Designer Karl Lagerfeld is undoubtedly one of the most respected names in the global fashion fraternity. But even he has succumbed to the ills of plagiarism. Sport shoe brand – New Balance has filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld under Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the 3rd of June for knocking off their signature sneakers. New Balance claims Lagerfeld is using a block capital letter “K” on an otherwise identical shoe design. The photographs are clearly evident that it’s a blatant knock-off.
Karl Lagerfeld showcased Couture Sneakers at Chanel’s Couture show and yes Couture Sneakers are a style statement and a must-have for the stylistas. Lagerfeld wanted to encash on this fashion sneaker trend and launched them under his namesake label that retails for as much as $360.