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Style Maven: Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas gifts for style mavens. Fulton Colour Pop Rose Umbrella Winter has come and that means the return of the brolly as our must-have accessory. This strong floral-printed number gets the job done and adds a flash of much-needed colour on an otherwise dreary day. £20, fultonumbrellas.com Clever Cocker Spaniel Tote Bag Stylish and practical, keep this cute little tote on your person so you’ll never be caught out when you need somewhere to store your shopping. £10, artrookie.co.uk Orelia Create Your Own Necklace No more awkward fashion moments. Just pick your chain and choose from an array of pretty charms that’ll allow you to mix it up all-year-round so you always have the perfect piece to wear whatever the occasion. From £4, orelia.co.uk JumpFromPaper Bag This bright and bold 2D design pops before your very eyes. Bags of fun and guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go. It’s also insanely zany, which is why you just have to have it. From £89.99, firebox.com

On the cuff

Big, bold and fiddle-free, cuffs are the perfect show-off summer accessory so we’ve lined up a handful of our favourites to help you get you off the mark. Make like a Grecian goddess and team your summer outfit with this elegant 18k gold-plated cuff. Its large caged design is quite apt as this wrist candy is sure to capture plenty of attention from onlookers. (Adin & Royale La Cage Cuff. £210, boticca.com) If the criss-cross lines look familiar, that would be because this cuff takes its design inspiration from its logo. Made from silver polished brass, this cuff will be given its chance to shine when worn with a simple little black dress. (Jaeger Knot Cuff. £75, jaeger.co.uk) You don’t have to worry about your cuff slipping off with this one – the wraparound bracelet snaps on easily thanks to a hinge clasp. The cut-outs either side of the bracelet means you can show off more of your tan too. (Accessoryo Black and Gold Cuff. £11.50, accessoryo.com) If you’re keeping your outfit simple, you’ve got …

Matthew Williamson Afternoon Tea at Balthazar

How’s this for a fashionable afternoon tea? Designer Matthew Williamson adds his twist to a tasty British tradition (…Matthew Williamson not included). Who said fashion designers weren’t versatile? Because Matthew Williamson here has managed to turn his hand to designing a pretty stylish afternoon tea at Covent Garden’s Balthazar. This foodie collaboration, which marks the restaurant’s second anniversary, has been inspired by the British designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Expect favourites such as smoked chicken, egg mayonnaise and cucumber sandwiches followed by Irish buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, topped off with a selection of colourful pastries reminiscent of Williamson’s flair for pretty designs. Those wanting to celebrate in style can also enjoy a specially-created cocktail, Chasing Rainbows, named after David Bailey’s book featuring photographs of model Marie Helvin, the inspiration behind Williamson’s collection. The cocktail is made with Pinky vodka, Lillet Blanc, yellow Chartreuse, brut Champagne and crystallised rose petals. Available from 6th Feb – 1st May. The afternoon tea costs £25 (£35 with the cocktail) per person. Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent …

Take Note: XiN – 3D-printed jewellery

With 3D-printers now available at many a designer’s disposal, the race is on for the most fantastical and extravagant of pieces but what to do if you’re of an impatient nature? Well, you could try taking note of this jewellery range for starters.   Created by Chinese designer Xinran Lu, jewellery brand XiN already boasts three collections that have all been 3D-printed in London and which are now available to buy and wear, with prices ranging from £400 to £8,000. The ‘Shan-Shi’ collection (pictured) – translates as ‘Mountain Lion’ in Chinese, features bold, intricate but minimalist shapes along with luminous gemstones and diamonds that have a mesmerising effect on anyone who catches sight of it. Each piece is designed digitally before being 3D-printed, coated in precious metals and hand-finished with any precious stones added along the way. Here, Xinran gives us some insight into the process behind creating the pieces in his collection. “When I finish a digital model, I send it to the 3D printing workshop. Once I have the 3D printing wax model …

Neck it: this season’s must-have neckwear

A seasonal round-up of our favourite neckwear:   Clarice Price Thomas Penumbra Necklace £225, claricepricethomas.com A striking handmade silver pendant with strong architectural shapes reminiscent of the Art Deco era. The glowing rhodolite gemstone will guarantee a few head-turners too. Mawi Thorn De Fluoro Necklace £540, mawi.co.uk You can’t help but be drawn to the vivid green and pearl-like stones but you’ll need a sharp eye to spot the spike clusters adorning the necklace. A warning for all admiring onlookers – you can look but don’t dare touch. SWYC Silver Bar Necklace From £24, saywhatyouc.com This has your name all over it. Well, it can do. Just specify your personalisation and it will be hand-stamped to order. Alexander McQueen Skull Print Scarf £165, Selfridges One for the rebel. Dramatic yet delicate, this monochrome silk-chiffon scarf proves that skulls can be pretty and stylish. Janey Whitehorn Brooklyn Scarf From £45, janeywhitehorn.com Transfixed by the rippling bold colours? Yes, us too. The trick lies in the way the silk scarf is dyed, using rakes, styluses and brushes …

You’re a Rock Star: Tresor Paris Club 7 topaz necklace

You don’t want a necklace that just makes a statement. You want a necklace that makes everything come to a halt. And we think this super-sized jewelled beauty will do the trick rather nicely. The enormous 225-carat blue topaz, set in 18-carat white gold and diamond-encrusted, needs eight claws to hold it firmly in place, each of which feature a set of 3-carat diamonds of their own. Even a triple chain strong enough to hold the weight is necessary. There is no support act here – every single part of this necklace is superlative in its role and determined not to be outshone. Impressive. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Price: just under £50,000. tresorparis.co.uk

The Trench Coat exhibition: From Field to Fashion

Talk about timely exhibitions – there isn’t a more perfect moment than now to look back into the history and design of the beloved trench coat, just as we begin to don our own. A new exhibition, The Trench Coat: From Field to Fashion, showcases how this wardrobe staple has evolved over the years from its original utilitarian roots. With an introduction by Hilary Alexander OBE, the show features a selection of trench coats by designers including Burberry, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garçons and Viktor & Rolf. There is an original Cavalry trench coat from the First World War on display, a couple of contemporary designs from students from the local Winchester School of Art and a piece from fashion illustrator Spiros Halaris depicting the 10 features that make a classic trench coat (above). For your reference, here’s a handy guide on the 10 elements of a classic trench coat: Raglan sleeve Epaulettes Storm flap Throat latch (strap and buckle system) Belt with D rings Storm pockets Back storm cape Sleeve straps Deep vented …

Origami’s in fashion: create miniature clothing out of paper

Looking for a fun way to while away the time? How about creating your own fashionable, mini paper wardrobe? It’s about time you got an upgrade on your origami skills, especially if your prowess only stretches as far as the ‘chatterbox’ (or ‘fortune teller’) creation that played such an integral part of primary school life. Introducing the Fashion Origami Set which provides all the instructions (and the paper) for producing dozens of essential wardrobe items, from hats, shoes and bags to underwear, shirts and dresses. There are 28 pages of instructions and 120 sheets of paper, so there’s plenty of opportunity to hone your paper-folding skills into something a little more impressive. £6 from blottshop.com

Jewels: give me five

It’s comforting to know that when all else fails, you can always rely on jewellery to put a smile on your face. Here are our picks of the prettiest jewels to help brighten up your day. ABOVE: A striking but opulent cocktail ring with wonderfully deep and vivid Swarovski crystals that will add drama to any outfit. Anton Heunis Belle Époque ring (£83, cadenzza.com) ABOVE: Here’s a way to make a statement. This bold necklace with an array of topaz green, baby pink and smokey-coloured crystals is guaranteed to turn heads. MAIOCCI Mauka Pearl Green necklace (£310, maiocci.com)   ABOVE: Show-stopping yet elegant, this gun metal grey bangle is perfectly accented with the ocean blue tones of two giant crystals. Melissa Kandiyoti Jewels Duchess bangle (£199, cadenzza.com) ABOVE: Who wouldn’t go green with envy at the sight of this eye-wateringly expensive but equally breath-taking 18ct white gold and emerald beauty? Theo Fennell Gemfields Emerald necklace (£15,950, theofennell.com) ABOVE: You really can’t ask for more than diamonds and rubies, especially when they’re set this simply and …

Step on it

Even the most ardent non-trainer-wearing types will be converted with these casual-cool Bernelle peeptoe trainer wedges by Lacoste. (£130, lacoste.com)