Friday, June 6, 2014

Lanvin but cheaper ?


Hi ESB,

I am in love with this Lanvin gown but need to find something cheaper ($2,000) or less. My favorite part is the back - but I also like how the front is not-fussy.

The closest alternative that I have found is this Zien gown...but it is custom made in Poland...and I don't think I can justify hopping on a plane.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

*****

not a clue.

ladies?

(i clearly need some sort of bot that feeds your emails straight onto the blog)

(since i'm too busy doing god-knows-what)

31 comments:

  1. She can probably get one custom made in that style for under $2000, right?

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    1. That's what I was going to say. Where do you live? If you're in a metro area, there has to be tons of excellent custom dress makers to choose from. My aunt lives in the Chicago area and makes her daughter's prom dresses every year (here's one and here's one). They pick out a red-carpet gown from pictures on the internet to "copy" and then she makes the dress in her daughter's measurements. She's not even a professional and can manage that, so I have to imagine you can have this dress made by someone!!!

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    2. custom always makes me nervous for some reason.

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    3. Me, too. I've only ever heard horror stories. I would never custom make something for my wedding.

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    4. Wow really? I had a dress maker make something for me that we designed together, and it was cheaper and better quality than anything else I had seen. But, perhaps Western Australia is a bit different; the shopping options are limited and for my part, buying a wedding dress online makes me nervous!

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  2. well, it's somewhat similar, though not as drapey. BUT it is temperley and under $2k ... Only 1 left, size 2

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    1. This isn't similar at all.

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    2. If anything I like this one better!

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    3. AUGH after obsessing over it for MONTHS I bought this dress on N-a-P sale with hopes of it being my wedding dress and it's so pretty and the embroidery is amazing but it just... isn't the one. I wish I had an extra $2500 (thanks, Canadian duty + taxes) just to keep it for some other occasion...

      But also it's definitely nothing like the Lanvin above, sorrrrrrry.

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  3. This is a hard one!

    Based on the slit in the back and t-shirt gown style, Nicole Miller has some options:

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    This is an older season, so I can't find it on her site but eBay has this.

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    1. Hm, I think the last two are the same with different models. Woops.

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    2. Also this nicole miller: http://www.nicolemiller.com/kimberly-bridal-gown

      I'm partial because it was mine. :)

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  4. Oh man. This is a hard task. That Lanvin is phenomenal. I agree that if you can't find anything else you love as much to try to get it custom made.

    Maison Martin Margiela - more party in front and simple in back, but maybe a similar vibe?

    Acne Studios - can't decide if this is weird or cool.

    Adam Lippes - willing to do a short dress?

    Badgley Mischka

    Tibi

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  5. This Malene Birger feels a bit similar

    There's a lot of good Roland Mouret, but the prices aren't substantially lower than your first pick.

    I think you may find some suggestions in the semi-recent Valentino thread.

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    1. Love that Malene Birger!

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  6. That Lanvin dress is so beautiful, but I think if you try to get a copy made you'll be disappointed. The exact way the fabric is cut and draped is what makes it so special and is also hard to do right.

    Zero + Maria Cornejo dresses might suit you -- also unfussy with unusual draping:

    Shreya dress

    lace stripe dress

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    1. This second one is so so good.

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  7. Both of those dresses are gorgeous. That's all.

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  8. What about this one from bcbg?

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  9. If simple's your aesthetic:
    High-Valentino
    Low- Cedric Charlier

    If lovely Lanvin drapey-ness is your deal:
    High- another Lanvin on sale
    Low-Vionnet

    Also worth knowing- this silk Roland Mouret is on sale

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    1. I almost posted that Valentino too. And this is probably way too low-end (and short) but this Zara dress has a sort of similar vibe: Crossover studio dress

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    2. ....that is literally the OP Lanvin dress.

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  10. sorry in advance for linking to stone fox, but this wren dress is really simple and lovely.

    http://shop.stonefoxbride.com/collections/gown/products/wren-goddess-dress

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  11. This seller on Etsy has some interesting dresses. Not quite Lanvin, but also not $5000. I'm partial to this one myself, although the beading is a bit fussy.

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  12. The Lanvin is $5000 and it's made out of acetate?

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  13. Ok - I know I've already posted about 3 times, but this time it's for real. I mean, how perfect is this? Antonio Berardi

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  14. Why are you still running this blog? Almost every single post just farms out the responses to the commenters.

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  15. No way - this was my question but I didn't realize that it was posted until just now! I ended up buying that Cedric Charlier dress! Snagged the last dress anywhere...and am having a seamstress add a watteau back to it. Pairing it with powder blue Loeffler Randall Reina sandals (thanks for the rec ESB!)

    I DID actually try on that Temperley dress (even though it really isn't anything like the Lanvin) and I called Band of Outsiders to try to track down that t-shirt gown but with no luck!

    I hadn't ever heard of Zero + Maria Cornejo before but I LOVE those dresses. They would definitely be my runners up!

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