The whole point of gift-wrapping for Christmas is to make your presents look even more exciting, festive and beautiful than they actually are. Exactly the same principle applies to your face ; it should be packaged carefully for Christmas, in order that it may make a suitably scintillating impression at the festivities at which it is going to be found. And just as packaging for presents grows ever more ambitious year by year, so does it for faces ; no longer will a quick dollop of gold eyeshadow transform you into the belle of the ball. Your own personal Christmas packaging should be like the ones here, a dazzling combination of colour and shine…
Make-up was worked out by Richard Sharah, who’s a genius. “Get the foundation on smoothly,” he says, “and the rest’s easy.” Not totally true, but you know what he means. Hair was by Graham Breakwell from Schumi. He set what was basically a straight bob, with perm curlers, and made the model sleep in them. The result was a totally manageable mop of curls that lasted for days and could apparently be moulded into any shape at all. And the model was Marianne Desnaux, new to the game, and every bit of 15 years old. Her skin’s like a dream, and her recipe for keeping it so is alarmingly simple. “I go to bed early and wash it with soap and water.” But she also said she only wore make-up when she had to. There’s a moral there somewhere. Anyway, happy party going.
The knitwear industry has at long last pulled its needles out and has amazed us all with the most brilliant, zappy knits ever. One-colour sweaters have gone back where they came from—now you need at least three colours, and the brightest, most startling design you can find. Take your pick from oozing cream buns, bold geometric stripes and pyramids and all kinds of technicolour patterns—why leave parrots to the pet shops?
Long Turkish pants, cut plain and simple in Jersey. Teamed with a Chevron sweater. Roll collar, long sleeves. Pants. £11.25. Sweater. £6.25. Flaired wool crepe Gauchos, worn with a Jacquard tie front, short sleeved bolero, over a washable wool blouse. Gauchos. £9.95. Bolero. £3.50. Blouse. £6.50. Available in a selection of Young Jaeger’s Autumn colours.
After seasons and seasons of dresses and trousers, suits are back with us again. But the new generation of suits is quite different from any we’ve worn before; sexily elongated with midi skirts and slender waisted jackets, in jacquard jerseys and patterned wools. Suddenly suits are younger, smarter – the newest way to get yourself looking together.
£1.25 will get you the sexiest suspender belt and seamed stocking
Suspenders and seamed stockings. Now there’s a thought to bring a sparkle to your eye and an extra dimension to your legs. We’re offering black suspender belts and black stockings or white suspender belts with grey stockings-equal loveliness either way.
The suspender belts are elastic, backed with plush nylon (so they’re comfortable) and covered in nylon lace (so they’re beautiful). The seamed stockings are one-size 20 denier micro mesh crepe stretch nylon. They’re smashing, and so is the price—£1.25 for the suspender belt and stockings together. You can also order two pairs of extra stockings in packs of either black or grey for a mere 55p. In these expensive, doomy days that’s really an offer to make you smile.