“New York Fashion Week comes only twice a year, make it count.” – Tommy Hilfiger

The 5th Annual Fashion Law Seminar is right smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), which runs from February 8-16, 2018. New York City is America’s fashion capital and NYFW is an occasion for editors, designers, reporters, buyers, bloggers, photographers, stylists, publicists, and celebrities to crisscross the city to attend shows and events celebrating innovations in design.

The Federal Bar Association’s Fashion Law Seminar February 9, 2018 features an impressive lineup of attorneys and judges who will discuss the advancement of fashion law in today’s globalizing world. Join legal professionals and industry representatives on Friday, February 9 in New York City for this exciting conference. CLE credit will be available and attendees will benefit from networking opportunities throughout the day. Register now at http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Calendar-CLE-events/2018-Fashion-Law-Seminar.aspx to take advantage of early bird rates!

From bricks to clicks, the Fashion Law Seminar aims to provide attendees with the most updated case studies and practical application of laws to the fashion industry thanks to a multidisciplinary faculty comprised of academics, practitioners, and industry leaders.  You will learn from lawyers who have advised hundreds of designers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, licensees and licensors, importers, and other fashion related businesses on how to develop their brands and protect their ideas.

Founded in 1943, NYFW was the first fashion week in the United States. A look at NYFW’s 75-year history reveals that the event was born of necessity. When World War II made it nearly impossible for the industry to travel to Paris, legendary fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert launched an event spotlighting American fashion designers who had previously received little attention from national or international press. Lambert introduced the concept of fashion weeks, held twice a year in New York, to substitute what had been disorganized showings by designers.

The biannual Press Week for Seventh Avenue (the precursor of today’s Fashion Week) held at the Plaza Hotel was a result of Lambert’s tireless promotion of American fashion.  Press Week led to the rise in prominence of American designers and a groundswell of patriotic support.

Then and now, New York City has been applauded for its disciplined, methodical, and imaginative approach to fashion and business.  “There’s a buzz, a creative energy in New York City that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It’s an extraordinarily stimulating place for fashion – I think that’s why so many people choose to be here,” observed Diane von Furstenberg.

Fashion and New York City are laboratories of fashion democracy. While haute couture often takes center stage during NYFW, it’s worth noting that there is numerous events open to the public, including pop-up runway shows and shops as well as runway-free presentations. Up-and-coming designers and brands can always be counted on to think outside the tent at NYFW.

Attend the 2018 Fashion Law Seminar on February 9, 2018 and enhance your understanding of intellectual property law; licensing, marketing, and distribution; information technology systems; employment law; international trade/law; and practice pitfalls. Register on or before December 29, 2017 to use the discounted, early bird rate. Sign up today at http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Calendar-CLE-events/2018-Fashion-Law-Seminar.aspx.

Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.