Festive Guide: Cozy Up

And just like that, this is my last festive shopping guide of the year! Fabulous and bold winter scarves, hats, and gloves are always a no-fail idea. After all, we all wish for a white Christmas, and what better gift is one you can use right away. For immediate satisfaction, let her unwrap COS’ classic cashmere scarf or JW Anderson’s wooly teddy mittens. However, the must-have winter wear of the season is sure to be a colourful, statement sweater – The Elder Statesman, Christopher John Rogers and Loro Piana are brands to go for!

From left to right: Raf Simons oversized sweater, Molly Goddard fairisle cardigan, Dries Van Noten handle clutch & Christopher John Rogers ribbed-knit maxi dress.

COS floral pullover, Dries Van Noten feathered top, The Row cashmere snood & Rick Owens nylon blanket jacket.

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The Row cashmere, wool and silk-blend cardigan, Cashmere In Love hood, Ashley Williams strawberries socks & COS wool pullover.

Loro Piana cashmere sweater, Cashmere In Love beanie, Paco Rabanne x Kimura socks, Christopher John Rogers polka-dot jacquard-knit sweater, Molly Goddard cable-knit wool sweater & COS cashmere beanie.

Marc Jacobs wool hooded jacket, COS cashmere socks, CFCL tote, Marc Jacobs puffer collar & Marc Jacobs wool skirt.

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The Elder Statesman tie-dyed cashmere sweater, COS cashmere slip-ons, COS leather gloves, The Elder Statesman cashmere track pants, Cashmere In Love balaclava & COS wool vest.

Sea crochet applique fruit sweater, JW Anderson striped knitted mittens, The Elder Statesman cashmere beanie, Sleeper shearling slippers & COS mohair scarf.

All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

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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.

P.S. In this post, I happen to endorse products I genuinely love. If you end up buying something through the links, my site might earn an affiliate commission – which is always nice!

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Heat Wave. Paco Rabanne SS22

We just wanted this super-genuine feeling of wanting the sun on your skin. Of being by the sea, and feeling the warmth and the happiness of it,Julien Dossena said of his spring-summer 2022 collection for Paco Rabanne. “Because all of those pleasures are what we’ve all been craving for so long. So I thought, let’s just go with it, and have fun with it.” Last week, he and the Paco Rabanne team were vividly capturing all those sybaritic sun-worshipping impulses atop the spectacularly-tiled hexagonal geometric Op Art Hexa Grace installation in Monaco. It made for a brilliantly-chosen platform for showcasing all of the glinting, sinuous glamour of the French jet-set “bohemian ’70s vibe” that he’s re-channeling for 21st century would-be hedonists of the post-pandemic world. Under the baking heat of the Mediterranean sun, out strode a collection Dossena aptly described as “compositions” or “assemblages” that were melded into silhouettes of dresses and skirts over flared trousers, all-over wallpaper and pansy prints, sarongs and scarf belts, and all kinds of inventive ways of reinventing the chainmail and metallic paillettes and sequins that made up Paco Rabanne’s identity in the first place. Amongst all of it was a print collaboration with the Victor Vasarely Foundation, the holder of the legacy of the artist who designed the Monte Carlo public art installation in 1979. “It felt culturally linked to Paco Rabanne” to do that, the designer remarked. Yet cleverly, Dossena’s knack for design takes clothes somewhere that’s never retro. In orchestrating his collections, he does things like wraps chains into necklines and around hips, adds asymmetric lashings of fringe, and knots and drapes crop-tops to reveal skin in ways that never happened in the 1970s. When he comes to quoting Vasarely’s Op Art, his print placement of the original’s circles and 3D illusion grids are set to flatter the body, mathematically graduated to narrow into waists. Besides, bucket hats were never the thing in the ’70s; they are now, but worked by Dossena into his ‘total print’ top-to-toe looks they’ve picked up a fresh sense of sophistication. Season on season, his instincts are steadily taking Paco Rabanne the brand to the place in the sun it rightfully deserves in the constellation of contemporary fashion.

“Live” collage by Edward Kanarecki.