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John Galliano has bene found guilty of making racist and antisemitic remarks

Fashion News: John Galliano found guilty of making racist remarks

A Paris court has found John Galliano guilty of making racists remarks and hurling antisemitic abuse at members of the public in a Paris bar this February. The designer, who claims not to remember the incidents, was given a suspended fine of €6,000: he was also ordered to pay €16,500 in court fees, as well as a symbolic euro to each of his targets, and to five anti-racism groups. So, what now for Galliano? He’s already been sacked by Dior: can his career ever recover, or does his personal life and behaviour have no bearing on his standing as a fashion designer?  

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Attention, America: you can now shop from Zara’s online store!

The title says it all, really: if you’re in the United States, you now have access to Zara’s online store, and all of the good – and sometimes bad – stuff it holds. Zara have gradually been rolling out the transactional side of their website over the past couple of years: the UK started shopping online from Zara around this time last year, and shipping is also available to much of Europe. It’s one small step for Zara, but one giant leap in the ongoing movement towards international ecommerce for all: or we hope so, anyway. What do we want? All of our favourite stores, shipping to everywhere in the world! When do we want it? As soon as possible,…

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong booted off flight for wearing saggy pants

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has better things to do than worry about saggy pants

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has “better things to do than worry about saggy pants,” folks: or, at least, that’s what he told a Southwest Airlines attendant who asked him to pull up his pants on a recent flight, anyway. Fortunately – or perhaps unfortunately, as the case may be – The Fashion Police don’t have better things to worry about than saggy pants (saggy pants being one of the most serious offences on our citation sheet), so let’s hear what you all think about Billie Joe, and whether or not he and his pants should have been allowed to fly. One crucial piece of evidence is, of course, missing here: we don’t know how low the pants in question…

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Fashion News: Diane Von Furstenberg wants models to be carded at Fashion Week

Don’t worry, it’s not another “size 0” controversy: this time it’s all about the models ages rather than their weights… CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg is calling for all models to be carded before being allowed to walk in shows at New York Fashion Week this September. The legal age limit in the US is 16, but last season DVF herself came under fire after “inadvertently” allowing a 15-year-old model to appear in her show, so her letter on the CFDA website is possibly partly designed to show that the designer is taking the issue seriously. “In our continuing quest to protect the models that we work with, we have updated the CFDA Health Initiative guidelines to recommend that models be…

Don’t wear this shirt unless your boyfriend really is a Hell’s Angel*

You wouldn’t really want to make an enemy out of the Hells Angels, would you? Our advice? Don’t put their name on a t-shirt, then… The Hells Angels are currently suing fashion brand Wildfox over this shirt, which retails for $57.99, and bears the slogan “My boyfriends [sic] a Hells Angel,” with a pair of wings on the back. The gang say that their name is trademarked, and shouldn’t be used for commercial purposes. ““We bring these lawsuits from time to time not just to punish but to educate,” said the club’s lawyer, Fritz Clapp. “Somebody thought erroneously that Hells Angels is a generic term.” This isn’t the first time the club has tried to sue fashion brands, of course: they’ve also gone…

Fashion News: Avril Lavigne, Fashion Designer, to show at New York Fashion Week

Avril Lavigne is currently promoting her fashion line, Abbey Dawn, at the MAGIC Fashion and Apparel Trade Show, in preparation for her show at New York Fashion Week this September. Yes, that’s right: New York Fashion Week. You didn’t know Hot Topic was considered HIGH FASHUN now, did you? TFP hears that Avril is also set to expand the line, to include things like dresses and denim, as well as the current hoodies and t-shirts. There will also be a men’s collection. The whole “celebrity fashion line” thing has gone too far now, hasn’t it?

Daily Fail: Milla Jovovich “needs to get a tan” says Mail

This is exactly the kind of thing we were complaining about in our post on how skin colour is not a fashion statement. Seriously, Daily Mail? You’d prefer people to risk skin cancer just to meet some stupid, made-up ideal? Shame on you. Oh, and Milla? You look just fine the way nature intended…

Fashion News: J Crew offers flat-rate shipping to the UK

More good news for UK-based fashion fans: hot on the pleather heels of the announcement that Primark is to start selling online, TFP is pleased to hear that American-based J Crew is now offering flat-rate shipping for the not-too-hideously expensive price of £9.95 per order. International shipping has long been a bug-bear of ours: don’t you just hate it when you find something you love from a brand based in another country, and then discover that shipping to your location is either not available at all, or will cost you almost as much as the order itself? We do, so it’s good to know that another US brand has become a little more accessible to us, although one word of…

Fashion News: Primark to launch online fashion store next year

Way back the mists of time, also known as 2007, The Fashion Police launched a list of five UK-based fashion retailers we’d like to see selling their wares online. Slowly, but surely, they all succumbed: first came George, then New Look. Last year H&M and Zara followed suit, and then their was only one store standing, the sole survivor of the online revolution. That store was Primark, and we’re happy to announce that soon Primark, too, will fall to the lure of ecommerce: they brand has just started requesting tenders for an agency to create an ecommerce website, which will apparently launch in 2012. No details yet about how this will work, where it will ship to, or how much…

Abercrombie & Fitch will pay Jersey Shore cast NOT to wear their clothes

We’re more than used to celebrities (and we use the word in its loosest possible sense here) being paid by brands to endorse their clothing by being seen wearing it, but this week Abercrombie & Fitch turned that idea around, and offered an undisclosed amount of money to the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore to STOP wearing their clothes. A&F are particularly concerned about the wardrobe of Mike “the Situation“ Sorrentino, but have extended the offer to the rest of the cast, too. An Abercrombie spokesman commented: “We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational…

Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection by Janie Bryan now available

Fashion cliché though it may be, The Fashion Police are big fans of Mad Men. And, it goes without saying that we’re also big fans of Mad Men’s fashion, from Betty Draper’s prom dresses and capri’s, to Joan’s wiggle dresses, and everything in between. So we we were naturally pleased to learn that the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryan, was working with Banana Republic, to create a Mad Men inspired collection, which goes on sale today. As you’d expect (and probably hope) from a collection designed to be worn by women living in 2011, rather than in the 1960s, the clothes are a much less literal interpretation of the styles seen on the show, so you shouldn’t feel too much like you’re…

A.S.A bans “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels” shirts for kids

We can all agree that this is wrong, can’t we? It’s Kate Moss’s famous “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” quote, printed on a t-shirt. A t-shirt for children.  Because THAT’S a really healthy message for kids, isn’t it? If you think it’s bad enough to be emblazoning this particular message on a shirt for little children, though, how about the onesie version? And no, we’re not referring to the ubiquitous adult onesie, here, but the ones for babies: Luckily, the Advertising Standards Agency agreed that this kind of message isn’t suitable for childrens’ clothing and have banned adverts for it from appearing on custom shirt site Zazzle. “Because we considered the ad could condone or encourage an unsafe practice or result…

Vivienne Westwood hates Kate Middleton’s eyeliner

Vivienne Westwood, flame-haired fashion designer, has had a quick pop at Kate Middleton, Duchess, high-street shopper, this week, for having “a problem” with makeup. “I think she’s got a problem with eye make-up,” said Westwood. “The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.” Westwood also thinks The Duchess of Cambridge is “ordinary”, and should take steps to be “extraordinary,” a bit like Dame Viv herself, presumably. ‘It seems to me, that her image is “ordinary woman”. Therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think that she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from.” Oh, come on, Viv! Since when was “high street shopper” an insult? It’s…

Katie Price launches a fashion line, Fashion Police call in re-inforcements

THIS IS NOT A DRILL, people. We know it seems like this must be someone’s idea of a cruel joke, because seriously, Katie Price, fashion designer? The same Katie Price who thought THIS was a good look for a book launch? Someone actually looked at THIS Katie Price and thought, “You know, this girl should design clothes. She’d be good at it!”? Well, yes, someone did. That person was British designer Lamis Khamis, who has joined with Katie to create a new label called Day 22. According to the label’s website: “They wanted to create a brand that is stylish, comfortable, edgy and of quality. Pieces you would want to wear forever.”   Did they succeed in that mission? Well, the…

Heels are a fashion faux pas in the office, says survey. What do you think?

Casadei stilettos (click here to buy them): not for the office. Ever wondered what the worst thing you could wear to the office might be? The biggest crime of workwear fashion? The one item of clothing that could instantly lose you both the respect of your colleages, and possibly your job? Luckily, you don’t need to wonder, for fashion website Stylecompare has commissioned a survey in order to answer these very questions, and the results show that the top ten crimes of office fashion are… 1. Cleavage. 2. Frayed clothing. 3. Ugg boots. 4. Jeans. 5. Piercings. 6. Visible underwear. 7. Fake tan. 8. Stilettos/pointed shoes. 9. Bling jewellery. 10. Wedge heels. Now, most of these we could all probably have…

Zara tulip dresses are selling on eBay for more than double the retail price: WHY?

OK, can someone please explain this to us? From the Zara website, yesterday: And from eBay, also yesterday: Can you spot the difference between these two dresses? Other than the fact that one is £69.99, and the other is £150, we mean? That’s right, there isn’t one. And we wish we could say this was an isolated incident, but the fact is: it’s not. There are dozens of these dresses on eBay, being bid up to extraordinarily high prices considering the fact that: a) They’re from Zara b) YOU CAN STILL BUY SOME OF THEM IN STORE FOR £69.99. Not all of them, granted. Some of these Zara tulip dresses have, in fact, sold out in the store, such as…

Real Life Fashion Police: Mankini confiscated in UK town

We can probably all agree that the gentlemen pictured above are committing a crime of fashion, no? Are they committing an actual crime, though? Well, police in Newquay, Cornwall, would presumably think so: they’ve already confiscated one such mankini, after a ban was introduced on offensive clothing and possessions, as part of a bit to cut down on “lewd and loutish behaviour” in the seaside town. So, no more Borat lookalikes in Newquay then. They can put up a sign saying “Welcome to Newquay: no eyeball bleach required!” Were the police right to take someone’s Mankini away from them, though? We’d say that yes, they probably were. Although our fashion policing on this site is strictly for entertainment purposes, and we don’t actually believe…

Victoria Beckham to launch budget dress collection, Fashion Police rejoice

In what has to be the best news of the week so far – and possibly the entire year – The Fashion Police hears that Victoria Beckham is to launch a budget dress collection next year. Now, just before any of you start empting out your piggy banks and getting all excited about this, let us quickly clarify that what WE consider to be a “budget” dress and what Victoria Beckham considers to be a “budget” dress is considerably different, as you’d probably imagine. We’d call it a “budget” buy if it was under £50, for instance: and ideally, if it was under £30. When you’re Victoria Beckham, however, “budget” means it’s in the £350 – £550 range. Oh. Still,…

Dee V by Diana Vickers: the latest celebrity-turned-fashion-designer

As most of you know, all you have to do to be able to call yourself a “fashion designer” these days is to… have a hit song. Or be a TV presenter. Or appear on a reality TV show. The latest celebrity to take the “I can sing, so by God, I can also design!” route into the fashion world is the UK’s Diana Vickers, who, you may or may not know, appeared on X-Factor a couple of years ago, and although she didn’t win, she did do pretty well out of it, scoring a record deal and a musical. And now a fashion line. These items are from the Dee V by Diana Vickers line for Very.co.uk, and despite our cynicism…

English school asks parents not to wear pyjamas for the school run

Jumpin’ Jammerz: Not for the school run Looks like Tesco isn’t the only place where pyjamas-as-daywear is frowned upon: this week, the headteacher of a school in England sent out letters to parents, asking them if it would be too much trouble to actually get dressed before dropping off or collecting their children from school. Apparently some of the parents were even attending school events in their PJs, and turning up mid-afternoon, still in their nightwear, according to BBC News. What does everyone think about this? We’re absolutely astounded by it. Obviously we knew people were wearing their pyjamas in public – that’s been going on for a long time now, much to our dismay. But to wear them to…