July 30, 2009

Balmain vs. Bebe

Posted by Catherine Kallon

Oops Bebe have done it again. They’ve twice been inspired by Balmain’s Fall 2009 collection.

The shimmering Bebe sequin striped party dress with a silky ruffled hem closely resembles the Balmain Fall 2009 strapless dress with a ruffled asymmetrical skirt.  Even the black straps are flowing in the same direction.


…they’ve also also been inspired to create this Bebe strapless sequin train dress which is identical to the Balmain dress presented, but the Bebe dress has a very limp train.

Not everyone can afford Balmain’s prices, but both these copies look really cheap and unappealing. The first one is OK but the second one has be the worst copy I’ve ever seen.

Credit: & Bebe

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15 Responses to Balmain vs. Bebe

  1. Prêt-à-Porter P July 31, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    when i see the bebe versions it REALLY makes it apparent how cheap & tacky the original ones are too

  2. marky July 31, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    agree with robbie too, i’ve never been a fan of balmain either. most of it wouldn’t look out of place in shops like quiz and logo.

  3. FelipeA July 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Both the Bebe dresses are just stupid, but the second one is a sequined scarecrow to me. Also, i just have ask: why is it always “inspired”? why can’t people say the actual word? If luxury brands are always fighting against counterfeit merchandise, how can this be allowed? it seems to me that it would be a simple question of spreading your influence and position, but if so, does it really matter if it’s an established clothing company that makes a shi**y copy of your design instead of a criminal?
    Just to be clear, I’m not advocating in favor of forgery, i just find it confusing

  4. Bridget July 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    The copy should have just cut the train off and just have the silver dress with the train made into a black skirt over it. Some things should just stay on the runway and not transcend into regular clothing. The train is too long. It looks ridic 🙁

  5. Marianna Cataldi July 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    I agree 100% with Robbie. Both look cheap and tacky.

  6. ber July 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    Wow…the second dress looks like a cheap Halloween costume.

    • rebecca July 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

      So right – it does look like a Halloween costume. That about the only time that Bebe dress would work. It’s not a patch on the original.

  7. Anu July 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Balmain should be priced in the same range as Bebe… the runway clothing is equally as cheap looking! YUCK!

    • annie July 31, 2009 at 5:01 am #

      I agree. Balmain is just pricey but cheap looking apparels. So why not invest to wearable designs.

  8. LolaSvelt July 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    These copies are CHEAP! They make Lipsy rip-offs look well-made.

    • shubby doo July 31, 2009 at 7:43 am #

      1 completely agree with you

  9. Chiara July 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    The bebe version is always missing the thing that would make it a “pretty” dress. Like in the first dress, the fact that it has strap and is missing the big floral ornament just make it a “regular” party dress for me. It’s still 180 USD! The second looks better but still it’s missing the vavavoom of the Balmain’s dress. The train is …almost pathetic.

  10. Maria July 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    Wonder when the lawsuit will begin.

  11. mol July 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    agreed F.C. – sadly tacky

  12. robbie July 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    both balmain and bebe look cheap and tacky. surely they could have picked a nicer dress from the collection to copy.

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