July 2009

Kim Kardashian‘s style transformation is nothing short of amazing. I remember the times (circa 2007) when Kim would refuse to wear anything else than a body-con Hervé Léger dress on the red carpet and Juicy Couture sweatpants when out in public. A lot has changed since then and I’m glad it changed for the better. Today’s Kim prefers sophisticated dresses and isn’t afraid of taking risks with edgy pieces like a structured Balmain blazer. Kim attended the LA premiere of Orphan yesterday looking fabulous in a white Proenza Schouler bustier dress. She accessorized her ensemble with a YSL cage belt and the infamous YSL Trib Two pumps. A black Christian Louboutin satin clutch completed Kim’s elegant red carpet look.

Kim Kardashian wearing a Proenza Schouler pencil dress, Yves Saint Laurent belt and shoes and a black Christian Louboutin satin clutch

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Kim Kardashian
Where? “Orphan” premiere, Los Angeles
When? July 21, 2009
What? Proenza Schouler dress, YSL belt & pumps, Christian Louboutin clutch

Proenza Schouler T-shirt Bustier Dress

Proenza Schouler T-shirt Bustier Pencil Dress in black and white

Proenza Schouler T-shirt Bustier Dressls
($1.690, Net-A-Porter)

Yves Saint Laurent Cage Belt

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Cage Belt in black (YSL)

Yves Saint Laurent Cage Beltls
($489.90, Barneys)

Christian Louboutin Sculptural Satin Clutch

Christian Louboutin Triangolo Satin Clutch in black

Christian Louboutin Sculptural Satin Clutchls
($795, Neiman Marcus)

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Every woman should have at least one pair of strappy stiletto sandals in every basic color (like black, white, red, nude) because a strappy sandal makes a woman’s feet look instantly sexy. It sure isn’t easy walking around in high stiletto heels without looking like a squint-eyed, drunk stork, but once you have the hang of it, you’ll agree that it very well is worth the effort and pain. The Jimmy Choo sandals below would be a great investment if you are looking for high quality shoes.

Jimmy Choo Atlas Strappy Sandals

Jimmy Choo Atlas Strappy Sandalsls
($750, Net-A-Porter)

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Minnillo and Lake Bell wearing petrol patent Jimmy Choo Atlas Strappy Sandals

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Steve Madden “SELLENA” Strappy Sandals

Steve Madden‘s Jimmy Choo Atlas interpretation is my favorite in terms of price & look. The strappy sandals come very close to the original Choos not only in shape, but also color. If you want a rather classic color, you can purchase them in black as well.

Steve Madden Sellena Strappy Sandals in taupe (Jimmy Choo Atlas knockoffs)

Steve Madden SELLENA Strappy Sandalsamazon
($77, Amazon)

Carlos By Carlos Santana “Candy” Sandals

I’m not so fond of the snakeskin print of these Jimmy Choo knockoffs by Carlos by Carlos Santana, but the shape is almost identical, so I thought I’d mention them anyway.

Carlos by Carlos Santana Candy Strappy Sandals (Jimmy Choo Atlas knockoffs)

Carlos By Carlos Santana Candy Sandalamazon
($56.69, Amazon)

Miss Me Garnet-3A Strappy Sandals

Another great knockoff alternative, although not available in a taupe or nude color, comes from Miss Me. The strappy sandals can be purchased for around $40 in either black, red, teal or fuchsia.

Miss Me Garnet-3A Strappy Sandals in black patent (Jimmy Choo Atlas knockoffs)

Miss Me Garnet-3A Strappy Sandalsamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

Back in June, Rihanna was spotted at the JFK airport in New York looking like a badass rock chick in a Dallin Chase black leather jacket, LnA silver leggings, Balmain gladiator sandals and the most adorable necklace by CC Skye. Fierce, Miss Fenty!

Rihanna wearing a CC Skye necklace, Dallin Chase leather jacket, LNA leggings and Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain sandal booties

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Rihanna
Where? JFK airport, New York
When? June 11, 2009
What? CC Skye necklace, Dallin Chase leather jacket, LNA leggings and Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain heels

Dallin Chase Jasper Leather Jacket

Dallin Chase Jasper Leather Jacket in black

Dallin Chase Jasper Black Leather Jacket
($598, RevolveClothing)

CC Skye Crystal Angel Wing Necklace

CC Skye Crystal Angel Wing Necklace

CC Skye Crystal Angel Wing Necklace
($220, Boutique To You)

LnA Plain Silver Leggings

LnA Plain Silver Leggings

LnA Plain Leggings in Silver
($88, Shopbop)

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Gladiator Sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Gladiator Sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Gladiator Sandalsls
($1.182, Net-A-Porter)

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Hey everyone! I am officially back and so happy to be able to post again as I’ve missed blogging here so much. And I’m glad to return with a very sweet knockoff. Balmain‘s Fall 2009 collection may have had a touch of déjà vù about it, but overall it was still kick-ass. No one does sexy mini dresses better than Balmain’s lead designer Christophe Decarnin. Exhibit A: see photo below. The beautiful supermodel Anja Rubik has worn the silver sequinned number to this year’s Costume Institute Gala. If you don’t have $6.000-$8.000 lying around, but still covet the dress, just keep on reading.

Balmain Fall 2009 strapless silver sequin mini dress

Balmain Fall 2009 Silver Strapless Mini Dressls
(Price Unknown, Net-A-Porter)

bebe Sequin Striped Party Dress

bebe is determined to ride the Balmain wave until the very end. Once again they have replicated a dress which is very reminiscient of the above shown Balmain Fall 2009 strapless mini dress. bebe’s version might have spaghetti straps and the ruffles on the skirt differ slightly, but it’s more than obvious that the dress is inspired by Balmain.

Bebe Sequin Striped Party Silver Dress (Balmain Fall 2009 knockoff)

bebe Sequin Striped Party Dress
($179, bebe)

The enchanting Amy Adams attended the premiere of “Night at the Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian” looking every inch the star she is in Roland Mouret Fall 2009 floor-length dress. We loved the striking contrast between the lavender gown and Amy’s red hair. Very sophisticated!

Amy Adams wearing a lavender Roland Mouret Fall 2009 Galerne silk dress

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Amy Adams
Where? “Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian” Premiere at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
When? May 14, 2009
What? RM by Roland Mouret Galerne Silk Crepe de Chine Gown ($2.830)

Roland Mouret Galerne Silk Dress

Roland Mouret Fall 2009 Galerne Silk Dress in lavender

RM by Roland Mouret Galerne Silk Crepe de Chine Gownls
($2.830, Net-A-Porter)

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