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Karl Lagerfeld for Net-a-Porter

Karl Lagerfeld for Net-a-Porter: What do you think?

Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Net-a-Porter went on sale today, and as you can see, the models shown above managed to throw some particularly LOL-worthy shapes in honour of the occasion, bless their hearts. What about the clothes, though? Well, the collection is described as having “a fashion-forward edge”, and that right there is more than enough to have set the fashionistas of the world almost wild with excitement, and to almost prompt The Fashion Police to declare a state of emergency. (We haven’t yet, though: we’ll let you decide whether or not it’s warranted.) The KARL line (it’s an ALL CAPS brand, by the way, our keyboard didn’t get stuck there) contains everything from shoes to dresses to little KARL-esque…

Royal Ascot dress code

Royal Ascot bans fascinators and short skirts

In a bid to prevent racegoers dressing like they’re going to a nightclub – or to the circus, depending on your point of view – Royal Ascot organisers have decided to tighten up on the ol’ dresscode. As of this year, female racegoers will have to wear: 1. Hats, as opposed to fascinators. (in the less formal grandstand, hats OR fascinators will be obligatory: they were previously optional-but-recommended.) 2. “Modest” skirts or dresses – i.e. hemlines must be just above the knee or longer. 3. Tops with straps: no strapless tops or dresses allowed. Or else. Men, meanwhile, will be expected to wear waistcoats and ties inside the enclosure (no cravats, you peasants!), and suits and ties in the grandstand….

Jason Wu for Target lookbook

Jason Wu for Target lookbook: your thoughts?

So, we have to be honest: our main thought when we hear of another Target/designer collaboration is always, “Hey, Target! Open some stores in the UK, ‘kay? Our second thought in this particular case was something along the lines of “pop socks with heels? Really?” We’ll be scarred for life now. Or for the next five minutes at least. We’re sure you’re more interested in looking at the photos than hearing our thoughts, though, so we’ll let you get onto that. We DO want to hear your thoughts on this collection, though, so feel free to leave them in the comments box once you’re done with the gallery. Jason Wu for Target goes on sale on February 5th, and will available until…

Versace for H&M Cruise collection

Versace for H&M Cruise collection: what do you think?

The first Versace for H&M collection has only just dropped, but it’s already time to start thinking about the next one. And actually, you might want to start queuing for the next one too, if you really want some of it: these pieces will go on sale in H&M on January 19th, and on eBay for twice the price shortly afterwards… What do you think of this collection? We LOVE the little baby doll nightie (at least, we’re assuming it’s a nightie: you never really know with Versace, do you?), but the rest is giving us uncomfortable flashbacks to the 90s, and as much as we loved Cher’s look in Clueless, we’re probably not going to be lining up to emulate it….

H&M swimwear models

H&M admit their swimwear models aren’t “real” women

(The identical pose kinda gives them away, doesn’t it? As our regular readers know, The Fashion Police aren’t fans of the phrase “real woman”, which is generally just used as another stick for women to beat each other with, implying, as it does, that if only women with “curves” are “real”, then those without them must be… imaginary? We have no hesitation, however, in declaring that the models shown above, in images from the H&M website, are NOT REAL WOMEN. Because they’re not. Literally, we mean. The heads are real, sure. The bodies, however, are computer generated, with H&M simply sticking the model’s heads onto the same body using the wonders of Photoshop. (Which seriously has a LOT to answer…

Alexa Chung wins British Fashion Award

Alexa Chung wins British Style Award for second year running

At last night’s UK Fashion Awards, Alexa Chung won the British Fashion Award for the second year in a row. This is the only title which is the result of a public vote, so while the appeal of Alexa has always been a bit of a mystery to us, if we’re totally honest, we are presumably in the minority with that one, and Alexa is a true icon of British style. We’ll allow you to be the judge of that. For ourselves, we will simply say that she looks very nice here (wearing a Christopher Kane dress and Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ heels) and leave it at that. What do you think of Alexa’s style? A deserving winner of the British…

versace for h&m

Versace for H&M: did you get anything?

Now, don’t get us wrong: we love shopping as much as the next fashion-loving officer. But as the Versace for H&M collection “lands” today, as fashion-parlance would have it, we find ourselves not-so-secretly relieved that our local branch of H&M isn’t one of the chosen ones to be stocking this collection. (We know it’s also available online, but the site has been down every time we’ve checked it today, so…) Here’s why: 1. The queues If you want to be in with a decent chance of getting your pick of the stock, chances are you’ll have had to queue up for it: possibly overnight. The Fashion Police don’t queue. Or not unless we absolutely HAVE to, anyway. And honestly, as…

Advert featuring a size 8 model banned for glamourising anorexia

Is it offensive? Drop Dead Clothing’s “Anorexic” Model

We seem to be spending a lot of time worrying about whether things are offensive or not lately, but the Advertising Standards Agency will keep banning fashion adverts, so here’s the latest conundrum for our readers to answer: Is this model glamorizing anorexia? The ASA thinks she is: they’ve banned adverts featuring her from appearing on Drop Dead Clothing’s website on the grounds that they’re socially irresponsible as the model is “too thin”. Their statement: “We considered that in combination with the stretched out pose and heavy eye make-up, the model looked underweight in the pictures. We noted that Drop Dead’s target market was young people.We considered that using a noticeably skinny model with visible hip, rib, collar and thigh bones, who wore…

An advert featuring Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs Oh Lola fragrance has been banned in the UK

Is it offensive? Dakota Fanning’s advert for Marc Jacobs ‘Oh, Lola’ fragrance

Yes, readers, it’s another one of those “Are you offended?” moments. So let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? Are you offended by this advert for Marc Jacobs’ ‘Oh, Lola!’ fragrance, featuring Dakota Fanning? Because some people are. Four, to be exact. And because of that, the advert has now been banned in the UK. Given that it was first revealed back in June, we’re going to bet Marc Jacobs is absolutely delighted by this turn of events, because let’s face it: if you want an advert to get widespread coverage, the quickest way to do that is to get it banned. There is no better way to ensure that lots of people get to see your advert than…

Michelle Obama wears ASOS copy of DVF dress

Fashion Crime? Michelle Obama wears ASOS copy of DVF dress

Oh, dear. It seems that First Lady Michelle Obama, always elegant, is coming in for some criticism for appearing at the White House Halloween party this Saturday wearing a £40 ASOS dress, which just-so-happens to bear a striking similarity  to a $498 dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. And this is bad, of course, because, well, copying people’s designs is bad, and not something that should be supported, least of all by someone as influential as the First Lady. Or so the argument goes, anyway. BUT. It’s complicated, this one. We kind of feel like Michelle can’t really win here. If she’d bought the DVF dress, that would’ve been wrong in the eyes of many, because spending $498 on ONE DRESS, especially…

Iris Apfel thinks fat people shouldn't wear jeans

Iris Apfel wishes The Fashion Police were real

Iris Apfel, fashion icon, (left) seems to be a big fan of the idea of fashion-policing. Speaking to The Independent this week, the 90 year-old said: “It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer clothes they wear. The shorts and flip-flops and tight jeans on butts that go from here to Poughkeepsie. I always say they should put people in jail for wearing clothes like that. Especially stretch jeans over size 10 — they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look like slobs in New York, now it’s an epidemic.” Iris, we’re doing our best to fight the good fight against bad fashion. No stretch jeans for anyone over size 10, though? We doubt our jail…

Giambattista-Valli-for-Impulse

IMAGES: Giambattista Valli for Macy’s Impulse

(Does this photo make anyone else fall off their seat laughing, or is it just us? Why is that one model knocking herself on the head? Is the one in red trying to grope her?) The whole designer capsule collection is something The Fashion Police have never really been able to fake a lot of enthusiasm over. Honestly, we get exhausted just thinking about them: all of that frenzied shopping, the getting up at the crack o’dawn to line up outside H&M, or wherever, just so you can buy exactly the same items as the hundreds of other girls all lined up outside H&M and type the word “SQUEEE!” a few dozen times on Twitter when you finally manage to…

Bootcut jeans are more popular than skinny jeans

Bootcut jeans are more popular than skinnies, says eBay

Remember bootcut jeans? Of course you do. In fact, chances are you still have at least one pair squirrelled away somewhere, and even although the skinny still reigns supreme in the denim world – for now – you’re hoping the day will come when we can all toss those tight jeans aside and get back into bootcut. Maybe that day has already come for you? Maybe you never made the switch to skinny, and have clung onto your trusty bootcuts, regardless of the vagaries of fashion trends telling you it’s time to get into wide legs, flares, or any other cut of denim. Jennifer Aniston is still wearing bootcuts, after all, so why shouldn’t you? How do we know all this? Well,…

Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

What Kate Bought: Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

This week, certain sectors of the UK media were absolutely astonished by the news that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has been spotted doing a bit of shopping at her local Topshop, in Kensington. Honestly, we’re mostly just amazed by the amazement. If she’s anything like any other British girl – and, small matter of being married to a Prince aside, the evidence so far would seem to suggest that she IS – Kate probably grew up shopping at Topshop, just like the rest of us did. Why would she stop now, just because she’s suddenly filthy rich. If YOU were rich, would you walk past Topshop on your way home, without so much as a glance? We wouldn’t. Sure,…

Topman shirt with Nice New Girlfriend What Breed Is She logo

THOSE Topman shirts: offensive or not?

Straw poll, jurors: Topman have withdrawn this shirt following complaints. Is it offensive? Should they have withdrawn it? What about this one, which has also been withdrawn? The objections being voiced about this shirt centre around the idea that the thing being apologised for is domestic violence. We have to admit, that was the impression we got from it too, although we saw this for the first time already knowing that it had been withdrawn following a Twitter storm, and that may well have coloured our views. Topman’s statement: “We have received some negative feedback regarding two of our printed T-shirts. Whilst we would like to stress that these T-shirts were meant to be light-hearted and carried no serious meaning we…

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Vogue

Michelle Williams channels Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Vogue October 2011

We don’t normally feature magazine spreads here, because, well, we figure that’s what the magazines themselves are for, but we couldn’t resist this time, because we absolutely love these photos of Michelle Williams, shot by Annie Leibovitz for the October edition of Vogue. Michelle plays Marilyn Monroe in the new film, My Week With Marilyn, and channels the blonde bombshell perfectly in these images, thus guaranteeing that we’ll watch the film for the fashion alone. The October issue of US Vogue is on news-stands from September 22nd. [Images: Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE]

Religious nuts protest against fashion week

Westboro Baptist Church hates fashion week, is grateful for 9/11

Memebers of Westbro Baptist Church staged a protest against Fashion Week outside Lincoln Centre this weekend, before rolling the hate wagon onwards to protest at 9/11 memorials. Yeah, nice folks. So Christian! Their spokesman, Steve Drain, had this message for the fashion lovers of the world: “The whole thing is vanity! You’re going to teach the women, especially the young women of this country, to doll themselves up … All you are doing is teaching girls to be proud whores! The whole idea [of the] fashion industry is to make women look as whorish as possible and men look as effeminate at possible. Put some jeans on and fear God. Forget about all this fashion nonsense.”   So that told US, then!…

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?  

Outfits from Zara's online store

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,…