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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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London Fashion Week highlights: House of Holland Spring/summer 2013

By Andrea Petrou on September 20th, 2012

House of Holland has got to be one of my favourite brands. I love the kitsch, unique designs, which mesh together casual and smart fashion perfectly.
And Henry Holland’s spring/summer 2013 didn’t disappoint. Taking us back to the nineties rave era, the collection was full of attitude and rebellion.

Multi colour mixes of tie dye, oversized checks and jacquered florals marched down the catwalk, joined by luxe metallics and and shiny on-trend leather.

Shapes were relaxed with soft dresses and floaty numbers, toning down the harshness of the theme.

Now where did I put that credit card.

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London Fashion Week: Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2013 collection

By Andrea Petrou on September 19th, 2012

Meadham Kirchhoff’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection was titled a “Cautionary Tale”, with the designer duo bringing us once again their unique creations.

Taking inspiration from 50s couture with a Madame de Pompadour theme thrown in, the design house sent models marching down the catwalk in full skirts, corset tops complete with frill cap sleeves and short coats.

Pearls, gauzy golds and white satin bows that adorned the garments added to the look, while gold embroidery and crystals really bought the collection to life.

Add to these elbow-length satin gloves, marabou feathers and heavily patterned fabrics added to, and completed the theme nicely.

See the gallery below for the collection.

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London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2013

By Andrea Petrou on September 18th, 2012

Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey said he wanted the new collection to be “a little bit sassy, sexier and more playful,” and we here at Shiny Towers think he achieved that and more.

Models marched down the catwalk in brightly coloured – think pinks and electric blues-  metallic fabrics, giving the collection a slight Bollywood feel.

Styles comprised of iridescent body suits, plastic capes, satin corsets and feather dresses, while the trademark trench was remodelled into rainbow colours and rich silk fabrics, covering luxe swimwear.

A trench coat over your beach bikini? Sure.
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London Fashion Week: PPQ Spring/Summer 2013 collection

By Andrea Petrou on September 17th, 2012

PPQ took the fashion world back to the 60s with its Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Keeping to its trademark original print roots, the design house introduced a range of blouses, skirts, shirts and even catsuits with a psychedelic theme and paisley print patterns.

Hair channelled the 60s theme, styled in slick back fronts and large backcombed bouffant bouncy ponytails, while chalky glossy pastel lips added a summer feel.

Hats, and the addition of nautical stripes gave the collection a second layer and emulated the popular 50s chic Hollywood look.

We think this collection will definitely be an inspiration to highstreet designers for the upcoming summer season.

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London Fashion Week: Antoni & Alison Spring 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 14th, 2012

So excited! The circus that is Fashion Week has left New York behind and has set up camp in one of our favourite cities, London.

First out on the catwalk this morning, kicking off a weekend of  fashion fun and celebrating their 25th anniversary, was duo Antoni & Alison who are known for their dresses and ‘zip up and go’ pieces. We’re loving the eccentric play with colours and prints.

Bring on the rest!

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LFW AW 2012 highlights: East

By Andrea Petrou on February 24th, 2012

East is one collection we look forward to seeing every season. We heart the quirkiness mixed with structured silhouettes, which give this brand a totally unique style.

This season the brand bought us fierce leotards softened with loose draping which gave a subtle nod to the late 70s era. Billowing capes teamed with fringing and ankle boots bought us right into this era, while neon A line skirts coupled with ethnic knit jumpers showed just what this brand is all about.

Colour palates were kept simple – bold blacks, mellow yellows and pinks- once again giving softness to a range that could have otherwise looked far too much.
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LFW AW 2012 highlights: Christopher Kane

By Andrea Petrou on February 23rd, 2012

With London Fashion Week nearly over it’s time to begin looking at some of the best collections the style world has seen this year.

And of course Christopher Kane’s AW 2012 range stands out here. Using his statement neon and unique fabrics the designer created an 80s feel with his bright purple leopard prints fashioned into knee length frocks, bright red snakeskin trousers and chunky fur coats.

Post box reds featured in sheer lace dresses with black leather trimmings while darker rouges were used to update the traditional boyfriend style knit jumper.

This key piece of the collection was teamed with floral numbers to create that mismatched statement 80s look.
We wonder if we can get a few more credit cards.

See the gallery below for all the pics from the show.

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LFW AW 2012: Burberry

By Andrea Petrou on February 21st, 2012

Burberry is always a show that never fails to disappoint and Christopher Bailey’s AW 2012 collection for the British fashion house was no different.

Models marched down the catwalk clutching striped umbrellas, which protected them from the fake snow that gave a nod to a quintessential British winter.

Of course the statement Burberry trench made an appearance- this year with fur and tweed twists- but what really stood out were the bow belts used in just about every look from jackets to striped skirts and as belts for coats.

Shapes gave a nod to the Victorian era with jackets flared at the waist and just below the knee A-line skirts given a little bit of an extra width, they were coupled with baker boy hats to really finish off the look.
However, the colour palate was anything but Victorian with yellows, blues and browns all making up main part of the collection.

After this display, stripes and bows are sure to be two looks that are hot on the highstreet this autumn.

See the gallery below for all the catwalk pics.

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London Fashion Week AW2012: Pringle

By shinychris on February 20th, 2012

Pringle of Scotland fashion show, held at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue at Freemason’s Hall, as part of London Fashion Week.

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LFW AW 2012: Matthew Williamson and Pam Hogg catwalks

By Andrea Petrou on February 20th, 2012

We heart London Fashion Week and can’t get enough of all the styles. And the best bit for us is how different each designer and look can be.

This weekend was just one example with Matthew Williamson and Pam Hogg both showing off their ranges for AW 2012.

At Matthew Williamson styles were – dare we say it- safe but also reflective of the designers’ style.

Shift dresses with embellished necklines and in a range of patterned, luxe and chiffon fabrics marched down the catwalk, while a red lace and feather dress gave a nod to the ballroom dance theme. Long chiffon dresses and classic daytime khaki trousers and preppy blouses completed the look.

Over at Pam Hogg the designer displayed her trademark fetish PVC fabrics, which formed bodices with sheer panels as well as featuring in thigh high boots and on military style jackets.

Latex and metallic fabrics moulded into long catsuits also gave a nod to the futuristic trend, while boning, bows, pvc and sheer fabrics gave the traditional Victorian bonnet a structured modern twist.

However, the highlight of the show for us was the Russian dollesque frock and hat outfit shown off on the catwalk by Jamie Winstone. We want….

See the galery below for all the catwalk pics.

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London Fashion Week: Antoni & Alison A/W 2012

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 17th, 2012

After a successful run in New York the fashion extravaganza has finally arrived in the capital.

London Fashion Week opened with a bang this morning with designer duo Antoni & Alison setting the scene for autumn/winter 2012.

Showing a collection only made up of dresses, the name kind of gave it away ‘models walking up and down in dresses’, the designs were a mix of fairly simple cuts in various fabrics and prints.

The collection was rich in colour with playful details such as oversized buttons, houndstooth, and big florals. Now the beauty in this collection is that all the intricate textures and details are in fact printed on!

All models wore Mia Farrow cropped style wigs, creating an army of pixies teamed with winged eyes. How very 60’s.

Welcome to London Fashion Week! We can’t wait what is ahead for the rest of the week.

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London Fashion Week SS12: Jasper Conran

By AlexLoves on September 22nd, 2011

Jasper Conran is the master of minimalism. He has a way of making the simplest of designs into something you find yourself craving to own. The sleek collection was sporty but feminine, chock-a-block full of sharp and timeless pieces in head-to-toe white, black, fuchsia  and bright red , slightly reminiscent of a Jil Sander collection. That’s by no means a bad thing, as I am a massive Jil Sander fan. In order to make such minimalist pieces stand out, Conran focus on little detail which went a long, long way.
Surprising small cut out sections in the jackets and dresses, the boxy shapes, the neon colours, the open back, the simplicity of the flat sandals, the slick headbands – it all helped to turn this potentially boring collection into a stroke of genius. To quote the press notes, because I cannot put it any better:  “A distinctive air of ease highlights the disciplined lack of grandeur.”

Alex is the author of popular fashion blog

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London Fashion Week SS12: John Rocha

By AlexLoves on September 22nd, 2011

There’s always a bit of a buzz around the John Rocha shows. Although he’s always remained a little bit under the radar, the Hong Kong-born Irish designer has a large cult following, who happily show up at his shows in his designs. This includes myself. I suppose he’s best known for his budget range for Debenhams, but whilst I have to admit this is one of the better designer high street collaborations, nothing quite measures up to the pieces he creates for his own range.

The moment the first breathtaking structured dress made out of thousands of black ruffles hit the catwalk, we knew this was going to be big. Models sported dramatic wire constructions on their heads, some resembling horns, with black pieces of fabric dangling from them. The platform shoes resembled seaweed, as if these mythical creatures had just waded out of the ocean. Some of the pieces were also covered in ‘seaweed’, whilst others were constructed out of sheer panels with wave-like draping. The slightly gothic vibe was accentuated with an almost full black collection (which is usually the case with Rocha) and a series brighter broken-white pieces.

Will we be seeing a watered-down version of this in Debenhams? God I hope not, it would be wasted on them, but in between the dramatic and over-the-top looks, there were some beautiful classic pieces to be found, like a simple black jumpsuit, or the white sheepskin leather jackets or the tailored tuxedo jackets. And that’s most probably the stuff we’ll be seeing on the high streets next season.

Alex is the author of popular fashion blog

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London Fashion Week SS12: Holly Fulton

By AlexLoves on September 22nd, 2011

Holly Fulton was the fourth designer to hail the British seaside as an inspiration for her collection. However, where most people chose the (former) glamour of the arcades, beach and seaside frolicking as a reference, Holly Fulton chose the rather… unglamorous town of Margate as her starting point. Margate isn’t really known for its style, but Fulton admits to enjoying bad taste. So much so, bad taste has become her signature style. Always taking elements often considered tacky, she magnifies them and somehow turns them into a bold and beautiful design.

This time was no different. Her trademark Art Deco prints featured everywhere, but this time mixed with zebra stipes, turquoise ruches, bold sequins and bright colours. The beach-theme was visible in big hoop earrings adorned with shells, and a couple of cheeky bikini’s. So wrong, and yet… The vibe was a little reminiscent of the old Versace days. Just comes to show that when you add enough terrible things together, you actually end up with something strangely beautiful. Although I want to make clear I’m not actually suggesting we now all start trying this, let’s leave that up to the professionals, shall we?

Alex is the author of popular fashion blog

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