Fashion Roundup: Gigi Hadid’s Next Gig, Prada Goes Green

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Fashion Roundup: Gigi Hadid’s Next Gig, Prada Goes Green

Gigi Hadid can add Tommy Hilfiger Brand Ambassador to her resume. In addition to starring in its campaigns, Hadid will also design a capsule collection  via British Vogue.
Big brands like Proenza Schouler and Tom Ford are moving towards consumer-centric model via The Zoe Report.
Wearing tacky whips and chains can get you sued!  YouTube Personality Legal Fox discusses the lawsuit of an elderly man and his dominatrix  via YouTube.
Prada unveils radical plans to safeguard the environment. The company reveals its strategy to tackle climate change by reducing CO2 emissions, waste and packaging consumption via Dazed Digital.
InStyle will partner with Fandango on video series about red-carpet trends. The collaboration gives viewers a look into the intersection of film and fashion. It will feature Isaac Mizrahi, Olivia Palermo, and many others via WWD.
American Apparel Founder’s Bid for Company Said to Move Forward via BOF.
Have you hit a dead end in your goal to work in the fashion industry?  As I have mentioned in a previous post, Carly Cristman gives great advice about securing your dream job. Cristman is back with a new video featuring Kaitlyn Warman, a buyer at Nastygal and former buyer at Barneys. Learn the truth behind working in the fashion industry via YouTube.

2015-2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion Law Lovers

2015-2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion Law Lovers

Surprise your fashion law lover with these gifts during the holiday season! This list is the ultimate guide.

  1. Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys // Amazon  Make sure your fashion law lover understands the legal aspects of the fashion business by purchasing this holy grail book. The principals covered in the book include: intellectual property protection and litigation, licensing, anti-counterfeiting, start-up and finance, commercial transactions, employment regulations, advertising and marketing, celebrity endorsements, and custom and international trade. Price: $100
  2. Nars Steven Klein Collaboration Killer Heels Lipstick Coffret // Sephora This lipstick collection is a limited-edition set of five mini lipsticks in a lineup of soft and bold shades.  Price: $49
  3. AQUAZZURA Wild Thing Sandals // Barneys Personally, I have been drooling over these sandals all semester!(Ask my friends!)  Crafted of poppy red suede and trimmed with tonal fringe, these open toe sandals are a must-have to liven up a fashion law lovers’ wardrobe. Price: $785
  4. Humans of New York Book // Amazon Based on Brandon Stanton’s blog, this perfect coffee table book is a collection of images that showcases the personalities of New York. Price: $17
  5. Saint Laurent Monogram Crossbody Bag // Barneys  This cross body bag is made with black caviar-grained leather and features golden hardware. Typically, fashion law lovers are always on the go. So, this bag serves as a great transition from a day in the office to a client’s pop up shop event. Price: $1550
  6. Illesteva Women’s Leonard Mirrored Sunglasses // Amazon While flipping through the latest copy of J.Crew’s catalog, I came across these eye-catching sunglasses. The shades are described as “downtown-cool aesthetic.” Handcrafted from top-quality materials from Italy and France, the company promises great quality. Price: $177
  7. Diptyque Mimosa Mini Candle // Barneys  After a stressful day in the office monitoring counterfeits or memorizing statutes for your next exam, it is nice to come home and burn a candle with a glass of vino. With proper care, these candles are said to burn for 30 hours. This candle takes you to the French Rivera on a summer day with notes of sweet mimosa. Price: $32
  8. Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker // Amazon I received this espresso maker for my birthday this past May. It is like having your own Starbucks! Price: $149
  9. Barneys New York Box Clutch // Barneys With polished gunmetal-tone frame and hardware, this clutch seems fitting to ring in the New Year. Price: $175
  10. Dior Couture Smoky Palette, Holiday Couture Collection // Bloomingdales What’s the holidays without a makeup gift set? This set is a smoky palette with 3 eye shadows, 2 lip colors and a double-ended brush in a zippered clutch. Price: $69
  11. Apple TV  // Apple  With WME/IMG launching M2M fashion channel on Apple TV exclusively, fashion law lovers need to stay updated on the latest industry news. Price: $149 
  12. Kate Spade All Occassion Card Set // Amazon  Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoy quality stationary. This card set ensures that you’ll be ready for any occasion such as birthdays and congratulations. Price: $30
  13. Kate Spade Ballpoint Pen // Amazon What is good stationary without a fancy pen? According to Kate Spade, “she’s always making excuses to handwrite cards.” Here is another excuse. Price: $36
  14. Apple Watch // Apple  This is definitely on my wish list! Hint. Price: $349
  15. Kate Spade: All in Good Taste // Amazon This lovely guide is filled with how-tos, recipes, and personal essays. The book covers lost arts such as curating a vibrant guest list, choosing dinner-table discussions, as well as dealing with Instagram etiquette at dinner. Price: $18
  16. Mansur Gavriel Large Bucket Bag // Barneys This bucket bag has become the latest “it” bag with its minimal details, vegetable-tanned smooth leather, and threaded leather drawstring closure. Price: $595
  17. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum // Nordstrom This rich scent with notes such as bergamot transitions from full day at work/school to Fashion Law networking event. Price: $115

Image: Winnie Harlow (former Top Model contestant) was recently named role model of the year for GQ Portugal. What an honor! Harlow models Dior’s fall collection.




Bloomingdale’s in Hot Eggnog over Holiday Ad

Bloomingdale’s in Hot Eggnog Over Holiday Ad

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Upon flipping through the pages of the latest Bloomingdale’s catalog, you may  have seen a particularly disturbing advertisement that read, “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking.” Excuse me. The model who is donning a white blazer with black lapels is all smiles, while her “best friend” dressed in a dark suit looks menacing and suspicious.
Bloomingdale’s attempt at an edgy and controversial ad has led to backlash via the internet. One Twitter user hopped on and said, “It’s beyond me how this was ever cleared to be published in the first place.” Ads like Bloomingdale’s are evidence that it is important for the legal department and the marketing department to work together.  For many concerned Twitter users, the ad suggests that “roofing” your best friend is perfectly acceptable interaction during the holiday season. Hopefully, lawsuits won’t ensue over the ad’s attempt to be cheeky.
Since the creepy ad made headlines, Bloomingdale’s Spokesperson responded, “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste.” The company added via its Twitter, “We heard your feedback about our catalog copy, which was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes.”

Did Bloomingdale’s take its Holiday ad too far? Should America’s luxury department store do more than apology? Leave a comment below! 

Photo credit: Imgur & Flickr

Miami Welcomes Hermès to the Design District

Hermes, Miami Welcomes Hermès to the Design District

Miami Welcomes Hermès to the Design District

Miami can now welcome the iconic  Hermès flagship store to its booming Design District. Hermès is now neighbors with high end fashion houses such as: BurberryCÉLINECHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, TOM FORD, and many others.

Located at 163 Northeast 39th Street, the store boasts three stories and a prominent staircase. The 13,000-square-foot boutique is one of the French brand’s largest stores in the United States, revealed Robert Chavez, president and CEO of Hermès U.S.

Real Deal South Florida reports:

The goal was to create an inviting setting for visitors to experience the full Hermès collection, amid floor-t0-ceiling glass and an abundance of natural light. The building’s facade has two layers: a glazed glass box, covered with a white-coated steel grid, broken up by hundreds of vertical steel tubes of varying thickness.

Fashion Law Notes: So What’s a Flagship?

A flagship is a term used to designate a retailer’s primary location. Typically, these stores hold or sell the highest volumes of merchandise such as handbags and shoes.

As the design district continues to expand with likes of Dior’s flagship store projected to open in March 2016, what’s next for Miami fashion scene? Leave a note in the comment section below. 

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Curl up with your tablet and check out the chicest news stories in the media this week!

Mastering the brand and fashion blogger relationship: our six top tips via Lexology 

Elena Varese, Stephanie van der Schaft, and Leonie Kroon of DLA Piper LLP wrote this helpful piece! Many brands have formed strategic partnerships with one or more influential fashion bloggers in sponsorship arrangements and design collaborations.


For some time now, sports apparel as a category has been outpacing the growth of the overall retail industry

Fashion Law 101 – Are Licensing Agreements Right For My Brand? via Wigs and Gowns 

Expansion beyond domestic boundaries is essential for any brand wishing to grow. Developing a strong international basis can help hedge against economic downturns and currency fluctuations as well as developing brand recognition.

Role Call | Douglas Hand, Fashion Lawyer via Business of Fashion 

Douglas Hand is a fashion lawyer and founding member of the law firm Hand Baldachin Amburgey LLP (HBA) which represents fashion and lifestyle companies such as Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Anna Sui, Public School and Mansur Gavriel.

J. Crew and Walmart in Copyright Battle via Fashion Boss 

An unlikely duo, J. Crew and Wal-Mart, are now both entwined in a copyright lawsuit. J. Crew, the upscale prep retailer filed suit in New York district court last week against discount mogul Wal-Mart for copyright infringement on a selection of necklaces sold by the clothing and apparel retailer.

Photo Credit: Flickr 



Fashion Law Career Roundup is a series that shares the latest fashion industry jobs available in the legal field. So, tweak that cover letter , review that resume, and polish those pearl earrings because these sought out positions will likely fill up quicker than you can say,”I’m a Fashion Law Hopeful.”

New York

Estée Lauder–Associate Counsel

The Associate Counsel will be part of a legal team responsible for providing digital/social media, e-commerce, privacy/data security and general commercial legal advice and support to Brands and corporate functions within The Estee Lauder Companies.

For more information: Current Openings.

Job ID #: 152724

Coach–IP Counsel

The Intellectual Property Counsel is a key position in Coach’s legal department. This attorney will help safeguard Coach’s most important assets – it’s trademarks, copyrights, and other registrations. Responsible for both the filing of registrations, and their enforcement, this role requires a variety of skills.

For more information: Coach Careers.

Job ID #: 9009

News: Cut the Strings: Advice for Fashion or Creative Arts Attorney Hopefuls 

J.Crew Group, Inc.–Corporate Counsel | Intellectual Property

J. Crew seeks a staff level attorney to assist with intellectual property matters. This person will work under the supervision of a senior level attorney with marketing, creative and production teams, advising on a diverse and challenging array of intellectual property matters affecting the company. This individual will also be expected to work on commercial and litigation matters regarding privacy, consumer protection and product safety, as well as other matters, as needed.

For more information: Careers at J. Crew.


Nike–Assistant General Counsel | Business Services & Real Estate

As an Assistant General Counsel – Business Services/Real Estate, you will counsel Nike’s North American and Emerging Markets retail and non-retail real estate directors and other business representatives of Nike and its subsidiaries in the negotiation, structure and strategic implementation of various real estate agreements including retail, office and warehouse leasing, purchase and sale agreements, license agreements, construction contracts, event agreements and related matters.


Job ID #: 00219750

Other Opportunities 

ABA Intellectual Property Section–Young Lawyers Fellow

Each year the ABA-IPL Section selects two fellows for three-year terms from applicants with proven achievement, participation, excellence, and commitment. The goal of the ABA-IPL Fellows Program is to develop future leadership and encourage diversity in the Section. Fellows are encouraged to attend Section meetings and are expected to work within areas such as ABA-IPL Action groups, Boards, and Committees. Fellows also promote diversity and membership, as they continue to develop leadership skills and responsibilities in the Section. Participants in the ABA-IPL Fellows Program are funded to attend select Section conferences during their three years in the program

For more information: Young Lawyer Fellows Program Application.


Photo credit: J. Crew 2015 Fall Outerwear via Fashion Gone Rogue



Curl up with your tablet and check out the chicest news stories in the media this week!

Planning an In-Kind Sponsorship Agreement for Fashion Exhibition or Show via Law on the Runway

Attorney Rachel Fischbein provides advice on in-kind sponsorship agreements based on her experience with the 360Fashion runway show.

Are copyright trolls taking over the fashion industry? via Fortune

Shar Simantob and his Los Angeles-based textile company, United Fabric International, are used to following trends in the fashion industry. The company works as a middleman between mills and labels to develop fabrics and prints in line with what tastemakers say will be hot in the coming seasons.

Harvard Had An Elle of Time Mixing Fashion and Finance via A Preponderance of Fashion 

Previous Guest Author, Fashion Blawger, poses the question, “Can you be good at fashion and finance?”

Louboutin Adds Protection with Design Patents via B.A.F.F.L.E.D.

Fab shoemaker Christian Louboutin is always working to protect his brand. His latest attempt has been obtaining a design patent for his spiked toe design. He’s already overcome the red sole battle, and is now continuing on in making sure there’s no confusion as to what belongs to him and only him.

Perry Ellis President Accused Of Saying “No Blacks In My Ads” via Refinery 29

Friend to the blog and friend in real life, Ally Hickson, wrote this piece! 

Prejudice is nothing new in the fashion industry. Last year, Zara was accused of harassment, and news broke this week that Coach was facing a weight-discrimination suit. Today, another brand is under fire: Perry Ellis is being sued over claims that the company’s president, Oscar Feldenkreis, demanded there be “no Blacks in my ads” or “anyone who looked too gay.”

Photo credit: Lais Ribeiro via Fashion Gone Rogue  for Bottletop Shot by Photographer Jerome Duran

8 Tips on How to Make it in Fashion via FashionistaCon

8 Tips on How to Make it in Fashion via FashionistaCon

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So you want to be a fashion attorney? If you read my previous post, I discussed my recent trip to New York City for Fashionista’s How to Make it in Fashion. If you want to go into a unique area such as fashion, you must be creative in your networking. Many times, you will be the only law student or lawyer in the room. However, the opportunity to meet emerging designers, fashion journalists, and public relations executives is invaluable! In order to understand the nuances of the fashion industry, you should feel comfortable striking up conversations with the fashion crowd. Below, I outlined 8 tips from FashionistaCon.

Help! I want to work in Fashion.

1. You have to do a lot of stuff for free.



2. You should be the first person to arrive and the last person to leave at your internship.
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Keynote speaker Marissa Webb said, “Work your ass off and make sure that you’re giving it 150 percent. An internship is not just an internship. I constantly remind my team and myself and anyone who is trying to get to the next level, it doesn’t matter if you’re bringing someone a coffee, it doesn’t matter if you’re plunging a toilet. I’ve done it myself when I first started my company.”

3. If no one is willingly to give you a shot to beef up your fashion experience, create a blog.



Fashion Law Mapping is a prime example. After several rejections due to the lack of experience, competitiveness, and popularity of fashion law internships, I decided that I would brand myself as a student expert in fashion law. This blog has open many opportunities to meet liked-minded students, to connect with attorneys around the world, to conduct research for my law school, and to stand out amongst other fashion law enthusiasts.

4. Cultivate your social media presence.


Many panelists echoed that it is important to develop your brand on the web. Think about what you want your google search to pull up. However in the “Making it in Media” panel, the speakers warned that while you should be an active participant in social media, you must be smart about it.

5. Make a list of the people that you want to interact with and go meet them.
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6. Be hungry and hit the pavement.


Your dream internship or job will not magically appear in your lap. You must be strategic about achieving your goal. Learn to multitask. In fact, several panelists discussed balancing school work with an internship and a part-time job.

7. Be thoughtful.


Keynote speaker, Bobbi Brown emphasized, “Be nice to everyone — and not only because they’ll do something for you but just in general. You never know what people are going through. Have an open heart and an open mind.”

8. Ask for feedback.


Don’t be afraid of criticism. Learn from your mistakes and improve. “I had no fear knowing that I’ve never done this, but I’ll figure it out,” Webb said, remembering when she was assigned to create sweaters despite having no experience in the category. “Having that kind of tenacity is important.”


The advice that I received from the conference is a constant reminder to grind 24/7. Whenever I hit a wall, I’ll look to this advice as a reminder. Want to add any tips? Leave a comment below! 

Photo credit: Featured Image of model Imaan Hammam via Fashion Gone Rogue, Picture of Meat Packing District (Author's own), Gifs (various sites)

Fashion Law Mapping Takes FashionistaCon in NYC

Fashion Law Mapping Takes FashionistaCon in NYC


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Attendees waiting for the conference to begin.

In its 3rd year, Fashionista held its annual conference, “How to Make it in Fashion” on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. The day-long event took place at the Highline Stages in  the Meat Packing District of New York City. Keynote Speakers included:  Bobbi Brown of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Yahoo Beauty and Marissa Webb of Designer and Creative Director for Marissa Webb and Creative Adviser of Banana Republic.

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Moderator Cheryl Wischhover with Bobbi Brown


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Moderator Lauren Inuvik with Marissa Webb

This conference is geared to those aspiring to be in the fashion industry as well as those who are actively working in fashion. I had the great pleasure of making new fashion friends such as Vanessa Street of VStreet Design, Jess Garbarino of Brunswick Park (performance apparel company), LaTonya Bell (Washington D.C. attorney and Style Consultant), Clarele Mortimer, Julie Acevedo, and many more!

Since fashion law is a combination of many areas of the law, it is important for fashion law enthusiasts to be creative in their networking. One of the best aspects about the conference was: an assigned mentor!  The opportunity to talk with a fashion industry insider is priceless.

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My outfit for the conference

Fashionista assigned mentors based on areas of interest. I chose editing/writing because I am always looking for ways to improve the blog. My assigned mentor was:  Lauren Indvik. Ms. Inuvik is the editor in chief of Fashionista. Prior to Fashionista, she served as a business editor at Mashable. Ms. Inuvik has been published by InStyle, Forbes, Fast Company,, and Fashion Theory (a peer-reviewed academic journal).

Between the amazing swag bag and networking opportunities, this is a conference not to miss! Fashionista will be holding its next conference in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2015. Click here for more information.

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Tell Fashionista that Fashion Law Mapping sent you. In the next coming days, FLM will be posting valuable advice learned at the the conference. Time to head back to sunny Miami. New York, it’s been real!


Leave a note in the comments below! 

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Curl up with your tablet and check out the chicest news stories in the media this week!

How awards shows and media exposure affect fashion designers’ intellectual property via Inside Counsel

Recently, the MTV Video Music Awards aired, and celebrities and musicians showcased the latest fashion from the world’s top designers.

Cosmopolitan sniffs licensing opportunity via Financial Times

What does the “fun fearless female” smell like?

Is New York Fashion Week Passing the Diversity Test? via Vogue Runway

Industry activists have been lobbying for the inclusion of catwalkers from varied backgrounds.

The Rise Of Copyright Cases Against Retailers via Mondaq

Copyright law is in the news again this week, including the rise in copyright infringement cases against retailers in copyright infringement cases over textile patterns.

Should the modelling industry be regulated? via Business of Fashion

When Dior chose 14-year-old Israeli model Sofia Mechetner to open its haute couture show in July, the fashion house caused an outcry.


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