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Posts Tagged ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

Top New York Times Fashion Critic Resigns

t-logo-190This morning brought big news for everyone in fashion PR: Cathy Horyn will step down as The New York Times‘ chief fashion critic after more than 15 years in the position, effective immediately.

As Capital New York reports, Horyn “occupied one of the fashion industry’s true critical pulpits” but was not always a favorite among the design community due to her propensity for brutal honesty in reviewing designers’ newest collections and personal comments about designers themselves; Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent famously banned her from their shows.

On a somber note, the given reason for this last-minute announcement is the illness of Horyn’s partner, former Liz Claiborne executive Art Ortenberg.

Notes from the memo just released by Times executive editor Jill Abramson and styles editor Stuart Emmrich after the jump:

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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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