AW12 at Arcadia

Rail of Dorothy Perkins AW12 dresses and coats, including the Olivia Rubin collaboration

Earlier this week I went to Arcadia’s press showroom for a peek at some of their AW12 collections; greeted by smiling faces and the dreamy scent of a giant Jo Malone candle it was off to a good start but got even better!

I unexpectedly found myself liking some of BHS’s pieces: bouclé jackets are a great love of mine and they had a couple of lovely examples, one with faux-leather sleeves.  Wallis was also surprising with some particularly want-worthy coats and a stunning flapper-style beaded dress.

The second collaboration between Olivia Rubin and Dorothy Perkins is fun and covered in prints, as you’d expect – in this case keys and key holes.  Clements Riberio’s Swan collection for Evans is also on it’s second season, this time inspired by Adele so it’s inevitably all about gorgeous LBDs (if I need an excuse to scoff down more macarons – I don’t - it’s that Evans’ clothing is only available in sizes 14-32!).

My favourite pieces were the dresses filling the Miss Selfridge rail: think sheer maxi skirts, lace panels, tulle, feathers and embellishment.  All in all they’re super-fun, super-sexy and made me super-impatient to buy them! Which of these pieces are you loving?  

Thanks so much to Arcadia for having me!

Pink tulle and sequin-embellished dress by Miss Selfridge for AW12

Side cut-out heels by Wallis for AW12Statement necklace by Dorothy Perkins for AW12White roses and savoury canapésWallis and Miss Selfridge AW12 dressesStatement necklace by Wallis for AW12Green tulle and sequin-embellished dress by Dorothy Perkins for AW12Miss Selfridge velvet leopard-head flatsMini pastriesBouclé jacket by BHS for AW12Rail of Miss Selfridge AW12 dresses and coats, including Project #3 pieces

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  • Kylie

    Oh no, I went along. Sorry I missed you. I am loving Dorothy Perkins at the moment, they have really changed. Love Miss Selfridge, but think I am getting too old for it xx

  • Sarah

    Rather like the four-gem statement necklace – where is that from?

    • Becky |

      Hi Sarah, firstly thanks for your recent comments, I’m sorry I’ve not had the time to reply properly on your blog yet!

      I believe this was from Dorothy Perkins, I should check because I want it too! x

  • Kiki

    I really don’t like their more grown up labels (though I probably should seeing that I’m practically geriatric and all that), so Miss Selfridge it is for me. I love the sound of their new collection. It seems right up my street.

  • Rachael C

    That dress with the pink sheer skirt looks beautiful x

  • Linn

    Oh, so many gorgeous things! The blue dress, the necklace… And those shoes, the ones with the leopard. I want it all!

  • Ting

    Loving the shoes!

  • Ria

    So much embellishment, sparkles and sequins always make me think of Christmas :) can’t wait to see these in the shops xoxo

  • winnie

    I love the look of that sequin dress, so dreamy! Also you look so gorgeous in the post below in that blue dress.

  • steph

    that black lace dress is perfection! which label is that?

  • Stephanie / FAIIINT

    Aw, I couldn’t make this & now I’m sad, so many pretty things!
    I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Miss Selfridge, I seem to be loving them for a few years, wanting to buy everything & then suddenly they change & nothing is my taste at all. This year definitely seems like it’s going to be a good one though, that black lace dress is stunning!

  • Lola

    Boucle is HUGE for AW, there seems to be so many pieces dotted about on the high street, I fell in love with a boucle coat recently, it had a massive fur collar which made it look especially inviting!!

  • Chiara [chiaweb]

    lovely pieces, the jacket is gorgeous!

  • Jessica

    All of the details are gorgeous! It’s making me so excited for cooler weather.

    (If you’re interested, I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Shopbop. Enter here!)

  • Kathleen Lisson

    Beautiful shoes!

  • Rhianna

    I have been looking for that exact green dress for forever!!! Nowhere has it in stock and no one is selling it, do you have any idea where I could get it?