Ivanka Trump sued over shoe design

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Italian shoemaker, Aquazzura, has sued Ivanka Trump for trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices involving a shoe design of suede tassel fringe heels.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, accused Trump and her manufacturer of copying Aquazzura's "Wild Thing" design for her Hettie shoe.

Ivanka Trump's shoe (left) and Aquazzura's shoe (right).

Celebrities like Olivia Palermo and Solange Knowles have been "parading the red carpet" in the Aquazzura footwear, according to a fashion article cited in court papers.

The company accuses Trump of "seeking the same success...but without having to put in the hard creative work."

The lawsuit says Trump "copied nearly every detail" of the coveted Wild Thing shoe "from the shape and silhouette to the fringe covering the toes, to the tassel on the heel."

The difference? Trump's version sells for a fraction of the price.