So, here it is — the highly anticipated first knockoff of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. And all I can muster to say about it is…meh.

Kate’s dress looked very simple, and very elegant. Bet let’s get real — elegant it was, but simple it was not. First of all, it was personally designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen (yes? we all know this by now?). Second of all, the lace was hand-stitched at the Royal School of Needlework by people who had to wash their hands every 30 minutes and replace their needles every 3 hours so as to keep it absolutely, utterly perfect.

And that’s just what we know about what went into the thing. Safe to assume that Kate underwent myriad fittings, design changes, tweaks, upgrades, downgrades, all kinds of grades to make sure that that dress was absolutely perfect, a work of art — which it was — and one that was tailored perfectly, exactly to her body.

In other words, it can’t really be replicated, at least not well. Simple and elegant is often misleadingly complex and intricate to put together. It just doesn’t work on the cheap, as my mother would say. Personally, I think that nothing proves this better than the first picture of an attempted knock-off, by ABS Allen Schwartz.

Anyway, if you disagree with me and want to buy it, you can, in Mid-July, at Lord and Taylor for $950.

[image via Racked]