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Aquazzura Sued Steve Madden

Aquazzura sued Steve Madden

On June 23, Aquazzura filed a fashion law action against Steve Madden. The allegations include design patent & trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices.

The complaint was filed in the Southern District of New York.

Aquazzura sued Steve Madden - Should a judge find Steve Madden's shoes are too similar to Aquazzura's?- Fashion Law Post
Aquazzura’s distinctive designs made it quickly well known in the fashion industry.

The complaint explains that after its 2011 launch, Aquazzura skyrocketed to fame. And since then Steve Madden has continuously tried profiting off of Aquazzura’s popularity and success. Continue Reading…

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Fueling Capitalism in Cuba #ChanelCruiseCuba

Does Cuba need luxury fashion?

Hooray for the lifting of the Cuban embargo. Now America can smack Cuba with some capitalism and export Kardashians. And for good measure, why not host a high priced luxury goods fashion show in Havana’s Paseo de Prado—the center between Old and New Havana.

Okay fine, we did not export the Kardashians. They went on their own and returned. :-/

But Chanel Cruise 2017 was just hosted in Cuba on May 3rd. This show was the first international fashion show held in Cuba since its communist revolution. And Chanel’s first Latin American show.

Top 3 ways Lagerfeld’s Chanel Cruise 2017 was inspired by Cuba:

  1. Chanel’s pearl studded sequined hat is reminiscent of both a Parisian beret and Che Guevara. The beret is a perfect hybrid of French and Cuban culture. Of course, Lagerfeld opted for Chanel’s logo instead of a star.
  2. Chanel’s collection has many classic and modern pieces utilizing ’50s car prints. Although spare parts to American made cars were hard to come by, Cubans have maintained their ’40s and ’50s vehicles. —For an affordable option that is more retro, check out this cheaper option: a 50’s A-Line Cadillac Print Dress.
  3. Chanel’s clutch with a cigar box design is a nod to Cuba’s product with the most mystique. And now that this formerly forbidden fruit is legal, Chanel is teaching us how to up-cycle the wooden boxes left over from cigar parties.

Top 3 Looks of Chanel Cruise 2017

These looks are inspired by Cuba and were showcased there but will not be sold in Cuba.

These designs will only come close to being sold on the island if some Cubana decides to supplement her new AirBNB income* by introducing the island to some counterfeit fashion. And even then this crafty Cubana would probably end up selling these goods to Americans.

Counterfeiters do not have Robin Hood ethics or Che Guevara ideals.

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Fashion Law

Fashion Law’s Fashion Copyright Design Cheer

Sixth Circuit case covers conceptual separability over the copyrightability of cheerleading uniform designs.

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that decorative cheerleading uniform designs are copyrightable.

Specifically, the majority concluded that the stripes, chevrons, zigzags, and color block designs on the uniform in question are protectable because those visual elements are conceptually separable from the “utilitarian aspects” of the uniforms.

Suggested: Fabric copyright fashion law case

But this fashion law saga does not end there. The Supreme Court will review this issue.

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The Truth Behind Steph Curry’s Fashion Law Deals

Did Nike pass on “the new Jordan” due to religion?

Nike definitely dropped the ball on its fashion law deal with Stephen Curry.

After Nike and Curry did not renew their endorsement contract, there was speculation that Nike did not want Curry writing religious quotes on his sneakers.

But the deal did not fall through over religion.

The Truth Behind Steph Curry's Sponsorship

Curry puts the Bible quote “I can do all things…” on his sneakers.

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