Listen, I get it. Everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna has been seen sporting Christophe Decarnin's skin-tight mini dresses, broad-shouldered blazers, embellished jeans, and sexy sky-high footwear. And, much like that other fashion house (cough *Balenciaga* cough) whose pricey duds usually spawn a million more affordable knock-offs, Balmain look-a-likes can pretty much be found at every fast fashion hot spot nowadays for little to nothing.
So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this bedazzled mini on Bebe's e-store. I don't shop at Bebe but its merchandise can be summed up in one word: over-priced. It's one of those labels who aspires to be like a Max Azira but falls totally short instead. Nonetheless, someone inside their bran trust decided to create a replica of a dress from Balmain's Fall '08 collection.
It doesn't look too bad, but it's definitely not worth its $115 price tag. At all. The polyester just simply isn't cutting it and, well, it just looks kind of awful. This just goes to show that not everything in life that is Balmain inspired, relatively cheap, and accessible is good for your wardrobe or skin because I know this piece has to be very itchy. Here's to just hoping Balmain decides to bless us semi-broke fools with a limited edition capsule collection that won't scare my wallet.
If Karl Lagerfeld, Rodarte, and Stella McCartney can, why can't you Mr. Decarnin? Please! Le sigh.