Alice + Olivia releasing reusable face mask collection to the public

Alice + Olivia is releasing a jersey fabric face mask collection that can be bought by the public and non-emergency workers amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.The American fashion label, headed up by designer Stacey Bendet, previously donated 5,000 …

Alice + Olivia is releasing a jersey fabric face mask collection that can be bought by the public and non-emergency workers amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

The American fashion label, headed up by designer Stacey Bendet, previously donated 5,000 face masks to doctors and nurses on the frontline in hospitals in New York City and Arizona.

On Monday, it was announced that the company will be rolling out the $10 (£8) washable face masks, using the designer’s iconic Staceface print, that can be bought by members of the public to help protect themselves during the Covid-19 crisis, and for every purchase, Bendet has vowed to donate a mask to workers in the medical community.

Alice + Olivia are also launching a #MaskTogether campaign, highlighting the safety precautions recommended by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S, which recently urged people to start wearing face masks while out in public.

“Wearing masks is our shared responsibility to protect each other and reduce community transmission in order to stop the spread of the virus,” Bendet said in a statement. “Let’s #MaskTogether and show support for our community and the doctors and nurses, delivery workers and first responders who are combatting this crisis on the front lines.

“Join us in making masks not just a functional necessity, but a fashionable one. With a message of love and community let’s come together to protect each other.”

Since the outbreak began in China in December, more than 1.4 million people have been infected, with over 83,000 deaths.

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Paris and Nicky Hilton working on ‘fun design project’

Paris and Nicky Hilton are working together on a top-secret design project. Fashion designer Nicky, who has released clothing, footwear and accessories during her career, revealed to DailyMailTV in a new interview that she has teamed up with her siste…

Paris and Nicky Hilton are working together on a top-secret design project.

Fashion designer Nicky, who has released clothing, footwear and accessories during her career, revealed to DailyMailTV in a new interview that she has teamed up with her sister Paris to create a new design project, but it was too soon to reveal the details.

“Paris and I are working on a fun design project, which I can’t talk about yet. But, we haven’t collaborated together professionally in quite a while. So it’s fun to be working together again,” she said.

The 36-year-old gave the interview while promoting the launch of New York-based brand Alice + Olivia’s collaboration with artist Lakwena, which she helped facilitate. The clothing line will raise funds for the LifeWay Network, an organisation which helps to house and support human trafficking survivors.

She enlisted Paris to model the colourful collection, which features a kimono with ‘LIFT YOU HIGHER’ on the back, skinny jeans, high-waisted cropped trousers, white T-shirts with the words ‘When I’m Free’ and ‘POWER’ on the front, and a multi-coloured matching midi skirt and cropped tee emblazoned with ‘RAISE YOUR HOPES’.

And Paris is a huge fan of the collection, which was purposefully created with bold colours to “highlight the strength of survivors”.

“I love the collection. I think it’s just so beautiful. I love the colours. This is for an amazing cause and Nicky and Stacey have such big hearts to do a collection like this and just raise awareness. And it’s also beautiful fashion,” she shared.

Prices range from $195 (£149) to $695 (£533) and the line is available to purchase from aliceandolivia.com.

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Steve Madden apologises to Stacey Bendet after rant goes viral

Steve Madden has issued an apology to Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet for losing his temper during a filmed altercation earlier this week. On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of her encounter with the footwear entrepre…

Steve Madden has issued an apology to Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet for losing his temper during a filmed altercation earlier this week.

On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of her encounter with the footwear entrepreneur in a hotel lobby, with the footage showing them having a heated exchange in which Madden tells her to “go f**k yourself” when she confronts him about allegedly stealing her brand’s designs. He also returned the accusation by saying, “You copy people all the time. We were making faces way before you.”

The allegations relate to a lawsuit Alice + Olivia lawyers filed against Betsey Johnson, which is owned by Madden’s company, in late 2018 for allegedly copying their StaceFace design. Both parties reached a confidential settlement in June last year.

Madden has now apologised for his outburst by issuing a statement to New York Post’s Page Six.

“I’m sorry for losing my temper with Stacey. I have the utmost respect for her… I was raised better than that,” he said.

Bendet took to her personal Facebook page to suggest Madden follow up his apology with a $1 million (£776,000) donation to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“I feel like his ‘apology’ should really include a 1 million dollar donation to the CFDA to create a legal protection fund for designers when their work is copied or trademarks are violated,” she wrote.

She also announced she was setting up an initiative to help women through the sale of her Stace products, which feature the face of a woman with round sunglasses, a top knot, and red lips.

“In the near future, I will announce a #Stace initiative where our Stace product (no longer being copied by any of the Steve Madden brands) will be sold to support programs that support women who don’t have the platform that I am so grateful to have,” she wrote on the Alice + Olivia Instagram account, before asking for suggestions for organisations to support.

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Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet slams Steve Madden for allegedly copying designs

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneu…

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.

On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneur.

Bendet began filming the conversation on her phone, with Madden heard saying, “Honey, if you’re going to be rude you can go f**k yourself.”

She replied, “Yeah? You said if I’m not copying people, I’m not doing a good job? That was you.”

“You can go f**k yourself. Okay. You copy people all the time,” the 62-year-old fired back, to which Bendet responded: “I have it trademarked branded Stace.”

In the caption of the now-deleted post, the fashion star claimed she saw Madden “lose his temper and become aggressive using vulger (sic) language” while she was stood with her four-year-old daughter.

“I am sharing this because his behaviour is not acceptable in business or life – he could have apologised or showed some remorse – but no, he responds with intimidation – we can’t stop bullies unless we stand up to them!!!” Bendet wrote, adding that she usually fills her feed with “positivity, female empowerment”.

The designer later made a statement on her Instagram Stories, and thanked her fans and followers for showing support after her encounter.

“And you know in truth as a person I think he just showed his true colours, which is like full-on pig,” she fired.

The feud was ignited in December 2018 when lawyers for Alice + Olivia sued Betsey Johnson, owned by the Steve Madden parent company, for copyright infringement after allegedly imitating the StaceFace bag, which features the image of a woman wearing round sunglasses and red lipstick. They reached a confidential settlement in June last year.

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Betsey Johnson sued for copyright infringement by Alice + Olivia

Betsey Johnson is being sued for copyright infringement by Alice + Olivia, after allegedly copying the brand’s ‘StaceFace’ on her handbag line.The New York City-based company initially sent Johnson and parent company Steve Madden a cease-and-desist let…

Betsey Johnson is being sued for copyright infringement by Alice + Olivia, after allegedly copying the brand’s ‘StaceFace’ on her handbag line.

The New York City-based company initially sent Johnson and parent company Steve Madden a cease-and-desist letter in February (18), requesting that she stop using the image which is “virtually identical” to the design inspired by Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet, of a woman wearing round sunglasses and sporting red lipstick.

Alice + Olivia claim that the Johnson bags were so “unmistakably similar that the blatant replication compelled the conclusion that the defendants intentionally copied the StaceFace designs to foster confusion and to deceive consumers into believing that the customers were purchasing products originating from A+O.”

In a newly-filed copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition lawsuit, Alice + Olivia claim that after sending the cease-and-desist, they came to an agreement with Johnson, with the “defendants agreeing to stop the manufacture and sale of the products” in March.

However, despite the resolution, Johnson is accused of continuing to use the image in other products. Citing an example from September, Alice + Olivia state that she merely changed the round sunglasses to heart shaped ones, rather than ceasing use of StaceFace all together.

“Minor changes to the defendants’ product (such as changing round glasses to heart shape) do not negate a likelihood of confusion,” the brand’s counsel argue in the papers.

In an email from Madden to Alice + Olivia, they stated that the bag described in the filing “must be part of stock remainders that have made their way through the retail channels”, as they have stopped manufacturing and selling goods with the face on them.

Alice + Olivia is seeking an injunction preventing Johnson from all future use of the StaceFace design, and financial compensation, alleging that Johnson’s “willful and wonton acts (sic) and conduct” have damaged their brand’s “reputation and goodwill”.

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