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When Project Runway alum Christian "Hot tranny mess" Siriano teamed up with Payless in 2008, it looked like the first in a line of designer collabs that would turn Payless into the shoe version of Target or H&M. However, it now sounds like the deal may not have been completely aboveboard.
Designer Management Company (DMA), who represents Siriano, is now suing the designer claiming that they never got their commission for negotiating his agreement.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, DMA's suit claims that they are owed $53,000. Apparently Siriano changed his deal with Payless last year and made it so that the company paid him directly, and DMA alleges they haven't seen any money since then. They are also asking for "a full accounting" of all the financial records related to the Siriano/Payless collaboration.
Siriano is no stranger to collabs: he also did clothes for Spiegel and even designed glam sponges for O-Cel-O. There's no word on whether any of Siriano's other deals will be relevant for this suit.
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