Emilio Pucci vs ASOS

This little green Emilio Pucci Spring 2009 number is a gem of a dress.

We have seen it worn by both Kate Hudson and Hilary Rhoda earlier this year.

ASOS have created their very own version, a fantastic copy of the same cut and colour.

Shimmering your way onto the dance floor this season with this affordable fun bod con dress.

It’s available to purchase from

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Dolce & Gabbana vs. Topshop

Last night I was stocking up on sweater dresses in Toshop’s Oxford Circus store when something caught my eye.

It was a Topshop brooch and corsage belt which instantly made me think of a similar belt presented on the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 runway.

It has the same black corsage detailing, and the brooch details accenting the belt to make it stand out and become instantly recognisable.

The Dolce & Gabbana belt may have set you back a few hundred pounds, but the Topshop one is only £38.

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Louis Vuitton vs. Topshop

When I was in Topshop earlier today, the first thing I thought of when I saw their taffeta prom dress was Louis Vuitton.

It has the same poufy sleeves, low neckline, slim waist, vibrant fuschia colour and incredibly short hemline.

The Topshop dress is available to purchase for £50 and is part of their Dynasty Dame range.

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Balmain vs. Alice + Olivia

The Balmain military jacket as worn by Beyonce Knowles would have set you back $11,410.

Thanks to Alice + Olivia, you can purchase their shrunken military jacket with embellished details on the front and shoulders for a small fraction of the price at $550.

It’s still quite expensive for some, but that’s no doubt due to the crystals, pearls and beaded details.

Alice + Olivia also seemed to be inspired by Balmain’s Fall 2008 zebra print blazer as worn by Kim Kardashian.

It has the same print and embellished lapels, but at a fraction of the cost.

This blazer is available from Nordstorm for $495.

Unlike Bebe’s attempts to knock-off Balmain, these are much more acceptable.


Fall 2009 Runway vs. Zara Fall 2009

I’m a huge fan of Zara and their runway inspired pieces.  You can channel your inner Carine Roitfeld for under £200 in the store.

If I had £5,000 to spend on a Balmain jacket I would, but I don’t which is why I appreciate Zara so much.

Balmain is again a huge inspiration for Zara.

We can expect puffy sleeves inspired by Dolce & Gabbana.

Sharp shoulders à la Balmain.

Wool wrap coats inspired by Stella McCartney.

Like it or not over-the-knee boots are coming to the high-street. We saw these in Stella McCartney’s, Rodarte’s, Halston’s and Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2009 shows.

Remember the advice Natalie Massenet from Net-A-Porter gave me, which was to wear these boots with an oversized sweater or blazer making sure the tops of the boots are not seen. You don’t want to end up looking like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”.

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