Designer Inspiration

L.A.M.B "Camden" Ankle Bootie vs. Bakers Shoes "Ruffles" Bootie

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Yup, I’m officially in shoe heaven. If I were to own a pair of these awesome Giambattista Valli platforms most likely I wouldn’t be able to walk in them, but who cares as long as they look so A-M-A-Z-I-N-G on your feet, right?

Giambattista Valli – Spring 2008 Footwear

Giambattista Valli Victoria Platforms - Spring 2008 Collection

The first time I saw these darlings they have been strutted down the runway of Giambattista Valli‘s Spring 2008 fashion show where they took my heart by surprise. They instantly rocketed to the top of my wishlist, but unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to grab a pair for myself since women across the world have been trying to get their hands on the “Victoria“-shoe which was named after former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham because she was the first to wear these lovely heels in a photoshoot for fashion magazine ELLE.

The year went by and the GV platforms with the killer 6″ heel faded as I was starting to have new shoe obsessions with the likes of Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen or Brian Atwood. Until yesterday when they accidentally crossed my eye again. And they returned with a BANG!

Celebrities & Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli "Victoria" Platform Heels as worn by many celebrities

As you can see, I’m not the only one lusting after this dramatic footwear. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Jessica Biel, Mary-Kate Olsen, Victoria Beckham and Nicole Scherzinger have been seen sporting the GV “Victoria” platforms to several events. My personal favorites are Jessica Biel‘s fire red pair and MK‘s white ones with the hot pink platform and heel. Gorgeous, aren’t they? Which ones do you like best?

Designer Inspiration – Giambattista Valli vs. Forever 21

Giambattista Valli vs. Forever 21 - Platform Heels

There is no such thing as an iconic shoe if it doesn’t get at least copied once by the mainstream shoe industry. And this is exactly what happened when Forever 21 launched their “Vero Neon Platform“-shoes. No question about them being blatant copies available in either black/pink or black/lime for as much as $22.80. But since I couldn’t get a pair of the Giambattistas I really start thinking about purchasing the copycats just for the fun of it. They probably won’t last long or spend any comfort (I think the architecture of the shoe makes it impossible even if the shoe was $600), but that’s not what I expect from a shoe that’s $20. Of course there are always exceptions. And since I’ve never bought footwear from Forever 21 before I guess I just might give it a go and find out myself.

Would you buy the GV knock-offs from Forever 21?

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Miu Miu vs. Cesare Paciotti – Sculpted Heel Pumps

by Profashionelle on September 1, 2008 · 1 comment

So this case of “designer inspiration” is quite interesting. It’s not your typical case of copycatting a la Steve Madden being once again “inspired” by famous designer shoes. This time it’s designer vs. designer. Miu Miu vs. Cesare Paciotti to be exact. Case of subject: the sculpted heel pumps I have first seen in the Miu Miu ad campaign with French singer Vanessa Paradis.

The colors may differ, but the shoe’s trademark – the sculpted heel and the platform are too similar to call it coincidence. So what do you think, who’s been the copycat here?

MIU MIU vs. Cesare Paciotti - Sculpted Heel Pumps

Who is the copycat?

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Dior’s Extreme Cutout Sandal – Copycat Versions

by Profashionelle on August 13, 2008 · 0 comments

I’m on a total shoe craze right now, that’s why I’m posting shoes the whole time. Today’s post is about Steve Madden stealingbeing inspired” by one of the big names in the fashion industry – Dior that is.

The Dior Extreme Cutout Sandals were Carrie’s favorite shoes in the Sex and the City movie and immediately sold out after millions of women (and men) watched them being worn by SJP various times throughout the movie. Everyone went crazy for the “It” shoe, me included.

I guess we do not need to discuss about the obvious similarity of Steve Madden’s MADALYNNls and Dior’s Gladiator Sandalsls.

Steve Madden inspired by Dior?

The Dior heels retail for a hefty price of $780 whereas the copycat version from Steve Madden only costs about 1/7 of the original, $109.95.

But we aren’t finished here. Just when I thought Steve Madden could NOT be more obviously copying other people’s work, I found another Steve Madden pair which is even more similar to the Dior heel than the “MADALYNN”. The shoe is called MADDIEE, comes in patent black as well as 3 other different colors/versions and also retails for $109.95. But take a look.

Dior vs. Steve Madden, Volume II

MADDIEE is almost a 1:1 copy of the original heel. I mean, Steve Madden is long known for creating knock-offs of well selling designer shoes, but this “designer inspiration” is more than blatant.

But wait, we’re still NOT finished. After doing some research I found even a third pair of Steve Madden shoes, MAXII which also are similar to the Dior heels, but not half as classy as the designer’s original.

Steve Madden Copycat Version, Volume III

Steve Madden “MAXII”, $99.95

Turns out Steve Madden isn’t the only one who took some inspiration from the Dior Gladiator Sandal. Here are some more Dior knock-offs.

1. Bakers “Candice”

Dior vs. Bakers

Bakers “Candice”, $64.99

2. ASOS Leather Heavy Gladiator Sandals

Dior vs. ASOS

ASOS Leather Heavy Gladiator Sandalsls, £55.00

3. Luichiny Women’s Mandy Sandal

Dior vs. Luichiny

Luichiny “Mandy” Sandalsamazon

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Question is – Would you buy a copycat version of a designer shoe you love? Even if it would mean you are supporting plagiarism? Not everyone is able or willing to fork out 800 bucks for a pair of shoes. It sure is quite tempting at least, isn’t it?

UPDATE: Found another Dior knock-off. Zunacci’s Extreme Gladiator Shoes. Look rather scary to me.

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When I was browsing MINT by Jodi Arnold’s website, I discovered an asymmetrical turquoise Grecian dress which instantly reminded me of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s lemon Grecian style dress made famous by Paris Hilton who wore the amazing dress to a taping of Letterman in January 2008.

Are the similarities between these two dresses too many to call it coincidence? The 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk pleated Grecian dress costs $795 and can be bought at NET-A-PORTER in yellow and black.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any details about the turquoise MINT by Jodi Arnold Summer 2008 dress or retailers who sell it, but from what I know the prices for MINT dresses are about $300-$500.

UPDATE: The turquoise asymmetric silk jersey dress by Jodi Arnold is now also available at NET-A-PORTER. Price: $365.

3.1 Phillip Lim Yellow Grecian Style Dress Spring 2008 RTW vs. MINT Jodi Arnold Turquoise Grecian Dress Summer 2008

Whose Grecian style dress is the original?

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