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!
Last Fall, Converse went on a litigation spree and sued 31 brands, claiming trademark infringement. Amongst those 31 brands sued were H&M, Zulily, and Tory Burch. The shoe brand also filed an complaint with the International Trade Commission, who announced in November that it would be investigating Converse’s claims.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers // via Sweet and Lonely
Converse claimed in its lawsuit, that these brands copied its iconic ‘Chuck Taylor’ sneaker, a style which has become synonymous with Americana fashion. Converse claimed that these brands infringed upon trademarks it holds for design elements of the sneaker.
Converse has since settled with Ralph Lauren, one of the brands sued. Ralph Lauren agreed to pay an undisclosed amount and destroy all infringing products.
It seems that three more brands have settled with Converse over the past month. H&M, Zulily, and Tory Burch have all settled with Converse. Reports state that each brand has agreed to pay damages (the amount not being disclosed to the public), to destroy all infringing products and to no longer manufacture and sell products that could infringe Converse’s trademarks.
Converse has sued up to 31 brands in 22 lawsuits for trademark infringement alleging that each company has copied its signature shoe, the Chuck Taylor sneaker. The companies sued range from affordable retail stores like Walmart and H&M, to competitors like Skechers, to high fashion brands like Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker
Converse has claimed in its lawsuits that these brands and retailers have infringed the American shoe brand’s trademarks and have produced and sold shoes that are confusingly similar to the Chuck Taylors that Converse has become famous for. Specifically, Converse claims the infringement of the trademarks of the rubber stripe around the shoe and the pattern on the bottom of the shoe.
Aéropostale, the teen retailer, has taken on fast fashion giant, Hennes & Maurtiz, in a trademark infringement suit. Aeropostale is claiming that H&M has infringed on 87 trademarks, including “Live Love Dream.”
The teen retailer has alleged in its suit that “H&M engaged in a pattern of conduct involving the use of identical, or nearly identical marks on some of the same goods for which Aéropostale uses its marks, namely, clothing and tote bags.”
Aéropostale sent cease and desist letters to the Swedish retailer over a t-shirt and a bag with the words “Live Love Dream” and other pieces that the company claims infringe on other marks it holds. According to the suit, H&M responded by stating that Aéropostale would not be able to prove that their use of the phrase “creates any likelihood of confusion” and “is a fair use” under the First Amendment.