Adidas Loses Latest Round in Patent Suit Against Skeckers

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Adidas has been handed an unfavorable ruling in the patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Skechers, alleging that its fellow footwear brandwillfully infringed two patents related to adidas' Springblade design – a four-year-old design whose midsole includes blades are meant to help propel runners forward – with its similar "Mega Flex" shoe.

In refusing to grant adidas’ request for a preliminary injunction this week, Judge Michael Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, a federal court in Portland, held that Skechers did not willfully infringe adidas’ patents with its own "Mega Blade" design and that it is not facing harm that gives rise to the need for such a remedy.

According to Judge Simon, "Adidas's evidence of irreparable injury is too conclusory and speculative," and the company "fails to make a persuasive showing that the Mega Blade shoe has had an appreciable adverse effect on the Springblade shoe.”

Additionally, Judge Simon “put the case on hold so the U.S. Patent and Trial Appeals Board ("PTAB")  could consider related issues,” per Reuters. Currently pending before the PTAB are two Inter Partes Review proceedings, in which Skechers is challenging the validity of patent claims of two existing adidas patents for the Springblade design based on existing patents and printed publications. 

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SHOE GAZING: SELF-PORTRAIT & ROBERT CLERGERIE’S BOLD SANDALS

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These heels feature silver-tone hardware touched with grosgrain bows for a pretty touch.

After an earlier collaboration, London-based label Self-Portrait and shoe brand Robert Clergerie teamed up once again for a capsule collection. Available exclusively at Matches Fashion, the range includes the ‘Leyla’ sandal. Perfect for a nighttime affair, the suede style features a silver-tone block heel with buckled straps and studs. The ‘Leyla’ comes in five different color choices ranging from dusky pink to jet black. Priced at $675


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A metal block heel brings some edge to this modern sandal. This shoe is perfect for an evening event.Self-Portrait x Robert Clergerie Leyla Suede Sandals in Red $675Self-Portrait x Robert Clergerie Leyla Suede Sandals in Red $675
A wine-red suede sandal will instantly bring your outfit to the next level.Self-Portrait x Robert Clergerie Leyla Suede Sandals in Midnight Blue $675Self-Portrait x Robert Clergerie Leyla Suede Sandals in Midnight Blue $675
Get ready to own the night in these strappy sandals embellished with silver-toned buckles and grosgrain bows.

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5 SPRING FASHION ACCESSORY MUST-HAVES

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Photo: Free People
Photo: Free People

Spring is such a fun and flirty season, holding so much promise for long days of lounging ahead. It’s also a time that many of us take stock of what’s in our closet. If you’re finding yourself a little underwhelmed and simultaneously underpaid, accessories are the way to change up your wardrobe. A simple scarf or statement necklace can take a tee and jeans from ordinary to extraordinary, and all without breaking the bank. If you’ve followed the style simplicity of Jennifer Aniston, you know this to be true. Not a fashion maven? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back (and front). Read on for spring fashion accessory must-haves. Even your closest friends will think you somehow hit the jackpot (and you kind of have).


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Photo: Urban Outfitters

1. JEWELRY, AND LOTS OF IT

Sure, those dainty pieces you have in your jewelry box are still wearable but if you’re feeling a bit more—say—rebellious, go for a good amount of statement jewelry. We’re talking the heirloom-type jewelry you used to play with in your grandmother’s jewelry chest. As this article on Elle notes, less is not more, so try wearing a ring on every finger, or wear one piece of the heirloom earrings up high on your ear. Be daring! Of course, our favorite jewelry staple is a bangin’ set of bangles. Mix and match them for a look that’s eclectic and shows off your confident sense of style.

2. A BOMB BAG (NO, NOT LITERALLY)

Much like with jewelry, the bags that are oh-so-in-style right now are loud and proud. We’re talking bright colors, intriguing shapes, and even purses with cheeky statements on them. No withering wallflowers here. Giant cinch bags are also au currant, so those who like to pack a lot in their purse will be over the moon for these. Giant handles are also in style, which is just another way to let your bag do the talking. Take a simple outfit and dress it up with a super fun bag and you’re set for everything from a day in the city to a night on the town.

3. SUMMERY FRILLS

With summer on the horizon, you want to make sure you have stylish accessories to take to the beach. From a stunning round beach towel by Slippa to a killer pair of Jackie O shades, you won’t let the rays steal your sunshine. Of course, you want to make sure you have a stunning swimsuit to boot; as it’s possible this will be all you wear on the weekends!

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Photo: H&M

4. SANDALS, SANDALS, AND MORE SANDALS

Spring is all about the open-toed shoes. Those tootsies haven’t seen the light of day for some time, so make sure you get a pedi! And if you’re wondering what’s in style this spring, you guessed it—more is more. More color. More designs. More fluff! Yes, there is a lot of POOF on the sandals this spring, which again means you don’t have to go crazy for your ensemble, as your shoes will be make the statement for you.

5. HATS AND SCARVES FTW

Is there anything better than the perfect hat? Not only do they protect our skin but they also look great and squash even the mere thought of a bad hair day. From wide-brimmed summery hats and Fedoras to cowboy hats and bedazzled ball caps, anything—and we mean anything—goes this spring. We’re not sure why everything is trending towards loud this season but we’re not complaining, as it’s anything but boring.

Scarves worn on the head are also making a comeback. Doesn’t this just make you picture a scene from a 1950s movie with the main female actress holding on tightly as the scarf nearly blows off in the heavy wind coming at her in the glamorous convertible? No? Just us? Carry on then. Either way, though, a spring scarf is a must. Wear it on your neck or atop your head to take your outfit up a style notch.

A stylish ensemble that makes us feel comfortable and confident is fantastic but it’s the accessories that tend to steal the show. Choose anything from this list and let the “oohs” and “ahhhs” over your look roll in.

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J’ADIOR RIBBON BALLERINA

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J'Adior-Ribbon-Ballerina

Be smitten and be swept off your feet with these J’Adior Ribbon Ballerina’s from Dior. Perfect for everyday use, these Ribbon Ballerina are too pretty not to be featured and talked about! After all, J’Adior in French translates to ‘I Love’.

Introduced during Dior’s Summer 2017 fashion show, these slingback ballerina J’Adior embroidered ribbon are perfect summer accessories. Why is that so? You can easily pair, mix and match them over your favorite LWD (Little White Dress), jeans and shirt combo, or even over your favorite summer romper for an added sense of femininity!

What we particularly love about these sandals is the fact that it comes in comfy slingback. We also love the way the J’Adior embroidered ribbon and the flat bow on the side added a touch of flirty panache.

It features the leather sole with star accessory, one of Christian Dior’s favorite symbols. There are two versions; either choose the canvas or the patent calfskin leather. Lastly, it also boasts of a 1 cm heel, which gives you ease and comfort while walking. Priced at €650 euro, £580 GBP, ₩990,000 WON via Dior boutiques.

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GUCCI BAMBOO CHERRY PUMPS

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Cherries on your pumps? Yes please! But there is more going on than that…

The Gucci Bamboo Cherry Pumps are crafted with the House’s iconic bamboo on the heels – such a fabulous addition can only be made by this Italian designer brand. The defining feature is on the toe, which is embellished with two three-dimensional cherries with encrusted crystals (Shine on!).

While the shape of the pumps are beautiful and the shoes itself comfortable, a heart motif can be found at the insole, sewn directly into the leather.

It’s never wrong to invest in shoes and especially timeless-pairs. So get these, available in two different color; black and light blue, priced at $1100 USD, €890 euro, £725 GBP via Gucci boutiques.

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3 Must Buy Spring Shoes

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Ladies, spring is here, so it’s time we sat down for a chat… about shoes. 

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the best way to update a wardrobe is with a fresh pair of shoes – or three – and the good news is, there are trends for every fashion taste. From Alexander Wang sneakers to cowboy-style booties from Acne Studios and decorated heels from Gucci. Then there’s chunky flatforms, tie-up ballet flats (tie-up everything, really). When we’re talking colours, block primaries give way to mixed metal hues and pretty patterns. 
 
Sounds daunting, but we’ve done the research for you and we’ve narrowed the season down to these three, must-have styles to take you through spring:
 
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