Tag Archive: Wallis

Jan 01 2012

Winter Warmers: Great Coats At January Sale Prices

I always find getting my winter coat one of the most stressful shopping experiences, that is after finding the most perfect pair of jeans – but I have tracked down some beauties in the January sales. From the classic duffle coat, which is my new favourite – I quite like the Paddington Bear look, to another classic the Pea Coat that was seen on the runways at Stella McCartney and YSL. I have also added in some bright coats to brighten up any winter morning, as well as some chic two-tone coats perfect for office.

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If you are after a classic, while still being a little quirky you can’t go too wrong with a duffle coat – these are my top three duffles:

1. Lands’ End, Wool Duffle, £110 down from £180, Landsend.co.uk

2. Uniqlo, Wool Duffle, £39.90 down from £89, Uniqlo.com

3. Vicky Smith, Women’s Winter Duffle Coat, £39.99 down from £59.99, Amazon.co.uk

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Everyone needs to have a colourful coat in their wardrobe. How about this gorgeous blue maxi from Reiss or the cute 60s dolly coat from Oasis – there is so much choice this season.

1. Oasis, 60s Dolly Coat, £35 was £45, Oasis-Stores.com – I just adore this pastel colour, the swing silhouette and that adorable Princess collar and large buttons.

2. Reiss, Belted Raglan Sleeve Sapphire Coat, £195 was £345, Reissonline.com

3. Wallis, Pink 1923 Fur Trim Mohair Coat, £75 was £150, Wallis.co.uk – brighten up your winter days with this gorgeous coat that has been spotted on Daybreak presenter Kate Garraway.

4. Warehouse, Mustard coat, £35 was £45, Warehouse.co.uk

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For a shorter coat style the Pea Coat is a perfect solution. I have selected some varying styles from faux fur collars to a boxy shape – as well as something a little colourful. All will look perfect dressed down with jeans – my favourite has to be the Tartan print from ASOS.

1. ASOS, Tartan Pea Coat With Faux Fur Collar, £34 down from £85, ASOS.com

2. Dorothy Perkins, Red Short Pea Coat, £35 down from £45, DorothyPerkins.com

3. Dorothy Perkins, Fur Collar Boxy Pea Coat, £40 down from £59, DorothyPerkins.com

4. New Look, Collarless Pea Coat, £18 down from £44.99, NewLook.com

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Two-tone and monochrome coats seem to be around every year but the two I have chosen will look amazing for the office or a smart function.

1. Debenhams, Principles by Ben de Lisi, Black Colour Block Coat, £89.10 was £99, Debenhams.com

2. French Connection, Colour Block Wonderland Coat, £97.50 was £195, FrenchConnection.com - you can’t go wrong with a military coat mixed in with a retro two-tone vibe.

Happy shopping!!!

May 24 2011

AW11 Press Day: Wallis Comes Over All Barbie

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As soon I stepped into the Wallis autumn/winter 2011 press day all I could think was how cool their ode to Barbie was with the mannequins. I know they probably were going for a glamorous 70s vibe, but come on how much do these models look like my new SuperStar Barbie??

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Fun over, back to the collection, I was so surprised as I have to admit I don’t shop in Wallis but seeing the amazing pieces I will definitely be checking it out.

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There were three themes running through the autumn/winter collection: 60s Modernity with its architecturally tailored pieces; Babington House a quintessentially English collection with a nod to the 1970s, with its autumnal colour clashes and retro glamour; and Gorgeous Gothic, which is Wallis’ homage to Alexander McQueen with leather and chiffon fabrication coming together to create dramatic pieces.

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This vibrant orange coat is one of my favourite pieces I have seen during the autumn/winter 2011 press days. I love the scoop neckline and the chunky buttons, it really is a statement piece.

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I am so glad that pleats are continuing into autumn, this berry coloured high-neck maxi, very chic look.

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