It’s Monday morning and I’m sitting at my desk at work sad that the weekend is over. But, I’m so happy that I got to bust out my brand new Chanel. Because who doesn’t need a little Chanel in their life?
For dinner with friends this weekend, I decided to stick with the them of Black & White with my gorgeous new Chanel bag and team it with an all black outfit with a subtle touch of white. And, I found the perfect top from Tobi. This super cute high neck tank with white stripes down the side. It was like this top and this purse were meant to be.
To break up the complete black and white, I paired the outfit with my new favorite Stuart Weitzman grey Hijinx Sandals and a bold berry lip from Kat Von D.
I got lots of compliments on my outfit and lots of oohs and aahhs over my new Chanel. As is to be expected. I mean, come on, it’s Chanel.
Heels: Stuart Weitzman
Lip Stick: Kat Von D
Striped Crop Top and Skirt: Topshop
Tank: T by Alexander Wang
The first Monday of May is my favorite Monday of the year because it’s Met Gala Monday!! Celebrities and fashionistas alike come together to celebrate the newest Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I love the Met Gala because it’s a chance for fashion geeks like me to salivate over some of the most beautiful couture, inspired by the exhibit’s theme.
image via metmuseum.org
This year’s exhibit is China: Through the Looking Glass and explores how Chinese aesthetics, art and culture has influenced Western designers and the pieces they create. The museum’s website describes the exhibit as “[h]igh fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery,” and that it “will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art.
Some attendees really took the Chinese theme to heart and incorporated these looks in their ensembles, while others may have stayed away from the theme but still looked utterly gorgeous in their gowns. Take a look at my favorite looks below!
One of my favorite quotes from The Devil Wears Prada is when Miranda scoffs at her editor’s suggestion for a spring feature. She ever so coolly looks over at the editor and says quite sarcastically, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” And, while my dress for Persian New Year, the first day of spring, isn’t groundbreaking according to Miranda Priestly’s standards, for traditional moments like this, I like to go back to basics.
So for the Persian New Year festivities, I was inspired by pastels and florals and decided on this pretty little number from my favorite store, ZARA, paired with classic cap-toe Chanel pumps. And, while I wasn’t wearing the most groundbreaking or trendy of outfits at the shindig last night, I did get many compliments on my outfit!
Floral Dress: ZARA (similar here)
Cap toe Pumps: Chanel (similar here)
Floral Shift Dress: ASTR at Nordstrom (similar style)
Black Flats: Chanel (similar style)
If you’ve been on Instagram the past year or just somewhere fashionable, I’m sure you’ve seen the super cute CHANEL perfume bottle-inspired phone case. Well, online retailer, Shop Jeen, who sells the trendy phone case, has just been slapped with a lawsuit by CHANEL because of those phone cases.
In the complaint, CHANEL claims that Shop Jeen has used CHANEL’s registered trademarks without the consent of the fashion house and is claiming trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, false designation of origin, and trademark dilution.
This all basically means that CHANEL never licensed the use of CHANEL’s well-known name and logo to Shop Jeen for use on the phone cases that they sell through their website.
Back in September, CHANEL sued Indiana native Chanel Jones, for using her name in the name of her salon, Chanel’s Salon, claiming she was infringing on at least nine of CHANEL’s trademarks. It seems the court has sided with CHANEL on this one and has ordered Jones to cease any use of the word “CHANEL” in connection with her salon and other business ventures.
The court has entered a consent judgment last week, ordering Jones to no longer use “CHANEL” as “as a business name, trade name, company name, corporate name, d/b/a, fictitious business name, trademark, service mark, domain name or to otherwise identify any business, services or products,” or in any advertising or social media outlets.
The court also ordered Jones to destroy any materials bearing the word “CHANEL” by February 15, 2015.
It may seem a bit harsh for a court to prevent a small business owner from using her name in connection with her business, especially since so many businesses bear the name of the founder/owner. But, this holding is the basis of trademark protection: protecting an entity’s goodwill and reputation by preventing others to trade on that goodwill, even if it was done so without intent or harm.