As a fashion addict, I cannot help but feel uncomfortable with websites such as SheInside or Jessica Buurmann.
The reason? They are full of designers’ dupes.
Zara I love you, don’t get me wrong, but at this game, you too are guilty of charge.
Obviously I’m not referring to timeless pieces and basic garments that are being designed by each brand with their own identity. No, I’m referring to super edgy apparel, that mark a collection, define the work of a stylist and which are being reproduced from A to Z by fast-fashion retailers.
We’ve all heard the speech before, regarding counterfeit items, what this parallel economy finances, and so on. Any fashionista will tell you that she does her best in order to avoid this infamous circuit.
Whenever it’s possible and when my bank account allows me to, I‘d rather buy myself an original item, especially when it comes to shoes.
Owning something exceptional is like having the Holy Grail.
Often, the price is a factor you should look beyond to when lusting a designer piece. Quality, “simple” detail, commitment, history and avant-garde are elements that have to be taken into account. All this gives appeal and desirability in the long term to the item. Plus, going to a Givenchy, Celine or Acne store in order to purchase something you wanted for long, is epic.
To me, that state of mind is also what distinguishes a fashion addict from a shopping addict. To caricature, I would say that the later one is merely obsessed with buying stuff, not owning it, nor being attentive to its quality. Someone obsessed with low prices who’d rather have dupes on a regular basis than invest in the original item. Sure, copies have the advantage of being like the original, minus the 4-figure price. Minus the overall chic aspect too (although one may acknowledge that some high fashion brands do not show the same quality as before). Having a wardrobe full of dupes from Chloe-Givenchy-Acne-Saint-Laurent-Prada-Céline-Isabel-Marant, season after season, well it’s not funny, it’s cheating and it’s tacky. Being passionate about fashion does not only stop at appearances (especially when they are fake). This implies knowing the catwalk silhouettes of the season, appreciating the drape of a pleated skirt in crepe silk or admiring the work of a Savile Row tailor.
However, fashion addicts are not perfect creatures. They have questionable purchases too. It’s rare but it does exist.
Because one cannot be aware of everything and that sometimes the price dimension of an original item may wake up the little devil that lays inside.
So after this long speech, I would like to introduce you my Valentina dress, very much inspired by the one from Valentino ^^. It’s part of my two last nasty purchases. The other one being: heels from Public Desire, very much inspired by Aquazzura Wild Thing.
So despite my willingness to buy the original Valentino dress, its price, 2500 euros, convinced me pretty quickly to drop the case. Initially, I wasn’t looking for an ersatz dress (usually if I cannot buy something, I tend to let go or to find something similar, not identical); but, while browsing the Chicwish website, I couldn’t help but noticing this bomb of a dress.
Should I take it or not? After a long reflection, I decided to give into temptation. A thick mesh, a divine pattern and a spectacular collar had me at first glance.
Dupe or not, I naturally find it beautiful and think I would have had ordered it anyway.
Pics: Yasmine Bennis