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Features, Footwear, Opinion

Why socks and sandals are sexy this season

By Lauren Bravo on March 11th, 2010

chloesevignysocks.jpgHere’s a question for you to ponder over your latte: what is the greatest fashion faux-pas of all time?

By ‘greatest’ I naturally mean ‘worst’, rather in the same vein as ‘the Great War‘ or VH1’s ‘Greatest Power Ballads of the 80s’. There’s double denim, that tragic affliction of late 80s country rockers and science teachers on non-uniform days. There’s cycling shorts, the sweaty-crotched, cellulite-hugging, wear of a Rosemary Conley-shaped devil. Then there’s the ultimate, the uniform of elderly men on beaches, with knotted hankies on their heads and a fluttering copy of the Telegraph on their faces. Socks and sandals. And guess what folks? This year, they’re all back! Go on, at least fake some excitement.

With April Fool’s Day only a fortnight away, I can feel your scepticism. While there aren’t many styles that are safe from a sudden catwalk revival when designers run out of all other ideas, I think we all assumed that socks and sandals were immune. Too strong is their association with Sunday school teachers, hairy-legged eco-campaigners and people with fungal foot infections. But no longer! They’ve leaped off the crown green bowls lawn and onto the catwalk – and here are the pictures to prove it.

Burberry pulled off the look with aplomb, teaming scrunched-down knee socks with clunky platform wedges in a sort of safari-meets-70s-yachting-holiday fusion. Dior played it cutesy, again with wedges but this time in little white ankle socks, of the sort we used to wear in lower primary with our gingham summer dresses. Less convincing, though, was Marni’s effort, with kitten heels and beige socks straight off the orthopedic ward.

Socks Burberry.pngMeanwhile on the high street, Jonathan Aston is evangelising for the cause. That’s Jonathan Aston, purveyor of jazzy hosiery to well-dressed legs throughout the land, not BHS or Country Casuals. And the brand’s take on the trend, with slouchy knee-highs in khaki and sorbet shades, is so wearable you’ll wonder why you didn’t take style tips from your Grandad earlier (the armpit-waisters with a little shirt poking through the fly, though, might be one step too far even for these innovative times).

So are we doing it? Are we really? I’d like some sort of fashion pact here, where we all hold up our right hands and solemnly swear to embrace socks and sandals as a bonafide trend, for better or worse, for Burberry or Bon Marché. That way nobody can turn up wearing them at a party to be greeted by mocking squeals and cries of “You didn’t ACTUALLY believe that one, did you?”

A few guidelines might help too, to keep us out of drippy-hippy territory. So here are my top 3 tips for doing socks and sandals with style:

1) Keep it well-heeled. I know, I know, we’ve been cheerleading for the midi-heel and heralding the demise of the debilitating super-stilt. But when you’re wearing socks, you need to keep them high to fight the frump… even Chloe Sevigny can’t quite work it with flats, I think you’ll agree.

2) Keep it chunky. That’s not to say you can’t work it with stilettos, but on the catwalk the S’n’S looks that worked the best were those in super stompy wedges. A little clunk makes it modern.

3) Keep it pretty. The greying socks you wear to the gym will not cut it. Go with pastel colours or sheer lacy styles for a look that says “I did this on purpose” rather than “I have toenail issues.”

Good luck, ladies. I bid you, go forth and makes socks sexy. And look at it this way – even if we spend a summer looking like a Derby and Joan day trip, at least it’ll save us from blisters.

When it comes to double denim, however, I’m afraid you’re on your own.

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Celebrity Style, Features, Red Carpet

Oscars 2010: What will Twilight star Kristen Stewart wear on the night?

By Andrea Petrou on March 5th, 2010

It’s always hard to predict what stars will be wearing to any event, let alone the Oscars. However we’re a curious bunch over here at ShinyStyle so we’ve been having a little think about what some celebrities may decide to wear on the night based on some of their styles from previous events this year. First up on our list is Twighlight star Kristen Stewart.

To be honest we were surprised that she chose to wear a white beaded Chanel dress to the Baftas, after all she’s well known for her grungy dark looks. However, previous events have seen her stick to her style. Just a day after the Baftas the star attended the Elle Style awards in a strapless boned black and white dress, which we think suited her style much more.

And earlier in February she attended the LA premier of the Yellow Handkerchief in a fitted black dress, with beading down the sides, again showing her natural style.

So what will she wear on the night of the Oscars? Judging by all her dresses we can be sure she’ll opt for short. We also think she’ll stick to something she feels comfortable in, so our prediction is a LBD by a well known designer such as Chanel or Burberry, after all she was in the front row of the designer’s LFW show.

We’re we right? Click back on Monday where we’ll be bringing you all the Oscar 2010 celebrity fashion.

Click on the picture below to have a look at some of Kristen’s red carpet styles.

Features, Gallery, Trend Alert

Return of the mac: The best macs for spring 2010

By Andrea Petrou on February 25th, 2010

Spring is only a month away and SS2010 trends have already been hitting highstreet and online shelves with a vengence.

There’s a few essentials you’ll be needing this season to update your wardrobe, but one must have is a mac.

The mac is perfect for those inbetween Winter-Summer days, where rain will be at a premium but the warmer weather means we need something a little bit lighter. These macs were also a big hit on SS2010 catwalks last year.

They’ve also made an appearance in a range of brand’s SS2010 campaigns, including Burberry (who can forget that gorgeous mac Emma Watson modelled for the brand).

We’ve therefore put together a gallery of the hottest macs this spring to ensure you brave the wet spring in style.

Click on the picture below to begin.

London fashion week

ShinyStyle at LFW: Burberry Autumn/Winter 2010

By Andrea Petrou on February 23rd, 2010

We’ve been eagerly awaiting Burberry’s offering at London Fashion Week, and have been counting down to the beginning of the show.

After all the British Brand’s recent collections thanks to the amazing directorship of creative director Christopher Bailey, and high profile ad campaigns have done more than enough to boost this company onto our fashion radars. And of course who can forget the celebrities that always come out in force for this show.

And we’re pleased to say we weren’t disappointed.

Celebrities including Kate Hudson and Twiggy turned out for the show, labelled by Mr Bailey as the “the Burberry Cadet girls” collection.

It included a range of big aviation and military pea coats, parkers, trench coats, heavily embellished with leather, buckles and zips,which contrasted with the flimsy dresses worn underneath with thigh high boots.

Hues included olive green, brown and black. There were even a few fuscia pink numbers, as well as one or two lace blouses whose ruffles and colours gave a nod to the late 80s.
And of course, fabric du jour fur also made a huge appearance on collarless and aviation style jackets as well as calf length buckled boots.

Mr Bailey said before the show, the collection “takes aviation as a pivotal focus but then gets much more decorative. It’s a very detailed collection.”

We couldn’t agree more Mr Bailey, except to say the collection was beautiful.

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Red Carpet

The Baftas: Claire Danes and Saiorse Ronan wear Burberry

By Andrea Petrou on February 22nd, 2010
Claire Danes attends BAFTA in London

Over the past few season’s Burberry has moved up into the fashion world as a must have brand thanks to a number of high profile ad campaigns featuring stars such as Emma Watson.

It’s also pulled away from it’s (dare we say) chavtastic checks, with elegant designs that have us saving for months.

So it was no surprise that some celebrities opted to wear the Britsh brand at last night’s Baftas.

Orange British Academy Film Awards 2010 - Red Carpet Arrivals

First up on the Buberry and best dressed list was A-lister Claire Danes who graced the red carpet in a long oyster column dress with a Grecian twist.

Lovely Bones actress and Bafta nominee Saoirse Ronan also opted for one of the British Brands creations, showing off a gorgeous short white ruffled dress. She completed the look with a high waisted on-trend grey sash and matching shoes.

Fashion News, London fashion week

Burberry to stream London Fashion Week show in 3-D

By Andrea Petrou on February 8th, 2010
Burberry Runway: Spring/Summer 2010 - London Fashion Week

Just when we though London Fashion Week couldn’t get anymore exciting, Burberry throws another surprise into the stitching.

It’s announced it will be streaming its Autumn/Winter 2010 catwalk show live in 3D to
a select group of editors and VIPs throughout Tokyo, Paris, Dubai and New York.

While we’re watching the show which takes place at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, from our laptops, these select editors will be given specs designed by Christopher Bailey and treated to an amazing 3-D experience, which we dare say will be even better than Avatar.

First Looks

Emma Watson for V Magazine

By Andrea Petrou on February 4th, 2010

Emma Watson’s come along way from her Harry Potter days, taking on a range of modelling jobs and designing a collection for ethical clothing company People Tree.

We’ve watched as she’s grown from a bushy haired teen to a groomed glamorous lady fronting high end campaigns for Burberry.

However, just as we thought she couldn’t get anymore ladylike the actress appears in smudged eye make-up and smeared lipstick in an arty eight page spread for the new issue of America’s Vs magazine.

Not only is the vintage clothing and make-up a huge step from her Burberry campaign, but for once Emma actually looks like she’s having fun. There’s no smoldering looks on this spread.

Visit the V Magazine website for more images.

Ethical Fashions, Fashion News, Gossip

First looks: Emma Watson’s ethical range for People Tree

By Andrea Petrou on January 14th, 2010

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Emma Watson’s not been off our fashion radar this month with ad campaign shots and backstage videos for Burberry coming out in drips and drabs over the past few weeks.

However, this time she’s back on our pages for creative and modelling reasons. Sneak previews of her awaited ethical collection for People Tree have hit the online stands and at first look we can say these togs, modelled by Emma, are looking fashionable and comfortable.

The collection, which was announced back in September last year, is claimed to be 100% ethical with fair trade groups using organic cotton to make the clothes by hand. Apparently the work put into the range also helps improve the lives of disadvantaged workers in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

And we also love the logos, which include quirky phrases such as “Don’t panic, I’m organic.”

We can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures but until then we want to hear from you. Is this just another celebrity designer trying to get onto the fashion bandwagon?
Take a look at the two pictures and let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

[Via The Times]

Fashion News, YouTube Watch

ShinyStyle watch: Behind the scenes Burberry SS2010 campaign with Emma Watson

By Andrea Petrou on January 6th, 2010

Earlier today we gave you a preview of Emma Watson’s new (and second) campaign for Burberry, where she poses next to her brother in a range of the brand’s ss2010 products.

The photos are moody and full of attitude, and it made us wonder whether any of the crew and models themselves had any fun during the day. However, we’ve managed to get our hands on a video, which shows how the photos were shot as well as giving a behind the scenes look. After viewing it we can definitely say there was an air of magic on the set.

Ad campaigns, Celebrity Style

Emma Watson poses alongside her brother Alex for Burberry’s SS2010 campaign

By Andrea Petrou on January 6th, 2010

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There’s something magic about Emma Watson, and were not talking about her role in Harry Potter. It seems everything she touches, is a success and this time the spell has fallen on her younger brother Alex Watson, who has made his modelling debut in Burberry’s spring ad campaign alongside Emma who will be fronting the brand for the second time.

According WWD, chief creative officer Christopher Bailey met Alex through Emma, and “loved their dynamic, their brother and sister energy,” so he decided to take a chance and use him in the campaign.

We think the brother and sister duo cut striking figures against the 18th-century townhouse theme, and its clear this year’s womens trends are set to continue along the lines of big shoulders.

The campaign also features musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, the son of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, and Max Hurd, a grandson of Douglas Hurd, Britain’s foreign secretary under British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

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Event: Celebrities, models and designers dress up for the British Fashion Awards

By Andrea Petrou on December 10th, 2009
British Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

Celebrities, models and fashion designers were out in their droves last night to celebrate the 25th annual British Fashion Awards.

The event, which we we’ve been excited about since we reported the shortlist a few weeks ago, took place in London’s Royal Courts of Justice and this year played host to more British designers than ever before.

As we would expect, it was also attended by Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer as well as one of our favourite designers Matthew Williamson.

British Fashion Awards - Press Room

Christopher Bailey the Collection of the Year award, while model de jour Georgia Jagger scooped Model of the Year and there was also good news for Kate Moss who won the public voted London 25 Award.

There was also happiness from Grace Coddington who was given the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and Katie Hillier was crowned Accessory Designer of the Year.

British Fashion Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

We also think a huge congratulations are in order for Burberry, which won Designer Brand of the year and Christopher Bailey who was awarded British Designer of the Year.

During his acceptance speech, Bailey also revealed that Burberry would display creations during February’s London Fashion Week: “London is our home and our global headquarters, and we are thrilled to be showing again in this, our magnificent and creative city,” he said.

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Ad campaigns, Celebrity Style, Designers, Fashion News

Have you seen Emma Watson’s new ads for Burberry?

By Kimberley Foster on June 9th, 2009

emmawatson_burberry_aw0910_2.jpgOur British blogger pals at Catwalk Queen have the lowdown on Emma Watson’s new campaign pics for Burberry.

The Harry Potter star has made her modelling debut for the label’s autumn/winter 2009-10 campaign alongside four very handsome young men.

“Having known and admired the lovely Emma Watson for quite some time, she was the obvious choice for this campaign,” said creative director, Christopher Bailey. “I felt [she] would be strong enough to hold the campaign as the only girl, and I loved the idea of her being surrounded by these young, cool British guys.”

Click here to see more.

Ad campaigns, Models

Lily Donaldson, Eden Clarke & co. star in Burberry’s blooming spring 09 campaign

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on December 10th, 2008


Catwalk Queen‘s Kimberley Foster writes…

Burberry has long been about doing things in big electic groups, consisting of a mixture of models, musicians, and other various It-kids.This spring/summer looks no different, with Christopher Bailey luring his cast to Petersham Nurseries, outside of London, for a greenhouse-style shoot. As far as who stars, well it appears that the whispers were correct for once. There is no sign of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley this time, after she was reportedly dropped from the label due to that drug scandal a few months back. Oops!

To discover who has taken her place, read on…

Read the rest of this entry »

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Designer Pick of the Week: Burberry Patent Travel Slippers

By Andrea Thatcher on October 9th, 2008

Burberry patent travel slippers.jpg

It’s getting to be that time of year when bare feet won’t do for running around the house getting ready in the morning. If you’re the sort to go for luxury in all areas of your life, then these Burberry Patent Travel Slippers will solve that problem nicely.

At $250 they also happen to be one of our more affordable designer picks.

They come with a matching patent pouch which ups their cute factor in our book, and they look to have rubber bottoms so you could wear them out running errands.

Now is the time to buy them because Net-a-Porter is offering free shipping through October 20. Enter FREESHIP2 into the promotional box during checkout.


Google unveils its own collection of fashionable looks

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on September 11th, 2008

Launched a couple of days ago iGoogle received a trendy makeover from some of the fashion world’s top designers in time for New York Fashion week. Vera Wang, Burberry and Michael Kors are some of the stylish names who have lent their designer touch to the site. I’m plumping for Stella McCartney‘s lipsmacking lollipop wallpaper. Kiss and Make Up’s Zara was there at the New York launch to see how it looks and works.

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