F4D 4th Annual First Ladies Luncheon

24 Sep

I had the pleasure of attending the F4D First Ladies Luncheon yesterday in the Upper East Side at the glamorous Pierre Hotel.
Some of the most notable attendees were Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele of Chopard, Alicia Quarles of E!, Livia Firth, Donna Karan, Amy Smart and, of course, Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia. The luncheon is held concurrently with the United Nations General Assembly so powerful women and dignitaries wives from all over the world attend. The two who stood out the most to me, personally, were Friedrun Sabine Burkhalter, of Switzerland, and Lama Salam, of Lebanon.
Friedrun Sabine Burkhalter appeared so down to earth and cute as she walked the green carpet!
With plenty of press in attendance, including Women’s Wear Daily and Allure, there are fabulous professional photographs captured online. One great source is http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=514389355

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the various speakers at the event – Donna Karan and Franca Sozzani, among others:
“Planet, people, work.”
“Dreams do come true. It takes a little while to work at it, but dreams do come true.”
“So called millennials. We want to build a legacy, now.”
“We do two things everyday: we eat and we get dressed. The world is not run by naked people, so fashion is not frivolous.”
“Men network, women share friends.”
“#HelpAChildReach5 – let’s make hand-washing fashionable!” As someone who loves hand-soap and is an avid hand-washer, I was excited to hear this as such an important campaign!

The Redskins and Felix the Cat!

18 Jun

After years of protest, the Washington Redskins trademark has been cancelled by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board…what will this mean for the NFL team?

As a lover of old cartoons, I report that Dreamworks has acquired the rights to Felix the Cat, to add to their slew of characters and word is Felix will become a new fashion icon for the corporation! http://variety.com/2014/film/news/dreamworks-animation-acquires-rights-to-felix-the-cat-1201221646/

Lululemon blunders; Jos. A. Bank price inflation; and the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act;

11 Aug

Lululemon once again getting bad publicity, now for “exiling” plus sizes to the back corner of their stores, which former employees say is no accident but rather “a central piece of the company’s strategy to market its brand as the look of choice for the stylishly fitness-conscious.” I can’t help but agree that this attitude apparently “reflects the culture that Lululemon represents — one that falsely suggests skinniness is the paramount feature of health.”




“the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.”

11 Aug

Most work days: “As Saks expanded, so, too, did the ways in which people made purchases. Cubicle dwellers developed new routines, starting the work day with a Starbucks latte and a quick browse of their favorite shopping Web sites.”

Saks Fifth Avenue opened in New York in 1924 and is now being sold to a Canadian company, Hudson Bay, run by CEO Richard Baker who previously bought “upped-mid scale” Lord & Taylor in 2006. The move will now allow Saks Fifth Avenue to open in Canada, which is significantly lacking luxury shopping – the country reportedly boosts an economy comparable to that of California.
Baker is buying Saks for around $3,000,000,000.00 – an amount I feel I could easily spend shopping in the store! As the article reads, “people realized they could hold out for a bargain, even at the high end.”


Online Tax Bill

29 Apr

Taxation is a complex topic. Working in estate planning, I now understand why so many of my law school classmates went on to get their LLM in Tax Law…you just can’t escape taxes! So as an avid Amazon.com shopper, this new online tax bill is of interest to me. I am a proponent of the bill. Why not generate profit for the states in a taxable way that people are already accustomed to? Republicans seem to disagree…

Who owns the Trademark to “Boston Strong”?

25 Apr

So much has been happening in the past few weeks, but nothing seemed as important as my hometown getting shook with a terrorist attack on what is to be a celebration of health and happiness. This article seems to be the best segue into fashion and trademark law, as the City of Boston starts to reopen and return to normalcy….

Lilly Pulitzer Passed Away Yesterday

8 Apr

Palm beach socialite, juice stands, preppy yet still individually expressive…Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorite designers, with clothes that are not only cute but sexy; elegant yet creative. Sad to see her go. Hope the brand continues to honor her great style.