As the week comes to a close, there have been further allegations of sexual misconduct and yet another patent dispute. Then there is the Italian luxury label that decided to let its customers personalize its "It" bags, and an Instagram site set to unmask countless copycats in the fashion, design and beauty industry. Enjoy the read - and the weekend! Best, Ulrike


Indecent exposure. A former Forever 21 employee is suing the fast fashion retailer, after a video taken of her by a hidden camera in one of the company's bathrooms allegedly made it onto several porn sites. The unnamed female claims that Forever 21 failed to protect her privacy and is suing for $2 million. Just days prior, a man was caught videotaping a mother and her 12-year-old daughter trying on clothes at a Forever 21 store in Olympia, Washington.


Falling heads. Amidst allegations of sexual misconduct, Russell Simmons, who founded the Phat Farm label in 1992, has stepped down from all of his companies. In a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jenny Lumet has accused the hip-hop and fashion mogul of forcing her to have sex in 1991. Simmons has different recollections, but agrees that feelings of fear and intimidation are real. This follows a similar accusation model Keri Claussen Khalighi made on November 19th. Simmons' companies will be led by a new generation of executives.

Licensing king. At the age of 95, designer Pierre Cardin shows no signs of slowing down, nor has he lost any of his enthusiasm and pride. In a comprehensive interview (paywall) with WWD the licensing king who recently came out with a large coffee table book, discusses a slew of subjects - including his rivalry with Saint Laurent, the death of the tie, and being as famous as Coca-Cola.


DIY, luxe edition. LVMH's Rome-based luxury brand Fendi is cooperating (in Italian) with luxury e-tailer Farfetch on personalized Fendi bags. On their respective homepages, both companies offer 120 different color and design combinations for the Fendi's Kan I F bag. Customers can switch up the leather, handle, hardware and logo for a bag priced at about $2,700.

Final countdown. Adidas continues to challenge Nike's Flyknit patent, which was upheld in October by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The German sports giant filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Adidas claims that the knitted upper technology is not patentable since it's not a new invention.

Signature pieces. The 2010 Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has designed a collection for US sports brand Under Armour. Developed with UA Outdoor's Design Director Nick Cienski, the product line is made for both the slopes and the streets. Its LV logo is taken from Vonn's personal signature, and each style is named after one of her mile stone wins. The full collection will be available in Fall 2018, with three items already up for pre-order.

Inspired life. To support (in Spanish) its international expansion, Italian sports company Lotto has regrouped its product offer to include a large assortment of lifestyle products. In addition to Lotto Performance with active wear, a new division called Life's will offer (in German) fashionable sports items that are suitable for exercise as well as daywear. Life's is going to be segmented into Life's Active and Life's Inspired. In addition, the company offers corporate fashion under Lotto Works and the shoe label Aequiter.


The accused. Many designers are debunked as copycats by the Instagram account @diet_prada, including Gucci, Emily Ratajkowski (in Portugese) and Vetements. Few have ever reacted. One is Stefano Gabbana, who asked for an apology, prompting Diet Prada to issue #PleaseSaySorryToMe T-shirts. Gucci invited the outfit to attend its show in Milan and call out all "knock offs". As appropriations continue to flourish in fashion, Diet Prada might have a long future ahead…


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