March, 2009

      Dress of the Day: Fornarina Crochet Frill Sleeve Mini Dress

        Proof that crochet can, indeed, be cute! Not that we ever doubted it, you understand, but seriously, if you’d seen some of the things in the “crochet” wing of the Fashion Police jail… Truth be told, we’d probably like this Fornarina dress even more in some other fabric, but we’re suckers for navy/red/white combinations at the moment, and think this has a pretty little nautical look to it that’s just perfect for summer.  If you think so too, it’s £85 from ASOS.

      Vote for The Fashion Police in the Glam Network Awards!

      It’s that time of year again… Yes the Glam Network Awards are once more upon us, and if you’ve enjoyed reading The Fashion Police this year, all we ask is that you click here to vote for us in the “fashion” category! Cute puppies/kittens/hyraxes for everyone who does!* (*Not really)

      Carrie’s ‘Sex and the City’ wedding dress is an instant sell-out at Net-a-Porter

        This Vivienne Westwood dress is actually a three-quarter length version of the full-length gown Carrie wore in the Sex and the City movie, but that hasn’t stopped people snapping it up : and nor has the fact that it costs £4,530,either! The dress went into Net-a-Porter’s ‘New In’ section yesterday, and by mid-morning it was already sold out, so unless they only had a couple in stock, we guess we might be seeing a few Carrie-esque brides this summer. Sarah Jessica Parker is pictured in the original after the jump. What do you think, readers: is this the kind of thing you’d wear to your wedding?

      ASOS two-tone tights – as seen on Pixie Geldof

        No sooner had we stumbled upon these two-tone tights at the ASOS website earlier today, than our officers also spotted Pixie Geldof out and about in them in London. Clearly then, these tights are just begging to be written about, and so here they are! What does everyone think of them? We think it's an interesting idea, but we'd probably prefer a colour other than the nude/black versions, which seem to have the effect of bare legs with paint down the back of them. Your thoughts? The tights themselves are £10 – you'll find a picture of Pixie wearing hers under the jump…

      Style on Trial: Jennifer Lopez in drop-crotch pants

      You know how we keep on thanking our lucky stars that harem pants don’t actually seem to making it into mainstream fashion, despite appearing in great numbers in every store in the land? Looks like we spoke too soon, because here’s Jennifer Lopez, striding out proudly in her very own pair of drop-crotch pants. The thing about this, though, is that although the crotch is close to her knees, which is an automatic Fashion Police penalty, the fact that she’s wearing these with tall boots almost makes it look like she’s just wearing a skirt. Now, we know the argument here would be, “Well, if she wants to look like she’s wearing a skirt, why doesn’t she just WEAR a skirt?”…

      Alexander McQueen emerges as leader of harem pant movement

      Such is the unfortunate prevalence of harem pants in our world today that we've been forced to give up pointing out individual atrocities and simply throw them all into the Harem Hall of Shame, instead. We did. however, think these ones by McQ were bad enough to warrant a post all to themselves: So bad, it's like they bypassed "harem" territory altogether and just proceeded straight to "oh my God, I've just filled my diaper/nappy." In fact, we think Alexander McQueen may even be doing it deliberately, playing up the diaper qualities of the look, and creating a silhouette that's as ridiculous as anything we've seen: These particular offenders are now safely confined in the Fashion Police jail (We didn't want…

      Shoe Porn: Chrissie Morris peep toe stripe insert pumps

        We wish that wasn't snake print in the paler sections of these shoes, but we're willing to live with it for the striking, geometric design and pale pink suede uppers. We're not sure we'd ever wear them, but we'd certainly enjoy looking at them. If you would, too, they're 1,050 euros (Ah.Yes. There is that…) and you can buy them here.

      Wanted! Fleur T swimwear from Topshop

       As you may well have guessed, The Fashion Police have been spending a lot of time thinking about swimwear recently. Well, it gives us something to do while the wind howls around the HQ and the rain pours down. Last summer, the high-waisted bikini brief made a welcome return to the swimwear scene, and we're pleased to see there are still some around this year, too. As well as being a little less revealing, and therefore more comfortable, than some of their low-riding counterparts, these also have a nice "Bathing Belle" kind of feel to them, and being the unashamed retro lovers we are, that has a lot of appeal. This navy polka dot bikini is by Fleur T, and…

      Dress of the Day: Water Lily prom dress by Monsoon Fusion

        Floral dresses are pretty ubiquitous once we enter the Spring/Summer season, and they're definitely not to everyone's taste. If you're a true girlie-girl, though, and love nothing better than a pink, floral dress, that maybe has a bit of tulle underneath to make it stick out that little bit more, here's Monsoon's 'Water Lily' dress, which we think is a great example of the floral genre. We love that wide, shoulder-exposing neckline, and, despite not being big fans of florals, we even like the print. It's £60 and you can buy it here.

      Fashion Fraud Squad: Alexander McQueen Vs Oasis drape front dresses

      When we featured Alexander McQueen's drape-front dress back in March of last year, we said it probably wouldn't be long until a high street version appeared on the scene. Well, we had to wait over a year, and Oasis's bubble hem belted dress isn't exactly the same as it, but it was close enough for our Fraud Squad to bring it to our attention, so it may well be close enough for McQueen fans to want to give it a try. If you do, it's £50 from here, compared to the £1,062 the Alexander McQueen version originally cost.

      Fashion Crime: Sticky labels on the soles of shoes, as modelled by Jameela Jamil and Diana Vickers

      Aaargh! Now, we know, we know: those white labels on the soles of shoes are pesky little buggers, and getting them off frequently has us cursing like sailors, not to mention breaking our nails in the process. (A little bit of hot water and a nail brush usually does the trick, we find, but we still wish shoe retailers would just stop sticking labels there in the first place.) That, however, is no excuse for going out with the labels still proudly in place, as  Diana Vickers and Jameela Jamil (don’t worry, you’re not supposed to have heard of them -they’re minor British “celebrities”) did to last week’s London premiere of ’17 Again’. In these particular cases we accept that the…

      Fabiola Beracasa joins the Lady Gaga school of “naked” style

       As far as we can tell, Fabiola Beracasa is a socialite noted for her "impeccable style". She's also apparently been taking style types from Lady Gaga, because here she is at an event in New York last week, rocking the "look, I'm totally naked except for this blazer! Ha, no I'm not!" look. When Gaga did this, we thought it was a one-off. We also thought it was more or less par for the course with the good Lady, so we weren't too concerned about the look catching on. This second sighting, however, makes us worry that a "trend" may be emerging. Don't worry, folks, we're on it, if so…

      Dress of the Day: Catherine Malandrino cotton petal-detail sundress

        The clocks move forward here in the UK this weekend (yes, we’re behind everyone else for some reason) which means The Fashion Police are in the mood for Spring. That’s possibly why we’re willing to forgive the neckline of this Catherine Malandrino dress fro looking a little bit too much like an actual flower, and just enjoy the sunny, Spring feeling it inspires in us instead. If you’d like to enjoy it too, it’s £595 from Net-a-Porter.

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      Stella McCartney is offical designer of Fashion Police prison uniforms

        For a long time now, one question has plagued and troubled us: what kind of uniform should we make the inmates of the Fashion Police jail wear? At first we thought we'd keep it simple and make a combination of Crocs and harem pants our official uniform. Then we realised some of our prisoners would probably actually enjoy that, and the jail is supposed to be a place of punishment and correction, so we were thrilled to find that Stella McCartney has done the hard work for us, and designed an outfit that's just perfect for our purposes. Yes, these Stella McCartney dungarees are the kind of outfit that will give no pleasure to anyone. A combination of your…

      Possibly the most confusing (and obscene!) ugly prom dress we’ve ever arrested…

        What. The. HELL? Is that a… ? No, it can’t be. It just can’t. But it looks like…? No. We refuse to believe it. It’s just an unfortunate design, that’s all. A really, really unfortunate design. A really unfortunate design that’s just earned this dress its own special place in the Fashion Police Jail, where we hope it will take the time to think about what it’s done here. Now, let us never speak of this again. [image source] (Thanks to Louisa for the report!)

      Kathy Griffin: Maybe just a little bit overdressed for a shopping trip?

        We can kinda see where Kathy Griffin was coming from with this outfit. Sure, it's just a little OTT to go shopping in, but then, sometimes we've been tempted to throw on a prom dress for a shopping trip too. Well, it's a shame to leave them all hanging in the closet day after day, isn't it? So, although this particular dress is… not to our taste… we're reluctant to step in and arrest her for it. And hey, maybe the world would be a better place if everyone just got totally overdressed from time time to time? (Although maybe not in pink and blue frills) In fact, given that so many offices have "Casual Fridays", maybe it's time…

      Handbag of the Week: Heart box clutch from River Island

        We've featured heart-shaped handbags here before, but what can we say: it would appear that we like them! And it would appear that we like them enough to make one of them our Handbag of the Week. Ah well, no point fighting it… The bag in question is from River Island, and will cost you £21.99. Has it stolen your heart, though? (Sorry.)

      Around our blogs this week…

      As the tributes continue to pour in for Jade Goody, the Grumpy Old Bloggers wonder how sincere they all are? Keeping It Realtor finds some houses that are strictly for the birds. Dollface reviews The Body Shop’s new Tantalising Lip Butter. And Forever Amber has a work-related announcement to make…

      Dress of the Day: origami pencil dress from Oasis

      You're going to have to visit the Oasis website and use the "zoom" function there to get the full effect of this dress, which can only really be properly appreciated in close-up. The "origami" neckline is the main selling point here, and the focal point of the dress, which is £75. The grey colour and classic shape means that it'll be suitable for work, etc, with the neckline helping to make it a little more interesting. Get it here.

      Wanted! Loeffler Randall circle ruffle one piece swimsuit

        OK, so it may not be the most practical swimsuit you've ever owned, and it's unlikely to be the cheapest, but we like the combination of the simple bodice and ruffled shoulder on this Loeffler Randall one-piece. Trying to pack light for your vacation? No problem: throw on a pair of shorts/skirt/trousers or even jeans with this, and you'll have yourself  a nice little evening look too. Yes, we know it'll be a lot like wearing a bodysuit, but we promise not to tell if you don't…

      Style on Trial: Narciso Rodriguez Charmeuse silk striped skirt

        Ooh-er! This skirt gave us quite a turn when first we laid eyes on it, over at Net-a-Porter: in fact, we had our citation pads out and we were all ready to swoop in and make an arrest, when it hit us: this skirt is not what it appears to be. You see, at first glance we’d assumed it was fashioned entirely out of thin strips of fabric, so your body underneath those strips would be left completely exposed. And, well, you know what some of those celebrities are like: if a skirt like that were available, we just know some of them would jump at the chance of wearing it,and NOT ON OUR WATCH is all we can…

      Jennifer Aniston auditions for Harry Potter Movie*

      Aaargh, a dementor, a dementor! Quick, run, before it sucks the happiness out of every last one of us! Oh no, wait, our mistake: it's just Jennifer Anisiton: Phew! Thank goodness for that! For a moment there, we thought Jen had been attending the Agyness Deyn School of Scares! * Note: Not really.

      A letter from the editor…

      I HAD thought this would go without saying, but apparently not, so just to clarify: People who post comments here telling me they hope my house gets bombed because I don't like harem pants will be deleted and banned. Yes, "kaylie", that means you. People who post comments saying I should be "shot in the head" because I like a certain dress, will also be deleted and banned. In summary: debate/ discussion/disagreement/different opinions = good, as long as you're not aggressive or rude about it. Threats of violence/ hatred/personal attacks and abuse = bad, and will result in the old "delete and ban" rule coming into effect. So, basically, what I'm saying is, "play nice, people". Absolutely nothing on this site…

      Dress of the Day: Red ‘Jessica’ wiggle dress by by Pinup Couture

      We could’ve nominated just about any of the dresses at Pin-Up Girl Clothing for Dress of the Day, but because we can’t seem to resist red at the moment, we’ve gone for this ‘Jessica’ wiggle dress which is – well, it’s sex in a dress, isn’t it? It’s also available in black, is $88 and is available here. Just don’t blame us if you find your bank balance sadly depleted after a visit to the site, OK?

      Style on Trial: Geri Halliwell at the premiere of The Boat That Rocked

        Geri Halliwell caused a bit of stir when she wore this little gold mini dress to the London premiere of The Boat That Rocked earlier this week. The Sun, for instance, thought Geri looked just a little bit desperate in the outfit, saying: "That dress screams: “I AM BACK ON THE MARKET, CHAT ME UP. I’M NOT DESPERATE, HONEST.” Other commentators, however, were a little kinder, saying she looked glowing and gorgeous and totally stole the show. We have a bit of a soft spot for Geri, so we think she looks pretty good here, but what do you think, readers? Love it or loathe it?

      Wear or Die: Cher’s Oscar Fashion Edition

        This week's Wear or Die was inspired by Fashion Police reader Molly, who suggested we force our readers to dress up like Cher – or die. "Well, why the hell not?" we thought. And so it is that today you find yourselves in the unenviable position of choosing between one of the two Oscar night fashions above. Neither are outfits for the faint-hearted, but what if you HAD to wear one of them – or die? Which one would you choose? The outfit on the left may look initially more frightening, but the one on the right reveals much more skin. Just to level out the playing field a little, we're going to allow you to ditch the hat/wig/whatever…

      Ugly Prom Dress Alert: the belly button dress

      Oh, what a tragedy! An Ugly Prom Dress that wouldn't even be an Ugly Prom Dress but for one tiny detail: the belly button hole. Now, it's our contention that belly buttons have no place at prom. None at all. This dress, however, makes the belly button the centrepiece of the whole outfit, ringing it with rhinestones as if to say "Look! A belly button! Betchya never saw one of these bad boys before!" Yes, it's all about the bellybutton here, and the overall effect is to make the model look like she needed emergency keyhole surgery, and the surgeon didn't have time to remove the dress first. For this reason, and this reason alone, this dress has earned it's…

      Hussein Chalayan attempts to make builder’s butt fashionable

      Builder's butt. It's one of the most heinous of fashion crimes, but luckily for us, it's a crime that tends only to be committed by actual builders. Oh, and by reality TV "stars", obviously. Now, however, it's also being committed by models in Hussein Chalayan's Fall 09 fashion show. These aren't their real butts, of course: they're fake ones. But somehow we don't think that's going to get them off the hook if they ever find themselves facing the Fashion Police jury, do you? [Source]

      Dress of the Day: Kensie silk shantung striped sleeveless dress

        We spotted this dress over at Fashion Me Fabulous, where they thought it looked a little bit like Miu Miu S/S 08. We totally agree, and we think it's a little more wearable – and, dare we say it, cuter, than some of the dresses Miu Miu showed with that collection. It's the green: we can never resist the green… If you can't either, this is $118 from Macy's.

      Christopher Kane’s monkey dress gives you a hairy back

      You know that hairy back you've aways wanted, folks? What do you mean, "no"? You MUST want a hairy back, surely? Otherwise, why would Christopher Kane go to all of the trouble of creating one on this monkey dress of his? As well as allowing your back to look hairy, this £1,605 dress will also make you look like your torso is being eaten by a giant monkey. You know, just like you've always wanted. Whaddya think, readers? Refreshingly quirky and humorous, or just the kind of monkey business you'd rather leave well alone? (Buy it here, if you love it…)

      Daylight Robbery: The £100 bloomers

        OK, is anyone else just seeing a pair of reasonably plain black knickers here? And, ok, they're silk, but still… doesn't really make us want to pay £100/ $144 for them. And yet, these are sold out at Net-a-Porter, so it seems we have a mystery on our hands: The Mystery of the Expensive-Yet-Ordinary Bloomers. Can you help us solve it, readers? Can you enlighten us as to why these might be worth paying £100 for? We'd love to be able to close this case…

      How to tell if your shorts are too short: the whole world can see what’s in your pockets

        Oh, here we go…. This happens every summer: the sun comes out and suddenly women start walking around in shorts so tiny that the lining of the pockets dangles below the  chopped-off hems. Yes, Britney, we are looking at you here… Now, admittedly, some of these women have fantastic figures, and good for them. We still don't want to see the inside of their clothes, though: or, indeed, the back of their butt cheeks dangling below the shorts – and if the front is tiny enough for the pockets to hang down, the back is normally tiny enough to let the butt hang down, too. Which just isn't nice, is it? To be fair, these particular shorts are by…

      Dress of the Day: Nanette Lepore ‘Sunny Day’ dress

        We've had a couple of sunny days here at Fashion Police HQ recently, and while we wouldn't want to tempt fate, we thought we'd celebrate by featuring Nanette Lepore's appropriately named  'Sunny Day' dress as our Dress of the Day. This comes in the coral pink we've been seeing rather a lot of lately, and while it doesn't look particularly "sunny" in itself, it is very pretty, and that's good enough for us. It's $375 at Shopbop. 

      Phoebe Price gets the Alexander McQueen Fall 09 look

        Almost every time we post photos of some crazy catwalk look or other, we'll get comments from people saying "Duh! It's ART! It's not like people will actually WEAR it!" All we can say to those people is that they've clearly never heard of Phoebe Price, because here she is, running around Beverly Hills a couple of weeks ago, looking for all the world as if she's channeling an Alexander McQueen model from his S/S 09 show. No, we don't know why. We think/hope she was either doing it as a joke, or for a bet. As for Alexander McQueen – well, we have no idea what his excuse is…

      The Zipper Dress: a fashion crime waiting to happen

       A dress made totally from zips. Well, it's an interesting idea, sure, but when Fashion Police reader Amber filed this report with us, having found it on this site, she said: "Giving some people this much freedom to bare all could go horribly wrong." Here's what she meant: Ah. Because the site it comes from isn't in English, we're not sure if this dress is available to buy anywhere, or if it's just a concept. Under the circumstances, we're hoping for the latter…

      Peter Jensen gets death threats over kamik boots

        Despite appearances to the contrary, here at The Fashion Police, we’ve always believed fashion is a lighthearted thing that shouldn’t really be taken too seriously. Sure, we have lots of fun discussing what we consider to be Crimes of Fashion, but we don’t think it’s worth getting seriously upset about, or, indeed, threatening to kill someone over. So we were just a little bit disturbed, needless to say, when we learnt that fashion designer Peter Jensen has apparently been receiving death threats since he included some floral print kamik boots in his London Fashion Week show this February. The boots in question were inspired by original Greendlandic boots, and apparently the people of Greenland have taken their appearance in…

      Fashion Police Fraud Squad: Dune & Christian Louboutin make fringed shoes

        Remember those Cristian Louboutin fringed ankle boots we threw in the slammer not so long ago? As shocked as we were at the time to feel anything less than absolute love for a shoe by The Master, our one comfort was that at least no one would try to copy them. Which just goes to show what we know, really, because here's Dune's startlingly similar pair, which retail for £110 to Louboutin's £1,095. If you love this style, these are certainly a whole lot cheaper than the Louboutins, and they're also available in bright blue and black.

      Hat/bag fashion crimes on the rise

       As much as we hate to be the bearers of bad fashion news, today we bring the sad tidings that hat/bag hybrids appear to be on the increase. We're not sure if the item shown above is better or worse than the one we showed you back in February, but we can say with some certainty that we're not going to be the ones to find out what it looks like on.  If you fancy giving it a go, though, it's £122 and you can buy it here. 

      Dress of the Day: Dior belted ‘Madonne’ dress

      This dress falls into the "So expensive it makes our eyes water" category, but it was one of Bergdorf Goodman's "Best Dress" list for Spring, so we thought we'd give it its moment as Dress of the Day, too. It's by Dior, which does help to explain the $3,450 price tag, if not to completely excuse it. We love the draped detail at the front, the little nipped-in waist, accentuated by the belt, and the narrow pencil skirt. It's one of those dresses that looks like it belongs in a black-and-white movie, but the bright red colour helps give it a bit of added interest, too. If you like it, and aren't put off by the price, you can buy it…

      Daylight Robbery: Miu Miu’s ‘urban apron’ skirt

       At first glance, we thought this was a little boat-necked top. We were wrong:  Yes, it's an apron. And, OK, aprons are fine. They're, you know, handy for those times when you're cooking or cleaning and you want to protect your regular clothes from dirt. That's not what this one is for, though. No, this is an URBAN apron. Which apparently means you're meant to wear it outside the house. Oh, and to pay £272 / $379 for it. Uh-huh. We'd say that makes it a classic example of Daylight Robbery, because even supposing we DID want to wear aprons in public – and, just to be clear, we DON'T – we really can't imagine paying that much for one….

      Crop Tops: they’re back. Will you be wearing one?

      If ever there were two words almost guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of women around the land, “crop” and “top” would be those words. Let’s face it, the crop top just isn’t an item anyone can wear, is it? We’d argue that you don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans, and you don’t even have to have the figure of supermodel to wear some of the “bodycon” dresses around at the moment, but you really DO need a belly you’re not ashamed to show in all its glory if you want to work the crop top. (We’d also argue that you need a love of 80’s fashion that goes well beyond the odd pair of leggings,…

      Friends don’t let friends flash their thongs. Big Brother contestants do, though.

        Pictured is Lisa Appleton, who appeared on UK Big Brother last year. This isn't her out running to the shop because she's run out of milk, either – this is what she wore to Liverpool Fashion Week. (Yes, Liverpool has a Fashion Week. No, not everyone wore pink tracksuits to it.) You'd think her boyfriend, Mario Marconi, would've said something here, no? Maybe a little heads up? A quick nod to the rear? It would've been the kind thing to do. As it is, though, The Fashion Police had no option here but to swoop in and make an arrest…

      Handbag of the Week: Chloe Paraty leather shoulder bag

        Oh, Chloe, just stop it, would you? Stop making handbags we love, but just can't afford, OK? Seriously, we didn't even KNOW we needed a white leather handbag (and if you'd told us we did, we probably wouldn't have believed you, either), but along you come with your Paratay shoulder bag, and bam! One more thing to add to our Wish Lists. If you'd like to add it to yours too, it's £970 from Net-a-Porter.

      Around our blogs this week…

        Keeping It Realtor is loving brightly coloured toilet roll. You heard us… Still on the subject of toilets, The Grumpy Old Bloggers think Ryanair’s proposals to charge for use of theirs during flights is a “wee” bit much. Hey-Dollface discovers cupcake flavoured dental floss. Writing World is tired of being stalked via social media. And Forever Amber is still just permanently surprised.

      Dress of the Day: floral print bandeau dress from New Look

        This isn't a dress that everyone would be able to pull off – or would even want to – but inspired by Amy Winehouse's recent court appearance (her outfit, that is, not her assault charges) we think it could be a rather cute little summer piece. Either wear it Amy-style with peep toes and a little cardi (beehive optional), or dress it down for cooler weather with tights - it's £28 from New Look. 

      Shoe Porn: Dune’s red polka dot ‘Lotty’ peep toes

        Spring is in the air here at Fashion Police HQ. To celebrate, we're thinking a pair of Dune's 'Lotty' peep toes would go down nicely with a pair of capri pants, or a summery dress, or jeans, or a skirt, or… you get the picture. They're £85 and you can buy them here.

      Style on Trial: Selita Ebanks in THAT Balmain mini dress

        Selita Ebanks: Victoria's Secret model, possessor of the kind of body that will make grown men weep, and, most importantly for our purposes, wearer of THAT  Balmain mini dress – the one that seems to crop up at every event going these days. As well as Seltita, the dress has been seen on the likes of Kate Moss (who, admittedly, was paid to wear it) and Jessica Stam. What we want to know is: is it a crime of fashion? Because, to be completely honest, we're just not loving it. And admittedly, if ANYONE was going to wear this dress and get away with it, it would be a Victoria's Secret model, but even so, there's something bugging us…

      Under Fashion Police Arrest: Henrik Vibskov Denim Annie Hall Jumpsuit

      Hey folks, look, it's Henrik Vibskov! Last time we featured him here it was with the  "Seal All in One" or "adult romper suit", and from this, and the image above, it doesn't take the Fashion Police Detective Squad to work out that Mr Vibskov is is a key player in the "Dress Like a Toddler" movement – the dangerous underground organisation that aims to make all adults look like gigantic toddlers. In fact, recent intelligence leads us to suspect that Vibskov could actually be the leader of the movement. As such, this obviously places him high on our list of wanted criminals. The latest piece of evidence against Vibscov is this "Annie Hall" jumpsuit, which, as you can see, is…

      Wanted! Miss Selfridge’s Chanel-style cardigan

        OK, so it’s probably never going to be mistaken for Chanel, but at just £30, we think this cute little Miss Selfridge cardigan is an easy way to fake it… Wear with a string of pearls and a pair of heels for a very “grown-up” look, or with jeans to smarten up a causal look. It’ll make a handy little Spring staple, too, worn as a  jacket in the (hopefully) warmer weather. For reasons best known to themselves, Miss Selfridge have chosen to only make thus available in petite sizes for the moment, but if that sounds like you, you can buy it here.

      Dress of the Day: Tahari by Arthur S. Levine roll collar dress

        We're loving little button-down or rolled-down collars at the moment, (think Victoria Beckham's recent "airport chic" looks), so it's nice to find a dress that's (comparatively) affordable in this style. This Tahari by Arthur S. Levine dress is $128 at Nordstrom and would be perfect for work, or anywhere else you need to look semi-formal. Wear with black tights and high boots in the winter, or a pair of patent peep toes in the warmer months.

      Daylight Robbery: Kiki de Montparnasse Fringe Benefits necklace

        Some might call this a Crime of Fashion. Others might just scratch their heads and say "What the hell IS that? Is it a fake beard? A hairpiece? WHAT?" Actually, it's a necklace. A fringe necklace. A Kiki de Montparnasse fringe necklace. A $595 fringe necklace. It's at this point that The Fashion Police are forced to reach for the smelling salts and say, "Wow, some people really have a LOT of spare money, don't they?"

      Agyness Deyn haunts premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor

       Last night The Fashion Police received reports of a mysterious, hooded figure seen haunting the premiere of Valenetino: The Last Emperor. Despite being fashion cops as opposed to Ghostbusters, we take supernatural sightings seriously, and so quickly dispatched our paranormal division to investigate. Happily, we can now reassure all concerned parties that it wasn't a ghost at all: it was just Agyness Deyn. Phew!

      Red Carpet Watch – Fashion from the premiere of Valentino: the Last emperor

        We reckon Claire Danes was the hands-down winner of the Best Dressed award at last night's premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor. That said, Anne Hathaway scrubbed up pretty good too: this isn't the best photo of her, but she arrived and left with a white silk coat over the top of this dress, which made the look super-glam.  More celebrity looks under the jump…

      Wear or Die: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Fall 2009 edition

        Ah, the wonderful world of high fashion! Humorous? Yes. Creative? Most definitely. Something you'd actually wear in real life? Um, not so much, sometimes. What if you HAD to wear it in real life, though? What if some of those "for the runway only" creations were ALL you found in your wardrobe one morning, and you had no choice but to wear one of them? Or what if The Fashion Police forced you to wear one of them, on pain of death? That's the difficult situation you find yourself facing today, readers. Above are two outfits from the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Fall 2009 show. You must wear one of them – or die. So, which one will…

      Style on Trial: Christopher Kane’s fitted scalloped detail trousers

        Last month we asked you what you thought of Christopher Kane's scalloped detail dress, and the jury was largely in favour of it, although many of you felt it was more appropriate as a work of art than as something you'd wear. Your work is not yet done, though, ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury, for today we want to hear your judgement on the same designer's scalloped detail trousers. These are probably a little more wearable than the dress, purely by virtue of the fact that they're a pair of black trousers, and black trousers are always going to be easier to wear than an OTT evening dress, but the question is, would you wear them?…

      From the ‘Why Does It Exist?’ files: high leg jersey sandals

        Can these high leg jersey sandals really stand up all by themselves, without the aid of a leg? We doubt it, but even if they can, they should know that no amount of clever shoe tricks can save them now, because they have committed the crime of being sandals… with legs. As such, every time we look at them, we scratch our heads and say, "Why do they exist?" Of course, if they CAN stand up by themselves, that's fine: they can march themselves down to the Fashion Police jail. Excellent. [Thanks to Anna Denise for the report!]

      Still on Fashion Police Parole: Bai Ling

        We have to admit that when we first decided to let Bai Ling out on fashion parole last year, we didn't think it would last. Here she is, though, several months down the line, and we're pleased to see that Bai's rehabilitation seems to be coming along nicely: in fact, we can't see a single thing wrong with this outfit, can you? Well done, Bai: we're proud of you. A few more appearances like this and you could be out of the Fashion Police jail for good!