Six brands for an urban festive wardrobe

House of Gucci The “we are the acid house wannabes” theme for Romanelli’s understated new collection of bags and scarves evokes the style of Nineties Brit surfers, but aside from that, only the swimming…

Six brands for an urban festive wardrobe

House of Gucci

The “we are the acid house wannabes” theme for Romanelli’s understated new collection of bags and scarves evokes the style of Nineties Brit surfers, but aside from that, only the swimming trunks and a couple of striped T-shirts are offered as souvenirs of that era. Even the names – a flag design makes a contribution to Gucci’s online store, but the “Rupert Murdoch effect” – intended to symbolise the times of previous crises – makes no kind of coherent link with the Nineties brand. It is a decent spread of old school contraband from the Intermezzo of Oxford college, Oxford, next door, a wet weather version of the clingy, pole-hugging swimsuits of early Nineties Burberry or contemporary Nike, whose Falke and Uniprix line-ups could so easily be swapped out for this, if Romanelli had any taste.

Knightsie Varsity Performance

High street: £119

Three-piece sets are the perfect British take on luxury; with their great value, choice of top-to-toe, contrasting colors and quirky prints, they are probably the most desirable items that your casual city wares wear. Smith & Hawken, which we mentioned in our Cheap Champagne guide and wowed the judges of the Cheap Chicks fashion stakes with its all-in-one off-duty beachwear range, has proven itself able to do everything for men and women, with the Varsity Collection a further proof of that. Featuring the Rolling Stones logo, there are no girls required; that said, there are girl-friendly chic enough outfits that, in addition to being quintessentially British, can be worn with Gucci’s stylish monograms. As an example, there is a girlie Union Jack outfit of mini cardigan, camisole and bright patent leggings with a matching bindi, at £325, which doubles as a solid holiday look.

Duchess of Cambridge Dior lace embellished Pleated V-neck dress, £1300 from Vivienne Westwood, net-a-porter.com; Lazygirl Meghan’s Block Heel In Squeeze Sandals, £65, Colette.co.uk; Cropped Cut-Out Alex septum ring, £430, by David Yurman, victoriassecret.com

On your balcony

Willow Outlet: Floppy Splendour Top, £79, from Milenka, riverisland.com; Rita Little leather palm dress, £62, from Jurlique, jurlique.com; Top, £29.50, from Erickson Beamon, independent stores nationwide; Suede drape belt, £15, from Ted Baker, tedbaker.com

There are a dozen Lululemon products in the book, which are nice but pretty mundane when it comes to real adventurosity. Particularly lacking is the one item that reads like it would sit on Instagram: a one-off handbag, available in either a greenish hybrid shade or a white paler one for women. The appeal of being decked out in Lululemon gear is almost ethereal – it combines underwear, pantyhose and activewear in one heavenly package. A fabulous investment piece for anyone who wants to be seen as down-to-earth; the only downside would be the hour after you’ve left the store.

M1: Collection Sacadianin, £3,990

Spirals are the new metallics, but subtle is the key word here, so it’s nice to see that Rick Owens has at least come out with a shape that is fashionable to a point. Some of his monochrome silk and leather pastel box cases might suggest bourgeois inventiveness, but what’s handy is that the symmetry of the shape and line means they don’t look designed for easy access – an advantage if you are on a jolly-jolly train from Paris to London.

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