Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Erdem navy lace shift

One memorable outfit from William and Catherine's Canada/USA tour was this navy lace sheath dress by Canadian designer Erdem.  Since the lace dress makes such a strong statement, Kate chose simple and understated neutral accessories, including her favored L.K. Bennett pumps.
As with many of her outfits Kate has opted to repeat even this look, wearing the dress again at a friend's wedding.

A bit of research leads us to find out that this dress from the Erdem pre-Spring 2012 collection is look #20.  Neiman Marcus is the only place I was able to find a(n expired) listing for the dress under the style name "Cecile", and curiously refers to the dress as being from the 2012 Resort collection.
The shift (or pencil) above-the-knee dress features all-over lace in navy with a cream lining to the shoulders with sheer 3/4 length lace sleeves.  It is a short boat-neck style with a scooped back.
This dress originally retailed for ≈ $2850 U.S., reaching as low as $997.

I actually found two very good looking repli-Kates!
First up is this JS Collections "royalty-inspired" (real subtle...) lace dress.  Of course the lace is not an exact match but it has many of the original details including the 3/4 lace sleeves and the cream lining.  It is perhaps just a bit shorter than the original.
Retails for ≈ $158 U.S.

JS Collections via Dillards - Royalty-Inspired Lace Dress.

The other is also a very good repli-Kate, this time for plus sizes.  Lucky you if this is your size because it also has the 3/4 length sleeves and the boat-neck neckline with slight scoop back.
Retails for ≈ $76.64 U.S.
ASOS Curve - exclusive midi dress in lace (navy).

1 comment:

  1. i love the little bits of colour in the cardigan! beautiful outfit
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