(Elise Neal on far right in white dress)
Chile, I can’t believe my eyes this morning as I sat and watched The Real daytime talk show hosts interview actress Elise Neal. She was there along with the other ladies to promote their new reality show Hollywood Divas that airs tonight. I was in shock because Elise Neal was sitting on “national tv” with a VERY questionable and poorly made dress that resembled a very famous designer!
TWT TEA: Yes, I had to zoom in and replay my dvr over and over again and look really close at Elise’s dress but yes, just like I figured, Elise had the audacity to wear on national tv a knockoff dress that was very similar to European designer Balmain! I know that lots of people wear clothes that are inspired by fashion houses all the time like Versace and others but for a women of Elise’s caliber and who is admired by many, I am a bit confused. Elise has been on my television screen and in movies for years and years and I’m just not understanding why she couldn’t call a stylist to pull the real designer dress or buy her own to wear. I’m not trying to call her out but I am just trying to understand the logic behind her wearing a knockoff on tv? That is NOT a good look and this is why designer clothing is so expensive right now because of all the people bootlegging their designs!
I am not rich by no means and I couldn’t afford the designer dress either but it clearly shows that Elise must not be able to put two coins together either to make a purchase lol. If you look close you can see that the dress is VERY poorly made and the neck has been altered, the beadwork looks VERY cheap and the center emblem is not the best and it puckers when she moves(if you watch the video). I am so embarrassed for her and I hope if she sees this post, that she realizes that fashion designers work very hard and if you can’t “borrow” the real deal especially with your status, maybe you should keep it cute and simple. I say this with love but please do not wear knockoff items on national tv for the world to see! Jesus be a fashion stylist on speed dial for her! Smh!
Suggestions for trying to look fabulous but on a budget…
Hire a stylist that has lots of fashion connections that can pull designer pieces for you.
Work with a fashion designer that can create custom looks for you.
Wear simple but elegant outfits with great statement pieces for appearances.
Gorgeous makeup and hair can take you a long way that will draw attention to that instead of your outfit.
Great shoes can spruce up a boring dress or outfit, and they are a great conversation piece.
Build a long lasting relationship with designers or brands that can can style and dress you.
Become a brand ambassador for a particular fashion brand to receive gifted clothing.
When you’re at your wit’s end, there is always Rent The Runway.com
If all else fails reread and NEVER get caught in a knockoff look!
Kim Kardashian in the real Balmain dress from the Fall 2012 Collection
Balmain Fall 2012 on the runway
Check out the clip!