Of course, it also could be the result of pending trademark litigation. As reported in February, VEW and VWK Licensing were seeking a declaratory judgment that the Vera Wang brands set to be sold exclusively at Kohl's do not infringe on another trademark. The licensing companies had asked the court to declare that the Very Vera and Simply Vera marks did not infringe on the "Vera" trademark owned by Atlanta-based The Vera Co. That case is pending. The unveiling of the exclusive Kohl's line is expected to take place on May 10 at the Altman Building in New York.
STELLA GETS HER BLUES BACK: Stella McCartney is into the power of two. Word has it the London-based designer, who already collaborates with Adidas, LeSportsac and Target Australia, also is teaming up with Paris-based premium denim label Notify Jeans to create a cobranded jeans collection for summer 2008. Both parties were mum on details. Maurice Ohayon, the brains behind Notify, also acts as creative director for the K Karl Lagerfeld denim line.
CALVIN COMPLIMENTS: The Calvin Klein party machine continued through Monday night, when the fashion house hosted a kickoff event for Safe Horizon's 12th annual Champion Awards luncheon on May 10. The cocktail at the brand's Madison Avenue flagship was complete with throbbing music and a fall trunk show preview. Cohosted by Francisco Costa, Claire Danes, Stephanie March and Malaak Compton-Rock, the party brought in a slew of models including Julia Stegner in Calvin Klein Collection outfits. Danes herself looked resplendent in a skintight gray dress from Costa's fall runway show. "I love the detail in the back," she said, pointing to her constructed neckline, which, according to the designer, elongates the appearance of the neck. "It's a little help," Danes quipped.