Women who fake it: Will Congress stop them?
Marchesa designer Georgina Chapan and producer Harvey Weinstein walk the red carpet at the premiere of Oceans 13 at the 2007 International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Photo credit: Pascal le Segretain, Getty Images Europe.
Every woman has faked it. Admit it, you know you have. And your man didn't notice. But if he did notice, he would he even care anyway?
Yes, says movie mogul/Halston owner/Project Runway producer Harvey Weinstein. There are sensitive men out there who do care, and he's of them. To stop the fakers, Weinstein wants Congress to get all up in your bedroom..bedroom closet, that is.. and pass the Design Piracy Prohibition Act to prevent the manufacture of (and indirectly, use of) fake designer handbags, dresses and other products.
You see, the drama all started when a clothing manufacturer bragged that he was going to copy a Marchesa dress designed by Weinstein's fiancee, Georgina Chapman, straight off the red carpet. Under current U.S. law, it's okay to copy a design, so long as you don't copy the designer's trademarked logos. When Weinstein learned that Chapman's dress could be copied and she couldn't do jack to stop it, he got a serious attitude - serious! - and began work to change U.S. law.
Under the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act, fashion designers would have copyright protection of their designs for three years. Congress and fakers be warned, Weinstein says he's not effing around: "I might not know how to sew a dress and I might not know how to design a piece of jewelry, but I'm pretty good at a street fight and I bet you I get this bill passed."
It's on now.
This one's a real screamer! Gucci in python at Neiman Marcus for $3,690.
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