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Calvin Klein’s ‘Plus-Size Model’ Plays Defense

Calvin Klein model Myla Dalbesio‘s appearance on TODAY this morning was quite interesting. You’ve almost certainly heard of the story: the fashion giant has earned bad press for calling her “plus-size” when she is anything but to the average person…”average” meaning “anyone who is not so deeply embedded in the fashion industry that he or she loses all sense of perspective.”

The first thing we learned: neither Dalbesio nor her employer ever used the phrase “plus-size” to describe her.

Her interview with Savannah Guthrie starts around the two minute mark:

Yesterday Veronique Hyland of New York magazine’s The Cut blog wrote, “Far better to have sidestepped the size question, and just presented Dalbesio as the new spokesmodel.” This was our initial reaction as well, but it seems like that’s exactly what Calvin Klein wanted to do.

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Madison Avenue Retailers Turn Over Their Shop Windows for Fashion Heritage Week

pucci windowIf you’re bored on a Sunday afternoon and it’s nice outside, one option is taking a scenic walk through the city. You can choose Central Park for a bit of nature. Maybe dip in and out of museums as you make your way up Museum Mile. Or your can go window shopping on Madison Avenue. If that last option is what you prefer, now’s the time.

The Madison Avenue Business Development District has partnered with 16 retailers for Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week. Shops including Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Missoni have agreed to make special exhibitions, many of them in store windows, to showcase the history of these brands.

The windows on Madison Avenue are usually pretty dazzling, especially for those who enjoy a good fashion show but don’t have the thousands of dollars to drop on the clothing. For us, the best part of the exhibit might be the mobile website, which provides a further explanation of some of the retailers’ histories, care of Dr. Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Uh Oh: Lululemon’s Yoga Pants Are a Little Too Revealing

Last year the popular female-focused activewear company Lululemon accused Calvin Klein of stealing the design for its popular yoga pants. Today, however, the brand isn’t quite as proud of its signature product–turns out that many of its black yoga pants are “unintentionally see-through“, and the discovery has prompted a wide-scale recall operation that will involve 17% of all pants sold in its stores.

The company followed the news with a cute statement about how it wants fans to “Down Dog and Crow with confidence” and “felt these pants didn’t measure up”. Lululemon also offered full refunds and promised followers that all the offending pants would be recycled.

But the recall (cause as yet unknown) will create a product “shortage” and greatly harm profits at the otherwise white-hot company. This isn’t the first time that some observers have called these pants “too revealing”, either: in 2011 a Catholic high school in Canada prohibited all students from wearing them or any pants like them.

How can the brand’s PR team counter this bad press?

10 of the Best Brands on Vine

Twitter’s Vine short video sharing service is the new thing. You’ve probably heard of it–you may have even seen what was supposed to be the world’s first Vine press release. And you’re going to keep hearing about it, because six-second video loops are quick, impressionistic and perfect for our social media age.

Laugh if you must, but some brands have already proven this newest buzzy toy to be a worthy tool for spreading the (branded) message around social media. We searched the Internet high and low to find some examples of brands using Vine to get their names out there in creative ways–along with a couple that don’t quite make the cut.

1. General Electric: We don’t even care whether GE’s “six second science” series directly promotes the company’s products. It is awesome.

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Lululemon to Calvin Klein: You Stole Our Favorite Yoga Pants!

Turns out that monster tech companies like Apple and Samsung aren’t the only ones going to court over copyright infringement. Popular athletic wear producer Lululemon filed suit against Calvin Klein last month for copying the design for its popular “Astro Pant” yoga wear.

Apparel design is especially tough to patent. Sample cases usually concern such iconic designs as Christian Louboutin’s red shoe bottoms, which a US appeals court prevented Yves Saint Laurent from copying last week in a case that strikes us as a little ridiculous because the offending shoes were red all over, but whatever. The concept makes sense: How can one patent the shape of a dress, for example?

Lululemon has taken matters into its own hands. Legal observers consider this case significant because the company all but anticipated the coming battle and armed itself accordingly by winning three separate patents for a product that looks to us like a simple set of skin-tight pants. The company’s most effective legal weapon is the overlapping fabric design on the Astro Pant’s waistline. Calvin Klein’s thievery becomes painfully obvious when looking at the respective waists in the photo above.

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New Car Clip Looks More Like a Perfume Ad

Mercedes has teamed up with fashion label Calvin Klein and supermodel Lara Stone for the video above — Stone gets out of a fancy car wearing a black designer outfit in a tornado and then gets swept up into the sky. The end.

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Roll Call: Calvin Klein, McDonald’s, Universal Orlando, Caldwell VanRiper

Women’s Wear Daily reports that Christopher Martinelli has joined Calvin Klein as director of PR for men’s wear and men’s celebrity. As a member of the global comms team, Martinelli will oversee PR for the men’s clothing and accessories lines at Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Collection, and other brands.

Edgardo Navarro Linares has been promoted to VP of multicultural marketing at McDonald’s USA, effective January 4. Navarro will be responsible for domestic strategic and ethnic consumer marketing, reporting to U.S. CMO Neil Golden.

Universal Orlando Resort has promoted Tom Schroder to VP of corp comms. He’s responsible for media relations, crisis and issues comms, social media, and corporate communications at the NBCUniversal level.

Kevin Flynn has been named president of advertising and PR agency Caldwell VanRiper. Previously, he was a senior marketing exec at Finish Line, a sports retailer.