Catting the Catwalk: Primark & River Island

12 August, 2009

Yes I used the word "catted", don't judge me lol, it's been a long time since I've heard someone use that phrase so I thought I'd bring it back into limelight again.

This is the first of a series where I look at designer inspired pieces available on the highstreet.
(sorry for the dodgy picture quality, I used Picasa to edit them, which cause a few problems)

Balmain Vs River Island

Beyonce was spotted in this sequined Balmain dress from their S/W 2009 Collection at the 2009 BET Awards, was it just me or did it remind you a bit of a The Little Mermaid ( I think its the combination of colours and sequins) Anyway, you can get a similar look from River Island's sequined bodycon dress , capturing Beyonce's same Little Mermaid inspired aesthetic for just £34.99.

Christian Louboutin Vs Primark

Who would of thought that Primark would be the next best solution for those Louboutin's you just couldn't get your hands on. Primarks tassel peeptoe platform, £21 are a dead ringer for Christian Louboutin's deva sandals ,£570 (minus the red sole of course but a bottle of red nail polish can sort that out in no time, lol). And think of all the goodies you could get from Primark for the price of that one pair of Louboutins.

Alexander Wang vs River Island

Alexander Wang's A/W 08 tweed blazer gives a much welcomed twist to what has become a new modern classic. River Island's tweed boyfriend blazer with its double breasted detailing, and rolled cuffs give the perfect mix of designer and vintage.

Balmain vs Jeffery Campbell vs Primark

This is one of those rare cases where I think the knockoff is actually better looking than the original, I was never a fan of the Blamain sandals, they just looked really cheap, especially when considering their $1600 pricetags. The knockoffs from Steve Madden, Zara ,Bebe and Aldo where a little better but still not worth the pricetag, and then came along the Jeffery Campbell "Mels", the studs and the rinestones were less shiny and flashy than the previous replicas, making them less tacky looking.
Last, but not least,there was Primark, who have given the Balmain sandals a glam-rock-grunge makeover, removing the rhinestones (thank God!) and replacing them with gold studs and shredded cut-out detailing and best of all, they're only £21.

YSL vs Primark

The YSL Tribute platform sandal are another one of those modern classics and have been seen on almost every celeb in every colourway. Yet Primark, have managed to make their own £19 version, which are every bit as desirable as the originals and with the added studded detailing, they are even more on trend than the YSLs themselves.