Style On Trial

On Trial: Prada’s fringe bag – a crime of fashion?

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that most of you said big sunglasses were categorically NOT a crime of fashion in our poll last week. I’m just off to my mother-in-laws to sit in the sun for a few hours, and I will totally wear my oversized sunnies with pride. (I mean, OK, I would have worn them anyway, even if you’d all said they were hideous, but hey, it’s nice to have some validation, you know?) Now, Prada’s famous fringe bag is another matter altogether.  Left to my own  devices, I would have  absolutely no hesitation in branding this as a crime of fashion. I hate it. I think it looks like somwe kind of strange, mutant…

On Trial: Gucci’s ‘Starlight’ evening bag

I’m not much of a one for logos. This Gucci evening bag is all logo-a-go-go, which means that, technically speaking, I really should be putting it up here as crime of fashion and having done with it. But there’s something about the sheer trashiness of it that I think could work, with the right outfit. Or could it? You tell me, folks…

Fashion Accessories On Trial: Oversized sunglasses

Still reeling from the news that UK TV Style think oversized sunglasses are the third-worst crime of fashion you can possibly commit , I’ve decided to put the offending items up On Trial and find out what the Fashion Police regulars think about them. Now, I’ve already given my opinion: I love my oversized sunnies and am rarely ever seen without them – but then, I don’t have the kind of emaciated, Nicole Ritchie-style figure that, when paired with big sunglasses, can make the wearer look like a giant, bug-eyed stick insect. (Do you even get bug-eyed stick insects?) I think Paris Hilton really suits her big sunnies in the picture below, but do you all agree with me, or…

On Trial: Clogs

Bad news, folks. If the Oasis website is anything to go by, it looks like clogs might be coming back into fashion. I, for one, am none too pleased about this. Back when I was a teenager, I had a pair of clogs, and I seem to remember thinking I looked mighty fine in them, too. I have no idea why that was. These days, clogs strike a little bit of fear into my beating heart. The clumpiness of them. The huge-toed-ness of them. The "wacky patterns" of them. Or maybe it’s just the fact that they now look too close to Crocs for comfort, who knows? Is it just me? Tell me what you think of clogs, folks, and…

On Trial: Anna Sui’s Patchwork habotai dress

It’s red and green and black and white, and it’s got flowers and more flowers and, er, different kinds of flowers on the print. It’s bright and girlie, and I think my seven-year-old neice would probably dismiss it as too childlike, but what do you think? Should The Fashion Police be arresting this piece, or should we leave it at liberty? Vote! Comment! (And remember, you can only see the results of the poll once you’ve cast your vote.)

On Trial: Yves “D’orsay” Pump

As I got this picture ready to post, my husband looked over my shoulder and said, "Oh my God, what the hell is THAT?" So I know how he’ll be voting. What I’m not so sure on is how the rest of you fashion police-people will vote on this one. It is, of course, the Yves D’orsay pump, it’s $550, and it’s either adorably quirly or completely freakin’ awful, depending on how you look at it.

On Trial: Cameron Diaz at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala

Good old Cameron Diaz. We can always rely on her to be just a little bit controversial with her choice of oufit at these red carpert events, can’t we? She did it at The Golden Globes (where I thought she looked absolutely stunning, and most other people seemed to think she looked like the dying swan), and here she is doing it again at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala. Now, I have to admit to being on the fence with this one. I like the dress – I’m just not sure about the chunky costume jewellery. What do you think?

On Trial: Juicy Couture’s new track tops

As far as I’m concerned, Juicy Couture has always been a bit, well… tacky. It’s "as worn by WAGS" (and, of course, Eva Longoria), and I think I’d rather eat my own feet than go out in one of their velour tracksuits. I have to admit, though, that I’m quite liking this little green hooded top. Maybe it’s just that it’s my favourite colour, or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for bows… or maybe I just have absolutely no taste? What do you think? Would you wear Juicy Couture? Would you wear this particular piece of Juicy Couture (and if so, would you REALLY pay £135 for a hoodie? Can I borrow some money?)?

On Trial: Maxi Dresses

So, maxi dresses – what do you make of them? For me personally, these are to be avoided at all costs – not because there’s anything wrong with them, pe se, but because, as a bit of a short-ass, anything longer than knee-length totally drowns me. The dress on the left of this picture, with all of that billowing material, for instance, would leave me looking like nobody’s child, and while I love the print on the purple one second from the right, it would probably drag along the ground behind me, leaving me looking like an extra from some weird costume drama. So, for me, I feel like fashion has gone out of the frying pan and right into…

On Trial: Gil Carvahlo shoe boots from Faith

Now, I know big, clumpy shoes have been around for a while now, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere fast (just like you won’t be going anywhere fast when you try to walk in them), but I’m wondering now what people actually think of them? Take these clodhopping shoe boots by Gil Carvalho for Faith, for instance. Personally I think £125 is a lot of money to make yourself look like your feet have been supersized (you want fries with that?), but then it was my birthday at the weekend – am I just showing my age?

On Trial: Pucci Style Heels by Poetic Licence

OK, fashion enforcers, help me out here. Do I love these shoes or do I hate them? I know I hate loud prints… on anything else. But on these? I’m not so sure. I’m trying to imagine them with a fairly neutral outfit – maybe a classic black dress for instance – and I have to admit, I’m quite liking the idea. What about you? Love them or hate them? Tell me about it…

On Trial : Does Britney Look Better Bald?

Now, I know it’s probably a cry for help and alll, but here’s the thing: I don’t actually think Britney’s bald ‘do’ looks too bad. It’s got to be better than the skanky, half-assed extensions she’s been wearin’ lately, and it’s way better than the "greasy pony tail on top of the head" look that she’s had for … oh, years now. And, you know, she’s got a pretty face, the hair was a mess – the baldness is growing on me here. So, what do you think? Drop us a comment, or vote in the poll on the sidebar…

On Trial: Ugg Boots

Of all the fashion questions we’re asked, there’s one that comes up time and time again: Are Ugg boots still fashionable? Well, are they? Let’s take a look at the evidence… First of all, let’s make one thing clear: it doesn’t actually matter whether or not Uggs are fashionable. If you like ’em, wear ’em. Don’t listen to what The Fashion Police has to say on the subject – I mean, no one else does. A better question, then, would be “Are Uggs nice?” So, what do The Fashion Police have to say about that?

Hot or Not: Ravel’s Big Flower Shoes

Now, I’m normally all about big ole embellishments on the front of shoes, but in this case? Not so sure. I can’t decide whether it’s fun and unusual, or whether it just looks like someone sicked up something suspicious on the toe. It’s perplexing, you see, because, massive flower aside, these are checking all of my other boxes: red – check. Tweed – check. Cute “dolly” style strap and heel – check. But the flower, it throws me. Help me out, people: Ravel’s tweed flower sandals: are they hot, or are they, indeed, not?

Hot or Not: The Cropped Trench Coat

While I was searching for trench coats for our Victoria Beckham feature, this caught my eye. And not in a good way. My first reaction: it looks like the outerwear section of the half-suit. My second reaction, though, was a little more tempered. I mean, I like cropped things in heneral. Why not a cropped trench coat? Well, why indeed. The Fashion Police are on the fence with this one, people, so I turn it over to you. The cropped trenchcoat? Is it hot, or is it not? You decide…