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X Factor's Bad Lashes model for Boohoo.com

Good news for Laura White . There is, apparently, life after X Factor. Early eliminees Bad Lashes (who, like Laura, were totally robbed ) have managed to keep their profile up by getting heavily involved in the world of... Read more »


Topshop bring us more from Louise Goldin...but the prices are going up.

Topshop have just put up a new crop of designer diffusion pieces from British designer Louise Goldin , and as usual they're edgy, modern knitted pieces that'll definitely get you noticed. However, I am increasingly... Read more »


Asda reveal their £12 little black dresses in time for the party season

Hot on the heels of Tesco and their 35 quid little black dresses , comes Asda and their version of the credit-crunch busting party frock. Yes, these ladies and gentlemen are only £12... and aren't they just little... Read more »


Shop indie via Big Cartel...and lose your life to browsing!

Fancy losing an entire afternoon to the internetz? That's what I've just done, on discovering that Big Cartel - provider of free online shop software - have a links page that contains every single one of the shops that... Read more »


Play Sudoku on your boobs with Mio Destino's novelty 'Play Time' lingerie

Do you love your games a little too much? If so, lingerie brand Mio Destino's 'Play Time' collection might be just the thing for you to waste a few hundred quid on. There's a bra and knickers set covered in Sudoku game... Read more »


Shop handmade at Folksy, the UK's alternative to Etsy

Most of you probably know about Etsy by now, if only because I go on about it far too often. But do you know about Folksy , the UK alternative? Stacked full of handmade and crafted items, as well as some vintage finds at... Read more »


Stop your strapless dress looking staid with a wrap from Bonzie

I find myself spending more and more time on Etsy at the moment, seeking out interesting stuff that'll jazz up the more basic stuff in my wardrobe and stop it looking too bland. My latest find, Bonzie , creates the most... Read more »


Girls we love: Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis

Move over Zooey Deschanel . I have a new girl crush. Jenny Lewis was rocking the choppy red hair, vintage dresses and retro playsuits while Kate Nash was still in Brit school and Katy Perry was still recording Christian... Read more »


My-Wardrobe reward you for your loyalty

Newsflash! Shops want your money, so anything they can do to bribe you into spending your moolah with them instead of their rival is good. Roll up My-Wardrobe.com , who've jumped on the 'stick with us and we'll treat you... Read more »

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CQ Gallery - a fashion light show

We get some very inventive emails from PRs here at CQ. Everyone thinks they can put a 'fashion' spin on their product, and as a result I've been asked to pimp out everything from security tethers to vodka. Usually the emails go... Read more »


New Look are on the hunt for the UK's Best Dressed University

Where in the UK do you think you'll find the most stylish students? New Look are on the hunt to find out with their 'Best Dressed University' competition. New Look scouts will be travelling the country and visiting the... Read more »


Meet LaDress and their perfectly fitting frocks

Simone van Trojen and I share a simple philosophy. Life is better in a dress . As the creator of LaDress , Simone aims to bring women the perfect does-it-all frock, which judging by the current collection, owes a lot... Read more »

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The Best of Fashion Week: Kelly's accessories picks

Following on from Gemma's picks yesterday of her favourite bits and pieces from the recent Spring / Summer collections, being The Bag Lady that I am, today I bring you my favourite trends and creations within the world of... Read more »


Fashion or Art? The selvedge dress

Forget fashion week. Forget couture. This is the most amazing creation I have seen in a long time. I don't usually indulge my crafty side much on CQ (we have Crafty Crafty for that) but when I saw this dress, I couldn't... Read more »

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The Best of Fashion Week: Gemma's picks

Now the main four fashion weeks are over, it's time to take stock and think about the things that grabbed our attention at the shows. Every day this week, a different member of the Shiny Fashion staff will be bringing you a... Read more »


Marc Jacobs in a kilt!

The picture agency credit said it all really. "Marc Jacobs on his cell phone wearing a kilt, Soho, New York." How could I not download the pic? As I was editing it, Kelly told me she'd spotted Marc in the same outfit on... Read more »


Betsey Johnson raids the archive to create Betsey Vintage

Checking Betsey Johnson's uber-girlie website for the first time in a little while, I could have been mistaken for thinking her latest inspiration was Jem & The Holograms. There's a real 80s rock vibe going on, but that's... Read more »


Uniqlo enlists the help of London's style mavens to create The Style Council

Uniqlo are already well known in fashion circles for being purveyors of the kind of understated cool that only the Japanese can do properly. But now they've enlisted the help of some of the UK's trendsetters to create the... Read more »


Principles take on the designers with some inspired pieces

I'm all about the unexpected shopping destinations this week, and my latest secret is Principles. No longer just a shopping destination for middle class mums, their two colour dress looks like it could have come straight... Read more »


Designer diffusion lines you don't need to queue for (who needs Comme des Garcons at H&M anyway?!)

Comme Des Garcons for H&M and Christopher Kane for Topshop might get heaps of publicity, and ranges like Giles Gold for New Look might be well-known to most of us, but what about all the designer diffusion lines that... Read more »


Additions Direct bring us budget takes on Catwalk trends

I must confess it's been a long time since I've looked at any catalogue besides the Ikea one, but a quick browse of the Additions Direct website (like Littlewoods but inexplicably cheaper) bought up a fair few clever takes... Read more »


New Fashion Book! Kate Moss Style by Angela Buttolph - out today!

It was only a matter of time before someone wrote a Kate Moss style biography, wasn't it? The good news with this one is that it's actually good , and written by someone who has access to all the right people. 'Kate Moss... Read more »


Like, Oh My God! Rich & Skinny jeans go viral with 'Lifestyles of the Rich & Skinny'

I'm not usually one to fall for blatant, invasive viral campaigns, but when I was added on Twitter by SexySerena and NatashaFun in quick succession, I had to see what the hell was going on. Turns out it's all part of... Read more »


Diesel 'Dirty Thirty' - so exclusive they're only on sale for one day

When Diesel held a party during London Fashion Week to celebrate the launch of the book '100 New Fashion Designers', rumour has it certain fashionistas were found snooping around the out-of-bounds areas of the showroom in... Read more »


Whistles Watergarden print gets people queueing

When we went to Whistles HQ to look through the latest collection from the re-branded store (now under the watchful eye of ex-Topshop guru Jane Shepherdson) it was difficult to pick our favourite pieces as the whole... Read more »


Interior decorating secrets of the fashionistas: snoop on Erin Wasson, Alexander Wang and co at The Selby

I'm currently obsessed with interior design having finally waved goodbye to my flatshare in favour of my own (rented) one-bed pad. Discovering The Selby has been a revelation. The website snoops around and photographs... Read more »


Lazy Oaf tees and sweatshirts - are you ready for a cute overload?

Hidden away in one of my favourite London shopping areas - Kingly Court in the Carnaby district - is the Lazy Oaf shop, one of those quirky, bright coloured t-shirt emporiums that ups the cuteness factor even more with big... Read more »