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Designers, Fashion News, Features, Gallery, London fashion week

LFW AW 2012: Burberry

By Andrea Petrou on February 21st, 2012

Burberry is always a show that never fails to disappoint and Christopher Bailey’s AW 2012 collection for the British fashion house was no different.

Models marched down the catwalk clutching striped umbrellas, which protected them from the fake snow that gave a nod to a quintessential British winter.

Of course the statement Burberry trench made an appearance- this year with fur and tweed twists- but what really stood out were the bow belts used in just about every look from jackets to striped skirts and as belts for coats.

Shapes gave a nod to the Victorian era with jackets flared at the waist and just below the knee A-line skirts given a little bit of an extra width, they were coupled with baker boy hats to really finish off the look.
However, the colour palate was anything but Victorian with yellows, blues and browns all making up main part of the collection.

After this display, stripes and bows are sure to be two looks that are hot on the highstreet this autumn.

See the gallery below for all the catwalk pics.

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Gallery, Top Five, Trend Alert

Top five winter coat styles

By Andrea Petrou on October 24th, 2011

Dalmation oversized faux fur coat

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The fuax fur coat is great for wearing over that going out outfit and looks great teamed up with a party dress and platform heels. Get this one from Topshop

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Fashion Crush, Features, Gallery, New Fashions

ShinyStyle loves: Topshop Unique’s new AW11 collection

By emilyborrett on September 15th, 2011

Dalmation Trench Coat

We completely love every Unique collection that good old Toppers has released, so we’re super-happy that you can finally buy their gorgeous 1930s-inspired AW11 pieces online now – so you’d better start saving up, because these pieces are worth the investment.

The AW11 collection drew inspiration from the glamour-pusses of the 1930s, so it’s all about draped coats, fur, deco prints, dalmation prints and silky gowns for this sumptuous offering of seasonal clothes. We’re absolutely obsessed with their camel mohair trench coat with dalmation-printed sleeves because it’s just so old Hollywood – but the bold, graphic print of the dalmation fur gives it a humourous, cheeky edge.

As shoes and accessories go, there’s a playful selection of chunky, sexy shoe-boots that come in sleek PVC for a modern feel, tactile faux ponyskin and shimmering silver. We’re all over the silver tap-style shoes – love, love, love, love.

Thanks Topshop, you’ve done it again. Check out the gallery above to see our favourite pieces from Topshop Unique’s AW11 collection and links so you can shop til your heart’s content.

Features, Gallery, Trend Alert

Top 5 Autumn/Winter coats

By emilyborrett on August 16th, 2011

Asos Aztec Pattern Coat

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This Autumn/Winter loves arts and crafts-inspired prints, especially if they're all jumbled together. We love the kooky charity-shop feel of this Aztec print coat from Asos.

There’s nothing that gets me in the mood for Autumn’s arrival than a brand spanking new snuggly, warm coat – luckily the coat is a key piece this season for channelling the Autumn/Winter trends.

On the Burberry Prorsum catwalk it was all about cute duffel coats in cheerfully bright shades of orange, blue, red and yellow, with leather detailing – luckily Topshop has already released a postbox-red coat that’s really similar to the ones seen at Burberry. Just team with a sixties miniskirt and a Breton top and you’ve got a classic look that’s good to go. Another colourful favourite was Asos’ bright and shiny blue rainmac, which is both chic and practical – it’ll look adorable with tights, a tea dress and some retro ankle boots.

Other designers went for a more mad, all-over-the-place approach to mixing textiles and print this season – if you want to get in on this season’s incredibly chic “mad bag lady” look (one I’ve been rocking for years now, I might add) then a tactile or patterned coat is a good place to start. At River Island we loved their white animal-printed fur coat, which could look cool clashing with floral or other animal prints, while at Asos it was all about their thrift-style Aztec printed coat.

If it’s the slick and sensual dominatrix look that you’re after, however, as seen at Louis Vuitton, then try out Topshop for their amazing belted mac. Clever Toppers have updated a classic by adding a leather collar and sleeves for a fetish feel. Wear with a simple black dress and patent heels for a look that’s good to go.

Check out our top 5 Autumn/Winter coats in the gallery above.

Celebrity Style, Red Carpet

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party 2011: Alexa Chung, Donna Air and Jourdan Dunn

By Andrea Petrou on June 29th, 2011

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party 2011 which took place in London’s Hyde Park yesterday attracted a range of fashion elite.

First up was Alexa Chung who went for a Burberry classic mac, which she paired up with a Peter Pan collar style dress.
She was joined by model du Jour Jourdan Dunn who looked stunning in a satin long brown sleeved frock, while Donna Air went for a touch of canary yellow with her summer dress.

Sporting the red dress was Tara Palmer Tomkinson, while Holly Valance went for an on-trend patterned frock for the event.

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Celebrity Style, Fashion Crush, Gallery, Style spotlight

Style spotlight: Kate Hudson’s laidback cool

By Andrea Petrou on February 4th, 2011

By Emily Borrett.

Ever since I saw actress Kate Hudson doing a brilliant turn as the dreamy 70s groupie Penny Lane in Almost Famous, I’ve had a bit of a fashion crush on her. With her blonde waves hair, golden skin, bubbling laugh and sweet smile, she was the epitome of laidback California cool. Whether she’s out shopping in a sloppy maxi-skirt and shades, or at an event looking relaxed and on-trend in a blazer jacket and tuxedo jacket, she always manages to look amazing without trying too hard. And it’s been a good a year for her – she’s embarked on a long-term relationship with Muse singer Matt Bellamy, shot a cover for Elle magazine and now, it’s recently been announced, has fallen pregnant with Bellamy’s child. She’s just one of the various gorgeous celebrities to have recently announced pregnancies, but we think she’s going to be one of the yummiest mummies of the year. We can’t wait to see how she styles up her baby bump.

So here’s Shiny Style’s fashion salute to the fabulous Miss Hudson – congratulations on the pregnancy, Kate, and keep on doing what you’re doing! Here’s a gallery of her best outfits over the past year.

Only a tanned, svelte California beauty like Kate could pull off this beautifully simple backless number

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Celebrity Style, Trend Alert

Trend alert: The Trench Coat

By Andrea Petrou on January 25th, 2010

Trench C.jpgEmma Watson’s modelled it and now Victoria Beckham has shown how we should be wearing Burberry’s SS2010 trench coat.

The ex Spice Girl, turned designer was spotted wearing the classic beige coat on two separate occasions over the weekend.

Once whilst shopping with her gorgeous other half and secondly as she was leaving the D&G headquarters.

We think a trench coat is perfect for those transitional spring evenings, providing a fashionable warmth without being too bulky, and it was one of the key items on the runways at last year’s fashion week.

However, we think sticking to leggings and boots may be more of an option than Victoria’s bare legs and skyscraper heels.

designer pick of the week, Ethical Fashions

Designer Pick of Earth Week: Theory for Barney’s Green Ellisa Trench

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on April 22nd, 2008


We all know by now how hard it is to find organic, eco-friendly clothing. And when you can, it’s mostly T-shirts and jeans – which are fabulous. But sometimes you need more of a style statement.

That’s why we were thrilled by this Ellisa trench from Theory for Barney’s Green, $515. It is crafted of organic sateen with a double breasted style and ruched belted waist.

If you’re a designer shopper, it’s getting easier to go green with your fashion with programs like Barney’s Green and brands like Edun, Loomstate, and Stella McCartney. It is a lot harder for the bargain shopper, but come back Thursday for our bargain pick of Earth week and we’ll do our best.


J. Crew spring preview

By Andrea Thatcher on February 13th, 2008

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The J. Crew catalog always manages to brainwash me into thinking I’m more outdoorsy than I truly am. When I get their winter catalog, all I can think of is ski vacations and time spent by the fire. And I want to fill my wardrobe with staples for such an existence, even though I usually only get one weekend in the mountains and have no fireplace.

Then, come the spring/summer catalog I see days at the beach stretching before me and cocktail parties on expansive lawns in Hampton-esque glamour. Needless to say, I barely get to the beach anymore, and my cocktail hour is more likely to be in a bar.

But who says you can’t dress aspirationally – keep reading for how to dress for the life you want instead of the one you have.

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designer pick of the week, outerwear

Designer Pick of the Week: The Burberry Trench

By Andrea Thatcher on January 29th, 2008


We’re in the mood for classics with a twist today at Shiny (see the LaPrairie limited edition jeweled version of their covetted Skin Caviar Luxe Cream over at ShinyGloss!).

So we thought what’s more classic than the Burberry trench? And since this is our most decadent pick of the week – why not show you the most expensive one: the $2,495 gold leather version.

There are 27 versions currently available on the Web site, not to mention the made to order trench coat service available at Burberry stores. Lucky patrons are able to select the style, color, warmer, lining, and collar.

Designer Fashions, New Fashions

Valentino Red ruffled trench coat

By Andrea Thatcher on October 16th, 2007

When the chilly days ahead call for light outerwear–put the wool coats on hold! Trench coats offer a nice alternative to the sweatercoat or heavy jacket. This year’s roundup includes plenty of bright and glossy patent leather numbers, military-inspired designs and boxy silhouettes to feature a masculine-feminine balance. Still, it’s the classic khaki trench that makes its way into the fall/winter wardrobe with class. The thick belt and oversized buttons are the distinguishing features of an authentic trench, but finding one that provides just the right silhouette can be challenging. An above-knee length is ideal for both pants and dresses, and offers just enough coverage to fend off that cooler breeze and rain of the season.

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Designer Fashions, Fashion News, How to Wear, New Fashions

Patent leather trench coats from the runway to your wardrobe

By Andrea Thatcher on September 6th, 2007


The trench coat is the perfect item to take you from summer into fall. It’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t overheat, offers protection from scattered rain showers, and the new patent leather designs also double as a sleek dress or even perfect-weather coats for night. The two beautiful ones from Elie Tahari and Aquascutum (above) are a bit pricey, so try this belted slicker, third from the left, from Calvin Klein (on sale for US$196).

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