Lorde Launches Cosmetics Line With MAC
The 17-year-old Kiwi singer Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor — better known as Lorde — is releasing a color cosmetics mini-line with MAC Cosmetics on June 5. The visual, shot by Charles Howells, was unveiled yesterday morning by MAC and features Lorde wearing her lipstick in Pure Heroine, a deep plum, and Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, a deep black. The lipstick will retail for $16, the Eye Liner for $19.50. After first being sold on maccosmetics.com and at MAC’s Times Square and Fifth Avenue bricks-and-mortar doors, the line will go global on the MAC website and at MAC’s Champs-Élysées store in July.
European Luxury Robberies Continue
Just days after thieves hit a Chanel store in London, robbers raided the stockrooms of Céline and Dior in Paris. French police confirmed today there has been a robbery at the Céline boutique on Rue François 1er and that a thief made off with cash, gaining access via Céline’s stockroom. Police could not immediately confirm the value of the heist. The Dior boutique, located on Rue Jean-Goujon behind the couture brand’s flagship on Avenue Montaigne, was hit at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to a police spokesman.
Two masked men made away with a number of bags and shoes, whose value was estimated at around 100,000 euros, or $137,516 at current exchange. According to French media reports, the thieves were armed and threatened a security guard. A police source said authorities are not aware of any link between this week’s Dior and Chanel robberies. The latter heist saw a trio of men drive a stolen Audi Q7 into the front window of Chanel’s South Kensington boutique and make away with about 26 bags worth more than 50,000 pounds, or $84,150. It is not clear how the stolen goods are off-loaded.
Aéropostale Sues Hennes & Mauritz
The New York-based specialty chain Aéropostale sued Swedish fast-fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz in Manhattan federal court Thursday over use of the Live Love Dream, Aero and 87 trademarks. “H&M engaged in a pattern of conduct involving the use of identical, or nearly identical marks on some of the same goods for which Aéropostale uses its marks, namely, clothing and tote bags,” Aéropostale said in the suit. Aéropostale said it discovered in March that H&M was selling a graphic T-shirt and a cloth bag with the words Live Love Dream and upon further investigation discovered other looks that it claims infringe on other trademarks.
The two companies traded letters and, according to the suit, H&M asserted this month that Aéropostale would be unable to prove that the use of Live Love Dream on apparel “creates any likelihood of confusion” and said using the words “is a fair use protected by the First Amendment.”
Aéropostale is seeking an injunction against H&M and unspecified damages.
Burberry Teams With Alibaba’s Tmall.com
Burberry has unveiled a collaboration with the Alibaba Group to open a Burberry store on Tmall; a first for any luxury brand on the platform. The collaboration with China’s largest online retail platform will further connect Chinese consumers to the Burberry brand.
The official Burberry Tmall.com store will offer a tailored assortment of products from all of the brand’s product categories. The store will be accessible in China across all mobile, tablet and desktop devices. The custom-built, dedicated space mirrors the brand’s own online flagship store, Burberry.com, and is consistent with Burberry’s luxury positioning. To mark the launch, a limited edition of the Burberry Petal bag is available exclusively in the store.
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