I think I must have already mentioned at least a thousand times how much I adore the feminine creations of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. And it seems Poppy Delevingne is also a fan because she took to the red carpet last week looking like straight out of a fairy tale wearing a gorgeous floral Dolce & Gabbana brocade mini dress, red Aquazzura pumps and a Jennifer Behr floral headband. I loved Poppy’s romantic look so much, I simply had to recreate her premiere outfit on a more budget-friendly level. How do you like it?

Poppy Delevingne’s Dolce & Gabbana Rose-Print Dress Look 4 Less

Poppy Delevingne's Romantic Dolce & Gabbana Rose-Print Dress Look 4 Less

Go Shopping:

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Poppy Delevingne
Where?Paper Towns” Premiere, New York
When?July 21, 2015
What?Dolce & Gabbana Rose Print Brocade Dressls ($3.495), Aquazzura Matilde Crisscross Tie-Back Point-Toe Pumpsls ($695), Jennifer Behr Contessa Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Headbandls ($630)

P.S.: The Closet rose-print dress is also available at Closet London & Zalando.deaffilinet.

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Update: This post has been updated on July 29, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

It seems like Aquazzura is currently the blogger brand of the moment. With their lace-up shoe designs they managed to gain quite some momentum among the fashion blogosphere as you can see by how many fabulous personal style bloggers haven been flaunting Aquazzura in the picture below. The “Christy” flats seem to be especially popular (right along the just as coveted “Belgravials” flats which we’ll be featuring in a Real vs. Steal post soon as well). I think it’s the elegant pointed-toe and the delicate lace-up detailing that makes these flats so feminine and lustworthy to so many ladies. And which woman doesn’t long for a break from high heels from time to time? Luckily, we were able to come up with a few fantastic and budget-friendly alternatives, so you don’t have to spend a fortune if you don’t feel like it to achieve the Aquazzura designer look.

Aquazzura Christy Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and gold

Aquazzura Christy Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($675, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls & Moda Operandils.

Style Bloggers Love Aquazzura

Personal style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Emily from The Glam Files, Lucy from Fashion Me Now and Lisa from Mind Body Swag have all been spotted wearing Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flats.

Personal Style Bloggers wearing Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flats

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Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps

UPDATE (07/29/2015): Look what I discovered today! Beautiful real leather Aquazzura Christy look-alike flats by Warehouse. Aren’t they just lovely? And quite affordable, too.

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumpsls
($75, Warehouse)

P.S.: Also available at Warehouse (UK)ls, Warehouse (AU)ls, Zalando.co.uk & Zalando.deaffilinet.

Steve Madden “Lecrew” Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flats

UPDATE (06/27/2015): Stumbled upon these chic faux suede lace-up flats by Steve Madden and they instantly reminded me of the Aquazzuras above. Available in black or nude for $69.95.

Steve Madden "Lecrew" Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flats in black faux suede (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Lecrew” Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flatsls
($69.95, Steve Madden)

Therapy “Ezard” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats

UPDATE (06/27/2015): Also spotted these lovely Aquazzura Christy look-alikes by Therapy today. Love the design and love the price!

Therapy "Ezard" Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats in nude and black faux suede (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Therapy “Ezard” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats
($59.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Human Premium “Rasp” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

UPDATE (06/27/2015): Another spot-on dupe are these lace-up flats by Human Premium. Available in either black or nude leather for $109.95 AUD.

Human Premium "Rasp" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Human Premium “Rasp” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($109.95 AUD, Wanted Shoes)

Mango “Douse” Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats

UPDATE (06/27/2015): An Aquazzura inspired version is also available at Mango.

Mango "Douse" Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Mango “Douse” Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats
(£29.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (DE) & Mango (FR).

ALDO “Colyn” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

UPDATE (06/12/2015): Just happened to stumble upon these lovely Aquazzura Christy inspired flats at ALDO. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? Better be fast if you like them because they’re selling like hot cakes right now and first sizes are already sold out.

ALDO "Colyn" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and bone (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

ALDO “Colyn” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flatsls
($70, ALDO)

P.S.: Also available at ALDO (Canada)ls.

Oxitaly “Susy” Ballet Pumps

UPDATE (06/12/2015): Also discovered this spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupe by Oxitaly. Available in black, pink and snakeskin effect.

Oxitaly "Susy" Ballet Pumps in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoff)

Oxitaly “Susy” Ballet Pumps
(£115, Zalando.co.uk)

P.S.: Also available at Zalando.deaffilinet.

Topshop “KINGDOM” Ghillie Pointed Flats

Dear Topshop, I think I’m in love with you! Just how gorgeous are these “KINGDOM” ghillie pointed-toe flats? They have a couple differences compared to Aquazzura’s Christy flats, but the inspiration behind these is quite obvious I think. Obsessed!

Topshop "KINGDOM" Ghillie Pointed Flats in black, red, snake-effect (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Topshop “KINGDOM” Ghillie Pointed Flatsls
($95, Topshop)

P.S.: Also available at Topshop (UK).

Jessica Buurman “Lauren” Lace Up Flats

HOT DEAL: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

If you’re looking for a spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupe head over to Jessica Buurman and get yourself a pair of their “Lauren” flats which are vailable in either black or ivory leather for $152.

Jessica Buurman "Lauren" Lace Up Flats in black (Aquazzura knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Lauren” Lace Up Flats
($152, Jessica Buurman)

Office “Low Down” Ghillie Lace Up Flats

While these suede lace-up flats by Office are not an identical match and are more of the inspired-by kind, I think they make a beautiful alternative if you’re going for the Aquazzura look. Not a spot-on dupe, but definitely beautiful in their own way.

Office "Low Down" Ghillie Suede Lace Up Flats in black and red (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Office “Low Down” Ghillie Lace Up Flats
(£60, Office)

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinas

Our reader Edem suggested another fabulous and super budget-friendly Aquazzura Christy look-alike (thank you, Edem!). It’s by Parfois and their cute lace-up flats come in either black or coral faux leather and sell for a steal-worthy £14.99! Yay!

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinas in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinasamazon
(£14.99, Amazon.co.uk)

P.S.: Also available at Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, Sincerely Jules, The Glam Files, Fashion Me Now, Mind Body Swag, Zalando, Aldo, Steve Madden, Mango, Wanted Shoes, The Iconic, Topshop, Jessica Buurman, Office, Parfois

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Update: This post has been updated on July 29, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Does the name Rene Caovilla ring a bell with you? If not, it definitely should and if you ask why, then just take a look at the darling shoes below and I’m sure you will all come to agree with me on this. Rene Caovilla is a family-run shoemaking business from Italy with a strong focus on jeweled luxury shoes. And as you can see, you don’t even have to be a high heel lover to be a fan. Their pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandal called “Venus” has been around for more than two decades now and is considered to be one of Caovilla’s most famous signature styles. Too bad you’d have to be pretty rich though because these babies are everything but cheap!

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals in white and black

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandalsls
($1.150, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Farfetchls, Lane Crawfordls, Selfridges & Shoescribe.com.

Rihanna Loves Rene Caovilla

Rihanna has been spotted wearing her Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals various times.

Rihanna wearing black Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals

UPDATE (07/29/2015): Just stumbled upon these lovely and super budget-friendly Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Lara’s and wanted to share them with you. They’re available in either white, silver or gold faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $30! Steal deal alert!

Lara's Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals in white and platin gold (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($27.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Amazon #2amazon.

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank because these pearly bow flat sandals by Marc Fisher are the next best thing to Rene Caovilla if you’re on a budget. Fisher’s “Fumi” is astonishingly similar to Caovilla’s “Venus” sandals; the only noticeable difference being the missing crystal rim on the sole. But since they’re about one thousand dollars cheaper than the real deal, I wouldn’t complain too much about missing details.

Marc Fisher "Fumi" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in ivory and rose pink (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandalsamazon
($55.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetro & Macy’s.

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Another cute and slightly cheaper Rene Caovilla Venus alternative would have to be these faux-pearl bow thong sandals by ASOS. These are more of an “inspired by”-kind rather than an identical dupe, but I find them beautiful nonetheless.

ASOS "Funder" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in black and silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
($45, ASOS)

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Does this sound familiar? You see something and are really turned off by it first, but then, the more you look at it, the more it grows on you until you become obsessed with it? That happens to me quite often I must admit. In almost every case it’s a shoe which I first hate, then like and finally LOVE! The last time this happened to me was with these lace-up ankle boots by Ann Demeulemeester.

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 black lace up ankle boots

Ann Demeulemeester Leather Open-Front Lace-Up Ankle Bootsls
($985, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeScribe.comls, The Corner & Lane Crawfordls.

When I first saw them, I thought they were way too clunky for a woman’s feet. But I couldn’t help but be fascinated by them, so I decided to give them another chance and googled them. Sometimes, in order to be able to see a shoe’s full potential, you have to see it on a person’s feet. That was definitely the case with the Ann Demeulemeester lace-up boots. The moment I saw the models flaunting them in a mini dress, I was irrevocably in LOVE!

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 black lace up ankle boots

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009

I couldn’t find any celebrities rocking these beauties, but fashion editors and style bloggers like Jane of Sea of Shoes happen to love them as much as me.

Forever 21 Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots

UPDATE (07/28/2015): Great news! Forever 21‘s Ann Demeulemeester dupes are now available in an OTK boot version. So fab, right?

Forever 21 Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots in charcoal black and taupe (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Over-The-Knee Boots
($44.90, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

UPDATE (06/27/2015): RESTOCK ALERT! Now look at these lovely lace-up booties booties which have finally been restocked at Forever 21 just recently. So cool, right? They totally reminded me of the Ann Demeulemeester booties above. They’re available in either black, brown or olive (my personal fave!). But better be fast this time, these shoes are flying off the shelves!

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in black and olive (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties
($32.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Pink Inc “Tide” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Now look at these fabulous Ann D. inspired Pink Inc lace-up booties! Love, love, love! I’m usually not a big fan of white shoes, but these white booties here are kinda hot! Available in white and black leather and black suede for $199.95 AUD.

Pink Inc "Tide" Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties in white and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Pink Inc “Tide” Peep-Toe Lace-Up Booties
($199.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Mollini “Jimmy” Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Also spotted these perforated Ann Demeulemeester alternatives by Mollini today. Available in tan, black and white leather.

Mollini "Jimmy" Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in tan and black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Mollini “Jimmy” Perforated Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties
($199.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at Mollini.

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties

UPDATE (05/22/2015): Speaking of perforated lace-up booties: here’s another version by Forever 21. Available in black, brown and khaki for a steal price of $34.90!

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties in black and brown (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Forever 21 Perforated Lace-Up Peep Toe Booties
($34.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Jeffrey Campbell “Cors” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties

UPDATE (07/17/2014): Jeffrey Campbell just won’t let this Ann Demeulemeester boot go. And here we go again with yet another dupe! Available in black, brown and wine red suede.

Jeffrey Campbell "Cors" Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties in wine red and black suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cors” Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties
($165, Jildor)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Amazonamazon, Tilted Sole, Footnotescj, Nasty Galls, Lori’spjx, Ashbury Skiespjx, ShopAkirals, Shopbop & Anthropologie.

Jeffrey Campbell “Meriwidow” Lace-Up Boots

UPDATE (01/30/2014): Here’s yet another Ann Demeulemeester bootie dupe coming from Jeffrey Campbell. This one’s a little bulkier than the others and comes in either black or ivory leather.

Jeffrey Campbell "Meriwidow" Lace-Up Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Meriwidow” Lace-Up Bootspjx
($169.95, Ashbury Skies)

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

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots

UPDATE (01/30/2014): And one more dupe by Jeffrey Campbell to add to the list. How do you like this one?

Jeffrey Campbell "Contessa" Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots in black suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Contessa” Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootsls
($208, Nasty Gal)

P.S.: Also available at RevolveClothing.

Steven by Steve Madden “SCANDLUS” Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties

UPDATE (09/18/2013): Et voilà, I also discovered these open-toe booties by Steven by Steve Madden which would be great alternatives to the Ann D. boots. Available in black and tan leather.

Steven by Steve Madden "Scandalous" Lace-Up Open-Toe Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “SCANDLUS” Lace-Up Open-Toe Bootiesamazon
($60.75, Amazon)

Elizabeth and James “Terri” Lace-Up Ankle Boots

UPDATE (09/18/2013): I know these Elizabeth and James boots aren’t a perfect dupe match and at $475 not exactly budget-friendly, but if you’re looking for an Ann D. inspired closed-toe version these here are probably your best bet at the moment.

Elizabeth and James "Terri" Lace-Up Ankle Boots in black patent and brown suede (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Elizabeth and James “Terri” Lace-Up Ankle Bootsamazon
($475, Amazon)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cardiac” Lace-Up Booties

UPDATE (09/18/2013): And here’s yet another Ann Demeulemeester inspired lace up boot by Jeffrey Campbell! What do you think of it?

Jeffrey Campbell "Cardiac" Lace-Up Booties in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Cardiac” Lace-Up Bootiespjx
($168, Solestruck)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Heels

UPDATE (09/11/2013): Came across a tall boot version of the Jeffrey Campbell + Free People lace-up heels. Available in black or brown leather for $278! Absolutely love these boots, they’re so sexy!

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Tall Lace-Up Open-Toe Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Perspective Heels
($278, Free People)

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots

UPDATE (08/11/2013): Seems like Ann Demeulemeester is “en vogue” again! Found another set of Ann D. Lace-Up Heel look-a-likes; this time at Choies. Also available in brown leather.

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Choies Peep toe Lace Up Sandal Boots
($79.99, Choies)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels

UPDATE (07/16/2013): After almost 4 years Jeffrey Campbell re-released their highly coveted Ann Demeulemeester lace-up heels again exclusively for Free People. Availale in black, white, black and white, tan and grey.

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels in black (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell + Free People Minimal Lace Up Heels
($178, Free People)

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels

UPDATE (10/05/2009): More good news! Free People have finally restocked Jeffrey Campbell’s Ann Deumeulemeester knockoffs. Missed out on these the first time? Now is your chance to get hold of these cuties!

Sometimes I think everything Jeffrey Campbell does these days is copying other people’s work. Well, it may be unethical, but at least it allows us budget fashionistas to be fashionable without the hefty price tag. Look at these beautiful, almost identical knockoffs. Pretty amazing, huh? They sure are shamelessly expensive for knockoffs, but even priced at $198 they are about $700 les than the originals, so they can’t be TOO bad, right? All sizes are still available, but you better be fast as these knockoffs won’t stay for too long (they’re also exclusively sold at Free People, so if they are gone there, you won’t find them anywhere else).

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels black lace-up ankle boots (Ann Demeulemeester knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell Corset Heels
($198, Free People)

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It’s no wonder why all the celebs are donning this Victoria Beckham Stretch-Crepe Dress. After winning Designer Brand of the Year in 2011 during the British Fashion Awards, Victoria Beckham has not only been praised by her designer counterparts but also with the support of many fellow celebrities. Her clothing designs have been iconic and this dress proves that sentiment. In fact, this particular dress has been so popular, that it was not only priced at $2.750 but is already sold out! The unique design and color contrast is simple yet so elegant and girly. For an affordable take on this dress, take a look at the steal below!

Victoria Beckham Halterneck Stretch-Crepe Pencil Dress in tangerine orange

Victoria Beckham Stretch-Crepe Dressls
($2.750, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Victoria Beckham

Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Abbey Clancy wearing an orange Victoria Beckham Stretch-Crepe Dress

Who wore Victoria Beckham best?

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Choies Zip Back Body-Con Dress

UPDATE (07/28/2015): Didn’t expect to find a new dupe for this Victoria Beckham dress, but when I browsed Choies today, this lovely frock suddenly popped up.

Choies Zip Back Body-Con Dress in orange (Victoria Beckham knockoff)

Choies Zip Back Body-Con Dress
($29.99, Choies)

McBerry Strappy Dress

With the minor differences between this McBerry and the Victoria Beckham dress, it is safe to say that this is a great steal. The only aspect really missing is the zipper appliqué going down the back of the dress. Otherwise, the colors are amazingly accurate as well as the length and silhouette. Plus, this dress doesn’t require a major investment as it’s priced at £79! With a delivery charge it can shipped anywhere in the world, that is, with an extra shipping fee depending upon which country you select.

McBerry Strappy Dress in orange (Victoria Beckham knockoff)

McBerry Strappy Dress
(£79, McBerry)

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