On Wednesday, TMZ broke the news that New Balance is suing the iconic Chanel creative director over a trainer in his namesake line that resembles the sportswear brand's 574s and other initial-marked styles. As the report goes, it's the K, as in Karl, that's landing Lagerfeld in hot water. It doesn't take more than a simple side-by-side comparison to see that the designs' Ns and Ks could pass for letters within the same, block-like font family — a similarity SheFinds pointed out in April. However, whether or not Karl's $360 leather-and-mesh sneaker is replicated entirely from the lower-priced NB aesthetic is up for serious debate.
In an official statement, as Fashionista reports, New Balance says it has "filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld to protect our intellectual property rights related to our iconic Lifestyle footwear designs." As very little information has been released at this time, we'll keep a close eye on whether this high-fashion design can exist alongside a classic in the athletic-wear world — or if you'll be seeing the Kaiser in court. (TMZ)