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New York Fashion Week: Eventide

By Andrea Thatcher on February 6th, 2008

For a smaller designer who isn’t on the “official” Mercedez Benz Fashion Week schedule, Eventide sent an impressive collection down the runway. Their designs were more original than most designers we’ve seen outside the tents, and some we’ve seen in. The former GenArtsters sent a lot of impeccably fitted blacks and grays down the runway with some gorgeous maroony reds and a signature print. Check it out in the video above, and the runway and backstage pics after the jump. And if you love the hair and makeup, then head over to ShinyGloss for more pics and details.

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New York Fashion Week: Tracey Reese A/W 2008

By Gemma on February 4th, 2008

With a collection that included oversize rose prints, embellished tie-dye satins, heavy bronze swing skirts, opulent velvet coats, animal, plaid and all manner of other rich prints and colours, the Tracey Reese collection was a little mis-matched, but nevertheless ticked the right boxes. Stand out pieces included fluid high-waisted trousers, belted strapless pencil dresses and bold crimson one-shouldered party dresses. See all the looks in the slideshow below…



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New York Fashion Week: ShinyStyle talks to Wenlan Chia backstage at Twinkle by Wenlan

By Andrea Thatcher on February 3rd, 2008

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Backstage at Twinkle by Wenlan, things started off surprisingly serene. So we grabbed a few seconds with designer Wenlan Chia to talk about her collection.

“The thing of this collection is the interplay with the feminine and the masculine,” Chia said. “It’s a new Victor/Victoria.”

And of course, chunky knits continue to be a Twinkle staple. The show notes say that “Wenlan manipulates yarn (loosening a shoulder, dropping an armhole) creating inventive shapes: oversize robes, vests, tunics, and jumpers.” More from Chia and more pics after the jump.

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Retail Site Review: Basic Boutique

By Andrea Thatcher on January 28th, 2008

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If your idea of where to hunt for basics online is the Gap, then listen up. Basic Boutique has the t-shirts and tanks you’re looking for, but they’re from hot designers and specialty brands you may or may not have heard of. Plus they have so much more, at so affordable prices. They also offer free shipping on all orders – the holy grail of online shopping.

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Project Runway Recap: Bravo loves Levi’s

By Andrea Thatcher on January 24th, 2008

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We’re getting kind of tired of the ramped up sponsor-involvement in Project Runway. What is this, Top Chef? After last week’s Tresemme love-fest the product placement is getting tired. And what’s worse, this week it made the fashion tired as well. The three looks above, fashioned out of old pairs of Levi’s 501s, are our favorites from Ricky, Rami, and Christian.

Read on for more pics and – SPOILER ALERT – the surprising winner and loser.

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Designer Pick of the Week: Donna Karan satin balloon skirt on sale

By Andrea Thatcher on January 22nd, 2008

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With the volume seen at Christian Dior, it’s clear that balloon skirts aren’t going away quite yet. To the contrary they may be getting bigger – in size and importance!

We’ll have to wait for the rest of the upcoming shows to find out, but if you’re willing to take a gamble on a fabulous deal then there’s this Donna Karan Collection satin balloon skirt to consider.

The skirt is one of many great finds in the Bergdorf Goodman sale featuring up to 70% off top designers. This piece was originally $1,495 and is now down to $583. The pleats and texture are simply sophisticated while making a big style statement.



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Valentino prepares for final show

By Andrea Thatcher on January 22nd, 2008

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Valentino is in no rush to make his final bow on Wednesday after a 45-year career.

“I must leave a souvenir to all of my friends of something to remember, not five seconds of show,” he told WWD. Those friends expected to attend include Gwyneth Paltrow, seen with the designer above, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler and Elizabeth Hurley.

The show will include 75 looks, which is a lot for any show but particularly – amazingly – for haute couture.

“I really enjoyed very, very much making this collection and, on purpose, I decided to make it a little bit bigger,” he said. The designer seems to be conciously cultivating a very upbeat atmosphere around his final show, as opposed to a sentimental showing.

For details on the looks we can expect, keep reading.

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Anna Wintour lashes back at Hillary Clinton

By Andrea Thatcher on January 18th, 2008

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You know it’s that time again, election time, when politicos start invading our favorite fashion magazines. But one candidate who won’t be appearing in one venerable fashion tome is Hillary Clinton who backed out of a spot in Vogue.

According to WWD, Clinton was all set to appear in US Vogue during the presidential race but backed out late last fall before the photo shoot was due to take place for fear of appearing too feminine.

You would think it was pretty clear Clinton has nothing against Vogue considering her traveling chief of staff Huma Abedin has been gracing the mag’s pages as often as a starlet lately. Maybe she just doesn’t think it’s presedential.

Keep reading for what Wintour had to say.

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Go behind the scenes of a surpringly colorful Burberry ad

By Andrea Thatcher on January 9th, 2008

There’s so much action and silly scenes of models like Agyness Deyn and Lily Donaldson in this video of this shoot for a Burberry advertising campaign, we think we need to examine the still images to really get a handle on the clothes.

To follow our lead, check out the images over on Catwalk Queen.

[Source: Fashionista via Catwalk Queen]



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Gilded slingbacks from Sam Edelman

By Andrea Thatcher on December 31st, 2007

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Still looking for that elusive pair of shoes to see you through the remnants of those seasonal celebrations that inevitably creep into the new year – or, indeed, New Year’s Eve itself? Or perhaps looking for a pair of party perfect offerings for 2008? Well Shoewawa has tipped us off to these Sam Edelman peep-toe sandals. The shoe is made super sweet with the bright textured copper metallic. And for that inner tigress? Try a slash of leopard print lining! Certain to blend well with any outfit (one of the joys of metallics), they’re $98.95 at Zappos.



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Merry Christmas from ShinyStyle!

By Andrea Thatcher on December 25th, 2007

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We hope you find everything you wanted under the tree and enjoy wearing all your new gifts! We’ll be publishing new stories throughout the week and back full time next week. Merry Christmas!



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Christmas Cheer from the Shiny UK team!

By Andrea Thatcher on December 21st, 2007

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Merry Christmas and a “blogging new year” from the Shiny Media team in London. We’re off next week but keep coming back because new stories will publish every day!

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Rogan Gregory to design for Target

By Andrea Thatcher on December 17th, 2007

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The latest CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner, Rogan Gregory, who was honored for his work on Edun, a collaboration with Bono, now has another high profile collaboration in the works. The designer is said to be signed on for a “seasonal collaboration” with Target. The campaign was shot by photographer Sarah Silver last week in New York. Perhaps we can look for apparel and objects?

[Source: WWD]



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Blue Cult jeans to lower prices for US

By Andrea Thatcher on December 13th, 2007

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Blue Cult jeans will again be available in America after a 2-year break when they only sold internationally. The best part is that prices will be cheaper than they were in the past.

“It’s hard selling $150 jeans anymore,” designer Frank Mechaly told WWD. “The consumer is looking for a premium product at a lower price.”

The jeans will feature the original Blue Cult fit and distinctive U-shaped back-pocket detail. The new collection will include 15 women’s styles in a faded wash, white linen and cream twill. Prices will be an affordable $89.

[Source: WWD]



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Fashion News Roundup: Dita Von Teese, Project Runway and more

By Andrea Thatcher on December 6th, 2007

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Fabsugar has been on a Who Wore It Better marathon! Take your choice between Heidi Klum or Jennifer Hudson in a Michael Kors jumpsuit (yes, we said jumpsuit), Audrina Patridge or Mischa Barton in an Alexander Wang metallic dress (Audrina just looks cold) and Dancing With the Stars’ Julianne Hough or Susan Sarandon’s daughter Eva Amurri in a Jay Godfrey bow dress (this is our favorite look).

Check out party pics from Karl Lagerfeld’s private Party at London’s Nobu on Catwalk Queen here and here (more on Emma Watson’s foxy new look to come).

Fashionista points out that Nina Garcia is kind of contradicting her own magazine on Project Runway. On last night’s ep the judges threw some “passe” fashions at the wannabe designers to remake, the only problem is that many of these fashions have been recently featured in Elle!

Dita Von Teese makes us all jealous with her holiday pinup parade, and Lipstick Panic is no exception.

Check out Britney’s Versace bag over at TheBagLady.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art makes room for fashion, as does The Philadelphia Inquirer.




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