New York Fashion Week just wrapped up yesterday. And, as always, the best of American fashion was put on display and fashion enthusiasts across the country died over the beautiful pieces that adorned the lanky models who walked for some of the most reknown names in fashion.
Check out some of my favorite looks below and be sure to follow @nyfw on Instagram for some of the most beautiful photos and videos the past week!
Oscar De La Renta: This is Peter Copping’s first true collect for Oscar and he served Mr. De La Renta’s memory well. The collection had so many beautiful red-carpet worthy gowns but this little number stood out to me because even though it simple, the subtle lace cap sleeves elevate the dress and makes it a piece to remember.
Tory Burch: I really enjoyed Tory Burch’s collection because I think she is mastering the art of evolution while maintaining the essence of your brand. Tory Burch has always been about preppy, lady-like elegance. This collection maintains that but adds in a bit of fun and flair with its boho, ’70s feel. This dress in particular stood out to me because of its silhouette coupled with the gorgeous embellishments. Love it!
Badgley Mischka: Another collection where there is no doubt that we will see some of these pieces on the Oscars red carpet come Sunday. This dress in particular is my favorite mostly because it takes an element that can usually be harsh, metallic, and makes it soft, feminine and gorgeous.
Pedro Del Hierro: This is what I want to look like on a cold, rainy day when I’m walking into work. From the gorgeous, structure of the coat to the classic button-down shirt and the beautifully tailored pants, everything about this outfit is on point.
Naeem Khan: I love lace. Always have, always will. And this look takes lace, which can usually be very girlish and dainty and toughens it up a bit and makes it edgy and sassy, proving that if done right lace can be right for any occasion.
J. Crew: I want this sweater right now, because it looks so incredibly comfortable and cozy. I, also, love this look because it pairs something that its normally super casual, an oversized knit sweater, with pieces that are little bit more dressed up: a short shirt dress, a sparkly clutch and fun heels. Definite outfit inspiration come fall!!
all images via style.com
Last week, both Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs International were sued by former interns, claiming owed compensation. Another brand has been hit with the same lawsuit. Calvin Klein and parent company, PVH Corp., have been sued by former intern, Rajwinder Kaur, who claims that Calvin Klein misclassifies their interns in an effort to avoid paying them and thus keeping labor costs low.
Kaur interned for the American brand in 2009 and explains her complaint that her responsibilities included data entry, fashion show production, research and maintenance of samples. She goes on to state that she worked about 30 hours a week and did not receive compensation for her time at the brand. She also claims that she did not receive any education or training while at Calvin Klein. She is asking that the court certify a class action suit so other former interns may join the lawsuit.
Do the facts of this lawsuit sound familiar? Because they are the exact facts of the complaints filed against Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs last week. Literally. All three lawsuits claim that the respective intern conducted tasks that would be classified as employee-level rather than intern-level. All three lawsuits claim that the brand in question misclassifies interns to avoid paying them. All three lawsuits claim that each brand is violating New York state law rather than the more common federal Fair Labor Standards Act. All three lawsuits ask the court for a class action certification. And, the reason for these common facts among all three lawsuits is because all three plaintiffs are being represented by Virginia & Ambinder LLP and Leeds Brown Law PC.
Two fashion houses, Marc Jacobs International and Oscar de la Renta, have become the latest in the fashion industry to be hit with unpaid internship lawsuits.
Marc Jacobs International, which houses the brands Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, has been sued by former intern, Linney Warren, for failing to pay interns. Warren was a production intern for Marc Jacobs from April to June 2009.
In her complaint, she claims that Marc Jacobs’ internship program violates New York state law and misclassifies entry level employees as interns in an effort to avoid paying employees and minimizing costs. Warren claims that during her internship she worked 70-hour weeks and performed tasks such as transporting raw materials, organizing fabrics, sewing and running errands for her supervisors.
Oscar de la Renta was also sued this week by former intern, Monica Ramirez, who interned for the brand between January and April 2009, for failure to pay interns.
In her complaint, Ramirez claims that the fashion house also improperly classifies entry level employees at interns and therefore avoids paying these employees. Ramirez claims that the work she performed is classified as entry level rather than intern work. These tasks included making jewelry, delivery fabric and accessories and dressing models.
As mentioned above, Ramirez is claiming that Oscar de la Renta is violating New York state law rather than the more common Fair Labor Standards Act that many unpaid internship lawsuits are predicated on. Both lawsuits claim that each company is violating the standards set out by the New York state law for determining whether an individual is classified as an intern or an employee.
The fashion world lost another great talent yesterday. Oscar de la Renta passed away last night in his home in Connecticut at the age of 82. De la Renta, who has been working in the fashion industry for 50 years, got his start as the apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga. In 1961, De la Renta joined the house of Lanvin as a couture assistant. From there, he designed the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden and then in 1965, he launched his namesake line.
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De la Renta’s line has always been known for pieces that are luxurious, gorgeous, and the epitome of elegance and style. His gowns were a staple of red carpets and were worn by the likes of Jackie O to Amy Adams and everyone in between. His most recent high profile dressing came as being the designer who created Amal Clooney‘s beautiful wedding dress for her and George Clooney‘s wedding a couple weeks ago.
His talent was truly unmatched. Every time I watched his latest collection walk down the runways each New York Fashion Week, he made me want to dress up and do something fabulous. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on. As Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Carrie Bradshaw once said on Sex and The City, ” ‘Cocktails at Tiffany’s calls for classic charm. Oscar de La Renta sleeveless silk full skirted dress with black patent leather bow belt.” Now that is pure poetry.”