Only two items I loved from this month’s Anthropologie roll-out, but fortunately, I really like both of them enough to be worth a wishlist full of ten items :)
Mariposa Lace Dress – #24862310 - $248
Tracy Reese always makes the prettiest party dresses, no? The cut of this one is very similar to the Spinning Lace dress a few years back, but done up in a beautiful rose netted lace. I tried this one on with the Jeweled Skinny Belt in store, and it was amazing.
Cut Lace Carryall – #24755647 - $198
This tote is made out of leather, but laser-cut in a beautiful pattern that gives the illusion of lace. The bag is large enough to be functional, but still feminine and gorgeous. (And, for those squeamish about white handbags, it also comes in black!)
On other positive notes, though their catalogs generally continue to confuse me, I did actually buy some things from Anthropologie this week, for the first time since the beginning of April. The sale this week was huge and far more exciting than last month’s supposedly thrilling “tag sale” (which have perpetually disappointed these last four years, except on the rare occasions they offer percentages off). I happily picked up a few things I knew I wanted from my wishlist (the Porthole Chemise and the Mineral Mesh Chemise), and because of the temporary free shipping (yay!), took a chance on a few Made In Kind pieces (the Photogarden Flared Dress and the Annike Sleeveless Dress) as well. And then, in a fit of craziness spurred on my free shipping, actually ordered some full price items. This is the most business Anthro has gotten out of me in 6 months!
On the other hand, here is a big negative note:
Polka-Dotted Dress by Hi There from Karen Walker - #24955833 - $168
Negative, you say? Why, it looks cute enough, and who can hate on polka dots? Why yes, it is super cute, and I thought so the first time I saw it. On kate spade’s website. Last year.
kate spade polka-dot natalia dress
The similarities on this one are too uncanny to make it just a cooincidence. The shape and silhouette, the polka-dot pattern, the skinny black belt, the ruffled collar and bodice, the keyhole at the neckline — this dress is practically identical. The only differences? The kate spade dress has a patent belt instead of matte leather, the button at the keyhole is black instead of cloth-covered, the neckline is maybe a little rounder, and unlike the Karen Walker dress, it’s not made out of polyester, but pure silk. Also, there was a price difference, sure — there has to be with the difference in materials — but I actually bought kate spade’s dress (you can see me in it here) on sale for $140 last summer, cheaper than what Anthro’s piece is going for right now. So boo on you Anthropologie. I’ve seen Anthro do heavily inspired pieces before, so it’s not like the concept of them knocking things off is new to me, but this is a near exact copy, and worse, it’s a copy in their much touted “Made In Kind” collection, where they supposedly collaborate with designers for unique, creative, limited-edition pieces. Karen Walker was their originally announced, headline collaborator, and her pieces were supposed to be lower-priced versions of items from her own line. Unless Karen Walker was a secret in-house designer for kate spade new york (is this actually a possibility?), this doesn’t really appear to be her own work at all. Tsk tsk. I’m not really positive who is at fault here (is it Karen Walker? Anthropologie? Did kate spade knock someone else off in the first place?), but I feel like at the very least Anthropologie could have curated this high-profile collection better to make sure it was filled with only original and innovative pieces.
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