence and the court agreed with them this week.
Also, is Paul Gorman, author of The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion, suing Vivienne Westwood and her co-authors for plagiarizing phrases for her memoirs? This allegation remains to be resolved, but we would have expected better from our all-time favourite mother of punk than to simply copy and paste.
2. Adidas collaboration with Mary Katrantzou
As Tim Blanks, editor of style.com, put it there is no ocean too deep and no mountain too high for the incredibly talented Mary Katrantzou. So naturally we were excited when Adidas announced a collaboration with her back in April; the first sneakpeak has been revealed this week and it didn’t disappoint. The collection, which will be available for sale on the 15th of November, is colourful, fun, sporty and might just be that extra little bit of motivation we needed to get us on that running machine and cross trainer. Inspired by the track shoes worn by medal winners in the 70s and 80s, Katrantzou created shoes and dresses that represent everything the high-end sportswear trend embodies.
3. H&M celebrates designer collaborations
It’s been ten years since Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with H&M and kickstarted a new trend which brought high end fashion to the high street; as the fashion genius puts it “Inexpensive is not ‘cheap’ anymore”. To mark the occasion, the brand is bringing out a book featuring all of their designer collaborations. From Jimmy Choo to Marni, they are all in there, accompanied by unseen images and interviews. By buying this little gem you’ll also do your bit for the greater good, as the Swedish brand has announced that 25% of sales will go to UNICEF. That’s what we call saving the world in style.
4. British Fashion Awards Nominees
It’s that time of year again: The nominees for the British Fashion Award have been released. 37 designers, models and brands are battling it out for the 13 awards, with Alexander McQueen and JW Anderson already having been nominated twice. Other talents include Erdem, last year’s winner of the Women’s Wear Designer of the Year award, Christopher Kane and Nottingham’s own Paul Smith. The ceremony, which will again be presented by comedian Jack Whitehall, is to be held on the 1st of December. To view the full lists of awards and nominees check www.britishfashionawards.com.
5. Gingham is back!
It seems that most fashion trends these days have already done their rounds: this millennium is more about reinventing than inventing, and, as far as we are concerned that is equally as exciting. Hence, we are more than happy to announce that the 50s and 60s gingham is back; its time to get some check in your wardrobe and feel like Brigitte Bardot. Whether soft and subtle like Bottega Venetta, or crumpled like Michael Kors, the pattern was everywhere. Get out your inner cowgirl and class her up with a gingham trenchcoat or wear it with biker boots and a leather jacket to give it an added edge.
Images: britishfashionawards.com, style.com, vogue.co.uk, fashion.telegraph.co.uk