Spot the Difference: Bow shift dresses by Primark and Ted Baker

This post isn’t what you probably think it is. You see, normally when we show you this kind of lookie-likey thing, it’s the high street brand that’s been “inspired” by the designer. In this case, however, what you see in front of you is a Ted Baker dress from this season… which looks an awful lot like one Primark released in winter of 2008. Hmm.

Of course, we guess this could just be a co-incidence, albeit a big one, because while there are some subtle differences between the two designs, you’d have to be looking closely to spot them. The natural order of things has been reversed in order of price, too: we don’t remember how much the Primark dress retailed for when it came out, but it wasn’t more than £20 (you can now find them on eBay for less than that); the Ted Baker dress, meanwhile, is £129 at ASOS.com.

Which came first, we wonder?

(Thanks to Fashion Police reader Hannah for pointing this one out to us!)

4 Comments

  • September 15, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m astonished! Can’t imagine a company like Ted Baker being “inspired” by Primark, but too similar to be an accident of some hidden memory pretending to be your own idea (which happens to me all the time – mind you they say true originality it usually down to errors made in subconscious imitation). Anyway, all a bit too H2G2 for my comfort…

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    • September 15, 2010

      The Fashion Police

      I know, it’s a strange one… I mean, I get the subconscious immitation thing – I actually always worry about this happening to me with blogging, because I read so many blogs, and it’s inevitable that I’ll forget where I saw something – but the thing is, this dress was actually pretty popular when it came out: I remember seeing loads of people wearing it, and it was one of those dresses that sold on eBay for much more than the RRP (I remember because I really wanted one, but objected to paying £40 for a Primark dress!), so it wasn’t a particularly obscure design!

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      • September 19, 2010

        Nina

        I can totally see why it was so popular – it’s lovely! But shame the new version is so much more expensive.

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  • September 15, 2010

    The Style Girl

    Wow, I’ve never heard of it happening this way around before, maybe the designers at Ted Baker thought people would have forgotten about the dress by now, or maybe they just wanted some extra media, who knows? 🙂

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