Real vs. Steal – D&G Silk Bustier Dress

by Celine on February 18, 2010

What better way to celebrate the annual recurrence of Spring then with the lightest, sweetest, airiest of frocks? As our celebrities artfully demonstrate below, this D&G dress can be dressed up with cute, lady-like shoes or dressed down with chunky platforms and a chain belt. Unfortunately, as versatile as this dress may be, it is also seriously out of our price range (even at its sale price!).

D&G Strapless Butterfly Silk Bustier Dress in cream

D&G Silk Bustier Dress
($1.995, SOLD OUT)

P.S.: Available in black at LUISAVIAROMAcj for $800 (sale price!).

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Tamsin Egerton and Dianna Agron wearing a strapless cream D&G Silk Bustier Dress

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ABS by Allen Schwartz Short Butterfly Dress

Fortunately for us, there exists a designer like Allen Schwartz who has long been in the market of re-creating celebrity dresses. Their “Butterfly” dress is a near-perfect copy of its much more expensive cousin. The dress is white rather than ballerina-pink, but the beautiful shirred bodice and floaty chiffon skirt tell the same whimsical story as the original – and at a much nicer price.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Short Butterfly Dress in ivory (D&G knockoff)

ABS by Allen Schwartz Shirred Bodice Dress with Butterfly Detaills

P.S.: Also available in ivory or black at Bloomingdale’sls.


Today’s Heel of the Day is Chinese Laundry’s “Hoity Toity” sexy stiletto pump. One of the most important things about shoes for me – and probably one of the many reasons why I love designer shoes so much – is the shape of a shoe. Unfortunately, it is the shape where most budget-fashion retailers compromise when trying to redo a designer inspired heel. And this is what ruins many, many budget-friendly shoes for me. No matter how cheap they might be; if I don’t like the shape, I won’t buy them. Period.

Imagine my excitement when I stumble upon those rare precious gems where both shape AND price are just right! The shape of these darlings is absolutely to-die-for and I really love the high arch not to mention the sky-high 4 3/4″ stiletto heel. If I didn’t know they’re only $109, I would’ve easily labeled them as designer shoes. I’m not going to lie to you; they will pain the hell out of you, but it will be oh-so worth it. Now what are you waiting for? Head over to Chinese Laundry, grab your pair & feel like sex on heels. (Hurry, most sizes are down to low quantities already!)

Chinese Laundry Hoity Toity Snakeskin Stiletto Pumps

Chinese Laundry Hoity Toity Stiletto Pumpscj
($109, Chinese Laundry)


Katy Perry is very much known for her quirky fun personality. She has a soft spot for all things cute which can be clearly seen in the picture below where Katy braves LA’s rainy weather with a pink cat umbrella and a sweet racer back tank with a smiley face on it. Katy loves ♥ ♥ ♥ and we ♥ Katy!

Katy Perry wearing a white Sauce Heart Eyes Racer Back Tank

Our Rating: ★★★☆☆

Who?Katy Perry
Where?Leaving the gym, LA
When?January 19, 2010
What?Sauce Heart Eyes Racer Back Tank

Sauce Heart Eyes Racer Back Tank

Sauce Heart Eyes Racer Back Tank in white

Sauce Heart Eyes Racer Back Tankcj
($40.60, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available in black or white at Singer22cj.


Running this blog involves spending a lot of time shoe browsing which is something I thoroughly LOVE to do since my heart is that of a true shoe addict. And since I see hundreds of new shoes daily with a few of them being delicately beautiful and exceptionally amazing I thought it’d be a waste if I don’t share my precious little finds with you, our readers. So, from today on you’ll find this new daily feature showcasing the best shoes you’ll ever find online. I promise I’ll try my best to stay under $150.

And we start with a BANG! I’m like a moth to the flame when it comes to colorful shoes. I know many people are hesitant to buy shoes in bright, loud colors and deem them impractical since they don’t match with everything like your standard black, beige and brown, but I’ll choose a yellow pump over a boring black shoe ANYTIME! And these strappy ALDO sandals are as gorgeous as it can get. The shape looks very Dior-esque and I just love the exotic snakeskin texture and the subtle platform. But those colors are where it’s really at! They’re the best thing about these heels. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Now if you please excuse me – I’m off to order a pair in each color.

ALDO McKale Criss Cross Sandals in blue, pink and turquoise

ALDO McKale Criss Cross Sandalscj
($100, Amazon)


I think we can all agree, whether you like her or not, that Angelina Jolie is one of the sexiest women on the planet. Because she wears a lot of streamlined silhouettes and a lot of black, however, she manages to almost always look both current and classic. Now that she’s a mom she seems to gravitate towards longer, more covered dresses but not so for her hubby Brad’s premiere of Inglourious Basterds. This Michael Kors dress has a classic cut but the leather gives it the perfect “Angelina” edge. It also has pockets, which automatically wins it points in my book. Fortunately the look is simple enough that it can be easily duped.

Angelina Jolie wearing a black Michael Kors Fall 2009 strapless leather dress

Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Who?Angelina Jolie
Where?“Inglourious Basterds” LA Premiere, California
When?August 10, 2009
What?Michael Kors Fall 2009 strapless leather dress, Dior sandals

Mango Strapless Leather Look Dress

This Mango dress is missing some of the sweet details of the original but the basic look is there. The strapless neckline and of course the (faux) leather make this dress sexy but the suggestiveness is offset by the knee-length hemline, just like in the Michael Kors original. There’s no seam-definition at the waist but the material clearly hugs your curves in all the right places. For well under $100, this dress deserves a go.

Mango Strapless Leather Look Dress in black (Michael Kors Fall 2009 knockoff)

Mango Strapless Leather Look Dressls
($69.23, ASOS)

Sele Strapless Faux-Leather Dress

Now this version by Sele is probably least like the original, but it’s also my favorite. The matte faux leather might lack the “specialness” that the original has but the hint of a sweetheart neckline adds interest to the top half of the dress. I’m also a fan of the subtle darts, vertical seams and defined waist. All in all this is a well-tailored, pretty dress, and at less than $100 (again?! Man, we’re good) why not give it a whirl?

Sele Strapless Faux-Leather Dress in black (Michael Kors Fall 2009 knockoff)

Sele Strapless Faux-Leather Dressls
($89, Dillard’s)

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