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Designer Bradley Bayou Calls Out CFDA for Too-Thin Models

The skinny-model debate persists today thanks to designer Bradley Bayou. He stopped using size-0 and size-2 models after his daughter battled anorexia. She collapsed from the disease after years of struggling to fit into his sample sizes.

CFDA’s Anti-Knockoff Bill Hits a Major Snag

High-end designers have been moaning about copyright protection and the proliferation of knockoffs for years, but after working with the American Apparel and Footwear Association to iron out a fashion copyright bill called the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, the CFDA just received some bad news:

Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Tory Burch Nab CFDA Noms

Last night the Council of Fashion Designers of America unveiled the nominees for their 2008 awards, the Oscars of the fashion world. You'll never guess who got nominated for womenswear — Marc Jacobs. Surprise! He's in the running with Calvin Klein head designer Francisco Costa and the boys of Proenza Schouler, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough.

Mr. Rodriguez Goes to Washington (for Copyright Protection)

The wheels of clothing-copyright protection are slowly moving along: Narciso Rodriguez went to Congress yesterday to make his case for protecting designer clothing, as the Design Piracy Prohibition Act has been stuck in committee, unable to reach House and Senate floors because the fashion industry can't agree on its language.

Rove, Regan and Rather: Crazy? Or Crazy Like Foxes?

MEDIA • How did Judith Regan's high-level lawyers let her bat-shit-crazy legal complaint get through? Oh that's right, she's Judith Regan. [Legal Pad/Fortune] • CBS finally got around to filing their motion to dismiss Dan Rather's suit. The network claims they are "mystified" by Rather's "bizarre allegations," and that the lawsuit amounts to a "regrettable attempt by plaintiff Dan Rather to remain in the public eye, and to settle old scores and perceived slights, based on an array of far-fetched allegations." [NYO] • Karl Rove signed on to become a regular contributor to Newsweek. Maybe they should consider changing their slogan to "fair and balanced"? [Mixed Media/Portfolio]

CFDA Welcomes New Members, Prepares for the Tents

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As New York's fashion designers count the days till Fashion Week, which starts this year on September 5, two days after Labor Day, battles for models and tent times are heating up. But at the Council of Fashion Designers of America's party for new members at Diane von Furstenberg's studio last night, no one would name — and only a few would acknowledge — the most diva-ish designers, who politick to cast and schedule most fiercely. "There are model problems sometimes," acknowledged Stan Herman, a board member and former president. "There are time-slot problems sometimes. There are moments that designers go, 'I can't show next to that person' or 'I won't show next to that person.' But not very many."