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Budget Fashion – Floral Dresses for Spring

by Profashionelle on April 10, 2009 · 1 comment

As promised a few days ago, here are my top picks for floral dresses that are just as cute as their upscale counterparts but won’t break the bank. Hope you like them!

Floral Dresses for Spring - Charlotte Russe, Tahari by ASL, Forever 21, Express, Spiegel

  1. SULTRY: Charlotte Russe Rose Strapless Dress, $32.99
  2. SOPHISTICATED: Tahari by ASL Printed Chiffon Dressicon, $168
  3. CUTE: Forever 21 Rose Garden Dress, $24.80
  4. RELAXED: Express Maxi Halter Dress, $88
  5. CLASSIC: Spiegel Floral-Print Slipdressls, $99
  6. GLAMOUR: Forever 21 Summer Night Maxi Dress, $27.80

Click here to see my pricier picks.

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Trends – Floral Dresses for Spring!

by Profashionelle on April 8, 2009 · 2 comments

It’s officially spring and I am so glad seeing all the heavy knits, grey coats, scarves and boots go to closet neverland until next winter. Time for some floral action again. Flowers are now popping up everywhere, so why not bring some of them on your apparel? Floral dresses are a welcome change and very much on trend every spring, hence you can’t go wrong by investing in one. You’ll sure get a lot of wear out of it – if you’re not afraid of prints, of course. Plus, florals have proved a recipe for happy, joyful days. Now go get yours.

Floral Dresses for Spring

  1. ROMANTIC: Jill Stuart Madison Dress, $498
  2. GIRLY: Paul & Joe Delicate Floral Dress, $700
  3. BOHO: Daughters of the Revolution Butterfly Long Dress, $253
  4. SUBTLE: Elie Tahari Vallory Long Dress, $498
  5. SEXY: Nanette Lepore Coming Up Rose Strapless Dress, $375
  6. ELEGANT: Zimmermann Honey Rider Long Strapless Silk Dress, $598
  7. PLAYFUL: Brian Reyes Spaghetti Strap Gathered Dress, $995
  8. BEACHY: Alice + Olivia Thick Halter Samba Dress, $548

Expect a more budget-friendly edition in the next few days!

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Bebe Balmain Knockoffs Finally Available!

by Profashionelle on March 28, 2009 · 10 comments

I recently wrote about Bebe’s Spring 2009 collection which is basically a pool full of knockoffs. The “Marianna” sandal which is a knockoff of the famous Balmain studded sandals from their Spring 2009 collection wasn’t available at the time I wrote about it, but now it FINALLY is. So without further ado…

Bebe Marianna Studded Platform Sandals


($169, bebe.com)

Check out InTheirCloset.com for more Balmain sandal knockoffs!

UPDATE: Just wanted to let you know that Bebe is currently selling their Balmain knockoff sandals in gold ($169). Be quick to place your order, I’m sure they will sell like crazy.

Jeffrey Campbell THE MEL Studded Sandal

UPDATE #2: Since Bebe’s knockoffs seem to be permanently sold out, I thought you might be interested in Jeffrey Campbell’s Balmain knockoffs instead. Solestruck has restocked them for a short time only, so you better be fast and order now.

All UK and European based fashionistas can grab a pair of the Jeffrey Campbell rhinestone sandals at Bunnyhug who are selling them in either black or beige for £150. But you better hurry, there are only limited sizes left.

Jeffrey Campbell THE MEL Studded Sandals (Balmain knockoffs)


($164.95, Solestruck.com)

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Look of the Day – Cutting the Edge

by Profashionelle on March 27, 2009 · 0 comments

Alexander McQueen leggings, Kain tank top, Halston clutch, McQ jacket, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, Landver earrings

Go Shopping:

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Bebe Spring 2009 Copying Like Crazy

by Profashionelle on March 24, 2009 · 2 comments

Today seems to be copycat day. First we had designer knockoffs and now I stumble upon with LOADS of “inspired by“-pieces from big names like Balmain (of course!), Louis Vuitton (sure!), Stella McCartney (again!), Alexander Wang (yeah!), Valentino (always!) and Christian Louboutin (not one to forget!). And these are just the ones I spotted. Who knows how many are left unidentified.

Let’s start with the Miami Vice look. I instantly thought of Alexander Wang’s Spring 2009 blazer/shorts combo when I saw the pink blazer, then my eyes went down to the shoes which are an almost identical version of Stella McCartney’s Spring 2009 mesh heels. And finally a bag k/o which looks very much like the Valentino sequin satin glamorous tote recently seen on Victoria Beckham and Fergie.

Bebe rips off Alexander Wang blazer, Stella McCartney shoes & Valentino bag

vs. Bebe vs. Valentino &

Balmain Spring 2009

Balmain gets copied A LOT these days ever since Decarnin took the lead design for the French fashion house. Not only did Bebe rip off the famous studded and rhinestoned sandals (also copied by Zara and ,) but they borrowed some of the dress styles, too.

Bebe knockoffs of Balmain crystal studded stiletto heel and mini dresses

vs. Bebe vs. Balmain Spring 2009

Balmain Spring 2009 vs. Bebe Spring 2009 Strapless Dress Knockoff

Balmain Spring 2009 vs. Bebe vs. Balmain Spring 2009

Louis Vuitton Spring 2009

Bebe has taken a lot of inspiration from Louis Vuitton’s African Safari collection (Spring 2009) as well. There are no 100% matches, but the look and feel of the Bebe items are very Louis Vuitton-ish. The standout LV heels have made quite a statement in the fashion world as a lot of celebrities rocked them recently, so Bebe did their best to deliver “low”-cost fashion to the masses I guess.

Bebe Spring 2009 vs. Louis Vuitton Spring 2009 knockoffs

vs. Bebe Spring 2009

Christian Louboutin

These badass Louboutins are a must-have shoe this season. Celebrities like Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez have been wearing this style and helped propel this shoe to super stardom. Of course, Bebe did not want to miss out on this shoe obsession, so they created the “Delaney” sandal, a watered-down version of the buckled Louboutin.

Bebe Delaney Sandal vs. Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandals

Bebe Delaney Sandal ($159) vs. ($1.495)

So, what do you think? Do you like the Bebe knockoffs or do you prefer the real thing? Let me know.

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Most of the items haven’t hit the shelves yet, but expect them to be up for sale in a few days and I’m pretty sure the knockoffs, especially the Balmain-esque rhinestone stilettos will be sold out fast. I will let you guys know when these are available online, so if you haven’t subscribed via E-Mail yet, now is the time to do so.

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