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Sure, the greatest parts of the Christmas holiday are the things money can't buy.

But that doesn't mean the inner fashion lover in all of us can't dream a little bit.

The Royal Gazette's Lifestyle section asked local designers and fashion enthusiasts to share what's at the top of their winter wish list.

London-based designer Meagan Wellman said she would be thrilled to find a pair of Hunter Wellington boots under the Christmas tree.

“They are the rain boots, but with heels and in a metallic colour,” she said. “I never knew that Hunter did heeled Wellingtons until I saw a customer walk by with them on whilst I was working at [British department store] Harvey Nichols.

“I think they're a cool and edgy pair of ankle boots to have. Personally, I'd wear them with a simple — yet cute — dress or skirt and top to give it an edge. Alternatively they'll look just as stunning with jeans and a casual sweatshirt.”

Amon Butler's dream would be to get a pair of Maison Martin Margiela “Future” Sneakers on Christmas morning.

“Having worked for Perry Footwear & Collections for a number of years, I've been accustomed to spotting luxury and one-of-a-kind pieces,” he said.

“So when I came across these sneakers by the iconic Belgium brand I knew I had to have them. For men, sneakers are like a black dress for women — you can never have too many. It's not what you wear, it's how you wear it that makes a statement.”

Fashion consultant Shiona Turini said her “dream” would be to get a Cartier panther ring or Alaia leopard motorcycle jacket.

“I've been coveting both for years now,” she said. “But, the reality is my closet would explode with more clothes or accessories and as a small-business owner my priorities are a little different.

“All I'm hoping for is ground coffee beans for my French press that I'll put to good use when burning the midnight oil!”

Jessica Astwood's top wish list item would be a classic Burberry trench coat.

The event marketer for Toronto's Hudson's Bay Company said she'd be both surprised and delighted to see the coat (complete with the signature Burberry plaid lining) under the tree.

“I've always wanted one because I'd imagine the quality would last me a lifetime and the fit would be superb,” she said.

“To be able to don the iconic trench in a rainstorm would also make me feel a lot wealthier than I am!”

Fashion blogger Samantha Blakemore said she's looking for a good quality leather jacket this year.

“Leather jackets are a wardrobe essential,” she said. “They're so easy to throw on over any outfit and really add a more edgy element to every look.”

Former model Diane Whittaker dreams of owning a classic pair of black above-the-ankle boots.

“I'd prefer a pair by Gallo or Coach. Once you have them they last for many years if you choose a classic and take care of them, like most things really,” she said.

“Plus these boots can be paired with so many things.

“You can wear them with pants or with leggings and a skirt.

“They also keep you cosy and keep your feet dry and warm while looking very fashionable. Something like this rarely goes out of style.”

Sneakers top the list for Jahde Eve, the co-founder of a youth-inspired clothing line Gombey Shop.

“I don't collect kicks like I used to but looking at Roshe Run ‘Yeezy' Edition sneakers makes me want to relapse,” he said. “They are a beautiful pair of sneakers and functional for all types of occasions. You can wear them to the gym, on the street, at dinner, even in the club. They're super clean.”

Fashion designer Rochelle Minors would like T-shirts from luxury European lines Marni and Claudie Pierlot.

“I want the Marni T-shirt because I love the graphic and quirky styles,” she said.

“I believe it's a must-have because you can dress it up and wear it quite casual.

“Sporty-chic is also very much on trend right now. Not that I'm necessarily a follower of trends, but you can't go wrong with a very fashionable and timeless T-shirt. It expresses the brand's identity and one of the wearer: bold, confident, fun and imaginative.”

She also likes the Trublion T-shirt by French designer Claudie Peirlot. It's cool, edgy, elegant and timeless, she said.

However she's not waiting on Santa for that one. “I will be getting this for myself for Christmas,” she explained.

Knitwear designer Rene Hill would be excited to get a pair of Karston's Avelez boots.

“I bought a few pairs of shoes from the same brand when I visited France,” she explained.

“The shoes are comfortable and have still held up after three years of wear.

“I'd wear them whenever I have the chance, as the Avlez boot is very much like a piece of art.”

Aspiring designer James Lee is dreaming of a personally designed pair of drop-crotch joggers.

He's also hoping for a sewing tool called a serger, as well as a dress form, to help take his designs to the next level.

“I'd want to wear the joggers either full or half-length, along with a luxuriously styled dressy button-up vest to customise and accessorise with any look,” he said.

Animal instincts: Fashion consultant Shiona Turini hopes to one day embrace her wild side with this Alaia leopard motorcycle jacket.
Forget a plain white tee. Bermudian fashion designer Rochelle Minors wants T-shirts from luxury European lines like Marni and Claudie Pierlot.
Timeless: Jessica Astwood, an event marketer for Toronto's Hudson's Bay, is dreaming of a classic Burberry trench.

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Published December 22, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 22, 2014 at 8:52 am)

What’s hot? Experts reveal winter wish lists

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