I know Balmain is supposed to be a super exclusive, high-end, ultra-luxe fashion label and even though I am used to see outraging prices for the most basic clothing I’m still apalled whenever I see the price tag of anything Balmain. I mean, come on, $13.000 for a sequin mini dress? Are you serious? As much as I adore Balmain and all of Christophe’s wonderful work for the French fashion house, there’s no way I would buy a dress this expensive even if I had a few extra thousands to spare.
Balmain Paillette Mini Dress, $13.395 || Net-A-Porter
Celebrities Love Balmain
Celebs like actress Blake Lively and model Daria Werbowy have been spotted wearing a black sequin Balmain Paillette Mini Dress.
French Connection Samantha Sequin Wrap Front Dress
Update (09/08/2010): This Balmain knockoff by French Connection is certainly not a steal, but considering the original retails for 13k, $269.60 doesn’t seem that expensive in comparison, right? Available in black or navy.
French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dress, $298 || ASOS
Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress
Luckily, you don’t need to sell your soul in order to achieve the same glam sexy vixen look à la Balmain. Lipsy has come up with a great and 100x more affordable alternative. I wish they wouldn’t have dampened all the outstanding features that made this sequin LBD stand out (e.g. the shoulder pads, plunge neck and length of the dress), but all in all it’s still a super sexy dress which goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million dollars.
Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress, $118.98 || ASOS