We can now all definitively put this red sole brouhaha behind us.
What we thought was essentially over about two months ago is now 100% no doubt about it over for sure, as a Manhattan federal district court entered a final order on Thursday dismissing the Christian Louboutin lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent.
The earlier ruling stated that the red sole trademark would only be upheld if the shoes in question had contrasting uppers, which thus allowed YSL to continue manufacturing and selling its red-all-over pumps.
This order of dismissal basically warrants that Louboutin can never bring any more lawsuits against YSL’s red pumps ever again, and that the case is officially and totally closed.
Although we can’t quite think of any further claims that Louboutin could bring against YSL in this matter, but hey, it’s good to have that sort of confirmation in writing!
Now, let’s all put on some red shoes and party!
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And it wasn’t Blake Lively!
Christian Louboutin channeled his inner Prince Charming on Tuesday at the crowning (or is it shoeing?) of France’s Disney Cinderella competition winner.
The red soled cobbler was on hand to slip on his Cinderella-inspired heels on to the lucky feet of Raphaelle Leboeuf, who got to feel like a fairytale princess for a day.
Some girls have all the luck!
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After winning the case of the red soles over Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin is definitely breathing a lot easier.
Under a new ruling, Louboutin’s red bottom trademark applies to all of his designs, except for all-red shoes, which gives YSL the right to continue to sell their monochrome pump.
YSL attorney, David Bernstein called the ruling a “stunning victory”, adding:
“[The court has] conclusively ruled that YSL’s monochromatic red shoes do not infringe any trademark rights of Louboutin, which guarantees that YSL can continue to make monochromatic shoes in a wide variety of colors, including red.”
Christian’s lawyer, Harley Lewin was also happy with the outcome of the case, saying:
“The two key elements we sought answered were that color can be a trademark in the fashion industry and that our trademark is valid and enforceable — thank God.”
Judge Marrero previously noted no one should have a “monopoly” on a specific color, but the appeals court found the judge failed to recognized that the public associated red outsoles with Louboutin, and “secondary meaning” is vital in trademark cases.
Even though YSL can continue to sell the shoes that sparked the lawsuit in the first place, we’re happy to hear that Christian finally got his trademark wish on his red-soles, even if he does have to share his symbol with all-red shoes!
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A New York federal court gave Christian Louboutin‘s red-sole trademark the green light on Wednesday, bringing an end to a year-long battle with Yves Saint Laurent.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 16 months, Louboutin first sued YSL last April, claiming their red shoes with red soles were “virtually identical” to his signature outsoles.
A judge ultimately denied Louboutin’s request for an injunction and filed for an appeal.
At the beginning of 2012, the case went before an appeals court and nine months later Christian has come out victorious.
However, it’s not a complete slam dunk.
The case is set to return to a lower court to determine if Louboutin’s trademark applies to all-red shoes under the new ruling.
Hopefully YSL will be able to let this one go, but that’s probably just wishful thinking.
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Two of our favorite things have come together!
When Disney decided to have a Cinderella heel to go with the release of Cinderella’s Diamond Edition on Blu-ray, they knew the man for the job!
Christian Louboutin was charged with designing the heels. He chose not to go with glass, instead opting to use white lace and Swarovski crystals on the nearly five inch high princess shoes.
The master cobbler unveiled them July 4th in Paris on a perfect red cushion, surrounded by stills and sketches from the original film. He said:
“Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace and fairytale love, but also shoes. Her character and her story dictated the design to me, it was all there in the pages and the words of this tale.”
There’s also a short, six-minute film about the shoes in which Louboutin, a shoemaker in the film, must quickly finish Cinderella’s shoes. Some friendly woodland creatures try to help inspire him, but he ultimately finds his muse in a modern version of Cinderella: a girl working hard and dreaming about the finer things in life.
We can’t wait to see these princess pumps pop up on the red carpet!
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Christian Louboutin is making the leap into the beauty world.
After conquering shoes and handbags, his new company Christian Louboutin Beauté plans to launch a new collection of beauty products, which will arrive toward the end of 2013.
So far, no word on what the actual products will be, but it’s almost guaranteed there will be items such as lipstick and nail polish.
Louboutin also noted that his inspiration for the collection comes from a thirty-three hundred-year-old bust of Nefertiti. He explained:
“It’s the most beautiful thing. I stayed like an hour just looking at the bust. It’s a perfect beauty and the makeup is quite perfect.”
So, does that mean we can look forward to an Egyptian theme to the new line of beauty products??? If his red lipstick is anything like his red soles, we are already in love!
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