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ShinyStyle loves: Republic Candy Punk collection for SS11

By Andrea Petrou on March 30th, 2011

Wow, we’re going right back to the 80s today with our ShinyStyle Loves series, thanks to this bright Candy Punk collection by Republic.
The collection, which has been influenced by the likes of Cher Lloyd, Rihanna and Jessie J, includes an eclectic mix of statement tees, hot pants, leggings and sweats. More is more with lashings of sequins, animal prints, slogans and badges.

Pick from sweats adorned with gold pug dogs, vibrant colour pop leopard prints and sparkly trims or wear a slogan top with leather look leggings and ripped denim for that special 80s look.

We want it right now.

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Beauty, Gallery

Top five Spring/Summer lipsticks

By Andrea Petrou on March 25th, 2011

Toxic nature: Orange lippy

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Orange is a must have colour for the likes of Cher Lloyd and Jessie J. Get the look with this lippy from Illamasqua

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Madonna’s plans to build a school for girls in Malawi have been “discontinued”.

By Andrea Petrou on March 25th, 2011

Madonna’s plans to build a school for girls in Malawi have been “discontinued”.

The ‘Celebration’ singer pledged to build an academy in the African country following her adoption of now five-year-old son David in 2006, but the $3.8 million she has put into the project through her charitable foundation Raising Malawi has so far not developed into an educational establishment.

In an email to contributors to the school fund from the Kabbalah Centre International in Los Angeles, Michael Berg – who co-founded the charity with the pop star, who is a follower of the mystical faith, and the centre – claimed original plans were not to be finished.

According to the New York Times newspaper, he said: “A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived.”

The board of directors at the charitable organisation has been replaced and a caretaker board, including the 52-year-old singer, has taken over.

Madonna – who also adopted now six-year-old Mercy from Malawi in 2009, joining children Lourdes, 14, and Rocco, 10 – admits she is “frustrated” at the development because of the lack of education in the country.

She said in a statement: “There is a real education crisis in Malawi, 67 per cent of girls don’t go to secondary school.

“Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can.”

It has not been determined exactly what has happened to the $3.8 million, with Trevor Nielsen from the Global Philanthropy Group – who Madonna recruited last year when initial signs of trouble were brewing at her charity – claiming funds have not all been “accounted for”.

He said: “Despite $3.8 million having been spent by the previous management team, the project has not broken ground, there was no title to the land and there was, over all, a startling lack of accountability on the part of the management team in Malawi and the management team in the United States.

“We have yet to determine exactly what happened to all of that $3.8 million. We have not accounted for all the funds that were used.”


Madonna’s alleged stalker declared unfit to stand trial

By shinychris on March 18th, 2011

Grzegorz Matlok – who was arrested last Saturday (12.03.11) after breaking into the ‘Material Girl’ hitmaker’s £10 million home in London – did not enter pleas to charges of burglary in court earlier this week, and it was instead ruled he will be held in custody until April 14 so his mental health can be assessed.

Grzegorz was wrestled to the ground by bodyguards at the 10-bedroom mansion belonging to the 52-year-old singer in London’s Marylebone area at 5.30am on Saturday, after being found clutching several of her possessions.

Despite having a huge security team and a state-of-the-art CCTV system in place, the Polish-born intruder – who the singer’s bodyguards told police was a ‘stalker’ – gained entry to the Georgian townhouse by smashing a side window.

Speaking of the incident, a senior police source said: “Something dreadful has happened here. The security around the world’s most famous pop star should be impregnable.”

At the time of the break-in, Madonna – who has four children, Lourdes, 14, Rocco, 10, Mercy, six, and five-year-old David – was in Bay City, Michigan, paying her respects to her late 99-year-old grandmother, Elsie Mae Fortin, who had helped raise the singer and her five siblings after their mother died of breast cancer when Madonna was just five.

Celebrity Style, Gallery, Style spotlight

Style spotlight: Madonna

By Andrea Petrou on March 16th, 2011

On stage in the 80s

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As Riccardo Tisci Dior rumours strengthen we look at his work for Givenchy

By Andrea Petrou on March 15th, 2011

White for his SS 2008 collection

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Grammys 2011 red carpet: Lady Gaga “hatches” from an egg and then goes for 80s on-stage style

By Andrea Petrou on February 14th, 2011

Lady Gaga gets carried in an egg

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Spotted: Nicola Roberts, Lady Gaga and Madonna

By Andrea Petrou on January 7th, 2011

Lady Gaga

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Celebrity detox favourites and gym workouts

By Andrea Petrou on January 4th, 2011


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Fashion Crush Top 5: Five movies you should dress like

By Andrea Petrou on September 8th, 2010

By Emily Borrett

The first person whose style I ever truly loved was Ariel from the Little Mermaid – I wanted her cool shell bikini, despite only being about five – and then a little later on in life the Japanese twins from the Simpsons, Sherri and Terri.  I stand by that still – anyone who thinks it isn’t cool to wear a shell bikini or match their clothes and accessories to their hair colour is wrong. Little television addict that I was when I was a child (apparently I used to come home from school and mournfully wail to my mother that I “hadn’t been watching”), it would be fair to say that film and television has had a hefty influence on my style over the years. And admittedly, some former fashion crushes of mine have not stood the test of time. Two examples of the most cringe-worthy that come to mind were my obsession with Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show many years ago -which lasted far too long and caused me to dress like a fat burlesque dancer – and my Disney Channel phase at the age of about 9, when I really dug Lizzie McGuire’s “neon brights and pedal pushers” look.

Wardrobe horrors aside, there have been some pretty iconic dressers in movie history that I still take a lot of inspiration from when I’m getting dressed in the morning. All of the women listed below look dope. All of their films are super-stylish, and if you haven’t seen them, you should, if not just for the clothes.


Uma Thurman’s character in this movie is like a monochrome queen. White shirt, black capris, milky skin and the sleekest black bob in history (soz, Anna Wintour). Classic styling, classic Chanel colours – she’s like a weird fashion cat that I want to catch and then keep prisoner in my house, so that it can teach me how to dress well and dance like it’s the 50s.

It’s a completely different kind of sexy to the kind that was at the time all over the covers of Vogue, in the form of super-women such as Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. Instead of whipping out her legs or boobs, Mia Wallace draws you in with her hypnotic eyes and the smile of a cat who just got the five-dollar milkshake. And so she should, it’s a good look for her. I’m depressed that my bob will never look like that.


Hey guys, remember when Madonna was really, really, really cool? In the eighties, way before she started to look like Popeye and show off her crotch all the time, Madonna was in a movie called Desperately Seeking Susan, in which she  got to act cool on screen for a couple hours and basically play herself. Except in the film she’s meant to be someone called Susan, not Madonna.

All the biggest fashions in the past couple of years like leather, lace, sheer clothing and chunky gothic jewellery – “Susan” wore it first. She did all the things you (probably) only dream of doing, like hanging out in weird cabaret bars, sleeping with the Mafia and getting arrested for trying to bunk cabs. You know, bad girl stuff. And she got to wear Jimi Hendrix’s jacket while she was at it too. Despite the film’s silly plot and dialogue it’s one of my comfort blanket films – if you’re into eighties and new wave fashion you should probably watch it.


“So what did you do in school today, Cher?” “Well… I broke in my purple clogs.” I love to watch Clueless every few months or so because it’s like a warm bubblebath for my brain. It leaves me feeling girly, bubbleheaded and happy for at least a week afterwards. I like the 90s soundtrack and the amount of brightly-coloured plaid they all wear (both the preppy and the British Heritage trend nailed in one, well done, Dion and Cher).

Cher deserves to be on this list not simply because she was rocking knee high socks and loafers way before the likes of Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe, but for her sheer dedication to fashion. She really fought for her plight – it’s not many girls that have a computer programme to decide their outfits each morning. And it’s certainly not many girls that have the chutzpah to argue with a gun-toting mugger when they think their Aliya dress is in danger of getting dirty.


The movie itself wasn’t the greatest James Bond of all time, and certainly not the most stylish one – that honour should go to one of the sixties ones – but Grace Jones deserves to be on this list because she’s fiercer than a shaved mongoose, and better than any of the big-haired blonde heroines that got to snog James at the end. Also, I don’t want her to beat me up.

I have yet to see someone that can rock Lennon shades, a buzz cut and hooded sportswear quite the way that Miss Jones can. The likes of Lady Gaga, Kelis and Amber Rose haven’t got anything on this woman.


To not put Holly Golightly at number one of this list would be like ignoring a massive, Chanel-clad elephant in the corner of the room. Queen of the up-do, costume jewellery and the trusty little black dress, it’s a style that is still massively referenced nearly fifty years on. You don’t need to look like a film star to dress like Holly Golightly – though it helps – which is the genius of the styling in this film. All you need to get a little of Audrey Hepburn’s style is a sharp black dress and shades, and voila – fashion magic. The beauty of her clothes is in the simplicity.

These are just some of my personal favourites – if you’ve got a cinema fashion favourite that you want to add in the comment box, do it! ShinyStyle wants to know who your fashion crushes are.

Celebrity Style, Gallery

Worst dressed: Katie Price, Blake Lively and Paloma Faith

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2010

It’s not often we get to do a “worst dressed” gallery.  Stars have wised up to trends, got themselves decent stylists and many glow on the red carpet or at events, which is why we’ve had to combine faus pas from August and July.

However, there’s always a few that make a mistake, and being fashionable girls we jump at the opportunity to point these out, for your own good of course, we don’t want you copying these badly dressed celebs.

Katie Price made our worst dressed list twice this month, firstly going for military style trousers, which went off the style chart due to the number of slits, and secondly for pairing up a short black dress with knee high wonderwoman style boots. Speaking of this, Alesha Dixon also fell foul of the fashion law when she turned up in a bodysuit, which looked as though Wonderwoman had an affair with a cheerleader.

Other celebrities which we felt deserved a mention is Madonna for her bag lady look (you have to see the picture) and Lucie from the X-Factor who got the shoe and sock fashion trend completely mixed up.

Take a look at our 14 worst dressed celebs and let us know who you think should win the Dog’s dinner award.

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Spotted: Madonna looks stunning on her 52nd birthday

By admin on August 16th, 2010

Dear God/force of aging, when we get to 52 please let us look as good as Madonna.

Yes, we know the pop queen Madonna has come under a lot of flak over the years for her obsession with fighting the signs aging and has had a sneaky face-lift but we take back all the criticism after seeing her look so amazing this weekend when she stepped out at Shoreditch House for her 52nd birthday.

Stepping out in a slinky silver satin frock Madge looked sophisticated, bang on A/W 2010 trend and less like a wannabe teenager, as many of her clothes in the past have suggested.

We think her stunning outfit, complete with great hair styling is a fantastic 52nd birthday look for the singer. Keep it up Madge.

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First looks: Madonna’s Material Girl collection

By Shiny writer on August 4th, 2010

She bagged Taylor Momsen as her model and a spot in Macy’s so it was hardly surprising that people were queueing around the block yesterday to get their hands on Madonna’s new clothing range.

The pop icon who has also set the fashion world alight with her stage outfits over the years has ventured into the designing world with her daughter Lourdes and launched the Material Girl collection aimed at 15-25 year olds.

Yesterday’s launch saw girls eager to get their hands on the collection, presented with cupcakes by models and greeted by Madonna look-a-likes. They were also treated to a mini concert by Taylor Momsen, although Madge and her teenage inspiration didn’t show.

And the range of clothing which includes fishnet tights, low cut mini dresses, mini skirts, lace dresses, 80s ra-ra skirts and sequined hot pants, has already been criticised by children’s groups who have said the collection is “less than wholesome” considering the teen age target.

Considering the range is targeted up to 25 years old we’re not so sure there’s a need to be concerned, afterall the styles are similar to what’s out there at the moment. However, we thought we’d give you the chance to have your say. View the collection and then vote below to let us know whether you think the range is too much for teens.

[All images: Johnny Louis/wenn]


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Gallery: The changing style of Taylor Momsen

By Shiny writer on August 3rd, 2010

There’s not much to say about Taylor Momsen that hasn’t already been said. Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans of the Gossip Girl, turned rocker, and it seems we’re not alone.

This year she’s received attention from both Madonna and John Galliano and her band, Pretty Reckless is going from strength. She’s also had a modelling debut with New Look and although it seems she’s an old starlet, she’s not.

She’s just accomplished alot in her young life and she’s also created a fashion statement amongst her fans- the stockings and suspenders.

However, she wasn’t always the rock chick, complete with statement thick eyeliner and bright red lipstick. And up until 2008, her clothes were sensible and girly to match her Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey. We have a look at her changing faces.

Spotted in London

Spotted: Madonna, Mollie King and Sadie Frost

By Shiny writer on July 26th, 2010

This weekend stars hit the London scene for some fun. Soap stars Emma Rigby and Corrie actress Helen Flanagan took to the London streets.

Emma opted for an ethnic print frock while Helen went for a white 50s style dress, which she teamed up with 50 lippy and make-up.

Saturdays singer Mollie King was also spotted outside the Mayfair hotel in a grecian style dress and clogs, which she teamed up with on-trend wedges, while Madonna also made an appearance at Aura nightclub in a questionable outfit, which looked like it would have been more at home on a baseball star than the queen of pop.

Across London Sadie Frost played it safe in a black dress for the Coco and Igor premier.

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