Every now and again a shoe crosses my radar that I am totally wowed by. The Chloé Bow-Embellished Pump would fall into that category. It is a shoe that remarkably seems to transcend both the barriers of time and style. The shape of the shoe along with the crystal bows and embellishments are vaguely reminiscent, in my opinion, of the overly ornate footwear women wore in the 1700s prior to the French Revolution. And I mean that in the best possible way. But then scroll down and take a gander at how Kristen Stewart was styled while wearing these exquisite heels. She’s totally rocked out and miraculously these shoes seem to fit perfectly. All that inky black suede adds instant edginess but the crystal bows manage to sweeten the whole look. Well, here I’ve been rambling on about the awesomeness that is these shoes and, silly me, not only are they ridiculously expensive but they are also sold out. Sorry about that.

Chloé Bow-Embellished Suede Pumps in black

Chloé Bow-Embellished Suede Pumpsls
($1.290, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Chloé

Kristen Stewart & Anna Dello Russo wearing black suede Chloé Bow-Embellished Suede Pumps

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Pour La Victoire “Antoinette” Bow Pumps

Pour La Victoire is a shoe designer I’ve been following for a few years. They make beautiful, original footwear but occasionally they’ll come out with an equally stunning “inspired-by” shoe. Their “Antoinette” Bow Pumps (so perfectly named!) are not exact copies of the Chloés, but they’re similar enough that we can certainly see where the inspiration came from. Crystal bows atop a bed of black satin and a back zip closure, just like the originals. Oh, and a much easier to swallow price-tag. Yum.

Pour La Victoire "Antoinette" Bow Pumps in black (Chloé knockoffs)

Pour La Victoire “Antoinette” Bow Pumpsamazon
($202, Amazon)

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theOutnet Clearance Pop-Up Sale

Set your alarm clocks, theOutnet’s biggest ever clearance pop-up sale starts today! For seven days you can shop over 350 designer finds from over 100 labels with discounts between 80%-85% OFF. Chloé, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the labels to get excited about. This is your chance to step away from the usual knockoffs and invest in the real deal while still being budget-conscious (who could say no to a 85% discount?).

The sale opens today March 16th at 1pm EDT and closes Tuesday March 23rd at 1pm EDT. Remember, you need to have an account at theOutnet to shop this pop-up sale, so make sure you register first if you want to snap up an incredible designer bargain.

Image source(s): The Outnet

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Hervé Léger has made a big comeback in recent seasons (now with BCBG designer, Max Azria at its helm), truly pioneering the hugely popular “body-con” dress. A trend defined by its bandage, super-tight frocks, it’s sort-of ironic to think that “body-con” stands for “body-conscious”. Somehow, however, Hervé Léger dresses manage to flatter a woman’s body, hugging and sucking in, in all the right places (just look at how amazing that model looks below!). Lamentably, while I’d love to own one of his creations, I’d have to sell a kidney to make it happen.

Hervé Léger Josephine One-Shoulder Foil Dress

Herve Leger Josephine One-Shoulder Foil Dresscj
($1,013.99, Shopbop)

EXPRESS Metallic One-Shoulder Banded Dress

Express to the rescue! We discovered this little number on the fabulous, like-minded site, The Look 4 Less. EXPRESS usually wouldn’t be the first place I’d turn to in search of a designer-inspired dress, however they have been in the sexy-dress business for a long time and they happen to have really nailed it with their Metallic One-Shoulder Banded Dress. With a fabulous shape and beautiful golden-nude color, this garment is a great knockoff of the Hervé Léger original and for less than $80, this is a dress I can actually afford.

EXPRESS Metallic One-Shoulder Banded Dress (Hervé Léger Josephine knockoff)

EXPRESS Metallic One-Shoulder Banded Dresscj
($79.50, EXPRESS)

Image source(s): Saks, EXPRESS

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Update: This post has been updated on March 15, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

In keeping with the hugely popular gladiator theme that came about over a year ago, Giuseppe Zanotti has created the I90265 Studded Strappy sandal. I really do love this kind of shoe as a juxtaposition to a white summery dress or you can even go all out and pair them with a black mini. The studs add a little extra somethin’ if you want to wear them to a more dressy affair. I’m not too keen on the price, though, especially not for a sandal as trendy as this one.

Giuseppe Zanotti I90265 Studded Strappy Sandals in black

Giuseppe Zanotti I90265 Studded Strappy Sandalsamazon
($437.40, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj.

Franco Sarto “Amica” Sandals

UPDATE (03/15/2011): Just came across another Giuseppe Zanotti dupe from Franco Sarto. Available in black or white.

Franco Sarto "Amica" Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I90265 knockoffs)

Franco Sarto “Amica” Sandalsamazon
($55, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at NORDSTROMls & Zapposcj.

Vince Camuto “Wendy” Sandals

Vince Camuto has come out with an exact copy of the Giuseppe Zanotti sandals – the “Wendy”. From the zipper back, to the crossed straps, to the square studs, to the buckle detailing, these are exactly like their big sister, but at a quarter of the price! These sandals are the perfect way to try out the trend without breaking the bank.

Vince Camuto "Wendy" Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti I90265 knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Wendy” Sandalsamazon
($65.42, Amazon)

Image source(s): Zappos, Amazon

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Did Diane von Furstenberg feel the influence of pop icon and songstress Lady Gaga when she designed her collection of ginormous bow headbands? One can never underestimate Gaga power. After all, the Fall 2010 ready-to-wear shows were teeming with models in “no pants” (Gagaspeak for the bodysuit, worn with, well, no pants). Maybe DvF was inspired by Gaga’s (literal) hair bow from her Poker Face video, with a little glitz borrowed from headband queen Blair Waldorf (of Gossip Girl). It certainly can’t be Tavi Gevinson’s famous, view-blocking bow since the collection was already in production at that point.

Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2010 Trend - Oversized Bow Headbands

Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2010

DvF’s oversized headpieces may have been fun on the runway, but for real life, there wouldn’t be many females past the age of five willing to rock one. Of course, the little girl in me still loves the sweetness of a bow headband, and luckily we found several affordable, scaled down versions we think you’ll love too.

Trend Spy Spring 2010 - Bow Headbands

Go Shopping:

  1. Cara Accessories “Special Fluttering” Floral Bow Headbandls, $36
  2. Eugenia Kim Serena Bow Headbandcj, $77
  3. Tasha “I Am So Fabulous” Bow Headbandls, $38
  4. ASOS Zebra Print Satin Bow Stretch Headbandls, $10.26
  5. Charlotte Russe Polkadot Bow Headband, $3.99

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