Dressing for the festive season is all about striking the perfect balance of style, sophistication, edginess and elegance. Accessories can make or break your look. A beautiful handbag can take your look from casual to chic, while a vibrant silk scarf adds a sophisticated touch. Footwear is crucial, whether dainty sandals, stylish black boots or glam heels. Sign off your look with a statement timepiece and a splash of a lingering fragrance!” shares fashion stylist, Shalini Mehta Rao.
On the design front, this season is an ode to classic feminine glamour, reimagined with decisive character. “Ultra-feminine designs, inspired by Hollywood in the 1970s are finding favour. At the same time, bold yet stylish designs with edgy, androgynous detailing are also being seen,” says fashion designer Richa Singh.
An exquisite clutch can add elegance to any outfit, whether for a party or a casual get-together. Michael Kors’ new range of Berkley clutches, crafted in metallic leather, adds the perfect touch of sophistication. The Lana block, leather envelope clutch is ideal for formal social occasions. But if shoulder bags are more your style, old-world elegance meets new-world luxe in Gucci’s new range, which has antiquated silver embellishments. Ferragamo makes a statement with their new bucket-bag designs—an ultra-luxury version of the good old bucket. For those looking to add a splash of colour to their look, there’s Bvlgari’s signature bag in stunning pink leather.
There’s nothing like the perfect pair of shoes to glam up your outfit and when it comes to dazzling, ultra-feminine footwear, the options are plenty. Stylish women can adorn their feet in Jimmy Choo’s latest glittering beauties, inspired by fairy tales (specifically Cinderella’s glass shoe). From Sergio Rossi’s latest collection, the dainty Mermaid sandal, with latticework of silk and shimmering crystals, is a dazzling masterpiece.
For more low-key affairs, which demand understated elegance, Bottega’s black patent-leather lace-ups are instant winners. The recent collection reimagines the timeless design to add a touch of glamour through glittering embellishments. For those who love their good-old black stilettos, Christian Louboutin’s iconic red-soled designs are the best bet.
In sharp contrast to classic femininity, edgy, military-inspired footwear is also making waves. Christian Louboutin’s iconic black leather heels offer an alternative look with metallic spikes. Vibrant suede boots (think baby pink or vivid mustard) are a good way to add dollops of spunk to your wardrobe. Sergio Rossi focuses on stunning suede boots (sure to look great with a little black dress) with chunky, metallic embellishments.
Wrap with Finesse
If you’re looking for classy, silk scarves or stoles to make a statement, you simply cannot go wrong with Hermès, especially with their vintage silk scarf collection. With vibrant colours and fascinating design motifs, it packs the perfect punch for the festive look. If you’re looking for something offbeat, Alexander McQueen’s Skull Tattoo scarf collection celebrates the skull motif.
A touch of Grace
Whether you’re wearing them as a fashion statement or to protect your eyes from the sun, sunglasses add infinite class to any look. Burberry’s new Gabardine Collection, with gold garbardine lace at the temples, is designed to dazzle.
Add some grace to your wrist with Gucci’s new diamond horsebit watch, feminine in form yet unusual in design, or Michael Kors’ latest gold-tone Bradshaw watch.
Finish off with a delightful fragrance. Cartier’s La Panthere, which brings together a floral fragrance with velvet notes of musk, is perfect for winter. Alternately, Chanel’s exotic Coco Mademoiselle packs in modernity and Oriental notes.