Post # 1
Undercover bee because I think this will cause tension, though I’m hoping to avoid it…This thread is not intended to bash the dress choices of other bees, but simply to discuss a frustration.
Is anyone else annoyed by replica and look-alike gowns? Examples being China-replicas of designer gowns or the VW Wang collection at David’s Bridal, several of which have similiarities to Vera Wang dresses.
Its not as if I’m wishing ill upon any brides who decide to purchase these dresses, but it does annoy me when they are claimed to be XYZ designer dresses and they’re not. I chose to purchase a designer gown because of the craftmanship and quality- a lookalike of my gown isn’t the same, yet its often called the same.
ETA I know White dresses are designed by Vera Wang. I’m talking about brides who say “this is a Vera” when its a White, or “this is a Marchesa” when its an exact replica. I don’t care about people who buy their dream dress (no matter where its from) and represent it truthfully.
Post # 3
isn’t the VW at David’s Bridal BY vera? i thought it was an attempt to allow more girls to have a great vera dress but at a lower price….. it isn’t a rip off of her i think. overall though, i can kind of see your point. but it’s like anything in fashion, there will always be knock offs.
Post # 4
I hope you don’t get bashed! I can understand your frustration. You saved up and worked hard to get the dress of your dreams only to find out that others paid like $200 to get something that looks the same. I feel that way when I work my a** to purchase something special like an expensive purse, while my coworker buys the replica cheap version. The average person doesn’t know the difference (although smart / experienced shoppers do). I would never outright say something, but deep inside, I totally understand the hidden resentment!
Post # 5
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Replica/lookalike dresses aren’t intended to be the same. That’s why they’re less expensive! They just look like whatever they are modeled after.
Post # 6
The VW Collection at David’s Bridal is not a replica. It’s actually a line that Vera Wang designed specifically for DB. While I wouldn’t purchase a replica personally for my wedding dress, I think its perfectly fine if some do, not everyone can afford the original designer & some people just don’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on a dress that you get to wear once.
Post # 7
The Vera collection at DB is by Vera Wang– it’s meant to make her designs more accessible to brides who can’t afford her gorgeous, but outrageously expensive, dresses. Kind of like her line of clothes and shoes at Kohl’s.
It doesn’t bother me. Everyone deserves to look great on their wedding day, whether they can spend $200 or $20,000 on a dress. As long as you look good and feel great, that’s all that matters.
Post # 8
I chose to purchase a designer gown because of the craftmanship and quality- a lookalike of my gown isn’t the same, yet its often called the same.
If that’s true, then who cares what other people do? It doesn’t take away from the quality of your dress.
Post # 9
Sorry we all hit enter at the same time so I deleted what I said /c I was just repeating them, but check this out: http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_White-by-VeraWang-About?cm_sp_o=3AE%20vv%20ewyz%20dkzlt%20H05wybwEgwCjC4zbE%201VCjC8e8z_BAf
It is frustrating that someone has the same thing at such a low price that isn’t authentic; however, I can’t get mad at someone that wants a beautiful dress but can’t afford the designer price tag -(and there usually is something a little different about the dresses). I’m mostly irritated at the companies that think it’s ok.
ETA: I should clarify that I’m bothered when these companies take the model photos supplied by the designer off their websites to sell their product that is not that exact dress. Copying designs is inevitable, but you should use YOUR photos of YOUR actual product.
Post # 10
I’m fine with replicas – I had a replica. But I was always honest about it. You shouldn’t purchase a replica and claim it’s the original. That’s really dishonest.
Post # 11
Huh. I could not care less what someone else wears for their wedding or how they describe it. It does not affect me at all.
Post # 12
I don’t really know why something like this should bother anyone. It doesn’t change the fact that you have the designer dress. Some girls want that look and just can’t afford it.
Post # 13
@MrsWilson2012 & ohemmag: Maybe OP meant that Vera Wang White (DB) dresses are referred to as Vera Wang (designer) dresses sometimes, even though they’re different?
I also hope you don’t get bashed. Sometimes look-alikes rub me the wrong way, too, and I am very against direct replicas of designer gowns.
Post # 14
When I bought my dress (a maggie gown), my friend was horrified and kept finding the same picture online for much cheaper. I had to explain that those dresses were replicas, made from horrible fabrics, would not have a decent cut, etc and she was shocked! Replica companies take advantage of people like my friend, who often don’t have any idea that what they are buying is not the same thing (“but the picture is the same,” “it doesn’t say it’s not real”). Plus you have the whole false advertising and stealing a designer’s work thing.
Now, I do think it’s different to go to a seamstress and show them a picture of what you want and work together to create something in your budget. And like everyone else said, there’s nothing wrong with lines like VW for DB.
Post # 15
@rubyred605: agreed. I also had a knock-off. (replica or imitation are other, nicers way of putting it!) I never told anyone it was so and so designer. For one thing, I would not have felt comfortable with friends and family thinking that I had spent thousands.
Post # 16
I think for me it has nothing to do that I saved to have a more expensive dress while someone else got it cheaper, I don’t care how much someone wants to spend on a dress. It’s more about the designers design getting ripped off.
I’m not going to get worked up over it, because there is no stopping it. I will admit that I’ve considered ordering a replica, not for my wedding, but as a replica to my real dress to use a TTD. I have ordered from one of those sites (a veil and a crinoline) and found the quality to be really bad so I wouldn’t consider it for a real dress.