The holiday fashion story I wrote and styled is now online at Vita.mn and on newsstands through next Wednesday.
Holiday fashion 2009: Holiday drama
December 3, 2009
We try on voluminous seasonal styles at the James J. Hill House.
By Jahna Peloquin; Photography by Carlos Gonzalez
With the holidays comes the chance to live life a little more decadently, and the heightened emotion of the season requires a look to match. This season's dramatic play on proportions finds the perfect stage in bold shoulders and voluminous skirts -- ideal for making a grand entrance or dancing on a table at the company holiday party.
As always, the icing on the fruitcake is all that glitters, sparkles and shines. After all, this is the one time of the year you can get away with wearing a Liza Minnelli-worthy amount of sequins. Bedeck yourself in layers of pearls and rhinestones, or put on a stack of jeweled bracelets, and you've instantly transformed a blah look into a party-worthy one.
For the guys, dressing for the holidays is pretty cut and dried: Every man looks great in a well-fitted suit. Opt for "Mad Men"-style simplicity, and feel free to add a scarf for a touch of luxury or a bow tie for a sense of whimsy. Just be sure to leave the glitter to the girls.
History lesson: Step into style with vintage classics.
* On Lily: Black velvet and taffeta vintage 1950s dress ($96) from Blacklist Vintage. ROX jeweled necklace ($400) from ROX Studio. Guess? cocktail ring ($35) from Macy's. Vintage fur stole ($34) from Blacklist Vintage. AO3 Designs satin clutch ($78) from Design Collective.
* On Nick: Calvin Klein black velvet blazer ($168) and Calvin Klein striped shirt ($68) from Macy's. Jack Victor pants ($80), Bruno Piattelli wool scarf ($23) and Bruno Piattelli necktie ($50) from Elsworth. Torino leather belt ($95) from MartinPatrick3.
Bathing beauty: Lace lightens up with whimsical bows.
On Lily: Karen Kane black lace skirt ($99), Betsey Johnson pearl earrings ($25) and Steve Madden suede ankle boots ($79) from Macy's. By Francine ivory silk blouse ($225), Le Glitz jeweled cuff ($104) and Batcakes Couture ostrich plume hair clip ($46) from Belle Reve. Vintage lace gloves ($8) from Blacklist Vintage. PFT Couture silk beaded bolero with silk tie ($235) from www.pftcouture.com.
She wore blue velvet: The crop top gets reborn in a plush blue.
On Lily: George Moskal blue velvet cropped top ($150), George Moskal blue pleated skirt ($200) and Carrier Pigeon lace ring ($50) from MNfashion Holiday Boutique. Macy's fabric flower necklace ($40), Baby Phat grey leather sandals ($47 on sale) Coach powder blue satin clutch ($77.40 on sale), and Betsey Johnson crystal earrings ($35) from Macy's. Tights provided by stylist.
Date to church: Punch up a little black dress with gem-encrusted extras.
* On Lily: Rodarte for Target lace halter dress ($45, available Dec. 20) from Target. Black vintage gloves ($14) from Blacklist Vintage. Karen Zamos rhinestone belt ($110) from Belle Reve. Charter Club rhinestone bracelets ($20-$36 each) and Steve Madden suede ankle boots ($79) from Macy's. Third Willow silk clutch ($65) from Design Collective.
* On Nick: Dorsia striped shirt ($77), Bill Tornade pinstriped pants ($118 on sale) and Bruno Piattelli blue silk bow tie ($21) from Elsworth. Torino stingray belt ($215), Grenson Jackson leather boots ($325), DPC black wool fedora ($35) and Castel Storm watch ($295) from MartinPatrick3.
Pretty in pearls: Go for the glam in piled-on pearls.
On Lily: Sretsis "Matina Disco" dress ($580), Le Glitz stretch rhinestone cuff ($84) and Libertas teal leather pumps ($140) from Belle Reve. Coach black satin clutch ($98), Guess? cocktail ring ($28) and pearl-and-chain necklaces ($22.50-$40 each) from Macy's. Vintage gloves ($12) from Blacklist Vintage.