Real vs. Steal

Back in June 2006, wild child Lindsay Lohan sported a beautiful black and white Hervé Léger bandage dress when she attended the Cartier and Interview Magazine’s Charity Love Bracelet Party. Lindsay wore her hair in a loose updo and accessorized with Cartier jewels, a black clutch and black slingback peep-toes. More than a year later in October 2007, Khloe Kardashian wore the same black and white Hervé frock to the premiere of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” which she teamed with silver bracelets and black peep-toe Louboutin pumps. Carmen Electra wore a taupe version of the dress at NYC Fashion Week in 2007.

Lindsay Lohan and Khloe Kardashian wearing a black and white Hervé Léger dress

I prefer the dress on Lindsay because a) she accessorized better b) her updo allows to see more of the dress and c) because the dress hugs her in all the right places whereas I do not think that it flatters Khloe’s body shape very much. But what do you think?

Who wore Hervé Léger better?

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BCBG Black and White Satin Cocktail Dress

If you liked Lindsay’s and Khloe’s black and white Hervé Léger dress, but don’t want to spend a fortune, try this BCBG monochrome satin bandage dress. The dresses are almost identical except for the material and the straps. Max Azria is the chef designer of both BCBG and Hervé Léger, so I guess this cheaper knockoff version is his take on Hervé Léger 4 Less.

BCBG Black and White Satin Cocktail Dress

BCBG Black and White Satin Stretch Cocktail Dresspjx
($288, eDressMe)

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These Fendi platform pumps sure are very beautiful, but unfortunately also very pricey at $705 a pair. If you are are looking for a budget version of these, you have come to the right place.

Fendi Grosgrain Bow-Front Pumps in Beige

Fendi Grosgrain Bow-Front pumpsls
($705, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels & Fendi.

bebe “Mariah” Satin Peep-toe Pumps

Now this is a spot on knockoff coming from bebe. The upper material might be different and the pumps aren’t available in beige, but apart from that, these satin peep-toe pumps are virtually identical. The double platform, the bows on the front, the extreme high heel, it’s all there. These Fendi look-a-likes originally retailed for $149, but have been reduced to $101.49 since. They also come in black satin or gold snakeskin.

bebe Mariah Satin Peep-toe Pump in Purple

bebe “Mariah” Satin Peep-toe Pumps
($101.49, bebe)

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So we’re back at Alexander McQueen again. I told I am big fan of his designs, so here we’ll go again with another gorgeous pair of footwear he created. These square toe pumps were pretty hot on the red carpet about 6 months ago. They retailed for $595 at NET-A-PORTER, but are now completely sold out.

Alexander McQueen Black Satin Square Toe Pumps

Alexander McQueen Satin Square Toe Pumpsls
($595, NET-A-PORTER)

L.A.M.B. “Primrose” Square Toe Pumps

Not being the cheapest alternative ($252.12, sale price), but certainly a very good one is this square toe pump by Gwen Stefani’s brand L.A.M.B. called “Primrose” which comes in either black or plum satin. The heel is slightly different and the pumps have a metal embellishment on each vamp, but otherwise they look quite the same.

L.A.M.B. Primrose Black Satin Square Toe Pumps

L.A.M.B. “Primrose” Square Toe Pumpsamazon
($252.12, Amazon)

Office Point and Square Pumps

This is by far my favorite “interpretation” of Alexander McQueen’s square toe pumps. I love the faux snakeskin pattern and the extreme high heel. These Office pumps seem to be overall well manufactured and clean in design. They are a bit expensive with £70 (~$100), but I am sure they’ll be a great investment. The pumps also come in red and black patent and pewter.

Office Shoes Point and Square Pumps Black Snake

Office Point and Square Pumps
(£70, Office)

ALDO “Saric” Square Toe Pumps

Another great alternative if you want Alexander McQueen 4 Less are these “Saric” square toe pumps by ALDO. They retail for $90 and were available in black satin like the Alexander McQueen ones, but apparently sold out and now the only colors left are black and red patent and black leather.

Aldo Shoes Saric Black Square Toe Pumps

ALDO “Saric” Square Toe Pumpsls
($90, ALDO)

Steven By Steve Madden “SEDONA” Square Toe Pumps

Of course Steve Madden couldn’t pass upon the chance to create his own version of the square toe pump which is called “SEDONA”. His square toe pump comes in black patent with a faux fakeskin pattern, but the style is otherwise pretty similar.

Steven By Steve Madden Sedona Square Toe Pump in Black Patent

Steven By Steve Madden “SEDONA” Square Toe Pumpsamazon
($102.31, Amazon)

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These black Pour La Victoire Gladiator Booties are certainly a fabulous find, but unfortunately a very pricey one, too.

Pour La Victoire Sacha Gladiator Booties in BlackPour La Victoire Sacha Gladiator Bootiescj
($314, Shopbop)

GoJane Perforated Stud Decor Shield Heels

Going through a private recession? No problem, we have found a great and affordable alternative. This PLV look-a-like by GoJane is almost identical with Pour La Victoire’s Sacha Booties. They retail for a lot less (currently on sale for $27.50) and are also available in silver.

GoJane Perforated Stud Decor Shield Heels in Black

GoJane Perforated Stud Decor Shield Heels
($27.50, GoJane)

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Alexander Wang is some sort of fashion genius. He’s young (25), but incredibly talented (Wang scored the CFDA 200k Fashion Fund last year) and I adore his talent to mix simple silhouettes with edgy details. This grey semi-sheer knit vest is one of his many amazing pieces which has a deep v-neck, black buttons, front pockets and twisted racerback. If you’re smitten with the vest as much as I am, you can get the real deal at 50% off.

Alexander Wang sleeveless grey knit vest with twisted back

Alexander Wang Knit Vest
($160, Nordstrom)

Kim Kardashian in Alexander Wang

Kim Kardashian seems to have jumped on the fashionista bandwagon. I think she really tries to get rid off her socialite status image. Which sounds good to me. Good luck with that! Below you can see Kim’s attempt at going the edgy chic route. She did quite well for the first time, but there’s still too much LA showing through her whole getup. Her look is too polished. When you go for Alexander Wang, it’s all about the “I barely care how I look because I’m way too cool for vanity“-attitude. That’s what makes his clothes so appealing.

Kim Kardashian wearing Alexander Wang Knit Vest at PETA Billboard Unveiling

Our Rating: ★★★☆☆

Who?Kim Kardashian
Where?Khloe Kardashian Unveils New Peta Billboard, LA
When?December 10th, 2008
What?Alexander Wang Knit Vest

Alexander Wang Knit Vest 4 Less

Spending $300 on a vest sounds like a lot of money to most of us and it certainly is. But fortunately there are a few good alternatives out there that will give you the same look without breaking the bank. I’d loooove to own the original Alexander Wang vest though, it’s so simple, but oh so chic! If only I had a few hundred dollars laying around here.

Forever 21 Chantelle Knit Cardigan

This grey knit vest from Forever 21 is probably one of the closest matches when you’re trying to get Alexander Wang 4 Less. The details setting designer fashion and copycats apart are lacking of course (black buttons and no twisted racerback), but the overall look and feel is quite the same, so if you want to make a deal, get this vest for only $24.80.

Forever 21 Grey Chantelle Knit Cardigan Vest

Forever 21 Chantelle Knit Cardigan
($24.80, Forever 21)

Splendid Sleeveless Buttoned Cardigan

Another great match is this sleeveless grey buttoned cardigan vest from Splendid. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same plunge neckline as the Alexander Wang one and the buttons are too small and there are too many of them for my liking, but I do love the cute pockets, so I guess it’s a tie. As with the Forever 21 vest, this one doesn’t have the racerback as well which is too bad because it looks so sexy. The vest is a bit on the expensive side with $66 and comes also in black.

Splendid Sleeveless Grey Buttoned Cardigan Vest

Splendid Sleeveless Buttoned Cardiganls
($66, Bergdorf Goodman)

Free People Grey Sleeveless Slouchy Vest

This slouchy knit vest by Free People doesn’t have the black big buttons, but it does have a racerback like the Alexander Wang version. The vest originally retailed for $88, but has been reduced to affordable $29.95 and is also available in eggplant purple.

Free People Grey Sleeveless Slouchy Knit Vest

Free People Grey Sleeveless Slouchy Vest
($29.95, Free People)

Express Knit Cardigan Vest

This cardigan vest by Express is darker than the other alternatives, but it’s basically the same style (deep v-neck, pockets & big buttons) without the edgy details of the Alexander Wang version (no racerback, no black buttons). The vest comes also in black and is reasonably priced at $29.50. If you want a looser fit just like the Alexander Wang knit vest, buy the cardigan vest one or two sizes bigger than normal. This will have the same effect.

Express Gray Sleeveless Knit Cardigan Vest

Express Knit Cardigan Vest
($29.50, Express)

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