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      Cannes Film Festival plays Fashion Police, bans flats from the red carpet

      [Shoes: Net-a-Porter] So, according to reports, some women have been turned away from a screening of Cate Blanchett’s new movie, ‘Carol’m at the Cannes Film Festival, for having the temerity to turn up wearing flat shoes  – and not the kind of flat shoes you might wear to walk the dog, or do the gardening in either: no, we’re talking about the kind of pretty, sparkly flats that wouldn’t be out of place on… well, on the red carpet, actually. Although festival organisers have strenuously denied allegations that heel height is a factor in deciding who should be allowed entry to events, rumours persist, with some attendees tweeting to confirm that people have, indeed, been turned away because of their…

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      Sizeable shows you what clothes look like on different shapes

      When we wrote about Fever London’s ‘Perfect Fit’ campaign, in which they used models in a range of sizes to showcase their clothes, we said that while it was a great idea, it was unlikely it would catch on, due to the logistics of retailers having to photograph each item they sell on multiple models. Well, today we’re having to eat those words, because new website Sizeable has done just that. This Australian brand (Don’t worry, they ship to the UK) uses six different models, of varying heights and shapes: all you have to do is pick the woman whose closest to your own shape, and see her wear the company’s clothes. Of course, it wouldn’t be possible for them…

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      La Perla’s mannequins have an unacceptable amount of ribs

      Fashion’s obsession with mannequins and the size of their plastic bodies continues this week, with the revelation that a mannequin in the brand’s Soho store has been found to have an unacceptable amount of ribs on show. Posting an image of the offending mannequin to his Twitter account, Michael Rudroy tweeted: “How does #LaPerla think ribs on a mannequin is OK?!” Well, apparently they DON’T. Following the Twitter storm that ensued, La Perla issued the following statement: “The mannequin photographed has been removed from the store and will not be used again by any La Perla boutique. We are in the process of redesigning all La Perla stores with a new concept image and the mannequins that are currently displayed…

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      Would you wear… Peacocks’ £1.99 lace dress?

      Last week, UK fashion chain Peacocks rather cleverly managed to drum up some publicity for themselves by selling a dress for the bargain price of just £1.99 – about $3.30, for those of you in the U.S. The dress is shown above: it was a little lace number, available in mint or lilac, and, predictably enough, it sold out so quickly it managed to crash the brand’s website. Not to worry, though: Peacocks have announced plans to repeat the experiment in the future, with other low-priced dresses to come. Our question is: what do you think of them? For those of you worried about the ethics of buying clothes which are cheaper than your morning cappuccino, you can relax a…

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      Kate Moss for Topshop returns: here’s what the collection looks like

      It’s been four years since the last Kate Moss for Topshop collection, but if you thought Kate (Who, lest we forget, turned 40 this year) had hung up her fashion designer hat for good, you have another think coming: the model’s latest collection for Topshop launches on May 1st, and images from the lookbook are already starting to circulate. So, what do we make of the new collection? Well, like the previous efforts, it’s definitely very “Kate”, with some pieces (Such as the yellow chiffon dress) being “inspired” by Moss’s own wardrobe. Yellow dress aside, there’s a definite boho/hippie chick vibe, with lots of paisley print, kaftans and tunic top. There’s also a fair bit of fringing, as the images…

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      Old Navy Denies Photoshopping Thigh Gaps Onto Plus Size Jeans

      Today the style-savvy section of the internet is in uproar over claims that Old Navy have been Photoshopping thigh gaps onto images of their plus-sized Rockstar jeans: the rotters! The image above image comes from the Old Navy website, and there’s no denying the presence of the dreaded thigh-gap. Is it Photoshop, though? Old Navy say nope, just manual pinning of the clothes, to make them fit the mannequin: “At Old Navy we strive to show our customers the most accurate representation of how product fits the body. This includes pinning garments on body forms to show how they will actually appear. While we do remove these pins in post-production, we do not use any photo-altering techniques to deliberately distort…

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      Do larger mannequins make you feel better about your figure?

      Debenhams old-style mannequins, sized 8 – 10 Last week, Debenhams introduced size 16 mannequins (For reference, a UK size 16 is roughly equivalent to a US 12) into its stores, saying that size 16 is the “average” size of women in the UK, and the new mannequins are therefore more representative of its customers. Previously, clothes were displayed on models sized 8-10, which, says Debenhams, is unhelpful to shoppers in the store. “The average British woman is a size 16, but the high street has been showing them clothing on a mannequin that is three sizes smaller – until now,” said Debenhams director Ed Watson. “Having worked on this project for three years, we hope that it will help people…

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      J Crew will be 60% more expensive in the UK

      J Crew opens its first ever UK store in London today, but if you’re hoping to pick up some bargains, you’re probably going to be disappointed, because: a) It’s J Crew, not Primark and b) The brand has confirmed that UK shoppers will be paying around 60% more than their US counterpart, once currency differences are taken into account. Explaining the UK mark-up, a J Crew spokesman said: J Crew is committed to bringing its customers the best possible quality and design of product at the best possible price. We have to take into consideration various taxes, duties, and operational charges that vary from country to country. It is an inescapable fact that these costs in the UK are significantly…

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      Marks & Spencer admit to deliberately limiting stock levels

      Marks & Spencer pink coat Remember THAT Marks & Spencer pink coat? The one we showed you as part of our Autumn/Winter 2013 preview, and which has been described by some as one of the big style hits of the season? Remember how that coat was absolutely impossible to get hold of, selling out the second it hit the M&S website? There is a reason for that, and it’s not JUST that it was a great coat: no, the reason you couldn’t buy that coat for love nor money was also due to the fact that Marks & Spencer deliberately limited availability of it, and other items in their recent lineup, in order to promote exclusivity of the brand. Admitting…

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      Primark online shopping now available at ASOS

      Whether you love Primark for the easy access it provides to cheap, fast fashion, or hate it for the very same reasons (The chain’s connection to the Bangladesh factory which collapsed earlier this year has led many shoppers to boycott the brand), as it’s the last of the major high street chains to develop an online presence, we thought it was worth noting the fact that you can now buy a selection of Primark clothing at ASOS.com. Primark fans have long bemoaned the lack of an online store to shop from. Until this week, if you wanted to browse the  brand’s wears, your only option was to travel to the nearest store (Difficult if you don’t live in/near the major…

      H&M Conscious Collection

      GALLERY: H&M Conscious Collection Partywear

      Instead of our usual Dress of the Day column, today we thought we’d bring you a whole lot of dresses of the day. Plus some trousers, shoes, bags and accessories of the day, too. These are all part of the new H&M Conscious Collection, and we have to say, we’re pretty darn impressed. Sure, there are a few pieces of coal amongst the diamonds, but we think the good stuff more than makes up for the bad, and for the first time in a long time, we’re really excited about a new high street collection. Imagine that! As you probably know, the H&M Conscious Collection is H&M’s attempt to rid themselves of their “fast fashion” image (to some extent, anyway),…

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      Rihanna for River Island: the verdict

      After what feels like the longest build-up in fashion history (well, this year at least…) the Rihanna for River Island collection finally arrived online this morning. We take a look at some of the pieces and ask what you think of them: will you be shopping the Rihanna for River Island collection, or do you think Rih’s gone out of her way to create some crimes of fashion? Let’s take a look… We should probably begin this post by saying that not being part of the demographic that could reasonably be expected to want to dress like Rihanna (and to have the lifestyle to make that possible: i.e. most of this stuff wouldn’t go down well at the office, but…

      Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic

      Can you have too many clothes?

      As Vivienne Westwood criticises Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, for having “too many clothes”, The Fashion Police ask: IS there such a thing? Can you have too many clothes, or is it a case of “the more, the merrier”? Becky Bloomwood doesn’t think you can have too many clothes… unless Hugh Dancy says so.  Can you have too many clothes? Vivienne Westwood’s at it again. Last year she criticised Kate Middleton’s eyeliner; this year she says the Duchess of Cambridge has too many clothes, and should wear the same thing over and over in order to help the environment. Guess it must be Fashion Week again, then! “I don’t have any advice to her,” said Westwood, before going on to…

      Emerald: the colour of 2013

      Emerald is the colour of 2013, says Panetone

      Reiss dress, £200 / Reiss mini tank, £31 / Reiss , £265 / Alexander McQueen peep toe heels / Jil Sander , £1,085 / Blue Nile emerald diamond ring, £10,875 / Emerald diamond earrings, £16 / Hair bow accessory, £1.71 / Bond No. 9 Now, we’re not suggesting you should try to wear all of these items at the same time (Er, we probably would, but that’s just us…) but you should probably get used to seeing this colour, because Panetone (a.k.a. “The Powers That Be”) have declared emerald to be the colour of 2013. They were right about tangerine being the colour of 2012, so you might as well trust them, which means we can expect to see a…

      H&M Announces Global Recycling Program for February 2013

      H&M want your old clothes

      H&M has come under fire in the past for its fast-fashion approach to “disposable” clothing, but starting next year, the chain is hoping to counter some of those accusations with a new scheme designed to lower the environmental impact of its garments. From February 2013, shoppers at selected stores will be able to exchange their old clothes for H&M discounts, in a garment collecting scheme being run in partnership with  with recycling company I:Collect. Under the new scheme, the clothing collected will be taken to a sorting facility for recycling, while the person who donated it gets to enjoy discounted shopping at H&M. The chain says it will accept any brand of clothing, in any condition, so you don’t have to…

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      Maison Martin Margiela for H&M: what do you think?

      As we’re sure most of you are aware, this week saw the launch of Maison Martin Margiela’s capsule collection for H&M. Now, this was an interesting one for us, not just because Margiela is one of our all-time favourite fashion criminals (in fact, if Margiela himself was still designing for the brand, he’d be like The Godfather of the fashion crime ring which currently has a stranglehold on style), but because the very avant-garde style of this brand is so very different from the kind of thing the H&M demographic is used to. Despite being a fashionista favourite, beloved of the type of people who care deeply about being “edgy”, Margiela doesn’t have the mainstream popularity of some of the…

      Dorothy Perkins Kardashian Kollection

      Dorothy Perkins releases Kardashian Kollection

      Here in the UK, we get to be relatively shielded from the Kardashians and their obsession with the letter K. Not any more, though. This week, Dorothy Perkins released a new collection – sorry, “kollection” – in conjunction with the sisters K, and yes, they are spelling “collection” like that. We know. Despite the name, it’s actually the letter ‘S’ that comes to mind here: many of the pieces are sexy, shiny and short, and there’s also a lot of animal print, and a liberal use of the word “body con” in the product descriptions. So no surprises there, then. There are, however, a few surprises to be found here, the main one being the fact that, somewhat unusually for a celebrity…

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      ‘Women should be slim for their men but not Size Zero’ says a founder of London Fashion Week

      The Chief of Police writes… Yesterday morning, I received a press release which I’m still not totally convinced wasn’t supposed to be a joke – or deliberately controversial at the very least. “Women should be slim for their men but not Size Zero’ says a founder of London Fashion Week,” begins the release (issued by Hillgrove PR), before going on to quote Achilleas Constantinou, “Founder of London Fashion Week and Ariella Couture”, who has some, er, interesting views on women. “Being a healthy, acceptable weight for one’s partner is a consideration that all women, particularly followers of fashion should consider,” says Constantinou, who’d like to see “size 0” models banned from the runway. “An ideal weight is the goal. An ideal weight for health…

      Pixie Lott with unshaven armits at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises

      Pixie Lott’s unshaven armpits: a crime of fashion?

      Oh dear. While we’ve been wondering which of The Dark Knight Rises’ two female stars would win a Star Style War, the writers at our old nemesis, The Daily Mail, have been having conniptions over the sight of Pixie Lott’s unshaven armpits at the movie’s London premiere. Describing the move as a “grooming faux pas”, the paper provides a zoomed-in version of the image above, which shows Pixie’s regrowth in all its glory…or otherwise, depending on your point of view. So, what IS your point of view on hairy armpits? On one hand, you could argue that if you’re going to get all dressed up and attend a movie premiere, you might want to also attend to the underarm hair:…

      Rihanna for River Island

      Rihanna for River Island: collection launches Spring 2012

      Love Rihanna? Love River Island? Love the thought of the two of them combined, in clothing form? Well, you’re in luck. Rihanna is the latest celebrity to jump on the, “Hey, I can sing, so I can also design clothes!” bandwagon, and will release her first collection for British chain River Island in Spring of 2013. Not much is known about the collection as yet, so we’ve out together a little gallery of some of our favourite fashion moments from Rihanna, so we can all try to imagine what her first fashion collection might look like. Are you looking forward to stealing Rihanna’s style by buying her clothes? [Images: PRPhotos.com]

      Richard Nicholl for Topshop bridal collection

      Richard Nicholl creates wedding collection for Topshop

      Say you’re a bride-to-be who’s also a fashionista. Where are you going to get your wedding dress? You can’t get a regular dress, obviously: you need to be edgy and fashion-forward at all times, and if you’re getting married in the summer of 2012, say, that basically means you’re going to need some kind of a mullet skirt. Ideally one of the ones that take the form of a short skirt, with a sheer maxi skirt over the top – a bit like a veil for your legs, basically. See? Bridal! You’re also probably going to need a pair of ugly, clumpy shoes, ideally by Jeffrey Campbell. Well, we can’t help you with the shoes (or not right at this…

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      Comic Book Fashion from 3.1 Phillip Lim

       [ 3.1 Phillip Lim pullover sweater / 3.1 Phillip Lim merino sweater / 3.1 Phillip Lim leather shoulder bag / 3.1 Phillip Lim patchwork handbag / 3.1 Phillip Lim The Break-Up PVC and leather pouch] Like comic books? Like comic book style artwork? We do. And so does Phillip Lim, apparently, because the designer’s latest collection is full of pieces inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and the pop art era. We kind of love it, but then again, we’ve always been suckers for comic book superheros and the like… What do you think of this collection?  

      Topshop Factory Girl Collection

      Topshop Launches ‘Factory Girl’ collection

      It’s grim up north: or at least, it is for these models, apparently – look at those scowls! (Modelling is hard, of course, as we should never forget…) These images are from Topshop’s ‘Factory Girl’ collection, for Fall 2012, which drawns inspiration from the north of England in the sixties: think beehive hair, lots of eyeliner and a Bardot-esque pout. To compliment that look, Topshop’s collection consists of a lot of tweed, some very ladylike pieces, such as the pencil skirts and kitten heels, and, well, hotpants. Quite a few pairs, actually. You can shop some of the items from the collection here (more will be filtering out over the coming weeks), and see some more images from the lookbook…

      AnnaSophia Robb as the young Carrie Bradshaw in the Carrie Diaries

      AnnaSophia Robb is the young Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries

      After what feels like (and probably is, actually) years worth of speculation on whether there would be a Sex and the City prequel, and who would fill Carrie Bradshaw’s famous Manolos is so, we have our answers: The Carrie Diaries is currently filming in New York City, and here are the first photos of AnnaSophia Robb in the role made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker. AnnaSophia certainly has SJPs curls down, and we’ll be interested to see how this pans out, but what are your first impressions? A good choice to play one of fashion’s most famous fictional characters? [Images: PRPhotos.com]

      MARY KATRANTZOU for Topshop

      Mary Katrantzou for Topshop arrives, sells out almost instantly

      Well, that was quick work, Topshop shoppers. Mary Katrantzou’s capsule collection for the high street brand launched this morning, and at the time of writing, all that’s left is the hideous trousers pictured above, a scarf and a pair of leggings. And there’s not much of these left online either, so if you really want some of this stuff, you’re literally going to have to beg, borrow or steal it, and we don’t recommend the latter. Or, of course, you could dedicate the next few days to visiting Topshop branches, in the hope of finding something, or simply trawl eBay and pay more than the already-high prices you’d have paid in store. Shopping: it’s basically turned into a competitive sport…

      Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 - The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection

      Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 – The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection

      New York Fashion Week kicked off today, which means that, for the next week, it will be impossible to use the Internet without seeing the same photos, stolen from Style.com, recycled on every single fashion blog and website. So that’ll be awesome. Here at The Fashion Police, we like to remain a (mostly) Fashion Week free zone, because there are only so many runway photos we can look at before our minds glaze over and we start thinking about donuts again. Mmmm, donuts. We will, however, be covering some of the runway action, and we’re kicking off with The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection. This is always one of our favourite shows, because as well as showcasing the work of lots…

      Karl Lagerfeld thinks Adele is too fat

      Karl Lagerfeld thinks Adele is too fat, world outraged

      Karl Lagerfeld cemented his “Prince of Darkness” image today by revealing to Metro Paris that he thinks Adele is “a little too fat”. Kaiser Karl said: “The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.” Naturally, most of the Internet is up in arms, because while it’s perfectly acceptable to say someone is “too thin” these days, calling someone “fat” just isn’t on, is it? What do you think? Is Karl a big ol’ meanie, or is he just stating the obvious, as some commentators have argued?  [Images: PRPhotos.com]

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      Karl Lagerfeld for Net-a-Porter: What do you think?

      Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Net-a-Porter went on sale today, and as you can see, the models shown above managed to throw some particularly LOL-worthy shapes in honour of the occasion, bless their hearts. What about the clothes, though? Well, the collection is described as having “a fashion-forward edge”, and that right there is more than enough to have set the fashionistas of the world almost wild with excitement, and to almost prompt The Fashion Police to declare a state of emergency. (We haven’t yet, though: we’ll let you decide whether or not it’s warranted.) The KARL line (it’s an ALL CAPS brand, by the way, our keyboard didn’t get stuck there) contains everything from shoes to dresses to little KARL-esque…

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      Royal Ascot bans fascinators and short skirts

      In a bid to prevent racegoers dressing like they’re going to a nightclub – or to the circus, depending on your point of view – Royal Ascot organisers have decided to tighten up on the ol’ dresscode. As of this year, female racegoers will have to wear: 1. Hats, as opposed to fascinators. (in the less formal grandstand, hats OR fascinators will be obligatory: they were previously optional-but-recommended.) 2. “Modest” skirts or dresses – i.e. hemlines must be just above the knee or longer. 3. Tops with straps: no strapless tops or dresses allowed. Or else. Men, meanwhile, will be expected to wear waistcoats and ties inside the enclosure (no cravats, you peasants!), and suits and ties in the grandstand….

      Jason Wu for Target lookbook

      Jason Wu for Target lookbook: your thoughts?

      So, we have to be honest: our main thought when we hear of another Target/designer collaboration is always, “Hey, Target! Open some stores in the UK, ‘kay? Our second thought in this particular case was something along the lines of “pop socks with heels? Really?” We’ll be scarred for life now. Or for the next five minutes at least. We’re sure you’re more interested in looking at the photos than hearing our thoughts, though, so we’ll let you get onto that. We DO want to hear your thoughts on this collection, though, so feel free to leave them in the comments box once you’re done with the gallery. Jason Wu for Target goes on sale on February 5th, and will available until…

      Versace for H&M Cruise collection

      Versace for H&M Cruise collection: what do you think?

      The first Versace for H&M collection has only just dropped, but it’s already time to start thinking about the next one. And actually, you might want to start queuing for the next one too, if you really want some of it: these pieces will go on sale in H&M on January 19th, and on eBay for twice the price shortly afterwards… What do you think of this collection? We LOVE the little baby doll nightie (at least, we’re assuming it’s a nightie: you never really know with Versace, do you?), but the rest is giving us uncomfortable flashbacks to the 90s, and as much as we loved Cher’s look in Clueless, we’re probably not going to be lining up to emulate it….

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      H&M admit their swimwear models aren’t “real” women

      (The identical pose kinda gives them away, doesn’t it? As our regular readers know, The Fashion Police aren’t fans of the phrase “real woman”, which is generally just used as another stick for women to beat each other with, implying, as it does, that if only women with “curves” are “real”, then those without them must be… imaginary? We have no hesitation, however, in declaring that the models shown above, in images from the H&M website, are NOT REAL WOMEN. Because they’re not. Literally, we mean. The heads are real, sure. The bodies, however, are computer generated, with H&M simply sticking the model’s heads onto the same body using the wonders of Photoshop. (Which seriously has a LOT to answer…

      Alexa Chung wins British Fashion Award

      Alexa Chung wins British Style Award for second year running

      At last night’s UK Fashion Awards, Alexa Chung won the British Fashion Award for the second year in a row. This is the only title which is the result of a public vote, so while the appeal of Alexa has always been a bit of a mystery to us, if we’re totally honest, we are presumably in the minority with that one, and Alexa is a true icon of British style. We’ll allow you to be the judge of that. For ourselves, we will simply say that she looks very nice here (wearing a Christopher Kane dress and Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ heels) and leave it at that. What do you think of Alexa’s style? A deserving winner of the British…

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      Versace for H&M: did you get anything?

      Now, don’t get us wrong: we love shopping as much as the next fashion-loving officer. But as the Versace for H&M collection “lands” today, as fashion-parlance would have it, we find ourselves not-so-secretly relieved that our local branch of H&M isn’t one of the chosen ones to be stocking this collection. (We know it’s also available online, but the site has been down every time we’ve checked it today, so…) Here’s why: 1. The queues If you want to be in with a decent chance of getting your pick of the stock, chances are you’ll have had to queue up for it: possibly overnight. The Fashion Police don’t queue. Or not unless we absolutely HAVE to, anyway. And honestly, as…

      Advert featuring a size 8 model banned for glamourising anorexia

      Is it offensive? Drop Dead Clothing’s “Anorexic” Model

      We seem to be spending a lot of time worrying about whether things are offensive or not lately, but the Advertising Standards Agency will keep banning fashion adverts, so here’s the latest conundrum for our readers to answer: Is this model glamorizing anorexia? The ASA thinks she is: they’ve banned adverts featuring her from appearing on Drop Dead Clothing’s website on the grounds that they’re socially irresponsible as the model is “too thin”. Their statement: “We considered that in combination with the stretched out pose and heavy eye make-up, the model looked underweight in the pictures. We noted that Drop Dead’s target market was young people.We considered that using a noticeably skinny model with visible hip, rib, collar and thigh bones, who wore…

      An advert featuring Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs Oh Lola fragrance has been banned in the UK

      Is it offensive? Dakota Fanning’s advert for Marc Jacobs ‘Oh, Lola’ fragrance

      Yes, readers, it’s another one of those “Are you offended?” moments. So let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? Are you offended by this advert for Marc Jacobs’ ‘Oh, Lola!’ fragrance, featuring Dakota Fanning? Because some people are. Four, to be exact. And because of that, the advert has now been banned in the UK. Given that it was first revealed back in June, we’re going to bet Marc Jacobs is absolutely delighted by this turn of events, because let’s face it: if you want an advert to get widespread coverage, the quickest way to do that is to get it banned. There is no better way to ensure that lots of people get to see your advert than…

      Michelle Obama wears ASOS copy of DVF dress

      Fashion Crime? Michelle Obama wears ASOS copy of DVF dress

      Oh, dear. It seems that First Lady Michelle Obama, always elegant, is coming in for some criticism for appearing at the White House Halloween party this Saturday wearing a £40 ASOS dress, which just-so-happens to bear a striking similarity  to a $498 dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. And this is bad, of course, because, well, copying people’s designs is bad, and not something that should be supported, least of all by someone as influential as the First Lady. Or so the argument goes, anyway. BUT. It’s complicated, this one. We kind of feel like Michelle can’t really win here. If she’d bought the DVF dress, that would’ve been wrong in the eyes of many, because spending $498 on ONE DRESS, especially…

      Iris Apfel thinks fat people shouldn't wear jeans

      Iris Apfel wishes The Fashion Police were real

      Iris Apfel, fashion icon, (left) seems to be a big fan of the idea of fashion-policing. Speaking to The Independent this week, the 90 year-old said: “It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer clothes they wear. The shorts and flip-flops and tight jeans on butts that go from here to Poughkeepsie. I always say they should put people in jail for wearing clothes like that. Especially stretch jeans over size 10 — they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look like slobs in New York, now it’s an epidemic.” Iris, we’re doing our best to fight the good fight against bad fashion. No stretch jeans for anyone over size 10, though? We doubt our jail…

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      IMAGES: Giambattista Valli for Macy’s Impulse

      (Does this photo make anyone else fall off their seat laughing, or is it just us? Why is that one model knocking herself on the head? Is the one in red trying to grope her?) The whole designer capsule collection is something The Fashion Police have never really been able to fake a lot of enthusiasm over. Honestly, we get exhausted just thinking about them: all of that frenzied shopping, the getting up at the crack o’dawn to line up outside H&M, or wherever, just so you can buy exactly the same items as the hundreds of other girls all lined up outside H&M and type the word “SQUEEE!” a few dozen times on Twitter when you finally manage to…

      Bootcut jeans are more popular than skinny jeans

      Bootcut jeans are more popular than skinnies, says eBay

      Remember bootcut jeans? Of course you do. In fact, chances are you still have at least one pair squirrelled away somewhere, and even although the skinny still reigns supreme in the denim world – for now – you’re hoping the day will come when we can all toss those tight jeans aside and get back into bootcut. Maybe that day has already come for you? Maybe you never made the switch to skinny, and have clung onto your trusty bootcuts, regardless of the vagaries of fashion trends telling you it’s time to get into wide legs, flares, or any other cut of denim. Jennifer Aniston is still wearing bootcuts, after all, so why shouldn’t you? How do we know all this? Well,…

      Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

      What Kate Bought: Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

      This week, certain sectors of the UK media were absolutely astonished by the news that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has been spotted doing a bit of shopping at her local Topshop, in Kensington. Honestly, we’re mostly just amazed by the amazement. If she’s anything like any other British girl – and, small matter of being married to a Prince aside, the evidence so far would seem to suggest that she IS – Kate probably grew up shopping at Topshop, just like the rest of us did. Why would she stop now, just because she’s suddenly filthy rich. If YOU were rich, would you walk past Topshop on your way home, without so much as a glance? We wouldn’t. Sure,…

      Topman shirt with Nice New Girlfriend What Breed Is She logo

      THOSE Topman shirts: offensive or not?

      Straw poll, jurors: Topman have withdrawn this shirt following complaints. Is it offensive? Should they have withdrawn it? What about this one, which has also been withdrawn? The objections being voiced about this shirt centre around the idea that the thing being apologised for is domestic violence. We have to admit, that was the impression we got from it too, although we saw this for the first time already knowing that it had been withdrawn following a Twitter storm, and that may well have coloured our views. Topman’s statement: “We have received some negative feedback regarding two of our printed T-shirts. Whilst we would like to stress that these T-shirts were meant to be light-hearted and carried no serious meaning we…

      Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Vogue

      Michelle Williams channels Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Vogue October 2011

      We don’t normally feature magazine spreads here, because, well, we figure that’s what the magazines themselves are for, but we couldn’t resist this time, because we absolutely love these photos of Michelle Williams, shot by Annie Leibovitz for the October edition of Vogue. Michelle plays Marilyn Monroe in the new film, My Week With Marilyn, and channels the blonde bombshell perfectly in these images, thus guaranteeing that we’ll watch the film for the fashion alone. The October issue of US Vogue is on news-stands from September 22nd. [Images: Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE]

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      Westboro Baptist Church hates fashion week, is grateful for 9/11

      Memebers of Westbro Baptist Church staged a protest against Fashion Week outside Lincoln Centre this weekend, before rolling the hate wagon onwards to protest at 9/11 memorials. Yeah, nice folks. So Christian! Their spokesman, Steve Drain, had this message for the fashion lovers of the world: “The whole thing is vanity! You’re going to teach the women, especially the young women of this country, to doll themselves up … All you are doing is teaching girls to be proud whores! The whole idea [of the] fashion industry is to make women look as whorish as possible and men look as effeminate at possible. Put some jeans on and fear God. Forget about all this fashion nonsense.”   So that told US, then!…

      John Galliano has bene found guilty of making racist and antisemitic remarks

      Fashion News: John Galliano found guilty of making racist remarks

      A Paris court has found John Galliano guilty of making racists remarks and hurling antisemitic abuse at members of the public in a Paris bar this February. The designer, who claims not to remember the incidents, was given a suspended fine of €6,000: he was also ordered to pay €16,500 in court fees, as well as a symbolic euro to each of his targets, and to five anti-racism groups. So, what now for Galliano? He’s already been sacked by Dior: can his career ever recover, or does his personal life and behaviour have no bearing on his standing as a fashion designer?  

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      Attention, America: you can now shop from Zara’s online store!

      The title says it all, really: if you’re in the United States, you now have access to Zara’s online store, and all of the good – and sometimes bad – stuff it holds. Zara have gradually been rolling out the transactional side of their website over the past couple of years: the UK started shopping online from Zara around this time last year, and shipping is also available to much of Europe. It’s one small step for Zara, but one giant leap in the ongoing movement towards international ecommerce for all: or we hope so, anyway. What do we want? All of our favourite stores, shipping to everywhere in the world! When do we want it? As soon as possible,…

      Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong booted off flight for wearing saggy pants

      Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has better things to do than worry about saggy pants

      Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has “better things to do than worry about saggy pants,” folks: or, at least, that’s what he told a Southwest Airlines attendant who asked him to pull up his pants on a recent flight, anyway. Fortunately – or perhaps unfortunately, as the case may be – The Fashion Police don’t have better things to worry about than saggy pants (saggy pants being one of the most serious offences on our citation sheet), so let’s hear what you all think about Billie Joe, and whether or not he and his pants should have been allowed to fly. One crucial piece of evidence is, of course, missing here: we don’t know how low the pants in question…

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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…

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      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…

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      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?

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      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…

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      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…

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      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…

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      Abercrombie & Fitch will pay Jersey Shore cast NOT to wear their clothes

      We’re more than used to celebrities (and we use the word in its loosest possible sense here) being paid by brands to endorse their clothing by being seen wearing it, but this week Abercrombie & Fitch turned that idea around, and offered an undisclosed amount of money to the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore to STOP wearing their clothes. A&F are particularly concerned about the wardrobe of Mike “the Situation“ Sorrentino, but have extended the offer to the rest of the cast, too. An Abercrombie spokesman commented: “We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational…

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      Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection by Janie Bryan now available

      Fashion cliché though it may be, The Fashion Police are big fans of Mad Men. And, it goes without saying that we’re also big fans of Mad Men’s fashion, from Betty Draper’s prom dresses and capri’s, to Joan’s wiggle dresses, and everything in between. So we we were naturally pleased to learn that the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryan, was working with Banana Republic, to create a Mad Men inspired collection, which goes on sale today. As you’d expect (and probably hope) from a collection designed to be worn by women living in 2011, rather than in the 1960s, the clothes are a much less literal interpretation of the styles seen on the show, so you shouldn’t feel too much like you’re…

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      A.S.A bans “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels” shirts for kids

      We can all agree that this is wrong, can’t we? It’s Kate Moss’s famous “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” quote, printed on a t-shirt. A t-shirt for children.  Because THAT’S a really healthy message for kids, isn’t it? If you think it’s bad enough to be emblazoning this particular message on a shirt for little children, though, how about the onesie version? And no, we’re not referring to the ubiquitous adult onesie, here, but the ones for babies: Luckily, the Advertising Standards Agency agreed that this kind of message isn’t suitable for childrens’ clothing and have banned adverts for it from appearing on custom shirt site Zazzle. “Because we considered the ad could condone or encourage an unsafe practice or result…

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      Vivienne Westwood hates Kate Middleton’s eyeliner

      Vivienne Westwood, flame-haired fashion designer, has had a quick pop at Kate Middleton, Duchess, high-street shopper, this week, for having “a problem” with makeup. “I think she’s got a problem with eye make-up,” said Westwood. “The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.” Westwood also thinks The Duchess of Cambridge is “ordinary”, and should take steps to be “extraordinary,” a bit like Dame Viv herself, presumably. ‘It seems to me, that her image is “ordinary woman”. Therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think that she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from.” Oh, come on, Viv! Since when was “high street shopper” an insult? It’s…

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      Katie Price launches a fashion line, Fashion Police call in re-inforcements

      THIS IS NOT A DRILL, people. We know it seems like this must be someone’s idea of a cruel joke, because seriously, Katie Price, fashion designer? The same Katie Price who thought THIS was a good look for a book launch? Someone actually looked at THIS Katie Price and thought, “You know, this girl should design clothes. She’d be good at it!”? Well, yes, someone did. That person was British designer Lamis Khamis, who has joined with Katie to create a new label called Day 22. According to the label’s website: “They wanted to create a brand that is stylish, comfortable, edgy and of quality. Pieces you would want to wear forever.”   Did they succeed in that mission? Well, the…