Monday, September 30, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Supports

Light The Night!

Cancer is such a struggle, and we want to do all we can to support finding a cure.  Our Fashion Law Friend at Femme Legale is working hard on "Light the Night" in Canada, and we want to support her mission.

Here's a little about the cause:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s ‘Light The Night’ Walk will raise funds to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. The funds raised from this event will be dedicated to life-saving research, educational materials and events for patients and their families, programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program, and personalized assistance through the LLSC’s Information Resource Centre.

The walk is set for October we'll remind you again ;)

To learn more and donate, click here!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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

The 2013 BESLA Conference!

The Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association is getting ready for its 2013 conference.  Are you ready!?!

Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association

We're less than 30 days away! Have you registered? 
Book your hotel room now!
BESLAs 33rd Annual Conference Dominican RepublicWe are less than 30 days away from BESLA's 33rd Annual Conference and we encourage you to reserve your hotel room now to take advantage of the special rates we have secured for you and to register online* in advance before prices go up.  You can even book your ground transportation to/from the airport/hotel now and review Dominican Republic excursions.
Networking opportunities at our Conference are boundless and beyond our celebrated members, Board of Directors and all star line up of honorees, this year's panel programming includes hot industry topics featuring expert moderators and panelists. We have an incredible line up on our Executive Leadership/ General Counsel panel including George Cheeks of NBC Universal, Frank Cooper of PepsiCo, Bernard Gugar of Harpo, and Darrell Walker of BET. See the full schedule below (subject to change).
Frank Cooper, George Cheeks, Darrell Walker Speak at the BESLA Power PanelBESLA's Power Panel speakers Frank Cooper, George Cheeks, Darrell Walker and Bernard Gugar (not pictured).
Best Practices and Tips to Protect and Grow Client Wealth
Representing the Children: Negotiating Deals for Minors in the Film and Television Industries
State Film Tax Credits and incentives: How to Leverage Them in the TV/Film/Digital Media Industry
Sports Executives Discuss Hot Issues in Professional Team/Player Representation
Working in Sports and Entertainment Roundtable
Representing Authors in the new Publishing Industry
The Power of Digital Content, Devices and Services
Race and Sports
New Ways of Monetizing Music Content
What's Hot, What's Not - A Conversation with Jon Platt about Music Publishing
Changing Landscape of Big Time College Sports
The Imminent Future of Television
BESLA Power Panel, General Counsel and Executive Leadership: Lessons from the Top
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 * Online registration will be available until October 6. Onsite Conference Registration prices will be $575 for members; $750 for non-members; $275 for students; and $300 for events access only. 

BESLA thanks our sponsors
BESLA 33rd Annual Conference Sponsors
BESLA DC Regional Event

BESLA Honors Cheryl Boone Isaacs in Los Angeles
Over 150 attorneys, law students and marketing, sports and entertainment professionals attended BESLA's Los Angeles Regional Event on August 21st at Confidential in Beverly Hills, where BESLA honored CherylBoone Isaacs, the newly elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The event featured a panel including Nicole A Bernard of 21st Century Fox, Jeff Clanagan of Codeblock Films, Nikkole Denson-Randolph of AMC Theaters, Robi Reed of BET and was led by moderator Darnell Hunt of UCLA as they addressed issues in The State of Black Hollywood. The panels were followed by a networking reception and pictures from the event can be viewed here including BESLA Board of Directors Lawrence Hinkle, II and Inga Dyer presenting Cheryl Boone Isaacs with her honorary award.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Gives

Real Women Give: "The Power of One" Breakfast--

KB over at The Fab Giver and co-founder of the Red Pump Project has yet another mission to put giving into action.  The Power of One breakfast will be a great kick-off to the Real Women Give initiative, and time well spent on a Saturday morning.

Check out these details and get your tickets now!!


"The Power of One" breakfast will be Saturday, October 5th, complete with delicious food, networking, and inspirational remarks from CNN Hero and Kids off the Block Founder, Diane Latiker.
I have been moved and motivated by Diane’s story and commitment to building up young people in her community and across Chicago. She perfectly embodies what Real Women Give is all about. If you are unfamiliar with her, please check out this video.
Tickets for the breakfast are $35 and are now on sale at I hope that you will join me and others who give for what will be an amazing morning.


Monday, September 23, 2013

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

The FashionBar Chicago Runway Show: "Urban Renewal"--

FashionBar Chicago presents our annual Spring 2014 Runway Show titled "Urban Renewal!!" Thursday September 26 from 5:30-10pm at the Drake Hotel and after party at The Mid. This show will feature a mix of couture, glamour and edgy designs by 3 local Fashion Designers with close to 40 pieces walking the runway!

Event Sponsors include:
Ø  C-Salon / 641 w. Jackson Chicago,
Ø  Hearts
Ø  Steve Madden Shoes
Ø  Exclusive Event Photographer:Clif Ellis
Ø Event Photographer: Sum Liam
Ø  Make-up Artist: Matthew Jarrell has been a dynamic force in the avant-garde and creative world of international make- up artistry.
Ø  Exclusinve  ake-up Artist: Matthew Jarrell has been a dynamic force in the avant-garde and creative world of international make- up artistry.
Ticket price includes:
Ø  Open seating
Ø  Open bar
Ø  Passed appetizers
Ø  Live DJ
Ø  Swag Bag filled with sponsor products
Show Information:
Ø  Doors open at 6:30pm
Ø  Open Bar from 7:00-8:00pm
Ø  Show Starts at 8:15pm
Designer Bio's:

-Christopher Hoffman is an innovative local Fashion Designer, who is currently attending Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, upon graduation; Christopher hopes to attend Graduate School in London, UK to study Menswear. Christopher is inspired by life and the world around him and he's driven to create based on his love of fashion and design. He's one of Chicago's progressive designers who will influence fashion innovation by his creativity and modernism.

-Gabrielle Zwick is a Chicago based Fashion Designer who specializes in jewelry and women's ready-to-wear design. Her aesthetic is flirty and fun with vintage and pin-up under tones. She has sold her products in various boutiques across the country and has free-lanced for local Chicago designers as well as New York based designer, Anna Sui. In the future, Gabrielle hopes to expand her brand and help women everywhere express themselves artistically through fashion. 
-Valentina Calvillo is an up and coming Fashion Designer attending the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. While pursuing her career, Valentina consistently works to advance her skills and aesthetic in design to become one of the top fashion designers in the world. She is inspired by high-class elegance that caters to powerful and well-known clients that influence this progressively changing world and strives to design for notable individuals such as the First Lady, Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge), Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce and various other high-profile individuals that would value her aesthetic in design. To check out some of Valentina’s work and progress towards her upcoming show feel free to visit her Facebook page and see what she’s been up to 
Non-Profit Beneficiary:

***A % of proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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

The Fashion 360 Conference!!

Simone Butterfly is one of our Fashion Law Faves!  We are always excited to promote what she has going on in the Diamond District that is our nation's capital.  Check out this fashion event and enjoy!

Simone Butterfly: Fabulous, Freelance Fashion Investigator
September 22, 2013 | 10am to 6pm

District Architecture Conference Center
421 7th St NW 
Washington, DC 20004

No need to wreak havoc trying to figure out how to excel. Fashion 360 gives you the chance to learn from industry experts who are making it day by day. Slated Fashion 360 panelist include: The Styleliner, Forever 21, inSparq, The Tailored Man, Google, Makeup Artist Aleah Rae Dorsey,  Fashion Attorney Mariessa Terrell of SBC IP Law Group, Men's Health, Style Cable, SwaagIt, Glamazon Diaries, Startup Fashion, The Fashion Potential, Impulse Design Group, Publicist Whitney Stringer, Personal Financial Expert Ebong Eka, Off the Cuff DC, Politics of Pretty, The Makeup Girl, and many more.


Our Schedule: September 22, 2013

10:00 AM - Welcome Reception & Breakfast

10:30 AM - Conference Welcome & Openining Remarks

10:40 AM - Motivational Speaker- Lindsey Mask

11:00 AM - Fashion Break

11:05 AM - Business of Blogging Breakout Session (The panel of experts will discuss how to keep your originality while expanding your reach and providing more engaging content for your readers. It delves into the various sources you can use to collaborate, book deals and manage your blog as a business.)

Panelist: Alex Gariano - Google, Makeda Saggau-Sackey - Glamazon Diaries, Nicole Giordano -StartUp Fashion, Erin Bailey - Scandalous Beauty, Lianne Farbes - The Makeup Girl

11:05 AM - Business of Beauty Breakout Session (A panel discussion from industry experts on the latest beauty trends and how to predict trends, how to amplify the services you offer as a beauty provider, skin care, how to overcome the difficulties of freelance work, how to work with major brands and celebrity clients and what consumers are truly looking for in beauty experts.)

Panelist: Kara Manos - Politics of Pretty, Tim Coburn - Tim Coburn Photography, Aleah Rae Dorsey - ShapeUp Your Makeup

11:05 AM Amtrak's Business of Fashion Design Breakout Session (This informative workshop discusses ways to increase foot traffic to your store front, pop-up shops, investors, law, branding, client outreach, business management and so much more.)

Panelist: Kelechi Kalu - Forever 21, Melissa McGraw - The Fashion Potential, Jason Elias Gonzalez - The Tailored Man, Ebong Eka - CPA, Fashion Attorney Mariessa Terrell - SBC IP Law Group, Uyen Tang - Style Cable

12:00 PM- Complimentary Lunch sponsored by Carmine's & Lunch Challenge (Each attendee is asked to venture out into DC to have lunch with a NEW acquaintance of the conference. Following lunch a Q&A session will occur to see who knows the most about their new friend. Prizes will be awarded.)

1:00 PM - Lunch Challenge Q&A   

1:20 PM- Social Media/PR/Marketing Panel (You have joined every social media program possible, information about your brand has saturated the market, people are informed, but no action is taking place. Our panelists will give you the tools needed to turn your marketing efforts into business growth.)

Panelist: Gerilyn Manago - Men's Health, Veronika Sonsev - inSparq, Whitney Stringer - Publicist, Peter Chun - SwaagIt, Dameila Shaw - Destination DC, Kristie Hale - Impulse Design Group

1:20 PM- Business of Styling Breakout Session (This workshop outlines the key aspects of the styling business and how to stay in business with celebrity clients, leading brands and magazines.)

Panelist: Cameron Silver - Decades, Joey Wolffer - The StyleLiner, Christopher Hogan - Off The Cuff, Naina Singla - Style'n

2:20 PMNetworking Break

2:40 PM - Fashion 360 Round Table Discussions (Your chance to have a more in depth conversation with the conference Panelist)

3:30 PMNetworking Break

3:40 PM - Keynote Speaker - Cameron Silver

4:10 PM - Bulldog Gin Networking Party

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Shopping Tips from Michael Kors--

We've shared a number of shopping tips here and given you insight on buying the right pieces.  Today, we're sharing tips from fashion icon, Michael Kors.  Surely he knows a thing or 2 about shopping, right?

1.  Try on a few sizes first.  Each designer cuts differently.  Don't get caught up in numbers.

2.  Trends are not commandments.  If a new trend doesn't work for your body type or personal style, don't force it.  Go your own way.

3.  Simple shapes in crazy colors are easy to wear and won't languish in your closet.  If you're going for new shapes and colors, stick with classic colors until you're sure.

4.  Find a celebrity with a body similar body shape to yours.  Use them as a guide for your own styling.  It'll help you plan your purchases.

5.  Evolve your look.  You should have a point of view emitting from your style, and as you and the times change, your style should, too.

We hope you like these. Thanks MK!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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

Will Phone Check be the New Coat Check?

We've talked a number of times about the ease of infringement at fashion shows.  With New York Fashion Week closing today, it's a good time to think about how NYFW and fashion weeks across the States could be changing.  Unlike in Europe, America has no federal protection for fashion designs.  The utility argument continues.  This brings up the question of how and what designers will do to protect their precious works of art.  

New technology as a threat
With technology improving every day, and camera phones being so commonplace, designers could be expected to ban these devices from their shows.  Instead of checking your coat, you'll have to check your phone at the door.  Press would be allowed in, but forced to sign strict agreements on distribution of the photos they take.  It sounds outrageous, but is not far-fetched.  Infringement lawsuits are getting filed left and right these days.  With the quickness and ease of social media, designs are always in harms way.  

Everyone knows attendees quickly take photos of their favorite styles, send them to manufacturers and have them on the racks at places like Forever 21 faster than the original designer can make another for their own collection.  We've heard this line so many times before.  

Still not having federal legislation to protect fashion designs under copyright--only prints and patterns have this security--designers are constantly looking for something to protect themselves.  Otherwise, trademark and design patents are pretty much the only options.  

Should cities offer protection?  What can they do?
Many say there is no real harm to the lower-priced copies.  The shoppers at one price point are not the shoppers at another.  This debate will continue.  Should fashion week host cities come up with their own solutions?  Would you surrender your phone at the door of a fashion show?

What are your thoughts?

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