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04.20.2014
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Don't mess with Anna Sui. As her many fans and friends know, the designer is one tough chick, and she proved it at her show Monday by taking the law into her own hands.

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VIGILANTE JUSTICE: Don't mess with Anna Sui. As her many fans and friends know, the designer is one tough chick, and she proved it at her show Monday by taking the law into her own hands. In each goodie bag, her guests found T-shirts emblazoned with "Forever Wanted: Don Cassidy & The Sundance Jin, Reward $21,000," around a caricature of Don and Jin Chang, the owners of retailer Forever 21, which Sui is suing for copyright infringement. The bottom of the T reads "'Thou shalt not steal'; Exodus 20:15," a reference to the Changs' devout Christianity and the "John 3:16" that is printed on every Forever 21 shopping bag. "I thought it would be funny," the designer said backstage after her show. "I can't really talk about it because I am in litigation, so that was my statement."

In April, Sui filed a copyright lawsuit against the retailer alleging it has been making an ongoing practice of copying her designs since late 2005. Other brands that are similarly taking action against Forever 21 are Diane von Furstenberg and Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers line.

Probably unaware of all the insider hoopla was Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee, who was attending her first-ever fashion show. The avid Sui fan makes a habit of shopping at the SoHo boutique, where she said the staff invited her to the show. The crush of press and fans around her left the singer marveling at her good luck: "It's such good publicity," she said, wide-eyed. "I had no idea!"

Considering her upcoming plans, it's kismet: Evanescence embarks on its U.S. tour Oct. 23. Down the runway was a more precocious star: Leighton Meester of the much-buzzed-about "Gossip Girl" TV show. Already a veteran of L.A. Fashion Week, she is now tackling New York. And not surprisingly, between the collections and the high-end wardrobe of her TV alter ego, Blair Waldorf, her fashion appetite has increased. "It used to just be shoes and bags," she sighed. "Now it's opened it up to everything."

OSCAR'S ACES: Victoria Beckham just loves America. At the Oscar de la Renta show Monday, Beckham couldn't help but rave about her newly adopted country and de la Renta. "L.A. is wonderful, I have never been happier," she said. "The sun is shining, everyone is friendly and the kids are surfing." Even Posh has made it onto a surfboard, though not in her ubiquitous high heels. "You know what, I would do that," she joked. (After the show, she headed over to Fred's at Barneys New York for lunch — even booking a separate table for her two bodyguards. And Posh seemed to love the joint so much she came back at 4 p.m. for coffee.)
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