A Gucci-esque look from Shanghai-based Front Row Shop.
According to prevailing fashion wisdom, our wardrobes should consist of an artful mix of thrifted basics and “investment pieces” (read: very expensive designer goods). That approach to fashion is like eating quinoa salads all day every day: good for you, probably good for the earth, but so tragically boring. Hence, our illicit love of fast fashion — the stolen-from-the-runway buys that are the fashion equivalent of junk food: cheap-ish, temporarily satisfying, yet always leaving you hungry for more.
All that is to say that when we browse an uber-fast-fashion site like the Shanghai-based Front Row Shop, we don’t really expect to see quality or originality. So we can’t say we were shocked, exactly, to see the vaguely Gucci knockoff above — but we were still kind of surprised they went there.
Gucci’s spring 2016 collection prominently featured skirt suits and trompe l’oeil belts. (Photo: Getty)
Front Row Shop’s mock two-piece dress isn’t a direct rip-off, but it does include several signatures of the new-Gucci look introduced under creative director Alessandro Michele. Namely: the skirt suit, the high-buttoned blouse, and the trompe l’oeil belt effect.
A trompe l’oeil skirt suit from Front Row Shop.
The trompe l’oeil dresses also come in beige, above, and black, shown here. As if to drive the point home, Front Row Shop even styled its models with new-Gucci flair, complete with berets, geek glasses, and an overall air of nerdy grandma-chic.