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Surprise! It’s another Shopbop sale!

Sound the Shopbop sale claxon, officesr! Another flash sale has started, which means you have just three days to claim up to 40% off selected items. Want to see what we’d buy? Well, you’re in luck, because today we’ve done the sale shopping, so you don’t have to. (Er, you DO have to if you actually want to buy the clothes, though, OK? We’re not doing THAT for you, too…)

Purple knit mini dress

Carven knit mini dress

First up, this knit dress by Carven, which has a simple shape, great colour (who needs black or navy when you can have this glorious purple instead, right?), and – wonder of wonders – long sleeves. We don’t know about you, but we’ve had enough of knit dresses which force us to throw a cardigan over the top, thanks to the three-quarter or elbow length sleeves: if it’s cold enough to need a knit dress, it’s too cold for bare arms, fashion designers!

Schutz ankle boots

Schutz tan ankle boots

Next, say hello to these tan ankle boots by Schutz, and then try telling us they’re NOT an autumn/winter essential? You can’t do it, can you? Even the COLOUR is called ‘Autumn’, for goodness sake, and we’d wear these aaaalll season long.

Looking for something a little fancier in the footwear department? Enter Casadei, and their amazing ‘Blade’ heels:

Casadei slingback pumps

Casadei slingback pumps

OK, so even with 40% off, these still aren’t cheap, we’re not gonna lie. That discount, however, brings the price down from $750 to $450, which is quite a reduction. So, if you’re a shoe lover with a mind to making an investment, we’re pretty sure you won’t regret this one: those heels are a true classic.

Finally, this coat ISN’T in the sale, but we had to show it to you anyway, because…

Anya Hindmarch Oversized egg coat

Anya Hindmarch Oversized Egg Coat

… yes, that IS an egg on the pocket. And on the other pocket. Of a $2,750 coat. We’re just going to leave that to sink in, while we go mix ourselves a stiff drink…

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Shop the Shopbop October Sale!

Shopbop October sale
You might have been thinking Halloween was the biggest event October had to offer, but actually, no: it’s the Shopbop October sale. Which DOES still allow you to dress up, now we come to think of it: just in a slightly different way.

The sale is on now, and runs for three days: you’ll find all of the details above, and if you’re looking for some shopping inspiration, here’s some to get you started…

Rag and Bone jeans

Rag & Bone/Jean

Canada Goose

Canada Goose 

Shopbop saleJonathan Simkhai

CosabellaCosabella

sale shoesAquazurra

SorelSorel

KAte Spade New TorkKate Spade New York

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The Fashion Police shop the Shopbop Sale

Shopbop’s final sale started yesterday: here are some things we’d buy, if we weren’t totally broke, and under a solemn promise not to buy anything else this month… (And when you find yourself having to make that promise on the 3rd day of the month, you know you’re in trouble, don’t you?)

AG raw hem legging ankle jeans

AG RAW HEM LEGGING ANKLE JEANS

AG make some of the softest, most comfortable denim we’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. The raw hem on these ones keeps them feeling contemporary, while the length will work as ankle-length on those of you who’re “regular” height, and full-length on petites.

Michael Kors Cindy bag

MICHAEL KORS Cindy dome cross-body bag

For handbags, meanwhile, we can’t go past Michael Kors: a cross-body bag is one of our summer essentials, and this blush coloured one will go with everything – and look super-cute into the bargain.

gingham shorts

Club Monaco gingham shorts

There’s still enough of the summer left for these gingham shorts to get some use – and if the weather doesn’t comply, there’s always next year…

Nicholas Floral Lace Rouleau Ball Dress

Nicholas Floral Lace Rouleau Ball Dress

OK, so this one is, admittedly, still rather pricey, even although it’s on sale, but it was too pretty not to include. We’d personally prefer a longer lining (ideally one the same length as the outer skirt), but we’re having to accept that we’re hopelessly out of step with the rest of the world on this one…

Claudia Summer Rose Printed Midi Dress

BBDakota Claudia Summer Rose Printed Midi Dress

Finally, this BB Dakota floral sundress is one of those easy-to-wear pieces which will get you through the entire summer. Dress it up with heels and a clutch, and wear it to a summer wedding, or throw on a pair of flats and a denim jacket for a casual, but still pulled-together kind of look.

Click here to shop the rest of the Shopbop sale.

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

flats shoes are not a crime of fashion

[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 footwear: even when the women in question had health issues which would have prevented them safely balancing on heels.

We may never know exactly what happened here, but we feel it needs to be said:

FLAT SHOES ARE NOT A CRIME A FASHION… BUT ATTEMPTING TO FORCE WOMEN TO WEAR HEELS IS MOST DEFINITELY A “CRIME”.

Seriously, people:

Not everyone is able to wear heels.

Not everyone SHOULD wear heels.

Hell, not everyone WANTS to wear heels – and that’s perfectly OK.

Heels are not the only stylish footwear option out there – far from it. And even of they were, please see our first point above – not everyone can wear them. At the point when dress codes start to require heel wearing, it ceases to be a fashion issue, and becomes something far deeper, and much more sinister. Why on earth, after all, should women feel obligated to wear something they find painful or uncomfortable, in order for their appearance to be deemed socially “acceptable”? They shouldn’t, is the answer: isn’t it sad that that even NEEDS to be said?

Look, we love heels as much as the next women – and actually kinda hate the way some people love to freak out at the sight of them and insist that ALL heels are evil instruments of torture – but trying to insist that people wear them is a whole new level of crazy, and one we can only hope turns out to be just a silly rumour : here’s hoping…

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Sizeable shows you what clothes look like on different shapes

Sizeable models

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 to show the clothing on every POSSIBLE shape out there, so you’re probably not going to get an exact match, but they’ve listed each model’s measurements, so if you find the one that comes closest, you’ll at least get an idea of how the clothes might look on you: or a better idea than you would from a regular website, anyway.

We think this is a great idea, and although the current selection of available clothing is pretty small, it’s definitely one we’ll be watching with interest.

You can check out Sizeable here.

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La Perla’s mannequins have an unacceptable amount of ribs

La Perla skinny mannequin

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 in our US stores will no longer be used. We appreciate and value everyone’s comments, thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

Phew!

This issue is one which has been running for a while now. At a time when many retailers are rushing to introduce more “realistically” sized mannequins to their stores, in the belief that consumers will find them more relatable (and will thus buy more of the clothes they model), we remain convinced that mannequins are not the all-powerful arbiters of style that the media seems to believe them to be, although we guess that would be a lot of fun. Could The Fashion Police fight off a plastic model army? We don’t know, but we’d definitely give it our best shot.

With that said, we have to echo Michael Rudoy’s sentiments on this one and wonder aloud why someone at La Perla thought this lingerie set would look best with a side of ribs. The idea that there’s a factory somewhere churning out these is a bit creepy: but mannequins are ALWAYS a bit creepy, if you ask us.

What do you think? Is it a step too far, or a storm in a D-cup? (Sorry.)

Dresses, Fashion News

Would you wear… Peacocks’ £1.99 lace dress?

Peacock's £1.99 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 little: this was a loss-leading exercise for the retailer, who would normally sell this particular dress for £18 – still pretty cheap, but definitely not AS cheap as the £1.99 it eventually sold for. The point, of course, is not to make a profit: it’s simply to get our attention, and, hopefully, to persuade us to spend some REAL cash on other, regularly priced items on the site.

Did it work? Well, it certainly got our attention, that’s for sure. Having gone to the site in search of the famous dress, we decided to take a quick look around the rest of the stock – strictly for investigative reasons, you understand – and here’s what we found:

lace skater dress

lace skater dress in black, £18

This is the black version of the £1.99 lace dress, selling for the regular price of £18. We wouldn’t class this as a crime of fashion, but we probably wouldn’t wear it, either: lace is a fabric that can LOOK cheap even if it isn’t, and although we don’t think this looks like it cost £1.99, we don’t think it looks particularly expensive either, although it’s obviously hard to tell just from a photo. It’s inoffensive enough, but certainly not “wanted!” material.

structured stripe shift dress

Structured stripe shift dress, £22

Now, this is more like it: still inexpensive at £22, but the structured shape and slightly longer hem makes it look higher quality.

cropped cardigan

Cropped cardigan, £12

We’re always on the lookout for cropped cardigans, which are much more flattering over dresses than regular ones. We’d prefer longer sleeves, because it’s rarely warm enough at Fashion Police HQ for short ones, but this cardi comes in four different colours, and will at least keep your shoulders warm and covered in sundresses etc.

red belted mac

Red belted mac, £26

You can tell a lot about an online retailer from the quality of their outerwear. It being the start of spring, Peacocks don’t have a huge selection at the moment, but we did like the look of this bright red trench coat – a nice alternative to the classic beige versions we featured yesterday.

So, what do you think of Peacocks and their £1.99 dress? Did you buy one? WOULD you buy one?

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

Kate Moss for Topshop

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 at the top of the page demonstrate. Overall, we’d say this is fairly true to Kate’s style although whether it’ll be true to anyone else’s remains to be seen: or maybe not, actually. We found ourselves having flashbacks to some of the previous Kate Moss for Topshop collections as we flicked through these photos, and that made us wonder whether there’s still a market for items which we’ve seen before. Then we remembered how quickly the previous collections sold out, and how much those pansy print dresses still sell for on eBay, and we wondered no more. And it has to be said: if Topshop can convince people to buy the Meadham Kirchhoff pieces they released last year – and which we honestly thought were a cruel practical joke at first – they can probably see anything.

But back to Kate Moss. You’ll find some images from the upcoming collection in the gallery, and we’d love to hear what you think of them. If you love them, remember the collection launches on May 1st, and, in addition to Topshop itself, will also be available at Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom.

GALLERY : Kate Moss for Topshop

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Old Navy Denies Photoshopping Thigh Gaps Onto Plus Size Jeans

Old Navy deny photoshopping thigh gap onto plus size Rockstar 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 the actual look or fit of our product.

– Old Navy”

Honestly, though, whether they’re using Photoshop to change the appearance of the clothes, or doing it by pinning them to the mannequins, it still has the same effect, and that effect is the opposite of the one intended: it really DOES “distort the actual look or fit of [the] product”. In real life, people don’t go around with their clothes pinned to their bodies after all, so any method that creates an unrealistic image of the clothing could be criticised.

Should it be, though? Does it really matter whether a mannequin has a thigh gap or not? Comments on our recent post on the subject of plus-sized mannequins  suggest that most shoppers are smart enough not to expect clothes to look the same on them as they do on mannequins, and we reckon they’re ALSO smart enough to realise that if they don’t have a thigh-gap to start with, a pair of Old Navy jeans isn’t going to make one magically appear. Furthermore, ALL online retailers manipulate clothing images in some way to make them appear more attractive on our computer screens: that can include pinning clothes to make them fit, Photospping out creases, or otherwise altering the image (or the item itself). Is it fair to single out Old Navy for this practice, when they’re far from the only culprits?

We’re interested to know how you feel about this, but before we get to that, can we at least all agree that the whole “thigh gap” thing is ridiculous? Some people have thigh-gaps, some people don’t: it really doesn’t matter either way, and it’s a real shame that something so silly is being seen as so covetable that retailers even want their mannequins to have one – if, indeed, that’s what’s happening here.

Do you think Old Navy Photoshopped the thigh gap? Does it bother you if they did?

Fashion News, Fashion Polls & Debates

Do larger mannequins make you feel better about your figure?

Debenahms mannequins

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 in some small way to feel comfortable about their bodies and, crucially, that other retailers will follow.”

Whether or not other retailers WILL follow remains to be seen; this week, however, MSP Dennis Robertson, whose daughter died of anorexia, urged retailers to follow Debenhams example, and adopt this new standard, which leads us to wonder: DO larger mannequins help women feel better about their figures?  

We’ve long been aware that many women just can’t relate to the images presented by the fashion world, whether it be in the form of the models on the catwalk, or the airbrushed figures in magazines. However, women come in such a variety of shapes and sizes (Two women could both wear a size 16 dress, for instance, but look totally different in it, depending on their body shape), that we’re not sure there’s really an easy fix for this particular problem. Making store mannequins larger seems to be a step in the right direction, but it still only allows people who are exactly the same shape and size as the mannequins to be able to relate to them: in fashion, there really is no such thing as “one size fits all”, and no matter what size they make their models and mannequins, retails will always end up excluding someone.

What do you think of this move? Would larger mannequins in stores help you feel better about your figure?

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J Crew will be 60% more expensive in the UK

J Crew London store

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 higher than in the US. There are not many products that don’t vary in price from country to country… cars, cosmetics, electronics and so on. It is simply a fact of life.

There’s really not much arguing with this: it IS a fact that UK prices tend to be significantly higher for some things than they do in the States, and no one would expect J Crew to take the hit, and possibly make a loss, just so the UK can get its fair share of chambray shirts and No.2 pencil skirts. And, of course, our US friends pay more for the UK brands that decide to open up on their shores. In other words, we’ll just have to suck it up and hope for some decent sales.

J Crew opens its doors at 165 Regent Street today, with a Brompton Cross store coming soon. If you’re not in London, however, you can still shop from the UK website.

What do you think? Are you excited to see J Crew in the UK, or do you just not get the hype?

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Marks & Spencer admit to deliberately limiting stock levels

Marsk & Spencer pink coat

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 the tactic this week, M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland said:

“Some garments, you do not want more than 3,000. You do not want 40,000 of the same coats walking around. That is probably not the way to also create some of the stylishness… The pink coat came back in different colours and it is still very popular. You want to give people a new experience after that. We said that we will certainly have a number of lines that will be a bit more selectively bought.”

Of course, this is far from a new approach, and we’re willing to bet that Marks & Spencer aren’t the only brand using it. The logic, after all, is pretty simple: the harder something is to get, the more people will want it. This is why those “rare” items sell for so much money on eBay, and why shoppers are willing to devote a whole lot of time, effort and money to tracking down that “must have” product. If you could walk into any branch of M&S in the country and find rail upon rail of those pink coats, they might not seem quite as appealing to you: after all, not many people want to walk around wearing exactly the same thing as everyone else in the country.

Marc Bolland claims the tactic isn’t annoying to shoppers. We want to know if you think he’s right. Do you find it frustrating to see something you love online, or in a magazine, and then not be able to buy it? Or do you appreciate the fact that stock of some items is limited, so that not everyone ends up wearing the same pink coat?

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Primark online shopping now available at ASOS

Primark online shopping

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 cities they tend to be based in, impossible if you live outside the UK) and then brave the crowds you’d find there: if you’ve ever visited Primark, you won’t need us to tell you what a feeding-frenzy it can be, with piles of clothing littering the floors and people fighting to the death over the last item in their size.

This week, however, Primark made a limited selection of items available at ASOS.com, on what it says will be a “trial basis”. Around twenty pieces are currently available, and there’s no indication of how many more will be added, or how long the trial will last, so this could well be your first AND last chance to experience Primark online shopping, as the brand has indicated that it has no plans to launch a website of its own.

If you want to shop the available styles, including dresses, trousers and shirts you’ll find the fill selection here. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve also included a small sample of the clothing on offer in the gallery below.

GALLERY: Primark online shopping at ASOS

 

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GALLERY: H&M Conscious Collection Partywear

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), and make inroads into the world of sustainable fashion, using recycled materials, and organic cotton. We didn’t have any doubt that it was possible to create glamorous, stylish clothes in a way that has less impact on the environment, but even if we did, this collection would have laid any such doubts to rest, because this collection is pure glamour, with a decadent feel that can sometimes be missing from this kind of line.

Our favourite items are the green tulle dress (£149.99) above, and the pink tulip dress (£69.99) below, and while the prices may be higher than we’re used to paying for H&M, we’re hoping the quality will go some way towards justifying that.

H&M pink tulip dress

As for the items we DIDN’T like: well, you’ll never persuade us that dungarees are a good idea for anything, but particularly not as evening wear, and there’s a little too much emphasis on our old enemy, the high-low hem. There’s a lot to love, too, though, so take a look at the gallery below, and tell us what you think: the collection will is available in selected stores, and on the H&M website, from April 4th.

GALLERY: H&M Conscious Collection Partywear

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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…

Models promoting the Rihanna for River Island collection

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 it might work in a club…), we’re obviously not part of the target customer group here. YOU might be, though, so with all of that said, here are our main observations…

crop tops and skirts from the Rihanna for River Island range

You’re going to need either the body of Rihanna or the confidence of Rihanna to pull some of this stuff off…

That’s not to say that only the super-slim should attempt to wear these clothes, but there are a lot of crop tops (which most of you were n’t exactly keen on when we asked you about them…), and a lot of body-con stuff, which is exactly what you’d expect from a collection “designed” by Rihanna, really.

bright yellow clothes from the Rihanna for River Island range

Wow, that’s a lot of yellow…

We’re fans of yellow in general, but there’s no denying it can be a tough shade for many people to wear, and this particular shade is on the eye-searing side. Not for shrinking violets, that’s for sure.

The bad and the good…

jeans from the Rihanna for River Island collection

We were pleased to see some higher-waisted denim as part of this collection: low-rise has reigned for too long, and it’s no friend to the muffin top. We’re pretty sure we have no need for the double-denim, double-waistband look, however, which creates the appearance of  wearing one pair of jeans layered over another pair. It makes us uncomfortable to even THINK of it…

Stuck-Together-Clothes

dress and two skirts from the Rihanna for River Island line

Another suspected fashion crime comes in the form of this “Look, I’m wearing a shirt tied around my hips!” look. We say if we want to wear a shirt tied around your waist… get a shirt and tie it around your waist. Rather that than buy Stuck-Together-Clothes, anyway.

And finally…

striped shirt dress with long tail

The inmates of the Fashion Police jail have some new nightshirts, courtesy of Rihanna for River Island. Thanks, Rih-Rih!

So, what do you think? Will you be buying anything from this collection? Take a look at some more items in the gallery below, or head over to River Island to go shopping.

GALLERY: Rihanna for River Island

Fashion News, Fashion Polls & Debates

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”?

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic

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 give Kate the following advice:

[yo_quote author=”Vivienne Westwood”]I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that’s very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message. If you’re going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it.[/yo_quote]

Poor old Kate, eh? One minute she’s being criticised for NOT buying new clothes, the next she’s being criticised for BUYING them. She must feel like she can’t win with this one, and to be honest, she’s probably right.

Vivienne Westwood thinks Kate Middleton has too many clothes

Kate Middleton: has too many clothes. Allegedly. 

Our first thought when we read these comments was that it’s a bit rich for a fashion designer, whose job is basically to convince us we need an entire new wardrobe each season, to be telling people not to shop. Does Vivienne Westwood REALLY hope no one buys anything from her new collection, because we’ve all taken her words to heart and are wearing our existing clothes “over and over again” rather than buying new ones? Probably not. In her defence, though, Westwood claims to have created a smaller collection than usual this season, and to be concentrating on quality rather than quantity:

[yo_quote author=”Vivienne Westwood”]All I can say is it’s quite a short collection this time because what I’m trying to aim for in my second line and all my offshoot products is to just keep aiming for quality all the time and have less quantity.[/yo_quote]

There’s definitely a lot to be admired in this approach to dressing. After all, we’re always talking about how in the REAL world, most people DO wear their clothes many times over rather than buying something new every day of the week. A few well-made basics can be far more useful than an endless parade of fast-fashion – and at least you won’t look back on your outfits in a few years time and wonder what on earth you were thinking, either.

Vivienne Westwood in an orange top

Vivienne Westwood: thinks you can have too many clothes, unless they’re hers, in which case that’s fine.

But is it really possible to have too many clothes?

Not according to Matthew Williamson, patron saint of shopaholics everywhere. Asked if he thinks it’s possible for a woman to have too many clothes, Williamson answered, “Of course not.” And on the question of the Duchess of Cambridge, and her alleged shopping problem, he had this to say:

[yo_quote author=”Matthew Williamson”]She has a lot to do doesn’t she? So she needs a good wardrobe.[/yo_quote]

Well, quite.

As for The Fashion Police, well, we have a foot on each side of the fence with this one. We agree with Vivienne Westwood’s idea that it’s a good idea to go for quality over quantity. At the same time, though… we love clothes. It’s not always possible or desirable  to save for months just for one item (even if it WILL last for years…); for those who count fashion as a hobby, there’s joy to be found in a well-stocked closet, and sometimes a quick fix is exactly what you need. Fashion is, after all, fun: we don’t think it’s a crime to enjoy it. Or not ALL the time, anyway. The fact is, though, that as much as we’d love to side with Matthew Williamson and declare there’s no such thing as “too many clothes”, we think there definitely are situations in which it’s possible to have too many clothes: and now we want YOU to tell us what you think those situations are.

Matthew Williamson's clothes are frequently worn by Kate Middleton

Matthew Williamson: has no particular reason to defend Kate Middleton, other than that she frequently wears his clothes

Do you think it’s possible to have too many clothes? How do you know when you’ve reached that stage? And what about Kate Middleton?

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Emerald is the colour of 2013, says Panetone

Emerald: the colour of 2013

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 whole lot of emerald hit our favourite fashion stores once the new season stock starts to appear.

Now, if you’ve been reading The Fashion Police for any length of time, you won’t need to be told that we’re downright thrilled to know that we’ll soon be seeing a whole lot more of one of our very favourite colours. Emerald may well be a Fashion Police favourite, however, but, as with all colours, it’s not for everyone, so tell us: will you welcome it as the colour of 2013, or do you just want to skip ahead to 2014, when some other colour will reign supreme?

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H&M want your old clothes

H&M Announces Global Recycling Program for February 2013

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 be an existing H&M shopper to participate – all you have to do is take them some of your old clothes.

H&M say:

“Every year, tons of textiles are thrown out with domestic waste, and end up in landfills. Over 95% of these clothes could be used again; re-worn, reused or recycled – depending on the state of the garment. Through its Conscious Foundation, H&M has made it its mission to reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle by closing the loop on textile fiber and supporting social projects along H&M’s value chain. The aim is to find long-term technical solutions to reuse and recycle textile fibers on a larger scale.”

Of course, you could argue that as consumers are still being encourage to buy MORE clothes, the problem isn’t exactly being solved, but in the case of clothes too old or worn to be donated to charity, say, this seems like a better option than simply throwing them away.

What do you think of the new scheme?

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

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M:

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 other labels H&M have collaborated with recently, either: even your granny has probably heard of Versace, but she’s probably not quite as familiar with the house of Margiela. (Unless your granny is way edgy, of course, in which case, more power to her…)

Despite all of this, the collection seems to be selling well, and many pieces are already sold out online, which makes us wonder if the streets will soon be filled with people who all look a bit like Lady Gaga. In the meantime, we’re keen to hear your thoughts on this collection, which sees the re-issue of some classic Margiela designs. Did you buy anything?