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QUEL SCANDALE! The 5 Most Pointless Couture Court Battles


Now that Yves Saint Laurent has dropped their countersuit to Christian Louboutin‘s trademark infringement claim, hopefully putting an end to this high-heeled hullabaloo, we can sit back and reflect on exactly what this case meant: not a damn thing.

Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent

“The Case of the Red Heeling”

Christian Loubotin’s red sole is the label’s calling card, its trademark if you will — a sign that this gal or someone she’s sleeping with paid $800 for these bad boys. So when YSL came along with their monochromatic pump, Louboutin tripped over its heels and took it to the courts. A year and a half later, Louboutin has his red sole and YSL can make a monochromatic pump — both got what they wanted and their lawyers got a third summer home.


Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail