Archive for April 16, 2011

Christian Louboutin sues YSL over red soles

One of the most recognisable, and most expensive, fashion trademarks is currently the subject of a lawsuit.

Christian Louboutin’s red soles are the recognised hallmark of a Louboutin, and now the designer has launched a lawsuit over copycat soles produced by YSL.

The lawsuit allegedly cites four models – YSL’s Palais, Woodstock, Tribtoo and Tribute as the culprits, with Louboutin stating these designs have all copied his patented red soles.

According to Refinery 29, Christian Louboutin is suing for a massive $1 million for infringing on his trademark style, and is quoted by the Telegraph’s fashion team as calling the soles “virtually identical”.

YSL are said to be making no comment on the offending shoes which are still on sale.

As Louboutin was awarded trademark rights over red soles in 2008, our money backs him as the victor, but at the time of press, the dispute was ongoing.

Christian Louboutin’s red soles (Photo by lunasmith1/Flickr Creative Commons)


SS11 trend watch: stripes

If you’re getting fed up of the ladylike trends which are so hot for spring, we have just the thing for you. Stripes are also big news for the season and are both more versatile and – dare we say it – masculine than the lace that’s been floating around.

Seen all over the catwalk, here are our stripy three of the best:

At Prada stripes were paired with another key trend – colour blocking. During both their womenswear and menswear shows, stripes were thick, bright and in one solid tone. The models wore flirty flamenco style dresses in citrus tones of bright orange, blocked with purple and black; or in azure and turquoise. Even accessories were striped – the key theme running through a fun collection.

Meanwhile, at Celine, stripes were less of a focus, but still present. Angular, structured tunics were shown in vertical and horizontal stripes in block, yet muted tones. The collection as a whole was much calmer, with the focus on nudes and neutrals, with stripes providing a pop of colour to break up the classic pieces. Wear your stripes the Celine way by pairing with classic shapes and pale tones.

If there is a bright trend to be found, you can be sure it will be seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Far from Celine’s French chic – stripes at Marc by Marc Jacobs were the calmest offering in the collection, mingling with 70s style big hair, ruffles and neon brights. Once again, stripes popped up in block rainbow tones, ranging from sunflower yellow to cool grey, on summery maxi dresses.

We recommend wearing your stripes in bold and bright tones for true summer sunshine style.

Seeing stripes at Prada (Photo by Dazed & Confused Magazine/Flickr Creative Commons)