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Christian Louboutin Wins Case Of Red Soles!!!

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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

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Christian Louboutin Loses Another Red Sole Case!

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Christian Louboutin's been dealt another legal blow is his crusade against any and everyone producing red soled shoes!

Back in 2008 the French cobbler sued Zara France for counterfeiting and unfair competition over an open-toed shoe that looked identical to his YoYo heel.

After the court ruled in favor of Louboutin, Zara filed their own appeal, which resulted in the original decision being overturned in June of 2011 because "the terms of Louboutin’s trademark registration were too vague, noting for instance that it did not contain a Pantone color reference for the red soles".

Oops. That's why they pay lawyers the big bucks, right?

Last week the 4 year legal battle came to an end in France's final court of appeal, which upheld the 2011 ruling in favor of Zara. The court determined there was no legal or procedural error in the case and ordered Louboutin to pay Zara $3,600 as compensation.

We can only imagine the massive grins the folks at Yves Saint Laurent have across their faces right now!

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Christian Louboutin Makes Dita Von Teese Custom Ballet Slippers!

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Oh, to plié in red-soled ballet slippers!

Dita Von Teese posted the (above) pic of her brand new ballet slippers that were custom made by Monsieur Christian Louboutin.

Jealous!

Dita plans to wear the slippers during the west coast leg of her Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray! tour.

Absolutely adorable!

To see more of Dita's colorful Louboutin slippers, look (below)!

[Images courtesy of Twitter.]

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Christian Louboutin's Giving Cinderella's Glass Slippers A Makeover!

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Christian Louboutin is giving Cinderella’s glass slippers some sole — red soles that is!

To celebrate the re-release of Disney’s Cinderella on Blu-ray, the footwear designer will be giving the iconic shoes a bibbidi-bobbidi-Louboutin makeover.

Christian says of his magical creation:

“I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world.”

We're beyond happy about his announcement and kinda surprised he didn't do this sooner. Now if only there was a charming prince to go along with the shoe!

[Image courtesy of Disney.]

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Louboutin Starts Fighting Dirty! Attacks YSL In French Newspaper

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Let the mudslinging begin!

Christian Louboutin launched a verbal attack against Yves Saint Laurent in France's Libération newspaper last month and he didn't hold back.

In the article titled "Pinault doesn’t care about plagiarizing my red sole", Louboutin believes the fashion house's parent company PPR is being hypocritical:

"I find it most incredible that a group like PPR would take the risk of defending itself as a plagiarist. They claim to fight against counterfeiting and plagiarism of which they are victims and yet behave like this."

YSL's legal eagles were quick to fire back at Louboutin's claims, saying:

"YSL's use of red outsoles is not plagiarism of anyone else’s design. YSL is one of the most celebrated and original fashion houses in the world, and it has been using red outsoles to give life to its own venerated style traditions since long before Louboutin was even designing shoes."

The case went to an appeals judge last month and Louboutin expects a ruling by the summer.

[Image via Flashpoint/WENN.]

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Louboutin Files An Appeal In The Case Of The Red Soles

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Christian Louboutin is ready to give Yves Saint Laurent hell!

As promised, the shoes designer's lawyers filed an appeal on Monday to reverse the ruling made by Judge Victor Marrero, who denied Louboutin's injunction request against YSL.

The appeal basically states the judge made a mistake, saying Louboutin's

"trademark status has been conferred upon it by the consuming public…only public recognition can breathe life into another mark, whether it be a single color, several colors or another design element"

Once YSL files their papers, Team Louboutin expects a ruling sometime in the spring.

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Valentino Did The Red Sole Thing WAY Before Louboutin

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Remember how Christian Louboutin claimed he was the first designer to do colored soles — ever?

That's a crock of red paint according to Valentino's longtime business partner!

Giancarlo Giammetti was more than happy to point out Valentino produced red sole shoes in 1969 and 1983. In other words, way before Louboutin established his business in 1992.

Think Yves Saint Laurent will use this in their ongoing legal battle? Because we do!

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