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Famed bridal designer and “Say Yes To The Dress” star Hayley Paige has officially been replaced at her own brand, Page Six has learned.
Late last year, Paige dramatically quit the line that she had built over the last decade after contract negotiations with its parent company, JLM Couture, turned sour.
In a tearful video announcing her exit, she claimed among other things that her bosses were cruelly threatening to prevent her from using her own name on future projects.
Now we’re told that her successor has been named. Products bearing the Hayley Paige name will now be designed by Francesca Pitera.
Pitera had previously been a designer for bridal behemoth Monique Lhuillier and before that she’d worked for JLM on its Jim Hjelm line.
Said an insider, “Francessca will now create all the dresses and products under the name Hailey Paige for the label. The announcement has just been made, and the orders are already coming in strong.”
“All the bridal shops are fielding a remarkably large amount of calls,” they added. “The flagship boutique in L.A. on Roberston Boulevard is booked all through June for appointments for fittings for the new Hailey Paige line.”
In a letter to its retailers — seen by Page Six — JLM wrote, “To begin this exciting new chapter, we will be launching an exclusive capsule collection of Hayley Paige bridal gowns designed by Francesca Pitera and her team in April.”
Pitera added in the letter, “It brings me such joy and renewed inspiration to return to JLM Couture where my career in bridal design began. The collection has a wonderful fashion legacy that I am eager to continue.”
It’s been a remarkably bitter battle between Paige and JLM, which produces Hailey Paige and a slew of other bridal lines.
After the contract dispute blew up last summer, JLM got a restraining order banning Paige from using her “personal” Instagram account, arguing that — even though Paige posted personal content on the feed — it was originally set up as a marketing account for the brand.
After a judge resoundingly refused to return the account to Paige, she filed a countersuit, claiming in court papers that JLM boss Joe Murphy had sexually harassed her so severely that she’d taken to carrying an X-Acto knife around the office in case she needed to protect herself.
Murphy denied her allegations in the strongest possible terms, calling the claims a “desperate attempt [by Paige] to influence public opinion after losing in court.”
Paige claims in the papers that “with full knowledge of the implicit threat of this behavior, Murphy would often summon Hayley to a crammed secluded back office, use his physically imposing nature to block the door, and engage in inappropriate and invasive personal conversations into Hayley’s romantic relationships, sex life and family life.”
The docs allege that these “meetings” put on such a severe toll on Paige’s mental well-being that she began carrying “a sharp object such as a seam ripper or exacto [sic] knife whenever summoned” to them “in case she needed to defend herself.”
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