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Interview with Anjali Kirpalani, Author of Never say Never + producer and anchor at ET Now

Like the protagonist of her novel, Anjali Kirpalani does not consider herself a ‘fashionista’. As much as she loves clothes and shopping, she says she is too laid back a person to have a very fashion forward style. Not one to sport anything that might be considered OTT, she loves wearing comfortable dresses in solid colours. Only recently, she has discovered a love for prints.

Beige and black dotted dress with a cape-like back

Beige and black dotted dress with a cape-like back

“The protagonist of Never Say Never is based on me. And like her, I know if I put in the effort I can look nice. But most days I am too lazy to do that,” she laughs. Anjali is not an impulsive shopper either. “I have been impulsive in the past, but I have learnt my lesson,” she says. She shops about once a month, or when she needs something in particular, usually from stores at Palladium or boutiques in Bandra. Otherwise her sister who is based in America sends her clothes regularly. “Also, I was in NYC last year for the July sale. It was fantastic,” she says.

Purchased in 2012

Purchased in 2012

Not averse to vintage or recycling clothes, having two older sisters the same size as her works to her advantage. “I end up taking a lot of their clothes,” says the author of the ‘chick-lit’ that released to positive reviews this year. Otherwise she says she is a bit lazy about maintaining her wardrobe and just ends up wearing the same clothes often because they are the first things she can reach out to in her closet.

Number of times worn: 1

Number of times worn: 0

However, when it comes to purging she has no choice but to be regular because her wardrobe is replenished often enough by her sisters and she has to make space for the new clothes. The dotted dress that she has decided to give away to Fuffabulous is also a gift from her sister. But since she didn’t end up wearing the dress even once, she decided it was time to let go.

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The dress is perfect for a UK size 8. A belt and chunky necklace can be added to give the dress a more structured look.

Model friend: Priya Pereira Chhabria; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Accessories: Stylist’s own; Photographs: Anand Wahane; Location: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

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Pre Fashion Week Predictions

With Lakme Fashion Week beginning tomorrow it is only befitting that we publish this story that appeared in the DNA earlier this month on my trend predictions for this Autumn Festive showcase.

FASHION FORWARD

Want a sneak peak of the styles, fabrics and hues in store at the upcoming Winter/Festive 2013 Fashion Week? Radhika Dhawan predicts the trends from ramp to road.

The big four—Paris, Milan, New York and London—may have moved beyond the excitement of the Autumn-Winter 13/14 collections, but in India things are just heating up. Key themes that are likely to translate to the Indian catwalks include: 
Punk
The New York Metropolitian Museum of Art’s annual costume exhibition is always scrutinized and reinterpreted by designers. This year it celebrated punk with a ‘Chaos to Couture’ theme. The runways saw zips, chains, PVC, leather, tartan and studs. However, these were polished and not as scary as they could have been. Urban punk-chic was illustrated in collections by Versace, Fendi, Jean Paul Gaultier, Saint Laurent, Chanel and Moschino.

Punk interpreted by Versace 'Vunk'

Punk interpreted by Versace ‘Vunk’

Designer Nikhil Thampi is looking forward to seeing “Indian designers’ perception of punk”. With our diverse climatic conditions, going all out with fabrics like leather may not be optimal. However, it may be seen in tops, skirts or trims. “I’m mixing hard and soft, sheer with leather appliqués,” reveals Anushka Khanna.

Punk goes softer with a dark romance that’s both mystifying and lavish—think capes, high necks and toe-grazing hems, in opulent textures and grand silhouettes. Feminine, yet rocker-inspired, it dilutes tough elements like leather and hardware with flowing fabrics.

Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan

Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan

Think Meadham Kirchhoff, Christopher Kane, Givenchy. Key fabrics include lace and velvet. Gothic undertones are seen in prints and embroidery. Elements include studs, brocade and dark colours. “Opulent fabrics like ribbed satin, tulle, shimmer net, silk and organza offset edgy detailing (chainmail, crystals, leather applique) even as embroidered flowers and satin cords lend a romantic note,” says Ritika about her collection.

Velvet, never having fully disappeared from the Indian runways, emphasises dark romance.  Though not too appealing in large doses, designers like Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla and Rohit Bal often use it to signify opulence. Nishka Lulla concurs, “Velvet may translate well on the Indian catwalk, mixed with chiffon and lace.”

Retro resurfaces. Shehla Khan says, “This fall, my favourite trend is retro. I love how most of the international designer collections are based on the 60s, 70s and even the 40s!” Nipped-waist skirt suits, soft shouldered coats, sweetheart necklines–think Mad Men. Prada, Bottega Veneta, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Oscar De La Renta exemplify this all-encompassing trend.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

What’s His is Hers
The His for Her trend is still hot, though possibly approaching climax. Silhouettes will be less androgynous and more lady-like with sharp tailoring or drapes. Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackerman, and Dolce & Gabanna used traditional Savile Row plaids, hounds tooth, pinstripe and Prince of Wales checks and draped them with the ease of silk or had them embroidered. Shehla Khan says, “Internationally, structure is a common trend. Be it for outerwear such as jackets and coats or even blouses and dresses, every silhouette makes a statement. This trend can transfer to Indian wear in terms of separates, such as a sari with a jacket!”

Skirt Suits—a trend that emerged from the streets— are easier to wear than dress or trouser suits and can easily transition from work or daywear to the evening, by switching up accessories. Pencil skirts and belted jackets are essentials as seen at Prada, Marc Jacobs or skater skirts like Stella Mccartney. The new skirt, is longer at mid-calf length, with a slight flare at the knee, as shown by Hermes, Prada, Jil Sander and Celine. Nishka finds “the midi length very flattering on the Indian body type”. Mullet skirts like those of Jean Paul Gaultier are also expected to transition to Indian runways.
Monochrome continues to reign. You may spot these colours individually too. Black is black, so a liberal use of it would not be uncommon, especially in the Winter/Festive season. Be prepared to see a lot of white and not just as a day colour. On the Big 4 runways, head-to-toe winter white made strong impressions on Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler. My personal favourite was Celine’s use of all white for their ensembles. Shehla who loves white said, “This season my palette consists of deeper and bolder colours along with off white, which for me is always ethereal.” While monochrome might still rule, the palette on international runways encapsulated much of the spectrum from red to blue. Ritika agrees, “The colour palette ranges from dusky pink to a purple haze (a blue-tinted purple), crimson and black.”

Gold rules. As Thampi says about his upcoming collection, “Gold being a festive favourite, will definitely be a large part of the collection, but there would be a burst of different colours as well.”

Beauty-cool Product Pick – Know your Bs & Cs

So, I know Rachana is the in house beauty expert but here is a piece of my beauty wisdom.

Unless you’ve been away in the Antarctic saving penguins (which btw, if you have then we would love to meet you!) you have definitely seen the huge hoardings and numerous ads and even used the alphabet creams in the last few months. I’m here to help break them down for you. What is the difference between the BB, CC and now DD (yes, DD) creams? Are they the same or do they serve different purposes? And the big question – what do these alphabets stand for??

BB Creams

BB creams were the biggest beauty trend about a year and a half ago. They originated in Korea and stand for ‘Blemish Balm’ (or Blemish Base).

What they do: BB creams provide coverage and are lighter than foundation. They also have added skin protection and benefits (think SPF, antioxidants and healthy ingredients). They’re a bit heavier than a tinted moisturizer and give a more even complexion.

Who should use them: Anyone who cringes at the sight of a heavy foundation (like me!) should try a BB cream. It’s ideal for someone with sensitive skin who wants to hide blemishes, while still providing ingredients to help clear up problem areas and ensure healthy skin in the future.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

CC Creams

CC Cream (a.k.a. color or complexion correction cream), like its predecessor, were popularized in Asia as well.

What they do: Since CC stands for “colour correcting” it’s quite self explanatory. They’re meant to even out redness and illuminate your complexion. They’re even lighter on your skin than a BB cream and often have a super light, whipped consistency. It is all-in-one makeup and skincare formula packed with SPF, moisturizer, and anti-aging properties.

Who should use them: If you don’t need a lot of coverage, but find your skin looking a little blotchy or dull, a CC cream will provide a perfect sheer base. Also, due to the anti aging properties they are better suited for an older audience.

Chanel CC Cream

Chanel CC Cream

 DD Creams 

And now get ready for the latest beauty wonderkid – DD creams. Soon to release with a few cosmetic  companies the “Dynamic Do-All” (yes, that’s what it stands for) cream will be what it sounds like –  a BB/CC hybrid. We will get to this confusion when it comes to India.

Julep DD Cream

Julep DD Cream

Well, I tried the Bourjois BB cream and I must say I LOVE it. Traditionally my make up routine involves the No.7 tinted moisturiser followed by the YSL Touche Eclat luminizing pen to conceal those tell tales of so many late nights – dark circles. Then I usually cover it up with the MAC Studio Fix. Foundation makes me cringe especially in the Bombay humidity.

Bourjois BB Cream

Bourjois BB Cream

Also I have highly sensitive and hypo allergic skin which is always a bother. But when I used the BB cream I noticed I didn’t feel the need to for the tinted moisturizer and concealer. It was a good base for makeup like a primer, evened out my complexion like a tinted moisturiser, covered minor imperfections and hydrates my skin.

IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL. 9

Happy Independence Day! Hope you’ll enjoyed the day off and are ready for our stories from the global fashion scene this week.

Collaborations clearly seem to be big thing right now but I can’t really complain because I am super psyched about the McQueen and Hirst collab – 2 of my favourite crazies. Also, Riri teases us with a glimpse of her upcoming collection for River Island which I am already dreaming about. Also, handbag backed loans – whaaaaaat? Yes, you read correct! Read on 🙂

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COLLABORATES WITH DAMIEN HIRST

Last year on my annual trip to London, I went for my first ever Damien Hirst exhibit at the Tate Modern. I have to say I was awestruck by his twisted genius. What impressed me most was one particular of his high security laden artworks, For the Love of God. Now, it’s no secret that I am distracted by shiny objects but this was another level of shiny – a cast of a human skull covered with 8,601 diamonds.

For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

For the Love of God by Damien Hirst

It is thus only befitting that British fashion label Alexander McQueen team up with fellow Englishman Damien Hirst to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic skull-print scarf.

Alexander McQueen Scarf

Alexander McQueen Scarf

The British artist is to rework the classic into 30 exclusive limited edition designs, with each print being inspired by his Entomology paintings, featuring colourful insects such as butterflies, bugs, and spiders displayed to form kaleidoscopic geometric shapes, laid out to create the McQueen skull motif. McQueen chose Hirst for the anniversary collaboration because of the artists’ common interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world.

The 30-piece collection will be available at Alexander McQueen boutiques and online from mid-November, and the scarves will be featured in a rainbow of colours in chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere. Prices start at £135.

Read more: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/13/alexander-mcqueen-damien-hirst-scarves-collection

FANCY A QUICK LOAN, FASHIONISTA? 

Need a loan quick? Well, you might have heard of ‘investment pieces’ but if you’re in Hong Kong then you can literally put up your Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Hermes handbag as collateral for a loan! While money lenders typically ask for cars and homes as collateral, Hong Kong’s Yes Lady Finance Co. seeks its customers’ beloved handbags.

The four-year-old company accepts handbags on the spot, assesses them for their condition and authenticity and then procures loans in 30 minutes at 80% of the bag’s value, as long as the bags are Gucci, Chanel, Hermès or Louis Vuitton. Occasionally, they’ll consider a Prada.

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The four-year-old company brings in assessors from affiliate Milan Station Holdings Ltd., a chain for luxury secondhand purses, to check the bags’ condition and authenticity. The way we look at it, if you’re feeling low on cash this could be the ideal way to snap up some of McQueen’s limited edition Damien Hirst collab scarves – don’t you think?

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323585604579009622161718050.html

RIHANNA’S NEW RIVER ISLAND COLLECTION REVEALED

Remember when we told you about Rihanna’s take two with River Island? Well, now here is the first look at this collaboration redux (of sorts).There is still about a month to go until Rihanna‘s fall collection for River Island drops, but fans of the singer and her clothing line now have images and a behind the scenes video to tide them over.

The new ad campaign features select pieces from the 80-piece collection, which combines sophisticated chic and urban glamour. The line includes camouflage and midriff-baring tops and long skirts with bold stripes, as well as intimates with “RiRi” and “G4LIFE” written on the bands.

Read more & for images: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/12/rihanna-for-river-island-second-collection-pictures-unveiled

Flea bargains and the law of giving

Shuchi Pandya, Co-founder Pipa + Bella Jewellery

Shuchi Pandya is just the kind of girl we love to feature on Fuffabulous. Not just because she dresses stylish or has co-founded the cool and glam jewellery brand Pipa + Bella, but also because she loves vintage and shopping at flea markets as much as we do. As someone with a bohemian and quirky taste in fashion, she is always on the lookout for that unique, one-of-a-kind purchase. “I like good quality, branded stuff too. But what matters most is a unique style and comfort above all else,” she says.

Pink dress with ruffles, H&M

Light pink dress with ruffles, H&M

Shuchi along with her cousin Komal started the online jewellery store called Pippa + Bella in Mumbai last year, which is also based on a unique social selling concept where interested women are invited to be the brand’s stylists. They are then given training, marketing material and every other kind of support after which they can hold their own events and exhibitions for Pipa + Bella jewellery. Having been raised in a family of established jewellers it was only a matter of time before the cousins took forward the family business in their own way.

Purchased in 2011; Number of times worn: 1

Purchased in 2011; Number of times worn: 1

One of those rare high street buys, Shuchi bought this dress with a ruffled neckline from H&M in NYC in 2011 and wore it out once for brunch. Usually she clears her wardrobe of clothes she doesn’t wear every three months, but wasn’t until now able to give away this dress. Since she shares her wardrobe with her sister, there is always “an influx of clothes”- “It is best I clear my wardrobe of what I don’t wear any more so that all the new things can fit in!” she says.

DSC_4619-1The dress is perfect for a UK size 8 and is easy summer day-wear.

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (karan1981@outlook.com)

IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL. 8

Collaborations seem to be the flavor of this post, most of which are very exciting this time. Issa have collaborated with Banana Republic to make a line of (kinda boring) dresses that are modelled on dresses worn by Kate Middleton, Barbie got a makeover from Coach and the suave Raghavendra Rathore (I have to admit I’ve had a little crush on him forever!) collaborates with Johnnie Walker.

Banana Republic & Issa

Banana Republic has not been playing coy about the major pop culture association of its latest collaborator, Issa London.

Banana Republic’s capsule collection with the British contemporary brand is practically been publicized as a Kate Middleton greatest hits collection which includes not one but six Issa looks Middleton has worn over the years, including the famous royal blue engagement frock that called major attention to the brand back in 2010. The recent launch of the collection was well-timed indeed, but don’t think it was planned.

The Duchess of Cambridge at her engagement announcement

The Duchess of Cambridge at her engagement announcement

“Who’s Kate Middleton?” joked Banana Republic creative director and EVP Simon Kneen when asked about the Duchess connection. “I wish we had [planned it]. Obviously, it was all just destiny. We started talking about [the collaboration] before we even knew Kate was pregnant, let alone when she was having the baby, so it all worked out.” The timing had more to do with the season–Kneen felt the summer to fall transition would be the “perfect” moment for a collection of dresses.

And even though Middleton hasn’t worn the iconic blue dress since 2010, it’s pretty much engraved in our memories at this point – at least that’s what Kneen is banking on. “The iconic blue dress, at the time, wasn’t even available to the public. To be able to offer that for the first time ever…it’s bound to be a hot seller.” Especially at a fraction of the price–Issa’s version cost $575 while Banana Republic’s version is only $130.

This is Banana Republic’s second high-profile collaboration after Mad Men, and it already has a third in the works with L’Wren Scott, which Kneen promises will yield lots of “fabulousness.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2377754/Issa-Banana-Republic-launch-High-Street-version-Duchess-Cambridges-engagement-dress.html

Coach & Barbie

COACH has given Barbie a high-fashion makeover. The American accessories brand has teamed up with Mattel on a collector’s edition version of the famed doll.

The Coach-designed Barbie sports a miniature classic checked Tattersall trench coat, suede skirt, striped jumper, sandals and sunglasses – modelled on the brand’s real life spring/summer 2013 collection – and comes complete with her first ever genuine leather accessory. The duffel bag was created in the same factories and with the same materials as Coach’s life-sized consumer handbags. A batch of 13,000 dolls has been produced.

Coach for Barbie

Coach for Barbie

Coach follows a trio of London designers who’ve also worked their sartorial magic on Barbie: Fred Butler, Sister by Sibling and Nasir Mahir unveiled the results of their collaboration with the doll recently, to celebrate the opening of a dedicated Barbie department in Selfridges. The Coach Barbie, £95, will be available to buy at Coach retailers internationally as well as in Mattel stores worldwide.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/coach-barbie-photos_n_3719048.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

Raghavendra Rathore for Johnnie Walker

Designer Raghavendra Rathore, known for patenting the bandhgala cuts and Jodhpurs, has now associated with Johnnie Walker Black Label to design limited edition packaging for the brand. The design is inspired by Rathore’s trademark “bandhgala jacket” and the pack is crafted to deliver a unique experience to whisky lovers.

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“Over the last two decades, the bandhgala jacket has become a hallmark for a modern, sophisticated Asian style and represents a revival of the true legacy of a bygone era. The packaging will now flaunt the very elegance, making a statement of genuine substance in my signature designs,” he said.

Read more: http://luxpresso.com/news-lifestyle/now-in-stores-limited-edition-johnnie-walker-black-label-by-raghavendra-rathore/23485

Here’s a little update on the Michael Kors store and an interview with him by Bandana Tewari

http://www.iseestyle.co.in/FBuzz/Clothing/American%20Boy:%20Vogue%20India%20catches%20up%20with%20Michael%20Kors%20as%20he%20opens%20his%20first%20Indian%20store%20this%20August/1042/6

Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts talks about positive energy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZNlN31hS78

And once again rumours of John Galliano getting a permanent position at Oscar de la Renta are out. I sincerely hope it’s true. The man is a genius! Crazy, but genius!!

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/olivia-bergin/TMG10230072/John-Galliano-headed-for-permanent-post-at-Oscar-de-la-Renta.html

The monk who sold her wardrobe

Interview with Arpan Gauchan, associate producer at Future East Films

Arpan Gauchan doesn’t believe in attachments, to material things. Whether it’s the daily yoga and meditation class she goes for that are an influence, or whether it is her nature she isn’t sure. But if anyone were to point out to a thing she owns and ask for it, she wouldn’t hesitate in giving it away. Which is why she also clears her wardrobe regularly every month, with her friends as beneficiaries.

u-and-down emline skirt, forever 21; black layered top wit old detailin, express

Up-and-down hemline geometric pattern skirt, Forever 21; Black layered top wit gold detailing, Express

In keeping with her calm, easy going personality, her style is also comfortable-boho with a touch of hippie. Dressed in long flowing dresses, long skirts, and lose pants all in natural fabrics, with no accessories – she is the kind of person who makes you wonder why you pulled on a pair of skinny jeans when you could be dressed in a breathable cotton Ikat dress.

“The way I dress also has a lot to do with the weather in Mumbai,” she adds. For evenings out, while the basic look remains he same, the quality and labels of the clothes improves and flats are replaced with boots or heels.

number of times worn: skirt - 0; top - 2

Number of times worn: skirt – 0; top – 2

Arpan bought the skirt with the up-and-down hemline while shopping at Forever 21 in New Delhi last year. “Actually my friend suggested I buy this, and I did without thinking or even trying it on,” she says. Later she realised the skirt is “just not her style” and never did end up wearing it. The top was also purchased on a trip to USA and she wore it a couple of times before she lost weight (all that yoga) and couldn’t fit into it any more. “I still love it though.” But it wasn’t difficult for her at all, to give away these clothes to Fuffabulous. Detachment from the material world as they say, does make life easier.

P1100819 (1)The skirt is perfect for a UK size 8-10, while the top fits a UK size 8.

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Photos and styling: Rachana Nakra; Accessories: Stylist’s own

IN THE KNOW WITH RADHIKA – VOL 7

Hello August! This marks the beginning of fashion week season in India. The Couture Week in Delhi is already in progress and I must say Anju Modi & Sabyasachi ensembles have left me speechless. Also the full list of participating designers in the Lakme Fashion Week happening later this month is revealed.

I can barely conceal my excitement over some of the other happenings in the world of global fashion. My personal favourite and most revered fashion business icon forays back after a sabbatical, H&M launches e-commerce FINALLY, Rihanna slams Topshop in a lawsuit (good for her) and of course the BEST news for us here in India (well, I speak for myself at least) Michael Kors launches in Delhi!!

Michael Kors in India – YAY!

Okay, so I don’t know the entire deal here yet but late last evening the Michael Kors facebook page posted the below picture signifying they have, at long last, opened their first store here in India! As an ardent fan I have just one word to express my glee – Wooohooo!

 Michael Kors India

Will keep you’ll posted as soon as I come across more details.

H&M goes online

Does this mean more over ASOS? Well either way, I am overjoyed for the US customers of the Swedish retailer who already offered online shopping for Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and, of course, Sweden.

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This day has been in the works for months and it was worth the wait for you guys in the US. The Swedish retailer has options for women, men, plus-size and kids at fingertips the site is a one-stop shop for quick, affordable fashion delivered right to your doorstep.The site also showcases items exclusively available online, like H&M’s first home collection, which was part of the online debut yesterday.

ALSO, the entire Isabel Marant collaboration will be available as will other future collaborations. Say goodbye to those overcrowded dressing rooms.  Excited yet? Then head to hm.com — it’s time to start shopping.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/shop-hm-online_n_3687871.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business

Tamara Mellon to launch lifestyle brand

Anyone else wondered what Tamara Mellon was up to for the last 2 years? Well, speculate no more.

Mellon has been one of my biggest inspirations for the last decade now. After having sold Jimmy Choo to Labelux in 2011 and departing from the company herself shortly after, she pretty much went underground without any further professional plans.

Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon

Recently, she gave American Vogue the first look at her eponymous lifestyle brand set to hit Tamaramellon.com in November. There will be ready-to-wear, handbags, and (duh!) shoes. Priced at from $295 for a cashmere tee to $4,500 for a ponyskin leopard-print trench coat, this label has Tamara Mellon written all over it.

Read more: http://fashionista.com/2013/07/tamara-mellon-set-to-launch-new-lifestyle-brand-with-sales-plan-that-bucks-industry-standards/

Rihanna wins lawsuit against Topshop

Unlike Miley Cyrus’ Tshirt for Marc Jacobs which she endorsed and even posed (naked!) for, Topshop was selling the ‘Rihanna Tank’ which was never permitted by the Umbrella singer.

The singer accused the fashion chain of failing to seek approval from her before going ahead with printing their stock. At a hearing in London, Judge Mr Justice Birss ruled in the 25-year-old’s favour, asserting that the British retailer was guilty of “passing off”. Passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights.

Riri

The Topshop tank shows Rihanna wearing a dungaree-strap bra top – the same outfit that she wore, as one of the numerous outfits, in the video for We Found Love.  The photograph was taken unofficially during the shoot in Northern Ireland.

(See it here at 2:56 seconds)

The judge ruled in Riri’s favour due to the fact that a “substantial number” of buyers were likely to have been deceived into purchasing the product on “false belief” that it had been authorised by the singer. As a result, he said this was damaging to Rihanna’s “goodwill” and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the “fashion sphere” and has sued the British retailer’s parent company, Arcadia, for damages of $5m (£3.3m).

Methinks her designing a second clothing line for River Island could also be a conflict of interest, no?

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23514738

In other news

This week seems to have been super eventful. Few more news worthy stories

Manish Malhotra – Lakme Fashion Week curtain raiser

Alexander Wang’s first bag for Balenciaga

Hillary Clinton Scoops Up Another Major Fashion Endorsement

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