WGSN’s Advent Calendar Day Nine: Timeless style

It’s day nine of our Advent calendar; a calendar like no other. It is the perfect way for WGSN Insider readers to meet the team members in our global offices, find out more about what they are working on and why they are coveting certain items.
Each day for the next 16 days, we’ll be spotlighting a member of the team and their seasonal picks, enjoy!

Holiday Wish List: Day Nine
WGSN Staffer: Vanessa Belleau, Head of WGSN Mindset EMEA

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As many of my friends know I love shoes! Don’t tell my fiancé but I have over 50 pairs… Even though I wear a lot of trainers (my colleagues in the London office can testify as well as most of my clients actually), I am always on the hunt for the perfect pair of ankle boots. And these from ACNE will make it into my wardrobe very soon…


The only issue is that I do not know which pair to go for. The black ones are so timeless, but herb green is a key colourway for A/W 15/16, as noted in our Footwear & Accessories report. Tough choice- I may have to buy both.


During the winter I love wearing jumper dresses for two reasons:

1/I have voluptuous curves and these make me look feminine yet cool & comfy at the same time;

2/I like how versatile they are as I can wear them with trainers, heels or boots! I particularly like this one from ASOS WHITE [I am a fan of the whole range to be honest and already have quite a few of the pieces]. I love the colour combination and the design is interesting and not too loud – my voice already carries quite a lot of volume so I like my outfits to be on the stylish yet quiet end of the spectrum 😉


On my Christmas list, there is always a fragrance and this one is just simply a staple for me! I am French Caribbean from Paris and my fiancé is African from Ivory Coast so Bal D’Afrique by Byredo is just the best perfume for me (and him!): a mix of Paris avant-gardism and African culture, dance, art and music in a bottle.


Last on my list is a candle from This Works. Their neroli and sweet orange one smells fabulous! It is natural and is very calming. After each of my travels, I like to come back home and relax with the help of a great candle that releases soothing aroma of essential oils with a nice cup of tea! Calming Candles are key for A/W 15/16, you heard it here first.

LIKE THIS: For more, check out day 8 of our picks here



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