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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…

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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,…

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…