According to new reports Rihanna has trademarked her last name, Fenty, in connection with several retails goods. A trademark search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website shows that Rihanna has trademarked the following: Fenty Swimwear, Fenty Swim, Fenty Nails, Fenty Makeup, Fenty Lingerie, Fenty Intimates, Fenty Face, Fenty Cosmetics, Fenty Clothing, Fenty Beauty, Fenty Apparel.
The number of trademarks and the fact that they are all associated with retail goods somewhat indicates that the Bahamian singer is considering expanding her empire to include fashion goods. In the past, Rihanna co-designed or created products for larger lines, such as MAC Cosmetics, River Island, and her own perfume lines, which have done very well in the marketplace.
What is interesting to me is that Rihanna was able to trademark her last name at all. Oftentimes, when a person or business attempts to trademark a personal name, the USPTO will only grant the trademark if the person or business shows that the name has acquired secondary meaning. Under trademark law, secondary meaning is when consumers associate the mark to the specific company.
Taylor Swift has been sued by apparel company, Lucky 13, for trademark infringement. Lucky 13 is an apparel company based in Anaheim, CA that sells contemporary clothing for both men and women, while Swift has often used the number 13 in her songs and merchandise as she’s said that 13 is her lucky number because she was born on December 13 and many of her career milestones are marked by the number 13.
Robert Kloetzly, founder of the brand, which has a federally registered trademark of “Luky 13” is claiming that Swift’s apparent use of the phrase on clothing and merchandise that she sells on her website, is an infringement of his rights as the trademark holder.
Rachel Roy won a preliminary injunction in her battle to stop The Jones Group from selling the Rachel Roy brand and associated trademarks to Bluestar Alliance for $14.6 million. New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing handed down the injunction on Friday which effectively prevents the continuance of any negotiations of the sale until the lawsuit has been resolved.
Roy sued the production and distribution company that has been acquired by equity firm Sycamore Partners in April of this year, claiming that the sale of the company violates the agreements between Roy and Jones when Jones acquired the brand in 2008.
To be granted a preliminary injunction, the plaintiff must show there is a likelihood of success and irreparable harm. Justice Oing stated, “Irreparable harm is that, you know, when it comes to trademarks, when it comes to designs, it’s very personal in nature.…This is something that she created, it’s her baby in that sense.…And I can’t help but think that [her trademark or] what she has worked hard at to develop would somehow go downscale or may go downscale, and it may go down to lower end, which is not what she envisioned, and that’s why this contract is written the way it’s written.”
Every year, I can’t wait for May. Not only because it means summer is close, but also because it means the Met Gala is happening!!
Each year, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an exhibit that celebrates fashion, and to kick of the exhibition, the fashion world comes together for the Met Gala. This year the exhibit is celebrating the work of Charles James, a 20th century Anglo-American couturier, famous for his sculptural couture pieces, and last night every A-list fashion star made their way to the Met in their best “white tie” for the most important night in fashion.
The Met Gala red carpet is different than any other red carpet because this one is purely about fashion and the artistic beauty of a dress. So pieces that might be seen as too much, too dramatic, or too risky on an awards show red carpet are absolutely perfect and completely at home at the Met Gala. The Met Gala red carpet is what fashion is all about: artistry and beauty. See all my favorite looks from the last night’s red carpet below!!
On Wednesday, Topshop released a new collection created by famed model and style icon, Kate Moss. I LOVE this collection!! It perfectly melds together the stylistic qualities that Kate Moss does so well in her own style: boho, glamour, minimalism. Each piece has a bit of each quality mixed together to create the perfect look. Check out my faves below and check out the collection at all Topshops at Nordstrom stores and online!!
1. Embellished Hearts Romper || 2. Draped Paisley Tie Blouse || 3. Lamé Tuxedo Pants || 4. Splice Skirt Maxi Dress || 5. Lace Swing Camisole || 6. Paisley Print Sundress
Rachel Roy has filed a lawsuit against Jones Apparel Group in an attempt to prevent the company from selling her brand to Bluestar Alliance for $14.6 million. This has occurred after Jones closed operations of the brand and is attempting to sell off its underperforming brands as its being acquired by equity firm, Sycamore Partners.
Roy is claiming that the sale is being done without her consent and is therefore a breach of contractual agreement. Roy’s relationship with Jones began in 2008 when she entered into agreements to develop and sell products under the Rachel Roy band. The agreements included a transfer of intellectual property assets including her trademarks, an asset purchase agreement, a licensing agreement, and an employment agreement, where Roy became the artistic director of the brand. Roy alleges that these agreements were drafted by Jones and she did not have a counsel represent her in the negotiations of these agreements.
Paris Hilton has sued Antebi Footwear for unpaid royalties earned from a licensing agreement for the heiress’ signature footwear line. Hilton’s company filed the breach of contract suit in New York last week. Antebi Footwear is a production firm that manufactures and distributes footwear lines including Kooba and David Tutera. Antebi entered into a licensing agreement with Hilton in 2009 for the manufacture and production of her line.
Over the past couple years, Christian Louboutin has been fiercely protecting its signature red soles all over the world, because it has built this brand image of luxury, wealth, and glamour based on the simplicity of beautiful 4 inch red-soled heel.
In September 2012, Louboutin won a significant battle in its trademark infringement suit against Yves Saint Laurent, where the Second Circuit upheld Louboutin’s trademark of the red sole only where the sole is contrasting in color to the upper portion of the heel, meaning that Louboutin has a trademark over heels with red soles where the shoe itself is not also red.
Staff International, the production company owned by Diesel’s parent company Only The Brave, has renewed its license with Roberto Cavalli for his contemporary line, Just Cavalli. The licensing deal first came to fruition in 2011 when Cavalli and Staff International signed a 10-year licensing agreement giving Staff International full control over the manufacture and distribution of the Just Cavalli line. The extension comes 8 years prior to the expiration of the agreement and is being extended to the year 2031 with an option to renew for 5 more years after that.
Licensing agreements are very common occurrences within the fashion industry, particularly when luxury brands begin to expand into contemporary lines, children’s lines, men’s lines, and so on. When expansion occurs, the namesake brand typically does not have the resources and capabilities to be able to manage all the different lines that have offshoot from the original brand. As such, many brands license the rights of manufacture and distribution to companies such as Staff International who have the capabilities to produce the lines for the brands.
Another tragic passing has occurred in the fashion industry with the death of renowned designer, L’Wren Scott.
I had always loved L’Wren Scott’s beautiful line. Her pieces were always the right balance between elegance and glamour. They were made to make a woman feel powerful and like no one could bring down. And, this injection of strong female empowerment that was so prevalent in her design aesthetic came from Scott being the embodiment of what the clothes represented.
The first time I had seen Scott was at Fashionista.com‘s conference “How To Make It Fashion” last November. She headlined the conference and gave a presentation about herself, her journey and her success. To say I was inspired would be an understatement.
The fashion industry is a tough industry to be a part of. You really have to be strong in your determination to make it. Throughout my foray into finding my spot in this industry, there have been moments where I wanted to give up and pursue something simpler. Without fail, every time one of these moments has come up, there has been someone in the industry who says something that inspires me and pushes me to keep chasing my dreams.