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New York, London, Paris and Milan. Four amazing cities. Four amazing fashion weeks.

These past couple of months have been hectic – to say the least – as models, editors and designers jetted around the world to take the first peek at what’s in store for this Autumn/Winter 2012. Now that this big event in the editorial calendar has passed, I thought that I should show my favourite fashion week collections, starting with the Big Apple; New York.

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These three designers were my favourites from New York Fashion Week because their eclectic designs, amazing colour palette and use of textures fascinated me. Alice and Olivia’s Autumn/Winter collection was full of texture, from long dramatic gowns to cargo pants, the designer mixed elegance with a touch of ‘Bowieness’. My favourite piece has got to be the lace dress with the low back (as seen on image 4). I’m not really a big fan of lace but this gown oozes elegance and sophistication – if only I had my prom just a few years later! Nicholas K’s collection is more my style. The inspiration behind his collection was the Taos artists from the 1920s & 30s. His colour palette of desert colours with strong blue and black hues played well in his pieces of fringing and draped knits and jerseys. My favourite outfit has to be image 4; with the long dress, pendant and cowboy-esque hat. Nicholas K’s collection is a ready-to-wear collection which shows that you don’t need couture or fancy dresses to look designer. Finally, Jeremy Scott’s collection is fun – doesn’t the Bart Simpson face print jumper and Unicorn body make you smile?! This collection also includes computer printed dresses, stripy jumpsuits, and not forgetting a rainbow wig coat made from 100% human hair!  My favourite look has got to be the unicorn body – if only I had the figure and the money!

What were your favourite New York Fashion week collections? Look out for my next instalment where I will be showing you my faves from London Fashion Week!

(All images sourced from Style.com)

This Wednesday’s Wishlist is dedicated to the lovey-dovey soppy day of the year. Yep, that’s right… it’s a Valentine’s Day special!

wwvalentinesFrom L-R: 1. Temporary-Secretary Queen of Hearts Necklace, 2. River Island Pink ¾ Blazer, 3. Desire Black Spot Mesh Bodycon Dress, 4. Accessorize Love Friendship Bracelet, 5. Urban Outfitters Rose Garland & 6. River Island Heart Sweets.

1. Queen of Hearts Necklace £6 Temporary-Secretary – Regular readers will know that I LOVE gold necklaces! So this Queen of Hearts necklace is no exception! It’s so cute and is the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

2. Pink ¾ Blazer £40 River Island – This pastel pink blazer will jazz up the polka-dot dress nicely! The inspiration to include this bright colour into my wishlist comes from Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Prada, whose ‘pretty and girly’ designs dominated the catwalks of London, Paris, Milan and New York.

3. Black Spot Mesh Bodycon Dress £18 Desire – Okay so this Stella McCartney-esque dress was so last season. But I think it mixes well with the Valentine’s vibe! This dress is perfect for a night out (may it be a romantic one or a girls night out), and it will show off them beautiful curves of yours!

4. Love Friendship Bracelet £12 Accessorize – I’m not really a big fan of bracelets (they always break on me), but this friendship bracelet is so cute and simple! It would bode well with my festival bands which are currently taking residence on my wrist!

5. Rose Garland £15 Urban Outfitters – This garland will not only look amazing in your hair – think festival chic! But you could also use it to decorate your home with! Either hang it over something or just pin it up on the wall! Now that’s £15 well spent!

6. Heart Sweets £5 River Island – Pretty much everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE heart sweets! I always sneak them into work for a quick sugary ‘pick-me-up’! These heart sweets will go down a treat (see what I did there?) Now all I need is for Ali to take note! Hint hint!

So that’s my Valentine’s Wednesday Wishlist special! Tonight I am attending the Spring Fashion Show in Manchester so look out for catwalk reports and an event review!

This week’s Wednesday wishlist is all about weddings! Don’t worry, I’m not the bride, I’m merely a wedding-goer! However, seeing as I’m all excited, I thought that I should share my ‘wedding outfit wishlist’ with you!
From L-R: 1. Topshop Egyptian Drape Headband, 2. Miss Selfridge Petites Ombre Print Maxi, 3. River Island Brown Wooden Spike & Diamante Necklace, 4. MAC Lipstick in Neon Orange, 5. ASOS Bitten Suede Platform Heeled Sandals with T-Bar & 6. Topshop Cleopatra’s Box Ring.

1. Egyptian Drape Headband, £7.50, Topshop Today’s wishlist is based around the luscious ombre maxi dress from Miss Selfridge!  This Egyptian drape headband is perfect for achieving a laid-back but formal look – which is exactly what I want to do for the wedding! Headgear was massive this Spring/Summer season, from Roksanda Ilincic’s bright pink winter hat to Swan Lake-esque Giles’ headdress. So to add my own twist to this trend, I decided to opt for a simple hair accessory, and at £7.50 this piece is priceless!

2. Petites Ombre Print Maxi, £45, Miss Selfridge Ombre pieces were huge on the catwalks of Jonathan Saunders, Marc Jacobs and Peter Pilotto, so as soon as my eye caught this dress I KNEW I had to include it on my Wednesday Wishlist! I used to resent maxi dresses – purely because they drowned my 4’11” frame! However this ‘petite’ asymmetric shoulder maxi is perfect for me, and the ‘maxi-train’ can elongate and show off my pins perfectly!

3. Brown Wooden Spike & Diamante Necklace, £18, River Island I love, love, LOVE this necklace!  The tribal spikes add a ‘rocky edge’ to my outfit, as well as bringing a bit of my own ‘personal style’ to the look.  The inspiration to include this necklace was from Mulberry’s S/S 2012 set, which was very animalistic and well, ‘edgy’ to say the least!

4. MAC Lipstick in Neon Orange, £13.50, MAC Cosmetics I chose this lipstick because it’s so different to the pink and red shades that I already have. Orange hues have dominated the catwalks of Milan, Paris, London and New York with Haider Ackermann, Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors and Derek Lam showcasing this bright colour in their collections. So it is no wonder why I want to wear this shade for the wedding!

5. Bitten Suede Platform Heeled Sandals with T-Bar, £75, ASOS I decided to opt for a low-key heel in the form of these creamy-pink ASOS T-Bar Platforms. Not only do they provide extra height (let’s face it, I need all the height I can get), but they are simple and add a minimalistic touch to the look I am trying to achieve. At £75 they may be pricey, but they are a good investment shoe for all occasions.

6. Cleopatra’s Box Ring, £12.50, Topshop This Topshop ring is so adorable and different from the animal and jewel rings which are dominating the high street at the moment.  Again, this adds to the minimalistic accessoring I want to achieve, and is ‘different’ to the other rings which I possess.

That’s all for this Wednesday’s Wishlist! What are you currently craving? Don’t forget to check out last week’s wishlist too!

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Today I went on a cheeky little shopping trip to Leeds city centre to sample the high street stores’s delights! Here are my findings, along with some lovely vintage items I purchased at Leeds Festival last week!

After spending most nights watching The Tribe – a TV series where every adult in the world is ‘wiped out’ by a virus which leaves the children to fend for themselves – I have been fascinated by the style of the characters. Think down town street style mixed with crazy hair styles and tribal jewellery!

One of the characters in particular; Amber, has unique but simple costumes! I was especially amazed with the eccentric silver ear cuffs she wears in series one, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this lovely ear cuff from Topshop below!

earcuffEar Cuff – Topshop

This ear cuff will team up with the outfit I bought from River Island perfectly! Metallic is a hot trend for Autumn/Winter 2011 with designers such as Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton sporting this eclectic trend down the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan. So it comes to no surprise that I bought this silver metallic vest for £20 from one of Britain’s best high street stores!

As you can see in the outfit below, I paired this pocket vest with a black midi tube skirt – which as you can see on me looks more like a maxi than a midi! This was the beauty of this £15 purchase – oh and having short legs! This outfit is perfect for a laid back lunch or if you add these Urban Outfitters leopard print boots to the mix, makes for a perfect night out with the girls!

Vest – River Island
Skirt – River Island

Another RI purchase was this baggy MTV crop top which I tucked into these (excuse the word) sexy vintage leather shorts which I bought at Leeds Festival. As you know fetish and leather are massive trends for the Autumn/Winter season with Acne and Nina Ricci incorporating these trends into their designs, and these leather shorts are perfect for achieving the designer look for less this season. My newly purchased gold Primark ring will finish off this look effortlessly.

Vest – River Island
Shorts – Vintage
Ring – Primark

My £5 vintage black boots are featured in all of the looks here, and were bought at the famous music festival I went to last week. I instantly fell in love with these babies and they have been glued to my feet ever since i purchased them!  They also have a small heel, which makes me feel much more confident and comfortable when I’m out and about stalking the streets of Leeds.

Boots – Vintage

My final purchase was this book below which I’ve wanted for months! 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know has always been on my wishlist, but being a poor uni student meant that I have never been able to spare some cash to buy it! Luckily after receiving some money a couple of weeks ago, I went straight down to Urban Outfitters and bought this book ASAP.  I have already started reading it, and I have learnt so much about designers such as Coco Chanel and MainBocher so expect a book review on this fashion encyclopaedia when I have finished reading it!

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So there you go, my purchases that I have bought today totalling a very unhealthy £75.50 plus the £20 I spent at Leeds Fest .In other news, I might try and begin to post sole outfit posts so look forward to them!