YSL Debut: The Logo Heels

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Anthony Vaccarello is making it very difficult for retailers – fast fashion or otherwise – to copy at least one key element of his Spring/Summer 2017 collection. And by “difficult,” I mean illegal. Not only was Vaccarello seemingly bringing the Yves back to YSL – a bold statement in a post-Slimane landscape, perhaps – by incorporating the house’s YSL logo into things, such as the heels of a pair of pumps, or the earrings that adorned models’ ears, he is ensuring that copycats beware.

An image from Herve Leger's fall 2016 advertising campaign

Unlike the copying of an un-branded shoe – which might otherwise be perfectly legal (although it is worth noting that YSL has gone to great lengths in recent years to protect even its un-branded designs) – copying a pump bearing the YSL logo is not just illegal, it amounts to counterfeiting. As we have told you in the past, the majority of garments and accessories are not protected – at least not by copyright law in the U.S. However, as soon as the unauthorized use of a brand name or logo is employed – such as the addition of the YSL logo to the pumps, in the case at hand – the game changes and brands may be protected against copycats by the otherwise inapplicable doctrines of trademark law.

Note: trade dress protection is applicable even when a trademark protected name or logo is not at play (as trade dress protects the appearance of a design). However, such protection only applies when the design at issue is well known enough to serve as an identifier of source. So, when the design is an Hermès Birkin bag, for instance.

The key aspect of YSL’s Spring/Summer 2017 runway shoes is not the pointy toe or the patent leather or the thin ankle strap; it is the logoed heel. As such, this is the element that copyists will most certainly want to recreate to tempt shoppers, making trademark law an enormous asset for YSL in a hypothetical case of copying. While Alibaba sellers will likely be all over this one in no time, more legitimate retailers – aka ones that are easier to track down and sue – such as Nasty Gal will be forced to take “inspiration” from this design as opposed to merely recreating it.  

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Why This Is The Unexpected Shoe Trend Everyone Is Wearing

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If you hadn’t noticed, of-the-moment trends are leaning toward effortlessness more than ever. As witnessed on off-duty models and street-style stars alike, pieces that exude ease and comfort are becoming hero items, styled with polished counterparts for a cool-girl result. From athletic-inspiredcropped sweatshirts to lounge pants, we’re seeing a shift from put-together looks to ensembles that embody a more “throw it on and go” aesthetic—and footwear is following suit. While delicate heels and classic pumps forever have a place in our hearts, the recent crop of must-have shoes are uncomplicated slip-on silhouettes sans laces and fussy details. From low-heel mules to sporty pool slides, these shoes are cooler and chicer than ever. Ahead, 12 styles to shop now.

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Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers: Beyond the Boardwalk

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Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

The must-have shoes of Spring ’16? Leather slip-ons! There are already plenty to choose between, from the skate shoe-inspired to the extremely minimalist, but none are as chic as Derek Lam’s handcrafted Santa Monica slippers. Derek has a way of elevating even the most basic of staples, and you need not look past his latest casual shoe to see that.

Soft nappa leather, in your choice of black, natural cream, or khaki green, has been delicately laser-cut to deliver a peekaboo effect, perfect for when you want to get in the mode for spring without wearing an open-toed style. Speaking of delicate, these ingeniously embroidered slip-ons are just nuanced enough to go with anything from your new floral dress to ripped jeans to chic yoga gear. Sure, they’ll look great strolling down their namesake Santa Monica pier, but they’re also versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. Get creative, and style them to your heart’s content. 

Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

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Jimmy Choo Sale Alert: Get Up to 60% Off

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Jimmy-Choo-Sale

Jimmy Choo is currently holding its semi-annual sale, and the shoe label has some major deals underway. You can now expect up to 60% off select styles including sandals, pumps, boots and sneakers. From metallic sling backs to leather booties, it is rare to see discounts this deep. Check out eight of our favorites below, and shop more of the sale on JimmyChoo.com.


Jimmy Choo Abel Neon Lace Pumps available for $375.00 (was $750.00)

Jimmy Choo Abel Neon Lace PumpsJimmy Choo Alana White Lace Sandals available for $498.00 (was $995.00)

Jimmy Choo Alana White Lace SandalsJimmy Choo Doma Over the Knee Boots available for $1,063.00 (was $2,125.00)

Jimmy Choo Doma Over the Knee BootsJimmy Choo Flyte Gold Metallic Nappa Lace Sandals available for $463.00  (was $925.00)

Jimmy Choo Flyte Gold Metallic Nappa Lace SandalsJimmy Choo Lee Pink Metallic Ballet Sandals available for $548.00 (was $1,095.00)

Jimmy Choo Lee Pink Metallic Ballet SandalsJimmy Choo Hutch Black and White Textured Leather Ankle Boot available for $575.00 (was $1,150.00)

Jimmy Choo Hutch Black and White Textured Leather Ankle BootJimmy Choo Verity Silver Glitter Sling Back Sandals available for $448.00 (was $895.00)

Jimmy Choo Verity Silver Glitter Sling Back SandalsJimmy Choo White & Black Spotted Trapeze Sandals available for $525.00 (was $1,050.00)

Jimmy Choo White & Black Spotted Trapeze Sandals


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Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers: Beyond the Boardwalk

Categories:Designer Shoes

The must-have shoes of Spring ’16? Leather slip-ons! There are already plenty to choose between, from the skate shoe-inspired to the extremely minimalist, but none are as chic as Derek Lam’s handcrafted Santa Monica slippers. Derek has a way of elevating even the most basic of staples, and you need not look past his latest casual shoe to see that.

Soft nappa leather, in your choice of black, natural cream, or khaki green, has been delicately laser-cut to deliver a peekaboo effect, perfect for when you want to get in the mode for spring without wearing an open-toed style. Speaking of delicate, these ingeniously embroidered slip-ons are just nuanced enough to go with anything from your new floral dress to ripped jeans to chic yoga gear. Sure, they’ll look great strolling down their namesake Santa Monica pier, but they’re also versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. Get creative, and style them to your heart’s content. Derek Lam sneakers at Derek Lam for $595.

Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

Derek Lam Santa Monica Embroidered Slippers

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Get Ready for Sandal Season With This Season’s Best Sandals and Coordinating Nail Polishes

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Tags: Sandals For WITH AND This Get Ready Sandal Season Season’s Best Coordinating Nail Polishes

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