Friday, 28 December 2007

Gemma Ward: From Supermodel to Super actress

I wonder who's next.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Dunnes and the Piracy Paradox

Seems like DUNNES is in trouble.

The BBC News reports..."Dunnes Stores in the Republic have been found guilty of deliberately copying designs sold by the Karen Millen chain.The Commercial Court in Dublin found that Dunnes had copied a jumper and two shirts by the high street chain..." Read More

While we see the proliferation of knock-off s everywhere, the New Yorker wrote a very interesting piece in September on how piracy helps the fashion industry.

"...recent paper by the law professors Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman suggests that weak intellectual-property rules, far from hurting the fashion industry, have instead been integral to its success. The professors call this effect “the piracy paradox.”

"The paradox stems from the basic dilemma that underpins the economics of fashion: for the industry to keep growing, customers must like this year’s designs, but they must also become dissatisfied with them, so that they’ll buy next year’s. Many other consumer businesses face a similar problem, but fashion—unlike, say, the technology industry—can’t rely on improvements in power and performance to make old products obsolete. Raustiala and Sprigman argue persuasively that, in fashion, it’s copying that serves this function, bringing about what they call “induced obsolescence.” Copying enables designs and styles to move quickly from early adopters to the masses. And since no one cool wants to keep wearing something after everybody else is wearing it, the copying of designs helps fuel the incessant demand for something new."

I'm sure Karen Millen is pleased.

The New Yorker
BBC News.

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Pretty Betty Make Up Kit

Betty Boop Make-up Kit---This is the most favorite gift I ever received this Christmas. One of my girl friends gave this just for laughs since she knows that I'm a sucker for fashion, beauty, blah..blah..What she didn't know is that I really love it! The case metallic silver case is fantastic especially the cute logos and the little make up purse that comes with it is fierce!
It's is for adolescent girls alright but hey, isn't it lovely to be kids again even just once a year? The colors are not that exciting though. Not a lot of happy red shades especially for the eyes instead they range from really dark hue of brown , gold and yellow to pale touches of pink and baby blue. I am not really surprised with the limited choices of colors as Betty Boop herself, as we all know, is black and white. No, she is not your typical Disney Princess.
The set comes with nail polish, eyeliners, lip gloss, brushes and mascara know, the works. I really don't know if I should use it as I have the following issues about it:

1. It's so pretty, it's lovely to look at, I don't want to ruin it.

2. I want my niece to have it (but she's just three years old and by the time gets into the age of wearing make-up, it will all be moldy)

3. and most importantly....I might get rashes or something although I am thinking, if these products are made for teens, shouldn't they be hypoallergenic? (it didn't say in any part of the item)
Anyway, The New York Times predicted that the color Blue Iris will be next year's most favorite and luckily, Pretty Miss Betty kit has it so I can jump on the bandwagon anytime soon!

Wish me luck. I hope this make up is safe. The last thing I want to look like is Ugly Betty.Ugly Betty drawing from:

Besos and Feliz Navidad Everyone!
Miss J.


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