August, 2011

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Fashion News: Diane Von Furstenberg wants models to be carded at Fashion Week

Don’t worry, it’s not another “size 0” controversy: this time it’s all about the models ages rather than their weights… CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg is calling for all models to be carded before being allowed to walk in shows at New York Fashion Week this September. The legal age limit in the US is 16, but last season DVF herself came under fire after “inadvertently” allowing a 15-year-old model to appear in her show, so her letter on the CFDA website is possibly partly designed to show that the designer is taking the issue seriously. “In our continuing quest to protect the models that we work with, we have updated the CFDA Health Initiative guidelines to recommend that models be…

Girls are too pretty to do homework, says this JC Penney shirt

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter today. Nothing like a nice bit of gender stereotyping on your kid’s clothes, is there? Hey, girls, forget about working hard and achieving something with your life! Leave that to the boys, instead! You are TOO PRETTY to worry your cute little head about such things. Also: OMGJUSTINBIEBER!!!!! And, OK, sure, we know it’s just a shirt. It’s not supposed to be taken seriously, and it’s not like your smart little 7-16 year old is going to pull on a shirt and suddenly turn into an airhead. Clothes aren’t THAT powerful, after all. But still: surely there are better messages to be giving our children than “as long as you’re pretty, you…

Wear or Die: ASOS Edition

It’s been a long time since we last played Wear or Die – the game where everyone’s a loser, baby – so let’s just quickly go over the rules, for those of you who’ve never played before, or who were simply so traumatised by some of the outfits we’ve shown you in previous editions that you’re even now running for cover, eyeball bleach in hand. Wear or Die: How It Works Wear or Die is simple. Evil, yes, but simple. 1. We’ll show you two outfits. 2. They’ll both be ugly – or ugly-ish. Some of you will obviously like them, so this game will be fun for you. 3. You must choose one of the two outfits to wear….

Marilyn Manson’s girlfriend stages fake flashing, Fashion Police investigating

Do not adjust your monitors, that’s a real person. And, you know, it probably takes quite a lot to horrify Marilyn Manson, but if the expression on his face is anything to go by, his new girlfriend (If, indeed, that’s who this is underthe mask. Our money’s on it being someone completely unlikely. Like Simon Cowell, say. Or the Foot Snatcher.) has managed it. Want to see why Manson looks so shocked? The image under the jump contains no actual nudity, but it’s possibly NSFW anyway. You’ll see what we mean.

Fashion Police at the 2011 VMAs

Last night the 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards were held at The Nokia Theatre in L.A. As most of you know, the VMAs are most notable for Katy Perry’s attempts to make them All About Her, by either dressing as a cartoon character, or maybe dying her hair pink. This year she was actually a little more restrained than usual, although the large cut-outs all over the dress are always a cause for Fashion Police concern. These awards were also notable for a rare appearance by Britney Spears, who washed her hair (add one point) but wore peep-toe boots (minus five points), and for Beyonce, who’s just revealed that she’s expecting her first baby: congratulations, Beyonce! There was also this:…

Fashion Police Checkpoint: What are you wearing right now?

OK, everyone, form an orderly line, please: this is a Fashion Police Checkpoint, and before you can continue on your way, we’re going to have to ask you to step aside, keep your hands above your head, and give us a complete inventory of what you’re wearing right this very second: and no cheating! Tell us: What are you wearing RIGHT NOW?

Capes: Coming to a pair of pants near you, soon

There’s a caped crusader in Fashionland, people, but before you start getting excited, let us just tell you that we’re pretty sure he’s using his powers for evil rather than for good. Well, it’s about time we had a new supervillain around here, wasn’t it? Especially seeing as so many of you insist that the Foot Snatcher should stay out of jail… This latest villian takes the form of a cape. It’s not just any old cape, though. It’s a cape on a pair of trousers. Why would trousers need a cape? Your guess is as good as ours. What we DO know, however, is that the combination of cape + pants doesn’t come cheap. These Hakaan ‘Papaver’ trousers (We…

Don’t wear this shirt unless your boyfriend really is a Hell’s Angel*

You wouldn’t really want to make an enemy out of the Hells Angels, would you? Our advice? Don’t put their name on a t-shirt, then… The Hells Angels are currently suing fashion brand Wildfox over this shirt, which retails for $57.99, and bears the slogan “My boyfriends [sic] a Hells Angel,” with a pair of wings on the back. The gang say that their name is trademarked, and shouldn’t be used for commercial purposes. ““We bring these lawsuits from time to time not just to punish but to educate,” said the club’s lawyer, Fritz Clapp. “Somebody thought erroneously that Hells Angels is a generic term.” This isn’t the first time the club has tried to sue fashion brands, of course: they’ve also gone…

“Fat should not be in fashion” says editor of The Australian

“Big can be beautiful, but fat should not be in fashion.” So begins an editorial by Damien Woolnough, fashion editor at The Australian, who’s stirred up controversy this week by criticising department store Myer’s plus-sized runway show, which featured models including Robyn Lawley, pictured here in Vogue Italia.  ” Most of the models looked healthy but some looked obese,” writes Woolnough. “While most fashion festivals ban models for being too skinny, why is it OK to see fat women on the runway?” [TFP note: if you want to judge for yourself whether the models looked “obsese”, there are some photos from the show here.] Woolnough goes on to argue that models who are “too fat” send just as unhealthy a message as models who are…

What do you call cameltoe for men?

We call it “these Julien David pants“: You can’t un-see it now, can you? Want to know the saddest thing about this? They’re drop-crotch pants.You shouldn’t be able to get a cameltoe from a drop-crotch, should you? It’s the one thing – the ONE THING – that’s good about this particular “style”. By some terrible cosmic irony, however, a dropped crotch can actually create the illusion of a cameloe where none exists, as in the example above. Or it can make an existing cameltoe much, much worse. We see you shaking your head at that. We’re going to make you wish you hadn’t doubted us: (Note: the image over the jump may be NSFW. Or for eyes. Eyeball bleach at…

Fashion Police at the European Premiere of ‘One Day’

The One Day wagon rolled into London this week, and here are Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess having a good laugh at Anne’s Yorkshire accent in the film. Nah, we’re just kidding: we know she’s had a lot of stick for it, but we haven’t actually seen it yet, and, well, we’re not from Yorkshire, so who are we to judge? We’ll just stick to the fashion, then, and say that we think Anne is looking rather lovely in this Alexander McQueen dress. We know some of you are probably surprised by that, because she is, of course, wearing a tablecloth. There is that. And it’s a sheer tablecloth, at that. (A shablecloth?) But, you know, here’s the thing: if you…

Victoria Beckham banned from wearing heels, worried about looking like “a golf club”

Would Victoria Beckham look like a golf club in flat shoes? Be honest: we’ve all wondered, haven’t we? We’re about to find out, though, because apparently Victoria has been “banned” from wearing high heels for the duration of New York Fashion Week. That’s not on Fashion Police orders, we hasten to add – we wouldn’t be that cruel – but on the orders of Victoria’s doctor, who says she risks aggravating a slipped disc she suffered following the birth of Harper Seven last month, if she doesn’t switch to flats for a little while at least. Hopefully Victoria will comply with this advice: not just because she’d be an idiot to put fashion before health, of course, but because we’ll…

Frankenshoes: Rick Owens Basket Boots

This isn’t the first time Rick Owens has come up against The Fashion Police on charges of Frankenshoe creation. Let’s face it: dude has form. (Take a look at the gallery of some of Rick’s previous creations below, if you don’t believe us.) In fact, this isn’t even the WORST time, which is saying quite a lot, no? That doesn’t mean these aren’t dangerous fashion criminals, of course. They most certainly are, and we’ll just quickly demonstrate why: Giuseppe Zanotti for Thakoon sock boots. If we’d seen them first, our officers would’ve been ALL OVER their “Boots-Pretending-to-Be-Socks” selves. But their crimes seem minor in comparison to the Rick Owens ones above, don’t they. And this is why Rick Owens is so dangerous:…

Fashion News: Avril Lavigne, Fashion Designer, to show at New York Fashion Week

Avril Lavigne is currently promoting her fashion line, Abbey Dawn, at the MAGIC Fashion and Apparel Trade Show, in preparation for her show at New York Fashion Week this September. Yes, that’s right: New York Fashion Week. You didn’t know Hot Topic was considered HIGH FASHUN now, did you? TFP hears that Avril is also set to expand the line, to include things like dresses and denim, as well as the current hoodies and t-shirts. There will also be a men’s collection. The whole “celebrity fashion line” thing has gone too far now, hasn’t it?

Winter Fashion Trends 2011: The Cold Shoulder

Look, everyone, this model is giving us the cold shoulder! Should we be offended? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist it…) OK, we speak in jest. Well, sort of. There’s no denying that anyone wearing this shirt would probably HAVE a cold shoulder, is there? In fact, they’d have two. It’s that old conundrum: cold enough for long sleeves, but warm enough for bare shoulders. Philosophers have puzzled over this kind of thing for years. We’re puzzling it over too, now, because the fact is, this is not an isolated incident. Nope, no sooner had we spotted this offender, than we suddenly started seeing cold shoulders EVERYWHERE. We’ve started to wonder if they’re stalking us, actually, and seriously, a Shirt Stalker isn’t…

Daily Fail: Milla Jovovich “needs to get a tan” says Mail

This is exactly the kind of thing we were complaining about in our post on how skin colour is not a fashion statement. Seriously, Daily Mail? You’d prefer people to risk skin cancer just to meet some stupid, made-up ideal? Shame on you. Oh, and Milla? You look just fine the way nature intended…

Fashion News: J Crew offers flat-rate shipping to the UK

More good news for UK-based fashion fans: hot on the pleather heels of the announcement that Primark is to start selling online, TFP is pleased to hear that American-based J Crew is now offering flat-rate shipping for the not-too-hideously expensive price of £9.95 per order. International shipping has long been a bug-bear of ours: don’t you just hate it when you find something you love from a brand based in another country, and then discover that shipping to your location is either not available at all, or will cost you almost as much as the order itself? We do, so it’s good to know that another US brand has become a little more accessible to us, although one word of…

Fashion News: Primark to launch online fashion store next year

Way back the mists of time, also known as 2007, The Fashion Police launched a list of five UK-based fashion retailers we’d like to see selling their wares online. Slowly, but surely, they all succumbed: first came George, then New Look. Last year H&M and Zara followed suit, and then their was only one store standing, the sole survivor of the online revolution. That store was Primark, and we’re happy to announce that soon Primark, too, will fall to the lure of ecommerce: they brand has just started requesting tenders for an agency to create an ecommerce website, which will apparently launch in 2012. No details yet about how this will work, where it will ship to, or how much…

Rihanna wears Antonio Berardi while promoting her new fragrance in London

The fact that it’s Rihanna wearing this outfit, and not, say… oh, almost ANYONE else, really… almost made our officers disregard it. You get used to stuff like this with Rihanna after a while, don’t you? It starts to seem normal and we tend to overlook it, purely on the basis of “But it’s RIHANNA!” That statement sounds dangerously like something a fashion victim would say, though, (See also: “But it’s DESIGNER!” and “She’s X-celebrity: she can wear what she likes!” in our Fashion Victim Drinking Game for reference) so we feel that, whilst it IS, indeed, Rihanna, it’s also important to acknowledge that Rihanna is dressed like one of The Muppets here. In fact, she may actually be wearing…