Thursday, June 11, 2009

Topped: Part II

Topshop nude tank dress embellished with twill tape.

This afternoon, Christina and I were making our weekly rounds through Topshop (we never get sick of it), when we came across this nude dress embellished with twill tape. Christina didn't even need to say anything, we both immediately were stunned by the similarity the dress bears to the elastic cage dress we made for Susie Bubble during fashion week this February. While the Topshop version isn't exactly the same, it definitely looks like an abridged version of our dress, criss-crossing across the body in the same way to create a bondage effect over the nude background. I wanted to try the dress on to see if it fit similarly, but unfortunately all the sizes they had left were huge. After the fuss Susie made over her cage skirt, Topshop put out their own version last month, and I'm wondering if they got the idea for this design from the same place? Perhaps both pieces are part of a Susie-tribute cage group? Either that or we must have some telepathic bond with the designers over there, since this is the second time we've seen something we've DIY'd end up in a very similar incarnation on their high street shelves.

Christina wearing the original elastic cage dress.

-Tiffany

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13 comments:

Amanda said...

TS prob. is getting ideas from you! your elastic cage dress sooo takes the cake tho...

InnyVinny said...

Hmm...

Although this cage thing is spreading like wildfire, the two do look similar. Yours is much better, by far.

May Kasahara said...

yours is SO MUCH BETTER.
fucking hot

Isabel said...

Wow, that is completely nuts! I agree with the commenter above though - your is much better indeed.

WendyB said...

That looks great on her!

Paperface said...

Whoa, are you serious? That's completely baffling. Your design is gorgeous by the way. I like it better than their version :)

Daisy said...

hot!

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

haha, i think your dress totally owns that tank top, fits the form better so much better :)

Dannie said...

i love yours!!!

M said...

loved it

white mice said...

It starts to make you wonder if designers for places like topshop, H&M and forever 21 are looking at bloggers DIYs for "inspiration."

You need to start a clothing line. Seriously.

norette said...

I don't know how you can say this. Some of your DIY projects imitate designers (for example your Pugh knee boots)
While I appreciate that you always acknowledge your source of inspiration surely you realise that once you put something into the public eye it's going to get copied in some manner or form?
Unfortunately some big companies don't need to cite the source of their "inspiration"

Six Six Sick said...

Norette-

I think it's very different to do a DIY, which not only credits the original designer, but which will never be sold or hit the market, than to commercially rip-off someone else's design on a mass-scale and make a huge sum of profit from it, while very likely cutting into the sales of the designers that they copy.

xx
Tiffany