Louboutin Trademark Red Soles Under Threat

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN’s quest to protect his famous red soles has taken him back to court.

The Frenchman’s attempt to prevent Dutch high-street chain Van Haren from selling iterations of his red soles went awry, however, when Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice, advised The Netherlands court that Louboutin’s trademark protection rulings on the shade of red, which date from 2010 and 2013, might be invalid.

“A trademark combining colour and shape may be refused or declared invalid on the grounds set out under EU trademark law,” the ECJ said in a statement, outlining Maciej Szpunar’s advice to the judges hearing the case.


Szpunar expressed “doubts as to whether the colour red can perform the essential function of a trademark, that of identifying its proprietor, when that colour is used out of context, that is to say, separately from the shape of a sole,” the statement, according to the Business of Fashion, continued. In other words, Louboutin’s signature shade of red could not be considered separate from the shape of the sole, and shapes are usually not protected under EU trademark law.

Sanjay Kapur, partner and trademark attorney at intellectual property firm, Potter Clarkson LLP, added: “Whilst relevant consumers may instantly recognise a red sole shoe being uniquely associated with Louboutin, trying to persuade the courts to grant monopoly rights with such a ‘badge of origin’ may well be an insurmountable hurdle.”

“This could mean that Louboutin would not be able to stop its competitors, including haute couture fashion houses, from offering shoes with red soles. The red sole could therefore become ubiquitous, which would seriously reduce the cachet associated with the Louboutin brand,” Kapur clarified.

Louboutin’s case against Van Haren dates back to 2012 when the brand released a line of Louboutin lookalikes. At the time, the District Court in The Hague agreed that Van Haren’s shoes infringed the Christian Louboutin trademark, and ordered Van Haren to stop producing shoes with red soles. Van Haren appealed against the decision and in 2014 the case was referred to the ECJ for “clarification”.

Louboutin battled Yves Saint Laurent in 2012 in a New York court over similar trademark issues, and won the US trademark as a result. The ECJ’s new statement, however, is likely to be highly influential on the judges’ current decision on European brand guidelines, which has yet to be made.






Nigerian Hip-hop duo, Peter and Paul Okoye otherwise known as P-square, have finally parted ways.

One half of the twin band Peter Okoye requested the termination according to a letter sent to their lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN)

Peter levelled some serious allegations against his twin Paul and Jude their elder brother and manager.

He accused Paul of no longer willing to co-operate with him.

He also accused him of cancelling their scheduled music tour to the United States.

He also accused his brother of slagging off his wife and children on social media, and alleged that his family was being threatened with messages.

Peter further accused his older brother Jude of once threatening to kill him and shoot his wife Lola.

Peter stressed that he was tired of the “drama” and all he wanted was to opt out of the Psquare group and contract.

Social media was set on fire after Peter posted a Snapchat video revealing that he is in Philadelphia on his own for a solo show – without his twin brother, Paul.

“My name is Mr P,” Peter said “As from today, guess what? It’s show time, I’m about to go on stage.”

This post came days after his brother, Paul wrote on Instagram saying; “Only a woman can come where there’s peace and destroy it”.

Peter with his wife Lola

The Okoye brothers have recently been embroiled in war of words on social media and this development is further confirmation of the rumours of serious strains in their relationship.

As a band, P Square dominated the Nigerian music industry for many years,


Racism reared its ugly head on the catwalk of the London Fashion show as a black model was allegedly humiliated and heckled by photographers and audience members.

The model Brenda Beaux said she was subjected to yells and shouts of “Move!” and “Get off!” as she modelled outfits by British designer Pam Hogg

The rising star from Surrey said she felt deeply humiliated and  was reduced to tears even as she strutted on the catwalk.

“It was almost as if they planned it”, she said. “how they all started shouting “go” at the same time in an angry way”

I have never felt such hate towards me in my life. I almost burst into tears on the runway then I remembered that I was working so I carried on like nothing had happened. I just had to be strong enough to get back down the runway and when I did, I just started crying”

Brenda just before the humiliating experience

The leggy model also said fewer photographs were taken of her than of her white colleagues.

She said she believed she was singled out because she is black.

The designer whose outfits Brenda was showcasing was reportedly furious when she heard what happened and apologised to the model. “She was very nice to me and said she wanted me back for her next show” said the model.

Ms Hogg said “Whether or not brenda had been picked on, the yelling had been unacceptable. A gorgeous girl was left feeling singled out because of her colour”

Fashion Scout who staged the event denied it was racism saying photographers had yelled at her to move so they could get clearer shots of another model behind her

“They have however been asked to show more respect”


The hilarious incident prompted one of the unfortunate victims to post on the Forever New Facebook page encouraging the use of a “bridal registry” to help others avoid the blunder they endured.

Sydney resident Debbie Speranza posted: “You really should start a bridal registry so that your customers can enquire whether anyone else has purchased one of your dresses for the same event.

“No we are NOT the bridesmaids just the guests.”

The post has since gone viral with over 23,000 likes, and 6,000 hilarious comments, a feat Speranza believes Forever New owes her a voucher for.

“Think I deserve a gift voucher for all this advertisement [sic]”, she joked on the post.

The comments range from sentiments from those who have been in the same position, to others who saw the seriously funny side.



One woman believed the best way to handle the situation was to “laugh it off”. And by the looks of things, that’s just what these women did.


The dress, described on Forever New’s website as “perfectly tailored to flatter and accentuate your figure” and help you “make an entrance-worthy appearance”, is available for $175.

Just be careful to check with your friends first before wearing it to a wedding.



Ghanaian born London Fashion Designer Kwame Koranteng launched his latest collection of bespoke fashion designs at Tiger Tiger club last Sunday.

At a well attended event that boasted of a mix of guests from different London communities and backgrounds, the KK collection 2017 left everyone gasping  and whopping with pleasure at the clever blending of Western staples such as coats, waistcoats and vests with bright and bold afrocentric Ankara prints resulting in rich colourful avant garde designs which won’t look out of place on any major fashion show catwalk


Kwame Korateng

The fashion show was also a fundraiser event in support of Sickle Cell and Stroke charities and if the huge crowd in attendance was anything to go by, it would seem like KK was well able to raise some cool cash for his charities.




MAC Cosmetics is celebrating National Lipstick Day by giving away free lipstick!

Glamour reports that MAC stores and retailers in the United States and Canada are participating in the promotion on Saturday, July 29.×250&scp=tag%3Dgoogleamp%2Cmaccosmeticsisgivingawayfreelipstick%2Cpost%2Carticle%2Cfeatures%2Ceyeonthebay%2Cmaccosmetics%2Cnationallipstickday%2Cdefault%2Cmobileweb%26title%3Dmaccosmeticsisgivingawayfreelipstick&ifi=1&adf=1650960970&nhd=0&eid=108809080&adx=30&ady=927&oid=2&pfx=0&gdfp_req=1&sfv=1-0-9&u_sd=3&impl=ifr&is_amp=3&amp_v=1501206447946&d_imp=1&c=598260009139&dt=1501334661439&output=html&biw=360&bih=560&u_aw=360&u_ah=640&u_cd=32&u_w=360&u_h=640&u_tz=60&u_his=1&

No strings attached. No purchase necessary. Just a free, full-sized tubes of lipstick, while supplies last.

Click here for find the MAC location closest to you, and get there early on Saturday to beat the crowds.

MAC’s official Facebook page also recommended contacting your local MAC retailer, such as a Macy’s store, to confirm they are participating in the promotion.


British shoe brand Jimmy Choo has been snapped up by American fashion label Michael Kors in an £896 million deal.

Michael Kors said on Tuesday it has agreed to purchase the luxury shoemaker for approximately $1.2 billion, adding a coveted global brand to the U.S. retailer’s stable as its own handbag and accessories sales suffer.

Many retailers have faced declining sales in recent years amid fierce competition from online shopping and discount and fast-fashion stores like TJMaxx and H&M. In an attempt to woo shoppers, Michael Kors has offered heavy discounts, but has ended up giving people reason to pause before paying full price and diminishing the brand’s cachet.


Sales have taken a nosedive, declining 11% in the latest quarter, and investors have wiped away a third of the stock’s value in the last year. Michael Kors is in the process of closing 100 to 125 of its standalone stores, renovating another 100-plus stores and doubling down on more innovative designs. It also said it would rein in its discounting and sell fewer items to department stores, which are prone to marking down items in order to move inventory.

The acquisition will give Michael Kors a new avenue for international growth and a foothold in the luxury shoe market. “We admire the glamorous style and trend-setting nature of Jimmy Choo designs,” said Michael Kors, honorary chairman and chief creative officer, in a statement.

Jimmy Choo was started in 1996 by British Vogue editor Tamara Mellon and designer Jimmy Choo. Its stilettos, which often cost north of $1,000, quickly became a favorite among celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Princess Diana.

The shoemaker put itself up for sale in April as Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, the largest owner through investment vehicle JAB Holding, attempts to shift its focus away from luxury goods. It is instead creating a food and beverage empire and has scooped up brands like Krispy Kreme, Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s and Caribou Coffee. It recently bought Panera for $7.5 billion. Michael Kors said the deal has the support of JAB.

Jimmy Choo will continue to be run by CEO Pierre Denis, who has held the top job since 2012 and was previously an executive a luxury powerhouse LVMH. Jimmy Choo has more than 150 stores around the world.

The move comes on the heels of Coach’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Kate Spade, which was another bid by a U.S. retailer to accelerate growth by picking up a likable brand with a younger following.

“We expect more consolidation in this market, with more ‘affordable’ luxury houses looking to upscale,” said Jonathan Buxton, head of consumer and retail at Cavendish Corporate Finance.

Shares of Michael Kors edged up 1% in pre-market trading, while shares of Jimmy Choo surged 17% in London.

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