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Christian Louboutin versus YSL red soles case is dismissed

In April 2011, French shoemaker Louboutin alleged that Yves Saint Laurent America Inc. violated its trademark by selling red-soled shoes.

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In its Resort 2011 collection, the American branch of YSL featured red suede shoes with matching red soles, alongside purple shoes with purple soles, navy with navy soles and green with green soles, but it was the red soles which sparked the legal action.

A New York judge ruled against Louboutin’s request that Yves Saint Laurent cease selling the red soled shoes in August 2011, however an appeal by Louboutin to the U.S Federal Court of Appeals in September this year ruled that Christian Louboutin could protect its iconic red soled shoes from copycats, except when the shoe itself is red.

A statement released by YSL’s legal representatives today read: “YSL is pleased to see now completely closed this action that had put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color, as well as to now have confirmation from the Court that it is entitled to continue to sell its unique and famous monochromatic red shoes.”

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The Olsens for Elle magazine.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen twins will be gracing Elle’s UK April issue.


The Olsens regular edition covers.

Mary Kate and Ashley have shot a collector and regular edition cover each. Photographed by Alexei Hay, the two showcase their distinctly different styles in glittering designs from Prada and Dolce & Gabbana amongst others, continuing the fashion-fest inside the magazine for a further 10 pages.


Mary Kate’s collector edition cover


Ashley’s collector edition cover

The pair have successfully made the transition from child stars, to ‘It girl’ celebrity to respected and successful fashion designers with impeccable and creative vision.

Their luxury label ‘The Row’ shows at New York Fashion week, and unlike many celebrity brands, their work is their own. “We are perfectionists. We’ve always wanted to be closely involved with everything, totally hands on – that’s why it works. If we step away, it stops working. I know it sounds controlling, but that’s how it has to be.”

The Row was launched in 2007 with the mission to create the perfect basic but luxurious t-shirt, and The Row takes its name from the historic ‘Savile Row’.
The line has expanded to include a complete range of sophisticated essentials, from the perfect pair of leather leggings and evening dresses to elegantly tailored knitwear and outerwear.

However their line doesn’t come cheap, a basic T-shirt sells for £195, and a bag can cost up to £4000 on Net-a-Porter.