Last Thursday I was invited to spend an evening surrounded by Wallis’ AW12 Christmas collection - it was a true Wallis Wonderland! Guests browsed through the new collection while quaffing Champagne, sandwiches and cakes (mini éclairs - nom nom nom!). There were sequins, bold prints and snuggly knits galore. Many of the items have yet to appear online or in stores, so we were treated to a sneak peak of all the exciting new pieces about to launch.
Alongside the rails of clothes and accessories was a dedicated photo studio manned by the ever-so-lovely Phil from Street Peeper. It took me two glasses of bubbly to build up the courage to step in front of the camera, but I'm glad I did as it gave me the opportunity to try on one of Wallis’ gorgeous new season coats. But I’m sure you’ll agree it’s the blue glasses that really make the outfit...!
Wallis is a new favourite for me; I lusted after one of their maxi dresses during the summer and the various visits to their site to check ‘my dress’ was still in stock frequently ended with me getting distracted and browsing their new arrivals page.
While we’re on the subject of Wallis, I'm delighted to report that I was the lucky individual to win their #WallisWednesday Twitter competition last week. Every week Wallis fans tweet their favourite item with the hash tag above and one winner is chosen at random, last Wednesday it was me! I chose a wonderful pair of black knee-high boots with a tassel on the zips, that I simply cannot wait to receive. As soon as I have them I’ll make sure I include them in an outfit post, so keep an eye out for them.
Autumn has well and truly arrived and I took advantage of the first sunny October day to take some outfit photos in my parent’s garden. I also took advantage of my Mum’s photography skills – she spent many years processing films in her own dark room. Years later she’s moved on to digital processing, but the results are equally good and she no longer has to worry about the chemicals playing havoc with her hands.
Early autumn is a great time of year, as the season starts to change and the leaves begin to turn brown, I enjoy the opportunity to break out my warmer jackets and boots. I’m channelling quite a preppy look in this outfit, teaming a basic white shirt with my LBD from Marks & Spencer and my Whistles leather biker jacket.
My necklace is from designer Kenneth Jay Lane and something that I’ve had in my jewellery collection for about eighteen months. My blue clutch bag is recent addition to my wardrobe from up and coming designer AILA and my wedge boots are from Oasis.
Leather is set to be a huge trend this season; expect to see leather jackets, skirts and trousers galore. Equally popular amongst the fashion blogging community is wearing a collared shirt under dresses and jumpers. This trend has proved to be popular enough for online boutique Start London to produce a white cotton collar that can be worn underneath an outfit. While I love this idea, I can’t bear to part with £40 for one of these, so instead I bought a basic white shirt from Sainsburys for the bargain price of £4.
Perhaps it’s just me, but the temperature in the UK appears to have dropped recently and although it would be premature to declare that winter is on its way, there is certainly a chill in the air that hints at the continued shift in the weather over the coming months. This new autumn bite has left me reaching for my comfy knits and warmer coats earlier that I expected. That being said, this is British weather we’re talking about and its continual unpredictability is legendary.
To celebrate the arrival of autumn I have pulled together a list of my favourite snuggly knits available to buy online from a few select brands. Choosing an overall favourite would be hard, but the cream poncho from Phase Eight does look delightfully soft and comfy. A wonderful alternative to a jacket in the earlier autumn months and an ideal knit to keep you warm and cosy when travelling.
Is it wrong that I find myself willing the weather to cool down?! Not that we really had much of a summer anyway. But that complaint aside, my present-day desire to see the temperature drop a few degrees is unquestionably a result of AW12 collections like this from Reiss…
Reiss have nailed it this season, with shapes, colours and textures that take hold of every emotion. Their inspiration for AW12 was ‘the city’; dynamic and always exciting. Rich and luxurious heritage moments are referenced, but there’s no doubt this a thoroughly modern season. From the artistic and romantic affair of woodland influences to the strength and power of Forties icons, there’s also sexy, minimalist Nineties styling and playful pyjama dressing, which drench the season in utterly aloof glamour.
I simply cannot wait to pull on jumpers, cardigans, scarves and coats and snuggle up against the cold. My desire to throw on multiple layers of knitwear is quite surprising given that I never fully made the transition from my winter wardrobe to my summer wardrobe (cursed British weather!). But when admiring Reiss’ collection I simply cannot wait for the winter months to arrive!
Check out the Reiss AW12 womens campaign video below: