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Karl Lagerfeld’s women: Lou Doillon

By emilyborrett on April 30th, 2011

Soft and delicate in pale silk at Cannes Film Festival, we think Lou can pull of fairy-esque prettiness just as well as her trademark leather and lace

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It’s going to be hard to come back down to Earth after yesterday’s Royal Wedding madness (didn’t Kate Middleton look beautiful, just like a 21st century Grace Kelly?) but, alas, life goes on, and it’s time that we tidy our Union Jack bunting away. Our thoughts are travelling back to Paris today to take a look at one of France’s most beautiful, rock and roll fashion enigmas – Lou Doillon, daughter of style icon Jane Birkin and one of Karl Lagerfeld’s fabulous couture-clad harem.

Always seen in attendance at Chanel’s most exclusive dinners, cocktail parties and launches, and often hanging off the arm of Herr Lagerfeld himself, the actress is a strong patron of Chanel and lends the label’s designs attitude and edge in bucketfuls.With her shaggy brunette hair, French smile and razor-sharp cheekbones, Doillon’s is a face that you couldn’t mistake anywhere whether it’s at a Vogue party or in the front rows at Paris Fashion Week. She is, by the way, always at the front row at PFW – we want this girl’s life so much! Oh, and did we mention that she is the muse for Givenchy?

So many celebrities at the moment try hard to work the European bohemian look, but it is obvious from Lou’s family roots that this is one girl that doesn’t have to try hard at all.

With Jane Birkin as her mother and French director Jacques Doillon, it’s obvious that this is one actress with first-hand experience with the bohemian lifestyle. We’re completely in love with her nonchalant laid-back style, and it’s clear to see why Karl is too. Check out our gallery for our favourite Lou Doillon looks.

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Top five Red Riding Hood inspired capes and dresses for SS 2011

By Andrea Petrou on April 11th, 2011

That famous red cape

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Style spotlight: Diane Kruger

By Andrea Petrou on March 24th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

Looking flawless in an off-the-shoulder mustard gown on the red carpet, Miss Kruger is the queen of ritzy dressing

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We’re all about well-dressed actresses this week at Shiny Style, and they don’t come much better put-together than German-born Inglorious Basterds star Diane Kruger. Always a familiar face in the front rows of both Berlin and Paris Fashion Week, designers such as Chanel and Calvin Klein are all queuing up around the block to dress this girl for events.

And it’s no wonder she’s so impeccably dressed – with friends in high places such as Karl Lagerfeld who invite her to Chanel-branded games of bowls and punts on the Riviera, a girl pretty much has to keep her fashion game en point at all times. Have you ever seen Diane Kruger in a What Were You Thinking? column, or being reprimanded by E! Entertainment’s fashion police? I thought not. And that’s why we love her so – whether she’s at a fashion show or on the red carpet for a new film, she’s always pulled out all the stops.

If you’re not so familiar with the German actress then check out the gallery above, where we’ve found all of our favourite Diane Kruger looks from the last few years. Couture Chanel? Check. An impeccable knack for clashing colours? Check. Incredible shoes? CHECK. This is a girl that has it all.


Mila Kunis watches Miu Miu Paris show

By Andrea Petrou on March 11th, 2011

Paris Fashion Week came to a close with a beautiful collection from Miu Miu yesterday

‘Black Swan’ star Mila Kunis and former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld were on the front row for the collection from Miuccia Prada.

Dresses featured heavily on the Miu Miu catwalk, with blacks intermingled with browns and oranges, all in a classy silhouette cut below the knee and up to the neck.

Collars were often added to give authority to the outfits – as did hard-edged 80s power-shoulders – which were nearly all carried with a variety of bags.

Glittering bird prints were also a key-focus of the dresses.

The show brings an end to the fall/winter 2011/12 collections in New York, London, Milan and Paris, which have included well-received shows from Victoria Beckham – debuting a newer, slouchier style – Chanel, with a harder-edged than most are used to while Sarah Burton was praised for her second collection for Alexander McQueen.

However, the shows have not been without trouble – John Galliano was sacked from Christian Dior after going on an anti-Semetic rant against a group of women in a Parisian cafe.

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Paris Fashion Week highlights: Chanel

By Andrea Petrou on March 9th, 2011

Chanel AW 2011

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Kate Moss closes Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week by smoking a cigarette.

By Andrea Petrou on March 9th, 2011

Kate Moss closed the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week today by smoking a cigarette.

The supermodel – famed for her love of smoking – looked stunning in a sexy black creation from the fashion house’s fall/winter 2011/12 collection as she strutted down the runway while puffing away.

The 37-year-old is scarcely seen in the catwalk anymore and her appearance was met with cheers from the glamorous audience.

Yesterday (08.03.11), Sarah Burton showcased her second collection for Alexander McQueen and impressed with her “exquisite” presentation.

Speaking of the show and Sarah – who was named as the label’s creative director following the suicide of Alexander McQueen last February – British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman said: “It was, the workmanship was wonderful and so was all that lovely corsetry in contrast to the amazing pleating. It wasn’t angry or aggressive – I thought it was even more confident than last season when she [Sarah Burton] obviously used a lot of the heritage of the house. This time she’s adapted it. It’s different – even the way the girls walk is different.”

Earlier in the day, Alexa Chung and Florence Welch were in the front row for the Valentino show where delicate beading, ruffles and sheer lace adorned dresses, skirts and knits.

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Paris Fashion Week: Yves Saint Laurent

By Andrea Petrou on March 8th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

Yves Saint Laurent A/W 2011

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It’s been a flurry of big names scheduled to show their collections over the past few days, and as Paris Fashion Week nonchalantly draws to a close we have to say that Yves Saint Laurent have been one of our favourites. With a front row collection of stars such as Ronnie Wood, Jane Birkin and Lou Doillon, the atmosphere was already so cool that it didn’t matter if the clothes were any good or not – but any road, they were better than good. They were brilliant.

Much like Galliano’s show earlier this week, Miss Marple-esque tweed skirt suits and fur muffs were present again in the YSL show, nipping in waists and demurely falling above the knee for an outcome that managed to be both vampish and demure. If you’re looking for a good indication of what sort of outerwear to be looking out for once summer has been and gone, look no further than this collection for a strokeable assortment of sharp double-breasted paddington-style coats, which, if you can afford it, will look incredible dressed down with skinny jeans come winter.

Though on first appearances the whole collection may have seemed rather prim, take a second look and check out the PVC and studded detailing around coat collars and necklines, and gold chains used as adornments for dresses and shoes. We absolutely fell in love with the fashion house’s sharp, boxy PVC sleeveless jacket, which managed to give a nod to both the golden age of punk and the possible future of fashion. We love.

Check out the gallery above to see the rest of the photos from the YSL show.

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Stella McCartney dedicated her show at Paris Fashion Week to her family

By Andrea Petrou on March 8th, 2011

Stella McCartney dedicated her show at Paris Fashion Week today to her family.

The designer – who recently gave birth to her fourth child – was showcasing her autumn/winter 2011/12 collection in the French capital and admitted she couldn’t have done it without the support of her loved ones.

The show’s notes said: “This is to all my babies, husband, family and team. They rule!”

Models were wearing designs full of spots and sheer panelling as they smiled into the camera while the voice of her famous father, Sir Paul McCartney, provided the soundtrack to the show’s finale.

The Beatles legend was in the front row, along with girlfriend Nancy Shevell, while Liv Tyler and Natalia Vodianova also attended.

Yesterday  Liv was joined in the front row by Kanye West, Ronnie Wood and Nicole Richie at the Givenchy show, where Riccardo Tisci mixed pretty prints with S&M leather and PVC.

Other designers to have shown over the weekend included Celine and John Galliano, although he was not present at the intimate presentation because of his recent arrest following alleged anti-Semitic remarks.

Paris Fashion Week ends today, bringing to a close four weeks of shows in New York, London and Milan.

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Paris Fashion Week: Kenzo A/W 2011

By Andrea Petrou on March 7th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

Kenzo A/W 2011

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It was a return to cool, slouchy bohemian style yesterday at Kenzo’s A/W 2011 show. Famed for their explosively vibrant florals and bold colours, this season saw the label working in more muted tones of dark blues, browns and creams that we think will work perfectly come winter.

Behind a huge lit-up display of what seemed like half folk art, half electric doilies, models came down the runway in long floaty hemlines that fluttered around leather studded ankle boots. Maxi-dresses in trademark Kenzo florals were worn with slouchy wax gilets and fur hoods. Combining the heritage trend with a hard, studded edge, we think we can spy a boho revival just around the corner.
This season’s collection was a lot more subtle than the last, with the label opting for more understated palettes in the fabric – olive green and black were favourites – and surprisingly pretty peekaboo hints of lace, which skirted along hemlines and necklines, showing a feminine side to the fashion house’s approach to design that we haven’t seen before. The maxi dress trend looks like it’s going to be here to stay for a fair while longer, if Kenzo’s collection is anything to go by – we predict that come Autumn we’ll all be teaming delicate floor-length dresses with casual boots and wax Barbour-style jackets.

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Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano A/W 2011

By Andrea Petrou on March 7th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

John Galliano AW 2011

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It was always going to be difficult to write an unbiased report of yesterday’s runway show featuring the A/W collection for John Galliano’s self-titled diffusion line – the whole world is extremely angry at the volatile designer right now for the unjustifiable anti-Jewish remarks he was heard to make last week. With an impending court trial and many influential friends turning their back on him, the future of his career is extremely uncertain.

All events considered, the show was downsized to a more intimate setting for just editors and buyers to enjoy. What is sad about the whole affair is that this is a collection that showed just how good a designer Galliano truly is – the whole collection was a glamorous, heady mix of 1930s silhouettes and opulent fabrics. His talents as a couture designer have never been so obvious as now, as models came down the runway in soft cloche hats, furs and nipped-in skirt suits, lending the show a “silent movie actress” feel. However, nothing that we saw from the designer this season blew our minds – known as he is for radical fashion and innovative design, the collection played it a little too safe for our tastes. That’s not to say that we didn’t like the collection. The luxurious setting of chintz furniture, silks and flowers reminded us of Brideshead Revisited and worked perfectly with the clothes.

All in all, it was a pretty collection, full of the dark glamour that Galliano has made his trademark, but as we looked at the runway photos we didn’t feel the earth move. And considering that this could be the last show he ever puts on, due to the racist and reprehensible remarks that he’s made, he’s gone out with less of a bang and more of a subdued mutter.

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PFW highlights: Jean Paul Gaultier fall 2011 collection

By Andrea Petrou on March 7th, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier fall 2011

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PFW highlights: Givenchy Fall 2011 collection

By Andrea Petrou on March 7th, 2011

PFW highlights: Givenchy Fall 2011

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PFW Highlights: Balenciaga Fall 2011 Collection

By Andrea Petrou on March 7th, 2011

Balenciaga fall 2011 collection

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PFW highlights: Rochas Fall 2011 collection

By Andrea Petrou on March 4th, 2011

Rochas Fall 2011 Collection

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PFW highlights: Anne Valerie Hash Fall 2011

By Andrea Petrou on March 4th, 2011

Anne Valerie Hash Fall 2011

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