With the shops full of satin, sequins and Swarovski crystals, achieving precisely the right level of fabulousness for those Chanucah and New Year's Eve parties isn't easy. We find the perfect, low-key pieces for real life partying…
In a perfect world, it would be simple to find the perfect party piece: an artless little frock, trousers or skirt paired with a stunning top, that say: "I'm a clued-up fashion bunny, aware of trend hotness, but have not taken leave of my style sense in a bid to look über-glam."
When you see the editors of British Vogue and the fashion director of the Daily Telegraph, plus at least a dozen other, high-profile members of the fashion commentariat, clad in fur (Alexandra Shulman in a Marc Jacobs black coat with mink collar; Hilary Alexander in Chanel mink hood), it is a sure sign that fur is having a moment.
Is there a fashionista on the planet who does not know that high street chain H&M's latest designer collaboration is with Lanvin, one of the most influential fashion brands of the 21st century?
It means that some of the most desirable and exquisite garments and accessories from the sketch-pad of Lanvin's artistic and creative director, Alber Elbaz (left), will be on the high street at prices not much higher than a regular Lanvin client would expect to pay for a rocket salad and a glass of Mumm at Sketch.
This winter sees endless shoe and boot options, from killer heel shoe-boots to wearable wedges and ballerina flats to brogues. Whether you want to be pared-down, ravishingly retro or merely funky, we’ve found the hottest footwear.
Is it the visually ravishing vistas of fabulously frocked and jewelled women, or the vicarious pleasure of watching ubridled consumption of cigarettes and whisky that makes US series Mad Men, so compellingly viewable? Whatever the answer - and I suspect it will vary depending on your gender and your age - the BBC4 series, has led to a late-50s/early 1960s fashion revival that, frankly, seemed unthinkable even five years ago.
It's that time of year when clothes in dark colours and heavier textures send us rushing for the new shades and products that will transform us from pallid zombies to winter glamazons.
At this time of year, as the light starts changing, the make-up we've been wearing all summer starts to look wrong. The advice from leading make-up artist Carol Morley when planning your look for autumn is to keep it simple and put the emphasis on one feature - eyes, lips or cheeks -but definitely not all three.
Considering how irredeemably off-trend skirts were last winter - apart, of course, from the pencil skirt which has become a wardrobe classic - it is astonishing (or would be anywhere apart from the capricious world of fashion) that this year a skirt is one of the most sought-after garments.
This is partly down to the novelty factor. We have grown nostalgic for them, having worn mainly dresses and trousers for the past two winters.
It has been half a decade since Jaeger began its regeneration under boss Harold Tillman and in that time it has been transformed from a stodgy heritage brand, bought primarily by county types in pearls and Hunter wellies, to Jaeger London, a dazzling, iconic and perfectly on-trend British fashion label.