Outerwear

Fashion Trends for Winter 2010: Aviator Jackets

Well, folks, there’s no denying it any longer: winter is almost upon us, and its one saving grace as far as we’re concerned is that at least it gives us an excuse to buy some new outerwear. (And boots: let’s not forget the boots…) This winter the aviator jacket is set to be dominate the outerwear section of our favourite stores, and we’re already seeing these start to appear on the high street. With their leather finish and snuggly sheepskin/fake fur lining, these jackets are super-warm, and have always been considered something of a fashion classic. What do you think of them, though? Will you be buying an aviator jacket this winter, or wearing an old one (they’re one of…

Moncler fur trim trapper hat – have you got yours yet?

Nope, not a dog – although you’d be forgiven for thinking so… In fact, this is a 100% raccoon fur trapper hat from Moncler, and, apparently, the must-have item of the season! If you’re averse to wearing an animal on your head (we assume the raccoon-haters out there are already sold on this one) we urge you to think a little about the benefits. Just consider how cosy you’ll be in that arctic-condition weather so much of the world suffers this time of year. Imagine the near-constant joy to be found in a tickly forehead – not to mention the wonder of finding yet more fur moulting into your eyelashes… And if that’s not for you, you can always find…

Bless: Half the trench coat, five times the price

Ladies and gentlemen, fashion label Bless is proud to present their latest creation: the HALF TRENCH! (Or, actually, maybe that should be the One-Third Trench? Hmmm.) We don’t know about you, but when we pay over $500 for a coat, we don’t want it to cover more than our shoulders and arms. Any more is just a waste really, isn’t it? Isn’t it? (Click here to buy it)

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Sixties Style on Trial: Miu Miu’s patent leather jacket

Hot on the heels of the jacket potato jacket, the Fashion Police bring you the PVC jacket! There’s much working in favour of this item. The bow detailing is cute. The slant pockets are adorable. And it definitely has the sixties vibe going on – it is more than a little reminiscent of the kind of thing Twiggy might have modeled. But just look at it and tell us, with a straight face, that you don’t see “bin bag”! What do you think? Could you pull it off? If so you can buy it for €1,350.00 from My Theresa.

Fashion Victim? Silk and lace long-sleeved bolero by ‘Victim’

We think ‘Victim’ is a particularly apt brand name for this bolero, because it DOES look like it’s been the victim of some kind of vicious attack, perhaps at the dastardly hands of the Fashion Ripper, who knows? Poor thing: once upon a time, it was an entire jacket, now it’s just shoulders and sleeves and while, OK, it does have “being a bolero” as its excuse, we’re not quite buying it . (Literally, we mean. It IS £410, after all, which means we’re DEFINITELY not buying it…) Perhaps, though, you disagree. Perhaps you feel the slightly bedraggled look of this item simply adds to its charm, and that it would be the perfect addition to your wardrobe for those…

Style on Trial: Jil Sander sheer boyfriend blazer

Sleeves continue to be treated with distrust by much of the fashion community, who just won’t rest until they’ve either cut them off entirely, ripped holes in them, or slashed them half to death. Jil Sander, however, has arrived at an uneasy compromise with the humble sleeve: they’re very much present on this boyfriend blazer, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that unless you were looking carefully, because they’re sheer. (Other than the seams, for some reason.) What do you think of this idea, readers? Are you ready to make peace with sleeves, and allow them to exist as long as they’re barely seen? Or do you think this would be about as much use as a turtleneck sweater in Lady…

Alexander Wang sticks leather jacket to skirt: Fashion Police confused

A leather jacket…with an attached skirt. With this one (two?) garment, we think Alexander Wang has cemented his reputation as King of Stuck Together Clothes. No one can touch him, for surely no one else would think it made sense to attach a canvas skirt to a leather jacket. SURELY? Now, granted, the skirt is detachable. That’s a very good thing, because we must admit, we can’t think of a single occasion on which we’d want to have our outerwear attached to our, er, inner-wear. Unless the whole thing is supposed to be worn as outerwear, of course? Would THAT make more sense? Well, maybe a little, but… not much, as far as we’re concerned. What do you think, readers? Net-a-Porter…

Two Trends Collide: Tulle hem trench coat from Topshop

Ah, the meeting of tulle and trench! Can it ever really work? Can a functional garment be created from the marriage of prom dress and overcoat? Well, Topshop have given it their best shot, creating this tulle hem trench coat, which probably won’t be a whole lot of use in the rain, but will allow you to waft around the streets on your way to work/school feeling a bit like you’re at a cocktail party, albeit one where no one’s bothered to actually remove their outerwear. What do you think of this idea, readers? Does it seem like something you’d wear? If so, it’s £80 at Topshop.

Style on Trial: Libertine feather-sleeve jacket

We know many of our readers are big fans of feathered fashion, but what do you think of this Libertine jacket, we wonder? We think it would be a bit like walking around clutching a couple of big, feathery pom poms all the time, like some kind of half businesswoman/half showgirl hybrid. And about the “businesswoman” bit: there’s a strange disconnect here between the all-business look of the tailored suit jacket and the extravagant, feathery sleeves. Who would wear an item like this? A lawyer who likes to make her closing arguments real show-stoppers? A company executive just desperate to let her colleagues see her “fun” side. You, perhaps? Tell us, then: would you wear this jacket, and if so,…

Would You Wear… a poncho?

Remember that brief period in the “naughties” when ponchos started popping up on every fashionably-clad back and dodgy market stall in the country? It was all Sienna Miller’s fault, and we must say, we weren’t exactly rushing to thank her for bringing the poncho into the public eye, but perhaps that was just us. Now, however, Bess have decided to bring back the poncho again. Their poncho is called Badlands Baja: it’s a lot more traditional in design than the crocheted ponchos of a few years ago, and it’s a lot more expensive, too, retailing for £1,135 at Net-a-Porter. Would you wear it, though? Were you secretly sad when the poncho trend died, and did your heart give a little…

Comme des Garcons cropped hybrid waistcoat/jacket

We’re always very suspicious when we see the word “hybrid” applied to items of clothing. Most of the time, you see, we just don’t WANT our clothes to be “hybrids”. We either want a jacket or a waistcoat, not something that tries to be both, and ends up being neither, which was the sad fate of this Comme des Garcons… jacoat? Waistket? What would you call something like this, anyway? With one arm off and one arm on, plus a band to hold it all together, it looks like it’s been subjected to a particularly violent attack, poor thing. Don’t worry, Fashion Police officers are investigating as we write this. If you’d like to offer the item a safe house,…

The Emperor’s New Dsquared2 PVC OVERSIZE PONCHO COAT

We’ve spoken about clear raincoats before here at The Fashion Police, and our opinion has always been that while we like the idea of outerwear that doesn’t conceal the outfit underneath, they’re not something we’d want to pay a huge amount of money. For us, £912/ $1357 qualifies as “a huge amount of money”, and there’s another reason we wouldn’t want to buy this Dsquared2 poncho, too: the fact that it comes with two bags attached to the front of it. (Sure Louisa Via Roma describe them as “pockets”, but we know a bag when we see one, and we’re sure you all know how we feel about Stuck Together Clothes). Also, does anyone else think this would’ve been better…

Clothes With Holes: Junya Watanabe Keyhole Pinstripe Jacket

Uh-oh. Looks like someone’s played a horrible  joke on this poor model, creeping up behind her and snipping a hole in her $1,275 jacket while she wasn’t looking. Kids can be so cruel, can’t they? The thing that confuses us most about this jacket is that the front is pretty ordinary, and looks like the kind of thing you’d be required to wear if you worked in a bank, say, or some other office with a formal dress code. We doubt those kind of employers would appreciate the gaping hole in the back, though, and while we’re assuming the contrast is supposed to be part of the charm, we’re still seeing a cruel practical joke here. If you’re seeing something else…

Bless cotton jacket and scarf: many fashion crimes in one

Look! A spaghetti-strap jacket! For those days when it’s cold enough for a jacket, but warm enough for bare shoulders! And look! It has a scarf attached to it! For those days when… no, we give up: we have absolutely no idea what kind of abnormal weather conditions you’d need to make this jacket/scarf combo (A “jarf”?) appropriate attire. If you were worried about the wearer of the jacket getting chilly, Bless, why not just add SHOULDERS, rather than sticking on a scarf? Anyone out there been desperately looking for the perfect off-the-shoulder jacket with stuck-on scarf? If so, you just found it: it’s $814 at Colette. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, yes, it DOES look just…

Style Stealer: Sophia Bush’s polka dot jacket from… Dorothy Perkins?

When we first spotted this photo of Sophia Bush wearing a navy, polka dot jacket at New York Fashion Week, we were sure the jacket in question was this one from Dorothy Perkins, which we’ve had our eyes on ever since it appeared on the website. A closer look at Sophia’s jacket reveals that she hasn’t actually been shopping at Dotty P’s: her jacket is double-breasted, and a little boxier than the budget version, but the look is definitely similar. Like stripes, polka dots tend to start flooding back into the stores at around this time every year, but there’s been a particularly large influx of them this year. If you want to steal Sophia’s style, this jacket is £40,…

Miss Selfridge poppy printed trousers and jacket: could you wear them to Tesco?

Anyone else seeing a pair of floral print pyjamas here? They’re not: this is Miss Selfridge’s poppy print jacket (£29) and matching trousers (£29), and we can’t help but wonder whether Miss Selfridge have created these as a cunning way to allow supermarket shoppers to get around the “no pyjamas” rule currently in effect in some stores? “Why, no!” you could say. “These aren’t pyjamas! This is my stylish, poppy-print-pant outfit from Miss Selfridge! Unhand me, officer!” We’re going to assume these two items probably weren’t intended to be worn together, as a suit (although you never really know these days, do you?), but can you envisage wearing either of them, together or apart?

Stuck Together Clothes: jacket with attached rucksack

AT LAST. We always knew this day would come. We knew one day, if we waited long enough, someone would create an item of clothing that had a bag attached to it: and now someone has. This jacket/bag combo (A “jag”?) is by H by Harris, and thankfully the bag DOES zip off, should you suddenly want to wear a jacket that DOESN’T have a bag stuck to it, or, indeed, to carry a bag that doesn’t come complete with jacket. Phew! Could someone please invent a dress with shoes attached to it now? Just to satisfy our curiosity?

High Street Vs Designer: Clear trench coats by Topshop and D&G

We’re in two minds about the clear trench coat. On the one hand, we can see the practicality of such an item. How many times have you planned a great outfit, only to have to cover it up with a coat when it suddenly starts raining, after all? At least if the coat is see-through, you still get to show off your outfit, and that could be a good thing indeed. On the other hand, there’s something just a little bit “emperor’s new clothes” about the whole idea, and that makes us think that if we did suddenly decide we were in urgent need of transparent outerwear, we probably wouldn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on solving…