A FASHION FAMILY DRAMA: What would any fashion week be without a little Sturm und Drang? This time, though, it's all brewing off the runway. Earlier this week, the family of Ossie Clark issued a statement saying it had "sought legal advice" in a bid to reclaim Clark's name and prevent its "continued unauthorized exploitation."
Albert and George, the late designer's two sons by Celia Birtwell, claim the Ossie Clark trademark is being "exploited" without the family's knowledge or consent. Industry sources, however, said this is just the latest skirmish in part of a long-running feud between Clark's sons and Alfred Radley, the clothing manufacturer that purchased Clark's business in 1968. Now the siblings' anger has passed to Marc Worth, who has an exclusive licensing deal with Radley, and who this season tastefully relaunched the Ossie Clark label.
In a statement, Worth said, "There is absolutely no legal basis for these assertions. There has been significant contact with the sons of Ossie Clark and their legal representatives for some months, in which the sons sought a participation in Quorum's business." The statement went on to say that Quorum looks forward to building a new future for a label "that had remained dormant since the founder's death."
SUGAR AND SPICE: Were Victoria Beckham and her young son looking for a sugar fix before the Spice Girls' concert Saturday? Posh and her son were spotted shopping downstairs at Dylan's Candy Bar Saturday afternoon when a few teenage girls recognized her and started discretely snapping pictures with their cell phone cameras. But once others recognized who it was, hysteria ensued and Dylan's had to be shut down to let Beckham and her son out safely. She was actually very calm and collected about it, said one observer.