On a practical level for one, the very idea of rushing around the shops caught up in a frenzy of festive purchasing and impulse buys, in the midst of a global pandemic is for most of us simply not an option. And on a deeper level, the upside of these restrictions offers an opportunity to embrace a new perspective and an adopt a slower and more mindful approach to what and how we choose to shop. As a note that doesn’t mean that the joy and festive spirit associated with this time of year is off the cards. Granted we likely won’t be dancing on tables come New year’s eve or jetting off for a holiday in the sun in the numbers we once were, but rather focusing instead on moments that feel truly special and things sourced with love and a sense of longevity; special buys that will not only serve as a marker of the end of a difficult year but represent these new values. So, whether you are gifting a loved one or indeed indulging in the act of self-gifting, shopping as you mean to go on feels like the right way to go.
Jewellery, whether something personal and symbolic or a big-ticket purchase, feels of particular significance right now, embracing the idea of investing in meaningful items that become part of us and who we are. A brand I’m really loving right now that delivers on this front is Alighieri. Underscored with a sustainable ethos, and inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, the beautiful crafted earrings and pendants feels like instant modern heirloom pieces. And if you’re in the market for something small and twinkly, how about considering lab grown diamonds. Lark and Berry and Kasei are two of my personal favourites and there are growing list of other innovative brands with similar credentials on offer too. Or you could investigate the growing resale jewellery and watch market. Vestiaire Collective is a great hunting ground for luxury time pieces from iconic brands like Cartier and Hermes through to beautiful, timeless Chanel jewellery. Forever items made all the more special by having a back story and a sense of provenance.
On the dressing up front, while heels and all out glitz may not be not at the forefront of our minds right now, an injection of glamour and sparkle, after a year of mostly comfort dressing definitely feels in order. A pair of Loewe ballet pumps with a pearl embellished flower plaque feel perfect for at home entertaining and a classic buy that will never feel out of fashion. And for an instant hair upgrade with eco credentials, Germanier do a great line in headbands made from upcycled iridescent crystals. Or for a hit of couture level craftsmanship, a tulle bow hair clip from historic milliner Maison Michel, hand made in their Parisian atelier is the ultimate in chic after dark glamour and dress up opportunities for years to come.
And for dialling up the drama, Chopova Lowena’s voluminous sleeved blouses and dresses, rooted in the idea of upcycling and folkloric traditions feel like genuine forever buys. Or for a more playful take, Danish brand Ganni, who eschew trends in favour of mid-priced design led pieces, have a great line in pretty day to night dresses that are perfect to for the festive season and versatile enough to wear for seasons to come. For a cosier mood consider an oversized leopard sweater from Stella McCartney that is the ultimate in at home eco glamour or for a more utility take, the Mariniere sweaters from the collaboration between APC and Catherine Deneuve are the last word in classic Parisienne style. And for some serious cocooning, a merino blanket from eco Danish brand Tekla and some silk pyjamas from sustainably minded brand Araks feel like the last word in conscious luxury indulgence.
In short whatever you choose to buy this season, just make it personal and make it count, and invest in things that will be cherished and loved, now and forever. Pieces to carry us through as we move into the new year ahead, harnessing the power of magical thinking and with a lightness of step.
Δημοσιεύθηκε στη Vogue Greece Δεκεμβρίου 2020.
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