NEW YORK — The fashion world is airing some of its dirty linen — and who knows what else could come to light as the lawsuit filed by Carolina Herrera against Oscar de la Renta and designer Laura Kim proceeds through the court system.
A hearing date is set for Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in a Manhattan state court. The hearing is in connection with a preliminary injunction request to bar Kim from working for de la Renta until her six-month noncompete agreement runs out on April 8.
Intriguingly, according to a letter filed with the lawsuit from Herrera’s lawyer Holland & Knight, the noncompete agreement does not apply to any fashion company except Oscar de la Renta. Explaining it didn’t mind that Kim worked on her own brand, Monse, with her colleague Fernando Garcia, the lawyer’s letter added, “Moreover, Carolina Herrera has no objection to Ms. Kim working for any fashion house other than Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera’s direct competitor.”
The letter is the latest indication of the long-running rivalry between the two iconic American fashion houses. While Herrera’s business, which is owned by Puig, is substantially larger, its primary category is fragrance, while de la Renta’s business is centered on
Source: Women\\’s Wear Daily Fashion News