Retailer sues Wal-Mart over fashion designs

With a splashy fashion show and an advertising spread in September’s Vogue magazine, Wal-Mart lately is trumpeting its desire to be a contender for space in the closets of America’s style mavens.

But the company’s efforts to reposition itself as a purveyor of hip threads – ground it once ceded to rival Target – has attracted some negative attention, in the form of a lawsuit from the retail chain Anthropologie.

In a complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Anthropologie and its parent company, Urban Outfitters, allege that Wal-Mart copied fabrics designed by Anthropologie.

Wal-Mart is reviewing the case.