Fashion news: U.S. moves piracy bill closer to law, Haider Ackermann to stop men’s line, and bookie calls odds on Kate Middleton’s dress designer

Photography by Stephane Feugere
Photography by Stephane Feugere

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act yesterday. The bill would allow designers to copyright patterns and designs–currently protection only applies to trademarks–in an effort to keep knock-offs at bay. If the bill becomes law, it would be up to the courts to decide what’s original and therefore would be protected. [Fashionista]

Haider Ackermann will stop producing his men’s label after the first season in what the company is calling a deliberate creative move. Says the owner of BVBA 32, the Belgian company that operates Ackermann’s line: “Haider wanted to underline the image he made for his women’s line with the man at her side. The men’s collection will be added again at the time Haider wants to and it will not be linked to a season. [Vogue UK] Read our interview with Haider Ackermann

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power is placing 3-to-1 odds that Bruce Oldfield, designer of very pretty dresses, will be making Kate Middleton‘s wedding gown. Bets on the identity of the eventual creator of this confection ran into the  hundreds of pounds before Paddy Power closed bets due to an overwhelming amount of bets on Oldfield. No one’s confirmed anything, naturally. [The Cut]

Rodarte‘s Mulleavy sisters would be happy to design costumes for another film. Someone call them. Please! [Fashionologie]

Avon has launched an online singing/songwriting competition, dubbed Avon Voices, with Fergie, who has a fragrance, Outspoken, with the direct sales beauty company. [Style Bistro]

Christie Brinkley exercises while brushing her teeth, chopping veg, drying her hair… [Vogue UK]