Your party season deserves better than a soggy sausage roll and a novelty knit. Louche, decadent and irresistibly Jaggerish, the velvet suit is the choice of the homme fatale. This one from the Ben Cobb (yes, our very own) x Tiger of Sweden collection makes a compelling case for sharp glamour.
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So you missed out on Skims’ new nipple bra? No problem, Kim Kardashian has never been short of suggestions for ensuring you get plenty of attention. And so, with December fast approaching, Swarovski x Skims has landed, the kind of no-brainer, power couple pairing that makes you muse: what took them so long? ‘Our collection is a celebration of the body, and of strong, independent women who value their individuality and embrace life with confidence and style,’ says Swarovski creative director Giovanna Engelbert. ‘We really wanted to… bring more glamour into getting dressed every day,’ says Kardashian. Whether you consider body chains, ‘crystallised intimates’ and shimmering, second-skin catsuits and dresses to be an ‘every day’ option is a matter of taste, confidence and comfort — but if there is any time of year to go for it in a big way, it is now. Go on, it’s time for your look-at-me moment.
Available now, skims.com
Great Brits And Danes
Should you find your step count waning now that winter’s nearly here, this should help: Barbour’s new collaboration with Ganni has landed. Think cool Copenhagen girl does Balmoral.
From £95, barbour.com
Cop a load of Sofia Coppola's cashmere
It’s not surprising the preternaturally elegant Sofia Coppola’s films — the latest of which, Priscilla, is out in January — are supremely stylish affairs. ‘How they dress tells you something about them,’ she says of her characters. That energy is something she has brought into another creative project, designing a capsule for Barrie, the 120-year-old Scottish cashmere manufacturer that is part of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art houses. For the collection — which includes a candy pink all-in-one, patch pocket jackets and perfect striped sweaters — Coppola worked with Barrie artistic director Augustin Dol-Maillot, ‘in a similar way I do with a costume designer,’ she explains. ‘I have an idea of the character and some ideas of what they might wear and then the designer proposes what they think in that spirit. I really enjoy that I can ask for what I have in mind, and they have the expertise to interpret an idea into reality’.
Available now, barrie.com
Friends of Fendi is clothing camaraderie of the highest level. Instigated by Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi, the series of collections gives pals of the house an opportunity to reinterpret the label’s codes and signatures. First up? Stefano Pilati (‘one of the designers I admire most,’ says Jones), who has curated a collection that merges bourgeois Milanese elegance with Roman freedom, rigour with ease. ‘I was thinking about the 1920s and the parallels with today, particularly the flapper,’ says Pilati. ‘I wanted to find that connection.’ Mission accomplished.
Available now, fendi.com
Arm Yourself With Art
The latest edition of Louis Vuitton’s Artycapucines project sees artists including Ewa Juszkiewicz reinterpret the Capucines bag in their own inimitable styles.
Artycapucines Chapter 5, limited edition of 200 each, £8,700, louisvuitton.com
Toteme, faux fur coat, £1,290, int.toteme-studio.com
Mango, trousers, £299, shop.mango.com
Monsoon, Mandy cardigan, £140, monsoon.co.uk
Ferragamo, Hug handbag, £2,060, ferragamo.com
Russell & Bromley, pumps, £295, russellandbromley.co.uk