Real vs. Steal – Balmain Fall 2008 Cut-Out Lace Dress

by Irina on August 15, 2009

Update: This post has been updated on August 15, 2009. Scroll down to see the new add.

If I had to make a fashion-related bucket list, “wearing a Balmain dress” would definitely be somewhere in my top 3. After all, can you imagine not feel like an ultimate goddess in this exquisite lace LBD below? I like to think that the reason why Balmain dresses are so painstakingly expensive is because they have confidence sewn into them, so whenever a woman wears Balmain she will automatically ooze grace and feel sexy & fabulous. Yes, I’m gushing again, sorry!

Balmain Fall 2008 Black Lace Cutout Dress

Balmain Fall 2008 Cut-Out Lace Dressls

Celebrities Love Balmain

Victoria’s Secret Angel Selita Ebanks was the first to wear this racy little number back in March when she attended the New York Premiere of “Valentino: The Last Emperor”. She sure turned some heads in this mini LBD. Ex-Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett tried to pull off the same look at this year’s BET Awards, but failed miserably not at least because of her clunky Alejandro Ingelmo platform heels.

Selita Ebanks and Letoya Luckett wearing the same Balmain Fall 2008 black lace cut out mini dress

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bebe Unzipped Lace Beaded Dress

Update (08/15/2009): Apparently bebe liked this Balmain mini dress so much, they knocked it off twice.

bebe Unzipped Lace Beaded Dress in black (Balmain Fall 2008 knockoff)

bebe Unzipped Lace Beaded Dress
($119, bebe)

bebe Sequin Beaded Ruched Lace Top

I know. You must be tired of reading about all of my Balmain vs. bebe finds, but I will not stop and continue to post every Balmain-inspired look-a-like under the sun because every woman deserves a little Balmain in her life, no? Even if it’s faux-Balmain. bebe seems now to be copying backwards from older seasons. In order to not be a too obvious copycat they made a top out of their Balmain knockoff version (considering the length of the original, the change does seem logical), but even that won’t hide all the other similarities. There’s no way their version is going to look or feel remotely like the real deal, but for $89 bebe has done a good job I think. Call me crazy, but I actually like it.

bebe Sequin Beaded Ruched Lace Top in black (Balmain Fall 2008 knockoff)

bebe Sequin Beaded Ruched Lace Top
($89, bebe)

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