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Louis Vuitton Merchandise Stolen; Dolce & Gabbana to Appear in Court for Alleged Tax Evasion

Dolce & Gabbana.

For the second time this month, Marc Jacobs has had pieces from one of his collections stolen at an airport.  Earlier in November, samples of the spring 2012 collection of his namesake brand were stolen en route to London.  This time, five masked thieves broken into the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, took down five employees, and got away with around 10 pallets of Louis Vuitton merchandise (  French news agency AFP estimates that the stolen merchandise is worth between £257,000-300,000, which is around $343,600-401,100 USD.

In April this year,  an Italian judge decided that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana would not have to appear in court under allegations of the company setting up a holdings company in Luxembourg to avoid high Italian taxes.  However, that decision has been reversed and the company will have to appear in court due to an appeal made by Milan prosecutor Laura Pedio.  No court date has been released.

The fate of the designers is unclear.  The judge could find that there is insufficient evidence and dismiss the case; the company could settle outside of court and pay a fine; the trial could be short with few witnesses; or the trial could become large in scale, take several years to come to a decision, and the designers could face up to $1 billion in charges. (

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Marc Jacobs’ Spring ’12 Collection Stolen!

On its way from Paris to London for today’s press day, the Spring 2012 Marc Jacobs collection was stolen.  In a statement, the Marc Jacobs PR team said, “Dear all, The Marc Jacobs PR team is sorry to inform you that our press day tomorrow in the Marc Jacobs store is canceled, due to the theft of the spring/summer 2012 collections during its transfer from Paris.” predicts that the company will be scouring eBay for any sign of the collection.  “And if you see anyone walking around in fringed plastic before February, well, you’ve spotted a thief,” the article said.

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Weekly Obsession- November 16

As the temperature drops day by day, it becomes more difficult to look cute and stay warm.  A perfect way to keep your legs warm and add an edge to your look is by wearing tights with a fun pattern or color.  Look winter-y chic in these Pretty Polly “Unbelievable” tights with suede shorts, a fairisle sweater and ankle booties.  Plus, they have a unique hand-dyed style that visually slims and lengthens the legs!  What more could you ask for in legwear?  Nordstrom, $25.

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TOMORROW: Fashion as Art IV- 16 Blocks and FMDS Fashion Show

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WHAT:  Fashion as Art IV,  the 4th annual 16 Blocks magazine and Fashion Merchandising & Design Society collaborative fashion show.  All ages welcome!

WHO:  Designs by apparel students at Virginia Tech; downtown retailers, including 310 Rosemont and Fringe Benefit; AND, for the first time this year, fashion from Rent the Runway, the famous designer rental website, courtesy of the VT Rent the Runway Campus Representatives.  RTR coupons will be given out at the show- how major is that?!

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 8, 2011.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8.  $5 admission.

WHERE:  Awful Arthur’s Blacksburg.

Check out pictures from last year’s show!

16 BLOCKS:  FASHION AS ART IV Facebook event

16 Blocks magazine Fashion as Art IV article

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Thriller Nights: The Weekend’s Halloween Parties

Happy Halloween!  In the spirit of the haunting holiday, we’ve compiled a slideshow of designers, models, and other industry icons in their freakiest and flashiest at this weekend’s Halloween parties, including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Linda Fargo, and costume extraordinaire Heidi Klum.  Enjoy!

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Karl Lagerfeld Launches Two New Collections

Designer extraordinaire Karl Lagerfeld is set to launch two new collections, debuting by the beginning of next year, Daily Front Row reports.

The first, KARL, is an edgy womenswear line that embodies Lagerfeld’s iconic rocker-chic personal style and is geared towards a woman in her late teens to early twenties.  Expect denim, fingerless gloves, sexy LBDs, rock-and-roll-inspired vests, and lots of leather.  Prices are affordable for the college girl, ranging from $45-95, and the collection will first debut on on January 25, 2012 then on on February 28.  Accessories and menswear lines are said to follow in the future.

The second line, dubbed Karl Lagerfeld Paris, will have its debut at Fall 2012 Paris Fashion Week.  This higher-end line will not be so college budget-friendly, with prices ranging from $411-3,425, and will be available for purchase in pop-up boutiques and “Karl Lagerfeld experience boutiques” when the fall 2012 collections hit the retail market.

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Versace for H&M Lookbook Sneak Peek

The lookbook of the Versace for H&M has been released, featuring just a small portion of the 90+ piece collection coming to 300 of the fast fashion retailer’s stores on November 17.

The collection of menswear, womenswear, and home accents includes sexy, glam pieces iconic of the Italian house, poppy archival prints from the ’90s collections, and some design elements of more recent collections.  Photos courtesy of Daily Front Row.

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