Shopping #Empire: Anika’s Burgundy Halter Gown

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Anika’s burgundy halter gown is all the rage in these e-streets.

Let me start off by saying that I am mostly #teamcookie as I’m sure most of you are. I know we as viewers are supposed to “hate” head of A&R and Lucious’ girlfriend Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey). But Boo Boo Kitty shut it down in that brilliant burgundy halter gown with crisscross front panels. My research revealed that some fans of the show wanted her dress. In response, I decided to answer the question and provide an alternative!

She was wearing a Givenchy Viscose-Blend Pleated Cut Out Cross Front Dress in Burgundy. It’s widely sold out all over the interwebs but Forward by Elyse Walker has one left in stock in a sample size 36 (that a U.S. size 2). And of course, since it is Givenchy, it’s a whopping $2,634 (down from the original price of $4390). Ah, to live in the lap of luxury! Luckily, there’s House of CB (formerly Celeb Boutique) to the rescue.

House of CB occasionally whips up their affordable versions of the hottest designer dresses. Like Givenchy’s yummy couture creation, their Syrah Ruby Halterneck Cut Out Bandage Dress ($157) is cut from the same exquisite cloth. Syrah is shorter and does not have the multiple cutouts on the skirt. No biggie because Syrah is still on-trend and tastefully sexy. Get it from House of CB.