You wouldn't think it, but President Bush has been busy with more than just saving the country from financial implosion - he's also had fashion on the brain. Yesterday, he signed an anticounterfeiting bill that will make the consequences for knocking off a Fendi bag all the more serious and scary to those waiting in the shadows with a pencil and tracing paper. The bill includes that President Bush will appoint a sort of piracy and counterfeit czar who'll chair his or her own committee to fight knock-offs of all kinds (clothes, art, music, etc) in accordance with the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. So, basically? The government has allocated lots of money ($25 million) to make a department that helps members of the FBI train state/local officials to seek out the producers of knock-offs, in addition to doubling the fines that intellectual property pirates face, making the job all the more unattractive. So does this just mean more random public crackdowns on Canal? Or does all this new cash mean the giants (you know who) come tumbling down, too?
Azzedine Alaïa Says 'No One' Will Remember Anna Wintour 'In the History of Fashion'--The Feud Continues
Iconic designer Azzedine Alaïa, who is often an outspoken critic of the fashion industry, just ripped apart two of its biggest power players: Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. Alaïa has had a longstanding feud with Wintour--in 2009, when he was omitted from the “Model as Muse” exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute, he told WWD that Wintour “behaves like a dictator and everyone is terrified of her.” In a candid interview with Virgine Magazine, Alaïa also talks about Galliano (whose job at Dior he reportedly turned down), blaming his troubles on the "system" of the fashion industry. But, it's his digs at Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour that made us go, "Wow, he went there." He essentially calls the Kaiser a "caricature" who has "never touched a pair of scissors in his life" and Anna a business person with no taste who everyone fears. All that hate is fine because, as he repeatedly states throughout the interview, women love him! Read on to find out what he really thinks about Anna, Karl, Galliano and more.