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Luxe vs. Less: Brushstroke-Print Dress

Socialite designer Rachel Roy, who served as creative director for her hip-hop mogul husband Damon Dash's Rocawear line, recently caught our attention with a series of art-inspired dresses for Spring. Her ready-to-wear collection includes this bateau neckline brushstroke-print dress splashed with delicate pastel watercolors. It's lovely, but hardly worth $1,475.00. Instead, make a splash and save some cash in this similar Simply Vera Vera Wang watercolor-drenched dress (that's us modeling it on the right). For the more reasonable price of $78, some might say it's a ::cough:: stroke of genius. (Update: The Simply Vera Vera Wang 'Brushstroke' dress is now available online at, on sale for $58.50.)

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i love the 'simply vera' vera wang collection at kohl's and her version of the dress looks even better with short sleeves.
#1 le bon sac (Homepage) on 2008-02-05 12:34 (Reply)
I agree, the vera dress looks way better sporting the short sleeves!
#2 Peaches on 2008-02-05 16:30 (Reply)
Hmmm...I gotta agree with folks before. The Vera Wang version is a winner!
#3 Psyche (Homepage) on 2008-02-06 12:24 (Reply)
gotta agree with you all above, vera wang one is creative yet sophisticated. yet it's not too gloomy like the rachel roy-maybe it's the color.

hey, vera been in the business for some years and there's a reason she's still amazing.
#4 sally on 2008-04-01 12:19 (Reply)
brush strokes are beautiful, depending on designers translate it into their fashion. To me, even if rachel ray's dress is white sleeved, but it seems out-of-portion. it's better without the long sleeves. (also the center part of dressed is drenched by a seemingly dark colored strokes) the neckline also seems weird somehow to me.
#5 sally on 2008-04-03 10:50 (Reply)
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