Whitney, who started out as a reluctant, “I’m-just-an-intern” co-star on The Hills before moving to New York, “working” for Diane von Furstenburg and getting her own show, The City, started her line Witney Eve in 2007 and surprise! She doesn’t actually design each and every piece.
Or at least that’s what Adrienne Baravetto, a former member of her design team, claims. Baravetto’s even more upset that her verbal agreement with Whitney hasn’t been honored, the one in which she was promised $80,000 annually and 25% of the company.
Of course Whitney’s rep says the claims are “baseless.”
On the one hand, no one suspects that Whitney’s the creative genius behind the line. On the other, one probably shouldn’t agree to design an entire collection under another, more famous person’s name, with nothing but a verbal agreement.
Whatever happens, a lawsuit’s enough to land The City one more season.