Dash, Dance & Prance


Fashionably speaking 2012 played host to an iconic twelve-month timeline. Designer and high street pairings soared to prominent heights as Richard Nicoll launched Topshop’s debut bridal line and Alice Temperley nurtured a collaborative collection with John Lewis. Who remembers the highly anticipated arrival of Anna Dello Russo’s high street jewellery range? If you’re aroused by ornamental hard clutches I imagine your presence on H&M’s website was significant. (If you’re not familiar with the story, search YouTube the ‘ADR Fashion Shower’ video now.)

Doubtlessly the industry homed in on the departure of Stefano Pilati from Yves Saint Laurent (which swiftly became re-christened to Saint Laurent Paris under the distinct creative direction of Hedi Slimane) and as Halloween week set in, Maison Martin Margiela for H&M was the calendar event causing stylish stimulation to shudder through the market. Let us not forget that Stella McCartney designed the controversial Olympic kit too.

In respect of such a year the Christmas shindig ought to be approached with every ounce of glamour known to mankind. Celebrate the approaching twelve-month finale with winter blooms, oversized tailored pieces and a greedy lashing of embellishment. For that extra Christmas sparkle you’ll be over the Star at Bethlehem to see that Riverside Journals have created a metallic themed dress spread to satisfy your party needs.

Fortunately for us, the women of reality, seasonal fashion has continued its spring summer easiness into winter. Make the most of one-piece wonders saturating the market by investing in a skater (a dress that boasts a mini kick flare skirt) or pencil dress. Balance out an exposed leg with an elongated sleeve.

If your calves are something you’d rather not draw attention to, encourage wandering eyes toward the body with alluring kaleidoscopic digi-prints.

For a state of the art take on this style opt for embellished dresses; sequins are especially luxuriant when practised in a Rachel Gilbert spirit.

Bow formations were a pivotal shape on the AW catwalk (prestigious knots and ties were spied wrapping navels at Burberry Prorsum and Alexander McQueen), they’re also a blessing in disguise for the lady who requires a little waist shaping. Choose black central detailing to demonstrate the illusion of an hourglass figure then wear layered over a sumptuous shade of plum; embrace both styles and you’ll be well on your way to trend heaven.

As for jewelled accessories, work them to your needs. Diamante encrusted busts will enhance your natural assets, vertical beading will lengthen the body.


If your skin shivers with fear (not to be confused with the Thierry Mugler shimmer) at the sight of splendid gold, select silver sparkles with a grey-black undertone. To invest your money pick great cuts comprising of grandiose, pattern free fabrics; these will promptly become staple pieces within your wardrobe. Leave the dazzle and shine to statement jewellery, or this season, the blooming, artistically adorned clutch
and heel.

Gothic florals and geometric patterns are optical illusions worth causing a headache over this winter, just be sure to whip them off and out of sight before your hangover kicks in. If you prefer intricate details to enhance your shoes rather than your dress (heels should consist of decorative elements regardless of what you’re wearing body up) remember the power of the oversized piece. Seen at Ports 1961 in a complexity of shades, T-shirt dresses are as easy to wear as pyjamas. Seek them out in sequin shimmers for an instant punch of midnight prestige.

Before losing yourself in a world of Jonathan Saunders and Sportmax inspired dresses – we don’t blame you, it’s easy to do – let’s not forget the stunning presence of a floor length gown. Plum seductively replaces scarlet this season so choose a deeper, richer shade of red for your Christmas attire. The emphasis is on sumptuous, not Santa Claus. Finish the look with a Lanvin inspired faux fur wrap snuggled across your shoulder and revel in delight at how stunning you truly are.

by Freya Hill

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