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Download the Westfield app to get the most out of your shopping trip

By shinychris on July 3rd, 2013

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Ever visited a Westfield Shopping centre? Well there are now four in the UK – two in London (the original centre in White City and the fabulous Stratford City centre by the Olympic Park) one in Derby and another in Birmingham.

If you are planning a trip, or you are just curious about cool new shopping apps, then download the new Westfield app for your iPhone.

Not only is the app a superb companion for your visit with, for example, details of route-finding and restaurant reservations, it also delivers a fully personalised shopping experience to you on your mobile.

You simply swipe the brands that you like and this then creates a list of your interests. Using those interests, the app will then keep you up to date with the latest news events, and of course, all the offers available from over 500 retailers. And some of those offers can be redeemed in store when you visit.

Perfect for fashion-loving Shiny Style readers, the app is fantastic for making sure that when you drop into a Westfield centre you really do get the most out of your trip. It also has the basics covered too, including a store finder and map of the centres. There’s even a parking feature which makes it easy for you to find your car.

It is free so click on this link to download it now:

dresses, Fashion Crush, Fashion News, Features, First Looks, Opinion, Sleeves of the week, Trend Alert, Uncategorized

Sleeves Of The Week! Monsoon Eddie Embellished Dress, £119

By Daisy Buchanan on April 26th, 2013

Right at my core, there is a complex and unwinnable battle. Deep down, I know that to be chic is to be low key. I’ve seen too many pictures of Jackie Kennedy not to believe that the secret of style lies within the well cut. Supple silks and tasteful tweeds will take you everywhere. If you are understated, you will never be underdressed.

Monsoon Eddie embellished dress, £119

Monsoon Eddie embellished dress, £119

But then, the other of me is a MASSIVE GLITTER MONSTER who wants sequins and chiffon and shine, who always wants to look like Lady Gaga closing a show for Tom Jones in Vegas, if there were a Manumission in Vegas. And this Sleeves of the Week selection has somehow reconciled my yin with my yang, bringing me fashion serenity and inner peace. (Oh, come on. Did you really think I was going to get there through yoga?!)

The Monsoon Eddie dress is a bit Queen Elizabeth, a bit Bianca Jagger and a lot 1964. I reckon you could get away with it at a wedding, either as a guest or as a bride. (If you’re the guest, do check – don’t upstage anyone.) The sleeve and neckline detail is pretty blingy, so although the frock is over £100, you’ll save an absolute fortune on the many elaborate and expensive jewels that you’d normally rush out and buy to complement a new outfit. If you must accessorise, all you need is pearl studs and a sturdy chignon.

Steve Coogan’s Paul Raymond biopic, The Look Of Love hits cinemas this weekend. If you leave the screen with a thirst for the mod luxe, this is the perfect dress for channelling Imogen Poots.

Fashion News, Opinion peice

H&M and COS’s new store – & Other Stories – review

By Ashley on March 26th, 2013

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After hearing the word on the street – I had the calling this week end to go and check out Regents Streets new premium concept store: & Other Stories, brought to us by H&M and COS retail owners. Unusually, this new store opening had immediate appeal for me – mainly due to it’s reported influences taken from fashion bloggers/stylists as opposed to fast moving catwalk trends (which despite watching Devil Wears Prada, I still feel such a disconnection to – yet love clothes and style with a passion). I guess it’s exactly this anti-fashion philosophy that’s speaking to me, as it’s fundamentally all about individuality and building your own style, style that outlives this season’s flighty offering.

I love that the brands concept comes from the idea of women creating their own look – inspired by many factors including social media and own personal tastes, encouraging personal expression and being dictated to less.

Creative director Sara Hilden-Bengtsson says “Women create looks differently than they did 10-15 years ago. They create their own stories through their personal style and they know fashion.”

Creating the new brand, H&M hired a group of designers to create “stories” as collections, which are edited highlights that sit alongside each other, designed for shoppers to pick and choose from. The collections are diverse in style including a very feminine kooky look to a more structured architectural statement, so styles to suit all individuals.

Online disappointments

It didn’t take long to get hooked on-line – with some lovely prints and combinations, enough to whet anyone’s appetite. Disappointing though, to find that ALL the pieces that caught my eye were out of stock (or possibly a reflection that we are all so influenced by current fashion trends, we’re all blindly opting for the same look?). So off I trekked in pursuit of that pink midi dress with slouchy shoulders that hits below the knee for £65…

In the flesh, the store is white, bright and buzzing. On first glance, it did remind me (distantly) of COS – but only in-so-much as this is for grown up’s as opposed to other chains where you immediately know if you’ve entered ‘by mistake’ due to being the wrong side of 25. The striking colours and prints on offer certainly lets you know you are NOT in COS. Greeted with the dazzling rainbow print collection at the entrance makes for quite an impact. Then immediately noticing it’s cool magazine style layout, displaying a collection including accessories and shoes alongside separates – as why wouldn’t you consider what colour nail varnish to put with your fucsia peplum top?

Large price tags are attached to rails, clearly marking out the bottom line – how refreshing! These are premium end clothes (- so clearly not H&M price-tags) but we all need to know if they are affordable, right?

I loved its inclusivity and delivery of this different shopper experience: So much more than the usual retail experience of: here lies the ‘must have’ dresses on offer this season.. With jewellery, ipad holders and separates positioned within reaching distance of each other, I felt my inner magpie tantalised by these edited collections gleaming out of the corner of my eye.

Wardrobe staples

It’s not all statement pieces and unique prints, there’s plenty of wardrobe staples which are fine examples of great tailoring and flattering silhouettes. However this was not what I came for – I was clearly in the mood for getting something far more memorable. So this is where I was left unstuck – the whole notion and website lured me into thinking there would be more diverse and interesting numbers that I would not want to walk away from. Sure I looked twice at a few things and will definately be going back for those metallic plum block heel leather pumps when it stops snowing for 5 minutes, however I left feeling slightly wanting. Where were all those unique or timeless pieces that I was seduced into seeking?

Don’t get me wrong, concept stores that treat women as individuals with their own minds and ideas about fashion is only a good thing. I just wished I’d discovered something in-store or identified with a particular collection in the way I instantly did with the collection on-line, which sells the ‘stories’ more simply and effectively.

Poignantly, & Other Stories ready-to-wear designer – Colombe Campana recognises “(women) know what they want before they leave the house to shop” so no doubt I will be making a return visit until I satisfy my quest to get that pink midi dress my wardrobe is so lacking.

Fashion News, Features, Gallery, vintage

Early 60’s revival continues – Banana Republic launches Mad Men range with MM designer Janie Bryant

By Ashley on March 4th, 2013

Banana-Republic-Mad-Men-Clothing-LineBeing a devoted MM fan and in desperate need for series six to come into my life, the news of a Mad Men inspired clothes range hitting our shores courtesy of Banana Republic (-or at least the US for now) presented fantastic promise – almost as good as the real deal. Everyone likes to own a piece of the action of something they truly love and consider a masterpiece in it’s own right. When it involves iconic and razor sharp tailoring and polished silhouettes, I’m definitely in the buying zone. And hearing that the clothing range is actually developed in collaboration with the series costume designer Janie Bryant, well – it doesn’t get much more of a promise than that!

Questions like: Am I going to recognise who this outfit is inspired by? Which characters’ style would be my ultimate dream outfit? (hmm – still torn between whether it’d be delectable Joan or doing-it-for-the girls Peggy), or I wonder will it include lots of beautiful accessories and all important finishes and detailing that really capture the period? spring to mind. So with all this souped up hope and in need of a MM shot of pure pleasure and indulgence I clicked onto Banana Republic’s Mad Men range which frankly left me feeling a touch dissatisfied (not something I’d normally associate with a certain Mr Draper).

This number is definitely the best of the collection – a silk dress with a striking cactus flower repeat print, with buttoned cuffs and tie front belt – a fine addition to anyone’s wardrobe. But minus a couple of other interesting prints and textures this is pretty much it people. After that, there is a melange of not so different wardrobe basics lacking in much detail or depth – sure there’s a distinctive nod to the 60’s, but overall comes across pretty sanitised and lacking in the MM essence any self-respecting fan would love to linger over, and pay the (not-so-cheap) price for. I would actually go further to question how much Janie had to do with this not particularly inspiring collection other than sign off the BR design prototypes.

Do I want to part with the best part of a hundred quid for a white dress with vertical stripe? Nothing is inspiring me to this, which is a shame as I think they have missed a trick here, particularly now with the fashion landscape totally embracing black & white, stripes and 60’s influences. As you might have gathered by now, this collection leaves me slightly cold and wanting to head for the nearest ‘Beyond Retro’ branch to make it all better again *and relax*….

You can see the collection here

Peggy Shift Dress $130

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A bold, modern take on the lively graphics and form-flattering silhouettes of 1960s style. Banded neckline and keyhole opening. Tie waist with crochet belt loops. 100% Rayon.

Celebrity Style, Fashion News

Katy Perry to launch fashion line. Would you wear it?

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 7th, 2013

The 20th Annual Sir Elton John Oscar Party - Los AngelesAnother day, another actress/singer take a plunge into the fashion pool… This time it’s US pop singer and Russell Brand’s ex missus Katy Perry who’s decided that fashion is a great way to branch out into.

Perhaps best known for her candy-coloured PVC dresses, MTV reports that Katy is in talks with her best friend and fashion stylist Johnny Wujerk about ‘creating a label for young women based on their own style icons.’ Errr… OK.

Apparently the pair would use inspiration from the likes of Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani, both who have a unique style. Guess Katy – who often looks like a carbon copy of Zooey Deschanel – is just a copy-kat…

Would you wear designs by Katy Perry?

Photo: Press Association

Fashion News, First Looks, jewelry

Florence Welch designs jewellery line

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013

Looks like we have another singer-turned-designer among us. Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch has revealed a new jewellery line that will be sold exclusively online at her Flotique store and features geometric shapes and statement drop chains. Prices start at £20. We like!



Designer Fashions, Ethical Fashions, Fashion News, Features, Gallery

PETA Fashion Awards 2013 winners announced: Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and H&M among winners commended for animal-free fashion

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 4th, 2013

Most stylish handbag: Vivienne Westwood Derby bag (£500)

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Consumers are becoming more aware and concerned about the origins of the products in their wardrobe, and fake fur, cruelty-free fabrics and pleather are fast becoming the go-to materials for those wanting to enjoy the latest fashion with a clean conscience. And everyone from high-street retailers such as Topshop and French Connection to high end designers like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney are meeting consumer demand for animal-free fashion.

Animal welfare organisation PETA is recognising the best cruelty-free contributions to the fashion world with a new awards – the first ever PETA-approved Vegan Fashion Awards. The 2013 winners, which include French Connection (gadget accessory) and New Look (women’s outerwear) as well as Frost French (best purse) can be found  above. Up-and-coming designer Bo Carter took home the accolade for Most Talented New Designer. As PETA notes: “Bo is part of a bright new wave of fashion talent who are shunning animal skins in their work. Bo always puts her principles first, so instead of bowing to industry pressure to use leather and fur, she expresses herself by creatively exploring the qualities of synthetic fabrics. The results are simply stunning: beautiful, original (and completely vegan) clothes.”

The awards mark the launch of PETA’s new logo, which designers and retailers can use to identify vegan clothes and accessories that they sell online or in stores.

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H&M Spring 2013 collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 4th, 2013

H&M Spring 2013 Collection

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Have you started planning the spring clean of your wardrobe, when you pack away heavy winter coats and make room for clothes for the warmer months? The spring summer collections for 2013 have started to appear and today we can bring you photos of the latest collection from high street favourite H&M. We’re actually quite impressed with what the Swedish retailer is bringing out this coming season, with some pieces looking like they’ve been inspired by Japanese kimonos. Definitely a collection to check out when in stores.

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Stella McCartney creates t-shirts featuring Kate Moss and The Beatles for Red Nose Day

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 31st, 2013


Stella McCartney’s t-shirt designs for this year’s Red Nose Day have been unveiled.

Reprising her role from 2009, McCartney has given Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles and Tommy Cooper a red-nosed makeover this year in order to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The t-shirts – all manufactured in Africa using Fairtrade-certified cotton – will be sold exclusively at TK Maxx nationwide from today, with prices ranging from £5.99 for long-sleeved tops in kids’ sizes to £14.99 for a fitted women’s t-shirt.

Red Nose Day 2013 takes place on Friday, 15 March.

Designers, Fashion News, Features, Gallery

The brides wore Chanel: Karl Lagerfeld shows support for gay marriage with lesbian bride show finale

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 23rd, 2013

Karl Lagerfeld, , the creative genius at Chanel, showed his support for the legalisation of gay marriage in France yesterday by sending two models down the catwalk in couture bridal gowns.

A perfectly planned grand finale, the veteran couturier also had his youngest muse, three-year-old Hudson Kroenig – the son of long-term Chanel muse, Brad Kroenig – accompany the models as they walked down the aisle catwalk holding hands.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Lagerfeld : “I don’t even understand the debate. Since 1904 (in France) the church and state have been separate,” and that all religions should tolerate gay marriage. That said, perhaps a bit strange, Lagerfeld has said he opposes allowing gay couples to father children born through artificial insemination.

French President Francois Hollande plans to legalise gay marriage and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children.

Chanel Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

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A model wears a creation by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Ad campaigns, Fashion News

McQ spring summer 2013 ad campaign

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 22nd, 2013

The good people at Alexander McQueen have just released images from the McQ Spring/Summer 2013 campaign – and they are looking hot! The campaign shots are by British fashion photographer David Sims and feature models Manon Leloup and Matt Bell.

Ad campaigns, Fashion News

Androgynous model Casey Legler stars in AllSaints’ spring 2013 campaign

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 18th, 2013

Model Casey Legler has been making headlines ever since she was signed to Ford Models men’s board last year  and now she’s bagged her first fashion campaign for AllSaints.

In the Portrait Series, Casey – thought to be the only woman to model exclusively as a man – shows off the new spring 2013 collection for the British label. Modelling both men’s and womenswear, the 6’2″ former Olympic swimmer cuts an androgynous figure and proves her versatility as a model.

AllSaints creative director, Wil Beedle, commented: “AllSaints has always been about creativity and will always have an affinity with young directional creatives. Casey typifies this spirit.”

 Now we’re not sure whether to call Casey our new girl or boy crush… but either way, we’re crushing.
Other young creatives in the Portrait Series include British artist Barry Reigate and Sonja Kinski, daughter of German actress Nastassja Kinski.

Fashion News, First Looks, Gallery

Mango January 2013 lookbook

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 16th, 2013

Well aren’t the high street companies treating us today. First AllSaints and now Mango has shared its latest styles. You might remember us going a bit gaga over Mango’s autumn/winter 2012 looks, and we’re quite impressed with the latest trends to come from the Spanish retailer – perhaps not as much as last time though. A little bit rock chic, we’ll definitely be taking a closer look at this collection.

Check out the latest looks below.

Mango 2013

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Fashion News, Features, Gallery, Red Carpet

Golden Globes 2013 red carpet fashion

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 14th, 2013

The awards season is upon us, starting with the Golden Globes Awards last night. A star-studded event, some of the biggest names in Hollywood and beyond graced the red carpet to attend the prestigious ceremony. And the Brits were also out in numbers: singer Adele – who picked up Best Original Song for her Bond theme Skyfall – flew the flag for Britain in Burberry, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery looked every part the Lady, actress and fashion designer Sienna Miller wore London Fashion Week favourites Erdem and British beauty and Burberry model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off her English Rose look.

Here are some of the gowns of last night’s dazzling ceremony:

Adele in Burberry

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Photo: Press Association

Fashion News, London fashion week

Fashion weekend for curvy girls comes to London this February

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 8th, 2013

Life as a curvy girl is fabulous but can be difficult when the fashion world congregates every spring and autumn to send thin models down catwalks with the latest designs.

Any voluptuous woman with an interest in fashion will know how to take inspiration from the catwalk and adapt the trends to suit her shape. But it’s great news that we’ve now got a fashion weekend of our own!

This February, running parallel with London Fashion Week, the capital will host the UK’s first official plus size fashion weekend in stylish Shoreditch.

The British Plus Size Fashion Weekend (previously the London Plus Size Fashion Weekend) will be paving the way in the industry for plus size designers, retailers and consumers bridging the gap and bringing everyone together in two amazing venues, hosted by inspirational speakers such as Velvet D’Armour (the first plus size model to walk in a Jean Paul Gaultier show) and international renowned blogger and CEO of America plus size magazine Skorch, Jessica Kane.

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