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I absolutely adore this collection from Valentino and they are perfect for Spring/Summer.  Yes my picks are mostly in nude but how stunning is the first one with the plexi heel?   I love how feminine, elegant and rock edge these shoes are.  The more I look at them the more I want them all…

What shoes are on  your wish list for Spring /summer?

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Christian Louboutin Sues Another Brand Over Red-Soled Shoes

by Julia Rubin | 12:32 pm, April 12th, 2011

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Not only are red soles Christian Louboutin’s signature — they’re also its trademark in the legal sense. Three years ago, the brand registered a trademark for its red soles with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Last week Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over its red-soled footwear, and it looks like the company is taking action against Brazilian shoemaker Carmen Steffens, too.

While Steffens claims “the tones are not the same, and, as catalogs dating from 1996 can prove, Carmen Steffens shoes contain soles of all colors, including red,” its website proves it didtry to bank on Louboutin’s reputation. Just a few days ago the company posted an article from Tout Ma on its site exclaiming “Carmen Steffens compared with Louboutin by French Magazine”.  They even included comparison pics!

As per Footwear News:

Carmen Steffens’ president of U.S. operations, Mark Willingham, told FN that “Carmen Steffens France is confident in its position regarding the brand’s long-standing use of color on the soles of some styles of Carmen Steffens shoes, including the infrequent use of various tones of red.” He pointed out that “of the 250 styles in Carmen Steffens France’s current collection, only three styles utilize red tones on their soles.”

Even if they’ve been making shoes with red soles for years (and the red in fact varies greatly from Louboutin’s red and very few of its shoes even have red soles), it doesn’t excuse the fact that they have been trying to make a profit off of getting likened to Louboutin, even going as far as promoting these comparisons on their own website.

Do you think Louboutin has a case?

Christian Louboutin Sues Yves Saint Laurent For Making Red-Soled Shoes

by Justin Fenner | 12:56 pm, April 8th, 2011

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Every little fashionista knows that the sight of a red sole means one thing and one thing only: Christian Louboutin made these shoes. The designer’s trademark red soles are instantly recognizable, and at this point they’re almost as much of a logo as they are a trademark. So it’s understandable that the brand has gotten its lawyers involved with the folks at Yves Saint Laurent, who made a red suede shoe with a red sole this spring.

Louboutin filed a trademark lawsuit against Saint Laurent in New York this week, claiming that the YSL shoes essentially copy Loubs’ most successful bit of branding. The concern is that people who see the YSL shoes on the street — or worse, in stores — might mistake them for Louboutins. (Take a look at the photo in this post. It’s the shoe from YSL, but we thought it was a Loub the first time we saw it.) The Daily Telegraphexplains:

Court papers state ‘The defendants use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to plaintiff’s Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear.’

YSL also made blue shoes with blue soles and green shoes with green soles this season. Now, that doesn’t make a red-soled shoe any less odious for an intellectual property court, but it does sort of make the commercial argument that no one can really own a color and tell other people where they can and cannot put it.

But Louboutin has built a well-shod empire from doing just that. And if a judge deems that YSL is eating away at that empire with its red soles, it’ll cement forever that red soles are the sole right and property of Christian Louboutin.

Christian Louboutin sees red [The Daily Telegraph]

 

Brian Atwood, whose designs adorn the feet of celebrities has launched a new line called B Brian Atwood.  The line will sell at a lower price to his other collection and prices will range from $100-$600.

“[My new line] is strong and confident with kind of a bohemian statement,” said Atwood to WWD. The collection is nothing less than fabulous with its suede tassels, leopard prints and shimmer.

*images belong to WWD

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