A velvet obsession

When it comes to Christmas 2016, the main fashion trend that we will remember is how luxurious velvet made quite a comeback. It is always a fabulous fabric for Christmas, with its roots in the stunning red velvet capes that we imagine Victorian children wearing. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian have all fell under a velvet spell, whilst just last week Kate Moss opted for classic black velvet at the British Fashion Awards. Velvet is having a beautiful, fashion moment.

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I’ve been having my own velvet moments this Christmas. It is a fabric that I always reach for as soon as the Christmas Tree makes an appearance, because, as well as the fact that it looks great, it is also warm, which is a real positive when you are walking  (because taxis are so expensive at this time of year.) Another plus point for me is that you tend not to need to iron velvet – especially if it is the creased/crushed variety. Velvet could be in the form of a head to toe slinky dress, or an accessory – a jacket straight from the 1970s, a clutch bag which has ‘bags of style’, even a retro Alice band to create a Bardot style.

My Velvet Style

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Get the Velvet Look

There are so many brilliant velvet pieces around this season. My top picks are the beautiful chartreuse dress from M&S which is just so incredibly beautiful, and the Archive by Alexa Wade boots, these have a gorgeous, androgynous feel to them, like Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, and so Alexa too.

Take a look at my velvet edit, do you have a favourite piece?

 M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress T427064 £39.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress
£39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit T427082 £49.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit
£49.50 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® T020664A £29.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Have a shoe studded Christmas

If your idea of serious party dressing involves footwear that the label ‘fierce’ was created for, then step right this way. Jeffrey Campbell is the King of creating weird and wonderful shoes and boots that could also double as a protective weapon if you found yourself in a sticky situation. Heels that could be mistaken for sky scrapers, studs reminiscent of the punk fashions of 1977 and wedge shapes that seem to be defying gravity, Jeffrey Campbell shoes are not for the faint hearted. But they are totally beloved by the A list fashionistas, with Madonna, Alexa Chung and Beyoncé just some of the lovely ladies whose feet have been graced by Jeffrey Campbell designs. These are the sort of statement shoes that everyone in the room notices, a true style statement.

Office seems to have a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and boots to match every mood, including many Office exclusives. There are ‘glam rock’ 1970s style boots that could come straight from the Marc Bolan archives, and silver wedges that evoke the image of Alison Goldfrapp singing ‘ooh la la’. Then there’s the dangerous glamour of the ‘Battle’ heels, with their studs and spikes. And then, just when you think you’ve seen everything Jeffrey Campbell has to offer, you see the beautiful simplicity of ‘Bullet 2’.

Jeffrey Campbell Bullet 2 high heel nude black toe £115 click to visit Office

Jeffrey Campbell During spike black suede silver spikes £130 click to visit Office

Jeffrey Campbell Battle spike high heel nude suede gold spikes £130 click to visit Office

Jeffrey CampbellLita platform ankle boot gold metallic £120 click to visit Office

Jeffrey CampbellPrickly black leather gold spike £140.00 click to visit Office

 

 

Wallis Autumn/Winter collection – Up close and personal.

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to a very special press day for one of my favourite High Street stores. Wallis were keen to showcase the beautiful collection for Christmas 2012, and were also giving bloggers the opportunity to try on some of their favourite pieces. In addition afternoon tea was being served, complete with champagne and there was a great opportunity to find out more about the collection from the very knowledgeable Wallis team, and he chance to have your photograph taken by a photographer more used to snapping models for Grazia. All in all, a fabulous afternoon was promised.

I really enjoyed being photographed in some of my favourite pieces, although after spending the afternoon doing no less than six press days I was rather tired and windswept, and could definitely have done with Grazia hair and make-up too! I chose a really great jumper with zig zag sequins, which I teamed with a black snakeprint biker jacket.  I also changed my flat shoes for a great pair of ankle boots which were so comfortable that I didn’t want to take them off, and added a double row necklace for extra sparkle.

Black Snake Print Biker Jacket Was £58.00 Now £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Dogtooth Jumper Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Stacked Sequin Multirow Necklace Price: £18.50 click to visit Wallis

Neutral Curved Heel Ankle Boot Price: £55.00 click to visit Wallis

I also fell in love with a beautiful faux fur coat in a leopard print. This was just so snuggly and cuddly, making you feel as warm as you felt glamorous. The lovely ladies from Wallis have said they are going to send me this coat (Yes!), and this will basically be my wear everyday, everywhere coat this Christmas.

Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

There were so many other items I loved – here are a few more to savour.

Black Animal Sequin Panel Dress Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Grey Embellished Dress Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Lace Maxi Dress Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Printed Peplum Top Price: £26.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Front Jumper Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Grey And Pewter Pointed Court Shoe Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Quilted Bowling Bag Was £28.00 Now £22.40 click to visit Wallis