Real vs. Steal

This little black dress by Yves Saint Laurent from the Spring 2008 collection is a classic LBD and every woman should have at least one in her closet because it is a versatile basic you can wear very often. Shelling out about $2.7k for a rather simple dress however is pretty off-putting, isn’t it?

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Spring 2008 strapless satin bustier dress

Yves Saint Laurent Satin Bustier Dressls
($2.700, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

The YSL dress has been a coveted piece among the rich and famous, too. It has been worn by celebrities countless times, Kristin Scott Thomas liked the dress so much, she wore it twice.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Becki Newton, Kylie Minogue, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Rihanna and Leighton Meester wearing a strapless YSL Spring 2008 V Bustier Dress

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bebe Bustier Flounce Dress

bebe is king when it comes to designer look-a-likes lately. This strapless v-cut pencil dress is a great alternative to the pricey YSL original. It’s a bit shorter than the Yves Saint Laurent dress and has an asymmetric draped detail which falls to the side of the skirt, but other than that both dresses look pretty much a-like.

Bebe Bustier Flounce Dress in black (YSL Spring 2008 dress knockoff)

bebe Bustier Flounce Dress
($139, bebe)

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At the LG Rumorous Night with Heidi Klum, actress Vanessa Hudgens arrived on the red carpet wearing a tiered turquoise silk dress by Gold Hawk with black Givenchy heels and a sequined Chanel clutch. What a great summery look for Vanessa, love it! What I also loved was Vanessa’s gorgeous gold Diane von Furstenberg pendant necklace.

Vanessa Hudgens wearing a turquoise Gold Hawk tiered dress and black Givenchy sandals

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Vanessa Hudgens
Where? LG Rumorous Night with Heidi Klum, West Hollywood, California
When? April 28, 2009
What? Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress in Tiffany ($275), Givenchy Gladiator High Heel Sandals ($695), Sara Weinstock Thin Gold Bangles, Melinda Maria Vermeil Pod Ring

Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress

Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress in Tiffany Blue as worn by Vanessa Hudgens

Gold Hawk Rose Spaghetti Dress in Tiffany
($275, CoutureCandy)

Givenchy Gladiator Sandals

Givenchy Gladiator High Heel Sandal in Black

Givenchy Gladiator High Heel Sandalsls
($695, Barneys)

Vanessa Hudgens Look 4 Less

If you love Vanessa’s summer look, but can’t afford the designer items, try these budget-friendly options below:

Kensie Dresses Chiffon Party Dress

Kensie Dresses Chiffon Party Dress

Kensie Dresses Chiffon Party Dressls
($158, Dillard’s)

GUESS “Holda” Gladiator Sandals

These gladiator sandals by GUESS are a great alternative to Vanessa’s pricey Givenchy heels. They look almost the same, but cost only about 1/7 of the originals’ price and come in either black, dark red or gold snakeskin.

Guess Holda Gladiator Sandal in Black Patent (Givenchy knockoff)

GUESS “Holda” Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($96.90, Amazon)

Nine West “Jamie” Sandals

If you want to save a few dollars, then you should go for Nine West‘s “Jamie” Sandals. Nine West’s Givenchy look-a-like has an additional strap, but otherise these high heel sandals are just as as good as the GUESS heels. Available in black or black patent.

Nine West Jamie Sandal in Black Patent (Givenchy knockoff)

Nine West Jamie Sandalamazon
($78.95, Amazon)


I’m so in love with this dress, it’s ridiculous! I’ve declared my love for all things Alexander Wang many times before already. He always amazes me with his newest creations! My latest addiction is this black bodycon mini dress from his Pre-Fall 2009 collection that has mesh insets on the neck and thighs. I just can’t stop looking at it! It’s absolute perfection!

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2009 Mesh Cutout Little Black Dress

Alexander Wang Cutout Dressls
($565, Net-A-Porter)

bebe Mesh Inset Seamless Dress

We can always count on bebe to get us fixed with some good ol’ designer dress look-a-likes. I randomly browsed their site today and found this fantastic 1:1 Alexander Wang copy for $59! Woohoo!

Bebe Mesh Inset Seamless Black Dress (Sexy LBD)

bebe Mesh Inset Seamless Dress
($59, bebe)

Image source(s): Shopbop, bebe

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I loved, loved, loved Yves Saint Laurent‘s Spring 2009 collection. Every single piece was bold and fabulous and I adored the caged heels that were presented on the runway.

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009 Caged Ankle Boot

YSL Spring 2009 Caged Heelsls
($1.390, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities & YSL Spring 2009 Caged Heels

Unfortunately, the caged heels have long been ignored by the celebrity world, but the trend has picked up slowly since last month. Tilda Swinton was the first who was fearless enough to sport them on the red carpet. Ciara and Becki Newton followed shortly after.

Celebrities wearing YSL Spring 2009 Caged Heels

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Luichiny Star Bound Sandals

This YSL knockoff from Luichiny is not quite as extravagant as the original. You can see the shoe has been mainstreamed (bootie length, heel, open-toe), but it’s still a great alternative to YSL for a fraction of the price. Other available color options are silver and bronze.

Luichiny Star Bound Sandal YSL Caged Heel Knockoff

Luichiny Star Bound Sandalsls

Also available at Amazonamazon & 6pm.

Bakers “Ashton” Caged Heels

If you want to save some more bucks, try this YSL alternative from Bakers. It looks similar to the Luichiny version and comes in either black, silver or bronze.

Bakers Ashton Caged Heel YSL Spring 2009 Knockoff

Bakers “Ashton” Caged Heelsamazon
($69.99, Amazon)


At the 2007 CMA Awards, Nicole Kidman arrived on the red carpet looking absolutely amazing in a strapless ombré dress from Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2008 collection which degraded from a vibrant fuchsia to a deep purple and had floral details and butterflies printed all over the dress.

Nicole Kidman wearing an ombré Alexander McQueen Spring 2008 strapless dress

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who? Nicole Kidman
Where? Country Music Awards 2007, Nashville
When? November 07, 2007
What? Alexander McQueen Spring 2008 dressls

Forever 21 Summer Night Maxi Dress

This maxi dress by Forever 21 might not be strapless and have a black upper bodice, but you can definitely tell it’s inspired by McQueen. A great alternative if you want Alexander McQueen 4 less and the perfect maxi dress for spring and summer.

Forever 21 Summer Night Ombré Maxi Dress in Pink and Purple

Forever 21 Summer Night Ombré Maxi Dress
($27.80, Forever21)


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