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Real Life Fashion Police: Italian Town Bans “Very Short” Skirts and “Too Much” Cleavage

While the pronouncements of The Fashion Police on this site are intended purely for the purposes of entertainment (i.e. we may laugh at outrageous items of clothing, but we ultimately think people should wear whatever they like, within the bounds of decency), every so often our real life counterparts like to pop up and ban a particular item of clothing, and that’s what seems to have happened this week in the Italian town of Castellammare di Stabia, where women have been banned from wearing “very short” items of clothing or anything displaying “too much” cleavage. Under the new rule, women who flout these rules, which Mayor Luigi Bobbio says have been introduced to combat falling levels of decency, will be…

ASOS launches in the US and Forever 21 comes to Britain: Fashion Police happy

One of our biggest fashion gripes has always been the fact that not everything is available to everyone: i.e. some stores either only deliver within their own country, or offer international shipping, but at extortionate prices. This year, though, things have been getting just a little better: we were thrilled to hear that ASOS.com has now launched a US version of its website (Prices in dollars, American terminology, shipping from within the US itself) with sites for France and Germany to follow soon. There’s also good news for British shoppers: Forever 21 will open their first UK store in Birmingham next month, and will also launch a UK section of their website for the benefit of those of us who…

Lanvin for H&M arrives this November

Get ready to queue, folks: H&M has just announced a collaboration with Lanvin, which will be available this November. H&M say: “Designed by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz, and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, the collection will go on sale on November 23 in around 200 H&M stores worldwide. The collection of both womenswear and menswear will be revealed to the world on November 2, just three weeks before the clothes hit the store, making the launch of Lanvin for H&M among the most anticipated fashion events of the year.” Given that H&Ms online store is due to launch this month, we’d really love to see some of this collection being made available online, for the benefit of the thousands of…

Zara’s online store now open

We flagged this up to you a couple of weeks ago, but just in case you’d forgotten, Zara’s new online store opens its doors today, shipping to the UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Germany. We could say more about this, but we’re pretty sure you’d rather just take a look and see what’s on offer, so click here to go shopping!

Roll on September: H&M and Zara to open online stores in the UK and Europe

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but this September two more of the stores we’ve wanted to shop online from for years now will finally open online stores. Zara will open its online store on September 2nd, offering shipping to the UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Germany. H&M, meanwhile, will extend its existing online shopping to the UK on September 15th, with subscribers to the company’s newsletter being given access from the 9th (sign up here). As for those of you in the rest of the world, well, we’re afraid you’ll have to wait a little longer, but hopefully this is a small step towards global shipping for the brands in question! Of the five stores we begged…

“All Women Should Be Size 14”, says the Daily Mail. Say what?

Amber McNaught writes… This morning, against my better judgement, I followed a link from Twitter to this article on the Daily Mail website. And was instantly hit with the shocking information that “ALL” women in the world should be a UK dress size 14, according to UK Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone. Sorry, but what? ALL women in the world should be exactly the same size? And that size should be the apparently randomly-chosen size 14? (Roughly equivalent to a US 12, although obviously it depends very much on the manufacturer) Rubbish. The idea that there is just one “right” size to be; a “one size fits all”, which is healthy for ALL women, regardless of their height, age and body type is…

Marks & Spencer’s 2 Sizes Bigger Push Up Bra Predicted to Sell Out by Saturday

We’ve heard of waiting lists for handbags and shoes, but a waiting list for a BRA? Yes, 1,600 people joined the pre-launch waiting list for Marks & Spencer’s 2 Sizes Bigger Push Up Bra, but that was just the tip of the iceberg, because since it went on sale last weekend, the bra has been selling so fast M&S predict it’ll have sold out completely by this Saturday. As the name suggests, the bra is designed to make you look, er, two sizes bigger.  It does this using a super-light foam which is half the weight of traditional gel pads, and also has straps that can be crossed at the back to give the girls even more of a lift. And that’s…

Selfridges’ Alexander McQueen window display: tasteless, much?

Selfridges Manchester have issued an apology after attracting fierce criticism for a window display showing an Alexander McQueen dress hanging from what looks to us very much like a gallows. Selfridges’ statement read: “Presenting a fashion item from the new Alexander McQueen collection hanging was never intended to be linked to the designer’s untimely death or how he died. Nearly all the new season items from our new window scheme, The Desirables, showcased in both our London and Manchester stores, are hung artistically on their own to present them as even more extraordinary. However, we do acknowledge that, in retrospect, presenting the dress in our Manchester Exchange Square store in this way was a mistake, and would like to apologise if this…

Calvin Klein re-issues Cher’s white dress from Clueless, charges $916 for it

Mel: What the hell is that?  Cher: A dress. Mel: Says who? Cher: Calvin Klein! Who didn’t love Clueless? The clothes! The quote-ability! That amazing revolving closet! And, of course, the white strappy Calvin dress that almost got Cher into all kinds of trouble with dad… If you loved the Cher look, you may be happy to know that Calvin Klein has reissued that dress in both red and white, as a limited edition, through a collaboration with Confederacy. Or, at least, you’ll be happy until we tell you they’re selling it for $916. Yup, for a dress that may well be “iconic”, but which still essentially looks like one of American Apparel’s jersey chemises, or something very similar: Fashion victims,…

Jessica Simpson makes jeans: will you be trying them?

Not content with her shoe line alone, Jessica Simpson will launch her jeanswear line later this year, and provided a “sneak peak” of some of the designs at the New York showroom this week – although it’s actually kind of hard to tell from this “peak” what the finished products will be like, meaning we have to rely on the PR blurb, which tells us the jeans will be “iconic yet fashion forward; always accessible yet timeless.” All bases covered there, then… What do you think, then? Have you had your fill of celebrity “designed” fashion, or will you be racing to try this one out?

Urban Outfitters ‘Eat Less’ t-shirt: are you offended?

Earlier this month, Urban Outfitters were forced to remove a t-shirt bearing the slogan “Eat Less” from their website (although according to some reports, the shirt is still being sold in-store), after complaints that the message was pro-anorexia, and therefore offensive. We guess the fact that the model wearing it definitely doesn’t need to “eat less” didn’t help matters there… IS it offensive, though? After all, it seems to be perfectly acceptable these days to tell thin people they “need to eat a sandwich” and obesity is a huge (pardon the pun) issue too, so the counter-argument being made by those who don’t find the shirt in the least bit offensive, is that it’s simply a health message. The fact that…

Suspect Roundup: dresses from the Erin Fetherston Resort preview

Erin Fetherston is previewing her Resort collection this week and since we love dresses and she loves dresses, we thought we’d show you some of her latest. We love the strapless/tank top hybrid dresses that are a cornerstone of the collection, especially the print version. The girlie one-shouldered dress verges on being a  bit bridesmaidish, but we’d still love to be a bridesmaid in that wedding. If you’re loving the collection, be sure to check out the French film “L’Amant, which Fetherston names as her inspiration for Resort. “I wanted to capture an effortless, chic sesnsibility in an offering with lots of mix and matchability,” she said.

Wireless High-Heeled Electric Guitar Shoe

It looks rock and roll, it even plays rock and roll! That’s right, this wireless high-heeled electric guitar shoe is actually functional. As a tiny guitar, that is. I’m not sure how functional it would be as a shoe. Siberian-born designer Max Kibardin created the piece in collaboration with Hangar as part of a collection of artsy objects. Chicks on Speed‘s collection of “Objekt Instruments” also includes cigar-box synthesizers and hats with microphones and speakers. It will all be on display through August 8 at Dundee Contemporary Arts. [Source]

Lindsay Lohan to add handbags to 6126 line

The Fashion Police station pretty much has a revolving door for Lindsay Lohan, and her leggings line cum clothing collection 6126. The next file we’re going to have to open? One specifically for handbags. LaLohan revealed her love for handbags and plans to add them to her line in WWD this week. “I’ve always loved handbags; they are the most important accessory to me,” said Lohan, creative director for 6126. “The right bag can take any outfit to the next level, giving it that finishing touch and really making it complete.” The Blaze bag, previewed above, features black and nude snake-embossed leather with napa trim and interlaced corset gusset detail. The pieces will range in price from $165 to $395…

New shoe line Acrobats of God: Ecstatic for elastic or a bit of a stretch?

There’s definitely something cool about Acrobats of God, the new shoe line from designer Nicole Brundage. It’s kind of hard to do something new and fresh in footwear that isn’t too gimmicky or unwearable. So kudos to Brundage and her collection of woven elastic and leather shoes featuring funky wooden heels and a pretty unique vision. But the line attracts some unfashionable comparisons. First, a lot of the elastic here – especially the black and nude – reminds us of bra straps. Another negative association? The elastic-trim craze of the late ’80s and early ’90s which saw everything from overly chunky heels to grandmotherly loafers sporting spans of the stretchy stuff. Nowadays it’s mostly relegated to “comfort” footwear and the…

Pixie Lott for Lipsy available now: what do you think?

British singer Pixie Lott became the latest celebrity to turn fashion designer when her new collection for high street chain Lipsy launched this week. The collection falls into two categories: festival and party, so you’ll find a mix of mini and maxi dresses, plus some basic tanks, and even a pair of lace hot-pants. Prices start at £25 for the hotpants, and go up to £75 for one of the dresses, with a whole range of price points in between. You can view the full collection at the Lipsy website, and we’ve provided a selection of the pieces available in the gallery below. What do you think? Are you tired of celebrity “designers”, or is this one you don’t want to…

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…