Feeling the cold? Well, think of the designers working in sub zero degrees, battling with tons of ice….all in the name of art.
Now in its 30th year, China hosts the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival, which runs until February (or at least, until the spectacular display melts away). Ablaze with lights, the seemingly impossible displays this year feature impressive towering arches and, erm, plastic ducks, like you do!
On the other side of the world, The London Ice Sculpting Festival runs from 10th – 12th January, with three competitions organized for entrant teams from across the world to flex their icy muscles. The Big Block competition is always something of a crowd-pleaser, and in case you’re wondering, the theme this year is “Fabulous Fashion.” Look out, London Fashion Week!
To keep the chills at bay if you’re heading down to any of the upcoming ice festivals around the globe (or if you’re simply heading out!), we recommend you wrap up warm in the finest winter woolies. See our pick of the best below:
Italian brand Fedeli mixes traditional yarns with more precious materials to create sumptuously soft cashmere clothing. Style meets practicality, with attention to detail paramount in every garment, and traditional sartorial taste is combined with contemporary, custom-cut cloths. We like!
A favourite of ours for many years now, and it really isn’t hard to see why. In addition to the ethical conscience that forms the cornerstone of Loro Piana, their clothes and bags are simply to die for. If you’re looking to dress to impress this winter, you can’t go too far wrong here.
Of course, you can’t be warm without paying attention to your footwear. With brand fans including Hollywood A-listers Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker, these boots will ensure toasty tootsies all winter long. Luxurious hand-worked materials feature studs and beaded embellishments, reflecting the glimmer of ice and sun, and the brand has an ethical conscience too, through supporting the cultural traditions and sustainable way of life of the Sami tribes of the Arctic Circle.