Archive: November 2010

Lily Cole visits Burmese Refugee Camp

Actress, model and philanthropist Lily Cole has followed in Angelina Jolie’s footsteps by visiting a large refugee camp on the Burmese border.

In her role as a Christian Aid ambassador, Cole spearheaded a charity Christmas appeal and spent four days at Nai Soi camp in Mae Hong Son, which is on the border between Thailand and Burma, and houses 15,000 refugees.  The British model is only the second figure, after UN Ambassador Jolie, to visit the camp due to security concerns.

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Givenchy sues BCBG

Givenchy is suing BCBG for “trade dress infringement”. The luxury fashion house has accused the French label of copying its grey Nightingale bag and of “unfair competition”.

BCBG’s Remembrant handbag has been described as a “knock off” by Givenchy. Legal documents, uncovered by SheFinds, state the bag “unlawfully copies and imitates” and may confuse customers into thinking the BCBG style is related to the original Givenchy design.

“[The handbag] is likely to cause consumers, the public, and the trade to erroneously believe that [BCBGeneration’s bags] are authorised, sponsored, and/or approved by Givenchy when, in fact, they are not,” reads Givenchy’s legal statement.

Source: Vogue UK

WGSN’s Global Fashion Awards

On November 10, fashions finest gathered at New York’s glamorous Waldorf Astoria for the Global Fashion Awards 2010. Hosted by WGSN, the world’s leading style and trend forecaster (and my lovely ex-employers), the Awards are the first of their kind to honour style and innovation in the fashion industry on a global platform.

Receiving a significant amount of attention for his award, Alber Elbaz, who has recently revealed the collection designed in collaboration with H&M, took home the Most Influential Designer prize. The Lanvin designer, who has also worked at Yves Saint Laurent, beat off fierce competition from Christopher Bailey, Phoebe Philo and Isabel Marant.

Although Elbaz couldn’t attend the ceremony in person he did offer his take on the Lanvin customer: “Tomorrow’s It-girl could be tomorrow’s Out-girl,” he says, describing why Lanvin isn’t about trends but about making women feel magical.

Other winners include Thom Brown who won Most Influential Menswear Designer, Harvey Nichols who beat Topshop for Beat Global Retailer. Acne won Most Influential Design Team and People Tree scooped the Most Influential Fashion Label accolade.