Go on and take a bow
All tied up
One of the best parts of receiving presents is in the unwrapping. Who doesn't love pulling off a beautifully tied ribbon to get to the good stuff inside? Nothing gets you more in the mood to celebrate than a big, festive bow. Here's how to get into the swing of things without looking like a Christmas gimmick:
Babydoll velvet mini dress by Saint Laurent
Velvet is the ultimate end of year party dress material. The sheen of the tufted fabric is festive and ready for cocktails, and a big silver bow hints at the goodies to be unwrapped a little later in the night.
Medium bow gold-plated cuff by Jennifer Fisher
Twisted can be pretty too, and this gold cuff will see you through the holidays and beyond.
Polkadot and bow thigh-high stockings by Chantal Thomass
The placement of the bows on these stockings are a little risqué; a hidden secret just for you. Nobody need ever know, until you end up back at your house for a final bout of merriment that is.
Grey felted wool bow loafers by Proenza Schouler
If you intend on partying through the night, keep your heels at a sensible height. Close-toed shoes are also a good idea because nobody likes getting cut by broken Christmas baubles.
Embroidered leather and velvet minaudiere by Givenchy
Welcome to the dark side: this evening minaudiere will be the most important accompaniment to your party gear. While other party-goers will probably have shiny, sparkly clutches in hand, an all-black Givenchy with a velvet bow brings the right amount of drama but without all the noise.
Crystal-embellished bow necklace designed by Ugo Correani, from La DoubleJ
Famed Italian jewellery designer Ugo Correani (1935-1992) has collaborated with the likes of Versace, Chanel, Valentino and Fendi. This bow necklace was featured in Harper's Bazaar Italy in 1986 and is the perfect touch of whimsy for the holidays.
Patent leather noir tuxedo harness by Fraulein Kink
If you've been nice all year and have had all your presents delivered, then perhaps it's time for a little naughtiness. Go ahead and play.