ARCADIA CHRISTMAS EDIT 2014.

We always know that the festive offerings from the likes of Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins will be a riot of colour and frivolity but this year they’ve surpassed themselves with an array of gorgeously glamorous, delicately ornate and down right luxurious collections.

For sparkle, head to Miss Selfridge where the entire range is inspired by the vintage wardrobe of the brand’s creative director.  A plethora of sequinned, beaded dresses awaits you. Long, short, red, black, dropped waist and scooped necklines alike. Intrinsically elegant and girly, the brand’s look book takes an opposite approach, juxtaposing the glitz and the gloss with a punk inspired shoot that hints at a key trend this AW – understated glamour is key.

Over at Dorothy Perkins the mood turned icy, with a colour palette and fabric selection fit for the Queen of Narnia. Matching separates make a play for centre stage in baby pink glitter, snow white and shimmering, sequinned pearl. Skirts are a-line or pencil and detail comes in the form of subtle animal print or wool made to look like tinsel. For us, the standout pieces have to be the simple yet chic culottes in grey and black – an ongoing trend from summer that will see you from the office to the Christmas party in style. A jaw-dropping ankle length faux fur white overcoat is another eye-catcher, textured in a way that makes it look cozy enough to sleep in.

Topshop, as ever, offers up a veritable feast of covetable winter pieces. Most notable are the vast array of furs – an inky blue box variety with matching oversized vest a firm favourite. Evening wear comes in the form of three stunningly different floor length dresses in yellow gold, bright white and golden lamé, each perfectly sculpted to the body for a jaw-dropping entrance. For daywear, a standout woollen twin set in next season’s must have colour – oxblood red – would pair perfectly with the new rubber soled flat brogues in concrete grey. And if you just don’t feel like teetering around in heels all night then the brand’s adorable silken slippers in black or gold, complete with giant pompom, will look darling with any evening gown of choice.

For the men, both Topman and Burton are backing the velvet suit come winter and the former’s lumberjack printed bomber jacket makes for an interesting daytime alternative. For the grander occasions, a number of patterned tuxes add a level of intrigue to this wardrobe staple, perfectly complimented by Topman’s giant man clutch in a gorgeous faux fur pony that’ll have both the boys and the girls looking for objects to fill it.

A disco for all the senses seems an appropriate explanation.

Written by and images © Emma Bailey.