It’s time to plan your sartorial calendar, aided by your monthly dose of The CF Checklist.
The clocks have gone back, and Halloween has been and gone, which means we are in the final hoorah of the year. From statement coats ready for Bonfire Night, to the sustainable way to shop party season sequins, plus the sleek pyjamas to recuperate in, this is what is on CF’s Fashion Editor’s radar for November.
There's nothing more comforting that slipping on a cossetting cashmere knit, something DeMellier founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh knows all too well. The luxury accessories brand has just debuted a beautfiul cashmere line which exhibits the same attention to detail and craftsmanship as its handbags. The project came about after Llusia-Lindh spent lockdown at home, craving sumptuous soft knitwear which made her feel both comfortable and chic. Made from sustainable Italian cashmere, the collection of modern yet timeless pieces are true wardrobe stalwarts.
November is the unofficial start of party season, which means either dressing up to go out, or convalescing on the sofa. If the latter is in order, there is no excuse to let sartorial standards drop, thanks to Olivia Von Halle's latest collection, The Depths of Desire. Fans of OVH have come to expect pure, unadulterated decadence and this collection offers up a glamourous array of pyjamas, robes, and silk slips inspired by a night at the opera. Too pretty to stay hidden, these are pieces you can happily slink out into the night in for a night cap…
Call off the search for the ultimate party dress, we've found it for you (thank us later) in the form of KITRI's Carlotta mini dress. Featuring a decorative swirled green print, inspired by the dazzling malachite gemstone, a striking mandarin collar and a festoon of feathers, you will instantly be the most fun person at the party in this dress.
There’s a certain thrill that comes from wearing a label no one knows about yet, particularly one with strong sustainability credentials, which is why I was thrilled to come across new kids on the block Reco. Founded in Paris last year by Bea Recoder – an accessories designer with a rather impressive CV thanks to her work with Chloé, Balenciaga, and Paco Rabanne – the label uses offcuts of top-quality leather to create tactile bags identified by a signature patchwork assemblage technique. The Didi Canela bag is particularly lust-worthy; with its trapeze shape and ruched handle it can be hand-held or worn cross body. It's the very definition of love at first sight.
With Nothing Underneath has become a cult label with a niche in excellent boyfriend shirts, which we've happily snapped up in every covetable iteration. Now the brand turns its hand to sultry silk shirts available in pearl or onyx to perfect your party-ready look. Staying true to the oversized silhouette, this mulberry silk fabrication looks and feels ultra-expensive. Wear with your denim, leather, and everything else.
Another new label on my radar this month is hotly-launched MARGOT92: a New-York based brand specialising in artfully created outerwear. Made in small quantities, you will want to snap up your favourite fast. MARGOT92 coats can be worn layered or separately, and many of their pieces shape-shift on the spot, offering endless silhouettes for every kind of weather or whim. This military-style coat in a rust hue, is wonderfully statement making. The top layer can be removed too to create a chic bolero jacket for warmer days.
If you are ready to embrace party heels, but not so much the sky-scraper stiletto, these pumps from Spanish label Üterque are comfortable and soigné in equal measure. We love the sleek pointed toe and kick kitten heel, and as for the metallic tip and tweed fabrication – delicious. These shoes will coax you into a party-ready spirit, even if you'd rather be binging Netflix.
Everyone's favourite pretty dress brand, RIXO, has been upping its eco-credentials as of late: starting with a swimwear line in June, and a forthcoming denim line in early 2022. Now it's the latest brand to join luxury rental platform Rotaro, so you can shop your Christmas-party ready sequins more sustainably. With rentals starting from just £25 for four days, you wont want to turn down a single invitation…
Demi-fine jewellery brand Soru have collaborated for a fifth time with The Fashion Bug Blog on a collection of 90s fashion editorial inspired jewels. Chunky gold necklaces, bracelets, and rings, are replete with pearls, black lacquer, and crystals. These pieces are perfect to adorn necks, ear lobes, wrists, and fingers ahead of party season.
Image credit: DeMellier