Archive for the ‘Fashion Crush’ Category
By Emily Borrett.
I love Michelle Williams. Everything about the way that she dresses sums up what is so great about fashion and dressing today – from the boyish androgyny of her chic crop to her ladylike dresses and quirky accessories that she teams together, she’s everything a modern fashion-loving woman should be.
She’s had an extremely difficult time over the past few years, following the death of her estranged husband Heath Ledger, but ever since she’s always been incredibly brave and put her best well-shod foot forward. A favourite moment of ours has to be that Erdem dress that she wore at the London Film festival this year, hot off the catwalks – it had originally been a minidress, but clever Michelle asked for hers to be altered for a more ladylike skirt length, and TA-DA! Fashion magic happened. It’s that innovative strive for perfection and creativity that we love about her.
Nude, romance, ruffles, studs, bows and lace – all massive trends at the moment, especially now that it’s party season, and Michelle Williams is our poster-girl when it comes to getting these looks down. Check out the gallery below for some of our favourite of her looks, and pieces to help you steal her style.
Michelle looked completely angelic in a neat white minidress with it's ruffled neckline, worn in NYC the other day
Pink Barbie sweet dreams vest
Give a nod to your childhood with this cute vest pj top from Miss Selfridge
By Emily Borrett.
Diane Kruger flew the flag for the LWD in head-to-toe Calvin Klein at Berlin Fashion Week
We’ve been hearing little whispers here and there as the party season approaches about a new, fresh alternative to the trusty LBD (little black dress) that we all rifle out as the party invitations and events begin to mount up – the little white dress. With images of footballers wives and Essex nights out in our minds, we were unconvinced until today, when we saw the pictures of Natalie Portman in New York wearing a white mini-dress from Christian Dior, and frankly looking better than we ever have in our LBDs. So we’ve had to reconsider.
And it’s not just Miss Portman that has traded black for white – the colour was all the rage at the various fashion weeks that have just been and gone, sported by the likes of Diane Kruger and Leigh Lezark. It’s favoured too by modern icon Alexa Chung, who recently wore a very ruffled and feminine LWD (little white dress) out to the GQ Men of the Year awards. If Miss Chung is wearing it, then you know you’re probably on to a good thing.
Check out the gallery above for our top 5 favourite little white dresses in the high street.
By Emily Borrett.
Just after the nasty split from her love-rat boyfriend, Kelly went out to the famous Viper Rooms in Hollywood looking amazing in fishnet tights and a leather biker jacket
Something amazing has happened to Kelly Osbourne in the last few months. Following a painfully public split with the supposed love of her life Luke Worrall, speaking out about her past addiction to prescription drugs and some pretty intense workouts on the American TV series, Dancing With The Stars, she’s emerged from the ashes looking pretty amazing, actually. Far from the timeless trap that many cuckolded girls and women fall into of crying, wearing joggers and living on HobNobs for six months, Kelly looks better and happier than ever. We loved her granny-chic purple rinse hair, but we love her new icy blonde ‘do even more. Her ex must be sitting at home sobbing into his Topman boxers.
I’ve almost completely forgotten about the days where she had hot-pink hair and dressed like Claire’s Accessories threw up on her. (Almost.) Kelly, you are a sleek thing of fashion now. Respect.
By Emily Borrett.
At the single launch of "My Wicked Heart" wearing a design by Charlotte Taylor
Who remembers how Diana Vickers used to look? The birds’ nest of hair, the crazy-lady nightgowns and her trademark clawed hand? Those fashion faux-pas of the past seem a terribly long time ago for Vickerz, who has a new single on the way and, we assume, a much better stylist. No longer does she dress like a poor man’s Stevie Nicks – like a butterfly, she’s emerged from her chiffon-and-patchouli cocoon as a sleek, fierce creature of fashion.
Top marks to the singer for turning up to the launch of her new self-penned single “My Wicked Heart”, wearing a kooky printed outfit from up-and-coming designer Charlotte Taylor, one of our favourite designers who showed at Vauxhall Fashion Scout earlier this year. Bright blue and yellow penguin-print is difficult to pull off unless you’re already a well-established bizarre fashion bitch, but Diana made it look effortless, teaming the print with a scruffy up-do and metallic blue loafers. We love.
We’ve been fans of Charlotte Taylor’s designs for a while now, and seeing pop’s girl next door pull it off has inspired us to try and rock them too. To take a look at the ready-to-wear pieces from her A/W collection, click here. You’ll have to save up, though.
As a celebration of Miss Vickers’ new found extroverted sense of fashion, we’ve compiled a gallery of some of her best recent looks. Shiny Style loves you, Diana!
I’ve got a slight obsession with superheros. Superman, Spiderman and He-Man, you name them and I know all about them. And of course let’s not forget all the heroines, who are doing their bit for girl power.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I spotted this cute Wonderwoman vs Supergirl tee at La Redoute.
Not only does it give a perfect portrayal of all the comic book stories but it’s also bang on trend with a range of celebs donning similar retro cartoon style tees this season.
Team it up with skinny or boyfriend jeans and a pair of Converse trainers for the perfect celebrity look. And it’s also a great little buy at £19.
By Emily Borrett.
A clear highlight of this past weekend’s X Factor wasn’t Treyc’s depressing rendition of “Whole Lotta Love” or Katie Waissel’s hammy performance of that song from the jungle book, but Liverpudlian Rebecca’s jaw-dropping performance of “Why Don’t You Do Right”, the song made famous by busty cartoon Jessica Rabbit. Yes, you might be baffled that I’m telling you to start dressing like a cartoon character, but your boyfriend will thank me.
Rebecca herself showed everyone watching at home that Jessica’s look is still a classic and sexy one, as she wiggled onstage in a red dramatic sweep of 1940s film noir hair, ruby-red lips and a shockingly bright taffeta dress that had hella emphasis on the hips. See, you don’t have be drawn by a pencil to pull it off.
Obviously this is more of an evening, formal look than something to wear down to the post office – unless you’re trying to make the old guy who sells stamps fall in love with you – so save it for winter parties and swanky nights out. For a daytime adaptation of the look, leave the red maxi at home and add a few glamorous details to your outfit; a pair of red heels, a pin-up hairdo and a pair of cats’-eye sunglasses are an easy way to put of a Jessica wiggle in your step.
Or, failing that, just buy everything in the gallery above and be Jessica Rabbit for Halloween. You’ll look better (and sexier) that all of the naughty nurses/maids/vampires that are out flashing their knickers on October 31st.
I don’t know about you but I always freeze at this time of year, and it doesn’t help that I have a temperamental heating system either. Like many of you after been smart and in heels all day all I want to do is stick on a hoodie to keep myself warm when I get home.
However, being a little bit too obsessed with fashion, I can’t quite bring myself to throw on an old one lurking in the back of my wardrobe… after all you never know who’s going to pop in.
Thankfully, Miss Selfridge seems to have read my mind and has designed a cute jacquared rose hoodie meaning I’ll stay bang on-trend as well as keeping warm. And it carries on the fashion love with the cute puff sleeves and pockets.
A perfect way to keep warm and stay cool.
By Emily Borrett.
Looking pretty and delicate at her Hammersmith Apollo show last night
Disney darling Selena Gomez performed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo last night, showing the UK that it’s not just Miley Cyrus we should be keeping one fashion eye trained on. Unlike Miley Cyrus, who seems to be favouring ultra-sexy leather, big hair and lace at her live shows now (rebelling against her Hannah Montana past?), Selena looked every inch the wholesome Disney star in her stage performance. But wholesome doesn’t mean boring! Her flirty asymmetric turquoise chiffon dress is a bang on-trend take of the traditional pretty party dress, while her pale tights and delicate ballet flats seemed to give more than a nod to the super-girly clothes seen on the Elie Saab catwalks at Paris Fashion Week.
If you’re not feeling the vampy leather and lace combinations that are on every catwalk and in every high-street store at the moment, then this could be a look that works for you. We found a couple of pretty high-street dresses online that are true Selena femininity – the origami asymmetric teal dress we found at Topshop is a great way to directly steal her style, or if you’re just feeling the ballerina look generally then try the periwinkle chiffon number by Rare that we found on Asos – we promise you it won’t go out of style.
By Emily Borrett.
Cast your eye back to the poetry and romance trend that we highlighted on the site recently, and then read on. Inspired by the likes of Valentino, who showed their delightfully girly and fairytale-esque creations at Paris Couture Week earlier this year, it’s not a mode of dress to be sniffed at and you don’t have to look like a model to wear it well.
The River of Romansk store on Etsy.com ticks all the right fashion boxes, using delicate and girly colours such as peach, nude and lemon in the dresses while creating dresses which sport hourglass silhouettes that Mad Men’s Joan herself would be green over. The creators of the store themselves describe their little dresses as recreating “an era of dainty loveliness; of sash and ribbons, satins and laces.. all of which are reminiscence of a time more dreamy and innocent.” They’re beautiful clothes, but one could argue that their teeny-waisted wiggle dresses are more sexy and knowing than innocent; they promise to create curves that you never knew you had and put an extra slinkiness in your step.
Major fashion points go to River of Romansk for their caramel-toned wiggle dress, which features the silhoutte of the season (womanly) and the colour of the season (camel). A modern approach to the fifties, if you will. Meanwhile, any serious shopper worth their salt would realise that the pale-yellow tea lace skater dress with the zip front is an investment worth making – why get one from Topshop that all your friends own when you can get a unique, River of Romansk original? If you don’t feel like wrapping yourself up in shearling and granny jumpers this winter, do Autumn/Winter the pretty way instead and check out the gallery above for some of our favourites from the store.
By Emily Borrett.
Showing us why she's Karl Lagerfeld's favourite at Paris Fashion Week in a classic tweed dress and tuxedo jacket
Everyone’s favourite lollipop-headed beauty has been a bit off the celebrity radar as of late (what – no more Pirates of the Caribbean?) as she’s been busily hard at work on location with her co-star, Carey Mulligan, for the new public school drama film “Never Let Me Go” which premiered at London Film Festival the other day. However, she’s been showing everyone at London Film Festival that her sense of style is just getting better and better – a far cry from the strange “Polish bride” jeans and crop tops that she was stepping out in at the beginning of her career, Keira instead seems to be opting for elegant 1940s-style blouses and midi skirts that set off her face and jaw-skimming retro bob perfectly.
It’s no wonder that she’s the fashion apple of Karl Lagerfeld’s eye as she wore a beautifully simplistic Chanel nude tailored dress to the première of her new film, outshining even the gamine Carey Mulligan in the style stakes. I did a hunt around on the internet for some key pieces that can help you get a bit of Keira’s nonchalant, laidback elegance in your everyday wardrobe. I couldn’t track down a ten quid replica of the Chanel evening gown, but hey – I’ve done my best, dammit. Check out the gallery above for some of our favourite of Keira’s recent outfits and where you can find similar pieces on the high street.
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.
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.
By Emily Borrett.
Sweet Pink Macaroon And Ribbon Necklace
I’d like to see the girl that won’t want to “ooh” and “aah” over the adorable handmade jewellery from Cat Bear Express. Even the hardest of girls wouldn’t be able to turn down the necklaces, rings and charms in the shape of itty-bitty cakes, ice creams, sweets and little animals, which look lickable and good enough to eat. I actually had to eat something sugary whilst looking through Cat Bear Express’ online Etsy store.
If you’re really just not that into the whole tough leather and lace look, or just want to let the world know how much you love food with smiley faces and cute little animals, you can’t do much better than this jewellery shop. It’s perfect present material for a friend or girly relative, and items can be made bespoke on request to make the jewellery personal. It was hard to select some favourites from the shop as I love everything (as you can tell from the gallery above) but I especially loved the pink macaroon necklace and the marshmallow bracelet.
I suddenly feel a passion for charm bracelets coming on…