Sunday, 20 December 2009

Giving Good Gift

I know what a friend's getting from Santa this year, and so does she. In fact she called me a couple of weeks ago to impart some very important information, "I've got a Mulberry Mitzy Hobo for Christmas."

Cue a sharp intake of breath from me, many congratulations and a little twinge of envy.

The envy quadrupled after I hit Google and this came up:

Her response to my "OMG it's amazing!" text?

"I know! I might even let you hold it."

This girl is a cruel and unusual genius.

Monday, 7 December 2009

This Winter I'll Mainly Be Giving Good Coat

Winter's here, and as Christmas fast approaches, one's thoughts turn to being properly attired. Basically how does one work minx in sub zero temperatures? Looking like the Stay Puft man from Ghostbusters, may insulate you from the wind, but it ain't gonna get you style points. Ever. I mean it.

It's no wonder he looks pissed, the outfit clearly adds pounds.

So, this season I will mainly be working grown up glamour in a coat by Oasis. Black, knee length and chock full of this season details, without doing anything so crass as shouting about it.

It's a peach ain't it?

Single breasted, it nips in the waist with clever darting and tailoring. It then draws the eye to your oh so beautifully hourglass proportions with a sash belt and a deep v neckline. The slightly exaggerated shoulder not only nods towards victorian romance, it also broadens the shoulder, bringing you right back to that itsy bitsy waist again. It's knowing, clever and feminine. I like to think of it as the Lauren Bacall of coat cuts.

And, ladies and gentlemen wait until you see the back (insert squeal of delight here).

Isn't it delicious? The pleating is completely this season, with a nod to the '90's, it channels a healthy dose of Russian Tsarina, the femininity of the 1940's, and finally, a subtle hint of military chic chucked in for good measure. In theory combining these influences should result in a big old mess, but what we get is somehow a coat dripping with stylish restraint.

Jack Frost, do thy worst.