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All sorts of new collections are starting up:

Now we’ve got the news that Nicole Richie is also expanding on her fashion empire with a contemporary clothing line for women. She’s already had success with the House of Harlow, her 60s inspired line of jewelry, and her Nicole for Pea in the Pod maternity line.

A Winter Kate jacket layered over a camisole and vest with House of Harlow 1960 accessories. Photo by Raquel Olivo

A Winter Kate jacket layered over a camisole and vest with House of Harlow 1960 accessories. Photo by Raquel Olivo

Winter Kate is the name of the new line. It will debut next spring. The line, which takes her daughter Harlow’s two middle names, will also be 60s and 70s inspired. The 37 pieces will have a bohemian feel. The line will have mostly bed jackets, tops and vests as these are the focus points of Richie’s personal wardrobe.

Richie told Women’s Wear Daily, “I probably wear the same two pairs of jeans every day as the background to a fabulous top,” she said. “Bed jackets are a staple of my wardrobe because they are a gorgeous way to give jeans and a white T-shirt a completely different look.”

For Richie, “Fashion should be accessible.” Both the House of Harlow and Winter Kate target the same type of customer. “She is a woman like me: She does not look at labels; she knows how to mix and match. The pieces can be dressed up, made casual, but most importantly, they provide the wearer a means of self-expression and fun.”

You’ll be able to buy Winter Kate separates beginning in February at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ron Herman, Intermix and Kitson.

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Anni Sui?!!!

Gossip Girl?!!!

Target?!!! (That’s pronounced “Tar-jae” for you all who don’t know 😉 ).

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that American fashion designer Anna Sui’s just made a collection especially for Target. Her collection hit the store racks this past weekend on September 13th.

The concept is based on the styles of the four main female Gossip Girl characters:

  • Serena van der Woodsen
  • Blair Waldorf
  • Jenny Humphrey
  • Vanessa Abrams

Sui explained her approach this spring in a press release, “My collection for Target combines elements of art and the spirit of New York City with my signature prints, silhouettes and use of color.”

She also loves making her designs accessible, “I have always been a fan of designer partnerships with mass retailers. I think it is a great way to bring fashion to everyone.”

She’s definitely managed to make the Gossip Girl look accessible to many with this collaboration.

What’s your favorite style and which Gossip Girl are you?

Are your tastes graceful yet edgy like Serena?*

anni sui for target screen shot serena

Do you have a thing for baby-doll dresses and bows like Blair?*

anni sui for target screen shot blair

Do you have an daring, devil-may-care approach to fashion like Jenny?*

anni sui for target screen shot jenny

Are you a bohemian with a distinct Brooklyn flavor like Vanessa?*

anni sui for target screen shot vanessa

*All photos are screen shots from the Target.com website

With this line this much fun and with so many great pieces, do you really need to choose?

I have to admit, I’m digging both the concept and the designs.  Not all work for me, but that’s the point.  She’s got four distinct styles and there is something for everyone.

Target chose the right combination for sure: a hot designer and the hottest show on television!

With the pieces priced between $19.99 to $149.99, the collection clearly suits both the tastes and the budgets of Target customers because many pieces have already sold out!

Move fast and and do your Gossip Girl inspired shopping here: Anna Sui for Target

What do you think? Do you like the line? Do you think Anna’s style interpretations for the characters are correct?

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It’s hard to imagine what you cannot buy online these days.  Most everything you could possibly want is available with a simple click of a button.  Loeffler Randall and Jessie Randall, the masterminds behind the footwear brand Loeffler Randall, took this idea into mind when deciding to launch the company’s own online store on its website at loefflerrandall.com.  The site, which relaunched today features a large collection of flats and its widely-popular boots, as well as its line of accessories and clothing.

“Loeffler Randall has become a cult brand, but no one [retailer] can show the full embodiment and vision of the brand,” said Randall. “On the website, we’re able to show all that.”

The website will also feature a fashion blog by the designer, behind-the-scenes video, and look books.

Article and Photo Source: WWD

The Italians, who have always coveted the fact that their fashion is superior, have made the Fashion Industry very happy with a new labeling law similar to what we have in the US.  For years the clothing they have imported from overseas has not required to place the country of manufacture on the label.  Well, when your fashion lines are signature and the Chinese are not shy about copying other products and shipping them to your country you have to do something about it.  Really it is hard to believe our Italiano amici did not recognize this as a problem earlier.

Italy has lead for many years in the designer fashion and has not made a fuss much less taken legal action over other companies that tried to facsimile their product.  Now that we are all scrambling for a share of the consumers dollar that is actually being spent on clothes it has become an important issue.  Finally the Italian legislature has weighed in on the “Made in Italy” stamp because the European Union has done nothing.  I wonder if they fear upsetting the Chinese? 
(Source:WSJ)

von-furstenberg-mercy-floral-jacketIf you’ve been shopping lately, you’ve seen it:  a dress or a purse that almost-sorta-not-quite looks like a designer version that sells for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars more.

Maybe you even bought it.

I’ve had that gleeful, naughty feeling, the thrill of saving a wad of cash and the excitement of owning a piece that is even cuter than the original.

Should I–and even more to the point, should we–feel guilty?

The answer, while complicated, is probably.

With the advent of fast fashion emporiums like Zara, Forever 21, TopShop and H&M, clothing can be translated from the runway to the retail floor in a matter of weeks.  Often the items are changed in detail–seams moved, sleeves altered, trim edited–but are similar in spirit; these pieces are labeled as “inspired by” their designer predecessors.  (This is not to say that the fast fashion shops pull all their inspiration directly from the runway.  These stores can–and regularly do–turn out original pieces that are interesting and fashionable in their own right.)

Other, more expensive labels are also in the knockoff game.  Recently, Alice & Olivia produced a version of Balmain’s $11, 410 band jacket, which, according to multiple sources, will be priced around $400.  Cheaper, but not cheap; and questions of ethics and intellectual property remain.

So is this kind of interpretive fashion legal?  According to fashion legal expert and blogger Susan Scafidi:

“A new clothing or accessory design typically falls between the cracks of the intellectual property system.  The label is probably protected by trademark, but the design may not yet be sufficiently iconic to be protected by trade dress.  Since the item is functional, copyright doesn’t apply.  Very few garments or accessories actually meet the standards of patentability; even if they did, getting a patent takes months or years.”

In a word, yes.  Sort of.  For now.

Backed by a large group of American designers, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) is lobbying Congress for passage of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, which would ban “substantially similar” designs from the marketplace.  But even this definition is slippery; what’s the line between “substantially similar”–a knockoff, deliberately copied from an original piece–and “inspired by,” which takes the original piece and tweaks it in a new way?

Ironically, Diane von Furstenberg, the president of CFDA and one of the designers leading the charge on Washington, just settled a case of design infringement with the designers of  fashion line Mercy, whose floral jacket was ripped off by one of von Furstenberg’s designers.

It seems that in the world of fast fashion, no one is immune.

photo credit:  The Star