The temperature has plummeted seriously. The promised Indian summer has vanished and left a bitter chill in the air. I suppose that’s all the better for those trying to get the thought of Christmas into our heads, not least the department in Selfridges which has already stared with the carols – I kid you not. The sales team look fine now but I say come back in three or four weeks, the smiles will be a grimace and they will have to be restrained from throwing the baubles at screaming children.
The Christmas season means one of two things for dressing, either a planned escape, preferably towards warmth or a wardrobe for the late nights of celebrations. I ventured to the DKNY store on Old Bond Street for a breakfast presentation of the Resort 2010 collection, and I was going with the holiday option in my head. Misty and deserted (except a few of us bloggers) I followed the smell of coffee.
The collection is sharp and crisp; the tailoring element is not lost. Within, there are leather trims and shots of vibrant colour and it brings the collection to life. Rainbows were happening at the back of the store with the basic capsule range. Different pieces are added each season in various fabrics so there is a vast array to choose from. Versatility is a key thought to this label – day to night. Shoes can be added to or stripped back, suits can be worn from the office to dinner with a swift change of accessory. Knits and easy wear outfits in neutral palettes kept the holiday idea going.
There are also the feather and sequinned pieces, which like a magpie I was drawn to first. An all white iridescent sequin shimmer dress, feather skirt or the simple top with a scattering of crystals, for those not quite so keen to draw attention to themselves.
It was a bit like Christmas Day when children have opened the toy they have been dying to have and then get distracted by the box it came in and play with it for hours, because the biggest hit, by far, were the mini hangers and stand for your gloves. (which in fact was inspired from a store in NYC selling dog outfits). Why does anything mini just look delectable and you have to have it, no matter how extreme? I do, however, have to draw the line at the cashmere cup holder for my decaf, double shot syrup, wet soya latte.
Emily Jerman lives in London and is a freelance stylist/writer and contributor to Papierblog. For further details visit : www.emilyjerman.com