Fashion News Alerts: Alice + Olivia Sues Betsy Johnson, Covergirl’s collection for Women of Color, Virgil Abloh’s New Gig, And H&M Sri Lankan Factory Workers’ Protest

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Alice + Olivia is suing Betsy Johnson over the use of Starface, an Alice + Olivia doodle of oversized sunglasses and lips that are designed to resemble Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet. Attorneys for Alice + Olivia asked Betsy Johnson, now owned by Steve Madden, asked Betsy Johnson to cease and desist after Alice + Olivia noticed the copyright infringement in February 2018. The infringement was supposedly settled in March of 2018. However, the Alice + Oliva became aware for further infringement when the Starface doddle popped up on a new version of a Betsy Johnson handbag that had used previously with Starface.“The only difference between [Alice + Olivia’s] proprietary Starface design and the defendants’ new infringing product is that the defendants changed the shape of the glasses from circles to hearts,” the lawsuit reads. “Minor changes to the defendants’ product (such as changing round glasses to heart shape) do not negate a likelihood of confusion.”

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Covergirl is in the brown again

Covergirl has launched a new makeup line for women of color. Covergirl’s new makeup line for women of color, ‘Full Spectrum Collection,’ is an extensive series spanning foundation, primer, eyes shadows, lipsticks and more. This new collection was created with for women with darker skin tones. According to a post on hellogiggles.com, “[Covergirl understands that inclusivity goes far beyond shade ranges, Full Spectrum was developed with the unique shade and skin needs of multicultural women in mind.”

The Spectrum Collection is now sold at Ulta Beauty and retails between $6.92 and $13.49. The Spectrum Collection includes sumptuous purple lipsticks, eyeshadows ranging from teal and lime green to metallic gold, and creamy blusher in sunset shades. 

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Another gig for Virgil

Virgil Abloh, the current wunderkind of fashion, has a new job. If creative director of Off-White and Louis Vuitton’s menswear was not enough, he now has a new job with an unlikely company, Evian.

Abloh has been called upon to make the mineral water brand’s creative process more sustainable. As a creative advisor Abloh will also be involved in the development of new products for Evian.

The new venture will begin in the first two months of 2019 with the first project of a series of projects launching in January and February. You go, Virgil!!

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Sri Lankan workers protest H&M

There is a growing movement in South Asia of factory workers demanding a safer work environment and living wages. On November 27, garment workers in Sri Lanka organized a protest against working conditions and living wages in H&M factories.

H&M has over 235 factories in India and Sri Lanka. The Guardian reported in June that garment workers in factories that supply H&M clothing in Sri Lanka and India had experienced physical abuse for not meeting targets.

“We are dedicated to contribute to positive long-term development for the people working in the textile industry in our sourcing markets,” explained Thérèse Sundberg from H&M’s press and communications department as told to Reuters. Sunderberg said that this issue is an “industry wide problem.”

The Dabindu Collective organized the recent Sri Lankan protest. The Dabindu Collection was founded in 1984 “[t]o organize and empower women workers to create an environment, which will help them, win and safeguard their rights, acquire the respect of society and facilitate their participation in development processes.”

—William S. Gooch

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