The John Lewis Christmas press launch reveals what’s hot for Christmas 2012
I’ve got a Bishop on the top of my Christmas tree! I’ve been wheeling the same old decorations out for the past 10 years, and I need a change!
Whether you’re knitting your own Christmas Deer decorations this year, or going on a spending spree, here are some great ideas from John Lewis‘ new Christmas collection, which we were lucky enough to see for ourselves when we were invited to their Christmas press launch last week.
It was great to meet the team and for 4Manchester Women to be included – we are looking forward to working with them more in the future *watch this space!*
If you’ve not already seen the new John Lewis Christmas advert – it’s called ‘The Journey’. I can’t believe that a snowman has just made me melt!
When it comes to journeys, the team at John Lewis have also been on their travels in search of ideas – from the rugged and icy landscapes of the Arctic, to Japan. They’ve explored all the trappings of the English eccentric and they’ve even travelled back in time – from the glamour and the decadence of the 1920′s to the feel good period of post war Britain.
Five hot Christmas 2012 trends
- Christmas Holiday
- New Japan
Cool minimal white with natural materials such as wool, wood and wicker in a look that blends the modern with the homespun. It’s all about wrapping up in chunky knits in front of the fire.
A nod to the positive, feel-good period of the 1950′s to create a look that is upbeat, quirky and nostalgic. There is also a strong retro feel with vintage inspired logos, details and typography.
A glamorous collection influenced by Art Deco and the decadence of 1920′s style. Rather than being over the top however, it’s about restrained luxury. Expect to see rich luster of gold and bronze on decorations and tabletop accessories, and light reflected and refracted in cut glass.
A look which has grown out of a contemporary homeware trend. When applied to Christmas it means a bright colour palette, origami influenced decorations and quirky pattern and detailing.
With it’s use of natural materials, this is an extension of the Winterland trend. Additional characters include folk inspired imagery and a bright colour palette to engage and delight.
To view the full John Lewis Christmas range click here.
So what will inspire you this Christmas?
And that isn’t just an empty question – we do really want to know.
We want to know what’s going to be sitting on the top of your Christmas tree this year.
Will it be a Bishop like me? A star? An Angel or something altogether a bit different.
Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.
We’ve got some fantastic competition prizes as an incentive, and three lucky readers who leave a comment will be chosen at random as the winners.
So don’t be shy – tell us what’s going to be on the top of your tree this Christmas.
I came away from The John Lewis press launch with the most impressive goody bag I’ve ever seen. As I was there on your behalf, it seems only fair that I should share it with 4Manchester Women readers.
First Prize: Beauty Package
Make-up bag containing sisley cleansing milk (30ml), floral toning lotion (30ml), global firming serum (3ml), intense anti-aging serum (10ml), intensive anti-cellulite contouring body care (15ml), eye and lip contour cream (2ml), Eau du Soir (2ml), sachets of moisturizing perfumed body cream and instant perfect. Jessica phenomen oil (15ml). John Lewis nail file.
Blink hand mirror.
Second Prize: Christmas Package
Felt snowman / Christmas stocking Christmas tree decoration.
Chocolate Santa lolly pop (35g).
White and dark chocolate hedgehogs (45g).
Two vouchers for a free tea or coffee at John Lewis.
Third Prize: Home Package
Christmas candle in a jar.
Voucher for tea or coffee plus cake or pastry for two at John Lewis.
Good luck! I look forward to reading all your competition entries.
Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)
Photographs: John Lewis
This is not a sponsored blog post.
Competition closing date: 9pm Friday 23rd November 2012.
The winners will be the first names selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Friday 23rd November 2012. The winner will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting Loquax Competitions. If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.
Previous competition winners (6 months)
Jubilee Memories (29th May 2012). Winner Heather Lagusz.
Manchester’s Favourite Cocktail Bars (5th June 2012). Winner Alexandra McGahey.
Declutter and Organise (28th June 2012). Winner Lorna Peppiatt. 2nd Prize Julie Kenny . 3rd Prize Jane Townson.
Wet Weather Places to Take the Kids (13th July 2012). Winner Diane Duggan.
Meet and greet with Peter Andre at The Girls Day Out Show (7th August 2012). Winner Katie Bullen.
In Three Words (18th August 2012). Winner Anita Roberts. 2nd Prize Samantha Atherton. 3rd Prize Laura Pritchard.
Moda Fashion Boutique – Best Bargain (18th September). Winner Sandra Foreman. 2nd Prize Tracy Hanson.
Bags and More – What’s at the bottom of your handbag (27th September 2012) Winner Shelly Jessup. 2nd Prize Eleanor Jones.
Kids say the funniest things – win a family ticket to LegoLand (13th October 2012). Winner Natalie Holland.
Not doing Halloween – win a Baba+Boo bib (19th October 2012). Winner Karine Jade.
Manchester Tourist – win a mini break at The Oxnoble (1st November 2012). Winner Jo Healy.