Time for festive frocks

CHRISTMAS party season attracts its share of Grinch-like moaners. But let’s face it: a chance to roll out one fun frock after the next is good fun.

Regarding the phrase “fun frock” – feel free to substitute “fun” with “glamorous” or “hot” or “lovely”. Anyway, the point is that you have to have a party wardrobe you’re proud of. But what should it look like? 

Kara Iland, fashion maven and founder of super-cool private fashion boutique Rous Iland (a favourite with City ladies), says: “The look this season is very much covered-up chic. We’re expecting snow so not too much skin on display. Lace is a great way to cover up, still allowing a hint of flesh in an elegant way.” Full-length, says Iland, is a good way to go, so long as it’s elegant and figure-hugging – one-shoulder is always a winner. “And sparkles are prevalent every Christmas – a 1920s art deco style is a good option.” Don’t forget edgy accessories either.


FASHION NIBS | ZOE STRIMPEL

TANYA SARNE SAMPLE SALE
Ghost founder and fashionista’s favourite Tanya Sarne is holding a not-to-be-missed sample sale of her new superluxe, super-green brand Handwritten. Sarne developed the Handwritten production process over 20 years – the result merges her signature textile techniques and design. Expect gorgeous biodegradable silks and knitwear.
3-5 Dec, 11am-7pm at 1-3 Middle Row, W10 5AT. www.handwrittenuk.com


ASPINAL OPENS FIRST SHOP
Everyone’s favourite leather goods brand has opened a shop all of its own. The luxurious emporium sells everything you’ll find in its West End, Westfield and Canary Wharf outlets – and more, including full personalisation services. 25 Brook Street, W1K 4HB, aspinaloflondon.com.


SAVILE ROW COMES TO THE CITY
Row classic Richard James is offering a special sale shop in the City of limited edition pieces at cut-down prices. Suits from £375. Until 10 Dec, Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm. Unit 3 & 4, Western Courtyard, 10 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YP. www.richardjames.co.uk