Category Archives: Fashion

#WhatsHotNow : Fashion’s Focus on Sustainability



“”Fashion is a brutal industry; most brands fail within their first two years.”

On Friday, April 15th 2016, The Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will host the symposium, “Green is the New Black: Sustainability in Fashion,” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Loyola’’s downtown LA campus.

Top fashion lawyers, executives and consultants will use a series of panels to delve into a variety of emerging fashion-industry issues: using eco-conscious materials to cut costs, nurturing a brand beyond inception, exploiting social media without violating federal regulations and streamlining production with new technology.                 

For program details and registration information visit:

The  lineup is designed to help audience,– designers, entrepreneurs and anyone seeking to establish a brand –mine competitive advantages in how they manufacture and market their labels.

The third-annual Fashion Law Symposium will feature four panels:

  1. “Good Things Come In Green Packages: Sustainability in the Supply Chain
  2. “Tough Love: Sustaining a Fashion Brand From Start-Up To Staple
  3. “Truth in Advertising:  The Art of Storytelling Within Federal Trade Commission Rules”
  4. Technology: The Disruption of Fashion or The Next Big Thing?”

One-on-one sessions with industry veterans will provide additional context.

Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, will open the symposium with a report on the state of the industry.

Chelsea Grayson ’98, general counsel and executive vice president at American Apparel, will participate in a lunchtime Q&A.

Confirmed speakers include Oliver Bajracharya, partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP; Travis Heard, vice president, Finance & Strategy at Outerknown; Rick Horwitch, vice president, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products; Cheryl A. Solomon, former chief legal officer at Toms and former general counsel at Gucci; Alkistis Tsitouri, fashion photographer and blogger, Streetgeist. Moderators will include Deborah Greaves, Brutzkus Gubner LLP; Sheba Sheikh Hemmat, business and legal affairs manager, JustFab / ShoeDazzle; and Riordan.

The symposium will be held in the Girardi Advocacy Center on Loyola’s campus at 919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The presenting sponsor is Nixon Peabody. Co-sponsors include the California Fashion Association, the Fashion Group International and 89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio.

About The Fashion Law Project

The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry in the U.S. and abroad. Its multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences, including law students, design students, legal professionals and fashion industry professionals. Offerings include dedicated fashion law courses and a Sub-Concentration, annual symposia and the Fashion Law Intensive Summer Program, which will run from July 28-August 6, 2016. Learn more at

St. Patty’s Day Prep: Toast-worthy Beer Facts

Do you have any idea what the world’s strongest beer is for example? Or which president had their very own private brew house? For stateside amber nectar fans planning on going head to head with a leprechaun on March 17th here are some fascinating beer facts:

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#WhatsHotNow : Early Hot Summer Trends

gia on the move style trends fashion With this past February officially noted as the hottest on record here in Los Angeles, it’s becoming clear that we’ll need to be beautifully prepared for an endless Summer instead of El Nino.

Pretty Little Liars actress. Shay Mitchell wasted no time sporting her own cute PilyQ tropical-wear.  Actually photographed recently in Hawaii her Palms Kendall Tunic is island fresh and a perfect inspiration for the mainland. ($92;

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#WhatsHotNow: Striking Spring Style

gia on the move style fashion trendsWhile shopping around for last minute Spring editions, we found this delicious number featured at Cop.Copine Paris.  This classic color match of yellow, black and white and fabric/design mixture is not only striking but always seems to last far beyond ephemeral trend.  In a phrase, “We Love It!”

You can create this look or something close to by visiting Cop.Copine online.

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“Genderful” Fashion Sets the Tone for 2016

Rose Quartz (TCX): 13-1520

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, came as a surprise announcement in December with Pantone picking two colours for the first time ever: PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz and PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity.

What does this mean for fashion design?

Jane Boddy, Director of Womenswear and Colour at WGSN joined Carola Seybold, Director Business Development of PANTONE to discuss this and more. Here’s the breakdown:

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Rose Quartz (TCX): 13-1520 and Serenity (TCX): 15-39191. Genderless fashion will be rebranded genderful
Blurring the lines between genders will continue to be a trend in 2016 as retailers embrace the wider cultural influences that push for a world without prejudice and without strict identity boundaries.

2. Pastel shades = calm – The Pantone Colours of 2016 evoke feelings of sRose Quartz (TCX): 13-1520 and Serenity (TCX): 15-3919erenity and calm – reflecting the consumer push towards getting balance back in their lives.

3. Soft Pop – The key SS16 trend as predicted by WGSN is Soft Pop which is all about softness, with a hint of romanticism. This will extend to different materials, so even denim will reflect this softness.


Rose Quartz (TCX): 13-1520 and Serenity (TCX): 15-3919Photo credit (all): WSGN Insider

2016’s Color to Avoid: Neon Slime Lime

Is this really a surprise?

Neon Slime Lime

In December of each year, Pantone (and some others) usually announce a ‘Color of the Year’.  No-one however, as far as anyone knows at custome fabric and wall paper design company, Spoonflower, has ever named a year’s ‘Most Unfashionable Color to Avoid’. But they did! And 270 fabric designers from their worldwide community agreed.

Neon Slime Lime (hex code #00FF00) is this year’s color to shun for décor, design, fscreaming-leprechaunashion and … anything else.  The too bright, too energetic, garish, “retina-searing” shade of fluorescent green is the landslide choice, with 58% of the votes, over five times as many as its nearest rival.  Other suggestions ranged from “Blinding Radioactive Lime” to “Screaming Leprechaun Green.”

“If people today are seeking serenity, order, calm and a chance to de-stress, this won’t provide it,” says Robin Szypulski, a senior designer at Spoonflower. “It’s more likely to make them wince, cringe or want to hide in a dark room.”

#WhatsHotNow : Hipsters for Sisters

made in LAHipsters for SistersAll vegan and made-in-LA was what caught our eye.  Ok, the secret fantasy of being perfectly toned and slinging a belt bag from below a barely 20-something-inch waist, was a close second.

gia on the move style trendsNo matter.  Hipsters for Sisters is the re-branded from the 90s, hot new fashion forward accessory. The belt bag line combines classic style and versatility with a chic and sleek minimalist aesthetic – also designed to fit just the essentials for a perfect night out, brunch with the ladies or all that weekend daytime  shopping (er) errands. $165-$248

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