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.

Are you going to buy any of the Bebe knockoffs?

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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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Love. Love. Love – Zara Spring 2009 Collection

by Profashionelle on March 23, 2009 · 1 comment

Zara Spring 2009 Lookbook

A few days ago I found first shots of the Zara Spring 2009 Ad Campaign with Lara Stone and fell in love with it. Not only the campaign was great, but the clothes were stunning as well. There was clearly some heavy inspiration involved as a lot of the pieces were reminiscent of this year’s Spring 2009 collections (thanks to FC@Red Carpet Fashion Awards for pointing it out). Zara channelled this year’s fashion darlings like Balmain (the first 2 dresses), Alexander Wang (grey/white pants/top ensemble) and Stella McCartney (the nude oversized blazer as previously worn by Amber Valletta).

The shoes were Balmain-esque as well. Rumor says Zara had to remove all of the rhinestone studded sandals from the shelves because they were infringing on another fashion house’s copyright. The nude lace booties remind me of Ann Demeulemeester’s Spring 2009 .

I can’t wait to hit my Zara store this week, I’m probably going to buy the whole store empty. My favorites are the lilac draped dress, the LBD and the oversized blazer combo. And the Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs of course! Too cute.

Visit to see more Spring/Summer 2009 looks.

P.S.: I ♥ Lara Stone. She’s so damn gorgeous.

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Fashion Crimes Archive – Maggie Grace

by Profashionelle on March 23, 2009 · 0 comments

Maggie Grace - 5th Annual Motorola Anniversary 2003

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆

Horror comes upon me when I look at these pictures of Maggie Grace attending the 5th Annual Motorola Anniversary back in December 2003. This getup must be one of the worst red carpet looks I’ve ever seen.

Let’s start with the maroon ruched pants which shouldn’t ever have seen the light of day in the first place – too tight, too short. The gold plunge-neck draped top totally washes her out and why oh why did she add those grey tights which are peaking out from under her fugly pants? And those shoes! Black Mary Janes? Did she borrow them from her mom? Top it off with a grandma clutch and you’re a perfect hot mess. And don’t even get me started on the make-up.

I think it’s safe to assume that on this occasion Maggie decided to do her own styling and make-up which clearly wasn’t the best idea. I wonder if she hired a stylist afterwards because ever since this fashion fauxpas Maggie has usually been a thumbs up on the red carpet radar.

The Good Looks

Maggie Grace - Good Red Carpet Looks

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Reese Witherspoon wearing a Rodarte Fall 2009 mini dress

Rating: ★★★★½

I never saw Reese Witherspoon as a Rodarte girl, but here she is wearing a futuristic silver and green mini dress from their Fall 2009 collection looking absolutely stunning at the Monsters vs. Aliens LA Premiere. Reese completed her look with grey which had a yellow heel.

I would love to see more looks like this one on Reese and I’m happy she finally stepped out of her comfort zone to bring a bit of an edge to her wardrobe. Let’s hope this Rodarte dress wasn’t just a quick side-trip.

Rodarte Fall 2009

Rodarte Fall 2009 Silver Green Mini Dress

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Designer Spotlight – Laila Azhar

by Profashionelle on March 22, 2009 · 1 comment

I recently stumbled upon upcoming designer Laila Azhar whose designs I loved at first sight, so I thought I would share some of her beautiful creations with you.

Laila Azhar Spring 2009 Collection

Laila Azhar is carried at Shopbop, RevolveClothing and Barney’s.

Laila Azhar Bio

Born in Morocco, designer Laila first moved to the United States with her family at the age of five. Whilst earning her Bachelors degree in Biology, Laila was gratefully exposed to the fashion industry through modeling opportunities which served as a catalyst and driving force to create her own designs.

In 2002, Laila enrolled in Parsons School of Design to pursue her strong ambition of becoming a fashion designer. After graduating and working for two years as an Assistant Designer, Laila knew it was time to materialize her vision into reality.

Laila designs for the individualistic, independent metropolitan woman whose wardrobe is an extension of her confidence, originality and sophistication. Her personal style reflects the pure elegance of simplicity with a taste for uniquely sculpted silhouettes that thrive on understatement. Rather than chasing trends, Laila designs beautiful, sexy clothes that are practical yet romantic, uninvolved yet constructive, and timeless yet modern.

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