A final order for the Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent case has been rendered by a New York District court. The court already ruled that Louboutin’s trademark only protected red-soled shoes with contrasting uppers, therefore allowing the sale of YSL’s all red monochromatic shoes. This led to YSL filing a countersuit, which YSL counsel chose to abandon in October. On December 27, 2012, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a final order acknowledging that Louboutin did not have further claims against Yves Saint Laurent. YSL representatives stated that, “YSL is pleased to see now completely closed this action that had put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color, as well as to now have confirmation from the Court that it is entitled to continue to sell its unique and famous monochromatic red shoes.”
The final decision only came in a month ago but it seems as though celebrities made their final judgment long ago. Designer Diane von Furstenberg was open about her support for Louboutin in this matter and Tiffany & Co. filed a legal brief in October to support Louboutin (although this may have been a preemptive strike to protect their trademarked shade of blue).
Dhani Mau noted that both parties seem to have won since Louboutin got its trademark and YSL is able to sell their shoe. Hopefully both parties will look at the situation this way as well and the fashion world can continue to do what they do best.