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Friday, November 21st, 2014


@Forever21 #John316 | Is Forever 21 the Robin Hood of Fashion?

Forever 21 John 316 632x632 @Forever21 #John316 | Is Forever 21 the Robin Hood of Fashion?

The Southern California based retailer Forever 21 has been known for offering trendy, inexpensive fashions and accessories for over 20 years. The retail chain has experienced tremendous growth since opening its first 900 Sq. Ft. store in Los Angeles in 1984. Forever 21 now operates nearly 400 mall-based retail locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Recently, Forever 21 has carved out quite a reputation for itself among high-end fashion designers. Since 2001 the retailer has had 26 copyright and trademark infringement lawsuits filed against them, most have ended with settlements; but six of these suits are still pending.

Famed designer Diane von Furstenberg filed a lawsuit against Forever 21 claiming that they copied the design of her $325 “Cerisier” smock dress, renaming it “Sabrina” and selling it for $32. The dresses are of the same pattern, colors and measurements; they are both 100% silk and made in China. To the untrained eye, the dresses look identical.

Von Furstenberg wasn’t the only big name that decided to fight back, Style maven Anna Sui claims that Forever 21 has infringed against her designs on 26 occasions. Gwen Stephani cited the retailer for knocking off the designs of Harajuku Lovers, one of the clothing lines under her L.A.M.B. brand. The only distinguishable difference between Forever 21 and Stephani’s hearts and heart boxes designs are the words surrounding the designs. Where Stephani’s says “Harajuku Lovers”, Forever 21’s says “Forever Love”. This was way too close for comfort for Gwen so she decided to retaliate.

Counterfeiters pushing designer knockoffs on street corners have long plagued the fashion industry; but never has a mass-market retailer been so quick to copy the work of high-end designers’ current-season offerings until Forever 21 came along. Counterfeit merchandise is usually of lesser quality. The small differences between originals and knockoffs can be seen in the construction of the garment; specifically the stitching, fabric and hardware used. Designers feel that knockoffs lower their sales and damage their brand image due to the negative impact associated with a lower quality product looking just like theirs.

While the brand name is one thing that obviously makes a designers clothing more expensive, some less obvious reasons are the cost of product development to the company, advertising, taxes and fair pay to factory workers constructing the garments. High-end designers like Diane von Furstenberg spend a great deal of time and energy creating their designs. The design process from the initial design inception to production takes between 18 and 24 months.

This includes:

 Researching fashion trends

  Design sketches

  Fabric selection

  Pattern making

  Prototype creation

  Improvements/Adjustments

  Sample making

  Marketing to retail locations

  Production

  Distribution

While it takes designers 18 to 24 months to get their lines shown on the runway into retail stores, Forever 21 can deliver interpretations of the same designs into their stores within six weeks. The popularity of the Internet has allowed for someone to attend a designer’s show and post pictures of their garments online for viewing within minutes. Counterfeiters can then send these pictures to manufacturers to be copied right away.

Current laws do not protect clothing from being copied, just logos; but many designers have been lobbying congress to expand the copyright statue to protect their intellectual property. Therefore, I am not suggesting that Forever 21 is a counterfeiter defined by the law; but I am questioning the moral implications of their practices and their effects on society.

People who purchase counterfeited items contribute to unemployment, budget deficits and compromise the overall global economy. Counterfeiters are criminals that exploit consumers, businesses, artists and children laboring in sweatshops. According to the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition:

  Counterfeit merchandise is directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs.

  Counterfeiters do not pay taxes meaning less money for your city’s schools, hospitals, parks and other social programs.

  Counterfeiters do not pay their employees fair wages or benefits, have poor working conditions, and often use forced child labor.

  The profits from counterfeiting have been linked to funding organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorist activity.

Some consider Forever 21 to be a fashion savoir. Without them, many lower and middle class fashionistas wardrobes would suffer. Everyone would not have the equal opportunity to sport the latest fashion trends right off the runway. So should we consider Forever 21 to be the Robin Hood of the fashion industry stealing designs from the rich and selling them for cheap to the poor?

Maybe so, but it wouldn’t be fair if I did not also mention the 2001 lawsuit filed against Forever 21 by 19 workers from six of their factories allegedly working in unsafe and unsanitary conditions and owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in sub minimum wage pay and overtime. The lawsuit was dropped when the retail giant paid the workers the back wages.

So it seems that Forever 21 has a sorted history of robbing the rich and the poor alike while keeping all of the profits for themselves. On the other hand, high-end designers are charging an arm and a leg for their merchandise making it impossible for the middle class to keep up. So who is the bad guy? We have to decide for ourselves whether to consider Forever 21 a Robin Hood or just a common thief. There is no doubt that they have an assortment of fabulous fashions, but you have to ask yourself what price you are willing to pay to be chic.

– Tamara Franklin

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


Dee + Ricky’s Luxury Beatdown at Wallplay

luxury beatdown Dee + Ricky’s Luxury Beatdown at WallplayWe are huge fans of democratizing luxury, and even bigger fans of making it free to the masses!

Twin brothers Dee & Rick got their start creating famous accessories for notables including Lego pieces used by Marc Jacobs and seen prominently on Kanye West’s 808 & Heartbreak album cover.

Their new series of work “The Luxury Beatdown”, combines a mock of weaponry and items including cheetah printed crowbars and plush boxing gloves, along with gold-dipped hand grenades. Artwork is cleverly inspired by fights they saw first hand growing up in the projects of Staten Island.

People would turn everyday items into weapons, and it was usual to see stickups and drivebys. This served as inspiration for their artistic depictions. They wanted to take this part of their “life and combine it with the more luxurious part of the fashion world.”

Their new exhibit is displayed from November 13th – 30th at Manhattan Gallery Wallplay’s concept shop (blank) from 12pm-7pm daily.

Further info on Dee & Ricky and Blank is available at http://wallplay.com
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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


How to Flaunt Your Waterline, Without Looking Like A Clown

Waterline Laura Mercier How to Flaunt Your Waterline, Without Looking Like A ClownGetting the most of your eyeliner takes precision, and if you are like me, the liner type, then you’ll appreciate these fine tips. Some makeup artists suggest coating your waterline with a white kohl liner to make eyes pop. I prefer a dash of color, to make the silhouette of the shape more defined, it’s a surefire way to combat sleepy eyes. Note: use color within reason to avoid looking like a dragged-up queen. For enhancing the waterline, both Laura Mercier and Bobby Brown style prodigious products for augmenting the inside of the eye. Laura Mercier calls hers Tightline Cake Eyeliner ($24) and Bobby Brown uses a Cake Liner; both attain the same effect with an outcome that is clean and defined, sans the smudged or smoky vibe. I prefer Laura Mercier for day, and Nars’ Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24) for night.

Since my eyes are hazel I prefer to enhance the green over gray, I opt for Laura Mercier’s Tightline in Forest Green and Nars, Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Abby Road. I don’t recommend the waterproof spray for Laura Mercier, and I’m not a fan of using this product anywhere other than on the waterline. I’m precise with my makeup. Back in my teens and early twenties I glammed with glitter, now that I’m in my thirties I prefer a clean, crisp and select choice of color in very specific use(s).

A foolproof way to line your upper lid without any clean up with a wet a q-tip, is doable with use of Nars Eyeliner Stylo. It’s important that you don’t over-emphasize the eye or create a cake face with your beauty. I’m bored of the selfies on the web with fake-up that’s hiding real beauty behind product overload—I can assure you any man can spot a pound of makeup a mile away. It’s important to use cosmetics to polish already existing features and to avoid a cartoon makeover. Take my advice for liquid liner and the waterline and you’ll be happy with your improvements. These products can be misconstrued, so do your research and remember: liquid liner on the top, and water liner on the bottom, and draw yourself an original face, without painting it on like a clown or soon your adoring fans will turn into hilarious fanatics.

*Samples were provided

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014


Full-On Frontal Nudity | Why Kim, Why?

Screen Shot 2014 11 21 at 5.03.45 PM 540x632 Full On Frontal Nudity | Why Kim, Why?
Married, check! Beautiful Baby, check! Millionaire, check! Famous, check! Business woman, check! Full on, Frontal Nudity, check! Why? As a fellow POWERHOUSE, who is a fan of pushing the envelope when necessary, I thought your cleavage looked great, but I could have done without the areolas. Most people who’s mothers have gone to these lengths for fame are on suicide watch, for life!

Why Kim? We’ve loved you, supported you, prayed through two marriages, and have really gone to bat in your defense. So Why? 

To have the world in the palm of your hands, a non-stop marathon that’s putting money in your pockets, businesses for days, adoring fans, why? SMH, why? I look in the mirror and question myself for even caring, why? Being sexy is great, being crass is sickening, why? Coming from a media liberal, why? I don’t understand why anyone would do this to themselves. A sex-tape star, turned business woman, turned nude model, and I digress, why? Backing out of the post, with clothes on, why? Cut the, Check!

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