Today’s Fashion Headlines: October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

C. Wonder and Tory Burch At It Again

This Friday, lawyers for Tory Burch are expected to sue C. Wonder for allegedly pilfering the preppy, bohemian look and merchandise of the Tory Burch retail brand. Chris Burch, whose ex-wife Tory Burch has accused his new C. Wonder chain of mimicking her candy-colored clothes and cluttered store designs, last week settled charges of copyright infringement from a Los Angeles artist, according to court documents.

Sources said Tory Burch’s lawyers are expected to cite a slew of designs and details allegedly stolen by C. Wonder, including its brass-lettered logos and jewelry designs. Representatives of Chris Burch, who has argued that he’s entitled under corporate rules to compete with the Tory Burch brand, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Firms Assess Sandy’s Damage

Retailers escaped serious property damage from Hurricane Sandy, but many in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast remained operationally paralyzed Tuesday due to power outages and transportation shutdowns that could go on for days, if not into next week. Executives expressed relief that employees were safe, but said it would only be after all stores returned to normal hours that they could make reasonable assessments on business losses. While expecting the toll to be huge, they said it would have been worse had the situation occurred closer to a weekend or closer to Thanksgiving. But consumers could alter their holiday spending budgets, with more immediate needs suddenly arising from the storm.

The New York fashion industry remained at a standstill Tuesday, with almost all stores and offices closed throughout Manhattan. Streets were bustling later in the afternoon, however, as pent-up tourists wandered Midtown searching for stores that might be open. Companies said they were assessing risks although most expected to reopen today in some form.

Robert Pattinson for Dior?

I don’t understand. Well, Brad Pitt I can get but I will never understand this one. The smelliest looking man alive Robert Pattinson has reportedly signed on as the new face of men’s fragrances from Dior. The terms of the alleged deal would fetch Pattinson around $12 million over three years and multiple ad campaigns.

“Rob likes the brand,” a source told E! Online, who broke the news on Monday. A rep for Pattinson and U.S. public relations for Dior did not return requests for confirmation at press time. This would be the first significant endorsement for Rob, as he’s focused primarily on developing his film resume in between installments of his star-making franchise “The Twilight Saga.”

Heidi’s Annual Halloween Party on Hiatus

Queen of Halloween Heidi Klum has postponed her annual New York bash due to Hurricane Sandy. Klum last night announced tonight’s Halloween party to be held at new Bowery hot spot Finale would be pushed back. She said in a statement: “I hope you and your loved ones are safe after this devastating storm in the New York City area. For obvious reasons, I am canceling my Halloween party . . . I hope to postpone for the near future . . . maybe a very Haunted Christmas? I hope everyone understands and stays safe.”

– Taneisha Jordan

Sources: WWD; LA Times; Page Six
Photo: WWD

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