THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Is this what a fashion lawyer looks like? We second the motion! Story by Anne Pringle

Fashion law
This September, a new legal institute will open in New York—with a specific focus on fashion law. The Institute of Fashion Law was established by a Fordham University professor Susan Scafidi, and in collaboration with the CFDA. The aim is to provide legal education and support for designers in copyright laws, employee issues and sustainability efforts. Scafidi hopes that the institute will not only provide legal help education for fashion designers, but also establish fashion as a legal category, as well as educate a generation of lawyers. As she put it, “So! Three tiny goals to achieve in the next year.” (Vogue UK)

Schouler’s debut campaign
The suspense is over: Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2010 ad campaign (its first one ever) has been released. The shots feature Argentine supermodel Tati Cotliar (who has walked for Prada, Versace, Marni, and Chanel, to name a few), as well as newcomer model twin sisters Ann and Kirby Kenny. The three girls are all tousled hair and wine-stained lips against a white backdrop, sporting pieces from the fall collection (think leather dresses, curved-heel boots, and thigh-high socks). (NY Mag)

Couture creepers
Last month, several mega retailers in New York— Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and Hollister—reported bedbug infestations. The stores had to be temporarily closed for extermination procedures—a potential loss that Bergdorf Goodman hopes to eliminate with new, unconventional measures. BG has recruited a team of beagles who are trained to patrol the store and sniff out the unwanted critters. (WWD)

Seven’s arty collab
Upscale denim brand Seven For All Mankind has collaborated with photographer Mika Ninagawa to create a capsule collection of T-shirts and jeans. The colourful line takes its inspiration from Ninagawa’s photographs, which often feature lush still lifes of flowers and landscapes. The collection will include printed jeans, distressed denim shorts with colorful hang-out pockets, and bright T-shirts with prints that have a layered collage feel. (WWD)

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