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Fab Flash: Luxury Jeweler Sues Heidi Klum

Van Cleef and Arpels is suing supermodel Heidi Klum's company, claiming that her Heidi Klum Jewelry Collection copied their vintage Alhambra clover design. The suit, filed in Manhattan on December 21, seeks more than $25,000 in damages for attempting to benefit from Van Cleef's reputation.

Heidi has called the clover design under question her favorite symbol of good fortune: "I hope the pieces are true good-luck charms for the women who wear them."


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Camillabean Camillabean 9 years
I was wondering how she was getting away with it. She's been selling it for a while now and I couldn't believe a lawsuit hasn't happened already. Plus, the lawsuit is only for $25,000?!?!?! That wont even cover the cost of their legal representation.
NanaK321 NanaK321 9 years
There is more than one way to portray a four-leaf clover and I don't think that it was necessary for Heidi to use that one design in particular. Honestly, I find that she's completely uncreative and has to resort to stealing others' designs because she cannot come up with her own. I'm sure that the Alhambra clover has been around for ages and that Van Cleef and Arpels cannot stake a claim in it's conception. However, while other brands have used a similar design in limited-run pieces, VCA is the only brand to use the Alhambra clover design repeatedly and in unique configurations as a signature. So it's not that Heidi is using the Alhambra clover design in her jewelry collection, it's that she's using it in exceedingly similar configurations as VCA as well as claiming it as a signature. C'mon now, as long as you're not blind, you know that she didn't pull this collection out of her ass. It's clear that she looked to VCA's Alhambra collection as a great source of "inspiration". She should really be ashamed of herself. Can anyone BE more unoriginal?
marlyrox marlyrox 9 years
i don't get it ...its a four leaf clover how many comapnies use the four leaf clover RIDICULOUS
oiseaux oiseaux 9 years
This article from the NY Times sheds some light on the issue: It's been a ubiquitous design in religious art and architecture that's not uniquely theirs to lay claim to and I don't think vc&a should have a monopoly on it even if they had introduced their version of it in the 60s especially since they did not originally conceive of the design and one does not automatically associate them with it to begin with. It is, however, very normal for corporations to send out cease & desist letters to everyone they can find and then try to duke it out in court. Stepping off my soapbox. :)
krystij krystij 9 years
Nevermind, I was thinking Mouawad
krystij krystij 9 years
Didn't Heidi have a deal with Van Cleef & Arpels a few years back?
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Wow. Several years ago, I was given a Brighton necklace that has Alhambra clovers as charms. I started wearing it again when I saw the photos of Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar wearing their VC&A necklaces. The look is very similar. I would think it would be hard for this suit to hold up in court. I would also think that VC&A and Heidi's markets are very different.
jen22 jen22 9 years
How long has her line of jewelry been out? And they are just suing now. I think its a little ridiculous. Plus there are no laws about stealing another person's design. I hope everything works out for her.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Uhm... the Alhambra clover is so called because... shocker, this one ... it's a common motif in the architecture of the Alhambra palace. (And a good deal of other Moorish architecture in Spain, but that's not the point...) There's no trademark on the Alhambra as far as I know - and certainly the design is very common throughout Andalusia, and I haven't heard of this company suing random Spanish companies...
lala788 lala788 9 years
i think they just want to get more publicity to their name, Heidi Klum's lawyers will end this really fast
stpattygirl stpattygirl 9 years
It's not just that they are both clover designs, they look exactly the same! And yeah, Heidi's is more affordable, but I would prefer to have the VC&A because it's heirloom jewelry, like Cartier or Tiffany's.
PartyBarbie PartyBarbie 9 years
It's a clover, the design is so simple.. how are you supposed to change something that basic? Does VC&A own the right to clovers? Ha.
poom poom 9 years
as a jewelry designer myself, i am very aware of similar designs, and i always wondered about this...
astello astello 9 years
i love that clover charm, simple but elegant. wonder who will come out on top of this one.
wrngco wrngco 9 years
She copied them Heidi pretends to know it all she's a fake I don't like her she's such a Paris Hilton
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
Yah...cuz clovers are so many ways are there to make a four leaf clover...come on now!
oiseaux oiseaux 9 years
i've seen that design elsewhere at least 2 years prior to to the launch of van cleef and arpels or klum's version and given a family member earrings and a necklace with that same motif so vc&a is not original in it's design either. it's shape also has symbolism beyond the four leaf clover that heidi mentions. it seems vc&a's intention is to garner more publicity for their line.
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 9 years
I'd rather buy Heidi's line...way more affordable anyway.
kerish kerish 9 years
Yep looks very much alike ....didnt she have someone advising her? 25 K!! please that is pocket money ...woneder how much they will be paying the Lawyer?
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
i saw the van cleef ad in some magazine. i thought it was heidi klum's higher end line.
loveforstacy loveforstacy 9 years
The four leaf clover is pretty generic...and seriously Van Cleef is getting more publicity than they ever could b/c of being attatched to Heidi's name. And like Bshax mentioned, 25k is not that much for a lawsuit. I've never ever heard of them in my life.
BShax BShax 9 years
Is that maybe a typo? $25,000? That seems like a paltry sum, and that Van Cleefs is doing this for the publicity only.
Neural Neural 9 years
I don't think $25K is anything for Klum & Co. to fuss about too much.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
They are very similar, but as someone stated above, it IS a pretty basic design...
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