Today’s Fashion Headlines. July 23, 2012.

July 23, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Jimmy Choo gets a new CEO, Carine’s Fashion Book makes a sneak peek and Coach wins a counterfeit case

Pierre Denis new CEO of Jimmy Choo

Pierre Denis has been named chief executive officer of Jimmy Choo, effective immediately, Choo parent Labelux announced this morning. Denis, who was most recently general manager of John Galliano SA, takes over a post left vacant by Joshua Schulman, who resigned as ceo of Jimmy Choo late last year to join Bergdorf Goodman.

“We are delighted to welcome an executive of Pierre’s caliber to the Labelux family,” Reinhard Mieck, chief executive officer of Labelux, said in a statement. “With his unrivalled experience of the international luxury sector and keen understanding of our business, Pierre is without question the right person to drive forward the Jimmy Choo business and exploit the enormous growth potential of what is an exceptional brand,” he added.

First Look: Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book

Carine Roitfeld unveiled the first full fashion image from her hotly anticipated CR Fashion Book online today. The spread features model Juliet Ingleby dramatically enveloped in a billowing lavender veil and little else, walking through a cemetery trailed by a trio of black-clad attendants. Shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Roitfeld, the image appears as an animated GIF on CRfashionbook.com, with the veil moving in the breeze.

Roitfeld is gradually building hype for the release of her semiannual magazine, having previously posted on her site a cropped, close-up shot from the first issue of a model with a broken nose — with the tag line “under construction” — as well as a video of models preening on a mirrored floor from a mock-up issue, also lensed by Faena. The premiere issue of CR Fashion Book will hit newsstands on Sept. 13. Roitfeld is planning a launch party for the title during New York Fashion Week. #stillwaitingonourinvitation

Coach Wins Counterfeit Case

Coach Inc. scored a $44 million judgment against a U.S.-based mother-and-daughter duo operating Web sites advertising and selling counterfeit Coach handbags. The case, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, stands out from similar Internet counterfeiting suits because the defendants, Linda and Courtney Allen, actually live in New York. Typically, these cases involve foreign-based Web operators who are difficult to track down.

In her decision, presiding Judge Colleen McMahon said Thursday that the defendants had violated Coach’s trademarks on 11 types of goods for a total of 22 separate infringements. In addition to awarding the handbag maker a hefty multimillion-dollar judgment, she granted Coach a permanent injunction, shutting down the defendants’ infringing Web sites, Bellafashions.net and MyClassyFashion.com.

This isn’t the first time that the defendant has been in trouble with the law for allegedly counterfeiting goods. Allen had been sued by French fashion house Chanel Inc. for trademark counterfeiting and infringement in 2007 for the “same exact illegal conduct” with the operation of MyClassyFashion.com and UltimateDesignersHandbags.com, according to Judge McMahon, who noted that in the Coach case, the defendants had also sold counterfeit bags on eBay.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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