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Style spotlight: Kate Hudson’s laidback cool

By Andrea Petrou on February 4th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

Ever since I saw actress Kate Hudson doing a brilliant turn as the dreamy 70s groupie Penny Lane in Almost Famous, I’ve had a bit of a fashion crush on her. With her blonde waves hair, golden skin, bubbling laugh and sweet smile, she was the epitome of laidback California cool. Whether she’s out shopping in a sloppy maxi-skirt and shades, or at an event looking relaxed and on-trend in a blazer jacket and tuxedo jacket, she always manages to look amazing without trying too hard. And it’s been a good a year for her – she’s embarked on a long-term relationship with Muse singer Matt Bellamy, shot a cover for Elle magazine and now, it’s recently been announced, has fallen pregnant with Bellamy’s child. She’s just one of the various gorgeous celebrities to have recently announced pregnancies, but we think she’s going to be one of the yummiest mummies of the year. We can’t wait to see how she styles up her baby bump.

So here’s Shiny Style’s fashion salute to the fabulous Miss Hudson – congratulations on the pregnancy, Kate, and keep on doing what you’re doing! Here’s a gallery of her best outfits over the past year.

Only a tanned, svelte California beauty like Kate could pull off this beautifully simple backless number

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Fashion Crush: Anna Dello Russo

By Andrea Petrou on January 28th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

The incredible editor of Japanese Vogue that has taken the fashion industry by storm, Anna Dello Russo has a special place in ShinyStyle’s hearts. Always excitingly dressed and always with one perfectly manicured finger on the pulse of fashion, with a wardrobe that would make Carrie Bradshaw weep with envy, she is everything a fashion icon should be. When asked what she wears to the supermarket in an interview with Glamour, she boldly declared, “Supermarket? I don’t go to the supermarket! Money should be spent on clothes, not food!”. Now that’s dedication to your profession.

Whether she’s dressed down for a networking event in shades and a little skirt, at a party wearing a giant cherry fascinator or dressed up like an incredible fashion-swan for a Vogue ball, she always looks incredible. Never before have we followed somebody’s style with such interest – check out the gallery below for some of our favourite Anna moments.

Outside Milan Fashion Week with stylist Aurora Sansone, looking fashion-perfect in sunnies and an LBD

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Get the look: Eliza Doolittle

By Andrea Petrou on January 27th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

It’s a good time to be popstrel Eliza Doolittle at the moment – she’s got great style, her songs are dominating the charts and she’s just been signed onto the much-coveted books of Select Models. Amidst a whole gang of preening, primped stars done up to the nines at every occasion, Eliza’s endearing scruffiness and laid-back cool has won us over.

Instead of wearing a long gown or a frock made out of goose feathers and Swarovski crystals to perform, Eliza prefers to step onstage in an iconic pair of Nike high-tops, a slouchy graphic-printed t-shirt and some teensy shorts to show off her pins. Dressed for going to the beach and climbing trees bare-legged, her laid-back tomboy style is an absolute fresh breath of air to ShinyStyle.

We’ve looked all over the internet and found pieces here and there that we’re sure Miss Doolittle would approve of. Check out the gallery below and let us know what you think.

Performing in the Oxford Art Factory in her uniform of high-tops, short shorts and a cool T-shirt

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Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture week: Christian Dior

By Andrea Petrou on January 25th, 2011

High waisted skirts and wrap tops

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ShinyStyle Loves: Primark’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection

By Andrea Petrou on January 21st, 2011

Funky ethnic patterns

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Steal her style: Michelle Williams

By Andrea Petrou on December 15th, 2010

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

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Christmas presents for.. Your sleepy friend

By Andrea Petrou on November 29th, 2010

Cupcake PJs

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Cupcakes are hot this season, so give your mate a tasty treat with these print pjs from Jane Norman

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Trend Alert: Top 5 little white dresses for the party season

By Andrea Petrou on November 19th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Diane Kruger flew the flag for the LWD in head-to-toe Calvin Klein at Berlin Fashion Week

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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.

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Luke Worrall who? ShinyStyle celebrates Kelly Osbourne’s image overhaul

By Andrea Petrou on November 10th, 2010

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

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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.

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Fashion Crush: Diana Vickers wears design by Charlotte Taylor to the launch of her new single

By Andrea Petrou on November 2nd, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

At the single launch of "My Wicked Heart" wearing a design by Charlotte Taylor

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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!

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ShinyStyle Loves: Wonderwoman vs Supergirl tee from La Redoute

By Andrea Petrou on October 29th, 2010

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.

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ShinyStyle loves: Jessica Rabbit glamour

By Andrea Petrou on October 25th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Jessica Rabbit herself

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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.

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Fashion Crush: Blue Rose Jacquared Hoodie

By Andrea Petrou on October 22nd, 2010

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.

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Get the look: Selena Gomez’s onstage ballerina style

By Andrea Petrou on October 21st, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Looking pretty and delicate at her Hammersmith Apollo show last night

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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.

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One to watch: River of Romansk at

By Andrea Petrou on October 20th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Caramel Wiggle Cream Dress

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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 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.

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