TO BE OR NOT TO BE: Deschanel and Madden Go Head to Head.
We’ve seemingly found the answer to Shakespeare’s age-old question, and sadly the answer is “not to be.”
Actress and oft-called ‘It’ girl, Zooey Deschanel rumored shoe and accessory line for Steve Madden seems to now be kaputt – and it’s getting ugly – in the form of a lawsuit filed by Ms. Deschanel and her agents at CAA this week in Los Angeles.
Ms. Deschanel is suing Steve Madden for the cool $2 million dollars she was promised as payment for a collaborative line with Madden called “Zooey’s Shoes and Accessories”. The payment was promised via a binding oral agreement regardless of whether or not the items were actually produced and would include photo shoots for the lines advertisement as well as press appearances. The agreement, according to court documents, also kept the actress from entering into any similar contracts, and with 2009 and 2010′s run of Deschanel successes, including her musical collaboration She & Him and the indie-darling (500) Days of Summer, that could have been a costly misstep.
Noted for her hipster-cute fashion sense, we can only guess that Ms. Deschanel’s input would have created a stylishly sensational shoe line, but sadly those dreams are not to be – at least for now.