Today’s Fashion Headlines. January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Nanette Lepore coming to J.C. Penney in 2013, Christian Louboutin has another day in court, and Victoria's Secret get a new high-end collection

Nanette Lepore Coming to J.C. Penney!

J.C. Penney is teaming with designer Nanette Lepore to create “l’amour” junior shops featuring flirty dresses, silk screen T-shirts, sportswear and denim and a “sophisticated look” for younger customers.  The shops will launch in over 600 Penney stores nationwide beginning in the first quarter of 2013, as part of the planned Penney’s transformation reinventing all aspects of the business that touch consumers and drive to build up exclusives and fill voids in the merchandising.

“This will not be a capsule collection,” J.C. Penney president Michael Francis told WWD. “This is a meaningful, multi-year relationship.” Nanette Lepore said she’s just in the sketching stage for the l’amour collection, and therefore couldn’t yet give a descriptive rundown of the items. But she’s got a clear sense of the direction, saying the collection will be “very specific and flirty” and that for the launch at least, there will be prom looks, denim, sportswear, and shorter lengths, with lots of newness with a delivery a month and 10 to 12 new styles per delivery.

Louboutin Defends the Infamous Red Sole

Fans of famed footwear designer Christian Louboutin helped fill a Manhattan courtroom yesterday for the latest battle in the legal war over his trademark scarlet-soled high heels. Dozens of young women — some sporting Louboutin heels — were among the spectators at the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, along with Louboutin himself and fellow fashionista Diane von Furstenberg.

Louboutin’s request for an injunction barring YSL from selling several models of all-red shoes that included red soles that the designer says stomp on his trademark rights. He says he needs to protect his instantly recognizable brand to keep YSL and “other copyists” from walking off with his business.

In court yesterday, presiding Judge José Cabranes asked if the designer wanted to trademark “the color red,” as suggested by YSL. “We don’t claim basic red,” said Louboutin lawyer Harley Lewin, who insisted the designer only wanted to protect “a particular color, in a particular place, on a particular item.” The panel did not make a official decision on the matter.

Victoria’s Secret Goes High End

Victoria’s Secret has launched its first high-end lingerie collection, called The Victoria’s Secret Designer Collection. The collection has been kept under wraps — even at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November when several key items were featured as part of the regular lineup. The in-house designer collection replaces the decades-long concept of featuring upscale designer brands.

The collection has nearly sold out since it began selling Tuesday at and at five units, including the Lexington Avenue and Herald Square stores. Retail prices go from undies and garter belts starting at $38 to merry widows priced at $298.

Source: NY Post, WWD
Photo: WWD


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