Posts Tagged ‘Fashion Doppelganger’

Fashion Doppelgänger/Vena Cava v F21

July 21, 2009

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I was so excited when I discovered the ladies behind Vena Cava were writing a blog – I’ve be a devout reader ever since.  Their dresses are always my favorites as they mix luxury with bohemia.  I may practice crystal magic but you won’t catch me wearing patchouli!  If that made any sense to you then you probably know why I love them so much.  Plus they’re from the town [South Pasadena] over from me.

Being sick all day today allotted me a little time to peruse my favorite online shops including Forever 21.  There was one particular dress of their’s that stood out right away.  Cute? Yes. Inexpensive? Yes. Vena Cava inspired? Definitely. A little too inspired? You tell me.

I wonder what Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock think.

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Fashion Doppelgänger/Burberry v F21

June 10, 2009

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Yesterday one of my favorite bloggers, Diabolina, made a comment about my recent purchases from Forever 21.  She, like me, knows how to go in that store, find the gems and walk out of there with something that looks like it came off the rack at Barneys.  We’re not haters of F21.  I’m sure we could both attest that there is just way too much jersey in there but nonetheless we love the place!  Her comment inspired me to go peruse their site and see what new pieces I could ad to my treasure chest of jewelry.

Jackpot!  I found this amazing Tribal Leaf Rope Necklace which is totally reminiscent of that Burberry leaf necklace I was dying over on Net-a-Porter.  Two clicks later and it was mine.  I’m so happy because I really love the design no matter who makes it!  Besides, leaf/flower necklaces go way back and now I finally have mine.  I’d love a vintage piece if any of you have a suggestion.

I think Fashion Doppelgänger has made its comeback.  I was really bummed when another fashionblog [corporate] hijacked my intellectual property like the day after I made a post.  Obviously I am bright enough to know I didn’t create either of those words, but I know when someone is making a carbon copy.

Fashion Doppelgänger / Louboutin v F21

November 21, 2008

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I haven’t posted a Fashion Doppelgänger in awhile, so I was thrilled to come across these beauts!  Though a much more “popular” site recently used the phrase “Fashiongänger” and more than once had the same knock-offs feature a day after mine, I am happy to bring you my most recent discovery – Christian Louboutin v Forever 21.

We all know that Forever 21 is the biggest knock-off offender of all, but at a time like this I am a bit offended by the $835 Louboutins that look like something the strippers over at Sam’s Hofbrau would wear.  There have been many wannabees to the Rodita Zip Platforms but I can say I am a little impressed by the $27.80 red [though appears coral] Zipper Chic Pumps from Forever 21.  They don’t look nearly as stripper-esque!

Fashion Doppelgänger: CHLOE & TOPSHOP

July 29, 2008

In June we were the first to bring you the Fashion Doppelgänger of Chloe, in the form of Forever 21. Now there is a TOPSHOP version known as the Penelope Premium Shoe Boot which will run you £75.00. We are very satisfied with our F21 purchase, but if you want to add another to your collection these look pretty good because the F21 are SOLD OUT online!

Could it be all the positive blogging & photos from Taghrid, who owns them in both colors?

Fashion Doppelgänger: Opening Ceremony & Made by Elves

July 22, 2008

I love OXFORDS! I loved these Opening Ceremony/Cut-Out Oxford Flats so much that I contemplated them as an appropriate shoe to meet the First Lady in (at a special lunchtime library event). I didn’t have a spare $300 then and I surely don’t have it now, so I was overjoyed when I spotted these Made by Elves/1920 Oxfords for $68.

They might be the perfect shoe for my birthday party in the park.  MORE ON THAT TO COME!

Fashion Doppelgänger: Nine West vs. Forever 21

July 7, 2008

We have seen them on Childhood Flames, Fashion Toast, The Sartorialist and they’re even sitting in my closet – the black “heech” gladiators from Nine West. If you haven’t seen them or don’t already own them, I suggest these shoes if you are looking for a gladiator with some height. Even better is that they are on sale ($69.99) on their site.

Or should you opt for their fashion doppelgänger? I was perusing the Forever 21 shoe page, and came across the Blanea Wedge. Tres intéressant, non? At $24.80 and almost an identical, they could be the cure for your gladiator blues. The catch is they only come in brown.

SO, now it is up to you – another in brown, one of each, or none at all because you only think gladiators are a trend. If you ask me, you can never have too many gladiators; I’ve been collecting since 2002.

Fashion Doppelgänger: CHLOE & Forever 21

June 23, 2008

Forever 21 often makes knock offs that warrant a good scoff, but these CHLOE wannabes might be making it into my closet. WHY? The story is as follows.

Each season I make a list of all my fashion favorites, arranging them into categories like “must have or will die”, “wait until its on sale at Net-a-Porter” and “opt for a thrift store.” These CHLOE shoes, as seen above, went straight into my “must have/die” slot the moment I laid eyes on them. I found them on Net-a-Porter and didn’t even care that they weren’t on sale – I had to have them. I showed all my friends, and even my colleagues at work; I just knew these shoes and I would be the perfect match.

Then one day we made a visit to Barneys to chat with Simon Doonan. There they were, my leather shoe boots, calling my name! I grabbed the shoe, and upon doing so, felt what seemed to be material only found at Payless and in bargin bins. Gasp. Before I could reach for my Barneys card, I was halted by heartbreak. My shoe dreams were tossed into the flames of an unforgiving hell. Why would CHLOE do this to me? Needless to say I tossed the shoe back onto its wooden display and walked away with my head hanging low. Ask Stefani, she can attest to the atrocity of the shoe.

For this reason I say bring it on F21. Surely your $27.80 shoe will be worth the price tag attached. I will have one of each, merci beaucoup.

Left/CHLOE/Leather Shoe Boot $645 now $387 BLACK & WHITE/Pink

Right/FOREVER 21/Patent Peeptoe $27.80 Black & WHITE/Pink

Fashion Doppelgänger: Rogan for Target & F21

June 18, 2008

As much as my boyfriend cringes at the sight of animal print, as I am sure many of you do, I cannot get enough of chic leopard. There is something about the very gaudy that attracts me. That is the reason I cannot stop buying gold! Maybe my influence comes from my riot grrrl days of Doc Martens, fishnets and leopard or my former love for Gwen Stefani. Whatever the case, this urge hasn’t vanished in my twenties and who knows if it ever will. I might end up like my 70+ year old red-headed friend named Susan Allen who only wears cheetah print and orange. Probably not, but she’s so amazing I had to mention her.

Target brought us the glory of Gregory Rogan these past few months, and the response has been huge. Rogan for Target has by far been the best Go International collection ever produced. Plus, the dress is still on sale for $39.99. It is no surprise that Forever 21 has tried to capitalize on this fabulous collection, by producing their own Safari Tunic. Definitely a doppelgänger. Animal print surely holds no copyright, but if you’re going to chose between the two, opt for Rogan’s environmentally-conscious silk dress.

Fashion Doppelgänger: Marc Jacobs & Sweater

June 4, 2008

I’ve been holding on to this gem for awhile.

Fashion Doppelgänger: Phillip Lim & GAP

May 16, 2008

GAP is not my usual shopping centre, but I needed to return my Phillip Lim CFDA shirt because it simply wasn’t me, no matter how much I wanted it to be. The Philip Crangi bracelet on the other hand has been all over town on my cute little wrist and there’s no end to its popularity in sight. Unfortunately, this CFDA collection for the GAP seems to truly pale in comparison to the previous one. When I arrived at the GAP there were disheveled racks and piles of white shirts and dresses, half off no less!

While inside this unpopular store known as GAP, I spotted this “Rosette Shirt” which appeared to be a close resemblance to a Phillip Lim rosette tank dress I have from his Spring 2007 collection. That by the way is one of my top favorite dresses of all time – that I own. The GAP shirt is quite simple but lovely as well, and coming in at a mere $26. I couldn’t force myself to buy it, not because I think it is too much like Lims, but because I don’t wear t-shits. I’ll think about it. In the meantime, designers head my call – MORE ROSETTES!

Fashion Doppelganger: Marc Jacobs & F21

April 1, 2008

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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” (Charles Caleb, 1820) Did you know those words were meant to be ironic? Attempting to gain attention by copying another’s original ideas didn’t bode well with Caleb, and it doesn’t with the fashion intelligentsia. On display are some examples of the simply inspired and obviously mimicked. I’d always rather buy the original because “fakes are never in fashion” and if the item is out of reach, I simply say c’est la vie.

On a browse through Forever 21, a dangling design caught the corner of my eye. I focused on this bag before me and gasped – I have this at home! I spotted the doppelgänger of my favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs bag from 2006. Surely this wasn’t going to be the only evil twin in this store.

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alessandra Pussy Bow Dress – $428
  2. Forever 21, Mod Shift Dress – $24.80
  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Chalk Stripe Denim Faridah, Spring 2006
  4. Forever 21, Nautical Canvas Tote – $22.80

Do not forget the philosophy of simulacrum and know that everything is a replica of something else.