Topshop is a notorious copier but, paradoxically, a widely respected and loved brand in high street (fast) fashion. Here, as part of their glittery winter party wear collection, they have created a dress that looks all too similar to one designed by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent’s FW14 collection.
Now Topshop’s offering is slightly different. For one, the print is smaller. Secondly, instead of using sequins, the effect is created using a lurex fabric. Word of warning, the Topshop dress sheds glitter everywhere you go, literally puddles of it, so beware. But for a price of £34 as opposed to Saint Laurent’s $15,900 the difference in quality is expected. However, if you’re looking for a fun dress for the party season, why not look to an inspired item with a lesser price tag?
You might think this dress is the one that Nicki Minaj wore to the 2014 VMAs back in August, and actually I thought the same when I first saw it, but in actual fact she wore a shorter, micro mini style which was worn by Edie Campbell on the catwalk months before. But, as I am writing this whilst watching the EMAs which she is hosting, as if by some crazy coincidence, she is wearing this exact dress! This is oddly exciting me just because woah, weird…… Do I now have psychic tendencies? So, now, you really can get Nicki Minaj’s look! (The original and the cheaper alternative..)
Topshop – £34
Saint Laurent – $15,900 (at mytheresa.com)