As much as we love Victoria Beckham and her amazing dress collection, the fact that they’re: a) the price of a used car, and b) permanently sold out, anyway kind of puts the dampers on our hopes of ever owning one.
Luckily, though, there’s no shortage of other brands taking inspiration from Mrs Beckham, and one of our favourites right now is Diva Catwalk. Their Mayfair dress differs from Victoria Beckham’s colourblock pencil dress in a number of small ways, but none of them detract from the overall look, which is very similar.
Which do you prefer?
Diva Catwalk Mayfair dress, £99: click here to buy
Victoria Beckham colour block dress, $2295: click here to buy
‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, now what have we ‘ere, then? Why, it looks like a case of Designer Dupes to us!
On the left, a navy and orange pencil dress, from Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2012 ready to wear collection: it cost $2,295, but the price is academic at this point, because it sold out as soon as it went on sale.
On the right, meanwhile… a navy and orange pencil dress, although this time by Rare, which is available at Topshop. This one is only £49, and was still available in most sizes at the time of writing, and can also be purchased at the Rare website, should it sell out at Topshop, which, let’s face it, it probably will.
Which do you prefer?
It’s no secret that The Fashion Police are huge fans of Victoria Beckham’s dress collections: simple lines, striking silhouettes, stunning colours – there’s just a lot to like, basically. (Well, except for the price, of course. There is that.)
Some of VB’s latest collection is currently available exclusively at Net-a-Porter, and we let out little sighs of longing every time we look at the images. This is basically Dress Porn: we know we’ll never be able to afford to buy them, but it’s nice to just LOOK at them, isn’t it?
That said, someone obviously is buying these. Despite the fact that the prices start at around $1,600, and the most expensive pieces won’t give you much change out of $5,000 some of these are already sold out. It’s hard to imagine having THAT much money to spend on clothes, but if we did, we’d buy the purple and blue numbers on this page. Yeah, in our dreams…
Visit Net-a-Porter to see the rest of the collection.
So, “Cheryl Cole wears Victoria Beckham” has to be one of the strangest headlines we’ve ever typed, huh? Imagine if it was literally true, and Chezza was ACTUALLY wearing Vicky B on the red carpet! Now THAT would be a look worth talking about!
Is this one, though? Well, Cheryl isn’t wearing Mrs Beckham herself, but she is wearing a long pink dress from the Victoria Beckham Spring 2011 collection. Fashion People are all excited about this, because Cheryl Cole has a somewhat “hot and cold” relationship with Victoria Beckham and her dresses, and having initially dismissed the designs as “too old”, she’s now been gushing to Grazia about how much she loves them, and how she wants to follow in Victoria’s perfectly-shod footsteps by becoming a fashion designer.
This is, of course, coming hot on the high heels of Cheryl’s shoe collection for Stylist Pick, and is actually a little surprising to us, because as much as we love Cheryl (and we’ll admit to having a bit of a soft spot for her), we’ve never particularly thought fashion was her “thing”, in the way it is Victoria Beckham’s, say. Say what you like about VB (we know you will!), but she has always had a distinctive style, and come across as being fairly fashion-obsessed, which isn’t something we’ve ever really thought about Cheryl.
Should Victoria be worried, do you think? Will we soon all be gushing over the Cheryl Cole Fall 2012 collection?
Aww! Looks like our “Golf Club Watch” is over before it even started: stand down, officers! We were looking forward to seeing how Victoria Beckham would cope with the sartorial challenge of being forced to wear flat shoes for New York Fashion Week this year, but here she is this weekend, in a pair of Christian Louboutin boots which are as high as ever.
We’re assuming Victoria got the go-ahead from her doctor for this (she’d been suffering from a slipped disc, hence the “flat shoes” rule), so good for her: we’d still have loved to see her in flats for a change, though!
As consolation, here is a totally gratuitous shot of baby Harper Seven: awww!
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Would Victoria Beckham look like a golf club in flat shoes? Be honest: we’ve all wondered, haven’t we?
We’re about to find out, though, because apparently Victoria has been “banned” from wearing high heels for the duration of New York Fashion Week. That’s not on Fashion Police orders, we hasten to add – we wouldn’t be that cruel – but on the orders of Victoria’s doctor, who says she risks aggravating a slipped disc she suffered following the birth of Harper Seven last month, if she doesn’t switch to flats for a little while at least.
Hopefully Victoria will comply with this advice: not just because she’d be an idiot to put fashion before health, of course, but because we’ll be fascinated to see how she copes without her usual stilts.
According to a vague, possibly fictional, “source”, Victoria’s main concern is that she will look “like a golf club” in flats, and she has drafted in Christian Louboutin to help make sure this doesn’t happen. We hope you’ll all join us on Golf Club Watch 2011, coming to a screen near you, this September…
Pictures of Freida Pinto looking gorgeous in a pale pink dress on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week had our officers sratching their heads for a second, and thinking, “Wait… is she wearing… Closet?”
Of course, she wasn’t. Freida was, in fact, wearing a dress from Victoria Beckham’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which, like the rest of the Victoria Beckham line, is beautiful, but not exactly realistically priced for those of us who aren’t on celebrity salaries. Most of the dress collection, for instance, retails from £900 – £1,500, with some pieces costing more.
Enter Closet, with their pink asymmetric neck dress, which… look, we’re not going to beat around the bush, here: it’s damn near identical, isn’t it? In fact, we can’t spot a single difference, other than the one on the price tag, which, while we’re on the subject, is £27 down from the original £45 at A|Wear.
So, what do you think, Fashion Jurors? Would you buy Victoria Beckham or Closet? Or would you buy neither?
In what has to be the best news of the week so far – and possibly the entire year – The Fashion Police hears that Victoria Beckham is to launch a budget dress collection next year.
Now, just before any of you start empting out your piggy banks and getting all excited about this, let us quickly clarify that what WE consider to be a “budget” dress and what Victoria Beckham considers to be a “budget” dress is considerably different, as you’d probably imagine. We’d call it a “budget” buy if it was under £50, for instance: and ideally, if it was under £30. When you’re Victoria Beckham, however, “budget” means it’s in the £350 – £550 range. Oh.
Still, that’s still a darn sight less expensive than what you’d usually pay for a Victoria Beckham dress: they normally retail for between £3,000 – £5,000, which is why you only ever see them on celebrities and not on the woman in line behind you at Tesco, say.
According to the designer, the dresses will also look a little different from her mainline collection, and will be “less tight, clingy and structured”. Victoria says she wants the dresses to appeal to “woman and girls of all different shapes and sizes”, which is welcome news indeed.
Look out for the launch of the new collection at London Fashion Week, as part of the Spring/Summer 2012 shows. Before that, look out for the launch of the Beckham’s new daughter, who’s due on Monday, and will have one helluva closet to play dressup in when she’s a little older. (Did you ever used to try on your mother’s shoes when you were a little girl? Now imagine if your mother was Victoria Beckham…)
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Closet aren’t the first brand to “be inspired” by Victoria Beckhams’ Carmontelle peplum dress: they’re simply the most recent. Still, in the interests of policing the world of fashion, let the record reflect that the dress on the right of the image above looks very much like the one on the left, with one of the main differences being that you’ll only pay £30 for the copy (Click here to buy it from Dorothy Perkins), while the original would’ve set you back £2,095 – if, of course, it hadn’t been an almost-instant sell-out.
Closet’s dress has a shorter skirt and some different tailoring on the bodice: which do you prefer (if either)?
We’ll be back to our regular programming tomorrow, but for now we’re continuing our coverage of New York Fashion Week with a look at Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2011 dress collection. Victoria says she’s created these dresses with the “curvier” woman in mind, which is certainly a bit of a departure – not just for Vic, but for the fashion industry in general. She’s also added handbags to her line, previewing some of the new designs along with the dresses. This collection has already won a lot of praise, with some commentators saying it marks Beckham’s arrival as a “proper” designer. We think our readers should be the judge of that, though, so take a look under the jump and tell us what you think.
This edition of BDOTD is a bit Cheaty McCheaterson of us, because Leighton Meester is actually on the Gossip Girl set, here, so this isn’t her own choice of outfit. It IS rather lovely, however, and given that so many celebrity outfits are selected by stylists even when they’re NOT on set, we think it still counts.
The dress is by Victoria Beckham, and Leighton’s wearing it with zig-zag print platform shoes and a black clutch bag. What do you think?
Known for her dressed-up flying style, here’s Victoria Beckham arriving in Cannes this week, wearing a bright yellow mini dress by Goat, and beige-coloured stilettos. Victoria also has a new, longer hairstyle.
This dress is actually something of a “bargain” for the label-loving Beckham – it’s £270 at Matches.
Regardless of what anyone thinks about it, it doesn’t look like Victoria Beckham is going to be giving up fur anytime soon. Here she is is at JFK this week, wearing a fur coat, skinny jeans and Christian Louboutin ankle boots.
This is what probably counts as a super-casual outfit for Victoria Beckham.
Here she is wearing skinny jeans and high heeled peep toes as she takes two of her sons to see The Princess and the Frog in LA this week. What do you think of her casual look?[polldaddy poll=2486366]
These two dresses aren’t exactly the same, but then, with a £2,000 price difference, you wouldn’t really expect them to be, would you?
The dress on the right is by Victoria Beckham, and is currently out of stock at Net-a-Porter, which just goes to show that, yes, there are people in the world who would pay that much for a dress.
The dress on the left, meanwhile, isn’t exactly “bargain basement” at £95, but as we said, it does represent a £2,000 saving on the original, so could be a slightly more realistic option for those of you looking to get the same look on a non-Beckham budget. It’s from French Connection.
Which would you choose, though, assuming you’d choose either? Would you save or splurge?
We’ve always been of the opinion that if you’re going to wear thigh-high boots, you need to keep things reasonably demure on the top half, but Victoria Beckham cares nothing for such fashion “rules” – here she is in thigh high boots and a tiny little mini dress at the Bergdorf Goodman celebration of Fashion’s Night Out. There’s even some cleavage on show, too.
Does she get away with it? Up to you to decide, fashion jurors…
Yes, it's a Victoria Beckham dress on Dress of the Day. AND it's already sold out, even although it only went into stock a Net-a-Porter today. Here's where to find it if and when it comes back…
It's all been suspiciously quite on the Victoria Beckham fashion-front recently, so we were almost relived today to spot Mrs Beckham looking as dressed-up as ever as she left her hotel in London. It's not like Victoria to repeat an outfit, but we're sure we've seen her in this skirt before: this time, though, she paired it with a sheer black top (and white bra – have we taught her nothing?!), plus these rather amazing black patent heels.
We like it, but what do you think?