Celebrity Look 4 Less – Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

by Irina on January 21, 2010

I have a major girl crush on Zoe Saldana and regularly gush about her various red carpet looks there. The beautiful actress caught my attention last year when she did a promo tour for Star Trek. Her flaming red dress from up-and-coming designer Prabal Gurung which she wore at the Star Trek Germany Premiere in Berlin finally sealed her status on my red carpet favorites top list. I just absolutely loved her look!

Zoe Saldana wearing a red Prabal Gurung Fall 2009 dress

Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who? Zoe Saldana
Where? “Star Trek” Germany Premiere, Berlin
When? April 16, 2009
What? Prabal Gurung Fall 2009 dress, Emilio Pucci Fall 2009 strappy sandals

ABS by Allen Schwartz Large Bow Cocktail Dress

Social Media is crazy sometimes. Today I was browsing eDressMe for their latest arrivals, knowing they regularly feature designer inspired clothes, and it hit me like a hammer when I saw this dress by Allen Schwartz dress which of course instantly reminded me of Zoe’s Prabal Gurung dress (I’m kind of obsessed with either of them). I then tweeted this to Prabal’s twitter account saying he’s apparently gotten so big he’s already being copied. It wasn’t until a few hours later when I saw several retweets including one by Prabal referring to an article on Fashionista.com where the topic of Prabal being copied by ABS had just started (coincidence? I doubt so). Anyway, back to the dress. While I think that being copied is a thing that sooner or later happens to all high fashion labels and is pretty much unavoidable – sometimes even welcomed by fashion followers without a celebrity budget – I clearly draw the line when rip-offs come with unjustified price tags. It’s outright shameless to charge $310 for a dress that is obviously the creative brainchild of someone else. The ridiculously high price also can’t be justified by the fabric used since the dress is 100% Polyester. No way I’d EVER pay that much for such a cheap replica. What do you guys think?

ABS by Allen Schwartz Large Bow Cocktail Dress in red (Prabal Gurung Fall 2009 knockoff)

ABS by Allen Schwartz Large Bow Cocktail Dress
($310, eDressMe)

bebe “Trish” Satin Sandals

bebe did a good job on copying Zoe’s heels. I instantly recognized the inspiration behind these strappy satin sandals. They have a platform and also two straps less than the Emilio Pucci heels, but they still look a lot like Zoe’s heels. If you prefer a funkier version, the shoes come also in various other colors.

bebe Trish Satin Strappy Sandals in black (Emilio Pucci knockoffs)

bebe “Trish” Satin Sandals
($59.99, bebe)

Posted in: Celebrity Looks 4 Less,Dresses,Prabal Gurung,Red Carpet,Zoe Saldana

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