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Alicia Keys wears Cavalli on the cover of her new album

By lotte on December 2nd, 2009

Alicia Keys in Cavalli.jpg Roberto Cavalli’s colourful and flamboyant designs are not for everyone, but Alicia Keys, one of his most loyal celebrity fans, has chosen a Cavalli dress to wear on the cover of her new album ‘The Element of Freedom’ (out in two weeks).

We’d love to get our hands on a Cavalli dress, but the closest we’ve come to owning one was through the H&M collaboration he did two years ago. For now it’s enough just to lust over the likes of fringed dresses and diamante-encrusted platform sandals from his last collection.

Other celeb fans include Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who love him for his ultra-sexy dresses. Surprisingly, he’s toned down this trademark glamour in his collections in recent years – his spring/summer 2010 catwalk show was even labelled ‘conceptual’ by one fashion writer, and featured lots of decidedly unsexy layering. We think Alicia’s choice of a halter gown with attention-grabbing feathered collar is classic Cavalli. You can get a taste of the feather trend in lots of high street shops right now – try Asos and Topshop for a feathered skirt or hair accessory.


Dita Von Teese shows of her sweet and naughty sides in a photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar Russia

By Andrea Petrou on October 12th, 2009

dita-von-teese-harpers-bazaar-russia.jpgBurlesque dancer Dita Von Teese shows there are two sides to her personality during a photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar Russia where she depicts a sinner and a saint.

The model showed off her sweet side in a Lacroix wedding dress with rosary style beads and then did a complete 360 for her devilish side where she posed in her Part Edition line for Wonderbra.

We’re not sure which side we prefer.


ShinyStyle on Twitter

By Andrea Petrou on September 23rd, 2009

Twitter-Logo.pngI’ve been so wrapped up in London Fashion Week that I nearly forgot to tell you that ShinyStyle now has its own Twitter page.

Follow us to keep ahead of the fashion news, see what celebrities are wearing and get similar outfits.

Go on, you know you want to.

Find us here


Tess Daly launches beauty range for Marks and Spencer

By Andrea Petrou on September 23rd, 2009

tess-daly.jpgAnother celebrity to be pulled into the retailer space is Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly.

The style icon is launching her first beauty range with Marks & Spencer this October.

Daly Body is said to include shimmering lotions to make you “look fresh, radiant and youthful.”

Tess said: My time as a model taught me every trick in the book for high glamour flawless looks and TV cameras never lie, but the right products can help you to stay camera perfect throughout! For me the ultimate quick fix is all about getting a shimmer and a glow to my skin.”

The products are also said to have a sensual warm, heady scent that blends opulent tuberose with jasmine, osmanthus and spicy nuances layered upon a sweet vanilla base, and enhanced by guaiacwood, sandalwood and musks.

The collection will be available from 19th October 2009.


More fashion apps on your iPhone

By Andrea Petrou on September 1st, 2009

Ipod.JPGI don’t know about you, but I can’t remember what life was like without my iPhone, it keeps me amused on the bus, in waiting rooms and at work. In fact, if I’m honest I could probably wile away my day on it.

Last week, I was talking to the lovely people at Apple, who bought us the Net a Porter app, and they told me they had come up with even more fashion bits to keep us up to date with the latest news.

You can browse through the full D&G Collection for winter 2010 featuring male and female fashion as well as a wide range of accessories. You can get the latest news and looks and if you can’t wait, get directions to your nearest store.

You can also enter the world of Chanel with inspirational photos from its latest runway show in Venice and let Donna Karan talk you through her Collection, her inspirations, her passions. There are even photos from her recent holiday to Africa with her very own app which she describes as “the modern evolution of the time I spend with my customers in the dressing room.”

Each app can be found in the Lifestyle section of Apple Apps, and the best thing about them is that they are free. Well that gives us more money to spend on the clothes doesn’t it?


Trainers that help you burn calories

By Andrea Petrou on August 27th, 2009

sce.jpgWhile we’re on the topic of trainers, we thought we’d tell you about these new designs by Skechers.

Now we’re not overly keen about advocating something that encourages you to buy it because of claims it helps you lose weight but we thought we’d give these a mention.

The company has launched a range of fitness footwear called Skechers Shape Ups. The shoes have a dynamic rocking bottom, soft foam insole and dual-density midsole with a kinetic wedge running the length of the shoe.

This is said to create a soft but uneven surface which engages the muscles in the legs and help you burn calories when you walk.

According to Sketchers, a study of 8 women using these shoes for six weeks showed an overall weight loss of 3.25 pounds, not too bad, but for the £89 cost we think we’d rather sign up to the gym.


Swarovski gives timeless classics a sparkly makeover

By Andrea Petrou on August 20th, 2009

Thumbnail image for Secret_1.JPGWe haven’t covered jewellery for a while on ShinyStyle and what better way to get the sparkly ball rolling again but with news of Swarovski’s new Autumn Winter 2009/2010 range.

The genius crystal creators have created the Evanescent range, which has given every day and timeless motifs a glamorous and of course sparkly makeover.

We love the key necklace, which the company says has been inspired by those used long ago to open caskets and jewellery boxes, and hangs off two intertwined gold and silver chains. This not only creates a boho look but is also perfect for those who can’t decide what colour jewellery to wear.

The Luck necklace symbolises love and has gold-plated pendants on a long chain. At the end of the chain is a cut-out gold-plated heart, a crystal arrow and an angel’s wing, which we assume, bring you luck.

Hmm wonder if I’ll be lucky enough to convince someone to buy me one of these.

The collection will be in stores from October for a limited time.


Would you wear American Apparel’s bottomless tights? (NSFW)

By Kimberley Foster on May 25th, 2009


Good Lord! What have the broad-minded folks over at American Apparel come up with now? These bottomless tights (or “assless tights” as some are calling them) are just one of the new styles to look out for from the retailer. They are specially designed without a back allowing you to show off your booty, as I’m sure many women would prefer *ahem*. They are still in production, and not available to buy just yet. However, it just begs one question – after Woody Allen sued them and won, are AA so hard up for cash now they can’t even afford whole hosiery?

Would you wear these tights? Vote in our poll after the jump and see them in all their glory (NSFW, naturally)…

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Carine Roitfeld to move on within a year?

By Andrea Thatcher on March 17th, 2009

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“I’m very happy [at French Vogue] but I’m sure something new is going to happen in the next year.” – A quote from CNN’s “Revealed: Carine Roitfeld.”


All the fashion week pictures that weren’t fit to print

By Andrea Thatcher on February 25th, 2009

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When I come back from a fashion show, I have a looooot of pictures on my camera. But only a small percentage of them actually make to to the site. So what happens to all the pics that I messed up, like this one? Or was just blurry or redundant or I just don’t have room for in a post?

I upload them to Flickr! Click here to check out my Flickr photostream full of fun backstage and runway snaps from fashion week. And add ShinyAndrea as a contact!


The Oscars – who’s wearing what!

By Andrea Thatcher on February 22nd, 2009

Kate Winslet – YSL
Evan Rachel Wood – Elie Saab
Anne Hathaway – Armani Prive, Casadei shoes and a Roger Vivier bag. Vintage Cartier jewels worth more than $1M
Marisa Tomei – Versace
Diane Lane – Dolce & Gabbana
Jessica Biel – white satin Prada (with matching white Iphone prominently displayed)
Freida Pinto – John Galliano
Amy Adams – Carolina Herrera (she also hinted at having picked her wedding dress – will it be from the same designer?) Her necklace looks to be the ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond Fred Leighton that Beyonce wore in Nov In Style.
Sarah Jessica Parker – Dior Haute Couture
Amanda Seyfried – Valentino Couture, Jimmy Choo, Kotur clutch, Fred Leighton jewelry
Taraji P. Hensen – Roberto Cavalli
Viola Davies – Reem Acra
Heidi Klum – RM Roland Mouret
Miley Cyrus – Zuhair Murad
Vanessa Hudgens – Marchesa
Maria Menounos – Randi Rahm
Dominic Cooper – Burberry
Dev Patel – Burberry
Hugh Jackman – Burberry x 3


New York Fashion Week: Herve Leger Fall 2009 – Video

By Gemma on February 16th, 2009

How do you update the bandage dress season after season? That’s the challenge Max Azria and his wife face with Hervé Léger. So long as celebs want to strut their stuff in the tiny body-con numbers, they won’t be changing much, though this season the Azrias did add a bit of change with some a-line skirts, intricate strapwork and even more embellishment than ever before. This is not life-changing, artsy fashion. This is stuff that will fly off the racks as the starlet clamor to wear it on the red carpet. They should probably pick more sensible shoes though. Watch the video for NY’s first model tumble…


Bluefly previews Confessions of a Shopaholic; win $5,000 shopping spree

By Andrea Thatcher on February 12th, 2009

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We’re off to Bluefly’s preview screening of Confessions of a Shopaholic, and we can’t wait to show you some pics from the event and share our thoughts on the fashionable film.

Until then, check out some of our coverage leading up to the movie’s release tomorrow, and click above to enter Bluefly’s contest for a $5,000 shopping spree.

Isla Fisher stops to shop while filming Shopaholic movie at Bendel’s
Becky Bloomwood, not as fashionable on film?
YouTube Watch: Patricia Field talks Confessions of a Shopaholic


Will Michelle Obama join the celebs on the runway for Heart Truth show?

By Andrea Thatcher on February 6th, 2009

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Plenty of celebrities are already signed up for the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection fashion show to kick of fashion week. Katie Couric will wear Carmen Marc Valvo, 90210 castmates then and now Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling will wear Badgley Mischka and Betsey Johnson, and Hilary Duff and Nastia Liukin will even share the catwalk.

But one notable has yet to RSVP. Will Michelle Obama take part, as first lady Laura Bush has in the past, like last year at left?



Pick of the blogs: the Balenciaga shoe shirt, jumpsuits and jewelry

By Andrea Thatcher on February 4th, 2009

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Wondering how to style your new Brian Lichtenberg T-shirt covered in Balenciaga shoes?[Flying Saucer]

Jumpsuits. Fifty of them for spring. [FabSugar]

Like your jewelry gothic and draped over skulls? Ah, well then d_luxe is for you. [Knight Cat]

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