Fashion News

Faith shoes goes into administration

It’s a Black Friday indeed for UK shoe lovers, as Faith shoes announced today that the company has gone into administration, with the above message posted on their website. All is not quite lost for Faith, and there are already rumours of a buyout by department store Debenhams, which already carries Faith stock as one of its concessions. We have all of our fingers crossed that something can be done to allow the brand to continue: they’ve been an intrinsic part of the UK high street for a long time now, and have produced some beautiful shoes over the years, so it would be very sad to see them go out of business altogether. Here’s hoping for better news soon: Faith,…

New suspect in town: Coach coming to the U.K.

Yes, wanted internationally for making shoppers love to hate and hate to love them, American accessories behemoth Coach is coming to the U.K. and France in the next 12 months. Arriving first in France via their Printemps department store, those in the U.K. can look out for a London flagship amongst other locations soon after. Like many handbag brands, Coach often does best when it keeps its logo small and unobtrusive, like on the Floral Embroidery Audrey Bag above, $498. If even this pearlized Nappa leather is too much for you, there is a lovely classic version in cowhide leather for $398. The brand is definitely best positioned to avoid the Fashion Police when they stick to their classic, ladylike…

Primark criticised for selling padded bikinis for little girls

High street giant Primark have withdrawn a padded bikini top made for seven year old girls and up, after criticism from parents, child protection organisations and others, who claimed the item was “too sexy” and exploitative for young children. Following widespread criticism, the retailer removed the bikinis from sale, and issued a statement saying: ” “Primark has taken note of the concern this morning regarding the sale of certain bikini tops for girls, a product line that sells in relatively small quantities. The company has stopped the sale of this product line with immediate effect. Primark will donate all the profits made from this product line to a children’s charity, and apologises to customers for any offence caused.” Some photos…

Alexander MCQueen commits suicide

Breaking News: Alexander McQueen commits suicide

We don’t have much information on this story as yet, but staff at Alexander McQueen’s office confirmed this afternoon that the designer has been found dead, having apparently committed suicide. We’re in shock. What tragic news, and what a terrible loss for both the fashion world, and, it goes without saying, his family and friends. Mr McQueen, you will be sadly missed. [source]

Tesco bans shoppers from wearing pyjamas in their store: were they right?

Pyjamas in public: The Fashion Police have so far been fortune enough to avoid seeing this phenomenon in action, but we know from our spies on the ground that it’s becoming increasingly common – not just in supermarkets, but on college campuses and at the school gate, too. Now UK supermarket giant Tesco has become the first supermarket chain in the UK to introduce a dress code specifically forbidding customers to shop in pyjamas: the St Mellons store in Cardiff has put up printed notices at the doors, and has already had several pj-clad patrons escorted from the premises for flouting the rules by turning up in nightwear, including dressing gowns and slippers. Meanwhile, the headteacher at a UK primary…

Zac Posen for Target: what do you think?

Dear Target, Please consider opening some stores in the UK: we Brit girls really want to get our hot little hands of some of your designer collaborations too, you know! Thanks, The Fashion Police x These images from the Zac Posen for Target collection have just been released, and we have to say, we think this is is the best of the Go International lines so far. The dresses in particular are absolutely adorable, and we’re weeping tears of frustration here at the thought that we can’t have them! If you can, April 25th is the date to put in your diary, as that’s when these will go on sale. What’s your verdict, Fashion Police jurors? [source]

Jimmy Choo for Ugg Australia

Brace yourselves, readers: Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon has announced that her brand is collaborate with Ugg Australia on a limited edition of Ugg boots. Or Ugg-Choos as we suppose we’ll have to call them. No, we’re not making this up. Actually, it’s not a total departure for Jimmy Choo: the brand collaborated with Hunter boots last year, as well as creating their line for H&M, but Ugg boots are such a “love or loathe” (or in some cases, “loathe or loathe even more”) style that we’re sure this news will raise a few eyebrows. The boots will retail for between £495 and £695, and will be available from October this year. What will the love child of Ugg and…

Air New Zealand staff think their new uniform makes them look like “drag queens”

Air New Zealand’s cabin crew aren’t happy with their new uniforms. We can kinda see why. Some members of staff have complained that the black and pink dresses, designed by Trelise Cooper, make them look like “drag queens”. We think they’ll make them look more like wallpaper, personally: really bright pink wallpaper, obviously, and there’ll be no chance of blending into the background, but wallpaper all the same. Air New Zealand, meanwhile, claim the design is “contemporary” and feminine, and will match the interiors of the company’s new aircraft (We can’t WAIT to see those!). What do YOU think, though, readers? Would you be happy to wear this to work every day?

River Island and ASOS dominate Company Fashion Awards 2009

Two of our favourite UK high street chains have dominated the Company Fashion Awards this year.  River Island was named Best Fashion Retailer and won a further three awards, but ASOS.com wasn’t far behind, with a total of three awards. Over 50,000 UK shoppers voted in these awards, and you’ll find a full list of the categories and winners under the jump. What do you think, though? Whose your best fashion retailer of the year?

Gap to open store in China and start selling online in the UK & Canada: now, who’s next?

Whee! Soon people in China will be able to dress just like this! The Fashion Police have had a long-standing, albeit pretty half-assed campaign to get more fashion retailers selling online (and to the WHOLE world, not just a few select parts of it), so while Gap sadly didn’t make it onto our list of Five Fashion Stores We’d Like to See Selling Online, we still have to say: it’s about time. Yes, Gap will start selling online in the UK and Canada, having previously only shipped within the United States, in 2010, when they’ll also open their first store in China. It’s not clear at the moment if this will apply only to Gap, or to the other Gap-owned brands,…

Mark Fast uses “plus sized” models in London Fashion Week Show

Our old friend Mark Fast (he of “mini dress for hookers” fame) has caused a bit of a stir at London Fashion Week by deciding to use “plus sized” models in his show. Apparently a a freelance stylist and casting director working for the designer quit over the casting of the models, and.. (No, wait. Before we go any further with this, we just have to say: size 14 is “plus sized” now? Really? Because none of the models who appeared in this show was bigger than a UK 14 (about a US size 12), and last we checked, that was nowhere near “plus sized”. But we digress.) Fast’s creative director, Amanda May, said: “We’re glad we stuck to our…

London Fashion Week begins: Erin O’Connor, Joan Collins

With New York closing down its catwalks for another few months, it’s time for London Fashion Week to get started. It has a rep at the edgiest of all the fashion weeks around the world, so let’s have a quick look at some of the attendees and see if that’s true…

Fearne Cotton launches a fashion line for Very.co.uk

For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Fearne Cotton is a TV presenter here in the UK, and is generally held up by the fashion press to be a bit of a style icon. She’s also the latest in a long, long line of “celebrities” who’ve launched their own fashion lines over the past couple of years. Fearne’s collection launched this week, and is sold at Very.co.uk, where you can buy the items shown above, and more. They all seem reasonably priced, which earns Fearne Fashion Police points for sure, but what do you think of the clothes themselves? Take a look here, and don’t forget to tell us what you think!

Kate Moss for Topshop, Winter 09: what do you think?

It doesn’t really feel like more than a few weeks since we were showing you the last Kate Moss for Topshop collection, but the latest one is here already, so naturally we’re wondering what you think of it. This is the Winter 09 collection, and, in keeping with the trends of the coming season, it contains lots of sequins, lots of leather, and a dash of fake fur. We think this is possibly the best collection from Kate (and “helpers”) so far, and we particularly like the leather dress. What about you, though? You can view the full collection at the Topshop website, or take a flick through our gallery, below.

Real Life Fashion Police: Richmond Community Schools introduce super-strict dress code

So, you’re probably wondering what the deal is with the striped top. Sure, stripes aren’t for everyone, but banning them seems a little extreme, even for The Fashion Police, no? Well, yeah, it does. It’s not too extreme for the school district in Richmond, Indiana, though, who’ve just introduced a new dress code which bans… well, just about everything really. Under this code, students are only allowed to wear totally plain clothes: no patterns, no logos, no stripes.  And if you think that’s easy, try telling it to the almost 200 kids who’ve been suspended for wearing “inappropriate dress”, which includes clothes that have even the tiniest emblem or pattern on them somewhere. Showing your collarbone will also get you…

Marc Jacobs gets some help with his next collection. From Miss Piggy.

Looks like Marc Jacobs has called in some expert help for his next collection. It’s… Miss Piggy! Man, but those Muppets are HOT right now. (By ‘muppets’, we’re referring to the actual Muppets, you understand. We’re not just insulting Marc Jacobs.) Jacobs has designed a special couture gown for Miss Piggy, which she’ll be wearing to Glamourama in Chicago. Which just goes to show: Marc doesn’t ONLY make clothes for skinny models. Oh hell to the no.

Henry Holland designs tights for Selfridges

For those of you who love Henry Holland, but can't quite make your budget fit his prices, at least you know you can always afford a pair of his tights. The designer has created a range of Pretty Polly tights, which are being sold exclusively at Selfridges in London, for the next two weeks. Two of the styles are shown above, and others have already been seen on Pixie Geldof and – yes, you guessed it – Agyness Deyn. We're not sure about the tights, but we have to say, we're in love with the packaging:

Stop Press! Rodarte for Target!

Some good fashion news to get us all through the Hump Day… WWD reports today that Rodarte will be the next brand to design a range for Target's Go, International label. According to WWD, "The 55-piece Rodarte line for Go International will launch at most Target stores nationwide and on target.com on Dec. 20, and will be available through Feb. 6.  Prices for the collection will range from $9.99 for knee-highs to $79.99 for a leopard print jacket." We don't expect the line will bear any resemblance AT ALL to the Rodarte pieces shown above, but hey, you never know…

Primark’s Autum 09 Collection: what do you think?

Are you ready to start thinking about Autumn fashion yet? No, we’re not either. But with the world of fashion always operating one season ahead, think about it we must, so here’s a quick look at Primark’s Fall collection, which generally gives us a good idea of what a large percentage of the UK population will be wearing – and what eBay sellers will be profiting on. Some of these pieces will be available in store now, but you’ll have to wait until September/October for others. Prices are what you’d expect from the Polyester Palace, around £15 for dresses, £12 for tops and £22 for shoes – which you can see in more detail over at Shoeperwoman. You’ll find some…

The UK’s Tops 10 Fashion Crimes, according to Lakeside Shopping Centre

For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Lakeside is a large mall in Essex, England. They've just conducted a poll to try and work out what the UK's worst fashion crimes are, and here's what they found: 1. Showing off a flabby midriff 61% 2. Shell suit tucked into socks with trainers 47% 3. Showing G-string above the jeans 36% 4. Socks with sandals 33% 5. Sporting a builder's bum 27% 6. A ‘muffin top’ over low cut jeans 22% 7. Head to toe animal print 22% 8. A mullet hair cut 16% 9. Head to toe Burberry check 15% 10. Wearing black shoes with white socks 14% What do you think, readers: do you agree with these?