Grazia's Fashion Director Susannah Frankel brings you her fashionable thoughts each and every week...
This week I have mostly been obsessing about Christmas (well, hello, jingle bells). What to buy loved ones (clothes, books, iPad minis, for example), what not to buy loved ones (kitchen or garden utensils, novelty socks/knickers, gift vouchers of any kind). And so forth.
While I would normally be more than happy to share any purchases made for others (like a small child, I am extremely excited about them) surprise ruining is not on the agenda here. So, here is my own (avariciously extensive) Christmas wish list.
And should any interested parties stumble across this, please be aware that there is an awful lot of blue sky thinking going on here… I’m happy with a tangerine and a box of Matchmakers. Really I am. Sob.
1) Anything and everything from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s final season for Balenciaga.
The jury’s still out as to where this ultra-talented designer might go next and his contribution to fashion over the past decade has been awe-inspiring so it’s a matter of urgency to acquire great wardrobes of it now. A conscience salve: as this is probably the most collectable collection out there, never has the term investment buying been so relevant. Or at least try telling yourselves that in a bid to make the price point somewhat less painful.
2) Equipment pyjamas.
I love pyjamas and in my dreams Equipment pyjamas will be the chic loungewear of choice chez Frankel for the coming holiday. They’re French apart from anything else, the mere thought of which might just lessen the blow of the uncouth appearance of the turkey filled belly (mine) inside them.
3) Please can I have a faux fur wrap from Marc Jacobs’ collection also.
Jewelled or unjewelled. Black, pink, plum or darkest purple. I’m not fussy (oh, well, alright then, I am otherwise I wouldn’t be asking for a faux fur wrap from Marc Jacobs in the first place).
4) W: The First Forty Years is my coffee table book of choice this year.
I love W for words and pictures and as historic documents go it’s safe to say this one is right up there. Also: Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann would be nice (I know, get me). It’s the first book Karl Lagerfeld ever read apparently.
5) Some Celine slides would be, er, useful.
Not the mink-lined ones as I’m worried about puddles (certain practicalities must be observed) and about animals as it goes because they look very nice in their own skins. Don’t even think about swapping these for a pair of Birkenstock sandals, Santa. That would just be cheap.
6) Safe in the knowledge that a girl can never have too many pairs of jeans…
A J Brand Christmas is a happy Christmas. In particular, the new boyfriend – he’s called Aiden – would be a much welcome gift.
I love By Kilian Rose Oud. I love Serge Lutens Rose de Nuit. I love Santa Maria Novella Rose cologne… Are you getting the picture?
Meanwhile and just in case anyone thinks this week’s been all about me (an easy mistake to make given the above, admittedly), there has been a somewhat more altruistic element at play also. On Tuesday I spent the afternoon judging the 2012 Fashion Fringe Accessories competition. Fashion historian, writer and my good friend, Colin McDowell, Roger Vivier’s artistic director Bruno Frisoni, Sue Saunders, head of footwear at the London College of Fashion and Helen David, Harrods’ head of women’s wear were all there too and all including me were more than a little impressed by students’ creative and technical prowess and their determination to make a name for themselves in such a competitive arena. Also of interest: our difference in approach? It was truly an honour to work with such experts in their respective fields.
The winner this time around was Min Kyung Song who will next year embark upon a six-month apprenticeship at Roger Vivier. That’s quite a prize. Bruno Frisoni said: “Min Kyung Song has a clear vision and embodied what she was trying to express with her design. She was the one we thought was the more unexpected.” I couldn’t put it better myself.
Next week… How New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken and more…