Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Christmas 2012 at River Island

Ever since I was 15 and reading J17 magazine (does anyone remember the column at the back, about this girl who fancied this guy and she cut her own fringe and loved indie music?), Christmas fashion has been about sequins, …

Thu, Sep 27, 2012, 14:00

   

Ever since I was 15 and reading J17 magazine (does anyone remember the column at the back, about this girl who fancied this guy and she cut her own fringe and loved indie music?), Christmas fashion has been about sequins, LBDs and more embellishment than you could shake a stick of glitter at. It seems that, plus ca change . . . plus c’est la meme chose is correct, as once again, we’re being bombarded with glitter, beading and partywear to beat the band.

I popped into the River Island press office today to catch up with what the high-street store has going on this festive season, and though there is a lot that is familiar about its shiny, sequined Christmas rails, I was pleased with what was unfamiliar. My eye was caught by these knits – on top, in black, beige and an amazing tomato orange due in-store soon; above, a painted metallic grey sweater with diamante detail on the shoulders (not, crucially, studs, of which I am sincerely tired); and, below, this amazing faux fur jacket that seems to have been painted with a bronze metallic overlay.

Penneys has a similar number, in a black metallic faux fur cropped bomber, coming up – but this bronze is truly spectacular. And, despite the fact that it looks kind of crispy, it’s super-soft to the touch. Here’s a close-up:

I’m a big fan. What’s your approach to Christmas? Do you buy new, seasonal items? Are you into the sequined, embellished pieces?

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