LC Lauren Conrad Flats Reminiscent of Chloé Flats

The other day I was scrolling Instagram as I usually do and I came across this Instagram from Lauren Conrad‘s website featuring super cute, blush LC Lauren Conrad scalloped ballet flats.

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 Now, because I was scrolling rather quickly, the first thought that went through my mind was “Look! It’s my Chloé flats!” I was, of course, referring to Chloé‘s latest rendition of their ultra comfortable flats: the Lauren ballerina flat.

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But, on closer inspection, I realized that the image was actually posted by Conrad’s website – a website I love, it has a lot of great posts about fashion and health — and featured a pair of flats that are part of the reality starlet’s clothing line with Kohl’s. I could not believe the similarity between the Chloé version and the LC Lauren Conrad version. They are nearly identical. To be fair, both flats are fairly simple and the only design element that they share is the scalloped design.

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Balenciaga Sues Steve Madden For Trademark Infringement

Last week, Balenciaga filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Steve Madden Ltd. in the Southern District of New York. The Parisian fashion house is claiming that the American brand infringed on its trademark, most associated with the ‘it’ bag of the mid 2000’s, the Motorcycle Bag. They are requesting an injunction to stop Steve Madden from producing the bags, as well as monetary damages.

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Balenciaga is claiming that the Steve Madden purposefully copied the design which is protected by a federally registered trade dress. By copying the design, Balenciaga, alleges that Steve Madden is confusing the customer who may think that a Steve Madden bag is a Balenciaga bag or vice versa. Under trademark law, one is entitled to trade dress protection for a design when the design identifies the origin of the product, the brand.

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