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Spring looks – wonderful white style

By Ashley on March 15th, 2013

Thinking about white stuff at this time of year can still evoke images of snow (- apparently more likely to fall now than at Christmas). But when signs of Spring pop up, white in fashion terms can mean a fresh new start – the hope of dry warm days ahead, and how a crisp white dress can be the switch from your Winter to the Spring end of your wardrobe.

Choosing white over colour needn’t be seen as lacking in flair – done well it can work brilliantly as a classic look, gleaming heavenly in the Spring sunlight.

We’ve had a look at what white(ish) cool clothes are out there at the moment and have chosen these numbers which we think would freshen up anyone’s Spring wardrobe.

Abigail Lorick Dress in warm ivory £65

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From the latest edition to hit our high streets: H&M’s brand new premium high street brand: & Other Stories - Made from crisp starchy cotton poplin, this sleeveless dress has a pleated grosgrain section on the front and a pleated waist with an inverted V pleat on the front. Other details include darts at the back of the neck and waist, a hidden zip down the back and hidden side seam pockets. & Other Stories

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Trend ideas – 20 Floral fashion items

By Ashley on March 11th, 2013

With momentary whiffs of spring in the air, putting on a pretty floral number can be more of a statement of “I’m officially now over this drab winter” than (foolishly) leaving your coat at home. And when you do, it’s difficult not to wear a smile when you’re dressed up in floral – whether it’s a busy repeat flower print – Cath Kidston style, or the more abstract digital flower prints springing up on the highstreet. Whichever type of bloom suits you best, nothing can make you feel more feminine than a floral print.

If wearing it isn’t your thing, there’s always accessories which can considerably freshen things up. So, if you’re feeling optimistic of Spring being sprung or feel the need to encourage the blossom along – here’s some floral beauties currently out there for the picking.

Ditsy Origami Floral Skirt £40

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If you have the legs for this beautiful tailored origami skirt - it would be a crime not to wear it. In a ditsy floral print, made from 65% Polyester,35% Cotton. Top Shop

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AllSaints Spring 2013 collection

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 16th, 2013

Not like we need any excuse to dig out our credit card and invest in something new for our wardrobe. The Spring 2013 collection by AllSaints offers some goodies for the fashion-hungry – biker jackets, leather skirts, and luxurious vests and jumpers as well as some great accessories.

Below is a selection of the new collection…

Slate Biker Jacket - £398

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New York Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2013

By Andrea Petrou on September 11th, 2012

We can’t believe how quickly this year’s SS 2013 fashion weeks have come around, and we’re dead excited to see what London has to offer in the very near future.

However, for now we’ll be having a sneaky look at what New York has to offer and first on our list is Carolina Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2013 offerings.

This season the designer decided to go all floaty for the catwalk show.

Models marched down the catwalk in soft ethereal fabrics and shapes, punctured with hits of bold colours such as black, which gave what could have been this very girly collection a fierce edge.

Shift style frocks, classic preppy pleat tennis dresses teamed with structured blazers also made an appearance, while white dominated the colour palate here.

Definitely a day in the park/ simple summer night out collection, which we heart.

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Spring/Summer 2012 trends: Great Gatsby

By Andrea Petrou on March 21st, 2012

The spring style season is firmly upon us with stores stocked high with the latest fashions.

If you’re a bit of a vintage gal at heart then one trend that will really appeal this season is the Great Gatsby look.

Taking inspiration from the 20s flapper style this trend is all about being as flamboyant as you like.

Go for silk wide leg trousers and lace vests complete with turbanesque headgear for a cool daytime look and dress the trend up for an evening out with mid-length pleated chiffon frocks, lace, pearls and of course feathers and fringing.

Team up the threads with pale foundation and bright red lippy and you’re ready to show off that roaring 20s look.

See the gallery below for all the designer inspiration.

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The Show: Redefinition – where fashion meets technology

By shinychris on September 22nd, 2011

Be propelled into the dark and eerie world of the gothic-influenced Dark Romance, reminisce about the beautiful screen sirens of 40s Hollywood in 40s Flair and embrace Kings Road 60s chic with Mod Squad.

This weekend sees The Show: Redefinition at the UK’s most visited shopping centre. A truly unique catwalk show taking place at Birmingham’s The Bullring as part of Style Birmingham Live, the event boasts real and holographic models on stage at the same time as showcasing eight AW11 trends. The Show: Redefinition uses Musion 3D technology to create the illusion of a volumetric model on a holographic backdrop, while real-life models emerge onto the catwalk, including Britain’s Next Top Model 2010 winner, Tiffany Pisani, and another very special guest.

The Show: Redefinition takes inspiration from the key trends for AW11 including gothic-influenced Dark Romance combined with elegant 40s flair inspired by Hollywood luxe and beautiful silhouettes. Many of the centre’s shops, including Reiss, French Connection, Forever 21, COS, River Island and Kurt Geiger will take part in The Show: Redefinition with make-up provided by The Body Shop and hair created by Regis at Debenhams in Bullring.

You can also discover a wealth of behind-the-scenes features by visiting, including a rundown on the key trends, blogs from the teams involved and news of other events taking place at Bullring during Style Birmingham Live. You can also WIN tickets, allowing you to take a seat and experience the show like a true VIP!

The Show: Redefinition Times

Friday 23rd September: 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.30pm

Saturday 24th September: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

Sunday 25th September: 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Bullring Centre

The Show: Redefinition


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ShinyStyle loves: Topshop Unique’s new AW11 collection

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

Dalmation Trench Coat

We completely love every Unique collection that good old Toppers has released, so we’re super-happy that you can finally buy their gorgeous 1930s-inspired AW11 pieces online now – so you’d better start saving up, because these pieces are worth the investment.

The AW11 collection drew inspiration from the glamour-pusses of the 1930s, so it’s all about draped coats, fur, deco prints, dalmation prints and silky gowns for this sumptuous offering of seasonal clothes. We’re absolutely obsessed with their camel mohair trench coat with dalmation-printed sleeves because it’s just so old Hollywood – but the bold, graphic print of the dalmation fur gives it a humourous, cheeky edge.

As shoes and accessories go, there’s a playful selection of chunky, sexy shoe-boots that come in sleek PVC for a modern feel, tactile faux ponyskin and shimmering silver. We’re all over the silver tap-style shoes – love, love, love, love.

Thanks Topshop, you’ve done it again. Check out the gallery above to see our favourite pieces from Topshop Unique’s AW11 collection and links so you can shop til your heart’s content.

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New York Fashion Week: Proenza Schouler S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012

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Proenza Schouler may still be a relative fledgling label in the fashion industry, but, my god, they churn out incredible collections like they’ve been going for the last thirty years. Design duo Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez couldn’t be doing any better right now – and I am completely besotted with their new tiki Hawaii-inspired S/S 2012 collection.

The Spring/Summer line was deceptively austere at the beginning of the show, with neat waisted jackets in charcoal grey and prim little high collars, but look a little closer at the skirt and short suits and there was actually some cool, unusual tiger-print panelling. From a glance, a little bit drab – but get closer and it’s actually got a cheeky, subtle twist.

Dark muted tones soon gave way to crisp white tailored pieces and yellow florals. We especially loved their cute tie-waisted skirts in delicate blue and white prints with yellow floral overlay – so summery and playful that we want to hit the beach right away. There was a bit of a mesh between different eras – the Hawaiian-style prints reminded us of American summer holidays in the 1950s, while the super-sexy tiger-printed mini skirt-suits gave more than a nod and a growl to the power-bitch era of the 80s.

The 50s/80s era clash reared its head again in the collection when McCullough and Hernandez cleverly combined classic pin-up styles such as full-skirted sun-dresses and high-waisted beach shorts, but reworked the classic styles by making them in black and white PVC for a sleek, modern look. It might get a bit hot on the beach, but who cares if you’re lucky enough to be wearing a bit of Schouler?

All in all, it’s a really great, flirty collection that we can guarantee A-listers will be scrapping over very, very soon. To see our highlights of the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012 show, check out the gallery above. Surf’s up!

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New York Fashion Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2012

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If effortless, edgy city-girl style is what you’re all about then you’ll appreciate the new 3.1 Phillip Lim collection which was shown at NYFW yesterday. For a label junkie he’s an absolute must-have, having proven very popular so far with the likes of Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung.

There was a definite androgynous feel to Lim’s Spring/Summer designs, with sweet feminine twists in the form of sugary pastel tones and bright whites. To balance heavy masculine shapes such as slouchy, wide-shouldered shirts, straight-legged city trousers and padded coats, they were deftly teamed with cute silk tees in pale peach and lilac or short white shift dresses.

Dresses-wise, we were shown a cool, low-key collection of playful black silk pieces, flowing grey jersey dresses and navy-white optic floral prints which were really cool. What we love about 3.1 Phillip Lim designs is that there aren’t any frills or showiness, just simply elegant, fashion-forward and wearable pieces. You don’t need to be a mad Isabella Blow type or a Parisian couture princess to wear his designs – Lim designs for every woman out there in the city streets, and we think that’s really cool.

Check out the gallery above to see the new 3.1 Phillip Lim collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2012

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New York was transported to the plains of Africa yesterday as the legendary American designer Michael Kors unveiled his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which had clear tribal world-traveller vibes with rusty khaki shades and lush animal prints.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is all about the Michael Kors show, so naturally we were excited to see what the newly-wed designer had come up with this time. Like Diane Von Furstenberg earlier this week, there was an obvious African inspiration, though Kors’ designs and prints were less graphic and more earthy than DVF’s, working in shades of khaki green, stone, fawn and rust with a few splashes of zebra and snake-print here and there.

It was primarily a casualwear collection, sportswear and casual separates being what Michael Kors usually does best, but naturellement he didn’t leave us high and dry when it came to glamour, either. His high-waisted 50s-silhouette swimming costumes and bikinis came either in rustic-looking batik or snake-print, while his evening dresses and skirts came as incredible weathered-looking ruffled creations made out of tiny feathery strips layered over one another, in cheetah print, cream and scarlet, leaving the models looking like amazing exotic birds.

All in all, it’s another excellent collection from Kors that I can’t really fault. The styling was perfect, too – I’m so hankering for those knee-high black leather gladiator sandals that all the models got to wear. I think teaming the edgy fetish-y footwear with draped batik fabrics and animal prints is a cool, modern new take on the world-traveller look.

Check out the gallery above to see the highlights from Michael Kors’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Steven Alan S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

Steven Alan Spring/Summer 2012

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If Rachel Comey’s show was all about city-slicker vibes then Steven Alan’s Spring/Summer collection transported us back to the summer again with his array of simplistic, sugary designs.

The collection was very evocative of long summer evening and idyllic childhoods as the womenswear was mainly comprised of floaty sun-dresses and simple, sugar-coloured separate pieces teamed with straw hats and ladylike purses. It very much reminded us of dressing up in our mum’s summer dresses when we were little for a grand day out, which is quite a nice memory, really. Teddy bear’s picnic, anyone?

Much like Rachel Comey’s work, Steven Alan’s designs have a nostalgic, romantic air about them while still managing to be modern at the same time. This collection is going to be one of our favourites when it comes to planning next summer’s wardrobes – we can already tell. Alan’s ice-blue chinos are gong on my fashion wishlist right now.

Check out the gallery to see the highlights from Steven Alan’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

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New York Fashion Week: Rachel Comey S/S 2012

By emilyborrett on September 8th, 2011

Rachel Comey Spring/Summer 2012

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New York Fashion Week has begun! Thank god! We’ve been floating around in fashion limbo for ages now and finally we have something obsess over again – the new Spring/Summer collections. The big names aren’t showing til later in the week, but the week has gone off to a nice start already with some up-and-coming designers. Today we’re looking at Rachel Comey’s new collection.

I have to say that I’ve never really paid much attention to Comey’s work before, but I am definitely impressed by her new Spring/Summer collection. It’s an urban, sleek collection of casual dresses and separates spanning from draped, girlish prints, slouchy jersey T-shirts, modern sunglasses and masculine tailored pieces. I’ve always been more of a lover of decadent, ridiculous avant-garde fashion, but Comey may have just convinced me of the beauty in simplicity. There is nothing contrived or affected about any of the pieces on the collection – it is simply effortless.

The whole vibe of the collection was free-spirited and girlish without losing it’s city-living edge. Sweet floral shorts were teamed with tough sunglasses andpeppermint-coloured tailored shorts were worn with masculine Breton  turtlenecks to create a clever balance between hard and soft.

As I said, I haven’t seen much of Rachel Comey’s work – but I like what I see. This girl is gonna be big.

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ShinyStyle loves: American site for quirky unusual fashion

By emilyborrett on June 30th, 2011

America Shirt

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Show your love for one of the UK's best mates in this grungey stars and stripes shirt.

It always makes me happy when I discover a new  online store stocking designers I’ve never heard of before (I always feel mildly depressed and disappointed in myself when I limit my shopping options to Asos and Topshop), so it was a massive “Yay!” moment for me yesterday when I stumbled across yesterday. Besides a steady stock of old favourites such as Cheap Monday and Lazy Oaf, there’s also a veritable array of new labels available to please any adventurous dresser and fashion-lover.

The big plus point for me is that the online store has an amazing shoe section which sells more Jeffrey Campbell shoes – one of my favourite shoe designers at the moment – than you could shake a stick at. There are so many on-trend shoes there perfect for referencing vintage and 1970s trends; plenty of chunky platforms, tan leather mixed with sizzling neons and pretty candy colours. It’s enough to make a shoe lover weep.

If you want a few interesting pieces for your summer/wardrobe I’d seriously recommend NastyGal for its’ cool selection of printed sundresses, grunge-inspired crop tops and hot-pants. Yes, it is based in California and you’ll have to pay extra for postage, but if you’ve got a little extra money to burn I think it’s worth it for the enviably cool American wardrobe you’ll be sporting.

Check out the gallery above for just some of our favourite pieces from NastyGal – I wanted to choose it all.

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Topshop and M&S preview Spring collections and reveal upcoming trends

By lotte on November 19th, 2009

M&S loose trousers.jpg Sneak previews of the Spring/Summer 2010 collections at Marks & Spencer and Topshop have revealed some of the trends we’ll be wearing next year – and exposed underwear is at the top of the list.

According to the Guardian, ‘big knickers’ are a key trend, with M&S producing various styles, while Topshop had cycling shorts and denim biker jackets in their collection. Both stores will be stocking looser trousers as the style to be wearing next Spring. Underwear features heavily, either as a standalone piece of clothing, or as a design feature incorporated into an item (think dresses with sheer panelling and visible corsetting).

These looks won’t be available until at least January, so for now, in the real world, it’s probably best to focus on what to wear in the winter months. And we’re guessing you won’t be planning to wear just your knickers to a party unless you’re Lady Gaga.

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Dress down Friday: Nike Andy Warhol/Marilyn Monroe trainers

By Andrea Petrou on November 6th, 2009

Nike.jpgIf you’re looking for casual footwear with an arty difference then you’ll love these limited edition pop art Nike trainers.

The Nike Air Max 90 Andy Warhol/Marilyn Monroe trainer is a perfect accessory to a denim skirt, leggings or skinny jeans, and brings the current 80’s look right into the 21st century.

We love the way Nike has made it’s standard trademark trainer really stand out here, and despite our previous cripes about an air bubble looking too sporty, will definitely invest in these, soon to be one of a kind trainers.

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