Feeling Festive? Take a Look at the Next Christmas 2013 Collection

Next Christmas 2013 Show

You wouldn’t have to be a detective to come to the conclusion that the fashion industry is pretty weird. We look at summer clothes in February, buy coats in August, say things like “polka dots are really happening right now” and wear novelty hats that feature cat ears. The industry also does something called ‘Christmas in July’. In fairness this annual tradition actually makes more sense than you’d think – long lead publications, like Vogue and ELLE, start working on their December issues and Christmas gift guides in the summer, so they need to know what products will be in stores.

I obviously do not work that far ahead (just typing the words ‘Christmas gift guides’ fills me with horror), but I decided to attend Next‘s Christmas in July presentation for one reason: Jourdan Dunn was walking in the show. Some girls really do walk better than others (another ridiculous fashion-ism), and Jourdan has a great walk. When she hits the runway you notice. She has that special something, and it has nothing to do with the fact she’s a recognisable face. (Case point: Bradley Cooper’s regularly-papped girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, also walked in the show, and I didn’t even notice until the finale). It sounds totally cheesy, but it’s all about the runway presence…

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So – supermodels aside – what can you expect from Next this winter? The womenswear collection featured lots of lace, a few really impressive coats, a great selection of shoes (I was particularly impressed by the patent knee-high boots and pointed-toe stiletto pumps), plus a Carrie Bradshaw-esque prom dress perfect for Christmas parties. Stylish guys can expect suits in an array of jewel tones and interesting textures (I love the velvet bottle-green number pictured above), and the kids collection was obviously completely adorable. I wish a pack of bashful children would walk on every runway – SO CUTE! See more images after the jump…

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All images by Coco’s Tea Party