Thursday, September 27, 2012

Christmas at River Island

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As most of you can tell from my blog, one of my favourite high street stores is River Island. 
Almost every one of my posts contains something from the brand, be it as simple as a pair of earrings or as extreme as an entire outfit. 
I just love the fact that they have such beautiful pieces but all at affordable prices.
So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to come along to a preview of the Christmas collection before it hits the shelves!
When I entered the room I was in total fashion heaven, I can safely say this will be one of River Island's most opulent collections to date so be ready to stock your winter wardrobes with some vibrantly beautiful new pieces. 
The new designs fully embody the festive season with the focus being mainly on Black and Gold with a mass of sequins thrown in for good measure. 
Every piece looked as if it were fresh off a runway in Milan, Paris or New York.
From cosy knits and faux furs to studded baseball caps and decadent jewellery, this collection has everything a girl could ask for no matter what her style may be. 
Inspired by the Baroque trend, the "intricate embellishment, jacquards and whimsical prints are used to cement this look and are found on tailored trouser suits, full skirted prom dresses and flamboyant accessories. Brocade bomber jackets, decorative body jewellery and matt gold sequin hot pants are added to create a more contemporary feel."
One piece of exciting news that I can share with you is that the upcoming designer collaboration with William Tempest is one to watch! His "exclusive range draws inspiration from Egyptian mythology, 1920's interiors and the work of M.C. Escher." His intricate use of sequins and lace combined with leathers and furs, make this collection both perfectly unique and absolutely desirable. 
This fabulous collection is comprised of 13 pieces and will be available in selected stores and on the website in October. Watch this space!
The Men are definitely not left out this season with a dapper range of day wear and evening wear, so don't worry about imminent shopping complaints from the man in your life as he will be equally enthralled with this fabulous new range.
As I wandered through the style installation I mentally made my wish list of items that I HAVE to have! My favourites were the gorgeous knitted "love" jumper, the stunning jewelled necklace and the eye-catching leopard platforms, although I could find a place in my wardrobe for every single item.
A huge thank you to Katie Kelly, Press Officer for River Island, Ireland, for the wonderful invitation and a fab interview where she talks us through the collection. (you can check out the video below) Also to Lisa Milmoe, Press assistant for the store. It was a pleasure to meet such an amazing team.
For any of you who don't have a River Island store in your Country, do not despair as they ship internationally from their website www.riverisland.co.uk so happy shopping guys.
Nicola x
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William Tempest Collection
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William Tempest Collection
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I WAS WEARING:
★ LEOPARD PRINT PENCIL SKIRT 
★ LEATHER STUDDED JACKET 
★ BRONZE COIN EARRINGS 
★ BLACK BOW CROP TOP 
★ KNUCKLE RING AND SKULL/WINGS RING 
★ "FABULOUS" BELT 
ALL FROM RIVER ISLAND

★ CHANEL "REPORTER" HANDBAG 
★ ZARA STUDDED BOOTS 
★ GUCCI WATCH 
★ HERMES "COLLIER DE CHIEN" BANGLE 

★ MOUSTACHE BRACELET THANKS TO THE TEAM AT RIVER ISLAND 

Quotes from the River Island Press Release (Thanks to Katie and the Team)


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