Close enough for government wear

Neiman’s is selling this lovely little Diane von Furstenberg wrapsie from DvF’s Fall 2011 collection:

Savannah Stripe by Diane von Furstenberg

If your immediate thought is “Didn’t I just see this on the First Lady?” you’re thinking along the same lines as I am, but apparently we’re both wrong:

Not Savannah Stripe by Diane von Furstenberg

To be precise:

The dress that the First Lady is wearing isn’t actually an original Diane von Furstenberg at all. It’s this knock-off of this particular DvF dress made by internet retailer ASOS — the ASOS Midi Body-Conscious Dress in Metallic Stripe, priced at a budget-conscious $71.88 (though it’s currently sold out).

This is normally where my Cheap Bastard mechanism kicks in, and I point out that Mrs O saved four hundred American dollars by buying the fake. Which is true, but that’s not the point. This is:

It’s the fact that it’s a knockoff of DvF, a well-known and well-respected American designer, that’s really the problem. You see, Diane is the President of Council of Fashion Designers of America, and has used her position to champion design protection for designers who have been victims of copyright infringement, such as this ASOS knock-off of her own design. She has been instrumental in supporting legislation that would define fashion as a form of copyright-protected art and give recourse to designers whose work is stolen, copied and sold for cheap. She’s even written extensively on the subject for major American newspapers.

Then again, if you look at the back of the DvF original — see the Neiman’s link — it’s really hard to spot the stab marks.


  1. Jeffro »

    2 November 2011 · 9:42 pm

    Classiest administration EVAH!!!!!!11111!!

  2. Tatyana »

    2 November 2011 · 9:43 pm

    what a pair of crooks

  3. Donna B. »

    2 November 2011 · 10:30 pm

    It’s not even a good knockoff.

  4. hatless in hattiesburg »

    3 November 2011 · 12:36 am

    all of the above, plus: it looks like a barberpole on both of them.

  5. fillyjonk »

    3 November 2011 · 7:08 am

    I’m sorry, but neither dress is very attractive. If you’re slender, you will look like a pole; if you’re not, the stripes will draw attention to every bulge.

    And it does seem a bit unseemly for someone so much in the public eye to buy such an obvious knockoff of someone else’s design.

  6. McGehee »

    3 November 2011 · 8:33 am

    It’s not even a good knockoff.

    On her, how could it be?


  7. Tatyana »

    3 November 2011 · 8:47 am

    Gee, where is that Militant Church of Adoration of yesteryear? I recall one such acolyte on these here threads, foaming at the mouth declaring superiority of her idol; stating that MO has exquisite taste (all of her own, no stylists involved), brilliant mind, that she is beautiful and altogether “an accomplished woman”. And that I (denying all those characteristics) is jealous, simply jealous, yes!

  8. Lynn »

    4 November 2011 · 7:42 am

    As the First Lady is considered a “fashion leader”, I’ve always been disappointed in Mrs. Obama’s fashion choices. I don’t think this dress is all that bad but it’s not great either. I would like to say that I admire her for being frugal and buying a knock-off but she probably had no idea. She just saw a dress she liked for a good price and she bought it, and that I do admire.

    As for the designer, I have no sympathy for anyone who would sell a wearable barber pole for nearly $500.

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