July 23, 2009

Fall 2009 Runways vs. Primark’s Fall 2009 Collection

You may remember a few months ago I did a post on Spring 2009 vs Zara’s Spring 2009 collection.

Looking at Primarks Fall 2009 collection, I couldn’t help noticing how similar many pieces are to looks on we saw on the Fall 2009 runways.

The most striking was Primark’s blue striped sequin dress (£22).

This dress bares an uncanny resemblances to the one-shouldered Balmain dress which Luisa via Roma sell for €10,773.

This wide shoulder floral tea dress (£15) is gorgeous.

The shoulders resemble both Balmain and Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2009 dresses we saw presented on the runway without the steep price tags.

I really love this dress.   In fact I prefer it to the runway looks.  I’d camp out early for this dress.

This fur coat styled with a thick black waist belt took me back to the Michael Kors Fall 2009 collection full of luxurious pieces.

The Primark coat cost £30.  The Kors coat? A whole lot more.

The sad thing is I bet these beautiful Primark pieces will fly off the shelves before we even get a chance to try them on.

Below is the rest of the Primark Fall 2009 look book which seems to be inspired by Gucci, Lanvin and Balenciaga.

What do you think?  Inspired pieces or cheap imitations?

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24 Responses to Fall 2009 Runways vs. Primark’s Fall 2009 Collection

  1. whitestroke August 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    The tea dress and the Balenciaga-like outfit are AMAZING. And so affordable! I wish I could buy it. 🙁

  2. Marlena July 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Hi guys
    love this blog and visit it everyday, but this is the first time I am leaving a comment.

    Just wanted to inform you I went to my local Primark in London after reading this post, and those cute suede peep toe booties are there, also the grey snakeskin blouse which you can see on the pics. They are selling out quickly though.
    Also, it means all those pieces arrive to stores earlier than planned so we need to pop in often!

    • Fashion Critic July 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

      hey Marlena,

      Thanks for the information. I’m going to start going more regularly.

  3. cacti July 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    primark uses cheap labour from third world countries who gets paid next to nothing. the profit margin is huge for primark.

  4. 00o00 July 25, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    primark oxford street is a nightmare! and we never see such nice clothes for the guys!

  5. MnMn July 24, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    Can we get buy them online when they come out?

    • Fashion Critic July 24, 2009 at 10:19 am #

      they don’t have an online store unfortunately

  6. Lala/S-R July 23, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    Why pay more when you can pay less for something almost identical, right? LOL
    I love the blue dress!!!

  7. zoe July 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    wow. these primark pieces are AMAZING! AND SO CHEAP! i want that fur coat! <3

  8. claire July 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    i don’t know if the shoes are part of the collection too but they look a lot like what models wore during jason wu catwalk.

  9. LL July 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    great alternatives for us brits in times like these!

  10. Candy Factory July 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    I love them! They’re good imitations!

  11. Suzanne July 23, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    I just hope they actually go into production. Sometimes you see these great pieces in magazines but they never actually make it to the shop floor.

    • Fashion Critic July 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

      you make a very good point

  12. Hannah July 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    They’re definitely imitations, but I’m not against them. For most people who can’t afford the actual designer pieces (like me!), these are a great alternative.

    If only I could get out of the states next fall, I’d camp out with you!

  13. Maria July 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    I prefer these to the runway versions, also! They seem worth the money, too, and more something you could wear for real life.

  14. ber July 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    If only it were available in the States!

  15. marvel July 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Hey just chatted to my sister and she said that the fall line should be in stores in early September.

    Hope you get te dress!!

    • Fashion Critic July 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

      thanks so much.

      I will stalk them then.

    • robbie July 23, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

      thanks, cant wait til september. september and november will be very hectic months this year lol.

  16. marvel July 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Yep sure thing 😉

  17. marvel July 23, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    My sister works at at the Head Office and she gets a priority on the clothes before the customers *Dances in celebration*

    I honestly dont know why people frown upon Primark when the clothers are fabolous and affordable and TBH I prefer the Primark clothes rather than the Desighners

    • Fashion Critic July 23, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

      It’s official I hate you LOL 😉

      Please let me know when that floral dress is due to come out. I HAVE to have it

  18. robbie July 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    blue dress cheap imitation, but for the price it is very nice. tea dress is GORGEOUS will have to buy that and the coat i must have that. the rest is also lovely, i will have to make sure i get to my local primark and hopefully get a few pieces.

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