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Fashion News

Cat Deeley becomes the new face for Links of London

By Andrea Petrou on March 30th, 2010

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It may be bad news for Peaches Geldof who has lost her Miss Ultimo contract but other Brit stars are continuing in their quest to front advertising campaigns.

One such Brit that’s done this and succeeded is Cat Deeley who has just been announced as the new face of jewellery brand Links of London.

We have to confess we’re over the moon about this, especially since we’ve been big fans of her style for very long time now.

Although there haven’t been many pictures released we’ve managed to get our hands on one of the shots, but we’ll all have to wait until the autumn for the rest.

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Celebrity Style, Red Carpet

Sarah Harding steals the fashion limelight at the 2010 Empire Film Awards

By Andrea Petrou on March 29th, 2010

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It was another star studded event last night as Brit celebs donned their glad rags and hit the red carpet for the Empire Film 2010 awards.

And although many stars including Jamie Winstone and Michelle Ryan, looked fantastic (we’ll be giving you a best dressed gallery shortly) it was Sarah Harding that really stole the fashion limelight.

The Girls Aloud singer and party girl rocked up to the event held at the London Grovsenor Hotel in a can’t go wrong little black dress with rouching detail and pink satin stripes. She completed the look with matching pink sky scraper peep toe heels.

Do you agree that Sarah looked good? Vote and leave your comments below to let us know.

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Fashion News

Robert Pattinson gets wax model at Madame Tussauds

By Andrea Petrou on March 26th, 2010

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We don’t usually focus all our attentions on a man, but since it’s Friday and the man in question is Robert Pattinson, we know you’ll agree that a story all about him is entirely justified.

The Twilight star and all round heart throb has achieved the ultimate celebrity endorsement and made it into the wax work haven of Madame Tussauds. His wax work replica will take place in the VIP hall alongside Johnny Depp and George Clooney.

Liz Edwards, a representative for Madame Tussauds, said: ‘R-Patz is one of the hottest celebs on the planet. We are delighted to be able to give them the chance to cosy up with their idol here at Madame Tussauds and judging by the reactions of the first to meet him here this morning he is set to top our most-kissed list of celebrities very quickly!’

Tell us what you think about the likeness to the real star by leaving your comments below.

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Fashion News

Is Lady Gaga creating a sunglasses range?

By Andrea Petrou on March 26th, 2010

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Get ready for weird and wacky sunnies ladies

If the rumour mill is to be believed Lady Gaga will be desgining a range of these and we know they aren’t going to be sensible.

According to WWD the singer, who wore sunglasses made from rows of lit cigarettes in her “Telephone” video, is said to be in talks with London designer Linda Farrow about collaborating on designs.

Now we’re not sure how true this rumour is but we’ve done a bit of detective work and the clues all seem to hint that there could be some truth in the story. Lady G has said she wants to launch a fashion line of her own “at some point.”

And Linda Farrow is no stranger to working with celebs. Last month she launched sunglasses designed by singer Róisín Murphy last month, and has created sunglasses for designers including Alexander Wang, Matthew Williamson and Dries Van Noten.

Watch this space girls.

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charity, Designers

Lulu Guinness lends her talents to the Elephant Family Charity

By Andrea Petrou on March 25th, 2010

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We’ve got bags of respect for Lulu Guinness. Not only is she a talented designer but she’s also leant her name to a range of charity ventures this year. And it doesn’t seem as though she’ll be stopping anytime soon.

The designer, alongside Alice Temperley, Issa’s Daniella Helayel and Diane von Furstenberg will hand-paint one of 250 life-size baby elephants to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered Asian elephant.

The venture created by the Elephant Family charity, will see London turned into an urban jungle with the elephants placed around landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Parliament Square and the Southbank from May to July. If you want to see them all in their full glory you can head down to the public exhibition at the gardens of the Royal Hospital later on in the year.
To raise money the elephants will then be auctioned off in the autumn.

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Events, Red Carpet

Yay or nay? Kiera Knightley’s Erdem frock at the Olivier Awards 2010

By Andrea Petrou on March 22nd, 2010

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It was another star studded evening last night where stars came out to play on the red carpet for the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

First to grab our attention on the red carpet was British starlet Kiera Knightley who a best supporting actress nominee for playing a manipulative movie starlet in the play The Misanthrope.

However, we’re not too sure if we like or loathe her maxi, round necked capped sleeve Erdem dress which looks a little bit like our grandma’s curtains. So we’ve decided to let you decide.

Vote below and let us know if her dress was a hit or miss last night.
[Images:Lia Tob / WENN.com]

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Celebrity Style, Features, Gallery

Event: SATC girls reunite for the Warner Brothers Pictures’ ‘Big Picture 2010′ showest

By Andrea Petrou on March 19th, 2010

We’re getting very excited over here at ShinyStyle today, and it’s not just because it’s Friday.

It’s because the Sex And The City ladies are back (well three of them anyway).
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis stepped out at last nights Warner Brothers Pictures’ Big Picture 2010 showfest to talk about the long awaited SATC2 film (see the trailer here), hitting cinemas in May.

While forth member Kim Cattrall was in London performing on stage, the three other lovlies showed off their frocks. Sarah Jessica Parker opted for a typical Carrieyellow asymmetric beaded dress, while Kristin went for on-trend florals. And Cynthia went for a simple, yet striking boatneck frock.

View the pictures in the gallery below and let us know who you think wore their dress best.

[Images:Apega/WENN]

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Features, London fashion week, Milan Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week - Gossip, Paris Fashion Week

Front Row Style: Which fashion capital wears it best?

By Lauren Bravo on March 15th, 2010

wenn5356916.jpgSo, the calendar’s four main fashion weeks are wrapped up for another season.

Autumn Winter 2010 has been an exciting run of collections, and while we’ve been watching intently to spot our favourite upcoming trends, we’ve got to admit our attention hasn’t always been on the designers. At times we’ve had half an eye on the catwalk, and half an eye on that all-important hot seat of style, the front row.

Yes, sometimes the outfits in the audience can be just as compelling as the clothes on the runway (and a darn sight more wearable too). The star quality of their front row has become an unofficial measure of a designer’s up-and-comingness, with magazines playing Spot the Celeb and numerous show late to start because one key attendee is yet to arrive – Grace Coddington reportedly walked in so late at Valentino that she was greeted by a chorus of boos from waiting photographers. Tsk tsk.

There’s also plenty of gossip potential to be had in the seating arrangements, as movie stars and aristocrats bump knees with artists, editors, politicians and trustfund tweenies. We see the pictures and like to imagine the conversations – do Samantha Cameron and Pixie Geldof swap recipes over their Vitamin Waters? When did Beth Ditto and Bella Freud become mates? Just what were Jennifer Saunders and Melanie Blatt discussing at Betty Jackson? An All Saints/Ab Fab team-up? Oh, the intrigue. Oh, the possibilities.

wenn2747535.jpgAnd oh, oh, the clothes. Front rowers are an endless source of outfit inspiration, particularly useful when they act as translation guides for some of the looks coming down the catwalk. We’d still be lost as to how to work double denim if it wasn’t for Alexa Chung‘s tireless tuition (mix stonewash with indigo, and voluminous shirts with skintight jeggings to avoid looking too much like a Van Halen tribute band on a dress down Friday). Meanwhile, Christopher Kane’s floral leather dresses just make so much more sense when you can scan from the models to the benches and picture the whole look on Emma Watson.

Crucially, those front row photos are also important for demonstrating the cultural variations in the season’s dressing. Or, to speak in snappy alliteration: Who Wore What, Where? Because while the same faces might pop up in every capital (that means you, Ms Chung), each city has its own defining look.

Here’s our ShinyStyle lesson in fashion geography – pay attention, you may be tested on this next season:

London“Anarchy in the UK”

The look: We’re known for our scruffy breed of dressed-down glam, and this year the Brit pack didn’t disappoint. Think visible roots in tousled hair, hulking statement shoes, lots of black, metallics, and a typically eclectic mix of leather, denim, lycra and lace.

The key outfit: Biker jacket, minidress, lame leggings and platforms, accessorised with a scarlet scowl.

The front-row faces: Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Mischa Barton, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The secret weapon: Baptiste dry shampoo, for hair that says, “I haven’t been home” (buy it here).

Paris“Chirpy shirty chic chic”

The look: Gorgeous Gaelic nonchalance as only the French can do it (though the rest of us can try). Lots of crisp white tailoring and utility styles, with statement coats and long, glossy manes.

The key outfit: Cropped, slim-fit cargo pants, the perfect white t-shirt, fitted boyfriend blazer and classic stilettos, with a little furry something to keep out le chill.

The front-row faces: Vanessa Paradis, Lou Doillon Leigh Lezark, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld.

The secret weapon: Vanish stain remover, to keep those shirts whiter-than-white (spillages are très Anglaise).

Milan“La Dolce Vita, baby”

The look: Va-va-voom Italian insouciance, with animal prints, metallics, shots of vibrant colour and big, big hair. Belissima.

The key outfit: A cocktail dress in a sumptuous colour, leopard print coat, spindly heels, killer clutch and sunglasses.

The front row faces: Margherita Missoni, Lindsay Lohan, Zoe Saldana, Rachel Zoe.

The secret weapon: Lipstick. The bolder the better, preferably in a coral hue as a nod to the summer’s beachy palette – check out these.

New York“XOXO, Front Row…”

The look: Gossip Girl grows up. Impossibly glossy and impeccably groomed, with all emphasis on mixing textures and fabrics, with understated shapes and statement accessories.

The key outfit:
Tulip skirt in a scrunch fabric, teamed with suede ankle boots, a silk blouse, a cropped jacket and a blowdry.

The front row faces: Olivia Palermo, Taylor Momsen, Whitney Port, the Olsen twins.

The secret weapon: Nail varnish in a fudgey colour, for on-trend Upper East Side talons. Find your perfect shade here.

Which fashion capital do YOU think had the style edge? Leave us your comments below.

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Fashion News

Lady Gaga’s outfit causes health concerns on plane

By Andrea Petrou on March 10th, 2010

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We’re big fans of Lady Gaga‘s fashion over here at ShinyStyle, but not when it causes health concerns.

According to reports in The Sun, Miss G caused cabin crew to become alarmed on a flight to America from London when her striped yellow and black tape dress complete with Alexander McQeen heels caused her legs to begin to swell.

They feared her symptoms could be the early stages of deep vein thrombosis and begged the star to change.

An airline source told The Sun: ‘GaGa was a high-risk DVT case so she was advised to change out of her clothes. But the outfit was so cumbersome she needed help changing out of it. She was particularly miffed about ditching her heels. She was wearing them in memory of her friend Alexander.’

Oh dear Miss G, there’s fashion victim, and then there’s just plane (sorry) stupid.

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Designer collaborations, YouTube Watch

Video: Tug of war breaks out at Comme des Garcon for H&M New York launch

By Kimberley Foster on November 13th, 2008

Here in the States the reception towards Comme des Garcon for H&M may have been a little lukewarm, compared to the Tokyo reaction, but that didn’t stop tempers from flaring at the New York launch. Two shoppers let their determination to own one of the polka dot scarves get the better of them, resulting in a tug of war breaking out inside the store. Watched on by amused crowds, the pair fought openly for the scarf until a shop assistant was forced to intervene. Who said shopping wasn’t a competitive sport? Click play above to watch.



New York Fashion Week - Runway

Skyline Runway Show with Unconditional

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on September 10th, 2008

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Philip Stephen’s Unconditional line debuted during the first day of Fashion Week atop the Maritime Hotel. Silvery grays set against the sultry stormy backdrop of the New York skyline with the approaching Hurricane Hanna.

That didn’t stop Stephen’s models from displaying his latest collection.

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Bargain POTW, Designer Fashions, New York Fashion Week - Gossip

Guess where this is from?

By Andrea Thatcher on November 9th, 2007

Congrats to those smart fashionistas who guessed last week’s pick was Marc Jacobs! Now see if you can get this one…

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Guess which designer made this sparkling rainbow dress that waltzed down the runway during London Fashion Week. Post your guess and check back next Friday for the answer!



Celebrity Style, Designer Fashions, Fashion News

Cate Blanchett lights up the red carpet for the premiere of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”

By Andrea Thatcher on October 24th, 2007

Cate%20Blanchett.jpgI love Cate Blanchett’s dazzling Vivienne Westwood dress she wore yesterday to the London red carpet premiere of her latest movie, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. The Aussie actress’ strapless, curve-hugging sequined number looks amazing on her figure, and the shine is just right for the season. Check out my previous post to find your sequin dress for all those holiday parties or check out this hot Paillette knit tank dress from Bebe for $129.



Fashion News

Swarovski Fashion Rocks presents in London Oct. 18

By Andrea Thatcher on October 17th, 2007

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The Swarovski Fashion Rocks campaign rounds up all things sparkly at London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 18. In partnership with The Prince’s Trust, the event is a star-studded show to honor the latest collection of crystal jewelry and gemstones, along with plenty of live music and celebrity-infused entertainment. Kate Moss of Topshop has designed a special flapper gown to commemorate the event, a simple grey gown decked out in over 60,000 Swarovski crystal stones. The event is designed to honor Swarovski’s presence in the glarmous fashion world, honoring both couture and high end designers from around the globe.

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Designer Fashions, Fashion News, Models, New York Fashion Week - Gossip

Paul Smith’s spring line at London Fashion Week

By Andrea Thatcher on October 3rd, 2007

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“Hockney meets Bloomsbury,” said designer Paul Smith of his spring women’s wear collection, which showed during London Fashion Week. For those of you who didn’t live in North London when you were a baby, like I did, Smith’s comment translates to low-end meets high-end. Colors were primary and bright, formal wear met casual wear, and Iekeliene Stange opened the show wearing circular Harry Potter glasses and a bow tie.

[Images: Getty]

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