Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Petite Fashion Challenge #16

Dressing for a Summer Wedding

This month's challenge is hosted by Petite on a Penny.

The challenge:
Create an outfit for a summer wedding (the dress code is up to you). For bonus points (and this is what I'll be doing!) try to make your whole outfit, head to toe, come in under $100!
Although my blog is focused on fashion law and career attire, I excuse myself from professional dress with these challenges. So, I am showing a few looks!

This is the first year I have had more than a handful of friends ask me for advice on what to wear as guests to upcoming weddings. I shutter to think that it is because I am approaching "that age" when you are supposed to be married. Being a career focused woman, and trained in the law nonetheless, marriage and popping out babies just is not something on my mind. I will just fall back on remembering that most of my friends are a decade older than me ;-)

The weddings I have attended were very formal so I am taking this challenge as a chance to play around with less formal looks... Dress code a la resort formal or cocktail attire.

Wedding Look #1:
My default is usually a long halter top black dress; however, I intend on changing this because I have heard from different sources that some cultures see all black as bad luck. To not seem as if you are hoping ill will on the happy couple, go for a dress with pattern.

Of course do not forget to do a dance test. Below I am attempting to see whether this dress lends itself to a night of dancing. For one you cannot tell that I am trying to dance here, you probably would not be able to tell if you saw me twitching on the dance floor a la Eileen in Seinfeld either...
 A dress like this one here gives off a romantic vibe since the colors tie in a floral theme. -Because is it just me or is this dress reminiscent of rose petals?

As when dressing normally for work, do not be afraid to accessorize your dress. Cinching in your waist is always a good thing! Even with this leather sash belt that does not necessarily 'match' my dress, the cinching fixes up the bagginess from above.
As for my handbag option, I like to go for a clutch or small purse with interesting chain. This one here holds my iPhone, lipgloss, car keys, small compact, and card case with room to spare.

Outfit details:
Robert Rodriguez dress, Christian Louboutin knot wedges,
Bottega Veneta knot clutch, Rolex watch 

Wedding Look #2:
Just like you should aim not to be offensive in a color that may be deemed as causing bad luck, you should try not to wear a dress in the color that the bride will don unless she invites you to do so or okays it beforehand. If you are the date of a guest I say stick to a more conservative approach on dress choice when it comes to cut, color, and style. 

In most American or European weddings the bride will likely wear white so be free to be the lady in red. Also, keep in mind that a Chinese bride may likely wear red.
The color red for a Chinese wedding represents good luck, good fortune, and happiness. That being said it might sound like a good idea to wear red to a wedding but it is most likely that the bride will be in this color, so, opt for a different color. I think it is best to play it safe rather than being seen as trying to steal or share the spotlight with the bride.
The red color and crumb catcher are fun and girly. The crossed back design further gives the dress a young girly feel. For petites this look is dangerous, because it can make us look young! To combat the extremely youthful appearance I opt for Louboutins and a Parisian-esque cat eye.

Outfit details:
Kirribilla dress (here, similar here), Bottega Veneta knot clutch,
Christian Louboutin no prive slingback heels, Rolex watch

Wedding Look #3:
Attending the wedding of a beloved frenemy? Want to steal the show? Then dress in all white and twirl around during the ceremony! -Just kidding, of course.
I had a friend who only wore white to weddings (as a guest!). I had to defriend her just in case I ever have a wedding. J/k, kinda. Anyway, I do not see why people go for off-white or white gowns when they know the bride will be in this color. -Keep in mind that even a traditional Chinese bride may opt for one of her dress changes to be into a white one.
This dress is actually an example of what is inappropriate for a wedding. A dress like this would draw negative attention in any color. The material is right but this dress is just too revealing for a wedding. Do not be that girl who tries to find a man at a wedding. It is weird and desperate but if it happens let it happen in appropriate attire.

Outfit details:
Silk jersey dress from French boutique
Steve Madden heels, Buxom "cherry flip" lip cream

Are you married or planning on it? Would you be okay with someone wearing the same colored dress as you?

General Tips:
  • If you are unsure of the dress code, ASK! 
    • Sticking out and being yourself is always good but try not to stand out for the wrong reasons.
  • Opt for comfortable shoes. 
    • Dancing the night away is fun and encouraged. Help make that wedding video capture fun memories by busting a move on the dance floor.
  • When in doubt a wrap dress with classic jewelry can save you!
  • It is a wedding, not a nightclub. Your makeup should reflect this difference.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

What to wear for Memorial Day

Keep a little spring in your step during the holiday weekend by wearing colorful shoes.

A red, white, and blue color scheme is just as predictable for memorial day as it is for independence day but that is because it is patriotic and works! You cannot go wrong with these colors. But if you want to change it up, go monochromatic this year. Need to wear less? You can change my red nails, white purse, and blue shoes for red lips, white bikini, and blue skies.

This dress is extremely comfortable, affordable, and petite friendly. This dress is spacey throughout the bust so it works well to camouflage a fuller chest or accommodate broad shoulders. I did not mind the sleeves so much since they helped protect me from the sun but I am thinking of removing the sleeves.

I hope to one day have a large boutique-style walk in closet where I can display shoes as art. You see, I like the curves of sexy stilettos but I would prefer to display them because I do not like to torture my feet.

How quickly can you walk in heels compared to when you walk in flats? 

Here I am caught in flats. Truthfully, I am almost never in stilettos. I like to walk fast and high heels slow me down! Also, if I will be grilling or barbecuing, comfortable shoes are a must for me.

Outfit details:
Old Navy faux-wrap dress
Christian Louboutin heels
Foldable Fendi flats
White python Gucci purse
Submariner Rolex with blue face
Kate Spade bangle
YSL arty ring

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guess who copied Gucci! Yes, Guess!

Fashion law update on the case of Gucci v. Guess

The Guess sneaker above was found guilty of many counts of trademark dilution ;)

Super quick recap: Three years ago, Gucci filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Guess. For more info read my first post about this case (here).

Super quick update: Yesterday, Guess was ordered to pay Gucci $4.66 million (of the $221 million sought) for trademark infringement!

Judge Scheindlin (Judge Shira Scheindlin, not Judge Judy Sheindlin), found Guess guilty of four out of the five trademark fashion law crimes alleged by Gucci. Guess's use of script mark was the only thing that got away here because script fonts are extremely common in the fashion industry.

I previously discussed that Gucci might have some hurdles over the statue of limitations. Judge Scheindlin's opinion explained that 
"although the Lanham Act does not include a statue of limitations, the Second Circuit has held that the six-year limitations period from New York State fraud law applies." However, as trademark infringement is a 'continuing wrong.' the statute of limitations defense only applies to bar monetary recovery beyond the statutory period, and does not limit the availability of injunctive relief." 
As to dilution, since Gucci had no evidence of actual dilution, the Judge granted summary judgment on this point.

I will not regurgitate what you can read in the opinion (here). This opinion was a quick and fun read. If you enjoyed my previous posts discussing likelihood of confusion then you should take a look at how a Judge goes through the different factors.

...But what does it all mean?
Well, aside from the money Guess will have to shell out to Gucci, it will have to spend a lot more pesos to change up its trademark infringing designs and logos. The fashion world shall say goodbye to Guess's interlocking G logos. But do not fret! Guess will likely find new "inspiration" for us to discuss!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

How to dress for graduation and a cocktail reception

Bonjour tout le monde! Only if you follow my social networking accounts have you been hearing from me as of late. I was busy earning my JD, after which I enjoyed a new found freedom; however, the end of law school is bitter sweet. I am finished with school but I start studying for the bar exam soon.
With graduation season upon us, I am posting what I wore to mine and I feel inspired to give a speech: 
On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise Professor quoted Aristotle: 'The law is reason free from passion.' Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard, I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law - and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself. Congratulations Class of 2004, we did it!
Oops, that was Reese Witherspoon's speech as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
I was glad that the graduation gown perfectly showcased my heels and pink pedicure. If only I had a little chihuahua to walk across the stage with me to finish off my 'Legally Brunette' look...

Still, the most important thing for walking across stage is how your feet look feel. Heels add height and look great but if you are uncomfortable it can spoil your day. Lining up and being ushered around means you should opt for something comfy. The picture above of my feet was after six hours of wear. Just like my dress, my shoes were already part of my wardrobe so I knew how I would feel in them. Be sure to test out new shoes. Maybe invest in a shoe stretcher or wear socks with your shoes around your home.
I sported a fabulous suit to my graduation dinner but I wore this dress to commencement and my school's reception because becoming a lawyer does not mean you must don professional attire 24/7. Besides, I find lightweight dresses to be best under those graduate hoods and gowns. I also think sleeker dresses are better than something that puffs out. As you can see, my skirt has a thin petticoat attached. Leaving my petticoat bigger could have made me appear too wide. The robes add enough bulk.

I also opt for something classic instead of on trend because I want to look back on pictures from big events without focusing on outdated aspects of my look. Similarly, any makeup you wear should not be too punched up. I saw one face that seriously made me wonder if the girl under the layers of makeup was acting in a play right after the ceremony. I went with eyeliner, mascara, light blush, and lipgloss.
Outfit details:
Silk dress purchased 5+ years ago,
Chanel handbag, Chanel heels,
OPI polish, Rolex watch

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Intellectual property implications of holograms

Faux entertainers and fashion law fun!

By now most of us have heard about the Tupac Shakur hologram performance at Coachella. But I have yet to see anyone discuss the fashion law related intellectual property implications that such holograms bring up!

When I first heard of Tupac's hologram I remembered that he is currently a 'Draw Something' app art prompt. This got me wondering who is promoting Tupac so much. As my conspiracy theories about Tupac being alive wore off, I refocused and started wondering who is profiting from Tupac's image. Being too lazy/uninterested to even google this I figure Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are the ones who mainly profit.

Source: mtv.com via Fashion on Pinterest

While news outlets and blogs have covered the technology behind the hologram, the sudden rise in Tupac's album sales, and the possibility of taking him on tour, I was most concerned with what Tupac was wearing. 

Trademarks* and Copyrights**
Tupac's hologram wore his album cover's look: belted baggy jeans and what I assume are Timberland boots.
What do you think could be the trademark implications on holograms? 
Holograms can easily bring up new legal ground for courts.
I imagine it could depend on how the brand feels about the use. Let's say a designer does not want to have his/her trademark on a hologram. What should be the determining factor? If the person wore the clothes while alive, does that make the trademark fair game? If the physical garments are purchased in material form, should they be allowed to be reflected in holograms? Or if a brand wants to be promoted in holograms, who should decide whether it is right? Is this an ethical question? 
Should holograms only wear things the artist wore while alive? 
Another trademark consideration here could be whether IP extension would exist if artists were introduced to the public in hologram form (a la Gorillaz); in such a case, the artist could be argued to be a trademark of the record label. In such a case protection would always be viable. Then artists would be  contracted out through IP licensing agreements or moved to new owners through a transfer of IP rights.

Copyright protection may be similarly implicated here; however, one justifications for limiting copyright rights is that a copyright protection should not protect technological innovation more appropriate for patent law protection.

Right of Publicity***
In terms of right to publicity, I think it is fascinating that celebrities could potentially create contracts about what they will be wearing or how they will displayed post-death. 
Should celebrities be able to contract with designers over what the celebrity will wear after death? Is it okay for a dead person's estate to cash in on the dead person's image? Estate's can already cash in by licensing IP or getting royalty payments, should a hologram be treated differently?

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*Trademarks are distinctive source identifiers, words, logos, slogans, or a combo thereof, used in connection with goods or services.
**Copyright protection subsists in original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
***Right of publicity confers property-type interest to protect an individual's marketable image or persona.

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