Outerwear

Style On Trial: Jason Wu collarless feather coat

Feathers have been popping up on dresses for a while now, but Jason Wu has decided to take feathers out of the dress closet and attach them to this coat. Now, clearly this is an "evening wear only" kind of coat, rather than one you'd wear every day (Can you IMAGINE the mess it'd get into on public transport?), but what do you think of it? Chic and a little bit different, or are there too many "Big Bird" overtones to this one for you? Perhaps the £5,400 price tag changes your opinion? Either way, tell us about it! Jason Wu collarless feather coat, £5,400, Browns

Back vents spread to outerwear: Charlotte Ronson cutout tuxedo jacket

Remember all of the back vent dresses we've been arresting recently? It would be a shame to buy one of these and then have to hide their, er, unique feature underneath an ordinary old jacket, wouldn't it? You know, one that actually had a BACK? Anyway, as all good fashionistas know, covering your back is, like, SO 2008, and that's why so many items of clothing have been appearing in stores lately with either partial backs or no backs at all. Luckily for those of you who're buying the back vent dresses like they're about to go out of fashion (And actually? We really hope they are.), Charlotte Ronson is on the case, with her cutout tuxedo jacket, which comes with…

Style on Trial: floral print blazers

We've been loving blazers this year. Us and everyone else, obviously: they've been all over the high street, worn with everything from wet-look leggings to little floral dresses. Now, though, the blazers are branching out. Not content to be the classic piece of outerwear they always have been, the blazers want to take centre stage, be the life and soul of the party, make the outfit all about THEM. and they want to do this with floral print. LOUD floral print. The kind of floral print that has us reaching for our sunglasses because it's just so! damn! bright! To say we're not fans of this look would be like saying that Lady Gaga can look a little bit eccentric sometimes. So…

Sheer Coat by Mariella Burani: pretty or pointless?

We've had sheer versions of just about everything else over the past couple of years, so we guess it was about time for the sheer coat (Shoat?) to make an appearance. In fairness, this Mariella Burani coat isn't totally see-through, but it's close enough to see-through to make us wonder just what the point is? We guess there could be some merit in the fact that it's a coat that lets you show off whatever outfit you're wearing underneath, but given that it's not going to do much in the way of keeping you warm or protecting you from the elements, we still have to wonder whether that's a good enough reason to spend £395 / $579 on it? Also:…

Balmain’s $5,500* cotton jacket, complete with Swarovski crystals, shoulder pads and bows

The Fashion Police feel a little bit faint at the very thought of paying over $5,000 for a jacket, but if we WERE going to spend that much on a cotton jacket with huge shoulder pads and a whole lotta crystals, we think this is the one we'd probably go for… Now, who do you think will be seen in it first: Victoria Beckham or Lady Gaga? * Actually, it's $5,581.07, but who's counting? BUY:Balmain cotton jacket

Unsolved Mysteries: Alexander Wang pink jacket with cutout back

Now, this would be just perfect with The Back Vent Dress, from yesterday, no? In fact, we think the two might actually have been made for each other. Well, we can't really think of any other reason you'd need a bright pink 80s blazer with a giant hole in the back. Can you? (if you can, this is by Alexander Wang, and it's $795 from Shopbop. We hate to sound like our mothers, here, but if we were paying that much for a jacket, we'd want the whole thing, with no bits missing, thanksverymuch.)

Tuxedo Crimes Spread to Body Suits: Jean Paul Gaultier is alleged perp

IT'S SPREADING. Yes, folks, the curse of the tux-that's-not-a-tux is not confined to just Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney pieces: Jean Paul Gaultier has also allegedly been perpetrating these crimes (We say "allegedly" – this item was found on eBay, and while we've no reason not to believe the seller, we can't vouch for the identity of the designer personally), and you see the evidence above, in the shape of a tuxedo bodysuit. A tuxedo body suit. That's… confusing. We understand, of course, that "normal" body suits are worn so as to give the appearance of a top tucked into a skirt or trousers, and to prevent that annoying "top coming untucked" situation that so often arises. The existence of…

Balenciaga’s pleated metal jacket: for the well-dressed ‘droid

So far 2009 has been very much the year of the ‘It’ jacket (See: Balmain’s military style denim jacket for evidence of this). This Balenciaga effort, however, is not so much of an ‘It’ jacket, as as ‘What is it?” jacket. Mousy, for instance, who reported it to us, thought it was perhaps the discarded shell of CP3O from Star Wars. And if it is, The Fashion Police will have to take this incident very seriously, of course, and ask: HOW DID IT HAPPEN? Who killed C3PO? We may never know. What we DO know, however, is that we’ll never find out what it looks like on, because it’s £3,260. What do you think of, though? Do you like this futuristic…

Balmain’s military style denim jacket sells out instantly at Net-a-Porter

It seems fashionistas are continuing to laugh in the face of the recession: this military style denim jacket by Balmain apparently sold out within minutes of hitting the Net-a-Porter website this week – even although it was being sold for the not-so-bargain price of £2,920 / $4,220. We like the style of the jacket, if not the bleached denim, which we think will date very quickly (and if we're paying $4,000 for a jacket, we're not going to want it to date AT ALL, ever), and clearly Balmain is enjoying a spate of huge popularity at the moment, but what do you think of it? Worth the money? Something you'd wear? Tell us!

Wanted! Anthropologie ‘Take a Bow’ jacket

We prevaricated over this jacket for so long that it went out of stock in the colour we wanted. Then it came back into stock, but by then we'd lost all hope and spent our money on shoes instead. Oh, the humanity! We present it to you no so you can learn from our mistakes and not replicate them. All we ask is that, if you do buy it, you think of us occasionally when you wear it. It's available in red, black or dark grey, and you can buy it at Anthropologie.

Save or Splurge: Boyfriend blazers from River Island and ABS

First things first: the "Love This" sticker on the blazer on the right of this picture comes from the River Island website, not from The Fashion Police With that said, though, we really have to agree with them: we DO love it. And given the choice between it and the ABS blazer on the right, our money would go to River Island every time. The  "Splurge" jacket may have the more traditional menswear shape, but we think the cheaper version would be more flattering to the female figure, so it's the one we'd go for, even if money were no object. What about you? Would you save or splurge?

Wanted! The best denim jacket EVER!

  If all the denim jackets in the world were as nice as this one, we think the world would be a prettier place. Not that we have anything against denim jackets, per se, you understand but imagine: if all the people who currently wore them suddenly looked all chic and stylish, and a little bit like they'd just stepped out of some French movie set in The Time of Better Tailoring, we wouldn't exactly be complaining. This particular jacket is by L'Autre Chose, and while the denim fabric makes it technically a "casual" piece, wear it, as shown, with a pair of cotton trousers or capris, and you'll look instantly smarter than you would have done in a regular…

Wanted! Jersey biker jackets to keep you warm until Spring…

We mentioned last week that we've been loving the look of biker jackets lately, but if leather is too expensive (or you just don't want to wear it), there is an alternative that's looking pretty good too: jersey. These three jackets won't just look good, they'll keep you warm, too (and be soft enough to wear at home if you're a fellow Cold Person), and although only one is in a traditional "biker" shape, we love the shape of all three of these, and think they'll be the perfect way to add just a little hint of biker style to your outfit. Jersey biker jacket, £22, New Look; Ink herringbone ruffle front jacket, £59, Principles; petite jersey jacket (also available…

From the “We wish it wasn’t almost $3,000” files: Dior Torsade gingham jacket

  Being the retro fashion fiends we are, as soon as we laid eyes on this little gingham jacket, our hearts beat faster and we started imagining it worn with everything from capri pants to jeans, and maybe with a pencil skirt if we wanted to really dress it up. Then we looked at the price tag, $2,860. Lordy! Pass us our smelling salts! It’s cute, yes, and it is Dior, so the price shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise, but even so, readers, even SO. We’re going to wait for the (hopeful) high street copy to come out. You, meanwhile, can purchase this one at eLuxury, if you so desire.

Wanted! Black stripe asymmetric jacket from Miss Selfridge

  The Fashion Police are all about jackets right now. This has worked out quite well for us, actually, because there are a lot of jackets around to love at the moment: leather biker jackets, slouchy tuxedo jackets, trenches (OK, so they tend to be coats rather than jackets, but still…) and now this asymmetric fitted jacket from Miss Selfridge,which is £45, but has a hint of the Vivienne Westwood about it that we appreciate. We love the sharp tailoring on this, and the fact that the flared hip area helps make the waist look smaller. The asymmetric design, meanwhile, makes it that little bit unusual, and it’s the kind of design that’ll look equally good worn over a dress/with…

Save or Splurge: Denim jackets

  The Fashion Police have long been of the opinion that a good pair of jeans are worth spending money on. We’re not saying you should remortgage your house for them, or anything, and we’re also not saying the best jeans are always the expensive ones (we like River Island’s efforts, personally), but given how much we tend to wear them, they do tend to be one of those items we’d be spending a bit more on, because once we find that elusive perfect fit, we’re not going to want to walk away from it. Is the same true of denim jackets, though, we wonder? We’ve spoken before of the return of the denim jacket to Fashion Land, and there’s…

Fashion Trends: the mac gets a makeover

The humble Macintosh is something of a Spring wardrobe staple, although over the last couple of years we’ve been seeing more of this style than ever. This year’s macs come with a bit of a twist, though, and it doesn’t really matter whether that twist takes the form of a funnel collar, a floppy one, or a bright collar and corset waits, as shown in the example above, as long as it’s just that little bit different from the standard, classic trench. The three coats above are amongst The Fashion Police’s favourites, but what do you think? Will you be slipping into a trench coat this Spring? ASOS ruffle front mac, £64; funnel neck mac, £25, New Look; corset buckle…

Dona Karan’s pink ostrich feather coat: we’re not lovin’ it

Oh God, it's way too early in the morning for this kind of thing, seriously. We haven't even had our coffee and doughnuts yet, and here we are with a suspected fashion criminal to process. The problem is, we don't even know where to file this one. Is it a straightforward case of Daylight Robbery (well, it is £3,607. What recession?)  or is it a more complex Crime of Fashion? What did the ostrich DO to deserve this? And where's Mousy when you need her, anyway? We're just going to play it safe here and assume that this both daylight robbery AND a crime of fashion, but if you disagree, you can get your own ostrich at NET-A-PORTER .

Daylight Robbery: the £1,695 “dressing gown”

Readers, what would you call this? Fashion Police Officer Mousy (yes, she of “Photoshopping furry items of clothing” fame) thinks it’s a dressing gown. A really, really freaking expensive dressing gown, given that it costs £1,695. We agree. Seriously, that’s a dressing gown, isn’t it? And it’s a fairly nice dressing gown, too, but if we wore it out in public we’d worry that people would think we just escaped from the nearest hospital and didn’t stop to grab some clothes first. It is not a dressing gown. No, this is, in fact, a coat. Or it is according to Browns, anyway. And we’d say the fact that it IS cashmere excuses – or at least explains – the price…