FASHIONBOSS ENCORE: SUNDAY FASHION RECAP
FASHION LAW: Tales of Infringement
Saks Has a Gender Identity Issue | A former transgender employee at a Houston, Texas Saks store claims the company fired her in 2012 for making her transgender identity too known at work. As reported in Law 360, Leyth O. Jamal says Saks management told her to “separate her home life from her work life” and allegedly went so far as to tell her to act more masculine on the sales floor. Jamal also claims she was instructed to use the men’s restroom at the store. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed last month that the Department of Justice interprets Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as inclusive of transgender people. Saks attempted to contradict this ruling in December and throw out Jamal’s case.
To Shop or Not to Shop Jeen | Notorious Shop Jeen, an online store that sells novelty sundries, is the target of a major trademark infringement suit. The e-tailer shop sold iPhone covers that resembled the Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle and even mimicked the purse chains that many of their vintage handbags feature. The offending piece is designed with the Chanel trademark sans any tweaking or parody of the brand, which violates the fair use doctrine for copyrighted design. The product could be mistaken for an actual Chanel item, which would confuse consumers and what Chanel calls the “defrauding of Chanel and the consuming public for the Defendants’ own [financial] benefit.”
FASHION & STYLE: New Names, New Faces
Gigi Hadid Fronts Maybelline | If girls dream of model stardom, then working models dream of contracts with major cosmetics labels. At nineteen, IMG model Gigi Hadid has become the new face of Maybelline, cementing her status as a runway and ad campaign elite. She shared the news via Instagram to her 1.5 million followers.The fresh-faced Californian already has a showcase portfolio, which features a slot in the iconic 2015 Pirelli calendar, a recreation of Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover and a place on Chanel’s SS 2015 show in Paris. Hadid has also appeared in campaigns for Tom Ford, Sisley and GUESS, where she began her modeling career at two years old.
Did You Hear? It’s “Maison Margiela” Now . . . | Martin, Martin, wherefore art thou Martin? Earlier this week designer John Galliano returned to the haute couture runway after a long hiatus from the fashion world to present the new Maison Martin Margiela, or rather Maison Margiela, collection. Galliano’s return took the backseat to the real surprising news of the evening that the house of Margiela officially changed their name for the first time since its founding in 1988 to Maison Margiela. One spokesman for the brand said that the change in name “reflects the evolution of the house.”
BUSINESS OF FASHION: Gucci’s Biggest In-and-Out
Fashionably Early? Frida Giannini Officially Leaves Gucci | In a surprise move, former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini departed a month earlier than expected from the luxury retailer. New CEO Marco Bizzarri took over Gucci this month in a restructuring first announced in December by the brand’s parent company, Kering SA. Giannini’s exit coincided with that of former CEO and life partner Patrizio di Marco as profit flagged at the Italian label. Giannini left less than a week before the start of the Fall/Winter menswear collections in Milan.
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