There’s something I really hate about designer fashion and that is shameless label-whoring. I never understood the appeal of flaunting an oversized logo on your chest, bag or wherever you can print a big CHANEL on. Seriously, do people really think they get more respect when everyone knows they’re toting around an expensive bag? Expensive does not equal style. And if there’s anything worse than label-whoring it’s fake label-whoring. I mean if you are going to brag at least make sure you have a reason to do so. Possessing a $30 fake Louis Vuitton certainly doesn’t count.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma Bag in amarante

Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma Bag
($2.010, N/A)

Handbag Heaven Hartford Patent Tote

I do like designer steals, but I detest counterfeits and will never promote those questionable goods on this blog. I’m sure you’ll know where to get a crappy cheap Louis Vuitton fake anyway. So what’s a girl to do if she adores the Louis Vuitton style, but doesn’t want to be seen carrying a fake on her arm? Exactly, she looks for a bag that imitates the style, not the logos. Handbag Heaven‘s Hartford patent tote is a wonderful example of such bag. It’s very reminiscent of the LV Vernis Alma bag without flat-out copying it. Plus, it’s such a steal at under $50.

Handbag Heaven Hartford Patent Tote in brown (Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Hartford Patent Tote
($44.95, Handbag Heaven)


Real vs. Steal – Fendi Spy Leather Bag

by Irina on January 3, 2010

Update: This post has been updated on January 03, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I already said I’m by no means a handbag expert, but even I am acquainted with the Fendi Spy bag. This shoulder bag which is made of ultra-rich nappa leather and finished with woven double top handles, instantly became the “It” bag when it came out a few years ago. All hype aside, I certainly understand why handbag connoisseurs lusted over this delicious piece of arm candy. The design is elegant and versatile and the craftmanship absolutely exquisite. However, not everyone can justify a $2.000 handbag investment including myself.

Fendi Spy Bag in black

Fendi Spy Leather Bagls
($2.050, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls, Fendi, Net-A-Porterls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Fendi

Ashley Tisdale, Heidi Montag, Victoria Beckham & Mary-Kate Olsen carrying a Fendi Spy Bag

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Baghaus “Spy” Bag

Update (12/31/2009): Found a second, almost identical Fendi Spy bag knockoff by Baghaus which looks so close to the original they didn’t even bother to change the name. Available in black (pictured), brown, mustard, beige and pewter.

Baghaus "Spy" Bag in black (Fendi Spy bag knockoff)

Baghaus “Spy” Bag
($49.95, Gilt)

Handbag Heaven Classic Secret Agent Bag

If you want a great looking alternative for a fraction of the price, Handbag Heaven has a really good and budget-friendly option for all of us who can’t afford the real deal. Their “classic secret agent bag” is an almost identical copy of the Fendi bag, even the name is a tribute. The bag is made of soft leatherette and comes in either classic black, shimmering pewter or a delightfully mustard color. A great gift for your mom, sister, BFF or your own handbag lovin’ self, of course.

Handbag Heaven Classic Secret Agent Bag in black (Fendi Spy Bag knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Classic Secret Agent Bag
($49.95, Nordstrom Rack)


A few days ago Vanessa Hudgens visited the MTV Studios in New York to make an appearance at the It’s On With Alexa Chung show. The actress was papped while leaving the studios in a white shirt dress which she accessorized with a skinny belt, a Givenchy “Melancholia” bag and a pair of Pour La Victoire’s “Pascale” beige sandals.

Vanessa Hudgens wearing beige Pour La Victoire "Pascale" Sandals and a white shirt dress

Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Who? Vanessa Hudgens
Where? MTV Studios, New York
When? August 4, 2009
What? Pour La Victoire “Pascale” Sandals ($162.50), Givenchy bag

Vanessa Hudgens’ Look 4 Less

Like Vanessa’s boho look and want to recreate it without breaking the bank? Below you can find some inspiration on how to stay on budget without having to compromise the chic factor. What do you think of our budget-friendly approach to Vanessa’s style?

Vanessa Hudgens White Shirt Dress Look 4 Less

Go Shopping:


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)


You’re probably already aware of my obsession for everything nautical, so it may not surprise you that seeing Emmy Rossum in this super cute VAVA by Joy Han skipper dress makes me swoon. Emmy attended Nivea and Shay Todd’s “Bikini Bash” in Malibu a few days ago and looked simply drop dead gorgeous in that dress whilst being perfectly accessorized with a white Gustto “Andrea” satchel. I am really, really loving Emmy’s dress – the cute navy striped bodice, the high-waisted denim skirt and don’t even get me started on the cute gold buttons! L-O-V-E! Perfect summer dress.

Emmy Rossum wearing a navy VAVA by Joy Han skipper cap sleeve nautical dress in stripe/denim and a white Gustto Andrea satchel

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who? Emmy Rossum
Where? Nivea and Shay Todd’s “Bikini Bash”, Malibu
When? May 24, 2009
What? VAVA by Joy Han skipper cap sleeve nautical dress and a white Gustto “Andrea” satchel

VAVA by Joy Han Skipper Cap Sleeve Dress

VAVA by Joy Han Skipper Cap Sleeve Nautical Dress in striped/denim

VAVA by Joy Han Skipper Cap Sleeve Dress
($173, RevolveClothing)

Gustto Fiore Andrea Satchel Bag

Gustto Fiore Andrea Satchel Handbag in white leather

Gustto Fiore Andrea Satchel BageBay
($695, eBay)

Emmy Rossum’s Look 4 Less

Emmy Rossum's Nautical Look 4 Less

Go Shopping:

  1. TOP #1: Martin+Osa Sheer-Stripe Scoop-Neck Tee, $19.50
  2. BAG #1: Newport News Signature Quilted Satchel, $29
  3. TOP #2: Arden B. “Natalie” Stripe Off the Shoulder Top, $24
  4. SKIRT: New Look Flower Button Skirt, £18
  5. BAG #2: axcess Meadow Shopperamazon, $22


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