Yes, the possible future First Daughter, Ivanka Trump, has found herself in some more fashion hot water, just a few months after her fashion empire was forced to recall its highly flammable scarves.
The Italian shoe line Aquazzura filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court last week alleging that Trump’s footwear line and its manufacturer, Marc Fisher, knocked off the design of its wildly popular sandal. Khloé Kardashian, Solange Knowles, and every Instagram wannabe fashion starlet has been wearing the fringe-and-tassel talaria, which the brand calls its Wild Thing sandal. The Ivanka version, dubbed the Hettie, feature a VERY similar fringe-and-tassel look. Both are sold in a cherry-red shade. The biggest difference between the two? The price: Aquazzura’s is $785; Trump’s pair, $145.
The lawsuit says.
“Seeking the same success Aquazzura experienced but without having to put in the hard creative work, Defendants resorted to knocking off Plaintiff’s popular designs. Defendants have copied nearly every detail of Plaintiff’s well-known and coveted Wild Thing Shoe, from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel.”
The filing asks the court to bar Trump from selling the shoe, and for compensation for damages, legal fees, and a detailed accounting of the profits made off of the model. Marc Fisher’s C.F.O. said in a statement,
“This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity. The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands. The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against the claim.”
To be fair, these sorts of fashion lawsuits are a dime a dozen for brands. But this isn’t the first bad press for Trump’s brand (Daddy Donald’s been doing major damage, as well.) But just two months ago, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled about 20,000 Ivanka Trump-branded scarves for not meeting,
“the federal flammability standards for clothing textiles, posing a burn risk.”
Also, many have speculated that it was Ivanka behind the move to push out his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was fired last week. But damage control with the Trump brand is nothing new so it’s business as usual for the mommy of three.
(via Vanity Fair)