Festive Guide: Shine Bright!

Prada autumn-winter 2021

This holiday season is going to feel extra-special ­for many after last year – and getting dressed up is all part of the joy. This gift guide is for those who love to sparkle – and are planning to shine bright the entire 2022! A pair of golden Manolos will please any Carrie fan (hello, And Just Like That premieres on the 9th of December!), while the sequinned, faux-tie-dye pants from Ashish will be the best present for a glamorous home-stayer. Paco Rabanne’s metallic chain-mail skirt will elevate any New Year’s Eve to a Studio 54 event. And how about a camp-y Judith Leiber poodle clutch? Checked. Still, the award for the most glistening and over-the-top present goes to Prada’s bucket hat that went full-on Christmas tree. Discover my first festive guide below – and stay tuned for the others that are coming in the next couple of days!

From left to right, top to bottom: Coperni purple glittered mini-dress, “Astrology. The Library of Esoterica” Taschen book, Rosantica gold-tone crystal hair clip, Magda Butrym single crystal star brooch, Prada sequin bucket hat, Prada crystal block-heel slingback pumps, Alan Crocetti gold & pink ring.

Dries Van Noten fringed lamé top, Paco Rabanne silver mini shoulder bag, Paco Rabanne silver sequin midi-skirt, Saint Laurent crystal bracelet, Prada platform booties.

Dries Van Noten feather-trimmed sequined skirt & Erdem black embroidered bag.

Jiwinaia pearl earrings, Balenciaga pinstripe midi dress, Versace platform heels, Coperni swipe bag, “Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica” Taschen book, Paco Rabanne crystal bracelet.

AREA crystal-embellished jersey t-shirt, Mary Jane Claverol embellished turban, Judith Leiber Couture French Poodle crystal-embellished clutch, Ashish sequined pants, Manolo Blahnik “Kika” golden stiletto pumps.

Prada autumn-winter 2021

All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

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Free Spirit. Etro Pre-Fall 2022

When you think of Etro, you’ve got an instant image in your head: a boheme free-spirit, wearing layers of paisley-printed chiffon and embroidered suede. She’s a global citizen, but as well quintessentially Italian. Looking at the pre-fall 2022 collection, which oozes with that distinct Etro DNA, the brand’s new investor (LVMH-backed private equity giant L Catterton) is certainly into embracing what the brand stands for. On the creative side, Veronica Etro and brother Kean seem to be energized by the change, working together on updating collections with a younger, gender fluid flavor – a move which has recently led to artistic collaborations with unconventional talents, like the Italian rock band Måneskin and British designer Harris Reed. “It’s about constantly elaborating and expanding our lexicon of wanderlust and bohemia with newness and a fresh ésprit,” Veronica summed up. To boost visual appeal of the signature Etro prints, the designers gave them a lighter spin, making the motifs more rarefied and luminous, “almost if they were floating on a white background”. Oversized intarsia’d and crocheted knitwear was proposed in lieu of outerwear; ponchos, capes and blankets featured in abundance; and piuminos were knitted and textural, quilted with pretty floral-printed linings. Languid loungewear-inspired robes, loose-fitting pajama suits, chic caftan dresses, and kimono jackets were offered in sumptuous printed velvet or elaborate jacquards with a silver sheen. The Etro client – both the one that shopped there 30 years ago and the one that is just starting to invest in a timeless wardrobe – will be happy.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.