What to Wear For A Stylish Holiday Season

Heidi Klein Maxi DressWe’re all running out of time to pick out the perfect outfit for Christmas, but it’s not too late to grab some covetable designer fashion online for New Year or the latest in beachwear for your summer holiday.

If you’re quick off the mark you can even meet ShopLabel’s 2pm deadline today to have that perfect outfit delivered in time for Christmas.

So what should you be looking at to be right on trend this Christmas season?

Casual Style
Summery Christmas Days demand a more casual style than winter ones – if you’re leaping into the pool to cool off before lunch you want an easy look that doesn’t take too long to throw together: skinny jeans or denim shorts and a super cool statement top are enough to look stunning throughout the day, or dress up for the evening in wax-coated black jeans and drop-dead gorgeous heels.

Don’t forget the very current trend of leopard and snake print jeans – a total must-have for your Christmas list.

Heidi Klein white bow bikiniBeach Chic
If your Christmas will be spent on the beach then a stunning designer two piece is essential – check out Heidi Klein’s white bow bikini for starters. Then add one of her stunning floaty maxi dresses for a bit of beach or poolside glamour.


Cooler Evenings
Cover up in Cape Town’s fickle weather with a boxy jacket, perhaps the IRO grey jacket wiht shoulder chains for intriguing detail.

Acne asymmetrical black dressThe LBD
Summer may be casual most of the time even at Christmas but a Little Black Dress is an essential part of your wardrobe for parties, so if yours is looking a bit dated check out the little black numbers from Acne.

Acne SS12 at London Fashion Week

Acne SS12 collection at London Fashion WeekAcne has made the move from super cool street-wear to all out fashion, according to the latest reports from London Fashion Week. Crisp lines, sharp cuts, sculptural flares in skirts and peplum jackets and a cut-out star motif were the signature elements of this latest collection from Jonny Johansson.

Here are a couple of our favourite looks.

Acne SS12 collection at London Fashion WeekAcne SS12 collection at London Fashion WeekAnd even though we’re gearing up for summer here in SA, and would love to get our hands on this collection right now, the bad news is that we’re going to have to wait till it’s released for next year’s spring up there in the Northern Hemisphere… till then you can check out ShopLabel for their latest in Acne designer clothing.

ACNE Cool Designer Fashion

Acne designer fashionHip, urban and understated, Acne was the fashion insider’s best kept secret until recently. With their denim collaboration with Lanvin in 2009 and the opening of their London store in 2010, the secret is out and many more are clamouring for their sleek and minimal separates.

Their name is an acronym, standing for  ‘Ambition to Create Novel Expression’ and the company began as a creative consultancy in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996. From the beginning it was more about design for living and creating a lifestyle brand, and it was almost by accident that fashion became a major part of their success. It all started with 100 pairs of unisex raw denim jeans with distinctive red stitching being designed and given out to clients friends and family as a promotional move. These caught the imagination of Swedish Elle and soon they were in demand from top boutiques around Sweden. Acne followed up by designing a full collection of cool understated pieces in 1998.

Acne designer fashionCo-founder and creative director Jonny Johansson is the charismatic figure behind the brand. Despite the success of his men’s and women’s fashion lines, his design concepts and inspiration are not confined or limited within the fashion world. Acne also embraces a film company, an ultra-cool magazine Acne Paper, with articles from top names in the fashion world, and even a line of children’s toys, and recently branched out into furniture design, one of his original metiers. With a finger on the pulse of the times, Johansson manages to gauge the mood perfectly, injecting his designs with just enough quirkiness to make them recognisable, while still retaining that classic tailored elegance that forms the backbone of any fashion wardrobe.

“I focus on designing clothes that give good energy to the wearer,” says Johansson. “Our view on fashion is playful and relaxed. If I could design something that people can have a long-term relationship with, I would be very happy, I want to design a garment that makes you feel stronger and more self-confident.”

Acne’s POP Classic lines, which include their signature denim, bomber jackets and streetwise fashion, have been joined by their trend-setting, up-market and fashion-forward collections, which in 2010 took the concept of spirituality as their inspiration, with flowing drapery and crystals creating a completely different silhouette from their previous crisp lines and harder edge. Each collection showcases a new concept – for concepts are what drive Acne –sometimes classic, sometimes odd ball but always cutting edge.

In South Africa you can get Acne  from ShopLabel – the online designer fashion store