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Old Navy Denies Photoshopping Thigh Gaps Onto Plus Size Jeans

Today the style-savvy section of the internet is in uproar over claims that Old Navy have been Photoshopping thigh gaps onto images of their plus-sized Rockstar jeans: the rotters! The image above image comes from the Old Navy website, and there’s no denying the presence of the dreaded thigh-gap. Is it Photoshop, though? Old Navy say nope, just manual pinning of the clothes, to make them fit the mannequin: “At Old Navy we strive to show our customers the most accurate representation of how product fits the body. This includes pinning garments on body forms to show how they will actually appear. While we do remove these pins in post-production, we do not use any photo-altering techniques to deliberately distort…

Do larger mannequins make you feel better about your figure?

Debenhams old-style mannequins, sized 8 – 10 Last week, Debenhams introduced size 16 mannequins (For reference, a UK size 16 is roughly equivalent to a US 12) into its stores, saying that size 16 is the “average” size of women in the UK, and the new mannequins are therefore more representative of its customers. Previously, clothes were displayed on models sized 8-10, which, says Debenhams, is unhelpful to shoppers in the store. “The average British woman is a size 16, but the high street has been showing them clothing on a mannequin that is three sizes smaller – until now,” said Debenhams director Ed Watson. “Having worked on this project for three years, we hope that it will help people…

J Crew will be 60% more expensive in the UK

J Crew opens its first ever UK store in London today, but if you’re hoping to pick up some bargains, you’re probably going to be disappointed, because: a) It’s J Crew, not Primark and b) The brand has confirmed that UK shoppers will be paying around 60% more than their US counterpart, once currency differences are taken into account. Explaining the UK mark-up, a J Crew spokesman said: J Crew is committed to bringing its customers the best possible quality and design of product at the best possible price. We have to take into consideration various taxes, duties, and operational charges that vary from country to country. It is an inescapable fact that these costs in the UK are significantly…

Marks & Spencer admit to deliberately limiting stock levels

Marks & Spencer pink coat Remember THAT Marks & Spencer pink coat? The one we showed you as part of our Autumn/Winter 2013 preview, and which has been described by some as one of the big style hits of the season? Remember how that coat was absolutely impossible to get hold of, selling out the second it hit the M&S website? There is a reason for that, and it’s not JUST that it was a great coat: no, the reason you couldn’t buy that coat for love nor money was also due to the fact that Marks & Spencer deliberately limited availability of it, and other items in their recent lineup, in order to promote exclusivity of the brand. Admitting…

Primark online shopping

Primark online shopping now available at ASOS

Whether you love Primark for the easy access it provides to cheap, fast fashion, or hate it for the very same reasons (The chain’s connection to the Bangladesh factory which collapsed earlier this year has led many shoppers to boycott the brand), as it’s the last of the major high street chains to develop an online presence, we thought it was worth noting the fact that you can now buy a selection of Primark clothing at ASOS.com. Primark fans have long bemoaned the lack of an online store to shop from. Until this week, if you wanted to browse the  brand’s wears, your only option was to travel to the nearest store (Difficult if you don’t live in/near the major…

H&M Conscious Collection

GALLERY: H&M Conscious Collection Partywear

Instead of our usual Dress of the Day column, today we thought we’d bring you a whole lot of dresses of the day. Plus some trousers, shoes, bags and accessories of the day, too. These are all part of the new H&M Conscious Collection, and we have to say, we’re pretty darn impressed. Sure, there are a few pieces of coal amongst the diamonds, but we think the good stuff more than makes up for the bad, and for the first time in a long time, we’re really excited about a new high street collection. Imagine that! As you probably know, the H&M Conscious Collection is H&M’s attempt to rid themselves of their “fast fashion” image (to some extent, anyway),…

Rihanna for River Island campaign

Rihanna for River Island: the verdict

After what feels like the longest build-up in fashion history (well, this year at least…) the Rihanna for River Island collection finally arrived online this morning. We take a look at some of the pieces and ask what you think of them: will you be shopping the Rihanna for River Island collection, or do you think Rih’s gone out of her way to create some crimes of fashion? Let’s take a look… We should probably begin this post by saying that not being part of the demographic that could reasonably be expected to want to dress like Rihanna (and to have the lifestyle to make that possible: i.e. most of this stuff wouldn’t go down well at the office, but…

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic

Can you have too many clothes?

As Vivienne Westwood criticises Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, for having “too many clothes”, The Fashion Police ask: IS there such a thing? Can you have too many clothes, or is it a case of “the more, the merrier”? Becky Bloomwood doesn’t think you can have too many clothes… unless Hugh Dancy says so.  Can you have too many clothes? Vivienne Westwood’s at it again. Last year she criticised Kate Middleton’s eyeliner; this year she says the Duchess of Cambridge has too many clothes, and should wear the same thing over and over in order to help the environment. Guess it must be Fashion Week again, then! “I don’t have any advice to her,” said Westwood, before going on to…

Emerald: the colour of 2013

Emerald is the colour of 2013, says Panetone

Reiss dress, £200 / Reiss mini tank, £31 / Reiss , £265 / Alexander McQueen peep toe heels / Jil Sander , £1,085 / Blue Nile emerald diamond ring, £10,875 / Emerald diamond earrings, £16 / Hair bow accessory, £1.71 / Bond No. 9 Now, we’re not suggesting you should try to wear all of these items at the same time (Er, we probably would, but that’s just us…) but you should probably get used to seeing this colour, because Panetone (a.k.a. “The Powers That Be”) have declared emerald to be the colour of 2013. They were right about tangerine being the colour of 2012, so you might as well trust them, which means we can expect to see a…

H&M Announces Global Recycling Program for February 2013

H&M want your old clothes

H&M has come under fire in the past for its fast-fashion approach to “disposable” clothing, but starting next year, the chain is hoping to counter some of those accusations with a new scheme designed to lower the environmental impact of its garments. From February 2013, shoppers at selected stores will be able to exchange their old clothes for H&M discounts, in a garment collecting scheme being run in partnership with  with recycling company I:Collect. Under the new scheme, the clothing collected will be taken to a sorting facility for recycling, while the person who donated it gets to enjoy discounted shopping at H&M. The chain says it will accept any brand of clothing, in any condition, so you don’t have to…

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M:

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M: what do you think?

As we’re sure most of you are aware, this week saw the launch of Maison Martin Margiela’s capsule collection for H&M. Now, this was an interesting one for us, not just because Margiela is one of our all-time favourite fashion criminals (in fact, if Margiela himself was still designing for the brand, he’d be like The Godfather of the fashion crime ring which currently has a stranglehold on style), but because the very avant-garde style of this brand is so very different from the kind of thing the H&M demographic is used to. Despite being a fashionista favourite, beloved of the type of people who care deeply about being “edgy”, Margiela doesn’t have the mainstream popularity of some of the…

Dorothy Perkins Kardashian Kollection

Dorothy Perkins releases Kardashian Kollection

Here in the UK, we get to be relatively shielded from the Kardashians and their obsession with the letter K. Not any more, though. This week, Dorothy Perkins released a new collection – sorry, “kollection” – in conjunction with the sisters K, and yes, they are spelling “collection” like that. We know. Despite the name, it’s actually the letter ‘S’ that comes to mind here: many of the pieces are sexy, shiny and short, and there’s also a lot of animal print, and a liberal use of the word “body con” in the product descriptions. So no surprises there, then. There are, however, a few surprises to be found here, the main one being the fact that, somewhat unusually for a celebrity…

‘Women should be slim for their men but not Size Zero’ says a founder of London Fashion Week

The Chief of Police writes… Yesterday morning, I received a press release which I’m still not totally convinced wasn’t supposed to be a joke – or deliberately controversial at the very least. “Women should be slim for their men but not Size Zero’ says a founder of London Fashion Week,” begins the release (issued by Hillgrove PR), before going on to quote Achilleas Constantinou, “Founder of London Fashion Week and Ariella Couture”, who has some, er, interesting views on women. “Being a healthy, acceptable weight for one’s partner is a consideration that all women, particularly followers of fashion should consider,” says Constantinou, who’d like to see “size 0” models banned from the runway. “An ideal weight is the goal. An ideal weight for health…

Pixie Lott with unshaven armits at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises

Pixie Lott’s unshaven armpits: a crime of fashion?

Oh dear. While we’ve been wondering which of The Dark Knight Rises’ two female stars would win a Star Style War, the writers at our old nemesis, The Daily Mail, have been having conniptions over the sight of Pixie Lott’s unshaven armpits at the movie’s London premiere. Describing the move as a “grooming faux pas”, the paper provides a zoomed-in version of the image above, which shows Pixie’s regrowth in all its glory…or otherwise, depending on your point of view. So, what IS your point of view on hairy armpits? On one hand, you could argue that if you’re going to get all dressed up and attend a movie premiere, you might want to also attend to the underarm hair:…

Rihanna for River Island

Rihanna for River Island: collection launches Spring 2012

Love Rihanna? Love River Island? Love the thought of the two of them combined, in clothing form? Well, you’re in luck. Rihanna is the latest celebrity to jump on the, “Hey, I can sing, so I can also design clothes!” bandwagon, and will release her first collection for British chain River Island in Spring of 2013. Not much is known about the collection as yet, so we’ve out together a little gallery of some of our favourite fashion moments from Rihanna, so we can all try to imagine what her first fashion collection might look like. Are you looking forward to stealing Rihanna’s style by buying her clothes? [Images: PRPhotos.com]

Richard Nicholl for Topshop bridal collection

Richard Nicholl creates wedding collection for Topshop

Say you’re a bride-to-be who’s also a fashionista. Where are you going to get your wedding dress? You can’t get a regular dress, obviously: you need to be edgy and fashion-forward at all times, and if you’re getting married in the summer of 2012, say, that basically means you’re going to need some kind of a mullet skirt. Ideally one of the ones that take the form of a short skirt, with a sheer maxi skirt over the top – a bit like a veil for your legs, basically. See? Bridal! You’re also probably going to need a pair of ugly, clumpy shoes, ideally by Jeffrey Campbell. Well, we can’t help you with the shoes (or not right at this…

comic book fashion phillip lim

Comic Book Fashion from 3.1 Phillip Lim

 [ 3.1 Phillip Lim pullover sweater / 3.1 Phillip Lim merino sweater / 3.1 Phillip Lim leather shoulder bag / 3.1 Phillip Lim patchwork handbag / 3.1 Phillip Lim The Break-Up PVC and leather pouch] Like comic books? Like comic book style artwork? We do. And so does Phillip Lim, apparently, because the designer’s latest collection is full of pieces inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and the pop art era. We kind of love it, but then again, we’ve always been suckers for comic book superheros and the like… What do you think of this collection?  

Topshop Factory Girl Collection

Topshop Launches ‘Factory Girl’ collection

It’s grim up north: or at least, it is for these models, apparently – look at those scowls! (Modelling is hard, of course, as we should never forget…) These images are from Topshop’s ‘Factory Girl’ collection, for Fall 2012, which drawns inspiration from the north of England in the sixties: think beehive hair, lots of eyeliner and a Bardot-esque pout. To compliment that look, Topshop’s collection consists of a lot of tweed, some very ladylike pieces, such as the pencil skirts and kitten heels, and, well, hotpants. Quite a few pairs, actually. You can shop some of the items from the collection here (more will be filtering out over the coming weeks), and see some more images from the lookbook…

AnnaSophia Robb as the young Carrie Bradshaw in the Carrie Diaries

AnnaSophia Robb is the young Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries

After what feels like (and probably is, actually) years worth of speculation on whether there would be a Sex and the City prequel, and who would fill Carrie Bradshaw’s famous Manolos is so, we have our answers: The Carrie Diaries is currently filming in New York City, and here are the first photos of AnnaSophia Robb in the role made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker. AnnaSophia certainly has SJPs curls down, and we’ll be interested to see how this pans out, but what are your first impressions? A good choice to play one of fashion’s most famous fictional characters? [Images: PRPhotos.com]

MARY KATRANTZOU for Topshop

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop arrives, sells out almost instantly

Well, that was quick work, Topshop shoppers. Mary Katrantzou’s capsule collection for the high street brand launched this morning, and at the time of writing, all that’s left is the hideous trousers pictured above, a scarf and a pair of leggings. And there’s not much of these left online either, so if you really want some of this stuff, you’re literally going to have to beg, borrow or steal it, and we don’t recommend the latter. Or, of course, you could dedicate the next few days to visiting Topshop branches, in the hope of finding something, or simply trawl eBay and pay more than the already-high prices you’d have paid in store. Shopping: it’s basically turned into a competitive sport…