UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 03, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

These buckled ankle boots, also known as the “creeper” boots, were part of Phi‘s Fall 2009 collection and are available to buy at NET-A-PORTER for the hefty price of $995. As with all extreme, badass boots these have too become extremely popular with fashion connoisseurs around the globe and can now be found on the fabulous feet of trendsetting stylists, editors and socialites as recently spotted by Jak&Jil.

Phi Fall 2009 "Creepers" Buckled Platform Ankle Boots in black

Phi “Creepers” Buckled Platform Ankle Bootsls
($995, NET-A-PORTER)

Nine West “Dabblit” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (01/03/2010): Found a more tamed version of the Phi creeper boots by Nine West. Available in either black or brown leather.

Nine West "Dabblit" Ankle Boots in black (Phi Creeper knockoffs)

Nine West “Dabblit” Ankle Bootscj
($79.99, Nine West)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Zapposcj.

Jeffrey Campbell Whip Platform Ankle Boots

Now look at these buckled boots by Jeffrey Campbell. I know the cheetah/leopard print on the front may look confusing first, but if you look at the shape, heel and details you will recognize them as an almost identical copy of the Phi booties above. It seems as if JC already incorporated the animal print trend for coming spring into these boots (see Alexander Wang Spring 2010). I must admit that I’m tempted, but not completely sold on the cheetah print. What do you think of these boots? Fierce or fugly? … Oh, and did you know the alias name of the JCs is “creeper“, too? Yeah, not obvious at all.

Jeffrey Campbell Whip-2 Ankle Boots in black (Phi Creeper knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell Whip-2 Platform Ankle Bootspjx
($139.95, Solestruck)

Image source(s): NET-A-PORTER, Zappos, Solestruck


UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 03, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

So, did you catch the zippers and buckles trend for this season? This is majorly thanks to Balmain and Giuseppe Zanotti who presented this trend at their wonderful Fall 2009 collection. Take these suede zipper boots here for example. They are absolutely gorgeous and I would LOVE to rock them, but at $1.975 a pair this isn’t going to happen… sad, but true.

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Suede Zipped Boots in black

Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Zipper Bootscj
($1.975, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at NET-A-PORTERls, farfetchls & YOOXls.

Celebrities Love Balmain

Khloe Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan wearing black suede Balmain Zipper Boots

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Hypnotic “Wilder” Zipper Boots

UPDATE (01/03/2010): Here’s yet another great and budget-friendly Balmain zipper boot look-a-like version by Hypnotic. Available in black, grey and rust suede.

Hypnotic "Wilder" Zipper Boots in black suede (Balmain knockoffs)

Hypnotic “Wilder” Zipper Bootsamazon
($45.95, Amazon)

Dollhouse “Lupo” Zipper Booties

UPDATE (11/05/2009): Found another budget-friendly Balmain zipper boot knockoff by Dollhouse. Available in black or blue.

Dollhouse "Lupo" Zipper Ankle Boots in black (Balmain Fall 2009 knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Lupo” Zipper Bootiesamazon
($66.95, Amazon)

Anne Michelle “Just Zip It” Boots

I nearly fell off my chair when I saw these hot babies by Anne Michelle popping up on LuLu*s “What’s New“-section. They look so close to the originals and are sooooo affordable at the same time. Major excitement! Yes, they are faux-suede, but it’s almost impossible to get real suede at such a cheap price, so don’t complain.

Anne Michelle Addiction 53 Just Zip it Boots in black faux suede (Balmain Fall 2009 knockoffs)

Anne Michelle Addiction 53 Just Zip It Boots
($53, LuLu*s)

N.Y.L.A. “Zipit” Ankle Boots

We all have different kinds of budgets and since I know a lot of you aren’t into faux suede, I wanted to provide an additional great Balmain alternative to lust after. These zippered boots by N.Y.L.A. are significantly pricier than the Anne Michelle boots, but the quality you’ll get will be accordingly better. Available in black, brown, natural or red suede.

N.Y.L.A. Zipit Ankle Boots in black suede (Balmain Fall 2009 knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Zipit” Ankle Bootsamazon
($144.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Heels.comcj, REVOLVEClothingcj & NORDSTROMls.


Real vs. Steal – Fendi Spy Leather Bag

by Irina on January 3, 2010

UPDATE: This post has been updated on January 03, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I already said I’m by no means a handbag expert, but even I am acquainted with the Fendi Spy bag. This shoulder bag which is made of ultra-rich nappa leather and finished with woven double top handles, instantly became the “It” bag when it came out a few years ago. All hype aside, I certainly understand why handbag connoisseurs lusted over this delicious piece of arm candy. The design is elegant and versatile and the craftmanship absolutely exquisite. However, not everyone can justify a $2.000 handbag investment including myself.

Fendi Spy Bag in black

Fendi Spy Leather Bagls
($2.050, Farfetch)

Celebrities Love Fendi

Ashley Tisdale, Heidi Montag, Victoria Beckham & Mary-Kate Olsen carrying a Fendi Spy Bag

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Baghaus “Spy” Bag

UPDATE (12/31/2009): Found a second, almost identical Fendi Spy bag knockoff by Baghaus which looks so close to the original they didn’t even bother to change the name. Available in black (pictured), brown, mustard, beige and pewter.

Baghaus "Spy" Bag in black (Fendi Spy bag knockoff)

Baghaus “Spy” Bag
($49.95, Baghaus)

Handbag Heaven Classic Secret Agent Bag

If you want a great looking alternative for a fraction of the price, Handbag Heaven has a really good and budget-friendly option for all of us who can’t afford the real deal. Their “classic secret agent bag” is an almost identical copy of the Fendi bag, even the name is a tribute. The bag is made of soft leatherette and comes in either classic black, shimmering pewter or a delightfully mustard color. A great gift for your mom, sister, BFF or your own handbag lovin’ self, of course.

Handbag Heaven Classic Secret Agent Bag in black (Fendi Spy Bag knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Classic Secret Agent Bag
($49.95, Handbag Heaven)


So I absolutely adore this double-breasted wool coat by Stella McCartney. It is my ideal coat! The tailoring is exquisite as is the wool felt the coat is made out of. But as usual style and quality come at a price; in this case the price is as high as $2.495. Not exactly my kind of shopping budget. But since having a good coat is essential in the winter I tried to find an affordable yet stylish alternative.

Stella McCartney Felt Military Coat in taupe

Stella McCartney Felt Military Coat
($2.495, SOLD OUT)

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Connelly wearing a Stella McCartney Felt Military Coat

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ASOS Wool Metal Button Full Skirted Coat

While this wool coat by ASOS doesn’t have the same fine texture as the Stella McCartney coat I still love how similar it is to the original. The coat comes in 3 colors: camel (pictured), black and pink.

ASOS Wool Metal Button Full Skirted Coat in camel (Stella McCartney knockoff)

ASOS Wool Metal Button Full Skirted Coatls
($144.48, ASOS)

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I’m not a slides person by default because I need arch support in my shoes and really can’t stand it when my heels dangle in the air. However, when I first laid my eyes on these colorful cabachon slides by Miu Miu I couldn’t help but be in total awe. The embellishments are just too cute!

Miu Miu Cabachon Slides in black

Miu Miu Cabachon Slidesls
($750, Neiman Marcus)

Mary-Kate Olsen Loves Miu Miu

Mary-Kate Olsen wearing black Miu Miu Cabachon Slides

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Romantica” Sandals

These Carlos by Carlos Santana sandals may have a few differences (e.g. they’re not quite as colorful as the Miu Mius, made of suede + slingback version), but overall they are still a fantastic alternative if you are trying to save some cash. Available in black or red suede.

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Romantica" Platform Sandals in black suede (Miu Miu Cabachon knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Romantica” Platform Sandalsamazon
($89.49, Amazon)

Nine West “Quincylla” Slides

Nine West also has a great look-a-like option. The gemstones are a bit dull and dark which I find a bit sad, but the shape is almost identical. Available in either black or tan (with turquoise stones).

Nine West "Quincylla" Slides in black (Miu Miu Cabachon knockoffs)

Nine West “Quincylla” Slidesamazon
($88.95, Amazon)

Vince Camuto “Emily” High Heel Sandals

If the above options didn’t cut it for you, maybe you’ll find yourself falling for these Miu Miu inspired ankle strap sandals by Vince Camuto. I really like the embellishments on these even though they could’ve been a bit more colorful like the originals. Available in black, dark brown and tan.

Vince Camuto "Emily" High Heel Sandals in black (Miu Miu Cabachon knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Emily” High Heel Sandalsamazon
($76.95, Amazon)

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