balmain-vs-zara5

Studded blazers seem to be all the rage since Balmain’s Spring 09 collection, but judging from their whopping price tags, it wouldn’t be too soon before the “inspiration” kicked in.  Enter Zara’s studded blazer.  Apart from the difference in texture with Balmain’s being leather and the difference in studs, they’re pretty similar.  But I must say that Zara did a pretty neat job, both with tailoring and pricing it heaps lower than its predecessor.  Too bad Zara doesn’t have an online store.  Money aside, which do you prefer?

~Vuitton