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Dress or Top? Red flared dresses from Zara and New Look

You see this dress, readers? We were pleased when we found this dress. It’s almost identical to one from Zara:

Which, incidentally, just goes to show that you don’t have to be a designer label to “inspire” other brands to copy you, but that’s a different post altogether. Back to the dress…

We loved the shape of the original dress, which is also available in black and camel, but, having raided Zara recently, we can confirm that these dresses are very, very short. Even on someone like the Chief of Police, who is 5″4 in her stocking soles, although considerably taller than that in her usual heels. The Zara dress was out of the question. Maybe the New Look version would be a little more reasonable?

OR MAYBE NOT.

Seriously, what is it with this whole “Let’s make dresses that could easily get you arrested for indecency” thing? And don’t get us wrong: we’re not opposed to a tastefully-done mini. In fact, we really quite like them. (Anything that makes our legs look longer is generally fine by us.) But this?

THIS IS A TOP. A tunic top, sure, but still: A TOP. This model is 5″8, but even so, there is no way an adult female could wear this without fear of serious exposure. (And if you’re thinking it may be OK on someone shorter, well, maybe not: last month the Chief of Police ordered a dress from the Topshop ‘Tall’ range, thinking that, as she is not tall, a dress which was mid-thigh length on the model would surely be at least knee-length on someone several inches shorter. But no, when it arrived it was mid-thigh length on her, too. Go figure.) Wearing it in public would be like having one of those nightmares where you realise you’re out without your pants. Which is a shame, because it’s a nice dress.

Please, fashion brands: stop ruining great designs by making them virtually indecent. Or at least make a slightly longer version for those of who don’t want our knickers on show every time we step out the door: there are still some of us around, you know.

What do you think, readers? Dress or top?

Celebrity Fashion

The Penelope Cruz Fashion Show Continues: Armani Privé in Munich

Another day, another Pirates of the Caribbean premiere, and another killer outfit for Penelope Cruz.

For the Munich premiere of On Stranger tides, Penelope wore red Armani Prive. The simplicity of the cut is offset here by the vibrancy of the colour, and we think she looks fantastic. We’re not so sure about the matchy-matchy accessories, though – Pen accessorized here with a bag and shoes in exactly the same shade of red as her dress. Might it have looked better with a contrasting colour, we wonder?

You decide…

Celebrity Fashion

Fashion Police in Cannes: Salma Hayek in a red leather Gucci dress

Well, that’s an unual detail on Salma Hayek’s shoulders, isn’t it? In fact, it looks almost like Anthony Banderas!

Whoops, our mistake! That IS Anthony Banderas, and he’s not actually on her shoulders, he’s just standing behind them. Which was a bit of a disappointment, actually, because when first we glanced at this photo, we were all, “Wow, Salma is STRONG! You go girl!” But we’re not here to talk about Anthony Banderas, or Salma’s strength. We’re here to talk about her red leather Gucci dress:

This was the best photo our agency had of it. Yes, we were disappointed too, because this has to be one of the more interesting red carpet dresses of recent times. A leather dress? In that heat? And a shrug over the top? It may look good (or, of course, it may not, and we’ll let you be the judge of that), but it makes us feet HOT. And not in a good way.

What do you think?

Celebrity Fashion, Met Costume Institute Gala

Fashion Police at the 2011 MET Gala: Gisele Bundchen in Alexander McQueen

Another Alexander McQueen gown, this time seen on Gisele Bundchen. This is one of our favourites so far – not only does she look stunning, she also looks like she’s really enjoying herself, which makes a nice change.

Dresses, Style Stealer

Designer on a Budget: Red flared dresses from DKNY and Zara

The bright red dress is something of a wardrobe staple for many people, and a great way to make a big impact with a really simple piece. We loved DKNY’s three-quarter sleeved version, with it’s flippy skirt and gorgeous, cherry-red colour… but then we spotted this very similar dress at Zara, which is £170 cheaper, leaving us enough left over to buy a pair of killer heels to go with it. Or a bag. Or a coat. Or… you get the picture…

Which one would you go for, ladies and gentlemen of the fashion jury? DKNY Vs Zara?

Celebrity Fashion

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 – The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection

Dita Von Teese

We’re sure you don’t need The Fashion Police to tell you that New York Fashion Week is now underway, which means a busy few days for our officers as we try to keep the runways and red carpets under control. The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection was the first show of the week, and is a little different from most, not only because of the celebrity models, but because the annual event is run in association with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, with the red dresses used as a symbol of heart disease awareness. You can read more about the cause here, and view the dresses themselves – and their celebrity models – in the gallery below. Enjoy!

[All images: PRPhotos.com]