Saturday, April 23, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Remembers

The Legendary Prince, Through Style--

This past Thursday, the world lost a musical genius and fashion icon, Prince.  As someone who could play many instruments, sing and dance, Prince found himself in limited company as far as his level of talent and adoration.  He not only soothed our ears, but gave us something to look at every single chance he got.  

He once said his biggest fear was "being normal".  There's no way he could have ever faced this fear. From the hair to the threads, Prince was always different.  He revolutionized the color purple, and had the whole world wearing his color the day he left us.

Let's take a look at some of the unique, edgy, and trailblazing styles left to us by none other than the Prince himself.

We're adding in a few of our favorite tunes, too.  


Diamonds and Pearls


The Most Beautiful Girl in the World


Purple Rain

Rest in Peace, Prince.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Green Is the New Black--Sustainability in Fashion--

The Fashion Law Project in LA is putting the emergence of sustainability in the fashion industry on the runway.  On April 15th, Loyola Law School will host a panel of experts on fashion law and its convergence with sustainability.

Register now...and if you're a fashion law jetsetter, stop in Chicago for this fashion law-inspired networking event first.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow
Opening address:
Ilse Metchek, President, California Fashion Association (CFA)
Topic One: Good Things Come In Green Packages: Sustainability In The Supply Chain
Step out of your pumps - the fashion industry is resizing its carbon footprint!  Innovative companies are redesigning the supply chain to incorporate new materials and designs that reduce waste and cost because it's not only good for the planet, it's good for business.
Rick Horwitch, Vice President, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products
Tasha Lenise Lewis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Fashion Design Management Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University
Travis Heard, Vice President, Finance & Strategy, OuterknownBrian K. Brookey, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP
Topic Two: Tough Love: Sustaining A Fashion Brand From Start-Up To Staple
No one knows tough love like the fashion industry.  According to Bloomberg, eight out of ten businesses fail within the first eighteen months.  In fashion, businesses must balance the forces of trends, competition, and monetization­ to launch, grow, and protect their brand.  In the fast-paced market, how can a fashion brand keep up?
Bradley McGavin, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, St. John Knits Aaron L. Renfro, Shareholder, Call JensonCheryl A. Solomon, former Chief Legal Officer at Toms and former General Counsel, Gucci
Lunchtime Fireside Chat - Speaker to be announced. Stay tuned!
Topic Three: Truth in Advertising: The Art Of Storytelling Within Federal Trade Commission Rules
Social media blurs the line between authenticity and advertising. The growing popularity of social media advertising has provoked scrutiny and changing consumer protection regulations. Fashion brands must become familiar with the law and the risks to navigate this landscape and convey compelling messages. From blog posts to online sweepstakes, legal efforts to improve transparency now have consumers wondering, how authentic is the #hashtag?
Alkistis Tsitouri, Fashion Photographer and Blogger, Streetgeist
Caroline Dillingham, Founder, Power On Digital
Alan L. Friel, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Topic Four: 3D Technology: The Disruption Of Fashion Or The Next Big Thing?
What is 3D printing and how will it impact the fashion industry?  Are holograms a new model of celebrity endorsements?  Critics argue that 3D is a new vehicle to infringe and counterfeit intellectual property. Supporters advocate it will revolutionize production and marketing in the fashion industry.  3D is here, it's going to change the industry, how does the law keep up?
Oliver Bajracharya, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Justin Wolske, Co-Founder, Grid 110
Christina Chang, Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, CMG Worldwide
Sheba Sheba Sheikh Hemmat, Business and Legal Affairs Manager, JustFab/ShoeDazzleStaci Riordan, Partner, Nixon Peabody & Executive Director, The Fashion Law Project, Loyola Law School, Los AngelesDeborah Greeves, Partner, Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP & Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Stephanie Mazepa, Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, JustFab

Saturday, April 9, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

#BossPeriod: Women's Mentoring Event--

Mentoring amongst women is so important in every field--especially those historically dominated by men.  This coming week, John Marshall Law School's Fashion Law Society is pairing up with What R U Wearing? to host a mentoring session for ladies.  

Not only will ladies be able to network with women in their current and prospective field, but get some much-deserved pampering, too.

Get your tickets here...NOW!

Friday, March 11, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Gents

Menswear Madness with FGI of Chicago!

Fashion Group International has some great monthly events in the Windy City.  This month, the gents will get their chance to shine with a swanky panel on menswear trends and traditions.

On March 24, 2016, be there to hear the latest, and enjoy a fun evening of fashion and socializing.

Register now!

For tickets -

Be sure to check out Stock Mfg. Co. online, too!  Quality goods made in the heart of Chicago.

Monday, February 22, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Beauty

Products to Beautify You--

Early in every new year is a great time to get your skincare and product choices in order.  You can still find a lot on sale, and the weather changes enough these days to see how things work out.  

Here are some of our favorite, must-have products.  Check them out for yourself!

Skin Deep Body Care
This is definitely one of our faves for so many reasons.  It's created by a lawyer by trade, converted to beauty (we love legal niches!).  It's a Chicago-made brand.  And, AND it works wonders on your skin!  The souffles are amazing, but the scrubs and washes are great, too.  They've even added lip care.  Order now!

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
PTR is the foundation of clear skin.  This product not only keeps facial aging at bay, but regulates oil production and brightens.  If you struggle with oily skin and acne, this is your best weapon!  

While PTR is a great cleanser for sensitive or oily skin, "cocktailing" cleansers makes certain you are getting all the treatments you need.  To exfoliate from the inside--out, use this Glam Glow mask 2x, weekly.  Wash prior to applying the mask with the PTR cleanser and this Glam Glow Clearing Cleanser.  Results...amazing. 

This one is another cocktailing mix. Mix this one with the PTR cleanser on days when you've been overexposed to dirt, need a good, deep cleanse, or are having a skin situation calling for a little extra attention.  Just a little goes a long way.  

Fresh's toner is a great complement to this skincare regimen.  It not only helps even the skin tone, but provides moisture.  Your skin may feel a bit dry after using the PTR cleanser, but that's a good thing if you're oily.  This toner is the 1st step in restoring the moisture your skin needs and protects it against everyday environmental agitators.  

If you have dark spots or discoloration of any kind, this moisturizer is just for you.  It is perfect for both warm and bitter cold weather, providing just the right amount of moisture and sun protection. 

This is basically a miracle cream for oily skin.  It keeps shine away all day, and helps fight acne.  Never go a day without this moisturizer.  Add just a little in the T-Zone or other often oily areas, and watch it work.  You'll never shine again!

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant
A clay exfoliant is an absolute must.  Use the Glam Glow mask to exfoliate below the surface, use this one to smooth the top layer, while sending dead skin cells away.  1x each week is all you need.

This is great for any time of year, but winter especially.  Use just a couple times a week to keep your lips soft and restore moisture.  Plus, it smells great and is not too harsh. This is the perfect base of those often-drying, but cute matte lipsticks!

Fresh Coco Body Exfoliant
What can we say, Fresh makes some pretty good stuff!  This body scrub, used 2x a week will leave your body feeling smooth and supple.  It not only removes impurities and winter roughness, but it smells great!

A little soft scrubbing is a must at least 1x each week.  Depending on which brush or cleanser you feel you need, you can't go wrong with a deep clean here and there. The Deep Pore Cleanser and Skin Illuminating Cleansers are a fabulous combo.  Your super soft skin will thank you.  

It's like magic.  If dry or thin hair is your issue, use coconut oil to make the change.  Applying it to your scalp nightly, or every other night--especially in the winter--keeps your scalp happy.  It also thickens weak strands right at the root.  Coconut oil makes a great ingredient in any homemade hair mask or deep conditioner. It can also be added to your face if the winter weather is working overtime to dry your skin. You MUST have this in your beauty bag.  You can buy it at any grocery store. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

France's Fashion Laws Could Influence Change in the U.S.--

While a change in the models we see strutting down the catwalk may be a fashion week or 2 away, a new French law could be just what effects the change.  This past December, France passed a law ultimately protecting the health of fashion models, requiring medical professional clearance to work.  The requirements are for both print and runway models.

The U.S. has taken a step to address child labor laws at the national level, but is also being pressed to do the same for adult models hitting runways, commercials, and print ads.  With Paris being considered a fashion capital to many, this landmark change happening on their turf 1st is likely to force a tide change in other fashionable cities and countries as well.  The American Journal of Public Health applauded the French law and encouraged something similar to pass in America.  It is highly unlikely a designer would show looks on certain models in 1 city, without keeping those looks pretty similar in another.  

On the heels of our race in fashion post, it is important to know diversity in fashion calls for both cultural and physical integration.  As many French designers faced backlash for resisting the change and pressure to "infringe on their creative control", the same would be the case here if the battle got too hot.  With many designers already responding to calls for more diversity in fashion--working to address both racial and physical inequalities in the industry, we are hopeful this trend will be as long-standing as denim in every closet.

International Business Times delved a bit deeper into this trend change.  Check our more here

...See, we told you fashion law was intellectual property and more!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Icons in Black Fashion and Entertainment--

After talking about the diversity void in the fashion industry earlier this week, we wanted to highlight some trailblazers in the industry.  These folks made names for themselves when the norm was not to--and have been more critical to today's entertainment landscape than many realize.

Thanks and honors to them!

Dr. Susan McKinney Steward - 1st black M.D. in NY, the 3rd in the U.S.

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin - Boston Suffragist; 1st Black Newspaper Publisher

Oscar Micheaux - 1st African American to produce a feature-length film

Nina Mae McKinney - 1st African American performer signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio

Ether Waters - 1st African American to record and popularize standard songs, 1st black actress to star with an all-white case on Broadway, 1st to perform on the radio, 1st to be nominated for an Emmy

L'Tanya Griffin - 1st African American fashion designer to have a contract with a Hollywood film studio

Grace Jones - The original eclectic Black Model

Josephine Baker - Multitalented performer, who graced stages in America and overseas

Teresa Graves - 1st African American woman to star in her own long-running TV series drama

Jeni Legon - 1st African American tap dancer to have a career as a soloist

Dorothy Dandridge - 1st African American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress

Margot Webb - Known for her fabulous glamour shots, often with fancy nail designs.  She also coached beauty contestants.

Helen Williams - 1st African-American fashion model to crossover into mainstream

Donyale Luna - 1st African American model on the cover of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, British Edition

There are so many more to  list, but we had to acknowledge these few.  Be sure to check out Vintage Black Glamour for more on the leaders highlighted here, and more! The book is a treasure.

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