Merry Christmas, everyone! The Christmas Lights all over the city are especially festive and stunning this year, even in areas that do not usually put up much effort for decorating the streets with Christmas Lights! Is this the city of London’s effort to cheer everyone up from such a gloomy and generally unpleasantly unpredictable year, I wonder?
December really is the month that London sparkles amidst the darkness of early nights… This time, I decided to hunt for the most sparkly Christmas Tree in London to go with my most sparkly Winter Coat. I have been waiting for temperature to drop so that I can wear this ice-scape inspired metallic silver embroidery on black wool winter jacket from Peter Pilotto.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to visit Peter Pilotto studio for their AW16 collection preview. He and Christopher De Vos said that they decided to visit Iceland to look at the ice caps and its glacial landscape as the inspiration for their AW16 collection. These landscape imageries are then transformed into patterns for embroidery and colour palette for each piece. My most favourite piece from the collection is obviously this Eskimo and snowflakes inspired coat.
The combination of traditional craft and modern design on the jacket is just perfect, and it really adds a little special something for the wearer at night… Very easy to dress up and down for a casual look too!
Initially, I plan to take it with me to Seoul because it will be very cold there, but I just think that this Swarovski Ice Rink at the National History Museum is the most perfect place to debut this very special coat. The pine forest and the icy ground underneath a pitch black sky with hints of sparkles from fairy Christmas Lights amongst the trees remind me of a mysterious woods of the red riding hood story.
Whilst I have not ice skated since 12 years old, I was quite surprised with myself that I did not fall at all, not even once, while I was on ice here… and no… I did not use the penguin children’s aid! Hahah! Very tempted to do so though! I could hardly move with the skating shoes at the beginning but by the third lap, it started to come back to me and I could skate very slowly without having to hold on to the rails all the time… I suppose ice skating is like cycling, once you learn how to do it once, your body always remembers how to skate again even after so many years without practice. It was quite refreshing to slowly glide on the ice and start to remember what it felt like when I used to go ice skating with my childhood friends…
It seems that for this Christmas I return to my childhood and rekindle the past without planning to do so… What about you? What are you doing this Christmas Day?
PHOTOGRAPHER: Julia Jevzikova
OUTFIT OF THE DAY:
Coat: Peter Pilotto
Blouse: Alice + Olivia
Skirt: Alice + Olivia