I have had a great time, albeit a difficult one, putting together this two-part party season special. It is unbelievable how many options there are out there for the ‘festive’ season. But options do not necessarily mean one has a choice. Researching online for this Christmas special extended edit, I was surprised to see how the luxury and contemporary segments look so much stronger than the high-street.
It seems that all affordable brands were offering similar product but competing on pricing. No surprise there. But this lack of creativity, excitement, and freshness is worrying. Slavery to trends and an unnecessary involvement in the vicious circle of pricing wars is never good. I just cannot believe how many short velvet strappy dresses, and sequin shift dresses I had to go through. Unlike the more exclusive brands, high-street retailers are still targeting the same consumer, ignoring certain taste-levels and age groups.
But allow me to end in a positive note and congratulate &Other Stories for its amazing and provoking offer, and Ellery for its very special product. Happy holidays everyone and a let us all enjoy a better 2017! On with the outfits…
She is a hipster reloaded. Like Ellen Ripley in Aliens, she is readier, punchier, a hold-no-prisoners version. When the whole world has started copying her style and her life choices, she moves on. When everyone starts investing in the 90s, what she did last year, she moves on to the 80s.
From left to right (L-R): Acne Studios leather shearling overcoat; MSGM crepe shirt with ruffle details; Tabula Rasa hand macramé skirt with pompoms; Carven mini leather shoulder bag; Laurence Dacade platform boots.
L-R: Gucci leather biker jacket with fringing; Alexander Wang studded suede shoes; McQ maxi lace dress with pussy bow; Alexander Wang studded suede and leather tote.
L-R: Topshop Unique wool overcoat; Topshop zigzag plisse midi dress; &Other Stories leather bum bag; All Saints chunky patent leather ankle boots.
Shout it from the rooftop, well sort of…
She wants to be, and will be the centre of attention. She flourishes when heads are turning. This season she has put more thought into her outfit. She has considered the theatrics of an outfit. An eye-catching outfit is not enough, it must be unveiled in a big bang. She enters the room covered in a solemn cape, then she pulls it off to blind everyone with what is hiding underneath…
L-R: Charlotte Simone oversized mongolian wool scarf; A.W.A.K.E. asymmetric crushed velvet dress; SANAYI 313 embroidered velvet box bag; Alvaro shearling-lined leather boots.
L-R: La Mania viscose-silk velvet cape; Vetements open-back sequin dress; Lanvin suede bucket bag; Proenza Schouler leather boots with curved heels and metal toe-cap.
L-R: Whistles sheepskin coat; H & M sequin bustier and midi skirt; Cos circular leather small bag; Topshop velvet chunky heel sandals.
Rules and conventions mean nothing to her. She is a directional, and forward-thinking individual. If she feels like wearing culottes to the Christmas party she will. If she wants to wear a wrap dress as an overcoat over her favourite t-shirt she will. She will rummage through her wardrobe and a find new purpose for that oversized airtex t-shirt. For her, layering and combining is a form of art.
L-R: Theory faux shearling cropped jacket; Roland Muret leather envelope clutch; Marc Jacobs patent leather platform pumps; Attico velvet and satin wrap dress (worn open over top and skirt as an overcoat); Isabel Marant Etoile lamé blouse; Stella McCartney fringe silk crepe maxi skirt.
L-R: Nili Lotan brushed wool coat with frayed details; Maison Margiela lurex block-heel boots; Toga sequins and ruffles tulle maxi dress; Saint Laurent suede cross-body bag; Rochas duchess satin top; Diane Von Furstenberg wool culottes (both top and trousers worn under dress).
L-R: Ganni leather biker jacket; Missguided chain wristlet bag; Topshop oversized airtex t-shirt; &Other Stories sequined wide-leg trousers
She considers “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” a masterpiece. “Bring back the old Hollywood glamour darling”; she doesn’t like “the current celebrity nonsense”. She reads about trends but in the same manner she reads about new book releases. It will be helpful when having a chat with the girls. At the end of the day, she will still trust her great taste and wear something timeless. Style over fashion darlings…
L-R: Raey long shearling coat, Erdem embroidered velvet strapless dress; Victoria Beckham suede and leather small bag; Saint Laurent suede stilettos.
L-R: Lemaire faux shearling collar wool gabardine; Diane Von Furstenberg cropped lace top; Nina Ricci sequined silk midi skirt; Salvatore Ferragamo leather clutch; Roland Muret leather kitten-heel ankle boots.
L-R: L.K Bennett leather kitten-heel ankle boots; &Other stories tuxedo jacket, trousers, and lace blouse; Jigsaw pony skin roll-top clutch bag.