Apron my word: stylish aprons for Christmas cooks
Style File: And what about alternatives to that fashion perennial – the little black number
Cooking up something stylish in the apron department. File photograph: Getty Images
Apron suits you
While many will be dressing up to the nines flaunting their finery on Christmas Day, spare a thought for those slaving away in the kitchen where festive regalia faces stains and spatters.
Stylish aprons, like the long ones that French waiters wear are hard to find, but one company making the most beautiful linen aprons is Endure and Enrich in Banbridge that elevate the humble kitchen workhorse into something special with brass fittings, one inch thick straps, zigzag stitches for extra strength on corners and a little linnet motif.
They come in super chic shades called carrot, oatmeal, black coffee, lava, acorn, turmeric and turquoise as well as black, grey, navy and bright blue and cost €62. Find them on enrichandendure.com
Alternative to the Little Black Dress
If you’ve steered clear of sequins, studs and glitter during the party season, the failsafe fallback is always the little black dress or ensemble in the added allure of satin or velvet – and velvet is tipped to be a trend for winter 2018.
Benetton have teamed a black kimono with velour trousers and high heels for a nighttime look or styled with a cutaway top and flares – just add silver jewellery for festive shine.
There is nothing like velvet to catch night-time light and one person who knows how to do it with style is the textile artist Mel Bradley based in Drogheda, Co Louth.
She makes and paints silk devore velvet and her latest collection of luxurious wraps and tops took a lead from the court of Louis the Sun King (a book on Fashion and Versailles has just been published by Flammarion). Well known for her work with John Rocha and Louise Kennedy, Bradley’s large silk wraps like the one featured here are €250, silk tops €375 in the Millmount Craft Centre, Drogheda.