Christian Louboutin vs. YSL: The Battle over the Red Sole

This past Tuesday, representatives from both Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent were at it again for a second round in a battle over the infamous red hue.

Let’s face it, when you see a woman walking with a pair of ‘red-bottoms,’ your first inclination is that she is wearing a pair of hot and very expensive Christian Louboutin shoes.  It’s hard to put your finger on it, but the ‘red bottoms’ speak volumes of a woman’s class and confidence.  And, it seems only justifiably so that Christian Louboutin would want to protect their iconic brand image.

For many years, designers have been battling knockoffs and companies that blatantly steal their designs.  And this case highlights a critical issue: fashion designers really don’t have protection over their creations.  Will designers ever have intellectual property rights?  The judgment made in this case will set a precedent for future cases to come.  Stay tuned….

What do you guys think?