Fashion Police

Vote for The Fashion Police in the Cosmo Blog Awards

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Much to our amazement, last night we found out that we’ve been nominated for a Cosmo Blog Award, in the Established Fashion Blog category. Needless to say, we’re thrilled just to be nominated for this, as we’re short-listed alongside some of our favourite UK fashion bloggers, so first of all, we just want to say a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to nominate us: you’ve made us a very happy force!

We have just one more favour to ask, however. Now that we’ve been nominated, the voting starts in earnest, so we need your help once more! If you’d like to vote for us, just click here to visit the Cosmopolitan website, and follow the instructions in the graphic below to place your vote. And thank you: we really appreciate every single vote!

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Celebrity Fashion

Fashion Police at Burberry Prorsum S/S 2012: celebrities in leather trousers

Anna Wintour arrives at the Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 show

Is anyone else uncomfortably reminded of the awkward hug between Draco Malfoy and Voldemort in Harry Potter? Because we are. But moving on…

The Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 show at London Fashion Week this year was notable for one thing. Well, actually, it was notable for quite a few things, really, but there’s only one we’re choosing to focus on: EVERYONE WAS WEARING THE SAME TROUSERS. (Except Anna, obviously. AS IF Anna would wear trousers. Pah!)

The trousers in question are black, skinny leather trousers, presumably by Burberry Prorsum, and worn by every single person in our gallery. This could be a sign that leather trousers are coming back to the forefront of fashion once more (not that they’ve been anywhere, mind you, but there’s a particularly large selection of them available at the moment), or it could be a sign of the coming apocalypse, and the fact that Anna Wintour is smiling in the above photo seems to support that idea, so it’s the one we’re going to go with.

Before the apocalypse hits, however, do us a favour, take a look at the gallery, and tell us what you think of these celebrity outfits. Who wore the leather pants best?


Celebrity Fashion, Fashion Polls & Debates

Pippa Middleton shouldn’t wear green to a wedding, says Daily Mail. (Or high heels.)

Pippa Middleton wears green dress to a wedding

This weekend poor Pippa Middleton was forced to relinquish her Daily Mail Girl of the Moment crown, when she managed to rile the tabloid by committing the cardinal sin of wearing green to a wedding: an act, which, the Fail points out, is “traditionally associated with bad luck”.

The Mail have charged Pippa with, not one, but TWO crimes of fashion:

1. Wearing green to a wedding: outlawed as described above

2. Wearing high heels to the same wedding. According to the Mail, “the aristocratic set consider heels unsightly at weddings. Only kitten-heeled shoes are deemed acceptable in the country.”

Our eyes are rolling so much right now they’re in danger of dropping right out of our heads.

To address the first point: we thought we’d heard all of the “bad luck” stories associated with colours and weddings, but “never wear green” somehow managed to pass us by. A quick Google search reveals that brides be crazy, there are all kinds of superstitions associated with weddings – so much so that we’re now REALLY glad we’re not superstitious, because it must be exhausting going through life like that, seriously. On the subject of wearing green, however, we learned that it’s considered bad luck for the BRIDE to wear green, unless it’s an Irish wedding, in which case it’s OK for the bride to wear green, but bad luck for anyone else to wear green. Are you following this? Some people, however, also believe it’s bad luck for ANYONE to wear green at a wedding, although opinions differ on whether it’s the newly wedded couple who will be cursed, or the person wearing the green. Or perhaps just passers-by, or the vicar’s cat, or something. Seriously, our brief journey into the world of weddings and superstitions has left our heads spinning, and NOTHING would surprise us now. NOTHING.

(The Chief of Police would just like to take a quick moment here to apologise to all of the couples whose marriages are now doomed because she wore green to their weddings. She is sorry. She is also now wearing a tinfoil helmet and living inside a special padded room, just in case it’s HERSELF she’s doomed in this way. Fashion: so much more dangerous and complicated than you might think!)

Anyway, our point here: we think Pippa’s probably fine. Unless it was the wedding of a particularly superstitious couple, we doubt they’re seriously upset by this so-called “faux pas”, so we’re not going to bother arresting Pippa for committing it. Whew!

On the “high heels are unsightly” thing: meh. Whatevs. We’re most definitely not aristocrats, so we have no idea whether they do, indeed, have a “only wear kitten heels in the country, dahlink,” rule, but we’ve never really considered kitten heels to be “sightly” anywhere, so we’re happy to completely ignore this one, too. (OK, we guess if you were “in the country” in the sense of “wading through fields”, then you won’t want to be wearing heels. But given that this is a wedding, we feel safe in assuming that it didn’t take place in a farmer’s field, and no heels were damaged.)

What do you think, though, jurors? Have you heard of the “never wear green to a wedding” rule? Would you obey it, if you have? What about high heels in the country? Fashion faux pas, or yet another ridiculous fashion rule which was made to be broken?

Crimes of Fashion, Outerwear

Yeti discovered at Topshop, turned into a coat

Ugly faux fur coat by KTZ

A long, long time ago, there lived a magical creature. Its fur was brown and grey… and also pink, and blue and green. It carried its magic in its shoulders: the biggest, most magical shoulders you can imagine! They had mystical powers, those shoulders. It’s said they could raise people from the dead, turn base metal into gold and make harem pants look good. It. Was. Amazeballs.

Then designers from KTZ found the magical creature, killed it, and turned it into this coat.

So that sucks.

Faux fur coat with large shoulderpads

It’s faux fur, of course. No magical creatures were ACTUALLY harmed in the making of this coat. Even although the fur is fake, though, it still looks like it’s been pre-sprayed by PETA, doesn’t it? And when you wear it, people will assume it’s real, and that animal activists have doused it in paint. That’ll be awesome.

Then there’s the back view:
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Celebrity Fashion, Style Stealer

Style Stealer: Kate Middleton’s green Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Maja’ dress

Green Diane Von Furstenberg 'Maja' dress, as seen on Kate Middleton

Attention Kate Middleton fans, Royal watchers and people who are just a bit bored, and are reading this simply to pass the time: we interrupt our Emmys/Fashion Week coverage to bring you the news you’ve probably not been waiting for, which is that the Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Maja’ dress, as worn by Kate Middelton, is now available for us commoners to buy.

The dress, which is so loved by the Duchess of Cambridge that she’s now worn it twice (a move guaranteed to rock fashion victims to their very core) is available for £375 at Net-a-Porter, and $398 at Shopbop.

What do you think of it, though?

Celebrity Fashion, The Emmys

Fashion Police at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: the rest

Gwyneth Paltrow

We’ve shown you the reds, the blues and the lights, so we have one last Emmy gallery to show you. We were going to call this one “little black dresses”, but then we realised there were some purple and green and navy ones we’d missed from the previous galleries (Honestly, the organisers of these events just don’t think about the poor Fashion Police officers who will have to cover them, they really don’t…), so consider this the best – and worst – of the rest.

We’re particularly interested in your comments on Gwyneth Paltrow…

[Images: Fame Pictures]
Celebrity Fashion, The Emmys

Fashion Police at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: Pale & Interesting

Jayma Mays

We’ve shown you the reds and the blues, now here at the celebrities who chose to go pale and interesting to the 2011 Emmy Awards. Or pale and NOT so interesting: you decide…

[Images: Fame Pictures]
Celebrity Fashion, The Emmys

Fashion Police at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: The Reds

Lea Michele

Dresses which coordinated with the carpet were a popular choice at last night’s Emmy Awards. Here are just a few of them…

[Images: Fame Pictures]
Celebrity Fashion, The Emmys

Fashion Police at the The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: The Blues

Heather Morris

[Images: Fame]

Last night, as we’re sure you’re all aware, fashion fans that you are, saw the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles.

Like every award show since time began, the Emmys are a great opportunity for celebrities to show off who has the best stylist and makeup/hair artists, as well as who managed to borrow the best designer gown for the event. And who did? We’ve sorted last nights celebrities into colour-coded groups, for your viewing pleasure, so take a look and tell us who was the best lady in blue at the 2011 Emmys?

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Say something nice about this gold Topshop maxi dress


We can’t think of anything nice to say about this gold maxi dress by Topshop Unique. In fact, if we came round to your house, say, and you were wearing this, we would think we got you out of bed. We’d also think it was 1972.

It’s Friday, though, and, well, it’s nice to be nice, isn’t it? So we’ll leave it up to you. If you share our view, you can consider it a challenge. If you don’t, you can consider it an opportunity to change our minds. If you just want to buy the dress, you can click here and have your £195 at the ready. Go!

Fashion News, Is it offensive?

THOSE Topman shirts: offensive or not?

Topman shirt with Nice New Girlfriend What Breed Is She logo

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?

Topman shirt with I'm so sorry but logo...

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 have made the decision to remove these from store and online as soon as possible. We would like to apologise to those who may have been offended by these designs.”

What do you think: do either of these offend you? Should they have been withdrawn?


Crimes of Fashion, Fashion Polls & Debates

Cleavage: How Much is Too Much?

Lindsay Lohan in a low cut dress

Our posts about Christina Hendricks’ breasts over the past couple of days got us wondering where you guys stand on the cleavage issue. This seems to be one of those questions which divides people, because whereas the first post had many of you commenting that the cleavage was “too much”, the follow-up attracted a few “if you’ve got it, flaunt it”, and “her breasts are great: why should she hide them?” comments: where’s the happy medium, we wonder? Is there one?

Just to clarify: Christina Hendricks does, indeed, have a fabulous figure – no one is denying that. But we think there does come a point when “flaunting” crosses a line into vulgarity, and we’re wondering where that line begins. For us, probably at the point where you look at someone’s outfit and don’t really notice what they’re wearing, because all you can think is “WHOA! BOOBS!” Or when the breasts appear to be trying to escape a too-small dress.

What do you think? How much cleavage is too much cleavage? And is Lindsay Lohan, above, crossing that line?

[Image: CWNY/Fame Pictures]
Celebrity Fashion

Madonna tries to bring back shants

Madonna wears see through pants

Somehow, amidst all of the Fashion Week weirdness we’ve been witnessing lately, Madonna managed to get a pair of shants past our radar. Honestly, we take our eyes off her for ONE MINUTE, and she does this. And she was doing so well, too!

TOO. MUCH. INFORMATION, Madonna. Rule of thumb: if we can see what colour the lining of your pockets is, your pants are too sheer. These pants fail to pass that test. Back to jail they go…

Fashion Police

New York Fashion Week: Zac Posen Spring 2012 runway

Zac Posen Spring 2012 runway collection at New York Fashion Week[All images:]

Zac Posen, Spring 2012. So much eye candy. So much to love. So many reasons to wish we could keep all (or, OK, most) of these dresses at the Fashion Police HQ, and force the fashion criminals we arrest to wear them. Sure, it would technically be rewarding bad behaviour, but how else will they learn?

Fashion Police

New York Fashion Week: Derek Lam Spring 2012 Runway

Models for Derek Lam Spring 2012

[All images:]

New York Fashion Week is almost over, which is good news for us, because it means we can soon stop feeling guilty about not really caring enough. We tend to adopt a “What happens on the runway, stays on the runway,” rule for Fashion Week: in other words, until the garment actually goes into production, and starts showing up in stores, and on people who AREN’T being paid to strut down a runway in them, our officers don’t really concern themselves too much with any crimes being committed.

All of that said, sometimes we do enjoy the spectacle, so here’s the Derek Lam Spring 2012 collection: enjoy!

Celebrity Fashion

Christina Hendricks’ breasts would like to thank you

Christina Hendricks in black top and white pencil skirt

“Hi, Fashion Police readers, it’s Christina Hendricks’ breasts here.

We don’t know how to thank you. Just yesterday, we were on the point of giving up completely. There we were, the helpless prisoners of that satin dress: held down and trapped in its death-like grip. We were doing our best to break free – in fact, we’d made it almost as far as Christina’s chin – but we could get no further. And honestly, everyone was pointing and staring, and we just felt STUPID, really. “When will she stop doing this?” we asked each other. “We know we’re SUPER AWESOME and all, but there’s more to Christina than just us. When will she realise that she doesn’t HAVE to get us out every chance she gets? WHEN?”

Anyway, it was your words that finally set us free. “Christina Hendricks’ bosom looks ridiculous,” said Nina. “Sometimes less is more,” agreed Sima. “My boobs are feeling sympathy pain just looking at her poor squashed girls,” said Zoe. And somehow, SOMEHOW the message got through, because here’s Christina at an event last night, and LOOK! You can’t even see us, can you? We were so comfortable under that black turtleneck, we can’t even tell you! And sure, some other parts of Christina were complaining BITTERLY about this look, but sure, you can’t have everything, can you?

Christina Hendricks’ breasts

[Image: Fame Pictures]
Celebrity Fashion

Nicki Minaj would like more attention, please

Nicki Minaj in leopard print body suit and blonde wig

Nicki Minaj is still using New York Fashion Week as opportunity to market herself as having an “interesting” fashion sense. In a move clearly designed to get everyone talking about her, here she is doing the “Look! So zany! So wacky!” thing by matching her shoes to her body suit thing, to her hair. (Note: Matching your shoes to your hair is generally going to end badly. Just FYI.) The problem is, it’s working. Well, here WE are, talking about her. Damn, we walked right into the trap!

It’s a vicious fashion circle, this one. The more they dress strangely, the more attention they get, and the more attention they get, the more they dress strangely… and so the cycle continues. What Nicki here will have to beware of, though, is something we call The Gaga Effect. The Gaga Effect basically states that after a certain amount of “OMGCRAZY!” dressing, interest will suddenly and dramatically tail off, as everyone become desensitised to the strangeness, and starts saying, “Well, if it was someone else it would be shocking, but that’s what you expect from Nicki Minaj, isn’t it?” And before you know it, the would-be wacky dresser is being carried into venues inside a giant egg in order to keep the shock value going. Tragic.

Seriously, this outfit already seems pretty ordinary compared to THIS one, doesn’t it? And yet, imagine if Victoria Beckham wore it! Or Sarah Jessica Parker. Or almost ANYONE other than Nicki, Gaga or Rihanna, who should really look into starting their own gang. They could call it the Wacky Dressers Club, and they could swap tips on how to try and shock people with clothes, even although no one is even remotely shocked any more. Katy Perry could be in it, too. Think about it: it would keep them busy at least. That has to be worth something, no?

Our tip: really interesting dressers don’t have to rely on shock value to get their photos taken. Let this be a warning to you all. But especially you, Nicki Minaj.

[Image: Fame Pictures]
Celebrity Fashion

Fashion Week: Kirstie Alley walks the runway for Zang Toi

Kirstie Alley in blue floor length dress for Zang Toi at New York Fashion Week

At first we thought this was one of Disney’s Evil Queens (or maybe a good one, let’s not judge), but nope, it’s Kirstie Alley, making her modelling debut at the age of 60, on the Zang Toi runway at New York Fashion Week. Yes, we know, it IS a bit odd, isn’t it?

Of course, we’re all for designers using women of all ages, and all body shapes on the runway. Kirstie Alley wasn’t quite what we had in mind there, but hey, it’s a start. (Although we somehow doubt all the “real” women out there will be drawing inspiration from this particular look for Spring 2012…)

Wear or Die

Wear or Die: The Long and the Short of It

Two pairs of ugly shorts

It’s Wear or Die time again! And we think we know which way you’ll jump this time, but God knows, you’ve surprised us before, so the only thing that’s certain about this game is that nothing is certain. And that ugly clothes will definitely be involved.

Today’s choice involves two pairs of shorts: on the left, Bless’s crochet shorts, and on the right, Topshop’s cable wool shorts. You, readers, must wear one of these items. If you don’t, you must die. And actually, in this game death is not an option, so basically you’re stuck with the shorts, sorry.

Which would you choose?

Crimes of Fashion

EAR Fashion: Calourette Ear Ring

Silver ring with two ears by Calourette

Sometimes the items we arrest are large, in-your-face fashion criminals: the kind of items of clothing which no one could possibly miss, were you to walk down the street in them. And sometimes they’re smaller, more subtle details, which still make us do a double take and wonder if some designer is trying to mess with us again.

This ear ring by Calourette falls into the latter category. Yes, those are two ears on the front. No, we can’t really think of a less likely object to put on a piece of jewellery. Well, have YOU ever looked in the mirror and thought to yourself: you know what this outfit needs? An extra pair of EARS! Because the two I have on my head just AREN’T ENOUGH. (If you have, you actually sound like the kind of person we’d love to have a drink with sometime. We bet you have some stories to tell…)

The fact  that this ring is relatively small and unobtrusive, however, makes us see it almost as a Fashion Criminal badge of honour: a secret signal by which fashion criminals will be able to recognise each other, even if they’re not committing any obvious crimes in the rest of their outfit that day. It’s like the Peep Toe Boot Rule, only much more subtle.

Want to join the club? It’s £99 and you can click here to buy it at ASOS.