Here’s Hoping Heidi Klum’s Jewelry Line Won’t Get QVC Sued
Second time’s the charm? German supermodel Heidi Klum is reprising her role as jewelry collaborator with QVC, and we’re betting both she and the home shopping channel have their fingers crossed (and their lawyers armed to the teeth) to avoid another big lawsuit.
Klum’s new collection, called Wildlife by Heidi Klum, is all costume jewelry made from pretty stones and metal fashioned to look like lace. But when she did a collection in 2006, it was fine jewelry made of sterling silver — and the pieces looked a enough like Van Cleef and Arpel’s best-selling Alhambra collection that the company sued. That suit was settled “with no admission of wrongdoing” in 2008, and Klum had to stop selling it by summer 2009.
This time around, tough, Klum has been a lot more careful. She told Women’s Wear Daily that she’s looking forward to being back in the jewelry game, especially considering a lot more people will be able to buy costume jewelry.
“All of the pieces are statement pieces. The only reason to wear costume jewelry is to wear something large — something you can’t do with real jewelry because it would be too expensive,” explained Klum, who added she takes design inspiration from her trips to flea markets and the many collectibles and knickknacks that fill her L.A. home.
Inspired by trips to flea markets? Just like the brooch in Iris Apfel‘s costume jewelry collection for HSN that almost got her sued? Uh oh. This famous lady made-for-TV costume jewelry line is starting to seem less and less like a good idea.
Take a look at Klum’s necklaces, rings and earrings (which retail from $30 to $200) below, and tell us if you see anything someone might want to take legal action over. The line will go on sale in September.