The latest copyright infringement chapter in the 'Steve Madden vs. high end designer' saga, involves fast fashion retailer being sued by Balenciaga over recreating a a toy-themed shoe. Last week the luxury label filed a complaint against the Steve Madden company for "intentionally copying" Balenciaga's rainbow-colored Lego heel from fall 2007. The funky pair first grabbed headlines when Beyonce rocked them out at the 2007 American Music Awards. Steve Madden seemingly took notice of the eclecic style, since the retailer released a similar round-toe design in 2008. The complaint, filed in United States Eastern District of New York Court, even mentions Beyonce's name as evidence to support Balenciaga's case. The original Balenciaga pair sold for $4,175, while the knockoffs sold for $99.95, or approximately 2 percent of
the original price. Steve Madden is still muddling its way through its last copying complaint, filed by Alexander McQueen in October over the popular McQueen Faithful bootie. It seems the retailer will almost have to keep copying high end designs in order to afford all the lawsuits they constantly get slapped with.
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