Today’s Fashion Headlines: August 12, 2011

August 12, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Botkier offers a C&D to Sears, D&G adds more to its color cosmetics, Printemps adds in some luxury and Egan leaves Huffington Post pretty quickly

Botkier Files C&D Against Sears

Monica Botkier knows her bags when she sees them. Yesterday, the handbag designer sent a cease and desist letter to Sears Holdings Corp., the exclusive retailer of Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian’s handbag line Kardashian Kollection, after Botkier discovered a style from the reality stars’ collection that she contends is nearly identical to a bag from her own. The similarities lie between a silhouette from Kardashian Kollection’s fall offerings and the Clyde, one of the original styles the brand launched when Botkier founded the company in 2003.

“In a case like this, it’s upsetting because it’s a trademarked shape for us, and people recognize it by sight… It really calls attention to what Steven Kolb and the CFDA are really working towards — its not necessarily about sticking on a fake label, you are actually taking someone’s design idea,” Botkier told WWD.

D&G Add More Color

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are adding more color to their flourishing cosmetics collection. Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation, which will be available in 15 shades, each $55, is the line’s first cream foundation and is intended to offer easier application and is buildable. Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick combines a cream lipstick bullet with a center of gloss. Twenty lip colors in four shade families — Nudes to Browns; Reds to Oranges; Pinks to Mauves, and True Passion — will be offered, each priced $34.

“A woman who applies makeup is doing a very sensual act that captures the attention,” said Dolce. “So the quality is important, but also its image, its packaging.…Everything in our products is designed to have women feeling sensual, and extremely feminine while using it.”

Paris *Always*Has The Best Window Displays

Printemps is shining a spotlight on luxury with fall window displays and in-store events that celebrate top-level craftsmanship. Luxury brands including Celine, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang will showcase a single iconic item from their collections in window displays. The displays are scheduled to run from Aug. 26 to Oct. 8 at the Paris flagship of the French department store chain.

There will be several special deals throughout the week as well. The main Printemps store will host a workshop celebrating Gucci’s 90th anniversary, with demonstrations by artisans who will be hand-finishing some of the brand’s most recognizable handbags and offering customers a personalized initials service for a limited period. Salvatore Ferragamo is bringing a craftsman from Florence to take custom orders, while children’s wear brand Bonpoint will host garland-making workshops for kids. De Beers will present exclusively its Swan Lake collection of diamond jewelry, while Swiss watch brand Girard-Perregaux will stage an exhibition, “Tourbillon,” to mark its 220th anniversary. Well, I wanna go!!!

Quitting Already?

After only five months, Huffington Post deputy entertainment, culture and lifestyle editor Maura Egan is leaving her website position. “I’d like to leave it at that,” she wrote in an e-mail Wednesday morning, adding that she hopes to spend the rest of August at the beach and will look into “various possibilities” after that. Formerly travel editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Egan joined the Huffington Post in the spring as part of a post–AOL acquisition hiring burst. “Maura has decided to pursue other career opportunities,” said a Huffington Post spokesman.

Source & Photo: WWD

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