Fashion Knock-Offs: Valentino v. Zara

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mainstream fashion chains like Zara, H&M, and Forever21 have left their mark on fashion consumers in part by offering affordable (and slightly-modified) versions of the latest runway designs.

And it looks like Valentino is the latest designer to offer such 'inspiration.' The inspired this time is none other than everyone's favorite high-street outlet, Zara.

Valentino captures ladylike elegance in a way few designers can. And their S/S 2012 collection was no exception. It consisted of beautiful, feminine pieces with just the right amount of structure and linearity to avoid that awkward girly style.

Valentino S/S 2012 Ad Campaign
Cameron Diaz in Valentino S/S 2012

Now imagine my surprise when I came across this dress in Zara's fall inventory (on right):

Striking resemblance, no? Notice the rounded collars, similarly embroidered, white-on-white floral motifs along the breast panels divided by a center line connecting to one at the waist. Not bad for the less-than-$100 price tag! (Click here for the Zara dress.)

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