Erdem vs. Topshop

Red continues to be a hot colour for Spring.

Erdem presented a covetable elegant red lace dress during their Spring 2011 presentation.

The dress has gathered pleats from wide neckline through to the bodice, half sleeves with a scalloped trim, soft gathering at skirt and a scalloped hemline.

Michelle Williams wore this dress back in October for her “Blue Valentine” London Premiere.

The dress has been used for inspiration by Topshop as they have a very similar version on their virtual shelves.

The Erdem version would have set you back £1,960 before it sold out, but the Topshop version is still for sale on Topshop International for £48 and Topshop US for $96.

Burberry Prorsum vs. Topshop

Emma Watson was spotted arriving back at her hotel after attending Harvey Weinstein’s Pre-BAFTA Party at Almada Club in Mayfair last week.

She was rocking a beige Burberry trench coat with contrasting leather sleeves from their new Spring 2011 range which would retail at approx £1,795/$2,795.

The classic coat with an edge had been recreated by Topshop at a fraction of the price.

Check out Topshop US and Topshop International for a more affordable option.

Apart from the price the other difference is that Emma’s Burberry version has a leather collar as well as leather sleeves.

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Halston vs. ASOS

The Spring 2010 red Halston boat neck epaulette dress was presented during New York Fashion Week.

We’ve seen it worn twice on the red carpet by Jennifer Lopez and Alexis Bledel.

The popular dress has been used for inspiration by ASOS as they have a very similar ASOS tailored drummer girl tulip dress on their virtual shelves in 3 colours.

The dresses share the same colour, tulip pleated skirt and epaulette detailing, but the ASOS version has added military style button detailing.

The Halston version would set you back $1,326.50 as it was reduced in the Net-A-Porter US sale, whereas the ASOS version is a mere $79.30.

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Givenchy vs. French Connection

Whilst on my lunch break yesterday I walked past French Connection on Oxford Street in London and saw a dress in the window which immediately made me think of a similar dress from the Givenchy Spring 2010 collection.

It a similar colour, it drapes the same way and they both have embellished shoulders.

The difference of course will be the price.

French Connection sell their version for £110, whilst the Givenchy dress no doubt cost thousands.


Stella McCartney vs. Karen Millen

The Stella McCartney Resort collection was very popular and included many lace pieces.

Walking into my local Karen Millen store recently I notice they also have many lace pieces, but it was this Karen Millen lace jacket which caught my eye.

Both jackets have the same shrunken french lace three quarter length sleeves, the same contrasting nude lining and the same scallop edging.

The main difference is that the McCartney jacket has a solid banded waistband.

As if by coincidence Charlize Theron and Thandie Newton have both been spotted wearing the Stella McCartney lace jacket this week.

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Burberry Prorsum vs. Lipsy

We were all very excited to watch the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2010 presentation as it was beamed live via the internet last September.

We drooled over the updated trenches which had twists, ruching and came in cute pastel colours.

A knotted Burberry Prorsum trench from Net-A-Porter’s international would set you back £2,395.

Lipsy London have been inspired by the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2010 collection to present their own Lipsy ruched shoulder mac which will only set you back £70.

Prices to suit all pockets.


Giorgio Armani vs. ASOS

Roberta Armani wore this beautiful Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 gold and black velvet dress to the “Viola Di Mare” Premiere during Rome Film Festival last year.

It’s a stunning two-tone strapless dress which looked amazing on the red carpet.

ASOS have recently added a very similar dress to their virtual sleeves.

In order not to be a accused of copying the Armani look, ASOS dress is made from satin plus it has an extra zig-zag on the skirt.

I will never stop being surprised at how this happens on a regular basis.

The Giorgio Armani dress no doubt cost thousands, but the ASOS version is available from ASOS US for $93.48, and for £55.

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