The woman who co-founded Jimmy Choo just scored a legal victory against her famous interior designer, claiming he charged her around $2 MILLION for work that "would not be acceptable in a college frat house."
Tamara Mellon's designer lawsuit against Martyn Lawrence Bullard -- who appeared on Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" -- will NOT be dismissed ... so ruled an L.A. judge on Wednesday.
Mellon claims Bullard is a media whore who flaunts his A-list clientele -- including Christina Aguilera, Cher, Aaron Sorkin and Eva Mendes -- and then grossly overcharges and delivers a shoddy product.
Mellon hired Bullard to decorate her swanky NYC apartment and her Hamptons home. She says when he was done, bookshelves were falling apart, a wall speaker was painted over, wallpaper was peeling off walls, the chandelier was dangling like a death trap, and on and on.
To make matters worse, she claims he was grossly over budget for the Hamptons house and when she complained he said, "I cannot possibly work on a limited budget."
Mellon says in her lawsuit -- filed by Eric George -- Bullard had the audacity to charge $35,000 for 8 chairs that he bought from a mall chain store.
And get this ... she says he misjudged the size of a piece of marble he ordered for her NYC apartment, so it had to be lifted by crane. She says he not only charged her to foot the bill for the crane fee, he added a 67% fee for himself.
They appeared together -- huggy huggy and kissy kissy -- back in 2011 on Bullard's Bravo show, "Million Dollar Decorators."
HITS BACK AT FASHION HATERS
... Over Green ESPY Jacket
7/17/2014 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
They called him the "Jolly Green Giant" ... "Gumby" ... and "Walking Pool Table Material" ... but Kevin Durant had a message for everyone who hated on his ESPY fashion last night ... and TMZ Sports has the video.The NBA MVP had swapped out his green jacket for a more casual look when he hit up 1Oak in Hollywood after the awards show -- and told us how he felt about the hate that was directed his way on social media.
The man makes a solid point -- but still, he did sorta look like his outfit was designed by Will Ferrell from "Elf."
Screw You, Protesters
My Furs Are Older than Me
7/2/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers lashed out at animal rights protesters at her book signing Tuesday ... insisting she's exposing the dead animals on her back to culture.
Joan was at Barnes and Noble in Times Square hawking her new book, "Diary of a Mad Diva" ... when someone from the animal rights org asked her why she insisted on wearing fur.
Joan seems stumped at first ... then lashes out.
And then the twist ... Joan seems to say she's not in the market for buying new furs, but she's not opposed to wearing the old ones.
Joan tells the crowd the furs have 2 options ... her basement or The Met.
at Fashion School
6/23/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West won't be picking up trash on the side of the road any time soon ... because we've learned he's kicking off his community service in fashionable form -- teaching at a fashion school.
Yeezy hit up the L.A. Trade Technical College Monday in his paparazzi beatdown criminal case to speak with students about his personal experiences in the fashion biz ... and hopefully about leather jogging pants as well.
We're told this is Kanye's 3rd visit to LATTC in the last 6 weeks (see pic above) ... which specializes in designing apparel. Today's lesson was all about designers and it lasted 3 hours.
In case you don't remember -- Kanye cut a plea deal back in March -- avoiding jail by agreeing to 24 months informal probation and 250 hours community service.
We're told Kanye has been chipping away at his hours by speaking at multiple colleges.
Still -- not a bad way to knock out community service ... and avoid wearing that unflattering orange vest ... it's so last season.
I Smell Victory
In Perfume Lawsuit
6/19/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Snooki just regained a cents of smell ... because a rival company has been ordered to stop peddling a knock-off version of her signature perfume, "Snooki."
A judge ruled Excell Brands cannot use Snooki's face or likeness to sell their "Snazzy" fragrance, according to court docs obtained by TMZ. Her real name -- Nicole Polizzi -- is also off limits now for marketing and packaging.
We broke the story ... Snooki sued for $2.4 million over the company describing the fragrance as "our version of Snooki by Nicole Polizzi."
The judge has yet to decide how much cash Snooks will get -- but the smell is all hers.
Brad Pitt Attacker
Ignore My Maracas ...
Community Service Is No Joke!
6/13/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who's doing time for attacking Brad Pitt claims to be taking his sentence very seriously -- despite the fact he was spotted shaking maracas in the middle of his punishment.
We spotted Vitalii Sediuk leaving an L.A. grocery store and asked him about the video (below) of him joining a drum circle the other day ... while he was supposed to be doing his 20 hours of community service for the the red carpet incident.
Believe it or not ... Vitalii has an explanation that makes sense, and assures us he's serious about the "experience" of picking up trash and cleaning public toilets.
As for Brad Pitt's face being on his chest -- there's no good excuse for that.
6/11/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suing Karl Lagerfeld ...
For Being Sneaky
6/3/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Balance is waging a sneaker war against one of the most iconic names in high fashion ... claiming Karl Lagerfeld ripped off its trademark sneaker for his new shoes.
According to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- New Balance claims Lagerfeld is using a block capital letter "K" on an otherwise identical shoe design. NB claims this creates confusion.
New Balance wants to stop Karl in his tracks.
6/2/2014 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Serena Williams is the only -- repeat ONLY -- woman alive who could pull off crashing a beach wedding while wearing a leopard print one-piece swimsuit.
Williams was in Miami this weekend when she stumbled upon a beach wedding ... and jumped right in. She posed for a few pics with the bride and groom ... all while yelling out "Wedding crasher!"
Clearly Williams is already over getting bounced in the second round of the French Open.
Ain't Got No Time
For My Own Watch Deposition
6/2/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Halle Berry had time to call her lawyer, and time to file a lawsuit -- but she is fresh outta time to sit down for a deposition in HER case against a watch company ... because her vacay is calling!
According to docs filed in the case, ToyWatch -- which Berry is suing for selling watches with her name on them without permission -- claims Halle is blowing off its request to take her depo.
The watch company claims Berry first told them she would do it in May, but then backed out ... citing her busy work schedule, and a fabulous vacation she'd planned.
Halle's travel agent and lawyer need to get on the same calendar -- remember, she filed this $2 million suit. Halle is agreeing to sit for the depo in July, but ToyWatch says that's cutting it too close to the start of trial ... and would put its lawyers at a disadvantage.
FYI -- the location of Halle's fabulous getaway is not revealed in the docs, but go ahead and assume it's better than wherever you're going this summer.
and a Boy Club
5/27/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber and his abs hung out with billionaire Sir Philip Green aboard his yacht in Monaco this weekend ... appearing quite chummy.
It's a funny pairing -- Green made his fortune off clothing (Topshop) ... and JB rarely wears any.
While Justin's been showing off his street cred by hanging out with various rappers, there's still nothing cooler than a BILLION DOLLARS.
Fabulous Nose Pickers Welcome
5/25/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Only one guest at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding truly touched the couple -- with a booger finger -- and still got the nod.
We were shocked to see this pic of ex-Vogue honcho Andre Leon Talley (sweet cape) leaving Florence with all of Kimye's other wedding guests Sunday morning ... considering his nose pick faux pas with K & K at the Met Gala a few weeks ago.
Ya can't say Kim holds a grudge -- and we ain't sayin' Andre's a golddigger, but ...
Dressed to ...
What's the Opposite of Impress?
5/22/2014 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber strolled into a fancy formal party in Cannes ... but he was dressed for a backyard barbecue on the Florida panhandle.
Bieber was a guest at Roberto Cavalli's (see below) annual Cannes yacht party, where everyone was dressed for a high-end evening ... except for the Biebs.
While John Travolta showed up in a tux, Bieber opted for a denim vest with a jersey, a pair of baggy shorts, super casual slippers, and no socks.
On a positive note ... he was wearing a shirt.
On a different note -- Justin offered this review of his outfit ... "I know I look fly but s***."