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Next Christmas press day 2011

20 Oct
Held at the cavernous Old Billingsgate Market, Next‘s Christmas 2011 press day was a bit of an extravaganza. Earlier in the afternoon, they had a star-studded fashion show with the likes of Jourdan Dunn and Geri Halliwell taking to the catwalk! By the time I arrived, everything had calmed down and I had plenty of time to peruse the collections. Daywear is bold, bright and cosy with lots of snuggly puffa jackets to keep you warm and ditsy prints to brighten up your wardrobe while eveningwear is heavily embellished with liberal smatterings of sequins and beading on gorgeous sheer fabrics and sumptuous jewel tones. The beaded flapper dresses were my favourites as well as the shoes. Those snakeskin heels have just a hint of Yves Saint Laurent about them, don’t they? 

The gorgeous homeware collections are also worth a mention, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I do love traditional red and green at Christmas but the icey blue, winter wonderland colours are so chic. 

The kids collections are adorable, aren’t they?! Really looking forward to dressing my neices up in the pretty party dresses. My nephew is a little too young to be sorting that dapper suit and bow tie combo but next year….!


Next/Elle style awards blogger competition

10 Feb
In the interest of transparency, this blog post is an entry for a competition to win tickets to the Elle Style Awards next Monday. The task was to recreate my favourite celebrity look of 2010 using items from Next. My favourite look of the entire year was Blake Lively in Lanvin at Spike TV’s 2010 Scream Awards. She looked absolutely stunning in a head-to-toe look straight from the catwalk, accessories included. It was surprisingly easy to recreate this look with Next products; the maxi dress even includes the belt! The only finishing touch needed is a DIY slit at the front, et voila!

Bangles – £12