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Designers of the year: Erdem

By Andrea Petrou on December 21st, 2010

By Emily Borrett.


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When it came to brilliant, inspired collections this year, no one and absolutely no one did it quite as well as Canadian-bred fashion house Erdem. When you think of the iconic dresses to have emerged this year, one of the first to pop into your head will absolutely be his floor length digital-printed gown from his Autumn/Winter collection, which was startlingly pretty in an unusual mix of deep browns, inky blacks, teal and colour-bursts of red. It’s been worn by A-listers to countless red carpet events since. Add into the mix a gorgeous blend of sheer chiffon, swallow-prints and dark leather, and you’ve got one of the most original approaches to Autumn/Winter dressing for a long time.

This year Erdem were also at the root of this year’s lace trend, which continues to go strong into the new year. For their A/W collections their dresses and blouses came in wintery colours -soft blue-grey ruffles and pleats were the Erdem way to wear lace this winter. They then showed us how to carry the fabric from winter to next Spring, sending frothy white Victorian-esque lace down the runway with bold crimson embroidery creeping up the hemline. A very pretty way to wear lace indeed.

We can’t wait for next spring when the sun starts to peep out behind the clouds, just for our Spring wardrobes alone. We may not be able to afford the real thing, but Erdem’s white lace and cool green floral prints have given us some food for thought.

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Lanvin for H&M hits stores tomorrow. See all the pics here

By Andrea Petrou on November 22nd, 2010

Lanvin for H&M campaign shot

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Paris Fashion Week highlights: Chanel

By Andrea Petrou on October 5th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

When we think of Paris Fashion Week, the first designer that instantly comes to mind is Chanel, the timeless French fashion label that every girl covets and admires. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld always puts on a good show (recent memorable shows have featured a giant barn with models cheekily rolling in the hay, and last season, models in yeti-like furs stomping around a melting iceberg),  so everyone was waiting with baited breath today for what they knew would be a spectacular show.

And yes, as you can see from the photos above, it was classic Chanel grandeur and flamboyance all the way. In typical Lagerfeld style, the floor space was decorated like a French garden complete with fountains, with what seemed like every supermodel ever working in the show. It was hard to believe that this was the ready-to-wear show and not couture, as the lines between the two became blurred in the beauty of the collection.

There was breathtaking detail in the clothes; tiny beaded embellishments that gave the collection’s box jackets an iridescent appearance, rich-looking classic tweeds in silvers and pale ice-cream colours, fringing and feathering, sheer lace midi-skirts and some of the most fantastic looking costume jewellery that I’ve probably ever seen. Any French woman would kill for this level of Parisian style.

Best show of Paris Fashion Week so far? In fact, best show in all of the past month’s fashion shows, full stop? Yeah, I think so..

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Ones to watch: Charlotte Taylor

By Andrea Petrou on September 29th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

At the “talent goldmine” that is Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Shiny Style interviewed Georgia Hardinge, Lilee and now quirky British designer Charlotte Taylor, graduate of Central St Martin’s and former employee of girl-tastic fashion brand Luella. So the girl has all her credentials in place.

When it comes to Charlotte Taylor’s work, don’t expect anything less that a lot of fun clothes – this is the girl whose last collection listed influences such as: “trashy grannies, penguins, old soap operas, moves and the eccentric within”. And eccentric she is – her SS2011 collection didn’t disappoint in the fun stakes. Her latest work featured velvet high-waisted hot pants, big industrial-looking pendants, yellow robot-print fabric and one very sweet powder-blue mini romper suit. When we met she was looking very elegant, despite being completely worn-out by the last-minute rush, and graciously answered our questions for us.

SS: Hi Charlotte. What was the inspiration behind your collection?

CT: The main inspiration behind it was vintage robots. I loved the idea of using a very rusty, metallic palette in both the clothes and the jewellery.

SS: Who are your favourite designers of the moment?

CT: I love Sonia Rykiel because her knits are just really fun. And Marc Jacobs too- everything about the brand is great.

SS: I read that you used to work for Luella – what was that like? What did it teach you?

CT: Working for Luella was fun, but mad. It taught me a lot about the industry and gave me the guts to do it on my own. I don’t actually think Luella’s brand dissimilar to my own, in that being British is a great factor in her design.

SS: Finally, who is your style icon?

CT: Oh, my granny. Definitely.

Charlotte Taylor SS2011

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Ones to watch: Lilee

By Andrea Petrou on September 29th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Continuing on from our chat with fresh talent Georgia Hardinge, we next had a chat with Korean designer Lilee, whose delicate collection was my personal favourite out of all the ones that were shown at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Lilee (centre in the photo below), whose talent has not gone unnoticed by the likes of Vogue, Elle and InStyle, made her London Fashion Week debut this season.

Lilee’s SS2011 collection was exquisite in its’ simplicity; crisp, pleated little dresses and separates with sharp collars in a neat palette of bright white, navy and greys that seemed to flutter playfully as the models went down the catwalk. A particular favourite of mine was the white midi-length dress towards the end of the collection with the sheer panelled top and geometric bustier. Minimalist heaven. Lilee herself was a pleasure to talk to;  all tiny and pretty like a dress-up doll, I wanted to take her home and put her in my pocket.

SS: It’s a stunning collection that you’ve put together, my favourite of the day. What was the inspiration behind it?

LL: It all started with an old photo, a 1930s one, of a woman walking her dog. There was this great sense of spontanaeity and high energy coming off the picture, so much attitude and energy radiating from the woman. That’s what I wanted to communicate with this collection.

SS: When did you first realise you wanted to be a designer?

LL: I don’t really know.. [Smiles] My major was fashion design. I guess I just like making things.

SS: Who are your favourite designers at the moment?

LL: Let me see, that would have to be Jean-Paul Gaultier, definitely. And Ricardo Tisci.

Lilee will be releasing a capsule collection on, set to come online in early October.

Lilee SS2011

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Ones to watch: Georgia Hardinge

By Andrea Petrou on September 29th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

The great thing about Fashion Week craziness is all the new talent that emerges each year at Vauxhall Fashion Scout – you may have read of it – termed the “talent goldmine” by Vogue, where some of the best young designers are given a platform to show their work. Leading British motor manufacturer Vauxhall has sponsored Vauxhall Fashion Scout for the last nine seasons in the spirit of showing its support for the British fashion industry and emerging talent – and what talent there was. ShinyStyle went to see the collections of the Ones To Watch winners this year, to check out the clothes and have a little chat with the designers.First up was Georgia Hardinge with her SS2011 collection, entitled La Belle et la Bete.

It wasa beautifully flirtatious little array of clothes that very dreamy and very French. Sent down the runway were frothy, gorgeous white cocktail dresses that looked like whipped cream and sugar, sleek little dresses in liquid-looking prints in silvers and greys and black sheer separates with super-structured hips and bodices. The claps that ensued were well-deserved – it’s easy to see why supermodel Erin O’Connor is already a huge fan.

Unfortunately because of the backstage rush (mental, if you were wondering) after the show we were only able to grab a couple of minutes with her. Despite the obvious stress she was under, with organisers shouting and chivvying all over the place, Miss Hardinge was very friendly and up for a chat.

SS: Hi Georgia, your collection was gorgeous today. Could you tell me a little bit of the inspiration behind it?

GH: I took a lot of inspiration from the French artist Jean Cocteau – he was my muse for this collection – and the idea of old beauty meeting new beauty, French baroque meeting punk.

SS: What first motivated you to become involved in the fashion industry?

GH: I wanted to be an artist or a sculptor originally, actually. But I didn’t want to make things that were just mounted on the wall or in the middle of the floor; I wanted to make beautiful art that people could walk around in. I wanted to make walking art. That’s how I began making clothes.

SS: I was nerdily reading up on you earlier and found out that you studied fashion design in Paris. Are French women really the best-dressed women in the world, or is that a myth?

GH: [Smiles] No, that’s not a myth. They really are better dressed.

<i>La Belle et la Bete</i>, SS2011

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Shiny Style loves: Nicole Richie’s new autumn line

By Andrea Petrou on September 22nd, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Nicole Richie’s got a lot to celebrate at the moment – yesterday she turned 29, and today the birthday girl launched her new autumn collection for her label “Winter Kate” on online mid-priced designer shopping site My-Wardrobe.

The star, whose style has made her a modern icon for LA fashion, is adding to her already booming business assets – she already owns jewellery line House of Harlow 1960 – with clothing line Winter Kate. The collection, which is named after her young daughter (aw), is a deliciously nostalgic assortment of slouchy, draped jackets and kimono-style jackets in oriental and velvet prints. Richie describes the inspiration behind the A/W clothes as “inspired by birds, peacocks .. cute prints on kimonos and waistcoats”. The jackets are a pretty, delicate way to dress up a LBD this Christmas or just wrap up warm without looking too overdone or try-hard.

Yes, the price tags aren’t exactly high street. But then again, you won’t need to take out a mortgage to buy one either, and each piece is timeless. To have a look at some of the prettiest pieces in the new Winter Kate line, check the gallery below.

Butter Jade Silk Burnout Velvet Drape Top

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Designer pick of the week: Yuki

By Andrea Petrou on September 22nd, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

If you’re looking for a few classic staples that you can wear both to work and out on the town this A/W, you don’t need to look any further than R-T-W designer Yuki, whose clothes take direct inspiration from Tokyo’s Shibuya Street and Japanese street style.

The current collection, which is for sale on various online designer boutiques such as, are mainly comprised of classic tailored shirts that could be worn to the office or to a club, depending on how they’re styled. It’s a palette of rust, camel, neutrals and classic whites that have been seen all over the catwalks this season – but instead of spending a bomb on a blouse from Chloe, Yuki retails at high-street prices. I’m currently lusting over the rust-coloured shirt with diamanté detailing on the pockets and the preppy “unbalanced” shirt in cream.

You may think that Yuki has been somewhat below the fashion radar but not so – the brand has been slowly and surely getting love from the media world and celebrities such as Sienna Miller and Peaches Geldof are fans. Check the gallery below for some of their sharp designs.

Cream Preppy Unbalanced Shirt

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NYFW Highlights: Mulberry SS2011

By Andrea Petrou on September 15th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

As Andrea said before, Fashion Week in New York is coming to a glitzy, air-kissing end and it’s all very sad. As a send-off to one of the world’s biggest fashion events (for now, anyway- it’ll be back, girls), ShinyStyle is bringing you all the highlights from the past week. So far we’ve celebrated the Spring/Summer 2011 collections from both Tommy Hilfiger and Diane Von Fustenberg, but now it’s Mulberry’s turn for a bit of Shiny-Love.

It was clear from the get-go that Mulberry’s SS2011 collection was going to a girl’s dream – the floor space surrounding the runway was decorated to look like a lily pond, with huge peachy lilypads and hot-pink flowers scattered across the floor. The mood of the show had a dreamy, springtime “pretty girl in a pretty dress walking in a pretty garden” feel to it that reflected the clothes perfectly. The milky-skinned, auburn-haired Mulberry girls were sent stomping down the catwalk in full-skirted, ladylike creations in sugary tones of pink and sky blue. Go away Christmas, I’m ready for my spring wardrobe now..

Walk-in-the-park atmosphere

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Christian Louboutin launches trainer range

By admin on August 24th, 2010

It seems ShinyStyle is having a little bit of a shoe day. This morning we bought you the news that Selfridges was launching an exhibition dedicated to Vivienne Westwood’s shoes and now we’ve just been told about a gorgeous new range from Christian Louboutin.

However, if you’re expecting us to bang on about sky-scraper heels, complete with the red patent soles, that  Mr Louboutin is best known for, then think again, because this range is all about (shock horror) flats and trainers.

No, you don’t need to reach for your glasses, you read right, because his new collection is all about crystal encrusted, metallic and leopard print hi-top trainers, which have just stepped through the doors of Harvey Nichols.

Being fans of flats we can’t wait to get our hands on these, which give a nod to the 80s trend (yes it’s still lurking around in AW 2010) and are great for sporty chic. We’ll be putting these £700 designer babies on our “must have” list.

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3.1 Phillip Lim SS 2010 Ready to wear now available at

By alanamcverry on April 20th, 2010

homepage Phillip Lim uk.jpgPhillip Lim’s collections have year on year astounded me with their perfect balances of the simple and the detailed, the sensible and the whimsical, the minimal and the profoundly stunning. Many high fashion designers favour the fantastical over the real, and produce spectacles only suitable for the waif-ly thin giraffes that grace the arena of the members only catwalk. Phillip Lim, on the other hand, seems to have a knack for producing items that aren’t only focused on sprucing up the unquestionably svelte . Not only this, his visions actually work well within the trials and tribulations of our day to day existences. Phillip Lim seems to be marrying the fabulous with the functional once again with his new collection, even introducing a beautiful lipstick red suit (aka fabulous) which is machine washable (I kid you not). 3.1’s SS Ready to Wear Collection continues in the spirit of clean lines, luxurious fabrics and homemade accents that Lim is famous for; but also incorporates a primitive collage concept inspired by a viewing of the Picasso: Mosqueteros show at the Gagosian gallery in New York. This collection of juxtapositions is a definitive contrast to previous collections that were drawn together by less abstract themes.Either way he has undeniably pulled out a winner of sumptuous sexy simplicity that has something in it for everyone. Those new to Lim’s work have much to look forward to in this veritable feast of fancies that is now available at ‘s virtual space as a new mini-store. I urge you online to observe and adore. But beware, the collection doesn’t come cheap, but think of it as an investment, a battle against the barrels of primark, topshop goods you throw out with the fall of each fashion fad. At least one thing is for sure, simple and elegant never goes out of style.

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Jonathan Saunders range for Topshop hits stores today

By Andrea Petrou on January 22nd, 2010

It may be that time in January when “pay day” seems like a historic word but with news that Jonathan Saunders collection is out today it’s time to scramble those pennies together and hot foot it down to Topshop.

The long awaited 5 piece range, consists a skinny black dress and matching white T-shirt, and a panelled denim pencil skirt, as well as a denim cropped top, which will show off those newly toned gym figures some of you may be working hard at.

Jonathan said: “My collection for Topshop this season has been inspired by sportswear and workwear, as well as the bold and graphic shapes of the Memphis movement. It’s perfect for urban city dewellers”.

And if you don’t want to brave the rain then you can also pick up pieces of the range online. We think living on potatoes and soup for the next week is definitely worth it for this collection, and we’ll probably even be able to fit into the denim cropped top as a result.

Click on the picture below to view some of the range.

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Work blues buster: lets you design clothes at highstreet prices

By Andrea Petrou on January 13th, 2010


It’s not a nice time to be in work. The snow’s playing havoc with travelling and lunchtime trips to the shops and post Christmas blues are not making things much better. However we’ve stumbled across something that may brighten up your lunch break, especially for those who have always fancied themselves as fashion designers or want a copy of their favourite celebrity dress. lets you design your own clothing, which is then made and delivered to you in 10 days. Design your dress or top and then choose the fabric and fastenings. Yes it’s that simple.

And it’s good news for those of us who are in between sizes or who have trouble choosing between the standard Small, Medium and Large that many online stores offer as you can order a garment to fit your own measurements.

Now this site isn’t new, it’s been around for a few years, but the company has just added a range of new tools to help you get that perfect work outfit.

These include new ‘design parts’, which we think are perfect for banishing those back to work blues and will inspire people to create fabulous new work wear to get some office edge. Included in these are the new pussy bow tie detail that gives a modern take on the classic shirt, and a turned back cuff that adds a tailored element to tops, dresses and shirt-dress designs.

Prices for these clothes are around the same as you would expect to pay on the highstreet, so we say, get online and start designing now. However, we warn you, it’s addictive, so make sure your boss doesn’t catch you doing this while your meant to be working.

Keep reading because next month we’ll be reviewing the site to see how good it really is.

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Event: Celebrities, models and designers dress up for the British Fashion Awards

By Andrea Petrou on December 10th, 2009
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Celebrities, models and fashion designers were out in their droves last night to celebrate the 25th annual British Fashion Awards.

The event, which we we’ve been excited about since we reported the shortlist a few weeks ago, took place in London’s Royal Courts of Justice and this year played host to more British designers than ever before.

As we would expect, it was also attended by Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer as well as one of our favourite designers Matthew Williamson.

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Christopher Bailey the Collection of the Year award, while model de jour Georgia Jagger scooped Model of the Year and there was also good news for Kate Moss who won the public voted London 25 Award.

There was also happiness from Grace Coddington who was given the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and Katie Hillier was crowned Accessory Designer of the Year.

British Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

We also think a huge congratulations are in order for Burberry, which won Designer Brand of the year and Christopher Bailey who was awarded British Designer of the Year.

During his acceptance speech, Bailey also revealed that Burberry would display creations during February’s London Fashion Week: “London is our home and our global headquarters, and we are thrilled to be showing again in this, our magnificent and creative city,” he said.

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Sonia Rykiel pour H&M preview

By Andrea Petrou on December 2nd, 2009

If you haven’t already noticed we’ve got a lingerie theme going on today, apart from our Global Cool story, which is quite the opposite but, we’ll sure your agree is for a good cause.

So what better way to round up the theme with a sneak preview and video of Sonia Rykiel’s boudoir-inspired lingerie range for H&M.

We might have just got over the huge Jimmy Choo range for the highstreet store, but, as we all know fashion moves on as quickly as your other half when he spots the huge diamond ring you’re ogling at in the jewellers window.

The launch of this range was held last night at Paris’s Grand Palais for an extravagant show to unveil Sonia Rykiel’s the range. And what a launch it was. The fairytale themed show complete with a glittering Eiffel Tower, ferris wheel, swing set and cut-out trees strung with thousands of fairy lights, also featured Lily Cole, who held the reins of a giant moving horse head.

And it seems when the collection launches on Saturday, there may not be the mayhem we reported and timing complaints many of you told us about during the Jimmy Choo launch.

A spokesman for H&M told Grazia: “The Jimmy Choo launch was different because with accessories and shoes we gave people a specific area to try things on and limited numbers of product they could buy, but because this launch is a line of garments we don’t feel this is necessary, so there are no limits on what you can buy or try on.”

We can’t wait. View the video of last nights launch and click on the picture below for a sneak preview of the collection.

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