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In Brief: Gucci vs. Guess, Material of the Year, Remembering Maurice Sendak, FIT Commencement


Steven Holl’s 2011 watercolor “Forking Time #25,” on view through Saturday in “Steven Holl Architects: Forking Time” at Meulensteen gallery in New York.

• Guess how much a federal judge in Manhattan ordered Guess and its footwear licensee to pay Gucci in combined damages for filching the luxe fashion house’s trademark G’s? If you guessed $4.7 million, you’re right. (Gucci’s lawyers had asked for $221 million.) WWD has the full scoop here. The ruling, which caps off a three-year legal battle, comes as Guess turns the big 3-0, a birthday that it is celebrating with parties worldwide and a 30th anniversary collection that includes a lacy corset top that resembles the one worn by Claudia Schiffer in the Bardot-themed Guess ads that helped transform the fledgling brand into a denim powerhouse. Fun fact: the original garment worn by Schiffer was not made by Guess.

• Barneys has both a new owner (Perry Capital) and, coincidentally, a freshly redesigned website. The sharp new look has eradicated the cheeky script fonts of yore (and most serifs), but perhaps that’s a small price to pay for a peek at the shopping lists of “influencers” such as chef Melia Marden and the Olsen twins. Turns out Katie Holmes has excellent taste in trench coats.

• And the material of the year is…not water! A commercial dyeing process that uses supercritical CO2 gas (yum!) rather than water to infuse fabric with color earned Netherlands-based DyeCoo Textile Systems the third annual Medium Award for Material of the Year, awarded by Sandow-owned Material ConneXion at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Among DyeCoo’s first strategic partners is Nike. “We believe this technology has the potential to revolutionize textile manufacturing, and we want to collaborate with progressive dye houses, textile manufacturers, and consumer apparel brands to scale this technology and push it throughout the industry,” said Nike VP Eric Sprunk in a statement announcing the award.

• Tonight the Film Society of Lincoln Center remembers beloved children’s book author Maurice Sendak, who died earlier this month at the age of 83, with a Spike Jonze double-header: the documentary Tell Them Anything You Want (co-directed by Lance Bangs) along with Jonze’s 2009 adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are.

• And we continue our design school commencement countdown with the Fashion Institute of Technology, which celebrated its graduates last Tuesday, May 22, at Javits Center North. The keynote speakers were Leslie “Swirl, Tap, Buff” Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals and executive chairman of Bare Escentuals, and Davin Stowell, founder and CEO of Smart Design. They both received honorary doctorates, as did fashion Carolina Herrera.

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