March 18, 2009

News flash: Jil Sander for Uniqlo, LV sues Google

Our designer of the year, Uniqlo, sent its stock prices skyrocketing this week with a surprise announcement: Jil Sander -- that's the real Jil Sander, not the sculptural Raf Simons-designed label that bears her name -- will be helming the Japanese mass-market chain's design section. British Vogue is wondering whether the notoriously monochromatic Sander will institute changes to the label's usual paintbox palette, while WWD notes in an aside that Uniqlo's rising sales have propelled its chairman, Tadashi Yanai, to the position of Japan's richest man.

Meanwhile, our un-designer -- er, copycat? -- of the year, Erin Wasson, has announced that "…there's art everywhere, there's art all around us. To create is my ultimate goal. So why would I ever sell out?" Hmm, good question, Erin. In other copycat news, Louis Vuitton is suing Google for letting imitators buy ads that appear when "louis vuitton" is searched. Google says consumers can choose for themselves which ads to click on. And while we're on the subject of copycats, here's an oldie but a goodie:

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