The Hells Angels want their winged skull back!

Oh no.. someone in the McQueen team didn’t do their homework, and it’s going to be a costly lesson! The Hells Angels have filed suit against British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for copying their skull and wings logo!
On the left, you see a Blazer from McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. On the right, the Hells Angels 'Death Head' logo on the back of a jacket. The symbol has been used by the Hells Angels since at least 1948, and that it is protected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Most people know better than to mess with a motorcycle club!! I am quite shock to know that is happening! Not only McQueen used the exact logo but he also name his pieces using words like "Hells" and "Angels". It is no secret that skulls have been very popular on the runways and a big inspirations to lots of designers all around the globe.. but McQueen should have change his design just a little. That collection.. was amazing but I always thought that McQueen had the group’s permission. The Hells Angel are also suing Sasks Fifth Avenue and Zappos for selling the goods.

“This isn’t just about money, it’s about membership. If you’ve got one of these rings on, a member might get really upset that you’re an impostor,” says Fritz Clapp, attorney for the Hells Angels.
Here are the few items that The Hells Angels Corporation is claiming that McQueen copied their logo.. The ring and the clutch has been remove from McQueen's website.. Sold out or removed?

The Hells Four-Finger Ring by Alexander McQueen, $495

Handbag designed by McQueen called “Hell’s Knuckleduster box clutch” for $2,325

The Flaming Skull Jacquard box dress is listed on McQueen’s website for $1,595

The Hells Angels and Devils Silk Scarf by Alexander McQueen, $475

This item is fine with the Hells Angels.. I just had to put a picture of it because I LOVE it!
McQueen’s Angels leather faithful hobo bag sold for $1995.00

Representatives for Saks, Zappos.com and Alexander McQueen, witch is owned by Gucci group refused to comment. Gucci Group is owned by PPR, a global player in retail and luxury goods with a very luxurious portfolio I might add. Earlier this week, Jany Temime, Harry Potter costume designer was accused of copying an Alexander McQueen dress for a scene in the latest Potter movie. Busy week for the Gucci group!!
The Hells Angels have successfully sued before. Back in 2006, they sued Disney for using the Hells Angels name and membership images in its script for the film "Wild Hogs."The gang withdrew the complaint after receiving assurances that its marks would not appear in the film from Disney. I hate to say it.. but the Hells have a good case against the amazing Alexander McQueen.


Is costume designer Jany Temime asking us to play "Spot the difference"?

Is Imitation a form of flattery?

Even if you are not into Harry Potter, you probably heard of the new movie coming out on November 19, 2010. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, aka Harry Potter 7. I am not really a Potter fan but I like the costuming.

French costume designer Jany Temime has been working her magic on 6 of the 8 Harry Potter movies. There is no dough, she is a talented costume designer.. but she does'nt deserve all of the credit on a wedding dress she designed in the upcoming movie. She made a dress identical to one from Alexander McQueen 2008 collection and seem to be taking the credit for it!

Let’s play “Spot the difference” shall we.. can you spot all 3? First is the heads of the birds, one is peacocks and the the one are phoenixes. Second is the length of the gown. Third is the neckline.

Alexander McQueen dress from his 2008 prêt-à-porter collection. J'ADORE!

Jany Temime's dress. Spoiler photos of the scene in which bride Fleur Delacour (played by Clémence Poésy) dance with Bill Weasley.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles times, Jany was talking about her inspiration on that dress and this is how she described the inspiration behind the wedding dress:
“Fleur’s dress is made in organza and decorated with a pair of phoenixes that face one another on the bodice and form the silhouette of a heart. I chose the phoenix because, like love, it is eternal.”

Ok, that was a lovely sentimental statement Jany.. but you forgot one thing! ALEXANDER MCQUEEN!! Hello?? What was she thinking.. doesn't she knows how many people in the world are obsessed with Alexander McQueen and people will say something? It is one thing to copy a creation you like and wear it yourself. It is another thing to copy it for a production and will make money from it. I can only imagine the type of drama this will cause if she does’nt start citing her inspiration. Knockoffs in fashion aren’t a new trick, I get it but at least give the credit to who came up with the idea! At least change the color or something! Alexander McQueens team refused to comment but there is no way they approve of this!

Did you know that Emma Watson, the Harry Potter actress, is only 19 and her 2009 income is estimated to be a total of £20 million. Not bad!


RUNAWAY by Kanye West

There is a lot of buzz on the internet about Kanye West new music video "Runaway". It will seem genius work to people who think Kanye is a genius, and a stupid waist of time to people who think he is stupid. It has to be one of the most ambitious and expensive ‘music video’ ever made, that is if you can put it in the category of a music video since it is 34 minutes long!

Personally I thought the visuals were amazing! The fire, the brilliant costuming and my favorite scene was with the ballerinas. There are a few things that still escape me.. such as the all black people table served by only white people? Or the Michael Jackson's head floating around was a little creepy to me. Is Kanye trying to hard to be known as a genius?

Directed by Kanye West. Part-time asshole and part-time brilliant musician! He is a talented men but he should take some acting classes.. :)

Starring model Selita Ebanks, she is rep by Women Management based out of New York, Milan and Paris. She worked as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2005-2008, been featured in the famous sports illustrated and appeared on the third season of Celebrity Apprentice. In this short movie, she plays a fallen Phoenix who falls in love with Kanye West's character.. If you are a guy.. well she is the one prancing around for 34 minutes in feather lingerie looking super hot.

Costume Design by Josef Cechota.. Phillip Lim did all the costume along with Martin Izquierdo (The master of Victorias Secret's wings!) Amazing job! Selita's costume was absolutely divine. It was made of an amazing mass of sexy skin tone feathers placed ever so strategically. Kanye wanted Selita to appear fully nude.. why am I not surprise? She said "No sir, that's not gonna happen!" LOL

Written by Hype Williams, a genius that has worked on at least 200 music videos!

Art Director Vanessa Beecroft, one of my FAVORITE artist of all time!

★ Kanye West "RUNAWAY" lyrics here


On set with Fashion Television !!!!! Yay!

For the last few weeks.. Fashion Television has been following the amazing photographer Nikki Ormerod. Why? Simply because she is so freaking fabulous! Nikki is represented by Westside Studio, they rep the best photographers in the city! In fact .. She is so fabulous that she hired me to style for her shoot. Yay! I was trilled! The vibe of the shoot? Vintage Glamorous Hollywood Starlet!! ♥

The first store that came to my mind was the amazing store Cabaret on Queen Street West! By far the friendliest store in Toronto! Then I went to Gadabout on Queen East.. this place has so many hidden treasures! I got amazing dresses from both places but I still needed something more.. red carpet oh la la! So Wayne Clark it is! Wayne is known for his dramatic evening gowns. His fabulous dresses have been worn by Jane Fonda, Cindy Crawford and Rihanna .. just to name a few. His dresses screams red carpet. It was a pleasure to meet him and his dress was one of my favorites! Did I needmore dresses? Not really but when I walked by Shkank on Yonge Street.. I saw THE perfect dress with so much sparkle .. I NEEDED it! It was a dress designed for a princess!

All of my amazing dresses needed some spectacular jewelry. I contacted the best in the city!! Gay Isber. I cannot find the words to express how much I love her jewelry.. In English or French! Her partner in crime, Jessica Greschner makes the most incredible pieces that could stop traffic!! Who wears her pieces? Everybody from Lady Gaga, Pamela Anderson to Prince Charles and Camilla. The best part is that all the pieces are made here in Toronto. Last stop was at Shopgirls.. a lovely store on Queen street West that carries only Canadian Designers. I grabbed some dreamy feathery headpieces from La Krause to add some drama to my dresses!

I am super excited about this shoot! Hair was by the very talented Jukka Suutari from Plutino Group and make up by Cait Mizzi from Judy Inc. We had a great team of people working on set and our beautiful model Geneviève was from Elmer Olsen Model.. she was so ridiculously gorgeous!

Here are a few images from my shoot!

Dress from Shkank , jewelry from Gay Isber and headpieces from La Krause.

1950's Champagne Brocade Coat Dress worn over the strapless Bijou dress from the Cabaret Collection. Jewelry is from Gay Isber, headpiece from La Krause and the fur is from my precious great grand-mother's collection :)

This is a close-up of Gay Isber necklace. One of my favorite pieces! In the middle Gay used a Shark tooth!

This dress was designed by Rod Philpott, founder of Shkank. Check out the back!!! This picture does not do justice to the dress!! It was stunning on Geneviève!

This dress left everyone speechless.. it is from the very talented Wayne Clark. Geneviève is also wearing a beautiful headpiece from La Krause and a bracelet from Gay Isber.

Headpieces from La Krause and jewelry from Wayne Clark.

Some of my bling bling from Gay Isber.

MERCI Cabaret, Gadabout vintage, Gay Isber, La Krause, Shkank, Shopgirls and Wayne Clark! Great day! Can't wait to see the the final images and the footage from Fashion Television! Yay!