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Red or Dead launches its Autumn/Winter 09 collection

By Andrea Petrou on September 8th, 2009

Red or dead collection.JPGAs it gets closer and closer to the autumn, many designers are launching their ranges for the season ahead and Red or Dead is no different.

The British Fashion company has just launched its womenswear collection exclusively in highstreet shop Bank.

The collection features 35-pieces of coats, trousers, skirts and tops as is said to include playful prints, ditzy designs and sculptural shapes.

Those of us loving 80s fashion will love the denim playsuits and leather jackets in the range, while the girly girls among us may fall for the range of tulip dresses.

Prices for the range from £19.99 to £145.

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Celebrity Style, Designer Fashions, Fashion News

Hervé Léger opens UK store

By Andrea Petrou on September 7th, 2009

Herve.jpgIf you love Posh’s, Lindsay Lohans and Diane Kruger’s red carpet, figure hugging dress style then you’ll be pleased to know, you will soon be able to get your hands on something similar.

The starlets are all known for wearing Hervé Léger, a designer whose creations became well known in the 80s.

Over the past year the designs have made a huge come back onto the celebrity circuit and they will now be making an entrance into our wardrobes at home.

Why? Because the designer is opening up a UK store in Knightsbridge on the 17 September.

The store will have two levels, plus a VIP area. I think this is fantastic news, and definitely a worthy excuse to join up to the gym to get into one of these gorgeous figure hugging dresses.

Designer Fashions, designer pick of the week, Haute Couture

An amazing video that shows the painstakingly way couture is made

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2009

While I’m on a designer roll it would be wrong not to tell you about this amazing video showing how a seamstresses turns a Karl Lagerfeld sketch into a finished dress and jacket.

After all there’s nothing more exciting than seeing how designer garments are made, and what we’re actually parting with our money for.

The video, which was given exclusively to The Cut, by Chanel is a great insight into all the hard work that goes into making these pieces and it’s definitely worth a watch. Yes the seamstress makes it look easy but watch the way each sequin is picked up and the way the piping is stitched on. I’m not sure I’d have the patience.

I think that if I’d actually seen a video like this during my disastrous attempts in my textiles A-level I may have done better (well I have to blame something.)
[Via the Swelle Life]

Affordable Fashions, Designer Fashions, Handbags, Sales and Specials

It’s going to be handbags at dawn with this designer sale

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2009

Miu Miu Red Handbag RRP £700 BA £479.JPGAnother day and another handbag bargain (think I’m going to need a bigger house after all of this.)

Now, we’re not talking about low low prices here, but those of you who know how much Gucci and Prada bags cost, will understand why I’m so excited about this.

From tomorrow, and for three days only (ok now I sound like a DFS store advert), designer website BrandAlley is having a handbag sale.

It’s reducing a range of Miu Miu, Prada and Gucci bags by around £200 to £300.

We love the pictured red Miu Miu bag, which is now down to £479 from £700 and the white Gucci bag, which has been reduced from £1142 to £699.

Hmm I wonder if my bank will extend my overdraft, after all it’s for a good cause.

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Designer Fashions, Fashion News

Website that shows designer bargain offers launched

By Andrea Petrou on August 25th, 2009

Brag it up.JPGIt seems that we have taken it upon ourselves today to become your credit crunch fashion fairy Godmother because we’ve found something that will save you even more money this season.

BragItUp is a recently launched website that lists the week’s top ten fashion finds available on the web.

Ok, we can hear you thinking that’s not really anything new, but be patient and we’ll explain.

Every item that goes onto this site has to be discounted by a minimum of 40% of the original price and preferably be from a top designer, brand or store.

We had a scout around today and spotted some Christian Louboutin’s with 60% (no it’s not a typo) off, a Leona Edmiston dress down from £310 to £50 and Jimmy Choo sling backs £142 from £475. See we told you this was good.

The site is updated every Thursday and you can also sign up to receive free weekly emails, which shows the deals as soon as they go live on the website. Don’t say we don’t ever do anything for you.

Accessories, Designer Fashions, Designers, Fashion News

Online boutique that has us wanting more

By Andrea Petrou on August 21st, 2009

sugarhill057.jpgWith internet fashion becoming so popular, it seems online fashion stores are launching faster than you can say Chanel.

However, we’ve completely fallen in love with this new internet shopping heaven, that popped onto web yesterday.

The Stellar Boutique is bursting full of one-off gems and includes, vintage, retro and high fashion pieces and includes designs from up and coming creators including Sugarhill Boutique (we love the butterfly dress, pictured) Lia Lee and Dahlia.

But it’s not just clothes, oh no, this site offers everything apart from the kitchen sink. Get your hands on home ware, accessories such as sun glasses, and menswear (perfect if you need to sweeten him up when he sees all your purchases.)

Affordable Fashions, Designer Fashions, dresses, Fashion News

Forward fashion at your finger tips

By Andrea Petrou on August 18th, 2009

If you want to stand out from the fashion crowd and get your hands on designs by someone who could possibly be the next Tom Ford, then get yourself onto the Asos website sharpish.

The shopping site, which keeps us up until all times of the night uming and ahing over the latest dress, is now stocking Laden Showroom an independent boutique previously in Brick Lane.

So why are we getting so excited about this boutique? Well the shop stocks a huge range of up-and-coming British designers, many of whom then go on to be big names.

We love the Renne London button batwing dress, priced at £48 and the Flamingo Fade Print Jersey Babydoll Dress, which will add a bit of 70s tie dye magic to your clothing collection.

However, we get the feeling these won’t last too long, so get typing fast.

Designer Fashions, Footwear

Move over Uggs, there’s a new winter boot in town

By Andrea Petrou on August 18th, 2009

kau location-366-2.jpgLove them or hate them there’s no denying that sheepskin Ugg boots are a must have every year.

However, there’s a new kid on the block and it’s looking like it may become leader of the pack (or flock.)

If you’re a fashion girl that doesn’t like to follow the herd, then these Kau Boots will heat up your heart as much as they do your feet. Why? Because, the company claims that every pair is completely different as they are made from individually hand selected hide.

And it doesn’t end there. Kau offers three different heights and seven colour options including black leather, mainly brown, brown and white and black and white. You can also pick from three different linings and two different soles.

Those that want to make their boots that extra bit special can also opt for the tailored option, which means getting arty by drawing around your feet and sending it off to the company. And the best thing is it will only set you back an extra £20.

The boots range from £199.99 – £279.99.

Designer Fashions, Fashion News

Net-a-Porter now available on your iPhone

By Kimberley Foster on July 15th, 2009

Shopping via your mobile is about to get a whole lot more exciting thanks to the new Net-a-Porter iPhone application. Launched in London yesterday, NET-APP allows you to browse and buy clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories straight from your iPhone or iPod.

It is updated twice a week with the latest products, you can also read the weekly magazine, email friends and add favourite items to a wish list. It is free and available now to download from As if I needed another reason to shop? See a demo above.

Designer Fashions, Fashion News, Sales and Specials

Sale alert: Stella McCartney sample sale, NYC – last day!

By Kimberley Foster on July 15th, 2009


Listen up because today is the last day to get down to the Stella McCartney sample sale in New York! According to those who have already checked it out, you can find bikinis for $60, handbags priced from $193 to $280 and loads of shoes at varying prices. All items are marked between 50% and 80% off the original price – but if you get down there today you never know, prices might be slashed even further.

What: Stella McCartney sample sale (open to the public)
When: 15th July 2009, 9am to 6pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC (located between Sixth & Seventh Ave)

Designer Fashions, dresses

ShinyStyle wishes you a Happy Fourth of July!

By Kimberley Foster on July 3rd, 2009

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Nothing sums up 4th July more than this Catherine Malandrino American flag-print dress. The designer considers this dress symbolic of her breakthrough in the USA, and even wore it at the end of her Spring 2009 catwalk show. Since then it has been seen on everyone from Heidi Klum to Kelly Ripa. The dress is still available from Catherine Malandrino’s online boutique for $450.

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

[Image: Glamour]

Designer Fashions, Fashion News, Tops

“Fashion Targets Summer Fridays” breast cancer campaign

By Kimberley Foster on June 22nd, 2009


Models including Lily Donaldson and Lily Cole have put their faces to a new breast cancer awareness campaign “Fashion Targets Summer Fridays (FTBC)”. The initiative encourages us all to buy the Ralph Lauren-designed FTBC polo shirts, and wear them to work on Fridays. They retail for $55 each and are available from Net-a-porter. Proceeds from the T-shirts will go towards Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other FTBC-supported organizations. So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a Ralph Lauren polo and help the cause.

Designer Fashions, Fashion News

Diane von Furstenberg settles out of court for copying

By Kimberley Foster on June 19th, 2009

ellemag_us_jessicaalba_march09.jpgFrom Catwalk Queen

Diane von Furstenberg, who has strived for copyright inclusion as part of her role as CFDA president, has settled out of court after being accused of improper copying. DvF will now pay the designers of Mercy of Canada an undisclosed sum and will stop using the copied jacket design. Some might recall that the garment was actually pulled by Whitney Port on The City for the March ’09 cover of Elle.

“While this is an isolated incident for DVF, it is unfortunate that way too many others intentionally build businesses by stealing the work of other designers,” von Furstenberg said.

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Ad campaigns, denim, Designer Fashions, Fashion News

Calvin Klein Jeans billboard upsets Manhattan

By Kimberley Foster on June 17th, 2009


Calvin Klein is in hot water yet again after a provocative billboard for its womenswear and menswear jeans line was unveiled in New York this week. The racy ad which depicts a young female semi-naked model lying across one man and kissing another has caused uproar amongst appalled Manhattanites. However CK designers are at a loss to see the problem.

“It’s my favorite campaign ever!” said CK menswear designer, Italo Zucchelli. “I hope they’re going to be, ‘Ooooh, what is that?’ And then they buy our jeans. In the best tradition of Calvin Klein.”

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Celebrity Style, Designer Fashions, Gallery

2009 CFDA Awards: The red carpet round-up

By Kimberley Foster on June 16th, 2009

New York’s Lincoln Centre was the place to be last night as designers, models and other starlets gathered to celebrate the 2009 CFDA Awards. We’ve already brought you the list of winners – click here to get the update. So now, onto the red carpet arrivals. It was a celeb-fest with the likes of Doutzen Kroes wearing a flouncy Zac Posen frock, and Blake Lively, Coco Rocha and a preggers Heidi Klum supporting Michael Kors by wearing his clothes. Catch up on what everyone was wearing by clicking image below.


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