This month’s ‘From Catwalk to High Street’ focuses on how to achieve Topshop Unique’s designer looks for less!

The Unique team’s main focus for this season was textures – think velvet pants, leather-like pinafores, and sequin mesh dresses! Other key trends featured were chunky heeled Chelsea boots – these babies could rival the ever-so-popular Alvins – and of course the classic Autumn/Winter essential – woolly knits!

(Images used from graphic are from here)

You can view a video of Topshop Unique’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show below:

(Video was taken by Fashiontv)

The look below was chosen due to its simplicity – anyone can pull off a cross knitted jumper and some velvet pants! What’s more, this outfit can be worn as it is for during the day, or it can be dressed up with these Missguided Jeffrey Campbell-alike glittery black Lolitas and embellished crop jacket from Topshop for a suave special occasion!

(Catwalk image from here)

Berty’s Cross Print Jumper, £14.99, Missguided – Everywhere you look on the high street there is cross print! From jumpers, to leggings, to skirts – it seems that this symbol has become a Holy trend in the fashion world! So it makes no wonder that the high street took note from Unique’s A/W 2012 collection, where crosses were heavily featured.  If you’re looking for a more casual feel, then look no further as this cross print jumper from Missguided will attend to your comfy needs!  Whether it’s for a lazy day in, or for a mean shopping trip, this knit will keep you warm for Winter!

Velvet Trousers, £135, Topshop – Velvet is massive this season with the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Peter Pilotto, and Topshop Unique featuring this smooth texture in their designs, so it is only fitting that this outfit was chosen for this month’s ‘From Catwalk to High Street’.  These pants may be pricey (well they are Unique), but they can be jazzed up with this smart pearl collared blouse from Zara for office-chic, or they can be paired with this River Island embellished vest and skyscraper heels from Miss Selfridge for a night out with the girls!

VERA Pointed Flatforms, £25, ASOS – Okay, so flatforms were so last season – think Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kane, however if Unique think they’re Autumn/Winter material (they also had these babies in their S/S 2012 collection), then who are we to second guess? These gorgeous suede flatforms from ASOS are the perfect wardrobe staple and can see us through until Spring!

What are your thoughts on Unique’s A/W 2012 collection?

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The Wednesday Wishlist is back and in full fashion force with a special ‘pining for prints’ edition! This week we feature items from six etailers, forget River Island and Topshop – indie is where it’s at!

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From Left to Right: 1. Lavish Alice Nude & Navy Maxi Summer Dress, 2. Black Milk ‘Sick of Men’ Wedge Boots, 3. Kiss Me Quick Boutique Vintage Tartan Scarf, 4. Treasure Trunk 80s Flower Shirt, 5. The Vintage Set ‘Audrey’ Jacket & 6. The Pretty Junk Vintage 80s Tribal Mini Dress.

1. Nude & Navy Maxi Summer Dress, £22, Lavish Alice – ‘Zig zag’ prints are back for Autumn/Winter 2012, with top British designers such as House of Holland, with their colourful cardigans and Meadham Kirchhoff, with their animalistic fur coats, including this eccentric print into their designs. This beautiful Lavish Alice dress is perfect for those of you who want to invoke this trend into your style! This maxi dress can be worn with these gorgeous gladiators from Topshop for a summer feel, or it can be dressed up with this Miss Selfridge biker jacket and some sexy studded heels from River Island, for a night out with the girls!

2. ‘Sick of Men’ Wedge Boots,$189.95 USD, Black Milk – Calling all comic book fanatics! Comics are now officially IN fashion, yes you read that right! Want proof? Spanish fashion house Balenciaga included comic book drawings in their A/W 2012 collection, which went down a storm with fashion editors and stylistas alike. So when I came across these AMAZING ‘Sick of Men’ wedge boots – made by a Black Milk/Jeffrey Campbell collaboration, I HAD to showcase them in today’s Wednesday Wishlist! At $185.95, they are pricey, but are well worth it if you want to stand out of the shoe crowd! I would pair these babies with this cute Peter Pan collar dress from Republic, and some quirky comic book nail wraps from the Nail Art Company (page 5 of 7).

3. Vintage Tartan Scarf, £5, Kiss Me Quick Boutique – This cute tartan scarf is a perfect addition to any budding Autumn/Winter wardrobe! Make like Lily Melrose and wear it with a grey marl dress, beanie hat, leather jacket and Topshop Albas, or pair it with the Lavish Alice dress above for a cool clash look!

4. 80s Flower Shirt, £30, Treasure Trunk – Summer may be coming to an end, but if you’re still feelin’ floral, then don’t fret, as flower power is staying for Autumn/Winter 2012! Gucci and Emporio Armani all impressed with their take on the concept of ‘dark blooms’. So if flowers are your thing, then you’ll love this 80s vintage flower shirt from Treasure Trunk! Just add this studded Western belt from Urban Outfitters and these famous River Island flatforms, and you’ll be channelling the ‘dark side’ before you know it!

5. ‘Audrey’ Jacket, £24, The Vintage Set – Monochrome prints is another big trend for Autumn/Winter 2012 with Versace, Moschino and Just Cavalli stunning their prospective fashion weeks with their use of these two bold colours. If you’re looking to invest in this trend without striking zero in your bank balance, then this lovely ‘Audrey’ jacket might take your fancy. At only £24, it reminds me of the classic style icon Audrey Hepburn (hence the choice of name), and it will add elegance and sophistication to any outfit.

6. Vintage 80s Tribal Mini Dress, £26, The Pretty Junk – Despite all the hype about the up-and-coming Autumn/Winter 2012 trends, let’s not forget that it’s STILL summer! So I had to let it end on a high note with this amazing vintage tribal mini dress from The Pretty Junk! This colourful number reminds me of the Rio Carnival, which takes place early next year! So what better time to invest in this piece than now?! Just add these cool ASOS half frame shades and Monochrome wedges into the mix, and you’ll be ready to party into the early hours in style!

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This Wednesday’s Wishlist is a shoe special!

wwshoesFrom L-R: 1. KLARKA USA Platform Shoe Boots, 2. Crafted Studded Slippers, 3. Navy Polka Dot Boots, 4. Black and White Flatform Loafers, 5. High Beaded Gladiator Sandals & 6. AMELIA Dalmatian Print Block Heel Chelsea Boots

1. KLARKA USA Platform Shoe Boots, £41.99, Missguided– Want, want, want these shoes! The ‘USA’ trend is HUGE at the moment with high street stores such as Republic, River Island and Topshop waving the American flag! So it comes to no surprise that when my eyes caught these boots on the Missguided website, I HAD to include them in my Wednesday Wishlist! They remind me of Jeffrey Campbell’s but at a much cheaper price! Let’ hope they don’t sell out before my student loan comes in!

2. Crafted Studded Slippers, £25, Republic– I have been looking for some studded shoes for AGES, and when I heard that these babies will be coming into work, I literally jumped for joy! They are perfect for ‘jazzing’ up an outfit, and are different to other shoes on the high street at the moment. With my work discount, I can buy them for £12.50, so as soon as I get paid (Monday) I’m going to get them!

3. Navy Polka Dot Boots, £15, Urban Outfitters– I have lusted after these boots for a while now, but it wasn’t until they popped into the sale (they were originally a whopping £38) that I didn’t really consider including them in my wishlist. These boots are perfect if you want a different look; you can clash them with this River Island print shirt, or pair it with this Missguided lace shirt and scallop denim shorts.

4. Black and White Flatform Loafers, £30, River Island– Flatforms are big at the moment, with bloggers such as LLYMLRS and stylish celebrities: Cher Lloyd, Jessie J and Rihanna sporting this trend. I wasn’t really sure about the ‘flatform’ at first until I saw how versatile they were – I’ve never been a fan of flats – but these ones are perfect for a small girl like me! They give extra height, all without the pain of a high heel and look super comfy!

5. High Beaded Gladiator Sandals, £30, Topshop– I need some sandals for summer, and what better ones to lust after than this Toppers version! I’ve never been a fan of Gladiators, but these ones appealed to me with their gold studs (anyone noticing a shoe-want pattern here?), and they would be perfect for my holiday to Malta in September!

6. AMELIA Dalmatian Print Block Heel Chelsea Boots, £30, Boohoo– And last but not least are these Dalmatian print Chelsea boots! As you all know, I currently own a pair of Topshop leopard print boots (which are AMAZING by the way!), so you’re probably wondering why I want these babies? Well, despite this trend being so last season (bit of blogger snobbery there, sorry), I am still in love with this print, and wouldn’t mind adding this pair to my small shoe collection! Hopefully I can buy these boots when my bank balance looks more positive!

That’s all for this week’s wishlist! What shoes are you guys lusting after?

This week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a River Island edition!

River Island is one of my favourite shops, and believe it or not, I used to work there! So it comes to no surprise that I HAD to make a special River Island edition for this Wednesday’s Wishlist! I have picked six of my favourite items which not only showcase the latest Spring/Summer 2012 trends, but also show off my personal style too.

From L-R: 1. Gold Leaf Headband, 2. Navy Boat High Waisted Print Leggings, 3. Black Quilted Wellies, 4. Cream Chelsea Girl Paisley Dress, 5. Black Floral Print Sweat Top & 6. Gold Tone Diamond Pendant Necklace.

O1. Gold Leaf Headband, £4 – Headgear was heavily featured this Spring/Summer 2012 on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Louise Gray and Alexander McQueen. So this inspired me to include this delicate gold leaf headband into the mix this week! This headband would be perfect for a casual stroll the park (if Preston weather permits), as well as dressing up for a night on the town with the girls!

O2. Navy Boat High Waisted Print Leggings, £16 – These navy boat leggings are so different to the usual plain leggings/pants that I go for! I haven’t really seen the appeal of printed pants, however, when these boat ones caught my eye, I wanted them straight away! Printed pants are a HUGE trend this Spring/Summer with the Kings and Queens of print; Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders and Jil Sander including them in their collections. These leggings would look great with a Republic printed vest and some Jeffrey Campbell’s for a night out, or it can be dressed down for daytime with black flatforms and a burnt out vest from Toppers.

O3. Black Quilted Wellies, £27 – I know what you’re thinking: ‘Why wellies?  It’s not festival season yet!’ Well the inspiration to include these black quilted babies came from an encounter with a girl at my local takeaway. It was a normal Prestonian day (windy and rather wet) and this fashionable girl strutted into the takeaway wearing some simple, plain wellies with her outfit. This gave me the inspiration to trawl through the River website to search for a pair. After minutes of searching, I finally came across this black quilted version and the words ‘WANT WANT WANT’ instantly screamed in my mind. These wellies are my comfy version of the knee-high boot, and are a perfect addition to my shoe collection – hey, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear wellies in a place like Preston, right?

O4. Cream Chelsea Girl Paisley Dress, £25 – I am love with the ‘dainty doll’ look at the moment, so when this cream Chelsea girl dress caught my eye, I instantly took a shining to it! Cream is big this season with Christopher Kane, Prada and Chanel all including this shade in their S/S 2012 designs. This dress can be accessorised with the gold leaf headband above, to achieve a truly ‘girly’ look, or it can be dressed up with these Urban Outfitters’ wedges and an ASOS ‘tough’ leather jacket for a gig!

O5. Black Floral Print Sweat Top, £28 – Floral is back again for this Spring/Summer with Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana and Mary Katrantzou including this blooming print in their collections. This sweat top can be teamed up with the navy boat leggings for a cool clash look, or it can be worn with a Republic crisp white shirt underneath it, with these Bitching and Junkfood denim shorts to complete the outfit!

O6. Gold Tone Diamond Pendant Necklace, £10 – This necklace reminds me of the Superman logo – as some of you may know, I am a HUGE fan of TV series Smallville at the moment – so I just HAD to include this pendant into my wishlist! I prefer big pendants and long necklaces to small, dainty ones, so this version would be perfect for my ever-growing collection of gold necklaces!

That’s all for this Wednesday’s wishlist! What are you guys currently craving in the fashion/beauty stakes?

Today’s Wednesday Wishlist is all about the NewGen20 tees which launched at Topshop last Friday.

 The tees were designed by twenty British designers including Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff and Jonathan Saunders to celebrate Topshop’s ten year collaboration with new emerging talent. I chose Gareth Pugh’s black and white graphic tee and I decided to create an outfit based around this top.

From L-R: 1. ASOS Black Metal Round Sunglasses, 2. ASOS Pyramid Metal Tip Clutch, 3. Topshop Gareth Pugh Graphic Print Tee, 4. Space NK Oh No She Didn’t Opaque Blue Lipstick, 5. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Lita Mac’ Bootie & 6. PETITE Exclusive Contrast Panel Skinny Trousers

1. Black Metal Round Sunglasses, £15, ASOS – These sunglasses are so kooky and unique! For £15 they are perfect for the summer, and will add a touch of the ‘60s to the look! Take inspiration from Marina Diamandis from Marina and The Diamonds, Mary-Kate Olsen and Taylor Momsen.

2. Pyramid Metal Tip Clutch, £12, ASOS – Pastel colours are HUGE this Spring/Summer with designers such as Louis Vuitton, Versus and Chanel all including duck egg blues in their S/S12 collections. This ASOS clutch injects a touch of colour into the outfit which mainly focuses on the monochrome palette.

3. Gareth Pugh Graphic Print Tee, £30, Topshop – I chose Gareth Pugh’s tee because I love his aesthetic of monochrome sculptural pieces, whether that would be this one featured here or his classic S/S 2007 patchwork square print. This tee is perfect for wearing to a casual lunch with the boyf, or it can be glammed up with some River Island faux leather leggings for a night out on the town. Celebrities are also a fan of the black and white graphic print tee. Steal inspiration from Audrina Patridge, Rihanna and 90210 star Jessica Stroup who all styled their graphic tee differently according to their own personal style.

4. Oh No She Didn’t Opaque Blue Lipstick, £7.50, Space NK ‘Blue lipstick? This blogger has gone crazy!’ I hear you say. Well, bright coloured lips have taken the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks by storm with Mary Katrantzou, Richard Chai and Meadham Kirchhoff’s models all sporting a statement coloured lip. This blue lipstick is perfect for those who dare to be different in the style stakes.

5. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Lita Mac’ Bootie, £114, Nordstrom – It’s safe to assume that most girls on the planet would LOVE to own a pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s! And for me, these lace booties are no exception! Lace is another trend which is set to be big this Spring with designers such as Valentino, Miu Miu and Elie Saab all including this intricate fabric into their designs. And for £114 they may be pricey, but they are a good investment piece and they will mix up my monochrome look a bit too!

6. PETITE Exclusive Contrast Panel Skinny Trousers, £32, ASOS – And finally panelled trousers have also taken to the Spring/Summer catwalks with Balmain and Isabel Marant featuring these pants in their collections. So it comes to no surprise that I had to include this ASOS version into my Wednesday Wishlist. These panelled pants will liven up the look and will clash perfectly with the Gareth Pugh graphic tee.

That’s my wishlist for this week! What’s on your Wednesday Wishlist?

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