Who Wore It Better?

Roksanda Ilincic 'Izumi' Dress

We don't usually see the same dress worn in the same week, let alone two days apart. However, both actress Marisa Tomei and Princess Beatrice of York were spotted in the same frock by Roksanda Ilincic last week. The blush tone 'Izumi' dress features a rounded neckline, double pleats on the bodice and long-sleeves that lead into a sapphire frilled cuffs. It's possible that somewhere Marisa's stylist is cringing, or perhaps Beatrice is a new trendsetter...either way, it was a good publicity week for the Serbian-English designer.

Left: Marisa Tomei wore the ivory crepe wool dress on 29th June during Paris Menswear Fashion Week 2012. The brunette actress paired her look with a nude clutch bag and snazzy Aperlai colourblock heels in varying shades of blue. 
Middle: Princess Beatrice was the first to take the dress for an outing to the 'Britain Creates 2012' Fashion & Art Gala in London on 27th June. The young royal looked sophisticated in the Izumi knee-length dress, accompanying it with a glittered gold clutch by Anya Hindmarch and a pair of digitally printed blue pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood
Right: The dress as presented for Roksanda Ilincic's Pre-Fall 2012 collection, styled with a pair of bright red ankle-strap heels.

The Roksanda Ilincic 'Izumi' dress retails at Farfetch.com for $1216.
Princess Beatrice's pair of Nicholas Kirkwood Digitex Print pumps can be bought at Boutique1.com for $285
The Aperlai Mixed Media Colourblock sandal that Marisa wears has been reduced on Saks Fifth Avenue for a price of $484.57

There is no doubt that both ladies wear this dress with grace and elegance, so it all comes down to styling and shoes. I like the pop of red as seen in the original model's look. If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick Marisa's look, because I preferred her hair up, and for those eye-catching Aperlai platform sandals. Having a dress this simple, those heels provide the perfect point of interest and vivacity. What are your thoughts?


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