Lululemon Is Suing Calvin Klein For Copying Its Yoga Pants

Cult Canadian yoga brand Lululemon is suing Calvin Klein for allegedly copying its patented waistband design. Calvin Klein has removed several products (including the Performance Knee-Length Running Tights, $39.99, seen here on the right) from its Web site. That action may be an indication that the company plans to settle, according to intellectual property law expert Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. Suing to protect the patented design with which Lululemon is virtually synonymous underlines the idea that Lululemon's pants are unique, giving the company license to continue making $98 leggings for people to sweat in. "Its uniqueness and recognition in the public absolutely gives the appearance to the customer that they are unique and shores up their intellectual property portfolio," says Scafidi. [Fashionista, Chicago Tribune]


Blogger, photographer, and illustrator Garance Doré, T.V. host Amanda de Cadenet, and stylist Kate Young all star in Net-A-Porter's fall campaign. Doré wrote about the experience of being cast in the ads rather sweetly on her blog. [Garance Doré]

Nick Knight shot Kim Kardashian for an upcoming V magazine spread. The photographer released this preview shot on Instagram. [Fashionista]

Christian Siriano's fall campaign video features an actor named Nicole LaLiberte, writhing and reclining. [YouTube]



Product images are now available for the Nars Andy Warhol collection, which will go on sale in October at Sephora and November at department stores. The packaging takes inspiration from the artist's works about such icons as Debbie Harry and Candy Darling. [WWD]

  • Katie Holmes' New York fashion week presentation for her line, Holmes & Yang, will reportedly take place at the largest fashion week venue, Lincoln Center. Holmes' presentation will conflict not with Victoria Beckham's show, as previously reported — they're not even on the same day — but with Michael Kors' show. [P6]
  • Azealia Banks will be performing at M.A.C.'s SoHo store for Fashion's Night Out. Last time M.A.C. had a musical guest for F.N.O. it was Beth Ditto, and afterward — rather than getting whisked away in a gold-plated M.A.C. limousine to go to some exclusive dinner-where-nobody-eats with Mario, Marc, and Anna — she walked down the street to a tiny karaoke bar and sang "Chain of Fools" to the ten or so people who happened to be there. Banks: we're not saying you have to do the same thing, but — just imagine the possibilities! [WWD]
  • Well, the Times has finally done it: it published a trend piece about how trends are so over. We are officially post-post-(post?)-trend, children. [NYTimes]
  • Our crumbling infrastructure is in such a parlous state that they now have to conscript swimsuit models to sweep city parks. Kate Upton, you're up. [ESPN]
  • September issues are — after a few years of recessionary slimness — basically bigger than ever in 2012. Vogue is 916 pages. InStyle is 652. Elle is over 600. One anonymous mail carrier says all the extra weight is giving her a swollen elbow. "You see all the swelling here, because of that kind of magazine," she says, adding, "Some of the mail boxes are so small, the big ones cannot fit. It takes up a lot of space." [HuffPo]
  • Diane von Furstenberg has brought on as company co-chair Tommy Hilfiger's longtime C.E.O., Joel Horowitz. This seems to suggest that DVF may be headed for an I.P.O. in the future. [WWD]
  • Jason Wu is collaborating with lingerie company La Perla on some "accent pieces" for his spring collection, which will be shown at New York fashion week. []
  • Lucky editor Brandon Holley had too many tomatoes in her garden so she gave them away to her staff. Great boss or greatest boss ever? [Fashionista]
  • There is now an Allure Russia. [WWD]
  • A grown-ass man with more money than sense paid Tyson Beckford $25,000 to teach him how to runway walk. [TMZ]
  • Simon Doonan confirms in an aside in his latest Slate column what everyone who can count already knew: that Carrie Bradshaw's shoe collection was an invention for the screen, and not a realistic feature of any newspaper writer's real life. Doonan and Sex And The City writer Candace Bushnell overlapped as columnists for the New York Observer, and Doonan writes, "Carrie's Manolo addiction lacked verisimilitude. Even back then, a hack salary was more Payless than Pucci, if you know what I'm sayin'." Oh, we do, Simon. We do. [Slate]
  • Guess's quarterly results were crappy, and the company stock tumbled 22.6% after the news. Earnings in the three months just ended fell 29.3% year-on-year, to $42.9 million. North American same-store sales declined 8.5%. [WWD]

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