Lipsy's Big Review of the Year
Fri 01 Jan 2010
Lipsy's Big Review of the Year
Wow - what a year it's been. Not a day has passed without a juicy celeb story to get our teeth into, the fashion has been fierce; the music the best we can remember in a long while and it's been non-stop excitement at Lipsy HQ with fashion news and celeb spots nearly every week!
So, what will 2009 be remembered for? We've come up with our own list but let us know if you think we've missed anything!
Katie and Peter - the fairy-tale ends
We all knew that they had a stormy relationship but we never thought they'd actually divorce! Many were in denial about the split and the words 'publicity stunt' sprung to mind on more than one occasion, but Pete stood his ground, Katie started seeing a cross-dresser, returned to the jungle, stopped seeing the cross-dresser...and we just couldn't get enough of the story!
Russell 4 Katy
We never thought we'd see the day - serial-womanizer Russell Brand falling in love and settling down! But Katy Perry has proved his perfect match and after a whirl-wind romance the quirky twosome are now reportedly engaged - good luck to our new favourite couple!
The new princesses of pop
My god, hasn't it just been the best year for music! Loved Cheryl's debut solo single, loved her performance on The X Factor, loved her dresses - so yeah, big celeb crush on Mrs Cole this year! But it hasn't all been about the Geordie lass - 2009 has seen some very strong competition for the crown of Queen of Pop. Our favourite new pint-sized pop princess - move over Kylie - Pixie Lott burst onto the scene with fab tunes and enviable style, Alexandra Burke proved that winning the X-Factor was just the beginning with the absolutely fierce 'Bad Boys', and you couldn't go anywhere without hearing one of Lady Gaga's electro hits or marvelling at photos of her out-there futuristic style!
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, New Moon offered up even more brooding looks, sparkling eyes and hot bods than the first Twilight film - major swoon! Taylor Lautner gave R-Pattz a run for his money as crush of the year - although we have to admit that we're still Team Edward - and Kristen Stewart emerged as an unexpected style icon - mixing up grunge and classic feminine styles to create an original look with an uber-cool edge.
Lily Allen = the new face of Chanel
Following in the footsteps of Jerry Hall, Diane Kruger and Milla Jovovich, our very own Brit icon Lily Allen became the new face of Chanel handbags! Karl Lagerfeld described his new muse as '"fun" and, channelling Audrey Hepburn, she proved to be the perfect choice for the campaign. What a style overhaul - we remember the days of sun-dresses, chunky trainers and chav earrings. Good on ya Lil!
The top trends
Designers looked back to the eighties for style inspiration and statement shoulders, sequins, body-con dresses, trophy jackets and jumpsuits became the must-have pieces of the year. We got a glimpse of fashions to come, with a little help from Lady Gaga, and it seems that the future looks metallic, angular and geometric! And let's not forget the rock chic trend - stud and chain details, biker jackets and skinny jeans helped add an edge to girly glamour.
Website make-over: We pimped our website to make it better for you! You can now search by style, colour, trend and - coming soon - celebrity, drool over your new fashion crush with larger images and better zoom and pre-order to stay on top of the trends and catch those elusive best-sellers when they come back in stock!
International shopping costs slashed: It was good news for Lipsy girls in more far-flung locations as we slashed our overseas delivery costs with significant reductions for all you Irish Lipsy fans!
Shoes and lingerie launches: Expanding our fashion empire, we launched a fierce new range of killer heels, incorporating all the top trends - from shoe boots to gladiator sandals. We were also proud to present two new ranges of lingerie, designed for Lipsy by Soleil Sucre and Caprice, to help you look hot both in and out of your party dress!
New stores: We know that you love shopping online, but sometimes you need an emergency outfit for that special night out, so we decided to take our party dresses out to the nation by opening up Lipsy stores all around the country. You can now get your Lipsy fashion fix in...deep breath...Newcastle, Manchester Arndale Centre, Lakeside Essex, Liverpool, Dundrum, Cardiff, Nottingham, Braehead Glasgow, Bluewater, Brighton, Belfast and Sheffield.
Lipsy's got the X-Factor: The X-Factor finalists have always had a bit of a thing for Lipsy and this year proved no exception. Lucie Jones and Rachel Adedeji stunned audiences in Lipsy dresses during their live performances, and Lucie - who has joined Lily Cole, Agyness Deyn and Daisy Lowe on the books of Select model agency - has since popped into Lipsy HQ and the Brentcross store for some serious shopping. Everyone's favourite Essex girl, Stacey Solomon, was also spotted rehearsing and chilling out in Lipsy logo-wear during the series, as well as ramping up the glamour in our VIP feather dress for the wrap party!
Celebs love Lipsy: We don't like to name-drop - well, actually we do - but Lipsy has been a big hit with the stars this year. The likes of the Pussycat Dolls' Kimberly Wyatt, Beverly Knight and Amy Winehouse have all paid Lipsy HQ a visit. Alesha Dixon, The Saturdays and The Hills' Kristin Cavallari have been spotted rocking our party dresses and Lipsy outfits were all over the red carpet at the top soap star events of the year. Oh, and did we mention that our lace zip back top was featured in Vogue not once but twice?! A seal of approval of the highest order!