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Crimes of Fashion, Shirts & Tops

The Emperor’s New Tops by Topshop Boutique

Topshop Boutique sweaters

[All items: Topshop]

“Hmmm,” we thought, “Those are some cute sweatshirts. Bit pricey at £50 each, mind you, but still: unusual colours, inoffensive enough shapes…. Nope, no crime being committed here, that’s for sure!”

Then we clicked on to the model images, and…

invisible clothing


It’s like that, is it.

invisible top

The visible labels are the best, aren’t they? They really make the outfit, you know? So edgy!

Now, we hate to point out the glaringly obvious here, and we do realise that these are (probably) intended to be layered over other items, but even so, there’s just no getting away from the fact that these garments are almost invisible to the naked eye. They’re just one small step away from wearing NOTHING.

And Topshop are charging £50 each for them.

This is the thing that astonishes us most about the whole “see through clothes” thing. If you buy one of these, you’ll be handing over £50 for something that barely even exists. It will perform absolutely no function whatsoever in keeping you warm, for instance, and although we don’t have a problem with that in itself – lots of fashion accessories have no practical use: they just look nice, and that’s an absolutely valid reason for their existence – they don’t really have much in the way of aesthetic value either, because they’re almost invisible. Sure, there’s a small wash of colour

(Also, and this is a purely personal thing, but one of those delicate looking scarps of thin fabric would last approximately 5 seconds here at Fashion Police HQ, because we’d probably shred it while trying to put it on –  and that’s if the police dog didn’t get to it first.)

Oh, and they’re dry clean only. Awesome.

Would you buy one of these? Do you think they’re worth the £50 price tag? Or do you think this is just yet another example of the Emperor’s new clothes? 

Crimes of Fashion, Lingerie

Citizen’s Arrest: Lascivious Kasia Fringed Waistcoat

fringed waistcoat

Our thanks go to Fashion Police reader Caroline for calling in this particular crime of fashion. Now, ordinarily we don’t involve ourselves with lingerie. (Er, we’re assuming this is supposed to be lingerie. These days you can never really tell, though, can you?) After all, as long as people aren’t wearing it in public, it’s really none of our business.

But… an invisible waistcoat? With fringes? And people are paying £119 (full price) or £59.50 (sale price) for it? In such large quantities that it’s now low in stock?

Folks, it looks like we’ve worked out what The Emperor wears in private. So at least that’s one mystery solved. As to the mystery of who else might wear such an item, well, your guess is as good as ours…

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Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

The Emperor’s New…John Galliano dress

sheer dress by John Galliano

Well, it seems that John Galliano has some strange ideas about what is A Dress and what is Not a Dress.

Just for Mr G, and anyone else who is similarly confused, we’d like to clarify that this is Not a Dress. We repeat: Not a Dress. No, this is an invisible cape, with a bow at the neck. If you wear it in public, you will be at risk of ACTUAL arrest, not just Fashion Police arrest.

You’ll also have spent $949 to look like you’re naked.

If that doesn’t put you off, nothing will…

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Crimes of Fashion

ASOS Full Skirt with Sequin Knickers commits multiple fashion offences

 ASOS Full Skirt with Sequin Knickers

We were about to call this in as a straightforward case of “Emperor’s New Skirt”… but then we realised the skirt is actually attached to the knickers. The sequin knickers. Which are really the whole point of this outfit, rendering the “skirt” totally redundant: NO, ASOS, adding an invisible skirt over the top of a pair of knickers doesn’t suddenly make it OK to go out in a pair of undies, sequin or otherwise, seriously.

So, what we’re dealing with here is actually multiple misdemeandors:

1. A Stuck-Together-Clothes Crime

2. A bad case of Emperor’s New Clothes

3. An item of clothing which encourages the idea that it’s OK to wear underwear in public. (Because even if you’re OK with sequin knickers, you have to understand that it won’t stop there. No, once we allow the sequin knickers, we’ll find ourselves faced with all kinds of “underwear as outerwear” crimes, and if YOU want to spend your days looking at that, well, you obviously have a stronger stomach than we do.

4. OK, it’s not actually a part of the garment under arrest, but this has been styled with a see-through shirt and visible bra. Really, why bother wearing clothes at all?


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Crimes of Fashion, Shirts & Tops

The Emperor’s New Shirt

Nasty Gal Totally Exposed Blouse

Nasty Gal describe this item as a “totally exposed blouse“. Which isn’t strictly accurate, really: it’s not the BLOUSE that’s “totally exposed”, after all: it’s whatever lies under the blouse – bra, leather bustier, nothing

Let’s be honest, though: when you looked at this photo, you didn’t actually notice the blouse at first, did you? You were probably distracted by the aforementioned leather bustier, or the “classy” suspenders dangling from the cutoffs. So, the question is: if a blouse falls onto a model, but no one can actually see it, is it a crime of fashion?

We’re going to go with “yes”. If you’re going with “no”, you can either pay $48 for this one, or, alternatively, just don’t bother wearing a blouse over your leather bustier: it’ll create much the same effect, but be a whole lot cheaper. You’re welcome.

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Crimes of Fashion, Shoes

The Emperor’s New …Simon Rocha ‘Cindy Rella’ shoes

Simon Rocha invisible shoes

We’re starting to get an increasing number of reports of something we call “ghost shoes”. They’re shoes which …aren’t. Or which almost aren’t, in that they’re completely transparent: the Emperor’s new shoes, in other words.

What do you think of the concept of paying £739 in order to look like you’re not wearing shoes? Worth it for the charming quirkiness of the “OMGLOOKNOSHOOZ!” look you’ll achieve, or just a little bit hard to fathom? (Because, seriously, if we’re paying that much for shoes, they better be fabulous.)

All we’ll say is that we’re glad these particular ones come with air vents and a slingback, because sweaty feet encased in clear plastic does not a good look make…

[Click here to buy them at Far Fetch]
Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

The Emperor’s New Organza Dress, by Topshop Boutique

organza tea dresses

OK: obviously Topshop don’t mean for us to wear these dresses exactly as they’re shown on the mannequins. Or at least, we hope to God not, because there ain’t enough eyeball bleach in the world to allow us to cope if this particular look was suddenly “bang on trend“. So, we think we have to presume here that they’re supposed to be worn over something else.

The things is, though: WHAT? Because, let’s face it, there’s not much to see here, is there? Literally. They won’t exactly add much to any outfit you’d care to wear under them, and even if they did, well, they’re £80. Each. That’s around $125. The Fashion Police have never DIY’d anything in our lives, but we’re pretty sure we could cobble together a makeshift “dress” out of a piece of organza, if we had one. And we’d only charge you, like, £65, say.

Oh, Emperor, you have no clothes!

Tell us, though: what’s your position on “clothes” like this? Retailers keep on making them, after all, so SOMEONE must be buying them – indeed, all three of these are sold out in at least one size – so we turn to you, ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury, to explain the appeal. And you have to do it without using the word “edgy”, because otherwise we’re afraid we’ll have to kill arrest you.

Do you buy and wear things like these? And how do you wear them, if so? 

Crimes of Fashion, Trousers/Pants

The Mystery of the Foil Joggers, by KTZ

OK, here’s the deal: if anyone can give us a plausible-sounding reason why you’d want to buy a pair of see-through jogging pants (complete with visible pockets and label: classy), we will BUY the aforementioned jogging pants, as a gift from The Fashion Police to you.

Um, OK, not really. The ARE £130, after all, and we don’t really want to encourage this kind of thing.

We’d still love to hear your reasons, though…

(Click here to buy them)


The Emperor’s New… Fendi Trench Coat

Look, we’re not saying it’s not pretty, in a flimsy, gauzy kinda way. Organza generally is pretty.

But it’s $1,375. For a more-or-less INVISIBLE COAT.

Once again, readers, the emperor, he is bare. BARE, we say. And the fashion victims, they are $1,375 worse off. And wearing a coat that no one can see. Oh fashion, how you make us laugh!

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Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

The Emperor’s New Chandelier Lace Dress

Oh dear: looks like the Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes again! Or rather he she is, but given that the black body suit isn’t actually part of the “dress”, we don’t think it counts, making this so-called “dress” one of those completely pointless items that cost £45, and are basically a way to allow to effectively walk around in your underwear. “But I AM wearing a dress!” you can say, all innocence. “And look, it almost comes down to my knees: why, it’s really quite modest!”

Sorry, but we’re not buying it. We know you just spent £45 on an almost-invisible dress, and we will never understand why you did it. If it all makes perfect sense to you, however, you may click here to buy it, Emperor…

Crimes of Fashion, Shirts & Tops

The Emperor’s New Vein Embroidered Tube Top, by Dsquared

Just in case you’re offended by the sight of naked breasts (or are at work) we’ve covered up this model’s nipples for you, and if you particularly want to stare at her breasts, you’ll have to do it over at Luisa Via Roma.

If, on the other hand, you’re offended by $320 tops that are completely transparent, save for a “look, here are my veins” design, well, there’s not a whole lot we can about that, other than to reassure you that this top, by Dsquared, is at least not supposed to be worn without anything over the top of it, but more like this:

So, what do you think? We’re happy to know we won’t have to arrest it on grounds of sheer (geddit?) indecency, but do we still have to arrest it on the grounds of being an item which contrives to make you look like you have freakishly veiny arms? Or does that just make it totally awesome and unique?

You decide.

Fashion Police

The Emperor’s New Handbag: Prada’s Plex & Spazzolato Tote

Last week, we had a look at Prada’s see-through shoes, and came to the conclusion that if we were prepared to spend that much money on footwear, we’d at least want to be able to see it on our feet.

What about see-through handbags, though? Prada didn’t stop at shoes, this season, you see: they’re currently selling this plexi tote bag for $1,295 at Saks, and although it does come with a detachable zippered pouch in which to carry any items you really don’t want to put on public display, it’s still something of a pickpocket’s dream, allowing them to see exactly what you’re carrying before they decide to mug you for it. (Although, in our case they’d probably be able to get more for the handbag than the contents!)

Of course, this isn’t exactly a new idea, and we’ve been seeing this kind of bag crop up every now and then for decades, but we must admit, it hasn’t become any more appealing to us in all that time, and the thought of paying $1,295 for an “invisible” bag seems just a little bit “Emperor’s New Clothes” to us. What about you, though? Would you buy this bag, or do you prefer to keep your belongings under wraps?


The Emperor’s New Dsquared2 PVC OVERSIZE PONCHO COAT

We’ve spoken about clear raincoats before here at The Fashion Police, and our opinion has always been that while we like the idea of outerwear that doesn’t conceal the outfit underneath, they’re not something we’d want to pay a huge amount of money.

For us, £912/ $1357 qualifies as “a huge amount of money”, and there’s another reason we wouldn’t want to buy this Dsquared2 poncho, too: the fact that it comes with two bags attached to the front of it. (Sure Louisa Via Roma describe them as “pockets”, but we know a bag when we see one, and we’re sure you all know how we feel about Stuck Together Clothes).

Also, does anyone else think this would’ve been better without the neon pink? Then it would be almost invisible!

Crimes of Fashion, Outerwear

The Emperor’s new Miu Miu jacket


Oh great: a shacket. Well, we’d had shants and shresses, so it was surely only a matter of time before someone decided to make a sheer jacket, no?

As well as offering proof that people will, indeed, pay £265 for essentially nothing, this also has the dubious distinction of being possibly the most useless garment we’ve ever come across. Bravo, Miu Miu: winner of this year’s Chocolate Teapot Award for fashion!

Miu Miu sheer jacket, £265