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FASHION LAW: No Cosmetic (or Outerwear) Could Cover Up These Lawsuits
Counterfeit Makeup: It’s All in the Family? | Earlier this month it was announced that Jorge Robles (51), his ex-wife Ana Del LaMota (45) and their 23-year old daughter Rossy Robles had been charged and sentenced in connection with an international cosmetics counterfeiting scheme that procured hundreds of thousands of dollars from fake cosmetic products. The Edisons imported hundreds of pounds of fake cosmetic products from China which were then re-sold as Make-up Art Cosmetics (MAC), a higher end brand. After a yearlong investigation, the Edison’s were arrested and charged in December. Jorge pled guilty to second-degree counterfeiting and now faces five years in state prison while Ana and Rossy both pled guilty to third-degree counterfeiting; Ana was placed on a three year probation and Rossy will serve a three year term under the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program. Prosecutor in this case, Andrew C. Carey stated, “Counterfeit cosmetics are a public health concern, as unwitting victims are applying potentially toxic substances to their faces and bodies.” He also mentioned that, “…counterfeiting poses a significant drain on the local and national economies.”
Columbia Wins an Unseasonably Hot Lawsuit | Fibretronic, Hong Kong-based supplier of wearable technology, was found guilty of supplying defective components for electrically heated jackets to client Columbia Sportswear Co. The company was held liable for $3.3 million in damages paid directly to Columbia. When Columbia first filed the action back in September of 2013 they sought $9.4 million in damages, a drastic difference from the $3.3 million awarded, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers can they? The lawsuit outlines that the wiring required for such heat-tech clothing was improperly aligned in the wrist cuffs of each heated jacket, creating an electrical short and placing customers at risk. “The short created a hot spot that melted fabric in the jacket,” claims Columbia. One court document filed in the case indicated Columbia ended with approximately 6,400 electrically heated jackets in inventory. The company disposed of all by 70 jackets, ten of each of the defective models, for future reference.
BUSINESS OF FASHION: The Perfect Pair . . . of Art Directors
Carven is All About the Dynamic Duo | Carven is seeing double. Replacing former Artistic Director Guillaume Henry with two design school pals, the French brand is establishing a creative precedent in its division of Henry’s role. The new design heads are Alexis Martial, recently Creative Director of Italian brand Iceberg, and the less known Adrien Caillaudaud, a shoes-and-accessories designer at Givenchy and former Marc Jacobs employee. Martial and Caillaudaud met while studying at Atelier Chardon Savard, a design school in Paris.
FASHION & STYLE: It’s That Time of Year at CFDA
CFDA Nominees Are Swarovski-Crystal-Clear | Yesterday, CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg ascended the Swarovski crystal laden stage at the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center to announce the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards nominees and honorees. The ceremony will be include a couple of important firsts, such as presenting the Eugenia Sheppard Award for media to social media platform (Instagram) and the omission of the Fashion Icon award (is Rihanna’s transparent gown from last year to blame?). Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School return to this year’s list, in the running for both Designer of the Year (menswear) and the Swarovski Design Award (womenswear). Joining them in the menswear category are David Neville & Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens and Tom Ford. Hopefuls for Designer of the Year for womenswear include Joseph Altuzzara (last year’s recipient), Marc Jacobs and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of the Row. Cartwheeling industry veteran Betsey Johnson leapt to join Furstenberg on stage at the Rock to accept the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
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