(Closed) Lazaro knock off

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My first gut reaction is basically to not worry about what other brides are wearing and wear what makes you feel beautiful.

When I get into thinking about it deeper, I have a variety of somewhat disorganized reactions to it.

1) If the Lazaro is really special, you should be able to notice a difference in overall draping, craftsmanship, and quality of materials.

2) If that is not that case, then why pay for the Lazaro?

3) I think it’s somewhat unfortunate that design ideas are being copied for the designers who envisioned them.

4) On the other hand, with the incredible expense that goes into gowns and weddings in general, I am glad that lower-budget brides may have an opportunity to afford something similar to a gown that you clearly think is very special. 

5) I’m curious about the general disdain by some for replica dresses. I understand appreciating fashion and quality, but it seems to entail some sort of disregard for brides whose entire wedding budgets are less than the cost of one designer gown.

 

Post # 5
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577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@JaymeC:  Perhaps you should be happy for your coworkers who can now afford a dream dress that they couldn’t afford before, even if it isn’t quite as nice as the real Lazaro.

I can understand your disappoint though, I guess. The wedding dress isn’t a detail that’s super important to me but I might be a little disappointed if a bunch of other people decided to do the same things I was doing with other aspects of my wedding (like having it in a museum).

But then again, perhaps if you don’t want a million other people to be doing/wearing the same thing as you, you need to think a little out of the box more.

Post # 6
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think in pictures the knock offs will look great, but in person on your actual wedding day your guests will see the difference.  The quality of materials of a lazaro really show up in person more so than in photos.

Also though your coworkers may say that the lazaro is exactly what they want, but it may not be what they end up purchasing.  Most brides have a vision in mind, but once they start shopping it changes completely.  I thought I really wanted a mermaid, but I tried on countless mermaids and none of them wowed me, except for one, which was the front runner for a long time.  But I ended up w/ a fitted a line tulle gown which had the wow factor I wanted.

But another thing to consider is since you are not getting married until June 2014, it’s a bit soon to settle on a dress yet don’t you think?  You will have a whole new season of wedding gowns to check out before you need to order anything.  

I say look around more, you may find something you love more than the lazaro.

Post # 7
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3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I don’t understand…you’re worried that everyone will wear a knock off of your wedding dress?  Who cares??

Post # 9
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I get what your saying.  I’m not a huge fan of knockoffs or replicas.  It’s really sad that designers can “copy” other designers ideas and make money off of it but that being said if someone is smart enough to appriciate a lazaro then they know what a knowoff looks like.  I have seen a few knockoffs of 3108 and you can tell the difference(color,beading,fabric,ect looks different just from looking at it).  Don’t get me wrong if someone wants to wear it because they love the design,ect that’s fine I’m just saying that I can tell the difference and I’m sure the guest who love wedding fashion will too.  I would go with the Lazaro and not worry about it.  I have seen tons of brides in this dress and each time it looks really different.  I happen to love that dress but it was a little too much tulle for my 5’2 frame.  I instead went with 3152 which has tons of tulle but a little little less. 🙂

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I also agree to wait till later in the planning process.  Lazaro had some great tulle dresses on the runway for the 2013 season and I’m sure he will have at least one more collection before you need to buy the dress.  Since this dress is one of his most popular dresses I don’t think you run the risk of it being discontinued but at the same you can see what else is coming out.  I happen to love some of the lazaros that came out for spring 2013 and lucky for you there is time for you to look at those as a option.

Post # 12
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First off, I totally understand wanting to feel like your dress is special, one of a kind, even. I feel 100% the same way. So I get that finding something you love and something that your guests will have never seen before is hard and it can suck when you realize that some of your guests may have seen someone else walk down the isle in “your dress.”

But with that in mind, you are considering probably the most iconic dress from Lazaro’s collection that season. More moderately priced designers make similar versions of iconic dresses (I think this is half the reason Vera Wang does a line for David’s Bridal, she knows her styles will be copied anyway, so why shouldn’t she get that money?). And even if that didn’t happen for some reason, other brides would have purchased the Lazaro. What I guess I am saying is that while a “designer” bridal gown may be special and distinctive, unique they are not.

But, think of it this way, I have seen dozens of girls get married in the Vera Wang Gemma dress (the original) and probably a handful more in some kind of replica. Each of them looked beautiful and special, and each look was even more special because of the bride wearing the dress. It’s not the dress that makes the bride, it’s the bride that makes the dress. 

If you love the dress get it, but if it lost some of its shine because other people may have similar dresses, you might not have actually loved it all that much to begin with, what you might have loved was its distrinctivness. So, I would go back, try it on again and see how you really feel about it. 

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