Welp… The fashion world has stopped for New York Fashion Week, as it should! I know I’m enjoying it! Will resume fashion branding posts next week.
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Are we seriously allowing this?!?!?!? I feel like I’m playing a game of “which of these things is not like the other” *circles A stitch.* On the left is a designer $435 Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Platform Mary Jane and the right is a $90 NYLA knock off. Please don’t let the Esq on the end of my name fool you. I CANNOT afford the Chloe Sevigny or the NYLA version. I will have to wait until these go on uber clearance sometime next year. This is not about what I can afford. Its about rewarding designers’ talent as much as we value and protect any other profession. The law does not allow you to make counterfeits but you can make the exact same shoe, as long as you put a different label on it. That makes NO sense.
A time limit could be an opportunity for the court to meet fashionistas in the middle. Plenty of statutes express time limits for protection. For example, the copyright statutes only allow protection for the life of the author plus 70 years. Certainly that length is too long for fashion. However, maybe the court would be willing to offer protection for the life cycle of fashion, about three to six months or a fashion season. That way all parties would be satisfied. The high fashion designers would be able to enjoy exclusivity for a period and lower priced lines would be able to manufacture the designs thereafter.
Often when the court doesn’t value something, you may have to break down the precedent piece by piece. Start with a short time limit and perhaps designers could work their way up to a little more protection.
[this blog was inspired by Garmai Momolu… visit her site!!! http://garmaikm.com/ she’s fab and her fashion knowledge is BEYOND!!!]