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Celebrity Look 4 Less – Ciara in Balmain

by Irina on November 11, 2010

Back in June Ciara walked the red carpet of the 2010 BET Awards dressed to the nines in a knockout black Balmain brocade dress with gold chain detail which she paired with a matching gold studded Balmain belt and black Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up booties. I really loved her edgy runway look, but there’s no way I could shell out 22k on a dress and 2k on a pair of shoes, so I tried to recreate Ciara’s BET Awards outfit on a more budget-friendly level. What do you think of my picks? Yay or nay?

Ciara’s Balmain Look 4 Less

Ciara's Balmain Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who? Ciara
Where? 2010 BET Awards, LA
When? June 27, 2010
What? Balmain Fall 2010 Brocade Dressls, Giuseppe Zanotti I07049 Lace-Up Bootiesamazon

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Real vs. Steal – Balmain Paillette Mini Dress

by Irina on September 8, 2010

Update: This post has been updated on September 08, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I know Balmain is supposed to be a super exclusive, high-end, ultra-luxe fashion label and even though I am used to see outraging prices for the most basic clothing I’m still apalled whenever I see the price tag of anything Balmain. I mean, come on, $13.000 for a sequin mini dress? Are you serious? As much as I adore Balmain and all of Christophe’s wonderful work for the French fashion house, there’s no way I would buy a dress this expensive even if I had a few extra thousands to spare.

Balmain Fall 2009 Sequin Paillette Mini Dress in black

Balmain Paillette Mini Dressls
($13.395, Net-A-Porter)

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Blake Lively and Daria Werbowy wearing a black sequin Balmain Paillette Mini Dress

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French Connection “Samantha” Sequin Wrap Front Dress

UPDATE (09/08/2010): This Balmain knockoff by French Connection is certainly not a steal, but considering the original retails for 13k, $269.60 doesn’t seem that expensive in comparison, right? Available in black or navy.

French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dress in navy (Balmain knockoff)

French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dress
($298, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available in black or navy at French Connection UK & French Connection USAls.

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress

Luckily, you don’t need to sell your soul in order to achieve the same glam sexy vixen look à la Balmain. Lipsy has come up with a great and 100x more affordable alternative. I wish they wouldn’t have dampened all the outstanding features that made this sequin LBD stand out (e.g. shoulder pads, plunge neck and length of the dress), but all in all it’s still a super sexy dress which goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million dollars.

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress in black (Balmain knockoff)

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress
($118.98, ASOS)

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The military trend seems to still be holding, and with shoes like the Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Cuff Lace Up Booties, I am totally not surprised. How can you not love this feminine-but-tough bootie? Especially right now. No matter which hemisphere you’re in, this is the ideal boot for transitioning from summer to fall, or winter to spring. But you know Balmain means big bucks. Wah.

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Cuff Lace Up Booties in black

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Cuff Lace Up Bootiescj
($1.196, Bluefly)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti

Mary-Kate Olsen, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose wearing black Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Cuff Lace Up Booties

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ZiGiny “JONI” Zip Ankle Boots

If you’re thinking the Balmain bootie is just what you need, then direct your attention to the ZiGiny “JONI” Zip Ankle Boots. Balmain, schmalmain, I say. You can have virtually the same look for under $200, which leaves you with plenty of cheddar for the coming season’s hot pieces. And if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that means a shearling and skinny cargos to go with those booties!

ZiGiny "JONI" Zip Ankle Boots in black (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “JONI” Zip Ankle Bootsamazon
($179.95, Amazon)

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Giuseppe Zanotti has been designing the shoes for Balmain ever since Christophe Decarnin took over the French fashion house in 2006. I love how Zanotti always manages to reflect the key looks of the collection in his designs. Balmain S/S 2010 was infused with military references and looking at these studded lace-up booties you can see these references here as well. The faded army green color, the shrapnel-style studs, the utilitarian zipper. Swoooooon!

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Lace-Up Studded Booties in green

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Lace-Up Studded Booties
(Price Unknown, SOLD OUT)

Celebrities Love Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain

Rihanna, Amber Rose, Alicia Keys & Kim Kardashian wearing green Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Lace-Up Studded Booties

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ZiGiny “Jemma” Ankle Boots

Well, the color has been exchanged, but the design of these studded lace-up booties by ZiGiny has been taken over 1:1. Don’t tell anyone, but I think the tan suede color might be a little more doable than the original green color of the originals.

ZiGiny "Jemma" Ankle Boots in tan (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Jemma” Ankle Bootsamazon
($105.50, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on June 14, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

In case you wondered: Balmain is still going strong. I stumble upon Balmain knockoffs or Balmain inspired shoes & apparel on a daily basis and don’t know where to find the time needed to post all of these finds. So I have to cut back and just concentrate on the really good ones. The denim jacket below is a personal obsession of mine and even though I’d have a hard time finding an occasion where to sport this lovely thing to, I still want it in my closet so badly.

Balmain Spring 2009 Military-style Denim Jacket

Balmain Military-Style Denim Jacketls
($5.075, NET-A-PORTER)

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Rihanna and Carrie Underwood wearing a Balmain Spring 2009 Military-style Denim Jacket

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Your Eyes Lie Braided Military Denim Jacket

UPDATE (06/14/2010): If you’re still mesmerized by Balmainia, try this Balmain-esque denim jacket by Your Eyes Lie.

Your Eyes Lie Braided Military Denim Jacket (Balmain knockoff)

Your Eyes Lie Braided Military Denim Jacketls
($152.18, ASOS)

Queen’s Look Button Detail Denim Jacket

If you love the denim jacket, but don’t have $5k to spare, take a look at this Balmain knockoff by Queen’s Look (an Asian brand). It’s not a 1:1 copy, but it’s still a great budget-friendly alternative which costs only $85.50. Also available in beige, grey & black. The sizing is Korean, so make sure to take a look at the size chart first before you order.

Queen’s Look Button Detail Denim Jacket
($85.50, YesStyle)

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