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New York Fashion Week: Zac Posen S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Lovers of grand, lush eveningwear should get ready to gasp and flutter their hands as we take a look at Zac Posen’s new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which was showcased at New York Fashion Week this Sunday. The result of another season’s toil over a new collection was a mouth-watering collection of day-dresses and evening gowns which were evocative of old 1940s Hollywood starlets.

What we love about Zac Posen’s work is that he obviously has a woman’s femininity in mind when he designs his gowns – these are designs that would leave the wearer feeling beautiful and special, with a veritable array of dresses with form-fitting dresses that hug in all the right places but artfully skim over the main problem areas. With off-the-shoulder sweetheart necklines, fitted busts and huge silk ruffles, it’s no wonder that Zac Posen is every celebrity’s red-carpet favourite.

As usual some of the gowns are truly spectacular, our absolute favourite being the collection’s black chiffon fishtail gown with an absolutely stunning black chiffon hem that we’re hoping we’ll see a celebrity wearing very, very soon. There’s definitely a darkly glamorous goth vibe to the gowns, as Posen has opted for deep navy, black and wine-red chiffons for an incredibly dramatic effect. The styling for the show was picture-perfect too, with the models wearing absolutely pristine finger waves in their hair and costume jewellery.

A grand salute to Zac Posen and his genius Spring/Summer gowns – ShinyStyle bloody loves ya.



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The Olsen twins are becoming creative directors at Superga

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Is there anything that these twins can’t do? They’ve already got three huge fashion brands (The Row, Elizabeth & James and Olsenboye) and now they’re turning their dainty manicured hands to footwear design as they’re set to take over the creative directorship at Italian show brand Superga.

Steve Madden, who holds the North American license for the brand, said on this new merging of minds: “We do a lot of business with Mary-Kate and Ashley. They’ve become friends.”

Surprisingly, the plucky enterprising twins actually approached Superga about the project, instead of the other way round. Ashley spoke out about their new footwear plans: “We were at a meeting with Steve, and we were wearing Supergas – two years later, it kind of fell into our lap. I really don’t think there’s anything like this brand. It’s a tennis-shoe brand with 100 years under its belt. Superga is really a luxurious brand. We are really hoping to bring it back to its roots.”

We absolutely can’t wait to see what Mary-Kate and Ashley come up with for their S/S designs..



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Oscar de la Renta loves how Sarah Jessica Parker wears his clothes

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

Oscar de la Renta has revealed that he’s a huge fan of SATC star Sarah Jessica Parker and loves that she likes to wear his designs.

SJP is pretty much everyone’s style icon since playing the iconic Carrie Bradshaw for so many years, so we can imagine it’s a pretty great feeling to see her wearing your designs – and she loves Oscar de la Renta.

It’s not only SJP who’s bewitched by Oscar’s feminine, glamorous designs, as other celebrities such as Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway all love the brand. But Sarah Jessica seems to have a special place in the designer’s heart.

The designer gushed to E! News: “Well, I love Sarah Jessica [Parker], because she is a friend for a long time. Sarah Jessica is like Diane [Von Furstenberg]; she is very much the spirit of New York, she is the New York girl. I love her.”

Oscar is also a big fan of fellow designer Diane Von Furstenberg, whose show he attended at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this week.

He said: “I love Diane. We have been friends forever. I have a tremendous admiration for Diane. I came for her because she is the spirit of the 21st Century. Diane is all about beauty, all about creativity, femininity and the aura of femininity.”

What a nice man. Oscar de la Renta seems to like absolutely everyone.



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First look: Rihanna’s new ad campaign for Armani. Pictures.

By emilyborrett on September 13th, 2011

We’re excited to reveal that our favourite Bajan princess Rihanna is moving further into the fashion world – and she’s now the face of Armani.

The curvy beauty is set to become the face of Emporio Armani underwear and Armani jeans for Autumn/Winter 2011-12, and you can check out the steamy photos for the new campaign right here in the gallery above. How good does Ri-Ri look in these photos?

What do you think of the singer’s new ambassadorship for the brand? Is it a yay or a nay? For us it’s a yay, yay, yay.



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New York Fashion Week: Diane Von Furstenberg S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

Yesterday the legendary Diane Von Furstenberg showed her latest Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. One of the most well-loved US-based designers, DVF has a very special place in our hearts and we love seeing what she’ll come up with next.

Naturally there was a playfulness to the collection, something we’ve seen in as a trademark in Von Fursternberg designs, with graphic pop-art style prints and bold florals. We picked up on a little bit of a kitsch 60s vibe to her Spring/Summer designs, with blotchy Warhol-esque floral patterns worn on slouchy shift dresses and oriental kimono-inspired sun dresses.

The iconic designer also interpreted the renewed androgyny trend absolutely perfectly, teaming crisp men’s trousers with sharp-shouldered suit jackets and pastel-coloured blouses for a look that obviously took inspiration from menswear but at the same time remained feminine.

The whole thing was styled perfectly too, with the models wearing their pastel-coloured graphic designs with classic retro winged glasses and big old beehives. Diane Von Furstenberg knows how to turn a fashion show into a party.



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New York Fashion Week: Christian Siriano S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

My crush on Christian Siriano might just be getting serious now – in fact I think it might be love thanks to his new Spring 2012 collection which totally and utterly blew me away. He may have started out as a reality TV diva in Project Runway but now there can’t be any dispute over Siriano’s talents. He really is incredibly creative and gifted.

Those familiar with Christian’s designs know that most of all he likes to work in an incredibly dramatic avant-garde vein of design which is to me is reminiscent of classic, old Paris couture from the 1950s. Anyone who was hoping for another spectacular, fantastical collection won’t be disappointed by this one.

There was a lot more use of bright colours in this collection, surprisingly, as normally Siriano works with a darkly glamorous palette of gloomy colours, but this season the dresses zinged in bright lime, coral and peach. He seems to have found his way more as well in his use of silhouette – in place of his usual explosions of chiffon-balls and giant shoulders we instead had cool, breezy sportswear styles that were reminiscent of the work of other great American designers.

Naturally no Siriano collection would be complete without his ridiculous old-school couture gowns, though – I was especially breathtaken by his hot coral-red ball gown which seemed to sweep along the model’s body in dreamy, fluffy chiffon whisps.

J’adore Christian. He has a little way to go before he is perfect – but he’s damn close right now.



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New York Fashion Week: Jason Wu S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 12th, 2011

As we all know by now, Jason Wu’s runway show is always an absolute highlight for me when NYFW rolls around again. I love his cool, nonchalant approach to fashion, which is perfect for city-slickers and sleek fashion-lovers everywhere. Those people won’t be disappointed with his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Like his previous collection, this collection featured heavily on contrasting shapes and silhouettes as the young designer paired form-fitting, almost Oriental structured blouses and shorts with billowing, slouchy coats for an edgy take on city dressing. Again, much like last season, Wu used the blouse as a staple in his work with an array of crisp white shirts with gem-encrusted collars. Workwear just got taken up a notch.

As for colour, the collection was a pretty myriad of soft peach-pinks with dark blue and grey prints which played off well against each other. I’ve got serious designer lust for his high-waisted, uber-sexy 50s style bikini in a dark grey and blue Eastern floral print – it manages to give a cheeky wink to pin-up girls of the past while still remaining a modern classic.

To see the highlights of Jason Wu’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, check out the gallery above.



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New York Fashion Week: Steven Alan S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

If Rachel Comey’s show was all about city-slicker vibes then Steven Alan’s Spring/Summer collection transported us back to the summer again with his array of simplistic, sugary designs.

The collection was very evocative of long summer evening and idyllic childhoods as the womenswear was mainly comprised of floaty sun-dresses and simple, sugar-coloured separate pieces teamed with straw hats and ladylike purses. It very much reminded us of dressing up in our mum’s summer dresses when we were little for a grand day out, which is quite a nice memory, really. Teddy bear’s picnic, anyone?

Much like Rachel Comey’s work, Steven Alan’s designs have a nostalgic, romantic air about them while still managing to be modern at the same time. This collection is going to be one of our favourites when it comes to planning next summer’s wardrobes – we can already tell. Alan’s ice-blue chinos are gong on my fashion wishlist right now.

Check out the gallery to see the highlights from Steven Alan’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.



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New York Fashion Week: Rachel Comey S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

New York Fashion Week has begun! Thank god! We’ve been floating around in fashion limbo for ages now and finally we have something obsess over again – the new Spring/Summer collections. The big names aren’t showing til later in the week, but the week has gone off to a nice start already with some up-and-coming designers. Today we’re looking at Rachel Comey’s new collection.

I have to say that I’ve never really paid much attention to Comey’s work before, but I am definitely impressed by her new Spring/Summer collection. It’s an urban, sleek collection of casual dresses and separates spanning from draped, girlish prints, slouchy jersey T-shirts, modern sunglasses and masculine tailored pieces. I’ve always been more of a lover of decadent, ridiculous avant-garde fashion, but Comey may have just convinced me of the beauty in simplicity. There is nothing contrived or affected about any of the pieces on the collection – it is simply effortless.

The whole vibe of the collection was free-spirited and girlish without losing it’s city-living edge. Sweet floral shorts were teamed with tough sunglasses andpeppermint-coloured tailored shorts were worn with masculine Breton  turtlenecks to create a clever balance between hard and soft.

As I said, I haven’t seen much of Rachel Comey’s work – but I like what I see. This girl is gonna be big.



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Galliano is found guilty of making racist remarks in court today

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

Well, the verdict is in – John Galliano has been found guilty in court today of making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris cafe in February.

The sentencing is a little better than expected – there was a possibility of the troubled designer serving 6 months in prison, but instead is paying a fine of €17,500, less than the maximum penalty for racist remarks in France.

Since making anti-Jewish remarks on film in a Parisian cafe in February, Galliano has been sacked from his position of creative director at Christian Dior and dropped from his self-titled line as well. Many celebrities and important figures of the fashion industry have since cut ties with Galliano – the actress Natalie Portman, who is Jewish herself and previously has been the face of Dior perfume, said she was “deeply shocked and disgusted” by the remarks.

Basically, nobody knows what is going to happen to Galliano next. Will the industry ever forgive the designer for his prejudiced remarks? Only time will tell.



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Roland Mouret refuses to have a muse for his designs

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

The fashion designer Roland Mouret has revealed that he refuses to take a muse as inspiration for his designs, as he prefers to be inspired by a variety of different women at once.

His celebrity fans will be weeping into their designer hankies at this news. I bet Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton are dying to take up permanent residence as a Roland Mouret muse, but the designer says this will never happen.

He told vogue.co.uk: “I design for any woman. I don’t like muses, if you have a muse you put someone on a pedestal. I prefer seeing women as they are, I design for women who enjoy being women.”

One woman he does take a lot of inspiration from, however, is the American Wallis Simpson for whom King Edward abdicated his throne so he could marry her in 1936. All very dramatic and romantic, no?

Mouret gushed about Wallis Simpson: “”Physically, she was very skinny – it was the person that was really attractive – her charisma; how beautiful and sad her life was. She was sexy in a painful way; a painful sexiness. The clothes she wore were austere, but sensual. It was the movement of her body that made her attractive – she was like a perfume, or the way a veil moves – like a ghost almost.”

Well Roland, if you ever change your mind about needing a muse, I can be available whenever you like. Just putting that out there..



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Designer spotlight: Jason Wu

By emilyborrett on September 7th, 2011

And so the Fashion Week fun begins, girls and boys, as one of our favourite fashion months of the year starts off in New York today. I don’t know about you but I’ve been waiting for the NYFW mania to begin for a while now – and while I wait with baited breath to see what the USA’s finest will come up with this season, I’m taking a look at one of the Big Apple’s best designers: Jason Wu.

Wu, who has a large celebrity following including Michelle Obama and Diane Kruger, is one of my favourite Manhattan-based designers because he simply knows how to make a girl look good. His collections may not have the over-the-top couture drama of iconic designers such as Dior and Gaultier, but they are something far more important – truly stylish, wearable designs for real women. When I imagine who Wu, in his mind, designs for it is not a madcap Isabella Blow character but the average fashion-savvy woman on the street.

His last two collections or so are particularly special to me because to me, they show that Wu has really hit his stride now as a designer and found a trademark in elegant tailoring and cocktail dresses. My dream Jason Wu piece? The slate-grey men’s coat from his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection (pictured above in the gallery) with the black lace sleeve details. Such a modern take on masculine fashion.

Take a look at my favourite Jason Wu moments in the gallery above – and keep checking back on the site for NYFW updates.



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Adele wants to be styled by Burberry for awards season

By emilyborrett on September 7th, 2011

The singer Adele has admitted that she’s dying to have Christopher Bailey, creative director of Burberry, style her for the next upcoming awards season.

Adele is already having a major fashion moment right now, having just made the cover of UK Vogue – but we think seeing the singer decked out in Burberry would be the icing on the cake. Apparently, they’re already planning a style collaboration. Oh, to be a celebrity…

The Someone Like You singer told Vogue: “I love old school. Chanel, Prada, you know. And Burberry, definitely. I’ve met Christopher Bailey a few times. He’s definitely going to dress me for the next lot of awards – if I’m nominated. I’ve always loved Burberry. I remember saving for three years to get my first bag before I got signed. Five hundred quid, I think it was, made of canvas with the logo like a satchel.”

Okay, now I’m just gonna put something out there. Burberry, if you get bored of styling Adele, I’d also like to be styled by you for awards season. I know I won’t be invited or anything – just something beautiful to wear while I watch it on TV, really… No? Oh, okay then.



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British Fashion Awards 2011 nominees: Burberry, Sarah Burton, Erdem and more

By emilyborrett on September 6th, 2011

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen is up for the "Designer of the Year" award

This year’s ultimate who’s who of fashion begins as we’ve just discovered who the nominees are for 2011’s British Fashion Awards. Get ready, girls and boys..
The coveted “Designer of the Year” award has three potential nominees: Sarah Burton, who has taken over the helm at Alexander McQueen’s since her predeccessor’s death, Christopher Kane whose collections featured liquid-looking plastic and crochet dresses and Erdem, whose dresses have a delicate fairy-like beauty.
“Designer Brand of The Year” has four designers vying for the award. Burberry, one of London’s favourite fashion houses, is nominated, as is our very own Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, whose latest collections have proved that the ex Spice Girl is more than just another famous name tacked onto a fashion project. They will all be going up against the right honorable Tom Ford, who has recently returned to designing womenswear.
“Model of the Year” is between Georgia Jagger, Stella Tennant and Kristen McMenamy. Our money is on Jagger to win – our very own little Brigitte Bardot.
Nominated for the the “Accessory Designer” award is Emma Hill for Mulberry, along with Katie Hillier and shoe designer Charlotte Olympia. We adore all three, but how could Mulberry not bag the award? We’ll have to wait and see to find out if we’re right.
This has been such an exciting season for fashion, and we absolutely cannot wait to see who’s going to snatch the most prestigious awards. The British fashion industry is magical, and we can’t wait to see so many of our favourite names honoured with the awards.
To read the full list of nominations, see here.


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Kate Bosworth only wears clothes by “nice” designers

By emilyborrett on September 6th, 2011

Not only does she look like the girl next door, but it’s obvious that Kate Bosworth was brought up with a sense of good manners as the actress has revealed she only likes to wear fashions designed by nice people.

The blonde beauty, who is often a familiar face at Fashion Week and is always impeccably dressed, spoke out about her particular process of choosing what – and who – to wear.

Kate said: “I’ve always seen fashion as embracing the individual, although yes, I understand that there are parts of the industry that aren’t so welcoming. But I look at the Proenza Schouler boys – they’re so kind and they make such brilliant designs. The Rodarte sisters, too. It may be idealistic, but I like to think that goodness rises to the top.”

And naturally, Madamoiselle Bosworth knows the fashion industry well, with a father who’s worked extensively in the Italian fashion industry, a close friendship with the fashion house Proenza Schouler and her own ecommerce site Jewelmint.

No mean fashion snobbery for this girl, then. Hear, hear! Listen up, designers – throw a hissy fit or start name-calling and this actress will never wear your designs again. You have been warned..




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