For the shoe-obsessed, it may be the most important case to
ever be heard in court. Ever.
Last week, Judge Vincent Marrero denied Christian Louboutin's motion for a
preliminary injunction to halt production of Yves Saint Laurent's (YSL) Resort
2011 all-red shoes. In his opinion, Marrero explained, "Because in the fashion
industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust
competition, the Court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that
its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection even if it has gained
enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning."
Louboutin, who has been making red soled shoes for almost 20 years, announced
today that he
will "fight like hell" in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to protect his trademarked red soles,
reports Vogue UK.
So what's at stake?