I’m about to say it, so brace yourself; Christmas is only nine Fridays away! And if you’re anything like me, one of the first questions on your lips is, “what am I going to wear this Christmas?”
It’s tricky, you want to keep warm and cosy yet stylish and fashionable. It’s difficult we know, but luckily for us, River Island has some incredible pieces for us to feast our eyes on in their upcoming Christmas collection.
Trends such as ‘vamp’, ‘modern ethnic’, ‘tough girl’, ‘glam rock’ and ‘sauvage’ take center stage, so no matter what your personal style, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
Christmas at River Island, sees traditional evening dressing, reinvented with iconic items from past eras reborn.
The result is then a dressed down cosmopolitan approach for the party season, offering a refreshing change to standard party dresses.
The ‘vamp’ trend seen in the collection was inspired by the Edwardian and Victorian periods with a dramatic and decadent Gothic edge.
Obviously some Christmas glamour is going to be reflected in the trend with its luxurious fabrications, dark colours and plenty of sequins.
The low plunging necklines offer a sultry feel, however there’s also a more sophisticated, romantic side to the collection with its high neck blouses, pencil skirts and lace shorts.
The collection is predominantly monochrome, however it adds contrast with its clashing hot pink pieces and scarlet reds.
The ‘modern ethnic’ side of this collection uses textures and prints to create a sense of low-key sophistication. For this trend, layering is the key, from chunky knitwear to fur coats, fringing and tassels.
One of my favourite items in this collection is a gorgeous Aztec embellished cape which would be fabulous worn over patterned knitwear.
The contrast between the Aztec print and fur is really what makes this collection so great.
This aspect of the ‘tough girl’ collection takes classic shapes and adds modern styles to create a contemporary feel.
Pale colours are key to this collection focusing on pretty pale pinks, powder blues and cream.
Layering is also something this collection focuses on, in particular, the contrast between the pretty feminine blouses over grungy polo necks and leather skirts.
Coats are also taking center stage this Christmas, because lets face it, we don’t want to be heading into the coldest winter in 50 years without a good jacket now, do we?
Summed up, ‘glam rock’ is a revival of Studio 54 inspired evening wear. The jumpsuits and playsuits add an alternative look to focus on over Christmas, steering away from the traditional Christmas looks.
Metallic highlights are featured heavily throughout this collection, which signifies the Christmas sparkle with splashes of teal and green adding bursts of colour.
‘Sauvage’ really takes its inspiration from a smart seventies style and the collection is completely natural using colours like rust, mustard and khaki.
The collection is slightly influenced by an oriental feel seen in the kimonos and blouses as well.