And whilst we didn't make it to London Collections, the stylin' gang at Mr Porter were naturally at everything and have made some little vid-e-ohs summarising some of the trends seen on showgoers and what the fash pack are most looking forward to for AW12.
I know some of you will have sorted your Christmas wish lists waaaaaaay back in October, but I prefer to spend the festive period stuffing my face with mince pies rather than badgering my loved ones with "I WANT I WANT I WANT" demands. (They get enough of that the rest of the year and Christmas is the time for goodwill). But I have written a ten point Christmas list, a relatively practical one, and it's full of awesome...so here it is!
This is what I want for Christmas Santa, and I suspect you will too....
Rings from Chelsea Doll (£8-£12 each)
You can't have too many rings, that's a stone cold fact. I have been searching high and low for a one stop destination that sells 'funky' jewellery at non-ridic prices. I only stumbled upon Chelsea Doll by chance, I think I literally googled something lame like "cool rings", but I am a Chelsea Doll convert. Their rings are all conversation pieces and, most importantly, they're CHEAP. These are my fave designs..
Medi-Pedi and manicure voucher for Sophy Robson Nails at Hari's Salon (£55)
Vouchers can seem a bit of a cop out gift, my family don't like giving them, but if someone gets me this for Christmas then it proves they've listened to me harp on about Sophy Robson's pedicures over the years. This isn't a nail treatment from any old salon, this is the creme de la creme. I pretty much only moved to Chelsea so that Hari's is on the doorstep. Don't live in London? Still ask for this from Santa and make a day trip over here...get on a plane if you have to. Everyone needs good nails. Oh and the voucher is actually worth £87, so a nice deal too. Call her like NOW: 020 7581 5211.
A gorgeous watch by Nixon. (Left - £410. Right - £260)
I haven't worn a watch for a long time, I have a phone for timekeeping. When my phone broke a while ago though I realised watches still have a place in the 21st century and promptly stole a rather lovely Breitling. (Thanks boy face). Wearing a watch again made me realise how much I loved them as an accessory. IT'S LIKE A BRACELET THAT TELLS TIME! I know the Michael Kors watches are 'the' watches for the fash pack, but I have no time for crowd following. I only want a Nixon on my wrist. Any Nixon will do, but the 42-20 and Spur are two of my fave models. I think I should get two watches for Christmas anyway, because I have been very good.
A/W nail set by Models Own. (£20)
Nail polish is always a safe bet for me, but Models Own are the people to head for gorgeous sets at a fraction of the price of buying the bottles individually. (You save £10 by buying these polishes as a prettily packaged set). I REALLY rate Models Own polish but they need further commending for putting together such gorrrrgeous gift sets. These six polishes are all you'll ever need for autumn/winter, fabulously matte too.
Starbucks credit (any amount)
I like coffee. I would like to drink more free coffee. ANY amount of Starbucks credit is gratefully received.
Blue platform pumps from New Look. (£24.99)
Yeah a pair of Loubies would be nice to find in my stocking, but these New Look ones are as impressive and genuinely very comfy. They're a stupidly sexy shape and the fact that they're blue just makes them amazing. And you can't laugh at £25 shoes.
Burts Bees Gift Set (£10)
You have to get some sort of moisturiser at Christmas. It's, like, the law or sumfink. This Burt's Bees set is high on my wishlist. Good skin and good save the bees karma. Win.
Figuier scented oval by Diptyque (£32)
I have to find something by Diptyque under the tree or Christmas is cancelled. Spoilt. Their Figuier range is my fave and whilst a candle would always be appreciated I am more intrigued by their scented ovals this year. You apparently hang one of these in a wardrobe or shove it in a drawer and everything in the confined space will smell perfectly figgy. Lush.
Gold iPad case by Aspinal of London. (£250)
Surely the fun of an iPad is actually in the buying a case for it? iPads are pretty by their very design, we all love a bit of Apple, but the gold snakeskin of this Aspinal case really sets it off, non? Don't just be the smug bastard with an iPad, be the smug bastard with a GOLD COVERED iPad.
Boux Avenue gown (£85)
Lingerie seems to be a Christmas staple but sizing can be tricky and you don't ness want certain people buying you sexy undies. A nightgown (albeit a sexy one) like this one from Boux Avenue is an easy thing to ask for and it would be near enough impossible to get the wrong size.
With growing numbers of men using WIWT - we decided to bring in someone who knows menswear inside out, yet also has that feminine touch for giving advice to those wanting some style pointers.
May we present Amy Rycroft, ASOS Menswear buyer and your new style agony aunt. She'll be bring tips on new trends from her travels, answering your style questions and generally bringing goodness for the blokes of WIWT.
Over to you Amy:
I have worked in mens fashion for the last 7 years as a menswear buyer, and during this time Ive worked for many high street and online retailers, working both with an array of fashion brands, and also helping develop own label fashion ranges from concept to store.
My job has involves me traveling anywhere from Shorditch to Toky, to Manchester and LA, to hunt out the next big trend and must have pieces for next season. I adore WIWT, as street style is so important in fashion and designers are now taking their inspirations from the streets instead of vice versa. It is a very exciting time, for menswear in particular with more boys than ever becoming interested in fashion trends.
Whether its pioneering an eclectic new look or simply looking sharp on the weekend, I hope you bring you some cool ideas, tips and even give style advice and share some secrets from behind the scenes. Think of me as a fashion fairy godmother (all be it one with a penchant for leopard print and a faux fur collar). So come on boys, roll up roll up, and dont be shy now...
If you have any style questions for Amy, comment below, Tweet Amy's Twitter or our Twitter with your question! Amy will be back very shortly!
As I sit here freezing my bits off at my desk (albeit in an amazing sweatshirt) I can't help but pine for Tel Aviv Fashion Week and wonder why I can't be tottering about on the beach in between shows RIGHT NOW whilst eating hummus and...errr...drinking gin.
Tel Aviv Fashion Week seems like ages ago now, if you follow my outfits then I'm sure you noticed the smug beach dress shots that punctuated the recent scarf/coat combos and if you follow me on Twitter then you'll have def seen zillions of pics from the catwalk. But this is the first time I've had more than 30 seconds to BLOG about it.
So how was it?
Well I love Tel Aviv and I've always enjoyed shopping there, whether it's rummaging around the markets in Jaffa or picking up yet another Gideon Oberson bikini. It was an easy sell. Fashion + one of my favourite cities + a break from the bitterness of London = GET ME ON THAT PLANE.
This was Tel Aviv's inaugural Fashion Week and I'd like to think that one day I'll show off about being there (more so than I already have) as I do believe it could grow into something quite special. Yes, it was an Italian designer (Roberto Cavalli) that stole the show...but that's not to say that the Israeli designers that filled the agenda for three days weren't something to get excited about.
Meeting Cavalli and hearing his excitement for Tel Aviv Fashion Week was a real highlight of the trip, he genuinely enthused about Israel's design talent and textile production. As you can imagine the show was pretty awe inspiring, I instantly wanted to throw everything out of my wardrobe that didn't involve animal print or feathers...
But there were plenty of breathtaking shows - Dorit Bar Or's collection was my fave which was quite 'surprising' for me. I knew she was a huge celebrity in Israel but when a sleb releases a Fashion Week collection you're never sure if you're gonna get something TOWIE-esque or something the real fash-pack would lust after. Dorit (or Dodo to her mates) is seen as the most stylish woman in Israel and this was her first collection, so the local anticipation was similar to Victoria Beckham's first collection at NYFW. The entire collection was black and gold and it really was gorgeous...plenty of floaty maxis, delicate embroidery and embellishment.
There weren't necessarily key strong 'themes' that we saw across the designers, but when there were references to middle eastern influences such as an Ishtar's collection it all seemed so natural and authentic as opposed to the 'tribal', 'ethnic', 'desert' trends we see on the British high street. Oh and there was sheer fabric EVERYWHERE. Most designers wanted you to embrace having your nips/arse on show.
I didn't take a great deal of pics (catwalk lighting is a nightmare, daaaahlink) but these were some of my fave looks from the shows...
The trip wouldn't have been the same without my girlies....Gabriele, Natalie, Jenni and Xenya made the trip. We basically spent the week crying with laughter/stuffing our fat faces. As anyone who has ever been to Israel will tell you, it's all about the food. It's the food that makes you research your next flight back as soon as you land at Heathrow. In my humble globe-trotting experience, nowhere in the world holds a candle to it. (You should def check out Natalie's blog for better pic-a-tures).
I'd go back to Tel Aviv anyway, it's a fun city with great people and unlike anywhere else, but having fallen a little bit in love with some of their designers I'll def be adding TLVFW to my fash calendar if they'd have me back. Regardless of gorgeous dresses, where else can you justify wearing flip flops at a Fashion Week because you don't want sand in your Loubies?!
December is nearly upon us! Which of course means the start of Chrimbo (we're eager ok?). A great way to feel festive we feel is start dressing that little bit more sparkly. Luckily metallics are a hit on the high street this winter - from gold knits to glitter brogues, sequinned cluth bags to metallic pleat skirts. Tone down in the daytime with black separates and soft knitwear or wear together for a fun, edgy night time look.
Our favourite metallics this week come from Topshop, Oasis and Miss Selfridge. If you're picking up or wearing metallics this week - don't forget you can enter your sparkly outfit into our Motel Rocks Competition.
Watch the blog tomorrow for the launch of a special competition to win some Christmas outfits from Motel. For now you still have time to enter our Love Competition to win £200 to spend on the webstore!
A big trend for winter is preppy, schoolish leather satchels. Whilst we love this trend, the bad girls in school always had the best outfits so bag a satchel in rule breaking colours or prints - think metallics, animal print and polka dots. The kind of bag which would get you put in detention.