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Contests and Giveaways, Designer collaborations, Fashion News, Features

Win the ‘must-have’ designer garment from Meadham Kirchhoff’s London Fashion week show courtesy of COTTON USA

By Andrea Petrou on November 30th, 2009

Meadham Kirchhoff Glitter T-shirt Cotton Black.jpgUpdate your wardrobe with the hottest designer garment from the catwalk.

Having sponsored Meadham Kirchhoff’s catwalk show at London Fashion Week, COTTON USA, the natural choice for leading fashion brands, is giving two lucky readers the chance to each win an exclusive piece from the duo’s spring/summer 2010 collection.

This season, COTTON USA has continued its commitment to support up and coming designers, highlighting the qualities of U.S. cotton within the fashion industry.

With Meadham Kirchhoff already a hit with the likes of Alexa Chung and Kylie Minogue, the duo’s new collection mixes sporty elements alongside the softest most delicate vintage and inspired pieces.

Crisp, quality cotton has been used for key pieces in the collection, such as the canvas and voile trousers, muslin shirts and dresses, as well as the oxford shirting draped shirts and skirts.

Two lucky fashionistas will have the chance to own a piece of this new collection – the cotton Glitter T-shirt in black. The season’s must-have cotton Glitter T-shirt is worth £255 !! (cotton Glitter T-shirt shown in photo).

For your chance to win this fantastic prize simply email me at Andrea@shinymedia.com with the answer to the question below:

Q. Who sponsored Meadham Kirchhoff’s spring / summer 2010 catwalk show?

a) COTTON USSR

b) COTTON USA

c) COTTON UK

The deadline for this competition is 11 December 2009.

To find out more about COTTON USA visit: www.discovercottonusa.com

To find out more about Meadham Kirchhoff visit www.meadhamkirchhoff.com

Terms and Conditions:

This prize has no cash alternative

One cotton Glitter T-shirt per winner

Prize is available in sizes 10 & 12 only

The Glitter T-shirt Cotton prize is only available in black



Designer collaborations

Giles Deacon designs jewellery for H.Samuel

By Andrea Petrou on November 30th, 2009

explosion.jpgWe’ve always been fans of Giles Deacon.

He’s designed some stunning dresses for celebs including Cheryl Cole, given us a great deal of shopping satisfaction with his range for New Look and designs good enough to eat thanks to his collaboration with Cadbury.

However, we’re not sure whether we’re too pleased about his latest partnership with H.Samuel, after all, it’s not really a name you’d associate with such great designs.

Yes we may be being slightly snobbish, and, we know some of you will say New Look can be classed in the same category as the high street jeweller, but we just can’t help thinking this partnership is more Katie and Peter than Heidi and Seal.

If you however, disagree then Giles for Evoke includes crystal encrusted cluster style designs from chav bling pendants to costume style rings and earrings (pictured). Prices range from £30 to £70. Let us know what you think of the designs.



Ad campaigns, Celebrity Style, Designer collaborations, Designers

Lily Allen shot by Karl Lagerfeld for Russian Elle magazine

By Andrea Petrou on November 30th, 2009

Rumours about Lily Allen leaving the music industry have been lingering around the gossip scene like the smell of milk left out of the fridge for too long.

Despite Lily not making them official, she has furthered fuelled the rumour fire by making her name for herself in fashion, most notably her partnership with Chanel.

So we’re hardly surprised that she appears in Russian Elle Magazine next month styled top to toe in the designer’s creations. The shoot was also shot by none other than Lily’s new BBF Karl Lagerfeld.

Again, we think she looks stunning in natural make-up and a range of outfits including a striped top, ruffle shirt and tight blazer.

Click on the picture below to view more of the shoot.



Designer collaborations, Designer Fashions, Designers

Shortlist for British Fashion Awards announced

By Andrea Petrou on November 27th, 2009

_42112570_catwalk2416.jpgIt’s that time of year again, Christmas, icy weather and most importantly the lead up to the British Fashion Awards.

And the shortlist for awards, which will be held on 9 December, has just been announced.
This year there are 11 categories, including Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year and the Swarovski Emerging Talent Awards for ready-to-wear and accessories.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Daisy Lowe and the new face of Rimmel, Georgia May Jagger will also be fighting it out of the model of the year category.

We really wouldn’t want to be in the judges shoes at the moment and think they’ll have a hard task choosing amongst the great talents out there.

This includes Burberry and Pringle for the designer brand of the year, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders or Erdem for collection of the year and Mark Fast, and Meadham Kirchhoff and Peter Pilotto for emerging womenswear labels.

Caroline Rush, joint CEO of the British Fashion Council, said: “This year’s nominee list highlights the extraordinary breadth of British design talent.”

We can’t wait to see who comes out tops, but runners up, don’t worry, we’ll still be buying your fashions.



Celebrity Style, Designer collaborations, Gossip

Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige defends Lindsay Lohan

By Andrea Petrou on November 26th, 2009

Ungaro and Lindsay.jpgLindsay Lohan and Ungaro has been a long saga that we hoped would have tailed off by now.

However, just as we thought the actress, turned (bad) designer had hung up her sketchbook and pencils the tale has taken another turn.

As rumours ran riot that Lohan could be on her way out of the fashion house following her disasterous S/S2010 debut, Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige jumped to her defence telling WWD: “As we speak, she is in New York in shoots with Ungaro.”

He also denied reports claiming Ungaro chairman Asim Abdullah wanted the actress out.

And it seems Lindsay’s designs have been turning people on rather than off with the fashion house claiming Lohan has had a positive effective on the label’s sales since her arrival, even though her collection is yet to hit the shelves.

“There are some girls out there that whenever they move, whatever they wear, they attract attention, even if they make mistakes. It’s all publicity,” he added.

We’re sure they’ll be plenty more tales in this epic yet.



Designer collaborations

Sinha-Stanic designer collaboration now available at Oli.co.uk

By lotte on November 25th, 2009

Sinha Stanic for Oli.jpg If you fancy a bit of unusual and of-the-moment design in your wardrobe this winter, head over to oli.co.uk. They’re now stocking a Fusion range by Sinha-Stanic, a British design duo whose clothes have been spotted on celebrities like Keira Knightley, Beyonce and Kate Moss.

Prices start at £50, and the range includes biker jackets, draped silk dresses and wet-look jeans. The collection as a whole is luxurious but relaxed, and the designers’ credentials means the clothes will be an investment – but a less obvious and easier to get hold of designer steal than other collaborations like the Jimmy Choo for H&M range. This lace dress would be great for the party season (modelled by Paul Weller’s daughter Leah).

It’s also well worth checking out the PPQ Fusion range while you’re there – this is their fifth and final collection for the website, so snap it up while you can.



Designer collaborations, Gossip

Leona Lewis and Stella McCartney rumoured to be collaborating on animal friendly clothing range

By Andrea Petrou on November 24th, 2009

LeonaLewis.jpgWe’ve reported on many a great designer and celebrity collaboration but we have to say we’re particularly excited about this one.

If the rumours, first started in OK Magazine, are to be believed Leona Lewis and Stella McCartney are teaming up to launch a range of animal-friendly clothing.

We think this is a match made in veggie heaven for X-Factor winner Leona who doesn’t wear suede, leather or other animal products and is public supporter of PETA, and Stella who has been a long-time vegetarian.

According to OK, a friend claimed Leona said: “I’m on a mission. I’d love to promote a line of non-leather bags and shoes that are affordable. I think more needs to be available and not so expensive.”

We really hope this isn’t a he said, she said story because we really think the two ladies could do amazing things together. Afterall Leona has great fashion sense and, well we all know about Stella’s talents.

We’ve already started guessing what the two may call the range.



Designer collaborations, Features, Opinion

Jimmy Choo for H&M: My queuing experience

By Andrea Petrou on November 14th, 2009

Jimmy choo.jpgThis morning, before the light had even come through and the birds hadn’t even sung their first song, I was up and about eagerly preparing for my day of Jimmy Choo heaven at H&M. I thought I was ready physically and mentally. I had my purse, donned my flattest most comfortable boots (I’m not ashamed to admit they were Uggs) and got my gloves.

I’m no stranger to queueing for such events, I’ve waited patiently for Karl Lagerfeld’s and Matthew Williamson’s collections for H&M and always try to be first in the Gucci queue at the Harrods sale. Therefore I had also prepared myself for the pushing and shoving that’s bound to happen when you put too many bargain hungry fashionistas in one cramped place and make them wait.

However I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like the scenes I saw this morning. My tube, which is at the end of a north London line and a good 45 minutes from London, was packed with squeeling 15 and 16 year olds who covered the carriages wearing the latest trends and talking loudly about what they were going to buy. Zebra print bags and sandals, being the most heard phrase. Others sat shouting about their queueing game plan.

By the time we neared the final stop I could barely move for the hoards of fashionistas raring to go. And as soon as those tube doors opened it was a rush to the escalators and to the great outdoors where we were one step closer to this years fashion must haves.

The queue was already winding around the corner and the first half was covered in sleeping bags, which eager girls had obviously pitched up the night before. I joined and waited patiently despite being pushed left, right and centre and being caught up amongst arguments started by the standard “you’ve pushed in.”

I even managed to talk to a few girls. One told me: “I would have come earlier, but I didn’t want to leave my baby on his own for too long.”
Another said she’d been saving up hard for months to “really make the trip worth it.”

It was then I really began to wonder why we’re so desperate to get our hands on such items. Was a Jimmy Choo shoe, handbag suede dress or sequined jacket really important enough to risk something happening to your baby for?

And as the girls, who had chosen to spend their night freezing on a cold pavement rather than enjoying a Friday night out with friends, walked past smugly holding their rewards (I spotted a good few boxes and handbag straps poking out of those bags) I realised that this mad frenzy wasn’t for me.

I was hours from the front, and although I would have previously killed for even a buckle of this collection, the crazy, and at times, downright desperate, atmosphere was too much.

So I did something I’d never done before. I chickened out.

Taking myself to the nearest internet cafe I logged onto Ebay and typed in the probably most popular search of the day: Jimmy Choo for H&M. Well, I may have lost the Jimmy Choo queue battle, but I’m certainly not going to lose the war.

I’ll let you know how I got on next week but if you were one of the lucky girls who got hold of some of the collection I’d love to hear from you. Leave your comment below and let me know.



Designer collaborations, Ethical Fashions

Designer t-shirts for amazing prices at eco pop-up shop

By lotte on November 13th, 2009

Luella enviro foundation tee.jpgIf you’ve already decided to buy the Pixie Lott designed t-shirt, why not carry on the good deeds and go on a charity tee roll? Designer t-shirts are definitely having their moment right now, as a number of fashion houses have been producing their take on the normally cheap classic. But as these versions usually cost at least £60 (right now, for example, you can get this very cool Marc by Marc tee for £65, while this similarly brilliant See by Chloe number will set you back a mere £105), it’s usually better value to head to your local Urban Outfitters for a cheap and cheerful graphic tee.

The charity-designer collaboration is a classic one, and this time around it’s the Environmental Justice Foundation that’s launching a pop-up boutique in London’s Carnaby Street. Open from today for just two weeks, all t-shirts cost £30, and with designs by Luella (pictured), Giles Deacon and Richard Nicoll, we’d highly recommend getting down there as soon as possible – the tees are on sale only until they sell out!

You can also shop online at www.ejfoundation.org/shop.



Designer collaborations, Ethical Fashions, Fashion News

Pixie Lott designs a charity t-shirt for Moschino

By Andrea Petrou on November 13th, 2009

pixie-lott-moschino-1258066644.jpgOver the past few months we’ve reported on a number of collaborations between celebrities and high street stores, who joined to design various ranges for charity.

Next to do her good deed is Pixie Lott. Not content with designing a charity t-shirt for River Island, the popstarlet has gone back to the design board, this time teaming up with Moschino to design a limited edition T-shirt.

Her grey tee features a graffiti design of lyrics from her songs and all profits made will be donated to the Perthes Association, a charity that supports families and children suffering from Perthes’ disease and The Italia Conti Trust.

The T-shirt will available exclusively on the Moschino virtual boutique from mid November and we think the £85 price tag is more than worth it.



Designer collaborations, Gossip

Lindsay Lohan’s collection for Ungaro takes yet another blow

By Andrea Petrou on November 12th, 2009

linds lo.jpgJust when we thought things couldn’t get any worse for Lindsay’s fashion career, another blinding blow comes her way.

It’s bad enough being described as “sucking the soul” out of a fashion label by the founder, but now Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter have dropped Ungaro for spring 2010 (that’s Lindsay’s collection if you’ve been in a fashion slumber for the past few months).

We would advise Ms Lohan to go back to the acting day job but considering her recent roles have been as successful as her fashion debut we fear this may only make things worse.

Perhaps a career away from the limelight might be the best option Lindsay.



Celebrity Style, Designer collaborations, Ethical Fashions, Fashion News

River Island teams up with celebrities to create t-shirts for charity

By Andrea Petrou on November 11th, 2009

Pixie.jpg

Get a celebrity styled T-shirt and do your bit for charity (can it get any better that this?).
Head down to River Island now where Alesha Dixon, Pixie Lott and Kelly Roland have been working with the retailer’s young designers to refashion T-shirts into mini dresses and rock tees in aid of the Princes Trust.

We’ve had a sneaky look at the collection and have fallen in love with the zebra print fringed creation by Pixie, who said: “My T-shirt dress is everything it should be – cheeky, fun and cool.” We quite agree.

The T-shirts are available online now and in-store from Friday. But hurry as we have a feeling these celebrity creations won’t be hanging around for long



Ad campaigns, Designer collaborations

Madonna signed up by Dolce and Gabbana’s 2010 campaign

By Andrea Petrou on November 10th, 2009

madonna.jpgMadonna may have been dumped for a younger model by Versace but the queen of pop has shown she still has it.

The popstar has been signed up by Dolce & Gabbana. Madge will front the brand’s spring 2010 campaign and has already shot the ads in Brooklyn with photographer Steven Klein.

The designers said in their blog: “As Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2010 collection returned to the Italian roots of the brand, evoking its strong heritage and revisiting iconic pieces such as the corset (the designer’s finale was composed solely of corsets) it seemed only fitting that Madonna, who embodies both the strong sensuality of the brand and who shares an Italian heritage with the designers should be the one to showcase the Sicilian inspired collection.”

It seems Madonna will still be remaining a Material Girl for the foreseeable future.



Designer collaborations, Fashion News

Comet teams up with Lulu Guinness to bring style to our kitchen worktops

By Andrea Petrou on November 10th, 2009

exclusive-comet-lulu-toaster-1257797506.jpgWe know we usually give you news and ideas about clothing and accessories but fashion isn’t about what you wear, it’s about every part of your life. Whether it be your car, pet or household furnishings everything you own reflects your style.

While we’re not telling you to go and buy an extortionately priced car or hire the latest interior designer, we do recommend you hot foot it down to Comet now.

Yes we know, its hardly a place you originally associate with the hip and happening but, what if we told you the retailer has teamed up with kooky designers Lulu Guinness.

The collaboration features our favourite Lulu iconic lip design, which has been previously sported on many a celeb including Katy Perry and Sophie Ellis Bextor via rings and handbags. And it’s now made an appearance on a limited edition toaster a meaning you can make your toast in style.

Lulu Guinness said “I am delighted to team up with Comet on this project and thrilled with the design. This is the first time I’ve designed a something for the kitchen and I am excited to think of the toaster sitting in people’s homes, adding a bit of fun and glamour to their everyday activities.”

Although Lulu isn’t the first designer to move into the electrical market (fashionistas will know all about Cath Kidston’s designs for Roberts radio), we can’t wait to get our hands on the appliance, which is available online now and in stores from 13th November.

We’ll most definitely be seeing you in the queue.



Affordable Fashions, Designer collaborations, Designers, Fashion News, Features

Zandra Rhodes designs another collection for Marks and Spencer

By Andrea Petrou on November 6th, 2009

Zandra.jpgSeventies and hippy style chicks will be as excited as we are to hear that legendary fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has launched another collection for Marks and Spencer.

The seventies style creator has returned to the highstreet store for another season after the success of her first collection and we predict this range, which includes batwing tops, revamped 21st century jumpsuits and velvet and suede fabrics, will do just as well.

We’ll see you at the checkouts.




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