Jessie J’s glittery red hair: Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Jessie J looks here please?! Performing last night at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball, JJ looked stunning in her red lacy bodysuit, red tuxedo jacket complete with glittery red hair fashioned into a retro hairstyle. We don’t know about you but we are seriously crushing on this girl’s style right now.
Kian Egan wins I’m a Celebrity: Westlife fans must have been voting in their droves for the past few weeks, as Kian was crowned king of the jungle last night! It wasn’t exactly a shock, given who he was up against, but we totes thought Joey would have gone all the way and his eviction last week made everything go a bit flat. Still, there’s his romance with Amy to keep us entertained, hotting up if his twitter feed is anything to go by! Watch this space…
Final Three of The X Factor Confirmed: Noooo Rough Copy have gone! Who will we swoon over now!? Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald are a bit young and Sam is a lady, so there is a severe lack of man eye candy in this year’s X Factor final! Still, we reckon it’s going to be cutie Nicholas’ year- he’s the mum’s favourite after all.
We Heart Holographic Fashion: Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? You are of course! Holographic fashion is hot to trot right now, so check out our list of mirrored goodies for you to rock this festive season.
Fashion Ed’s Pick of the Day: Art deco is uber fashionable right now and these gorgeous Dorothy Perkins chandelier drop earrings are the perfect way to work this trend. Get them quick, they won’t be around for long- they’re under a tenner!
Mulberry shows off new Christmas windows: Oh my. How pretty! A winter wonderland full of pretty ponies, deer, bunnies oh and a mysterious door. Mulberry really do go to town on their windows- a total visual feast for the eyes, make sure you check them out @Harrods ASAP!
We Heart Twerk It fashion: Miley Cyrus take a bow. You have officially made twerking into a form of exercise! Yes there will actually be classes held where twerking is not only encouraged, it’s actively celebrated. In honour of this we have created a list of trendy twerking outfits to give Miley a run for her money in the leotard department!
L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic: The high street is one exciting place to be right now. We’ve had Isabel Marant for H&M, Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop in recent weeks and now US chain Banana Republic has bagged L’Wren Scott to design an affordable line, just in time for the party season. Landing on Thursday in stores, the 50 piece collection is seriously to die for- think glittery knits, metallic clutches and baroque inspired dresses. Love.
Microsoft Design Smart Bra: Well, this is new. Microsoft have designed a smart bra that can detect when you are stressed. We’re not exactly sure how pretty this would look given it has removable sensors which monitor heart and skin activity etc. but if it can help reduce stress levels, we’re totally interested to learn more!
OMG Biker boots for under £30? Yes please! These studded stunners from Dorothy Perkins give a nice nod to the punk rebellion trend whilst not rebelling too much 😉
Fancy an early Christmas present from Shopcade… How about up to 30% off your favourite brands? Yep thought you would like that! We have handpicked the best deals available to help you celebrate (and shop of course ;-)) Black Friday in style. You’re more than welcome…
Here’s the pick of the best deals available on Shopcade right now. Let’s Shop…
Fashion & Beauty
Deals from Missguided, ASOS, BOOHOO and Dorothy Perkins all in one place? Yes please! We’re seriously crushing on Missguided’s new Peace + Love range right now, whilst Dorothy Perkins is a cut above when it comes to cute dresses. Head to ASOS for amazing jumpsuits or statement coats and check out Boohoo for cut-out pieces to die for.
Beauty more your thing? Then check out House of Fraser’s 10% off deal on selected beauty items, which ends midnight tonight so get shopping quick from our hot list ASAP!
If clothes really aren’t your thing and you are all about kitting your home out with some tech this festive season, then these are the deals for you. There are gadgets galore from iwantoneofthose.com and Prezzybox, whilst NOTHS.com have got you covered for some quirky homeware.
One of the summer’s most refreshing trends on Shopcade, and all over the fashion world, is inspired by ancient hand painted porcelain from the Far East.
High fashion brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli have worked the blue and white porcelain prints into their Spring 2013 collections but many other, more affordable, brands have taken a stab at the China print trend as well.
Inspiration for the trend dates back to the 9th century when cobalt blue decorations began adorning white porcelain pottery. The Chinese embraced this aesthetic and adorned bowls, plates, sculptures, and vases with hand-painted dragons and flowers for hundreds of years. Since the 16th century many other cultures (namely European) have adopted the look utilizing designs that better represent their own culture.
The pieces in the image above are modern representations of the ancient practice with bowls from Hic, lamp from China Furniture Online, and jar and vase from C. Wonder.
The China print style can be seen across brands in pants, dresses, tops, shoes, swimwear and accessories. Prints can be floral or geometric, construction loose and airy and sturdy with clean lines. Lucky for you Shopcade has made seeking these pieces out a lot easier!
One of our favorite pieces is a fun and flirty swing dress by ASOS that would work with any budget, on any body. Other great pieces include a fun Oscar De La Renta lotus swimsuit, retro dress from ModCloth, and Alice + Olivia cuffed shorts.
You don’t have to find a piece with the perfect pattern to wear this trend. Pair a crisp white top with a pair of sleek cobalt ankle pants — the color combination is the key.
We’re going Gatsby Glam here at Shopcade! The 1920s set has given us so much inspiration we can’t hold it in any longer and must share it with you.
It’s all about fringes, jewels, cocktails and dark red lips. (Not to mention, the sleek , classic suits for men! *swoon*)
I bet we’re not the only ones looking forward to seeing Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan sparkle their way into this adventure and watch the razzle and dazzle of all things from the roaring 1920s.
The Gatsby trend is one worth watching out for, especially if you want to work it into your weekend with a touch of the twenties into your everyday wardrobe by wearing a statement necklace or carrying a fringe bag. Whatever your style, we have something that you just won’t be able to say ‘no’ to!
Stuck for ideas on how to use the gorgeous ‘oh so’ Gatsby theme? Here are a few tips just for you:
You studied at Central St Martins – what inspired you to go there, and what other designers did you know there?
When I knew I wanted a career in fashion I read up about Galliano and McQueen and always heard CSM was THE place to go to if you wanted to be a fashion designer, so it became a goal of mine at a very young age. I did not really come into contact with any of the well known designers that also went there – I was in a different year and to be honest I was never into the CSM ‘fashion’ scene. I had a close group of core friends and we did our own thing -we preferred tea and cake to wild nights out!
Who is your favourite designer and why?
I don’t have one favourite designer – I like different elements from various labels. I admire Miuccia Prada and the way she constantly challenges the norm and breaks boundaries. I’m also a bit of a Marni addict! The combination of print and jewellery is exquisite.
How do you get your ideas for your collections? And when you have an initial idea how does this develop into a finished line?
My ideas come from far and wide. I’m designing all the time so when I’m finishing off one range I already have ideas ready for the next. I thrive on this fast paced environment. Key sources of inspiration for me are modern art, architecture and everyday people. There are many stages from a design to the finished product. We have to perfect the print, specify all the artwork for both print and designs, and fit numerous samples … the list goes on and on!
How does your Dorothy Perkins collection differ from your mainline one?
The Dorothy Perkins line is aimed more towards the DP woman while still retaining my signature style. I worked closely with the Dorothy Perkins team on all aspects of the range to picking the right colour combinations to fabrics and ultimately making it affordable and accessible to a wider variety of women.
What trends should we be looking out for in AW12?
I don’t pay too much attention to trends – I try and make my prints last from season to season. For me AW12 is about a more structured look, nude tones and mixing detailed prints.
Your SS12 collection was one of the most popular of your career – how does it feel to go supersonic?
I take everything in my stride and try not to get ahead of myself! I’m always striving to do better and keep pushing my goals and myself. It’s obviously really rewarding that the collection has been so well received but that makes me want to go further and push new ideas for future collections and projects.
Why did you choose now to launch a mainstream line?
I think print is having its moment so it made sense to collaborate with Dorothy Perkins. I always wanted to work on a diffusion line for a high street chain and Dorothy Perkins seemed like the perfect fit for me – they focus a lot on print themselves and they are a feminine brand that aims to be flattering. I’m excited to be their first designer collaboration!
Of course my prints will be dominating the range! The line is really versatile, as I wanted to appeal to the all of the women that shop in DP. The prints are both strong and subtle in easy-to-wear jersey basics to show0stopping dresses aimed to flatter and impress. They’re the perfect summer wardrobe!
Which is your absolutely favourite item from your Dorothy Perkins collection?
If it came down to one I’d have to go with the pink bird maxi dress. It’s such an instant ‘wow’ piece – I can’t wait to wear mine all summer long with a gladiator sandals during the day or a dressed up with a wedge for a dinner date with my husband.