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Marchesa to resurrect the traditional Playboy bunny costume for new London club launch

By emilyborrett on April 21st, 2011

Marchesa's sketch for their planned revamp of the legendary "Bunny Girl" costume

An unlikely marriage of two worlds is about to happen as luxury fashion house Marchesa, home to a million frills and jewels fit for a fashion princess, reveals their sketch of a one-off design of the iconic 70’s playboy bunny costume in honour of the new opening of a Playboy Club in London.

Designers Georgia Chapman and and Keren Craig are reinventing the classic bunny-girl one piece, but not as we know it – expect ruffles, jewels and (we hope) a solid-gold tail. (As I said – we hope.)

Georgia Chapman said of the label’s design for the Playboy franchise, “We’ve taken our inspiration from the original costume but added Marchesa’s signature details, such as hand draping and embroidery, while staying true to the Playboy Bunny’s classic corset silhouette. The result is a modern, yet feminine interpretation of this legendary look.”

Playboy was a suave gentleman’s lifestyle magazine back in the day (with some pretty nude bunnies thrown in for good measure) but in recent years the whole thing has become a bit, well, seedy. Can a magical sprinkling of fashion dust change the face of Playboy again? Forget the cheap pink satin and white fluffy mules of yesteryear – Hef’s girls are about to get a luxury makeover. We’re a little bit jealous, actually.

Designer collaborations, News

Dolce and Gabbana launch T-shirt design contest with Kylie Minogue.

By Andrea Petrou on April 12th, 2011

Dolce and Gabbana have launched a T-shirt design contest with Kylie Minogue.

Fans are asked to design a T-shirt inspired by the ‘All the Lovers’ singer’s ‘Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour’ with the winning design being worn by the star at a photo shoot.

The design will also be featured on websites, and and the signed garment worn by Kylie will be presented to the designer.

A statement on explained how the winner will be picked, saying: “Kylie Minogue, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will select the winning design from the pool of outstanding entries.

“The 50 top-voted submissions will be considered, but the winning entry may be selected from the larger pool of submissions.”

Dolce and Gabbana designed all the clothing for the ‘Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour’ which started in Denmark in February.

Kylie – who has had chart hits since her debut single ‘ I Should Be So Lucky’ in 1988 – recently said she felt the creativity of her elaborate live shows has had a direct influence on Lady Gaga,

She said: “I set the benchmark for Gaga. We’ve done it before, with all our creative shows, and now the new artists are following us.

“She inspires me and I love what she does. But we’ve done it before. I had the Aphrodite theme and no one has done that before. Think outside the box is what I do, and that’s what keeps it fresh for me. I set the benchmark and now I can’t wait to see what the new talent will do next.”

The T-shirt design competition is open until May 11, with the winner announced on May 18.

Designer collaborations, Designer Fashions, Fashion Crush, Gallery

ShinyStyle loves: Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop

By Andrea Petrou on April 11th, 2011

Blouson Dress

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Designer collaborations, Fashion News, Gossip, shoes

Knitwear designer Bella Freud announces exciting collaboration with Christian Louboutin

By emilyborrett on April 8th, 2011

One of Christian Louboutin's sketches for the collaboration

Hold on to your Phillip Treacy hats, designer lovers, because there’s an exciting new collaboration on the horizon: queen of the knitted jumper, Bella Freud, is hooking up with the daddy of footwear, Christian Louboutin, to create a range of fetish-inspired knitwear. Freud will incorporate Louboutin’s shoe sketches into the designs, resulting in what we hope is going to be a cool and exciting dream collaboration.

There couldn’t be a better shoe designer for Bella to choose for the project, as Christian Louboutin is literally the daddy of high heels. Favoured by the young and old alike, the socialites and the high-profile actresses, a pair of Louboutins is standard issue in Fashion 101.

Freud said of the legendary footwear designer, who she has known for over twenty years: “”I have often admired his drawings and I wanted to use some to put on my knitwear. I love the way a drawing comes to life when it is reinterpreted in another medium. On a knit it you get the sense of someone having actually drawn it, rather than it being a computer generated image.” We really can’t wait until this range is up for grabs in mid July.

Keep your eyes peeled for this luxe collection when it finally hits the shops: we predict there will be a scrum.

charity, Designer collaborations, Ethical Fashions, News

Fashion Crush: Speedo’s collaboration with From Somewhere

By Andrea Petrou on March 3rd, 2011

Last September we told you about a fashion collaboration between Speedo and sustainable fashion label, From Somewhere.

The pair joined up to create a collection of dresses made using surplus stocks of the revolutionary Speedo LZR Racer suit. Now they’ve got together once again for a new range combining retro 50s styling with a playful modern twist.

Taking practical swimwear and mixing it with high-end fashion trends, the aim is to create a look that’s designed to be equally at home on the beach or at a party.

Two collections will be available from Selfridges from 21st March and another two will be sold through‘s YOOXYGEN’s brand. And not only is is great for those who love their ethical fashion, but a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Green Cross International, YOOXYGEN’s partner.

We particularly love the Gussy dress, which is made out a selection of gussets from unsold swimwear. See gallery below.

Barbie dress exclusive to yoox-com

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ShinyStyle’s top 10 fashion moments of 2010

By Andrea Petrou on December 16th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

As the end of the year draws to a close and we start looking forward to the beginning of 2011, we’ve decided to do a little reminiscing over the past year. Who’s designed the best collections, who’s worn what, who’s launched this and whose names we should know. Below is the top 10 countdown of our favourite all-time fashion moments over 2010, the ones that we think have been the most important. Check it out below.

10. Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress

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Whether you loved it or hated it, the meat outfit that Gaga wore to the VMAs this year certainly got people talking. Her choice of dress material raised severe criticism from animal rights groups such as PETA - her claim that the message of the outfit was that she was "not a piece of meat" was met with some cynicism. Was she being avant-garde, or just extreme for the sake of extreme?

Designer collaborations, Gallery

Gallery: Valentino for Gap

By Andrea Petrou on November 26th, 2010

Gap and Valentino

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First look: Lanvin for H&M’s collection is shown in a short film

By Andrea Petrou on November 2nd, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

We said we’d keep you posted on the dream collaboration between fashion house Lanvin and high-street favourite H&M, and we’re going to honour that. Last month a leaked campaign image of the collection winged it’s way onto the internet which we were only too happy to share with our Shiny readers – it was a tantalising taster of what to expect when the clothes became available in stores. Cruelly the designers have been keeping pretty much schtum since, stubbornly refusing to reveal any more details, until now.

The wait to get our hands on their  collaborative efforts is so nearly over, and I guess the designers have decided to throw us a bone in reward for our patience, because they’ve made a short five-minute film which feature all of the new clothes. Yum. It’s fabulous from the get-go as the film shows dishevelled models slinking around empty hotel corridors and rooms in dramatic cocktail dresses with statement shoulders, little black draped numbers and one very voluminous zebra-printed coat. All the meanwhile, there’s silly elevator music playing. Alber Elbaz has kept this collection fun, and we couldn’t be more glad.

Ad campaigns, Designer collaborations, Fashion News, First Looks

First look: Lanvin for H&M preview

By Andrea Petrou on October 20th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

It’s the fashion moment that we’ve all been waiting for: H&M teasingly let us have a sneaky preview of their campaign photo for their dream high-street collaboration with Lanvin. And so far we’re loving what we’re seeing – sharp androgynous tailoring and some dramatic LBDS that we can’t wait to introduce to our wardrobe.  Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, Alber Elbaz.

It’s been a long time coming to get our hands on edgy, trademark Lanvin style at our favourite H&M prices, and it’s only a little while longer to wait until the collection goes on sale; it hits shops on the 23rd of November. Mark it down on your calendar, because you’ll have to get there early to avoid the inevitable shopping-centre stampedes.

So far H&M is being cruel and withholding any further photos of the collection (the teases), so keep checking back on the site for more news on this couture/high-street mash-up.

Accessories, Designer collaborations, Fashion News, First Looks, Footwear

Dream fashion collaboration: Pierre Hardy For Gap

By Andrea Petrou on October 20th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Exciting news as Gap unveil the fruits of their most recent collaboration with design geniuse Pierre Hardy; one perfect pair of black suede and leather shoe boots. Well, sometimes simplicity is best. The shoes won’t hit stores in the US until the 28th of October at the slightly un-Gap price of $195, but we can forgive them – it is a beautiful shoe, after all.

Gap’s had a rough time of it these past few weeks; it’s taken a cutting verbal beating from the internet and worldwide fashion-lovers for its’ attempt to ditch their iconic logo for a newer, spiffier one (turns out that the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an important lesson to learn in fashion), so this collaboration could be exactly what the brand needs to get back into their customers’ good books. And we’ll certainly be helping out – by fighting tooth and nail to get a pair when they become available to buy in the UK.

Designer collaborations, Designer Fashions, dresses, Gallery, Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week highlights: Versus

By Andrea Petrou on September 28th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Versus SS2011

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Christopher Kane’s SS2011 collection, shown at LFW  last week, was always going to be a hard act to follow. But the Brit designer has outdone himself in the S/S clothes for Donatella Versace’s diffusion line Versus, which graced catwalks at Milan Fashion Week.

Everyone’s favourite fashion Glaswegian is a big fan of slightly perverse, little-girly Lolita styling, as we saw last Spring in the form of lots of babydoll dresses in gingham, with some very high side-splits that were practically knicker-flashing. It’s no surprise then that the Versus show this week saw models sent down the catwalk looking like they were getting fitted for their summer boarding school uniforms. The catwalk was decorated to look like a school playground – it even had swings. Mr. Kane is a very cheeky man.

He’s graduated from little-girl gingham to Catholic-school plaid for Versus’ SS2011 collection, as shown in the little flirty-skirted dresses that we’ve come to know and love from the designer. Just pop on some knee socks and a straw boater and hey ho, the perfect playtime outfit. Worked into the plaid fabrics were cute tiny floral prints that helped the collection progress to a more summery atmosphere, while flashes of bold pinstripes kept the “head girl” look going strong. My personal favourite from the collection was the separates outfit (picture 9 of 12 in the gallery) which showed off some adorable floral capris, a matching cardi complete with a vivid pink school badge and – this is Christopher Kane we’re talking about – an incredibly sheer black blouse worn underneath for more than a cheeky flash of skin.

Donatella, you made a good choice when you asked Christopher to design for you. Keep Versus coming at us – we can’t wait to see AW2011.

Designer collaborations

Armani opens a hotel at the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.

By Andrea Petrou on April 27th, 2010

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We can’t keep up with all the celebrity collaborations, and now we’ve got even more to contend with as designers begin to branch out too.

The latest designer to take a break from the fashion industry is Giorgio Armani who has just opened his hotel in the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.

The new hotel has eight restaurants (clearly it’s not been designed for super skinny models), with cuisine including Italian- natch- Japanese and Indian and all have been designed by Mr Armani himself.

There is also the Armani Privé VIP lounge, which has been named after the designer’s Armani Privé couture collection, which is favoured by stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Megan Fox.

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Department Stores, Designer collaborations

Matthew Williamson’s “Butterfly” range sweeps into Debenhams

By alanamcverry on April 20th, 2010

Butterfly.jpgWell known for his flowing bohemian influenced brightly coloured garments, but not so bohemian prices; Matthew Williamson cuts the hefty price tag and offers us high street shoppers something of his, for much less. His new range for Debenhams enters stores this week taking its name “Butterfly” from an inspirational painting he saw in Rajasthan in 1997, and this Indian influence emerges strongly in the assortment on offer.
The collection houses all one will need to embrace the summer months, from light coloured summer dresses, brightly flowing skirts to exotic looking bikinis. And if you’re willing to pay the maximum price of £120, you can get yourself a maxi dress emblazoned with Williamson’s signature style of vibrant prints. The majority of the items are labelled coral, embroidered, kaftan or tunic, so if the ‘I’ve travelled to far off lands’ look isn’t your thing, and your more comfortable in a pencil skirt and twin set, then this probably isn’t the collection for you. If you are, however, desperate to own a piece of Matthews then the charcoal grey satin dress at £50 is simple, stylish and there’s no pattern in sight.
It’s a particularly large collection, especially in the accessories department with many different items of jewellery, bags, purses, belts and other highly detailed pieces to choose from. Definitely worth a look even if you think at first it’s not your style, you could always buy something and sell it on ebayfor a profitable margin, should you decide it disagrees with you. Given it will surely sell out, the rules of supply and demand are ultimately working in your favour. Finally, if you like the butterfly motif there are also a number of butterflies adorning many of the items. It’s nice when things do what they say.

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Ad campaigns, Designer collaborations

Karl Lagerfeld designs a bottle for Coca-Cola Light

By Andrea Petrou on April 6th, 2010

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Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to the food industry. Last month he had a salad named after him in a swanky Paris restaurant and now it seems the designer has gone from the bubbly heights of fashion to the fizzy fortunes of erm, Diet Coke.

Mr Lagerfeld has teamed up with Coca-Cola Light in France, where he designed a special aluminium bottle capped in vivid pink and adorned with his unmistakable, emphatic silhouette – dark suit, high collar, jutting ponytail.

And he also shot the ad campaign, which features models Coco Rocha and Lagerfeld regular Baptiste Giacobini.

The ads will hit France on April 28 and we really hope they make a gradual move into the UK too.

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You tell us: Did you queue for the H! by Henry Holland collection at Debenhams yesterday?

By Andrea Petrou on March 18th, 2010

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Hands up who queued from 7:30 for the new H! by Henry Holland range when it hit Debenham’s stores yesterday.

And another show of hands for who get their Bagazine clutches signed by the designer.
We’d like to be smug here and put both our hands up, after all you know we queue for any designer/highstreet collaboration, but we had to unfortunately miss this one.

So we want to hear from you about your experiences and what you bought after waiting for so long.

In the meantime for those who missed it, let us give you a reminder of the collection, modelled by Pixie Geldof, just incase you want to sneak down to Debenhams on your lunch-break (or elevenses).

It includes womenswear, swimwear, jewellery and accessories, as well as silk-screened clutches featuring the designer’s face and fake cover lines.

The collection is available in 64 stores throughout the country now. But we have a feeling it’s not going to hang around past the weekend.

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