Sunday 14 December 2008

Curious Christmas clothing

More on the perils of Christmas dressing – of trying to look festive and keep warm at the same time, whilst still maintaining a modicum of style. We faced this problem last weekend at London's Belgravia Christmas Sunday, where we spent the day outside Waitrose in sub-zero temperatures, with freezing feet.

The Snow Queen and her Snow Queen in Waiting (left) seemed perfectly happy – I guess they are used to being out in the cold. Curiously, the Snow Queen bore more than a passing resemblance to fellow Belgravia boutique owner and fashion designer, Maria Grachvogel – don’t you think? A juggling Swampy-on-rollerblades (right) was also present to entertain us in eco-friendly style and there was delicious hot Pimms to bring feeling to our fingers and colour to our cold, damp noses.

Later in the week at the British Council, I encountered an eclectic mix of arguably more stylish clothing. I loved Hughie’s boldly patterned coat (right) - I think he said it was made of sack-cloth, a fabric that could become popular during the recession. It reminded me of Karim Bonnet's iconic hand painted tartan number for Impasse de la Defense (left), which is available in the UK exclusively from ShopCurious.

Others, like the fittingly flirtatious events and celebrity photographer Deanne (right), stuck to traditional Christmas red – this outfit looks very cosy too. I was very tempted to wear one of Impasse de la Defense’s stunning and original hand painted designs: this curiously alternative long purple dress (left) with a smidgen of red, for instance...though it's not ideal for cold weather, unless you’re wearing thermal underwear, or happen to find yourself in a public library, a maternity ward, or anywhere else (probably Government funded) where they seem to conspicuously ignore fuel costs.

Then I had the novel idea of adapting this intriguingly designed Impasse de la Defense shirt. The beautifully handmade vintage style crocheted lace collar is long enough to hitch up either side of your ears and will definitely keep them warm.

Not only does this put Widow Twanky to shame, but it's also the perfect foil if you’re being followed by the paparazzi …

Anyway, if you happen to see or be seen wearing any curious or noteworthy clothing this Christmas, just send your photos to and we’ll show the most original shots on our ShopCurious blog.

Will you?

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