The thing about Balmain's party dresses is that if they weren't made quite so skillfully out of of such exquisite fabrics and crystals etc., they'd run the risk of looking downright trashy.
Christophe Decarnin's perfected the tight sexy thing and made it work among the fashion crowd because, well, it's so well done—which makes the girl look and feel the same. And isn't that the point of looking hot on a night out?
Because even if you rock this Bebe knock off with its spot on asymmetrical hemline and triangular zig zags, you're not going to look like Anja Rubik at the Met Ball. However, if you buy something that's not supposed to look like something else inexpensively copied, something for well under $179, you just might look better than Anja.
Though you probably know that.
Also, while we're on the subject of Bebe, these are heart-breaking.