December 01 2010
Lucia van der Post
One brilliant scarf or the right pair of gloves can do a lot to fizz up an outfit, and many would make terrific presents. Take scarves. Last winter it was a design by Louis Vuitton that was to be seen keeping the chill off the most fashionable necks; this winter it’s the Yves Saint Laurent cashmere leopard-print scarf (£650). Choose from purple and black, black and brown, and grey and black. Or if you want to be a little more subversive, go for Alexander McQueen’s leopard and skull scarf in silk and chiffon (£285).
Then there are gloves, so in tune with today’s more formal, ladylike mood. Most elegant are Lanvin’s beautifully soft calf-skin elbow-length version in pale cream, black or chestnut (£655). For some Italian brio, Sermoneta houses a huge glove collection – all handmade and in masses of colours. Plain ones that end at the wrist are £34.95, but they also come silk- or cashmere-lined (pictured, from £49.95). Most glamorous, though, are the fur elbow-length ones at £198.95. And finally, Bamford has some delicious knitted elbow-length fingerless gloves in a knitted moss-stitch, for £150.