A friend found this dress on Bebe‘s website the other day. Since then, I think I’ve gone through all the proper stages of grief.
It might look like a disturbing coincidence to some, but I splurged on the Valentino Red original on Net-a-Porter last month and Bebe’s copy kind of breaks my heart. They’ve captured the idea: black tube shape with lace on the neck and ruched sleeves. The pattern on the lace even looks the same, though I guess their factory couldn’t handle the tiny details like the outline of the collar or the delicate ribbons.
I take some solace in the difference of quality, the dresses hang differently even online, but I don’t understand why they can’t take the ideas – lace, black, ruffles – and make something on trend that’s not an exact copy.
A frustrated customer