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Anna Friel in floral tights and little black dress

Anna Friel in floral tights

Anna Friel in floral tights and little black dress

Anna Friel was one of our celebrity fashion crushes of 2009, with her exit-outfits from London’s Theatre Royal, where she’s currently starring in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, looking a lot like a fabulous, vintage fashion show.

This outfit is a little more casual than some of her other efforts, but she dressed it up a little with the help of a short-sleeved brocade coat (pictured under the jump), which wouldn’t have provided much warmth, but which did provide a bit of additional eye-candy.

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Nicole Ritchie’s new look: what do you think?

Nicole Ritchie in Las Vegas for New Year

Nicole Ritchie in Las Vegas for New Year

We’re not sure this really counts as a “new look”, but when we first spotted these photos we had to do a double-take to make sure that actually was Nicole Ritchie. Since she last appeared here at The Fashion Police, she’s gone for a much darker hair colour, which we think really suits her – we also love the gold mini dress, although we’d always urge caution with pieces like this, because in the wrong hands, it could end up looking like a long top, worn without pants.

Is that the case for Nicole here, or do you love her look?

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Happy New Year from The Fashion Police!

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With New Year fast approaching, we’re going to call time on 2009, and head off to prepare for a fabulously fashionable 2010! We’ll be back policing the world of fashion early in the New Year – for now we’d like to thank all of our readers for supporting us throughout 2009, and wish you all a wonderful new year, however you’re spending it.

See you on the other side!

Crimes of Fashion, Fashion Polls & Debates

What was the biggest fashion crime of 2009? Vote now!

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For the past two years now, we’ve been running an end-of-year poll to find out what you thought was the biggest fashion crime of the year just gone – and both times, Crocs have been the clear winner.

Will they run (or rather, “waddle”) away with the title in 2009? Well, we actually think Crocs have been on the decline this year: they’re still high on our list of “fashion hates”, and always will be, but they seem to be less popular than they once were, which makes us wonder if it’s time to crown a new King of the Fashion Crimes?

What do you think? What was the biggest fashion crime in 2009? Vote in the poll below to let us know what you think.  You’ll find a short description of each of the options under the jump.

(NOTE: You are NOT voting for the specific items shown in the image above – they’re there for illustration only!)

 

This Year’s Contenders, in no particular order:

CROCS
They’ve won the title two years in a row, so even although their popularity appears to be on the wane, we thought it was only fair to include them this year.

HAREM PANTS
Is that a diaper in your pants, or are you just being “bang on trend”, in one of this year’s most horrible fashions?

SHOULDER PADS
How we wish we could wake up to find that the re-emergence of shoulder pads had all been a dream, just like Bobby Ewing’s death, back when huge shoulders were LAST in vogue!

JEGGINGS
The bastard love child of jeans and leggings, and a huge hit in retail world. Lots of people loved them in 2009: but did you?

HOOKER  DRESSES
This was the year it became fashionable to dress in almost nothing. If you weren’t showing enough flesh to get yourself arrested, you just weren’t trying hard enough.

LADY GAGA-INSPIRED FASHION
Lady Gaga had a lot to answer for this year…

RIPPED AND TORN CLOTHES
If your clothes were in a reasonably good state of repair in 2009, you were, like, SO last year. Ripped jeans, shredding leggings, laddered tights, jackets without elbows – you name it, it got ripped to shreds.

ANIMAL PRINT
It never really goes away, but this year it was back with a vengeance.

ACID WASH DENIM
We could’ve picked almost any aspect of the 80’s fashion revival here, but we choose acid wash denim because it showed up on some of the most hideous items of the year, sometimes making us want to rip our eyeballs out in horror.

OTHER
The wildcard category! Our poll only allows us to nominate ten items, so if there’s something we’ve missed that you think was worse than all of the choices mentioned, choose this option and tell us in the comments what you’re nominating!

Sock Horror!

Sock Horror: Tattered socks now in fashion, apparently

Sock Horror!

Sock Horror!

Well, folks, it’s official: it’s no longer enough for all of your other clothes to be ripped to shreds this season, now even your socks have to look like they’ve spent 20 years lurking at the back of a drawer, before being chewed vigorously by the dog.

Rather than just wear an ACTUAL old, tattered pair of socks, it’s also necessary to buy a brand, spanking new pair, that have been made to LOOK old and tattered. Because that makes sense, totally.

In the defence of Free People, who are selling these socks, they are only charging $10.86 for these (Comme des Garcons would probably charge ten times that), but even so, would you pay to look like your socks are in need of a good darning/ditching? If so, you can buy them here.

Crimes of Fashion, Shoes

Onion Heels: a new trend in footwear?

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These, readers, are “onion heels”, apparently – although some of the readers at Shoeperwoman suggested “goiter heels” may be a more appropriate term for them.

We’ll let you be the judge of that, but tell us: what do you think of them? We think the disproportionate heel on a boring black court shoe looks like some kind of strange experiment gone badly wrong, but if you disagree and think these are the best thing since… onions… they’re £220 from Far Fetch.

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Pointy hood hat from Topshop: let’s all buy one!

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Every so often, a “fashion crime” comes along that makes us think, “Wow! We really hope this catches on, purely for the humour value in seeing everyone walk around wearing it!”

Topshop’s pointy hood hat is one of those items. Just imagine the sight of a street full of people, all wearing tall, pointed bishop’s hats, and perhaps looking a little bit like they might have tall, pointy heads underneath. Awesome.

If you want to join in the fun, these are £16 from Topshop.

Ugly Prom Dresses

Ugly Prom Dress Alert: Jovani and the dress of many colours

ugly-prom-dress-jovaniWe apologise for any burning caused to your retinas during viewing of this dress. We were still seeing the pattern a few hours after we looked away from it, so we feel your pain.

Nevertheless, we feel the existence of this dress teaches us all an important lesson about colour mixing and how not to do it. It could be summed up as “Orange and green should not be seen, without a….” Actually, no: they just shouldn’t be seen. Ever. Especially when they’re fluorescent orange and lime green.

If you disagree, however, this dress is $500 and you can buy it here.

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Citizen’s Arrest: the shirt dress gets literal

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This item was apprehended at Zappos by Style Bargain Hunter, who points out that it’s not a shirt, not even a NIGHTshirt. Nope, it’s a dress, and is designed to be worn “as is”, for that “Look, I just threw on my boyfriend’s shirt and I still look fabulous!” look. It’s a hard look to pull off – most people who try just end up looking like the fire alarm went off while they were in the middle of getting dressed – but do you think you could do it? If so, it’s £265 here. Or, of course, an ACTUAL nightshirt will give you a similar look, only much cheaper…

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Happy Christmas from The Fashion Police!

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There’s just two sleeps left to go until Christmas Day, which means it’s time for us to down tools and take a few days off to enjoy the holiday. We just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a happy holiday – and don’t worry, we’ll be back to police the world of fashion in a few days time!

The Fashion Police x

Fashion Polls & Debates

Dress of the Year 2009: Vote for your favourite!

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Every day (with the exception of the couple of brief hiatuses we’ve had this year), The Fashion Police bring your our Dress of the Day selection. Some dresses you’ve loved, some you’ve hated – and some you’ve wanted to see us publicly executed over. But of all these dresses, we think it’s time we picked a leader. A Queen. One dress to rule them all, if you will. And so today we ask you to place your vote and help us decide on the Dress of the Year 2009.

There was no easy way to select the dresses on the shortlist. In the end, we simply picked the dresses that seemed to get the best reaction when they were first posted, although obviously this isn’t an exact science, as not everyone comments/retweets (and a lot of comments were lost during the Black Friday crash), so we hope you’ll forgive us if your personal favourite isn’t included.

You’ll find larger pictures of all of the dresses under the jump – cast your vote in the poll below and help us decide on the Dress of the Year!

black-wiggle-dress

Black wiggle dress by Heartbreaker Fashion

pink-mesh-prom-dress

Pink mesh prom dress from Lipsy

rose-corsage-pencil-dress

Rose corsage pencil dress from Karen Millen

tropical-flower-dress

Tropical flower print dress from Oasis

matilda-dress

Matilda dress from Modcloth

silk-blend-dress

Silk-blend asymmetric dress by La Petite S*****

all-over-sequin-dress

All over sequin dress from Oli

miu-miu-leather-dress

Miu Miu leather boned bustier dress

monroe-dress

Green Monroe dress by Vivienne Westwood

bonita-dress

Red Bonita dress from Stop Staring

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses, Outerwear

Jean Charles De Castelbajac’s further adventures in animal-themed fashion

Jean-Charles-De-Castelbajac

Ah, Jean Charles De Castelbajac! By now we’re used to his weird and (debatably) wonderful forays into the world of animals-as-clothing, but it would still be remiss of us not to bring your attention to these latest examples of his craft. Some designers just use leopard print, you see, but JCdC, he uses the whole leopard – or its head, at least.

In a Wear or Die type of situation we’d probably go with the dress, but all the same, we’re glad we don’t have to choose. If you, on the other hand, would find the choice a pleasant one, you can find both of these at Colette, where they retail for around £600 each.

Crimes of Fashion, Trousers/Pants

Harem Hell: Rachel Pally Seraglio pants

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What’s worse than a pair of harem pants?

A pair of harem pants in a colour not too far removed from the shade of some people’s skin.

Because, that way you won’t just look like you’re wearing a particularly ugly pair of pants. No, you’ll look like your wearing a particularly ugly pair of LEGS: ones with the flesh hanging loosely around your knees, and a strangely deformed groin area.

But, you know, if that’s the look you’re going for, be our guests. In the Fashion Police jail, that is. These are by Rachel Pally, they’re also available in black, and they’re $185 at Shopbop.

Crimes of Fashion, Trousers/Pants

The Wild Child Leggings by Wildfox. For non-wild adults.

Not particularly wild

Not particularly wild

There is a saying The Fashion Police have always found to be true. The saying is, “If you have to say it, you ain’t it”. You know all those people who go around telling you how “crazy” they are? Ever noticed how they always end up being some of the dullest people around? This is the proof of our little saying. By the same token, we’d be willing to bet that the kind of people who buy and wear these ‘Wild Child’ leggings by Wildfox, will probably be anything BUT “wild”. Instead, they’ll be the kind of people who commit crimes of fashion, you mark our words.

If you’d like to be one of them, though, these are $92 at Karmaloop.

Crimes of Fashion, Lingerie

Fashion Police for the Boys: Yohji Yamamoto boxer shorts

Yohji-Yamamoto-boxer-shortsThey’re exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to find in a tacky souvenir store in a tourist town. You know, the kind of place selling shirts that read “FBI: Female Body Inspector”?

So why on EARTH are they selling for $925 and $1,010 respectively at Barney’s?

Oh. Because they have “Yohji Yamamoto” stamped on the waistband.

There’s officially no hope left for humanity.

[Thanks to Rafael for the report!]

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Unusual rings by Betony Vernon

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The Fashion Police have been loving the current trend for huge cocktail rings, and “the bigger, the better” tends to be our motto. But we’re just not sure about these ones by Betony Vernon, which will make you look like you have a small furry animal perching on your finger at best, and prevent you using said appendage at worst – or it certainly looks that way, anyway.

What do you think of these? Would you wear them? If so, you’ll find them at Colette, where you can expect to pay anything from £370 up.

Skirts

Would you wear… Jeremy Scott’s phone skirt?

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The Fashion Police are big fans of the cellphone. In fact, so attached to her iPhone is the Chief of Police that it’ll probably have to be prised from her cold, dead hands.

As much as we appreciate mobile technology, though, we have to say, we prefer to use it than to wear it. We may just be alone in that, though, because Jeremy Scott certainly seems to feel there’s a market for skirts that look like phone keypads – and that people will be willing to pay $198 for them.

Is Jeremy Scott right? Would you wear this skirt? If you would, you can buy it at Forward by Revolve.