Louboutin is the Sole Winner in Red Bottom Court Case
Posted Wednesday October 16, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
An anti-Islamic group in Antwerp, Belgium, used Christian Louboutin’s famous red-soled heels in an advertising campaign without their permission, and the designer isn’t happy. In fact, Louboutin decided to sue the Flemish group, Women Against Islamisation, for facing his brand in campaign that, according to Vogue, “illustrates what they claim is Islam’s view of women who wear skirts shorter than ankle-length.”
Louboutin felt the pictures “tarnished its image,” and the court agreed, mandating that the posters be removed within 24 hours.
Anke Vandermeersch, a former Miss. Belgium and now senator for the far-right party (which aims to split from Belgium) is the woman pictured in the shoes.
"Are politicians still allowed to dress the way they want?" she asked. "It seems that not only Islam is intolerant… A legal judgment on a dress code for politicians would be a surreal precedent. Apart from the absurd argument concerning reputational damage, there is no legal basis for such a dress code."
Still, Vandermeersch is allowed to wear red-soled shoes whenever she pleases — just not in the forefront of her political campaigns. Louboutin might also have a vested interest in the case, given that the Middle East accounts for the 10th largest luxury sales in the world.