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Jeanswest are Paying the Price for Stealing G-Star Raw’s Design

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Jeanswest might fit best, but it’s not so good at being a copycat. The Australian retail chain has been pulled up for ripping off a pair of biker jeans by mega Dutch clothing brand G-Star Raw, and will pay up big for its wrong-doing.

Inside Retail reports that yesterday, February 18, Justices Ellen France, Tony Randerson and John Wild granted a permanent injunction on Jeanswest’s Dean Biker Slim Jean, and was ordered by New Zealand’s Court of Appeal to pay G-Star additional damages of $50,000 after being found liable for primary infringement. “The net result is a substantial success for G-Star,” the written judgment by the appeal court judges said.

Jeanswest launched a limited run of the Dean Biker jean in Australia and New Zealand simultaneously in January 2010, and claims the jeans were inspired by how the rain had stretched out a motorcyclist’s pants over his knees. But, according to G-Star’s claim, a French designer working for the Dutch brand came up with the design for the Elwood jeans in 1995, going on to become a signature product which sold millions worldwide. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Victoria Beckham’s Store a Rumored Flop, Jay Z Strikes a Pose

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

  • Backstage beauty at the Westminster Dog Show is the best thing you will see all day. [Vogue]
  • Nike teams with Sacai on a new collection. [The Business of Fashion]
  • How an adult Wednesday Addams deals with catcalling — flawlessly. [People]
  • Sources say Victoria Beckham’s store only attracted 12 paying customers in four days, but VB’s people say that’s not the case — in fact, the shop is hitting all its goals. [Mirror]
  • Lexi Boling and Binx Walton throw some serious shade at Kendall Jenner on Instagram. [ONTD]
  • Here’s what it would look like if runway models were shaped like average American women. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Jay Z sure knows how to strike a pose like a street style pro. [Jezebel]

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Karlie Kloss on Her Longevity as a Model

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Image: WENN

For someone who was only 15 years old when she made her catwalk debut, it is truly amazing that Karlie Kloss has managed to stick around and build her influence in an industry that is so fickle. Karlie sat down for a profile with CBS News and talked about the industry that will love an It girl for one season, and then fail to cast her the next. “It’s kind of shocking how much turnover there is in my industry,” she said. “But the reason why I haven’t burnt out is because I keep myself — I feed myself with so many other things.”

Karlie’s Warby Parker range, Momofuku cookie line and Frame Denim jeans line are definitely keeping her busy. But the 22-year-old model isn’t stopping there. She plans to enroll as a full-time student at NYU this fall.

Karlie says she’ll still be working through her time in school, studying on set and while she travels. It’s a lot of work, but a good education when you’re already a successful model is only an advantage. Just ask Tyra Banks.

But in all this, one crucial question remains: Will BFF Taylor Swift help Karlie with her studies?

Click here to check out Karlie’s full interview.

[via CBS News]

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Karl Lagerfeld Captures Anna Ewers for Numéro’s March Cover (Forum Buzz)

She’s already gracing five unique covers for Vogue Germany’s March 2015 issue and now Numéro has handed Anna Ewers its March cover. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, the new model on the block wears a vibrant creation from the designer’s Spring 2015 Haute Couture collection for Chanel, showcased in Paris only three weeks ago. We suggest you fasten your seat belt for this Ewers roller coaster.

Numero March 2015 Anna Ewers Karl Lagerfeld

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What do our forum members think? “Uhm no thanks. She looks like those girls who are pissed for what their mom made them wear. Nothing about this is worth liking,” MON commented within moments of the cover surfacing.

“Perfect description, she looks way too harsh. Then again, that Chanel dress is all kinds of awful,” Melancholybaby replied in agreement.

Soon after, things started to look up. “Wow! she is having a great season! That buzz after the Wang campaign, she is supported by Vogue Paris, Vogue Germany and now, Karl and Babeth Djian,” appreciated Lola701.

“The only thing I wanna say is that this girl is on fire, she doesn’t intend to stop,” noted Avogadro.

Also full of enthusiasm was lelaid who expressed, “She’s such a star and I’m so glad Karl’s taken a liking to her, especially considering his questionable taste in his models of choice lately…”

“In the end, a beautiful cover by Lagerfeld. Her face is everything,” admired narcyza, sharing the same sentiments.

Do you agree? Await the contents of Numéro‘s March issue and join the discussion for yourself here.

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Beauty Brands Find Opportunity in Multicultural Sector

Image: Lancôme

Image: Lancôme

In what has been a difficult year for many beauty brands, one sector of the industry that looks promising is multicultural (read, nonwhite) beauty. Credited to the growth of the middle class, more people of color are spending money on beauty products and brands, seeing this moneymaking opportunity in the midst of the doldrums, are beginning to realize that POC buy beauty products if you actually try selling to them. Who knew? 

Brands are scrambling to scoop up smaller operations that cater to people of color. L’Oréal recently purchased Carol’s Daughter, a haircare company aimed at black women, which is now undergoing its own rebranding to be more inclusive across ethnicities. L’Oréal also introduced a 66-shade chart of skin tones in efforts to expand its options. Estée Lauder’s plan is to bring the brands it already has to new, multiethnic markets. Companies are working to beef up research and development teams in order to create products that will attract nonwhite customers and work well with various skin tones, hair textures and other physical features.

While it is encouraging to hear that beauty companies are trying to be more inclusive, it is a little sad that it took so long for such change. What do they think three-quarters of the world has been doing all this time? Not shampooing their hair? Not using moisturizer? Money talks and since the “multicultural” landscape is growing faster than the overall market, jumping 3.7 percent in 2014, it makes sense that larger companies would want to take advantage of a lucrative opportunity.

Despite the delayed start, if it means a mixed-race man or woman can walk into their local drugstore and find a shade of foundation that actually matches their skin tone, we guess it’s better late than never.

[via The Business of Fashion]

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Joan Smalls and True Religion Join Forces for a Capsule Collection

Candice Swanepoel isn’t the only model trying to get your tushie into her jeans. Joan Smalls wants you to try her denim on for size now that she has teamed with True Religion for a capsule collection.

This is Joan’s first-ever design collaboration. The 16-piece range has tones of athleisure with cropped sweatshirts and hot pants bearing an underwear-style band. Of course, denim options are included, coming in the form of sleek skinnies, some rendered in a marble-effect wash.

True Religion has already released a video (below) promoting the collection, featuring Joan against a disco ball background, cutting a rug to some techno music. The collection is due to drop in March, so start saving your coins so you can scoop up a piece of Ms. Smalls’ design debut. (more…)

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