It was going to be terrific, a contemporary sportswear line named RetroActive. The Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton decided to team up with fashion stylist Clare Byrne. The two were going to create a fun sportswear collection together. But now everything has gone awry, and Byrne is suing Heatherton for $10M.
The project simply never got launched. In documents, Byrne states that in June 2015, she was working for Victoria’s Secret model Heatherton. While helping to dress Heatherton for special events and programs, the pair chose to team up and named their designer clothing line RetroActive.
Heatherton is best known for being Victoria’s Secret model. She has been modeling since the age of 17 and moved from Illinois to New York City to pursue her dream of a modeling career.
As a model, she has worked for many well-known designers including Chanel, Prada, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana.
Heatherton has been on the cover of magazines as well as done runway shows. Her very first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was in 2008. But in 2010 Heatherton became an official Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Byrne states that during this time, Heatherton paid a discounted rate for any of her fashion stylist services. They agreed that the fashion stylist would be paid a 40% equity in the company.
Heatherton agreed that if they did not stick to the original plan of creating a company, that she would pay the stylist her initial rate and also would cover all of the costs.
Allegedly, Erin Heatherton wore some of the RetroActive prototype clothing items to do a promo video for Zoolander 2. She also wore them to a New York Mets game when she threw the first pitch. Byrne was under the impression from these actions that the two were moving ahead with the project.
Now Byrne is suing for her full stylist rate, for the services that she provided Heatherton and including expenses which she incurred. Heatherton has not made an official statement regarding the lawsuit.