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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)


Matthew Williamson‘s Spring 2009 collection was a welcome burst of color and it was one of my favorite shows of the season. Not only the clothes were absolutely adorable and lustworthy, but also the shoes which came in either pink, yellow, black or white.

Matthew Williamson Spring 2009 Footwear

Matthew Williamson Spring 2009 black strap sandals

The ankle strapped sandal has asymmetrical straps curve around the foot with solid patent straps across the toes. Here’s a more detailed view of the shoe:

Matthew Williamson Spring 2009 Black Strap Sandals

Matthew Williamson Spring 2009 Sandalsls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

bebe “Bri” Satin & Patent Sandals

I don’t know what it is with bebe. I wonder if they do anything else than copying other people’s work? Here’s another look-a-like candidate. The “Bri” satin sandal comes in black and retails for $129.

bebe Bri Satin Patent Sandals in black

bebe “Bri” Satin & Patent Sandals
($129, bebe)

Image source(s): Style, bebe


I was lusting after these badass buckled Louboutins ever since I saw them on Heidi’s feet a few months ago. But spending 1.5k on a pair of shoes is nothing but a dream to me yet, so I searched the internet high & low to find some budget-friendly alternatives.

Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandals (Black Patent)

Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandalsls
($1.495, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities wearing Christian Louboutin

Heidi Klum was the first to introduce the buckled Louboutins on the red carpet when she wore them with a cute strapless vintage dress to this year’s Golden Globes. Jennifer Lopez wore the same heels with an LWD, sleek hair and a matching white clutch.

Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez wearing black patent Christian Louboutin Multi-Buckle Sandals

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Nine West “Bolero” Platform Sandals

If you want to rock the same style without spending a fortune, try these platform sandals from Nine West. They sell for reasonable $98.95 and are also available in tan leather.

Nine West Bolero Platform Sandals in black

Nine West “Bolero” Platform Sandalsamazon
($98.95, Amazon)

bebe “Delaney” Platform Sandals

bebe is selling their own look-a-likes “interpretation” of the multi-buckled platform Louboutins called “Delaney” sandal which costs $159 and is available in either black or natural.

Bebe Delaney Multi-Buckled Sandals in black

bebe “Delaney” Platform Sandals
($159, bebe)


If you loved Balenciaga’s Fall 2008 collection, you should check out my look 4 less alternatives on the shiny silver booties. Today, I stumbled upon another look 4 less from the very same collection, but this one’s featuring an LBD.

Balenciaga Fall 2008 LBD

Balenciaga Fall 2008 Cutout Little Black Dressls
(Price Unknown, N/A)

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress

If you want Balenciaga 4 less, try this LBD from bebe. The material is different and it misses the folds on the hip, but otherwise it’s a great alternative and also available in blue. Plus, the dress is currently on sale for $90.99 down from $159. Yay!

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress LBD (Balenciaga knockoff)

bebe Shoulder Cutaway Sexy Slit Dress
($90.99, bebe)


If you are looking for the perfect bridal shoe, how about these gorgeous rhinestoned sandals by Stuart Weitzman? They are sold out in silver, but still available in gold or black satin.

Stuart Weitzman Dreamgirl Gold Strappy Sandals

Stuart Weitzman Dreamgirl Sandals
($262, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Overstock & eBayeBay.

Dyeables “Madison” Sandals

If the price of the Weitzman heels isn’t your kind of budget, try this almost identical version from Dyeables which is super affordable at only $41.95!

Dyeables Madison Silver Sandals

Dyeables “Madison” Sandalsamazon
($41.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Zappos, Amazon


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