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With this nice weather finally streaming in, the sandal phenomenon has grown to new heights, literally. These crisscross sandals by Loeffler Randall are particularly interesting, and have been seen worn by both Leighton Meester on the set of Gossip Girl and Emma Watson. However, what I absolutely love about these sandals is that they are in pure form of versatility. Leighton sports a more preppy look than Emma who is on the complete opposite side of the spectrum with her rocker-esque ensemble. I truly love both looks, especially how well these “Paige” sandals are being worn. Though the price is beyond my budget, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t indulge in the steal below.

Loeffler Randall Paige Crisscross Mesh & Leather Sandals in black

Loeffler Randall Paige Crisscross Mesh & Leather Sandals
($595, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Celebrities Love Loeffler Randall

Leighton Meester and Emma Watson wearing Loeffler Randall Paige Crisscross Mesh & Leather Sandals

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Nine & Co. “Moonlite” Wedge Sandals

Although these “Moonlight” Sandals by Nine & Co. are in wedge form, they preserve the most significant aspect of the sandals above. That is of course the crisscross detailing, which is practically identical to the real deal. Plus, these are only $40 so one doesn’t feel guilty about splurging on a pair of out-of-budget designer shoes. Ultimately, you can still keep the versatile feature in addition to the comfortable wedge heel without spending too much.

Nine & Co. "Moonlite" Wedge Sandals in black (Loeffler Randall Paige knockoffs)

Nine & Co. “Moonlite” Wedge Sandalsls
($40, JCPenney)

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Update: This post has been updated on February 26, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

In case you didn’t get the memo, the 2010 designer darling is Alexander Wang. And why not? Aside from his clothing lines, his bags are legendary, his shoes the definition of urban cool, and—mark my words—his Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses are going to be iconic. In 20 years’ time, your girls are going to be scrambling for their very own vintage pair. They are the cat eye of the noughties.

Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses in black

Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglassesls
($325, NET-A-PORTER)

Lady GaGa Loves Alexander Wang

Lady GaGa wearing gold Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses

Designer Inspired Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses

UPDATE (02/26/2012): Found another Alexander Wang sunglass alternative for under $5.

Designer Inspired Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses in black (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoffs)

Designer Inspired Angular Cat Eye Sunglassesamazon
($4.98, Amazon)

GoJane Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses

UPDATE (01/04/2011): Here’s a spot-on knockoff coming from GoJane. Available in black with silver or gold edges or in a red or tortoise frame.

<GoJane Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses in black & silver (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoff)

GoJane Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses
($4.80, GoJane)

ASOS Pointy Cat Sunglasses

UPDATE (01/04/2011): ASOS has also a stunningly similar Wang Zoro look-a-like. Available in black or brown tortoise.

ASOS Pointy Cat Sunglasses in black (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoff)

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($20.69, ASOS)

Sunglass Warehouse Style #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses

If you’re digging the Wang frame, but don’t have the cash (or the courage) to sport them, the #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses by Sunglass Warehouse are a fantastic alternative. They have the same, delicious hard angles, just slightly less extreme. And for less than $12? That’s a pair you don’t have to be Beautiful Dirty Rich to rock. Available in red tortoise, brown striped & zebra print.

Sunglass Warehouse Style #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses in red tortoise (Alexander Wang Zoro knockoffs)

Sunglass Warehouse Style #31202 Cat Eye Sunglasses
($11.86, Sunglass Warehouse)

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The Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge is a statement piece on its own as it can spice up any outfit. I adore the juxtaposition of the various colors; the olive and orange among the gray python creates a frivolous pattern adding more depth and texture to the overall appearance. Also, the sculpted heel is so artistic and fascinating to look at. These would make a great addition to my closet and perfectly coincide with my love of neutral toned clothing. But as much as I love YSL, I definitely cannot afford these amazing wedge sandals for $1.995. Take a look at the wonderful steal below!

Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge Sandals in khaki

Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge Sandalsls
($1.995, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

Blake Lively, Mila Kunis, Jessica Simpson & Amanda Seyfried wearing Yves Saint Laurent Baobab Python Wedge Sandals

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Jeffrey Campbell “For Real” Strappy Platform Sandals

Though a different color pattern, these shoes are definitely hot! With the magenta color and metallic undertone, you are destined to capture all of the attention. The sculpted heel is still very apparent just like in the YSL; the only thing that’s really missing would be the python print and a bit more straps. Other than that, the Jeffrey Campbell “FOR REAL” platforms are an identical match for $134.95. This steal is a sartorial sensation.

Jeffrey Campbell "For Real" Strappy Platform Sandals in pink metallic (Yves Saint Laurent Baobab knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “For Real” Strappy Platform Sandalspjx
($134.95, Solestruck)

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Real vs. Steal – Givenchy Platform Pumps

by Irina on October 16, 2011

Update: This post has been updated on October 16, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Looking at this pump-slash-bootie it makes me go hmmmmm because it looks so unlike Givenchy. Their footwear range is typically very bold, daring and edgy while this shoe is rather simple in design. A timeless classic, indeed, and very versatile (you can wear it with virtually everything your wardrobe has to offer), but it’s not like I’d be willing to lay down €345 for such a plain design. And this is already the sale price, people!

Givenchy Platform Pumps in black

Givenchy Platform Pumpsls
(€345, Barneys)

Katie Cassidy Loves Givenchy

Katie Cassidy wearing taupe Givenchy Platform Pumps

Classiques Entier® “Julia” Pumps

UPDATE (10/16/2011): Found another almost identical Givenchy look-a-like by Classiques Entier®. Available in taupe and black.

Classiques Entier® "Julia" Pumps in taupe and black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Classiques Entier® “Julia” Pumpsls
($179.95, NORDSTROM)

Nine West “Showstopper” Low-Cut Booties

Luckily, neither I nor you will have to fork out hundreds of dollars when there’s Nine West around who give us an almost identical twin of the Givenchy booties. $65.20 is a price I can definitely live with, you too? Available in black & taupe leather and black & red suede.

Nine West "Showstopper" Low-Cut Booties in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Nine West “Showstopper” Low-Cut Bootiesamazon
($65.20, Amazon)

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When I shop for dresses I often end up with a new sheath dress in my cart. I have so many pencil dresses now it’s almost ridiculous. But I just can’t help it; these type of dresses suit my body shape the best. Baggy dresses look absolutely horrible on me and babydoll dresses are just not my cup of tea. However it’s tough sometimes with so many sheath dresses in your wardrobe because a sheath looks always quite dressy and you can hardly go for a casual look if you put on a pencil dress. Not that I would mind too much though because I prefer to be over- than underdressed any time. Look at this stunningly beautiful sheath by Roland Mouret for example. It’s perfection! How am I supposed to ever stay away from these kinds of dresses? Simply impossible.

Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress in black and white

Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress
($1.995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available in grey at NET-A-PORTERls.

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Kelly Rutherford and Kim Kardashian wearing a Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress

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ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neck

HOT DEAL: Use code “FALL2011” to save $30 on your $150+ order! Ends 10/09.

ASOS is my go-to dealer for affordable yet stylish sheath dresses. Just look at this one below! A perfect Roland Mouret look-a-like but with a much nicer price tag of under $80. Once again I couldn’t resist, people, so I recently bought this dress. And let me tell you: it’s AMAZING! I love, love, love it. It fits me like a glove and keeps my shopping budget sane. Available in black, blue and yellow.

ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neck in black (Roland Mouret Myrtha knockoff)

ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neckls
($78.57, ASOS)

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