In the Holiday Spirit:
Elements of a Festive Wardrobe
Photographed by Charlotte Wales
Celebrate the season not by dressing to match the decked halls of December but with pieces that exude glamour in a refined way. As you assemble your holiday wardrobe, consider six festive yet versatile elements, from Altuzarra’s garnet-hued devoré dress that has the luxe look of cut velvet to a pinstriped suit composed of sleek separates that you’ll wear for many parties—and seasons—to come.
The party dress. Embrace rich tones and gleaming finishes in a style that takes a sophisticated approach to celebration.
When everyone else is reaching for the little black dress, consider an elongated sheath that both reveals and conceals. The Sandie dress from Stockholm-based Acne Studios is made of dark grey cady with a matte face and a shiny reverse for an effect that is both fluid and sleek. To accent the effortless look of this one easy piece, ground it with elegant suede loafers rather than sky-high heels.
The charcoal grey sheath. Take one step back from black with a sleeveless dress in a modern longer length.
The fall 2015 Coperni collection emerged from “an exploration of round shapes,” according to Sébastien Meyer, who designs the Paris-based label with Arnaud Vaillant. The duo started with circles but soon landed on their linear foil: pinstripes. The thin, vertical lines visually elongate the legs of sharply tailored trousers, and in a matching collarless button-up are joined by interlocking cut-out curves at the cuffs.
The artful top. Set a festive tone with a standout one-shoulder silhouette or a sweater with unexpected cutouts.
Add an experimental edge to a holiday outfit with a top that pushes the boundaries without the help of print. Let a solid color act as the canvas for design feats such as those of J.W. Anderson. The designer’s Japanese satin crepe top looks to the precision folding of origami in its combination of asymmetry, smocking, pleated panels, and structured ruffles, following the lines of the body and accentuating the waist for a truly striking style.
The bold gold. Seize the moment for sculptural statement jewelry, especially adornments of glowing yellow gold.
Styling Vanessa Traina
Hair Bok-Hee at Streeters
Makeup Daniel Martin at The Wall Group
Model Lena Hardt