While the Santas' suits are nothing less than classic, we found that some of the most beautiful at home and evening clothes this season were white —white chiffon, white lace, white cashmere, white angora—and always, white with something extra: a touch of silver, glitter, or shine, giving everything a special 'holiday' quality. Here, for example, a very special combination: Galanos' delicate white lace openwork top, beaded in pearls, over his soft, sleeveless angora sweater-dress.
This year I've been having some trouble getting into the Christmas spirit - an overly busy schedule of meetings and business trips in the weeks leading up to the holiday have made me feel rather disconnected from it. As one of my favourite parts of the season is dressing up for all of the events and parties, I've been looking through my archive of December issues of different fashion magazines to find some holiday-themed editorials to inspire me. The first stars the actress Veronica Hamel, who was then on the TV show Hill Street Blues, decked out in winter whites by Galanos and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. I'm not sure if it gets more luxuriously decadent than James Galanos' openwork lace top hand-beaded with pearls, which cost almost $10,000 in 1983 and was worn over a white angora dress - that would definitely be my choice for holiday cocktails by the fire.
Last Christmas Day I wore a 1973 Biba white panne velvet wrap-dress to open presents and for our family brunch, so I definitely see the appeal of winter whites to brighten up the darkest days of the year. What are you planning to wear this year?
Pure delight, Veronica Hamel in soft, shimmering whites from Chanel. One of the most spectacular looks of the season—the small, chiffon T-shirt, with a long, slender matching white skirt, both embroidered with silver-and-gold icicles. Veronica Hamel photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, December 1983.