Dresses

I didn’t like too many pieces from Alexander Wang‘s Fall 2009 collection, but the white dress below with its sexy asymmetrical details and the mesh sleeve definitely belongs to my favorites. The dress won’t be available for another few weeks, but there’s already an inspired version floating around the internet.

Alexander Wang Asymmetric Mesh Dress in white

Alexander Wang Asymmetric Mesh Dressls
($695, Net-A-Porter)

bebe One Shoulder Mesh Dress

If there’s one thing bebe is particularly good in when producing designer inspired fashion, then it’s picking up on trends before others. While their competitors are still trying to catch up on last season’s trends, bebe is already producing knockoffs from next season. They last did that with a similar Alexander Wang LBD from the Pre-Fall 2009 collection and they did it again with yet another Alexander Wang mesh dress. bebe’s Wang-inspired version seems to be a hybrid between the Pre-Fall 2009 LBD and the dress above. The dress comes in black only though and retails for affordable $49.

bebe One Shoulder Mesh Dress (Alexander Wang Fall 2009 knockoff dress)

bebe One Shoulder Mesh Dress
($49, bebe)

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You may not remember this summery green dress on Cate Blanchett and that’s probably because she wore it 4 years ago in 2005 to the Napoli Film Festival. The moment I saw Cate in this beautiful Alexander McQueen Fall 2005 dress it made such a big impact on me that I still remember it more than 4 years later. Her look was perfection and the emerald green silk dress looked divine against Cate’s fair complexion. Everyone’s favorite First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore a similar dress when she presented the Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement which was given to Stevie Wonder. Mrs O’s emerald green dress was by Kai Milla, Stevie Wonder’s wife who also happens to be a designer, and I was mesmerized by Michelle’s elegant, chic look. It’s so refreshing to see some ladies in the authority world being brave enough to step outside the neutral color palette and wear a bold color.

Cate Blanchett & Michelle Obama wearing an emerald green chiffon silk dress

Our Rating: ★★★★½

AK Anne Klein Empire Waist Dress

When I saw this empire waist dress by AK Anne Klein I was instantly reminded of these two looks above. The dress is a great look 4 less alternative and priced at $139 it’s also relatively affordable for a formal event like a wedding or cocktail party.

AK Anne Klein Emerald Green Empire Waist Silk Dress

AK Anne Klein Empire Waist Dressls
($139, Nordstrom)

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I never thought Rodarte would at one point become so commercially successful that mainstream fashion brands such as bebe would produce knockoffs of their creations. I guess I was wrong.

Rodarte Spring 2009 black and white shredded chiffon dress

Rodarte Spring 2009 Shredded Dress
(Price Unknown, Shobop)

bebe Silk Shred Party Dress

bebe‘s Rodarte-inspired dress might not be a steal at $229, but I’m pretty sure it’s the closest most of us will ever come to the original because a) their creations are pretty exclusive (also in aspect of the price) and b) Rodarte isn’t really a household name in the upscale retail industry yet. So grab your chance while you can!

Bebe Silk Shred Party Dress in black and white (Rodarte knockoff dress)

bebe Silk Shred Party Dress
($229, bebe)

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Ashanti attended an event in NYC a few days ago looking super cute in a flirty, baby blue Rebecca Taylor spaghetti strap silk dress which she accessorized with silver Mary-Jane pumps. I really love this dress on Ashanti, it’s perfect for a hot summer day. The way she styled it is really cute and very feminine.

Ashanti wearing a baby blue Rebecca Taylor Summer Party Silk Dress

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Ashanti
Where? Century 21 Path to Your Dreams Sweepstakes Winner
When? June 22, 2009
What? Rebecca Taylor Summer Party Dress ($450)

Rebecca Taylor Summer Party Dress

Rebecca Taylor Summer Party Silk Dress in baby blue

Rebecca Taylor Summer Party Dressls
($450, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Revolve & Rebecca Taylor.

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I remember the time when I first discovered the Hervé Léger brand. That was back in 2007 when bandage dresses weren’t omnipresent on the red carpet. I was so smitten with the whole Spring 2008 collection, I used to browse the Hervé Léger website for hours just staring at all the beautiful dresses which looked like they’ve been sprayed on the model’s impeccable body. The white dress below used to be my absolute favorite. The crisp white color and the hourglass shape made it simply irresistible.

Hervé Léger Spring 2008 white bandage dress

Hervé Léger Spring 2008 White Bandage Dress
($1500-$2000, Shopbop)

BB Dakota “Rebel” Bandage Dress

This knockoff dress by BB Dakota may be only available in black and pistachio, but the straps as well as the bandage detailing are the same as on the original Hervé Léger dress.

BB Dakota "The Rebel Dress" in black and pistachio (Hervé Léger Spring 2008 dress knockoff)

BB Dakota “Rebel” Bandage Dress
($65, RevolveClothing)

Lipsy Strap Detail Body-Con Dress

European Hervé Léger aficionados can also grab their own bandage dress 4 less. Lipsy has a very similar to the one above which retails for £65 (~$107) and comes in either lavender (pictured) or coral.

Lipsy Strap Detail Body-Con Dress in lavender (Hervé Léger Spring 2008 dress knockoff)

Lipsy Strap Detail Body-Con Dressls
(£65, Lipsy)

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