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Designer: Whitney Port Jacked My Style

3/23/2010 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Whitney Port is not the driving force behind her own clothing line -- this according to the designer who claims she did most of the work ... but got a raw deal financially.

According to a lawsuit filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, "Whitney Eve" -- which is advertised as Whitney Port's clothing line -- is mostly the work of designer Adrienne Baravetto.

In the court documents, Baravetto claims she met with Whitney Port and her father in 2007 to create a clothing line for women called Eve & A.

According to the suit, Baravetto claims she never signed an official contract but there was an oral agreement between both parties -- and she was promised an $80,000 annual salary plus 25 percent of the company.

Once the line got positive media attention -- and was purchased by several high-end retailers like Fred Segal -- Baravetto claims Whitney and her dad changed the name to "Whitney Eve" and cut Baravetto out of the deal.

Baravetto wants everything she says she was promised, plus punitive damages.

UPDATE: According to Whitney's rep, Baravetto's lawsuit is "baseless and without merit."

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BS    

Rip off artists, she knows good and well they were partners and so does everyone in the area. The truth will come out, just wait.

1591 days ago
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alejandra    

I think history might point in the designer's favor: read "The former Teen Vogue intern and pal Adrienne Baravetto have co-designed a collection of sparkly party dresses" at http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2008/09/30/first-look-whitney-ports-new-clothing-line/. Eve & A had a web site http://www.eveanda.com/. Interesting!

1590 days ago
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b    

For anyone that even remotely dounts the validity of Adrienne's claim: take a moment and check out Whitney's current designs (www. whitneyeve.com) . Then look at Adrienne's designs for "Eve & A" Eve for Whitney Eve and A for Adrienne Baravetto (www.eveanda.com). Look familliar!!!????? Whitney's lawyers must be hillucinating when they say the claim is "without merit".

1589 days ago
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cathy    

If this story has a shred of truth, this poor girl should get what's coming to her. I really tire of "celebrities" coming up with clothing and perfume lines etc. where they supply their name and others do the work and get a pitance. http://newsy1.wordpress.com

1592 days ago
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me    

NOTHING in writing means she learned an expensive lesson.Dumb.

1592 days ago
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NicoleCheddar    

No contract, No deal. Its simple. Too Bad so sad.

1592 days ago
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KZ    

She's not the only one Whitney and Dad have ripped off! We got hit for $75,000 when Dad filed Bankruptcy so he could bankroll "Whitney Eve".

1592 days ago
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Jessica    

Oral agreements are as good as the paper they are written on.
Tough lesson.

1592 days ago
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jennjenn    

her designs suck anyways.

1592 days ago
10.

SL    

This girl has a clothing line WHY???

1592 days ago
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Arty Ziff    

I see we have a lot of Lawyers here, eh? No, actually verbal agreements can be enforced, and in this case should be.

1592 days ago
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EX    

I know both girls and the Port family and this girl is telling the truth. There were two girls Adrienne Baravetto being one of them that took Whitney's scribbles and babbles of ideas and turned them into designs...It is true that her Daddy did what Adrienne is claiming and not only to her but to many (if not every company) he did business with when he was running his own licensed clothing line.

1592 days ago

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