Project Runway host, Heidi Klum has been accused of some dastardly designing.
Luxury jewelers, Van Cleef & Arpels, are suing the German supdermodel for copyright infringement and unfair competition. The jewelry company filed suit in a Manhattan court accusing 34-year-old Klum of ripping off their jewelry designs for her own jewelry line.
Several years ago, Klum joined forces with Mouward USA, a jewelry company founded by diamond tycoon Pascal Mouaward and launched a signature range of jewelry based on a clover design.
Van Cleef & Arpels allege that pieces in Klum’s collection are too similar to their own Alhambra line.
“Defendants have appropriated this design and incorporated it into their jewelry line, attempting to appropriate the goodwill built up by Van Cleef & Arpels to create their own ‘symbol,'” the complaint states.
Van Cleef & Arpels is only seeking more than $75,000 in damages, not much more than the $61,200 their vintage diamond clover necklaces cost.
In an earlier statement given to People, Moua wad noted that ‘shapes like clovers, hearts, crosses, etc, are universal symbols and are commonly used in jewelry.’ ‘Heidi has been wearing her pieces on Project Runway and we’ve seen them become quite popular.’