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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 21, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I swear Céline makes the most lustworthy bags on the planet. And this Classic Box Bag rocketed to being no. 1 on my personal wish list. For the last 2 years, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect medium sized satchel bag in a classic shape and as soon as I laid my eyes on this particular Céline bag I knew it was “The One“. Then I cried out in utter desperation; $3,400 for this small boxy bag? With all due respect to Phoebe Philo and her incredible talent to create the most coveted bags worlwide, this price is absolutely outrageous and unjustifiable! When did designer fashion get so overly expensive anyway? It’s a worrying development in fashion I noticed over the last few years. But I digress…

Céline Medium Classic Box Bag in brown

Céline Classic Box Bag
($3.400, N/A)

Fashion Insiders & Celebrities Love Céline

Fashion Insiders carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Walsh and Michelle Williams carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

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Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag

UPDATE (08/21/2014): Check out these cute Céline inspired box bags which I have just discovered at Forever 21. So lovely, aren’t they? I’m especially loving the pink one.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag in pink, cognac and black (Céline knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bagls
($22.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag

UPDATE (05/31/2013): Found another great Céline Box Bag alternative in this lovely bag from Jessica Buurman. Made of genuine leather and also available in 12 (!) other beautiful colors. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Jessica Buurman "SOAN" Push Lock Bag in navy blue (Céline Box look-a-like)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag

UPDATE (04/03/2013): Just stumbled upon this lovely Céline look-a-like bag by Romwe. Only $60.99 and made of real leather.

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag in tan (Céline Classic Box look-a-like)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag
($60.99, Romwe)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (09/10/2012): Found a super fabulous Céline bag look-a-like by Urban Expressions today. $29.95 only and available in fuchsia (love!), black and beige.

Urban Expressions "Catherine" Crossbody Bag in fuchsia, black and beige (Céline Classic Box bag knockoff)

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($29.95, DSW)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

In terms of quality and longevity these Céline bag look-a-likes by GoJane are nowhere near a close match, but they’ll give you the same coveted look of simplified elegance and, most importantly, these satchels are actually attainable for the masses by costing less than 1% (imagine that!) of the original. Now if that ain’t something to think about. Looking at the stated bag dimensions on the website I assume the GoJane bags come in the mini size rather than the medium size, but at $30 a pop I’ll take one in every color anyway.

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel (Céline Classic Box Bag knockoff)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel
($37.10, GoJane)

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Back in May, one of our readers emailed us in search of Emma Watson‘s stunning white column gown which she wore to the “Noah” UK Premiere in London in March.

Hi there,

I am trying to find Emma Watson’s dress that she wore to the UK premiere of Noah. I know it’s Ralph Lauren. But I can’t find it on his site. Any similar suggestions or where to buy it is of great help to me.

Thanks
Gail

As soon as I laid my eyes on Emma at this red carpet event, I was swept off my feet! She looked immaculate in her silky white column halterneck gown by Ralph Lauren and her Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch. Her dress was quite likely custom made, that’s why I tried to recreate Emma’s outfit for the girl on a budget. Hope you like my take on Emma’s look, Gail!

Emma Watson’s White Ralph Lauren Gown Look 4 Less

Emma Watson's White Ralph Lauren Gown Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Emma Watson
Where?UK Premiere of “Noah” in London, England
When?March 31, 2014
What?Ralph Lauren halterneck gown, Jimmy Choo “Carmen” Clutchls ($1.450), Jimmy Choo “Anouk” Pointed-Toe Pumpsls ($595)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 30, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” – must be screamed with as much passion as Marlon Brando does in the classic movie, A Streetcar Named Desire. Stella McCartney please, unchain my heart and wallet from this gorgeous bag you’ve designed! But, my dear and fellow vegan, more than a thousand dollars for a bag that’s not even real leather? Ummm, on what planet does this happen? Oh yeah… how could I forget, the planet named Hollywood!

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-trimmed Bag in black

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-Trimmed Tote Bagls
($1.295, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, farfetchls, NORDSTROMls & Saksls.

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Kate Walsh, Diane Kruger, Kim Kardashian, Stella McCartney, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson carrying a black Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-trimmed Bag

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Jennifer Lopez “Gloria” Curb-Chain Laced Tote

UPDATE (07/30/2014): Now look who’s turned to Stella McCartney for some inspiration for her own celebrity line? It’s Jennifer Lopez, everyone!

Stella McCartney Falabella Chain-Trimmed Tote Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Jennifer Lopez “Gloria” Curb-Chain Laced Totels
($65.40, Kohl’s)

EXPRESS Chain Wrapped Hobo Bag

UPDATE (10/02/2013): At EXPRESS you’ll also find a great Stella McCartney Falabella bag alternative for under $80! And it’s also made out of faux leather!

EXPRESS Chain Wrapped Hobo Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

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($79.90, EXPRESS)

Inzi Chain Border Tote

UPDATE (04/15/2013): And here’s another great Falabella alternative available in either black or pewter by Inzi. Price point: $88.95! Yay!

Inzi Chain Border Tote in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Inzi Chain Border Totepjx
($88.95, Lori’s)

ShoeDazzle “Picton” Chain Tote Bag

UPDATE (02/08/2013): Just stumbled upon these fabulous Falabella look-a-likes by ShoeDazzle. I love all the beautiful colors (btw, did you know emerald is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013? *hinthint*)!

ShoeDazzle "Picton" Chain Tote Bag in emerald green, black and purple (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

ShoeDazzle “Picton” Chain Tote Bag
($35.16, ShoeDazzle)

ModCloth On the Brink of Something Bag

Now this is more like it! ModCloth‘s version is only $89.99. Finally, a faux leather bag without the price tag of fine Italian leather. So when you ask yourself, “Where’s the beef?” – It’ll be located inside your wallet from all the money you saved!

ModCloth On the Brink of Something Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

ModCloth On the Brink of Something Bag
($89.99, ModCloth)

Spiegel Foldover Bag with Chains

OK girls, forget foldover, I’m bowled over by Spiegel‘s version of Stella’s bag! Honestly, I wasn’t really feelin’ this look. But… it’s official; I’m now part of the “chain gang” because of this very creative and economical 2-for-1 design. A shoulder bag and a clutch? SOLD!

Spiegel Foldover Bag with Chains in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Spiegel Foldover Bag with Chainsls
($49, Spiegel)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on July 26, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Chloé has created quite a few “It“-bags in the last 10 years, but it’s been rather quiet on their bag front lately. Well, that’s not entirely sure because there’s one bag that is currently making the rounds and getting a lot of hype and exposure – the “Alice” tote, a large two-tone bag that has the shape of a classic doctor’s bag. I’m usually not a big fan of colorblocking on bags, but this one I find very pretty. I really like its classic elegance and clean lines and the gold hardware gives this bag that extra oomph. But this beauty comes at a price. At $2.195, to be exact.

Chloé Alice Large Leather Tote in black and white

Chloé Alice Large Leather Totels
($2.195, NET-A-PORTER)

P.S.: Also available at LUISAVIAROMAcj, Forward by Elyse Walkercj & Saksls.

Celebrities Love Chloé

Celebs such as Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Maria Sharapova, Olivia Palermo, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone have been spotted carrying the Chloé Alice Tote.

Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Maria Sharapova and Olivia Palermo carrying a Chloé Alice Large Leather Tote

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Kelly & Katie “Hayden” Color Block Satchel

UPDATE (07/26/2014): Stumbled upon this black/tan Chloé inspired bag by Kelly & Katie today.

Kelly & Katie Hayden Color Block Satchel in black and tan (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Kelly & Katie “Hayden” Color Block Satchelcj
($44.95, DSW)

Jessica Buurman “LETAN” Button And Metal Bag

UPDATE (11/13/2013): Here’s yet another fab Chloé Alice dupe I found. What do you think about this two-tone bag by Jessica Buurman? Also available in black/black, black/red, black/blue and black/beige.

Jessica Buurman "LETAN" Button And Metal Bag in black and white (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “LETAN” Button And Metal Bag
($95, Jessica Buurman)

Bridge Road Colorblock Pocket Tech Satchel

UPDATE (10/05/2013): Discovered yet another Chloé Alice inspired bag. Check out this colorblock satchel by Bridge Road for under $40!

Bridge Road Colorblock Pocket Tech Satchel in black and white (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Bridge Road Colorblock Pocket Tech Satchells
($37.80, Kohl’s)

Mondani “Hayden” Convertible Tote

UPDATE (09/16/2013): Came across this two-tone satchel by Mondani which looks a lot like Chloé’s Alice bag. Available in other color combinations such as black/black, black/brown and black/olive.

Mondani "Hayden" Two-Tone Satchel in beige and black (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Mondani “Hayden” Convertible Totels
($56, Kohl’s)

Charles Jourdan “Bobbie” Colorblock Satchel Bag

UPDATE (07/10/2013): Found another amazing Chloé Alice look-a-like in this colorblock satchel bag by Charles Jourdan. So lovely, isn’t it?

Charles Jourdan "Bobbie" Colorblock Satchel Bag in beige and black (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Charles Jourdan “Bobbie” Colorblock Satchel Bagcj
($209.95, DSW)

Street Level “Sidney” Colorblock Satchel Bag

UPDATE (06/29/2013): Just stumbled upon this good-looking Chloé Alice doppelgänger satchel by Street Level. Also available in mint/black and yellow/black faux leather.

Street Level "Sidney" Colorblock Satchel Bag in off-white and black (Chloé Alice knockoff)

Street Level “Sidney” Colorblock Satchel Bag
($46.71, Handbag Heaven)

Urban Expressions “Varsity” Handbag

UPDATE (04/03/2013): Here’s another colorblocked bag inspired by Chloé’s Alice Tote. This Urban Expressions bag is also available in a lovely taupe/mint two-tone version.

Urban Expressions "Varsity" Handbag in grey and black (Chloé Alice look-a-like)

Urban Expressions “Deborah” Varsity Handbagamazon
($56.90, Amazon)

BagInc “Audrey” Satchel Leather Bag

HOT DEAL: Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

If you can’t afford to splurge on the Chloé original, check out this virtually identical Alice look-a-like by BagInc. It’s spot-on, isn’t it? I just wish the white panels would be more of an eggshell color like on Chloé’s Alice, but at $129 (for a genuine leather bag) I’m not one to complain. Also, don’t forget to use our exclusive reader discount code to save 10% on your order and have a look at the other colorblock versions as well (e.g. black/burgundy, black/blue, black/pink and black/black). Such a pretty bag!

BagInc "Audrey" Satchel Leather Bag in black and white (Chloé Alice look-a-like)

BagInc “Audrey” Satchel Leather Bag
($129, BagInc)

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We all know those little festive red carpet clutches are anything but practical or versatile, but they’re just so darn pretty, aren’t they? My personal favorite brand for those type of box clutches is Alexander McQueen. I just love the mix of beauty and morbidity that graces their famed skull clutches. What I don’t love though is their exorbitant price tag. $1.400 for a handful of baggie? I think I’ll have to pass, thanks.

Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutch in red

Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutchcj
($1.399, Zappos)

Celebrities Love Alexander McQueen

Celebs such as Noomi Rapace, Rosamund Pike and Freida Pinto have all been spotted carrying an Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutch.

Noomi Rapace, Rosamund Pike and Freida Pinto carrying an Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutch

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Urban Expressions “Galaxy” Rhinestone Box Clutch

A great alternative to pricey Alexander McQueen are these Urban Expressions box clutches. I really like the blue version here! Similar look, but much nicer in price. I just miss the skull clasp on these. Also available in other colors.

Urban Expressions "Galaxy" Rhinestone Box Clutch in blue and black (Alexander McQueen knockoff)


Urban Expressions “Galaxy” Rhinestone Box Clutch
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($44.95, DSW)

P.S.: Also available at eBagscj & Amazonamazon.

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