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Rihanna’s latest collection for River Island is… interesting

Rihanna’s latest collection for River Island has been getting lots of plaudits on Twitter this week, so we decided we’d better take a look and see what all the fuss was about. Well, first of all we’re going to be generous and assume it ISN’T about either of these: Adult onesies. GOD. What do we have to to make this ridiculous trend (And yes, we’re calling it a “trend”: they may technically be lounge/sleepwear, but when they’re included in a celebrity fashion collection and most major brands stock them, that’s a trend, people. And it doesn’t seem to want to die.) We’ve already pointed out that they make adults look like toddlers. That if someone knocked on the door while you…

GALLERY |Topshop Unique A/W 2013 collection

The autumn/winter 2013 Topshop Unique collection hit stores and sites this morning, and already some of the key items have started to sell out (If you have your heart set on one of those pink coats that are oh-so-trendy this season, then we’re afraid you’re going to have to look elsewhere: the version by Unique was gorgeous, but it was gone within hours, sadly…), so we figured we’d better take a quick look at the collection before it’s gone for good. Much of this collection is predictably trendy. Aside from the pink coat, there’s also a whole lot of of patent leather/vinyl: We can see some potential in the skirt on the left, but as for the other pieces, well,…

DOTD | Erdem ‘Macey’ duchesse-satin dress

Erdem ‘Macey’ dress, $5,695 This dress is called ‘Macey’. Or, to give it its full title, “Erdem Green Carpet Challenge Macey embroidered duchesse-satin dress”. We think we’ll just stick with “Macey”, though, if it’s all the same with you. As you’ve probably guessed from the first part of that mouthful of a name, Macey here is an environmentally friendly soul. To quote Net-a-Porter: “As conscientious as it is chic, Erdem’s duchesse-satin dress is crafted from an eco-friendlyNewlife™ fabric, blended with a touch of silk. This elegant, full-skirted style is hand-finished with OEKO-TEX® approved lace and fully lined for comfort. We love the delicate floral embroidery.” We particularly liked that last line. They’re all, “Save the world, the environment is important, blah blah, OOH! FLORALS!” And don’t…

Review | Boden Sixties Jumper

It’s the season for knitwear, so today The Fashion Police try on Boden’s sixties-style sweater for size… SUSPECT: Boden Sixties jumper in green LOCATION: Boden COST: £49 OFFICER’S COMMENTS: I’m a sucker for boat-neck sweaters: they’re a little more interesting (to me) than a crew or v-neck, and they have that “Audrey Hepburn would wear this” feel about them too, which is never a bad thing in my book. Boden’s Sixties Sweater looks great in the stock photos, and comes in no less than 11 different colours, which pleased me greatly. I ordered the green – I beg your pardon ‘verdant’ – version purely because it’s my favourite colour, but I have my eye on a few of the other…

Roundup | Plaid skirts

So, tartan/plaid/check.whatever you want to call it, will be big for winter 2013. Is it just us, or did we write that same line last year, and the year before, and the year before that, just subbing out the year each time? Yup, we’re pretty sure we did, and that’s because, let’s face it, plaid is not a “trend”. It’s a winter perennial, and if we have to read ONE more fashion editorial -seriously, just ONE more – trying to convince us that this is a fresh new look that will be “bang on trend“, we’ll eat our hats. (These are the hats we’ll eat. Please don’t make us do it, fashion magazines! No more “Mad for Plaid” headlines, we…

Five Habits of Highly Stylish People

Stylish people have five things in common which set them apart and enable them to look stylish, no matter what they look like, or what they wear. Here are the five habits of highly stylish people…

Review | Dorothy Perkins black neoprene circle skirt

     Dorothy Perkins black neoprene circle skirt, £22 Neoprene has been popping up on skirts everywhere lately: we took this Dorothy Perkins black neoprene pencil skirt into the interrogation room for a little chat… SUSPECT: Black neoprene pencil skirt LOCATION: Dorothy Perkins COST: £22 OFFICER’S COMMENTS: Full skirts may be fashionable right now, but for me they’re a style staple, and I rarely meet one I don’t like. I first of all picked up this Dorothy Perkins number in navy (now sold out), and liked it so much I decided that, at just £22, it would be silly not to go back for the black version, too. Well, it’s a style I know I’ll get a LOT of use…

Daylight Robbery | Fendi’s £400 keyring

Where do we even start with this one? We COULD start with the fact that this £400 keyring is made from real fur: fox and mink, to be precise. (Because obviously one animal wasn’t enough…) Now, we don’t generally get into the “real fur” debate, because it’s an emotive one, which deserves more than a few short paragraphs in a post about a keyring, but let the record show that real animal skins were used to create this… actually, we have no idea what this is supposed to be. We WERE about to write “this FAKE animal skin”, but if that’s an animal, we’d sure like to know what kind of animal it is. We think it’s probably just some kind…

DOTD | Oasis ‘Kora’ ruffle pencil dress

Oasis ‘Kora’ dress, £65 We’re big fans of neutrals for winter, and that’s going to work out pretty well for us this year, because if the fashion pundits are to be believed, pale neutrals are going to be, like, SO this season. Or something. Pale colours might seem counter-intuitive at the muddiest, rainiest time of year, but assuming you can keep them (reasonably) clean, they make for a nice change from all of  the dull winter colours many people tend to cling to once autumn rolls around, and an all-white (or beige, or gold, or pale pink) outfit can also have a luxurious feel which darker colours sometimes lack: probably because the delicate, easy-to-ruin colours tell the world, “Hey, I…

DOTD | Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Halton draped metallic jacquard dress

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Halton draped metallic jacquard dress, $765 You know those questions people sometimes ask you? The ones about “If you had to pick just one store/brand to shop in for the rest of your life, which would it be?” We hate those questions. Seriously, who could possibly answer that? For one thing, our style might change in the course of a lifetime, and we’re pretty sure we won’t be wearing the same things as 90 year old we did as 25 year olds. Well, not EXACTLY the same, anyway. Then there are seasonal and lifestyle factors to take into account, too. What if you chose a store/brand that didn’t do swimswear, for instance? Or which did fabulous party…

Primark Autumn Winter 2013 Preview

Primark Autumn Winter 2013 OK: it’s August. We’re still enjoying the summer, but as reluctant as we are to even think about it, Autumn will soon be drawing in, which means it’s time for us to start taking a look at the Autumn/Winter collections and passing judgement upon them. As always, we’re kicking off with a look at the new season looks from Primark, who are already selling some of these items (although not all of them) in stores. This is, needless to say, a very small selection of what the brand will have to offer (Primark is to fast fashion what McDonald’s is to fast food, after all, and their selections are changing constantly), but it gives you a…

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DOTD | Mary Katrantzou Babelonia metallic jacquard dress

Mary Katrantzou Babelonia metallic jacquard dress, $4710 At just under $5000, this dress is going to be strictly fantasy-league for most of us, which is probably why Net-a-Porter still have all sizes in stock, despite it having been available for almost a week now. High price aside, the print on this is just spectacular with its tree motif in metallic jacquard, and a simple shape to allow the print to stand out. Speaking of the shape, we’ve already talked about full skirts, and how they’ll be a big trend this fall, but frankly, we don’t think you can go wrong with this kind of shape, and that’s a good thing, because if you’re spending $5k on a dress, you REALLY…

Fashion Confessions: Capsule Wardrobes are Over-Rated

If you read my other blog, you’ll probably know that I’ve just returned from vacation. On the way out, my suitcase looked much like the one pictured above. On the way back, meanwhile… let’s not even THINK about how full my suitcase was on the way back: it still scares me to think of it.   I don’t pack light, in other words. And it’s not that I CAN’T do the whole “capsule wardrobe” thing – actually, I can do it pretty well if I set my mind to it. It’s that I don’t WANT to do it. Capsule wardrobes, you see, are vastly over-rated as far as I’m concerned. Sure, they’re easy. They’re convenient. They allow you to hop on…

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Fashion Confessions: The mailman thinks I never get dressed

In the latest in our Fashion Confessions series, Fashion Police founder Amber McNaught reveals that sometimes she doesn’t bother getting dressed at all… I write about fashion for a living. I also work from home. Writing about fashion every day means that I’m constantly tempted by beautiful clothes I’m “forced” to look at as part of my job – a temptation that I’m not always particularly successful in fighting, as the overflowing state of closet testifies. Working from home, however, means that I don’t actually NEED a huge amount of beautiful clothes. In fact, sometimes I don’t really need to get dressed AT ALL – and therein lies the problem. Not being much of a morning person, I’m in the habit of staggering to…

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Happy 4th of July from The Fashion Police

As many of our readers are based in the United States (and we’re actually based there ourselves right now), we’d like to take this opportunity to wish those of you celebrating the holiday a very happy 4th of July. We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that there are lots of tasteful and appropriate ways to give your outfit a patriotic feel today. And then there’s this adult onesie, worn with a pair of faux Uggs (or, as we like to think of them, FUGGS.): Onesie: BooHoo Stay stylish, everyone!

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How to get a retro look on a budget

We know that many of our readers are, like us, fans of the retro-inspired look when it comes to clothing. If genuine vintage isn’t an option, though, and repro pieces cost more than you’re prepared to pay for them, it’s reassuring to know that you can always add a bit of retro flair to your look even when you don’t have a huge budget to work with, or the time to trawl through dozens of vintage stores in search of one piece that works for you. Here’s how to do it… How to get a retro look on a budget Getting the retro look you’re after will obviously depend very much on which fashion era you’re channelling, and for the…

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Wanted! Retro-inspired style from Eucalyptus London

Love retro-inspired fashion? Well, you’re probably going to love our latest find, Eucalyptus London. And you’re probably going to hate us for introducing you to them only to reveal that, although they do have their own website, it doesn’t offer online shopping. Boo! Worry not, though: the brand is stocked by a variety of larger retailers, including Modcloth in the US and Atom Retro in the UK, as well as at a variety of other stores and sites, a full list of which can be found at the Eucalyptus website. And with that out of the way, here are some of our favourite pieces from the summer collection… Retro-inspired style… Amy dress, £78 Carla dress, £75 Regina dress, £84 Marina…

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High heels are painful, and other common misconceptions about fashion

People say the strangest things. And when it comes to the wonderful world of fashion, sometimes people say things that just aren’t true: or not ALL the time, anyway. We think it’s time to set the record straight on certain matters, so here are some common misconceptions about fashion, and our responses to them… High heels are painful, and no one can actually walk in them For people who don’t wear heels, it’s almost impossible to understand how on EARTH anyone can walk in them. As far as these people are concerned, high heels are just torture devices, and anyone who claims to find them comfortable is outright lying. “I don’t believe she wore those all day,” they say. “She…

Five fashion things you don’t need to worry about

If you read a lot of fashion magazines or blogs, it can be easy to get swept up in some of the trends and ideas they promote: the “fashion things”, as we call them. It’s most often a subconscious thing: we know you’re all far too smart to be sitting there thinking, “Oh, look, this was in a magazine: I better do it!” but sometimes these things creep up on you, and before you know it, you’re thinking you’re the only person alive who doesn’t go out bare-legged in the snow, or take the time to co-ordinate your manicure with your outfit every day, and that this must be the normal, totally unremarkable way to live and dress. Well, get…