Festive Guide: In The Spotlight

Christopher John Rogers resort 2022

Between the Christmas holidays and the New Year’s Eve, and all the celebrations this festive season holds, you’ll likely need a bold party outfit – or two. If the autumn-winter 2021 runways were any indication, the time has arrived to get dressed up to the nines. So what better opportunity to wear the season’s most opulent prints, luxe textures, and, of course, exquisite sequins and shine? Here is a selection of festive evening dresses and spectacular gowns, jaw-dropping heels and charming bags, and magnificent jewels that will work as amazing holiday presents!

From left to right, top to bottom: Christopher John Rogers polka dot gown, “Andy Warhol. Polaroids 1958-1987” by Taschen, Bea Bongiasca quartz ring, Ashley Williams heart bag, Oscar De La Renta bouquet clip-on earrings & Amina Muaddi heeled sandals.

Libertine patchwork jacquard coat, Marc Jacobs ruffle cape gown & Bottega Veneta tasseled shoulder bag.

“New York. Portrait of a City” book by Taschen, Carolina Herrera oversized gloral-print silk-gazar shirt, Marc Jacobs wide-leg pants, Dries Van Noten pillow gloral-jacquard tote & Bea Bongiasca candy heart stud earrings with lime green enamel and blue topaz.

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Simone Rocha crystal flower earrings, Khaite ruffled chiffon and satin, Christopher John Rogers gradient evening skirt, Diptyque “Do Son” eau de parfum, Sylvia Toledano necklace, Loewe bracelet pleated leather bag & Clergerie lambskin platform sandals.

Oscar de la Renta tulle coat, Sylvia Toledano earrings, Simone Rocha cameo necklace, Manolo Blahnik “Maysale” mules, Saint Laurent sequined silk-crepe dress (similar style) & Versace gold “La Medusa” earrings.

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Rosie Assoulin “Thousand-in-one-ways” convertiblestriped merino wool-blend sweater, Molly Goddard taffeta dress, Christopher John Rogers cargo pants & Loewe striped mohair-blend scarf.

Simone Rocha pearl coin pouch, Sea ruffled cotton-blend poplin blouse, Byredo “Young Rose” eau de parfum, Rosie Assoulin scalloped pleated cotton-poplin skirt & Simone Rocha platform sandals.

Christopher John Rogers wool-blend blazer, Anthony Lent crescent moon hoop earrings, Marni necklace, Molly Goddard tiered taffeta dress, Simone Rocha crystal flower single earring & Blumarine Hello Kitty hair clip.

All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

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Be Bold. Bottega Veneta Resort 2022

Daniel Lee and Bottega Veneta parted ways last month, yet before we see Matthieu Blazy’s debut in February, there’s Lee’s resort 2022 collection which is the essense of his work for the brand. Development-wise, the collection predates the spring outing – Salon 03 – that took place in Detroit in October. The ideas here are much more precise and will definitely appeal to the New Bottega fans who will symbolically buy Lee’s final designs. It’s bright and upbeat, awash with juicy citrus and berry shades, and cut in rich, touchable textures. Not quite hedonistic but close; it’s a wardrobe for good times. In place of the directional tailoring that has distinguished preceding collections here, there was denim and corduroy, but done the Bottega Veneta way, meaning that the denim is knitted with jumbo stitching, and the corduroy comes in acid colors. Another no-brainer item that got the house treatment is the puffer; quilted on the bias in glossy orange and Hockney blue leather, it’s no run-of-the-mill jacket. If coming at everyday items with an elevated touch was one part of the Bottega Veneta story under Lee, the other was to emphasize high craftsmanship—to make things at a couture-like level without bending to couture-ish propriety. The hand-crocheted and -beaded dresses here belong to that rubric, even though they’re designed in the bare, easy shapes of beach cover-ups. Likewise, the intarsia shearling bathrobes. A dress underneath one of the robes, in a smaller version of the coat’s interlocking pattern, is cut from classic swimsuit material; together they really do channel the Miami-in-December vibe. And now the big question: after three years of Lee’s reign, which was cut abruptly, where will Blazy take the brand?

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.