The Cheapest-Looking Designer Items

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You'd think that if you'd invest a little extra cash into a sweet designer piece, you'd be getting something with a little value. Not so with these designer disasters. We've rounded up some of the cheapest-looking expensive items—even from beloved designers like Balmain and Yves Saint Laurent—that have made us gasp... and then gag.


Balmain Ripped Shirt—$1,625

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This shirt has sold out on Net-a-Porter in sizes two, six and eight. Marlon Brando's face displays our sentiments exactly.

Above, from left: Balmain Slashed Army T-Shirt, $1,625, available at Net-a-Porter; Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Louis Vuitton Trash Bag—$1960

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It's for garbage! It's for trash! It's...from Louis Vuitton?

Above, from left: Louis Vuitton Raindrop Besace Purse, image via TrendHunter; A Chinatown Shopper Bag.


Vivienne Westwood Red Label Foil Dress—$460

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I think the fact that we found a look-a-like of this pink foil minidress on a clubwear website should be a red flag.

Above, from left: Vivienne Westwood Red Label Foil Dress, $460, available at Net-a-Porter; Flirt! Metallic Cap Sleeve Dress, $59.50, available at Flirt!.


Alberta Ferretti Silk Ribbon Apron—$2,415

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Whether this is actually an apron, or just some floss that's gone rogue, we don't recommend that anyone shell out the $2,000+ for this bad boy.

Above, from left: Alberta Ferretti Apron, available at Net-a-Porter; Leg Avenue Sexy Crochet Mini-Dress, $32.95, available at Amazon.


Louis Vuitton Chinatown Tote—$2,660

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Usually a great bag will bring some "ooh's" and "ahh's" your way, but the only comment you'll get with this bag is "Ooh, open up and let me see what you got on Canal Street!"

Louis Vuitton Shopper spring '07, image via Style.com.