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Shiny gets styling with M&S!

By Daisy Buchanan on August 16th, 2013

Here’s what happened when Shiny Style were asked to help style competition winner Alec for a celebratory dinner in store at M&S…


Alex looking smart in his suit.

Alex looking smart in his suit.

Alec told us he wasn’t exactly a fashion fan, but as soon as we clocked his height and posture, we knew he’d be a dream to dress. We were tempted to steer him towards a very formal suit that he could wear to weddings and smart parties, but he told us he was actually looking for something a bit more casual and versatile, that he could wear with jeans on a night out.

We knew the range for him was M&S Limited Collection, which specialises in modern, slim fit cuts which look great on younger guys. Limited Edition pieces tend to start at a a fairly reasonable price point, so we had a bit more styling budget to play with – we even managed to find shoes for Alec.

It didn’t take long at all to find Alec’s dream suit – a dark grey two button number that set off his broad shoulders a treat. After trying a classic white shirt/red tie combo, we talked him into a very light lilac shirt  – because purple is for guys too…

The piece de resistance came in the form of a bright purple floral embroidered pocket square and matching tie. The pocket square gave the traditional pieces a modern feel, bringing the look right up to date while referencing a vintage, gentlemanly look.

The day was so much fun that we’re tempted to spend our weekends hanging about the M&S menswear department and seeing if there’s anyone there we can help out. Obviously, we would have been completely helpless if it wasn’t for the brilliant members of staff, who knew everything there is to know about fit and style.

Meeting Alec was a true joy – he should feel very proud of his achievements. We hope he had as much fun as we did, and that his partner enjoys the results during his special dinner.

Follow Alec @prozacprince

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Shiny Gets Styling With M&S – Part One

By Daisy Buchanan on August 14th, 2013

tie 200At Shiny, we love a challenge – and to be honest, the usual ones we undertake are of the “I bet you can’t eat all these sausages!” variety. So we were thrilled when M&S asked us to undertake a proper, grown up challenge – being given a budget to style someone up in the best pieces from their ranges. And that person would be a man. It was to be our first major foray into menswear – and we’re keen that it won’t be the last.

We were asked to style up competition winner Alec, who had just graduated from his police training with the MET. His partner, had asked if M&S could find Alex the perfect suit so he could celebrate his achievements in style at a special dinner.

We knew that styling Alec would be exciting, but challenging too – and the biggest challenge of all would be listening to Alex and making sure our own feelings about fashion didn’t influence him too heavily, and that he ended up picking the outfit that suited his personality best.

Come back tomorrow to find out how we got on. Did we manage to avoid any Fast Show suits you references? Did we have to chase each other around the menswear department with tape measures a la Benny Hill? Were we allowed inside the actual men’s changing rooms? All these questions – and more – will be answered.

Ethical Fashions, Events

Topshop backs PETA campaign to ban exotic skins

By shinychris on March 15th, 2013

Topshop keep wildlife out of wardrobeTopshop and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have joined forces draw attention to the treatment of exotic animals killed for their skins. The high street store has created a display at its flagship Oxford Street store in London.

The display, which can be seen in the shop’s main window today until Monday, 18 March, features a wardrobe with exotic animals spilling out and the caption “Keep Wildlife Out of Your Wardrobe”. It goes on to urge shoppers to visit PETA UK’s website to sign a pledge never to wear exotic skins.

“Topshop knows that the only place for exotic skins is on their original owners”, says PETA Senior Programme Manager Yvonne Taylor. “Through the years, Topshop has set the industry standard for promoting animal welfare, and its latest high-profile display at the heart of London’s busiest shopping street will help save many snakes, alligators and other animal victims of the fashion industry from an excruciatingly painful death.”

As shown in PETA US’ exposé of the exotic-skins trade – narrated by acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix – snakes, alligators and other exotic animals who are killed for their skins are commonly nailed to trees, bludgeoned with hammers and skinned alive. It often takes hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration. Nice.

PETA and Topshop have collaborated on several previous occasions to make it clear that they oppose the cruel fur and exotic-skins trades. Topshop was recently presented with a PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Award in the category of Most Stylish Women’s Knitwear for the company’s trendy cream-and-lime jumper.

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Department Stores, Events

H&M flagship Oxford Circus store now open with wi-fi

By shinychris on February 14th, 2013

H+M Oxford StreetH&M flagship Oxford Circus store opens today. To celebrate, four days of music and fashion fun will take place across the opening weekend featuring over 20 top DJ’s and surprise live performances. Customers in the queue before 1pm on opening day will receive wristbands entitling them to 25% discount off all fabulous products in store on the day.

The remodelled store will be the first H&M store in the world to offer Wi-Fi to customers and will comprise over 3,750 sq metres across six floors of fashion including womenswear, menswear, a shoe lounge and even a chill out area on the fourth floor. Customised LED displays feature on every level and unique interiors create an exclusive feel claims the company.

Says Carlos Duarte, H&M’s Country Manager for the UK and Ireland. “We are thrilled to be re-launching our flagship store on the world-renowned Oxford Street in London.”

“Oxford Circus, located in the heart of London’s West End is the ultimate retail destination and we look forward to showcasing our exciting store in this prime position. The increased size of the store will enable us to bring our customers a broad selection of H&M’s ladies and menswear collections. The team behind the 12 month project have worked incredibly hard to create an innovative shopping environment that will inspire our customers who can look forward to the ultimate H&M fashion experience – we look forward to surprising them!”

Events, Gallery, Red Carpet

Cate Blanchett wows crowd at The Hobbit London premiere in floorlength winter white Givenchy gown

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 13th, 2012

Leading lady Cate Blachett looked every part the on-screen Goddess as she graced the green carpet at yesterday’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in a floorlength winter white Givenchy gown. Film buffs out there might remark that Cate looked a bit like Princess Leia (you know, her from that other famous film empire…).

Cate, who plays Galadriel in the Middle Earth saga, completed her ethereal look- vamped up with an unexpected backless cut out detailing – by keeping her blonde locks in a simple up-do.

This isn’t the first time the Australian beauty has impressed spectators with her sartorial choices – check out the gallery below if you don’t believe us.

Rocking the peplum

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Image: Press Association

All images: Press Association


Know someone who is getting married? Win tickets to the National Wedding Show 2013 with Bridalwave

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 6th, 2012

When you reach a certain age (no we’re not going to tell you ours) it seems like a secret memo gets sent out that ‘now is the time to marry’ and the number of weddings you’re requested to attend go from zero to one billion. OK perhaps not so dramatic, but you get the idea. If you’ve hit this age (not telling..) and perhaps you’ve even been asked to be a bridesmaid (yay!), chances are  – unless your friend has planned her wedding since she was five – you’ll soon have a bride searching for inspiration on your hands. If this is you, a great place to start is to bring the bride-to-be to a wedding show.

This December, our sister site Bridalwave has teamed up with the National Wedding Show 2013 to offer six pairs of tickets to either the London Olympia Show (February 22-24) or Birmingham NEC (1-3 March) this coming spring.

Head on over to Bridalwave to find out how to enter the giveaway.


dresses, Events, Gallery, Red Carpet

Pictures: MTV VMA Awards 2012- Katy Perry, Rihanna and Taylor Swift

By Andrea Petrou on September 10th, 2012

Designer decadence filled the MTV VMA red carpet with a range of stars stepping out to celebrate the event.

Rihanna showed off her cropped locks and a long white dress at the video based awards, while Alicia Keys went for a silver one-shoulder number. Miley Cyrus went for a traditional long black dress, while Taylor Swift looked cute in a white tailored suit.

Katy Perry also kept it toned down in a floral number, while Rita Ora blinged up the red carpet in a patterned bodysuit.

See all the pics in the gallery below.

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Events, Gallery

Designer Olympic creations

By Andrea Petrou on July 27th, 2012

Britain has been buzzing with the Olympics for a good few months now. And with the event officially kicking off today, there’s bound to be much more excitement surrounding the games over the next few weeks.

However, it’s not just the public that’s been taken in by this huge event, with designers across the globe all making sure they give a nod to this sporting event.

Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and of course Stella McCartney are just a few of the designers who have paid tribute to this event, creating capsule collections, and in some cases, the outfits for different country’s teams.

See a few of these in the gallery below.

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Celebrity gossip, Celebrity Style, Events, Gallery, Red Carpet

Pictures: All the fashion from the MTV Movie Awards 2012 and CDFA Fashion awards: Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and more

By Andrea Petrou on June 6th, 2012

Whilst we were celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, A-listers were out and about attending a range of events.
Emma Watson dazzled in a marble print short dress at the MTV Movie Awards.

She was joined in the style stakes by Kristen Stewart who went for her trademark short dress- this time a luxe silver number, and Charlize Theron who vamped it up in a red VB frock.

Over at the CDFA Fashion Awards, Dakota Fanning and Kate Bosworth both gave nods to the 60s with cute printed bohoesque dresses. We heart.

See all the fashion in the gallery below.

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Celebrity Style, Events, Features, Gallery

Dark Shadows Pictures: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green

By shinychris on May 10th, 2012

Dark Shadows: Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp arriving at the Dark Shadows european film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square, London.


Johnny Depp was quizzed about the state of his relationship with Vanesssa Pardis at the premiere of his latest movie, Dark Shadows,  in London last night. And – according to reports – the man of few words lost his cool.

At the start of this year, the couple were plagued with rumours that their 14-year romance had come to an end, leaving Vanessa to eventually deny the reports. The Joe Le Taxi singer told French chat show Le Grand Journal back in January: “It’s false — this rumour could cause a lot of harm to my family and my children.”

Wearing blue shades and unusual cowboy jacket Depp was once again asked last night whether his relationship with Paradis was over – leaving the 48-year old apparently annoyed by the questions. Speaking of the break-up allegations, Johnny is quoted by The Sun as saying: “The rumours are not true. They are absolutely not true.”

He added that there was “no way” he had split with Paradis, before stating that despite denying the reports – no one ever believes him.

Depp explained: “No matter what I say about this, people believe the opposite. I can’t say enough about it not being over.”

Based loosely on the cult 1960s supernatural TV drama, you can see a trailer from Dark Shadows below:


Celebrity Style, Events, Uncategorized

Jessie J performs at Blackberry BBM launch, event marred by stabbing

By shinychris on April 4th, 2012

BlackBerry BBM event - with Jessie J

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Jessie J performs at BlackBerry's BBM event, a celebration of the smartphone's free instant messaging app, held at the Bankside Vaults in London.

Well it all started so brightly with a celeb-tastic turnout at the Pulse nightclub at Bankside Vaults, underneath Blackfriars Bridge. But after fine performances from Wretch 32 and Jessie J, a man was stabbed violently in the neck with a broken bottle while waiting in the queue for the cloakroom.

Apparently, the stars of TOWIE were locked in the toilets during the horrific events, while others reported seeing nightclub bouncers covered in blood in the toilets. Inevitably some party goers took to Twitter as the drama unfolded.

Big Brother star Bobby Sabel tweeted: ‘”Incident” at the Jessie j / blackberry party. We’re all stuck in here! I just want to get in my cab!’

He added later: ‘Carnage! Literally the whole crowd is stampeding against the police!’

It’s the sort of publicity that the troubled BlackBerry brand could do without, especially after its BBM Messenger service was cited as playing a role in helping looters communicate their tactics during last year’s London riots.

Shiny Style was at last night’s event for BlackBerry and can verify that it was a very boozy affair with many teenagers at the event, many of them taking full advantage of the free bar like they’d never had a free drink before (maybe they hadn’t).

By 11.45pm it was certainly mayhem on the dance floor as people were literally falling over from too much booze.

Thankully we left minutes before the horrific incident which has left a man in hospital fighting for his life.

After the event Jessie J tweeted: “My thoughts are with the person who was seriously injured last night at the Blackberry Bbm party. So sad. I really hope they are ok.”

Celebrity Style, Events, Features, Gallery, Red Carpet

Pictures – Oscars 2012: Top ten best dressed on the red carpet – Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie and more

By Andrea Petrou on February 27th, 2012

Angelina Jolie stands out in a daring black dress with daring side split

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PA Images

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Events, Gallery, Red Carpet

amFAR Gala – New York: Best dressed

By Andrea Petrou on February 9th, 2012

New York fashion week kicked off in style with celebrities turning up to celebrate the amfAR New York Gala.

Making a fashion come back was Lindsay Lohan who showed off a white frock that matched her almost white bleach blonde hair, while Gossip Girl Leighton Meester went for a black dress with a faux fur skirt.

Adding some colour to the night was Sarah Jessica Parker who went for a flowing pale pink frock teamed with a biker jacket while Nicky Hilton went for a cute white lace dress.

See the best dressed in the gallery below.

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Celebrity Style, Events, Gallery

Superbowl XLVI: Madonna, Nicki Minaj and more

By Andrea Petrou on February 6th, 2012

It was hardly a glittering star studded red carpet event, but the celebrities who performed and attended last night’s Superbowl XLVI made it an A-list worthy sports event.

Madonna was our celebrity of the night, performing at half time alongside Nicki Minaj. However those hoping to see a little bit of flesh as has become tradition at this event – either purposely or by Janet Jackson accident- would have been disappointed with Madge choosing a short black dress and grey tights to perform.

Nicki Minaj also kept it safe with a patchwork cheerleader style dress and leopard print tights.

Kelly Clarkson added a classic black dress to the performing mix, while over at the stands Meg Ryan went for a leather jacket.

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Celebrity Style, Events, Gallery, Red Carpet

Pictures: The British Comedy Awards- Paloma Faith, Ruth Jones, Helen Mirren and Hannah Tointon

By Andrea Petrou on December 19th, 2011

Emily Atack

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John Phillips/PA Images

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