Zooey Deschanel may be one of the most likeable actresses on the silver screen, but the indie darling has made a fashion nemesis in shoe giant Steve Madden.
reports that Deschanel filed a lawsuit against Madden, alleging that the retailer promised her upwards of $1.5 million for a planned line of Zooey branded shoes and accessories. In addition to financial restitution, Deschanel claims that the agreement with Madden prevented her from making other financially beneficial partnerships. However, she was tapped by Coty Inc.’s Rimmel cosmetics in March, for which she serves as a brand ambassador saying, “I want to be associated with products that are accessible for everyone.” And despite the fact that Madden was called “a mentor and a man of your word” by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen after their past partnerships–he designed their contemporary Elizabeth and James line as well as the moderately priced Olsenboye collection–it looks like his battle with Deschanel is a classic case of he said, shoe said! –Justine Harman