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Mary Katrantzou Gets Sued for Copyright Infringement

Mary Katrantzou Lawsuit

Courtesy: The Fashion Law

Mary Katrantzou, the British designer praised for her inventive digital prints, once said of fast fashion imitators, “You can’t take it personally; everyone is being copied, and I don’t have the budget to sue.”

It’s ironic that she now finds herself on the receiving end of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Myoung Ho Lee, a Korean photographer. Lee claims that Katrantzou used his “Tree…#3” image, previously featured in The New York Times T Magazine and The Telegraph, without authorization. His complaint, filed in the California District Court, cites Katrantzou’s “T for Tree” T-shirt, which retails for $520 on her e-commerce site, as the offending garment.

The case will more than likely settle out of court but it does raise questions about creative license and intellectual property in the digital age. Since information is so readily available, are we to assume Katrantzou’s team came across Lee’s image on social media or in the press? And if an image varies slightly, as is the case with Katrantzou’s “T for Tree” shirt, does it still constitute copyright infringement? It will be interesting to see how the case unfolds.

[via The Fashion Law]

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Starbucks Debuts the ‘Bloody’ Frappula Frappuccino Just in Time for Halloween

Starbucks Frappula Frappuccino

Courtesy: Starbucks

While we’re busy creating hair colors inspired by Starbucks’ beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, the coffee house is debuting a spooky new flavor in honor of Halloween. Meet the aptly named Frappula Frappuccino, which is essentially a horror movie in a cup.

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To create the limited-edition Frappula, white chocolate mocha frappe is layered on top of a blend of whipped cream and mocha sauce. Raspberry syrup is drizzled to resemble, well, blood and the whole concoction gets topped with whipped cream. Try drinking this bloody beverage and not looking like a vampire.

The fang-tastic drink is only available until October 31, so hurry! P.S. if you find yourself craving a taste of blood (aka raspberry syrup) later, you can always custom order it.

[via Cosmopolitan]

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Kate Moss and Poppy Delevingne Design Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Charity

Kate Moss Christmas Sweater Save The Children Matches Fashion

Credit: Mary McCartney

The next time you have to throw on an ugly Christmas sweater for your co-worker’s dreaded holiday party, at least you can do it for a good cause. Matches Fashion teamed up with Save The Children to bring you five Christmas sweaters that give back. Designed by five top model and designer teams — Kate Moss and Bella Freud, Poppy Delevingne and Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon and Erin O’Connor, Henry Holland and Dree Hemingway, Charlotte Olympia and Karen Elson — the sweaters cost $561 each with all the proceeds going to Save The Children. The organization will use funds to bring relief to child poverty worldwide and to support its Child Refugee Crisis Appeal program. (more…)

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This Mashup of Adele and Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ Songs Will Make Your Monday

It’s hard to listen to Adele’s new song “Hello” without texting your ex, sobbing into your pillow and recalling Lionel Richie’s famous song of the same name. Richie got wind of the comparisons and posted a side-by-side collage of him and Adele on their phones with the caption “HELLO @adele is it me you’re looking for… #hello.”

 

HELLO @adele is it me you’re looking for… #hello

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Epic! He followed up with a short clip of both music videos mashed up into one epic phone call. Whoever created this video is a genius (seriously, we can’t stop watching).  (more…)

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Freja Beha Erichsen Wears That Louis Vuitton Coat AGAIN on the Cover of Vogue Japan (Forum Buzz)

The December issues have begun to trickle out and Vogue Japan‘s is the first to surface, as per usual. After serving up a less-than-impressive Kendall Jenner last month, Japanese Vogue had a lot to make up for. At the very least, the title certainly delivers a “real model” for December, enlisting the expertise of Freja Beha Erichsen. Sporting the same Louis Vuitton coat she wore on the runway and on the cover of WSJ. Magazine back in September, the Danish beauty poses for Patrick Demarchelier (sans lamb).

Vogue Japan December 2015 : Freja Beha Erichsen by Patrick Demarchelier

IMAGE: AMAZON.CO.JP

Forum members made their opinions clear from the get-go. “This is just plainly put, lazy! Why would they want to shoot her in the look she wore on the runway? Also, she wore the same for WSJ‘s cover! The blatant placement of that valise is really amateur too,” ranted Benn98.

“What a lazy cover. Seriously? Vogue Japan, where is the creativity? This looks undone, amateur at best. It’s like a catalog shot and an outtake so to speak. Wow. I have so many ideas of better cover shots with that styling and Freja, but wow VJ, you constantly outdo your worst covers,” exclaimed a horrified MON.

In agreement was Scotty: “I’m tired of seeing Freja in that ‘look,’ I think I’ve seen it 10 times now.” (more…)

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Donald Trump Mannequins Are Taking Over Alexis Bittar’s Store Windows

Donald Trump is a front-runner in the presidential race but that isn’t stopping his detractors from speaking out. Alexis Bittar joins the chorus of Trump critics by dedicating his store windows to the Republican candidate. The displays feature larger-than-life papier-mâché models bearing Trump’s head, orange tan and famous combover. The mannequin dons a money-print suit and gazes adoringly at his reflection in the full-length mirror in a nod to Trump’s vanity. The mannequin’s only redeeming quality? Great taste in jewelry (it’s wearing Alexis Bittar bangles and necklaces, of course).

Trump’s likeness will appear in the window displays at Alexis Bittar’s NYC, Boston, Washington D.C. and West Hollywood stores. Designer Alexis Bittar explained the Trump takeover to WWD: “I’ve been increasingly disturbed by the popularity of Trump in our country and some of the more insane things he’s said. I decided to channel my energy and use our creative talent to have a comedic commentary on his vanity coupled with a dash of Halloween craziness.” Knowing Trump, we’re sure he’ll be flattered.

[via WWD]