Today’s Fashion Headlines. August 15, 2012.

August 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Wang Lawsuit Dropped

A judge dismissed a $450 million lawsuit claiming that Alexander Wang’s factory in Chinatown here was a “sweatshop,” and that the fashion brand had violated a bevy of state labor laws. New York federal court Judge Harold Baer on Monday dismissed the suit brought against the company by former employees, following an undisclosed settlement between both sides two weeks ago.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but according to a letter dated Aug. 1, following the agreement, both sides would submit a request to the court that the case be dismissed with prejudice, meaning that once dismissed, neither side could file an appeal. “We are gratified that this matter has been dismissed, as the allegations were unfounded and completely false,” a spokesman for Wang told WWD. Lawyers for former Wang employees Flor Duarte and Wenyu Lu declined to comment.

CBS Starts on its Fashion Cred

Because the world wanted to know on the fashions of the stars of CBS… The September issue of Watch magazine features “NCIS” actress Cote de Pablo on the cover, shot in Christian Dior at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. The accompanying story, written by Kate Betts, covers the history and legacy of the House of Dior.

The 140-page issue, with 40 ad pages, also includes an interview with Michael Kors; a feature on Carlos Benaim, the “nose” of Yves Saint Laurent Parfums, who shares his rituals, process and preferences in creating fragrances, and a lighthearted look at Eighties fashion through the styles of “Dallas,” “Dynasty” and “Knots Landing.”

“This is something we’ve heard from our readers — that they want more fashion and travel,” said Watch editor-in-chief Jeremy Murphy. “And our celebrities like it. Escapism is part of our mission statement, and we want to have that element in every issue… It’s go big or go home.”

The Real David Statue

Michelangelo and his Renaissance masterpiece David, the marble statue in Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia, are getting some serious competition — from another David with an equally famous physique. H&M created nine 10-foot statues of David Beckham to mark the second David Beckham Bodywear campaign. Starting Thursday through Sunday, they will be displayed in various spots in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and could serve as a lucky charm for some.

As part of the campaign, those who Instagram a photo of a Beckham statue with the hashtag #HMBeckham will be eligible for several prizes, including 10 mini statues of Beckham, a pair of underwear signed by him and a $1,000 shopping spree at H&M (presumably to stock up on more Beckham merch). The statues will live on beyond this weekend, though: from Aug. 20 to Aug. 31, they will be displayed at H&M stores in the three cities.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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