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Will "Runway" Judge "Resort" to Anything?

1/27/2009 5:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael KorsMichael Kors will resort to stealing from the dead -- according to a new lawsuit.

TMZ has obtained a Federal lawsuit filed Monday by a famous designer's company, claiming the "Project Runway" judge brazenly ripped off designs for a clothing line.

Here's what's interesting -- the company was owned by acclaimed designer Tony Duquette, who died in 1999. According to the suit, last year Kors unveiled his Resort Collection, which allegedly is a direct rip on Duquette's work. Even worse, the suit claims Kors had the audacity to refer to the Collection publicly as the "Duquette Collection."

The suit seeks all sorts of damages from Kors.

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Dollar Store Diva    

I seem to remember there was a problem with him doing this to one of the contestants. I haven't seen any clothes of his that I could say "Oh, That's Michael Kors". What is he going to do next design a Stainless Steel Stiletto? How about Lucite Heels? He can walk the beach with Shauna Sand.

2064 days ago
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Gia    

Kors also uses fur in his line. Boycott!

2064 days ago
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Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

All the Kors designs I've seen in stores are butt-ugly, both mens and womens, except for some gloves that have shown up at TJ Maxx, which are both grossly overpriced and look more like Lauren. Hmm. Wonder who else is getting the "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" treatment?

2064 days ago
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Alan    

My Boyfriend used to work at the MK warehouse in beautiful Compton, CA. He also told me that Gucci had won a lawsuit against MK when he used the classic Gucci Blue and Red Stripe in several of his designed. Inspired or not, he had to destroy truckloads of these fashions. It was kept on the DL. BTW, the working conditions at the compton warehouse were appauling. They used to make the warehouse workers huddle under a broken down tent in the rain outside the warehouse until management showed up in the morning to unlock the warehouse. Apparently, he's paranoid about his employees ripping him off. Takes one to know one...

2064 days ago

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