It is officially party season. The Christmas jumpers are out in force, the hangovers louder than usual. Being ‘thoughtful’ has become a full-time job – I cannot physically buy any more presents (for myself). The world is dressed up in tinsel with nowhere to go – except Instagram. But what if you’ve run out of festive photographs to upload – “Another one of the tree will be grand… or wait, the one from the work party where I'm wearing tinsel and my roots aren’t showing…” Glitter is having a major moment – it is in every shop window, every sock, on every eyelid. We should embrace it. Sprinkle it in our Christmas-themed jagerbomb. ‘Tis the season to sparkle is it not?
This fizzy festive season calls for equally festive attire. Legendary costume designer Edith Head demonstrates how in Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas. Rosemary Clooney (George’s aunt) and Vera Ellen (a former Rockette) alternate between ‘snow chic’ in 1950s tweed high-waisted a-line skirts and polo necks and decadent lace in shades of cerulean. We witness rhinestone, glittering fans and matching silk Christmas pajamas. Judy Garland experiments with false eyelashes in Meet Me in St. Louis and offers sartorial inspiration in the form of a pale blue and white beaded Victorian blouse and red velvet skirt. Bridget Jones’s mother forces her into a red ruffled shirt and paisley waistcoat on Christmas Day – Mr. Darcy might have been appalled but she is right on trend in 2015. Who would have thought.
Instead of the expected sparkly, clingy, low-cut, lurex ‘number’ and stilettos resembling the ‘Spire’, why not simply wear a bag over your head with the words “Christmas outfit.” If this doesn’t appeal, take inspiration from THE coolest girls who have probably never heard the term ‘dress code’ before; Chloe Sevigny might combine a red lip, exaggerated hoop earrings, over-sized velvet blazer and scraped-back bun. Designer Lulu de la Falaise would pair a monochrome bandana, a silk print shirt, bomber jacket and high-waisted skirt. Francois Hardy might don a Paco Rabanne metallic mini dress and Edie Sedgwick; excessive eye-make-up, faux fur and statement earrings. Model Edie Campbell recently attended Love Magazine’s Christmas party in a black velvet mini-skirt, red printed blouse, over-sized black leather jacket, fishnet tights, silver sparkly socks and monochrome brogues a la Michael Jackson – The ultimate ‘screw you’ to the ‘christmas outfit.’
It's all in the added details – the glittery sock, sparkly tights or bauble-inspired earrings, the silver boots, gold liquid nail varnish, metallic scrunchy. Christmas colours are key – red, green, white, silver, gold – but feel free to add these as an afterthought – accessories speak louder than, say, the shade of colour you are wearing. The glitter wont save you from yourself. I chose to use a Christmas cracker as inspiration and went from there. So 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and avoid the one Christmas tradition we do not wish to continue.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Christina Higgins
Embellished cerise pink waistcoat, Tim Ryan, white beaded polo neck, H & M, burnt orange a-line skirt, H & M, pink glittery socks, Topshop, silver sandals, & Other Stories, orange perspex belt, Calvin Klein Jeans vintage.