As we sit on the very cusp of December, Christmas fever is already in full swing. The lights are up, carols ring through the stores, the scent of roasting chestnuts fills the air and there is a definite sartorial shift as one of the key harbingers of the festive period starts to populate the streets: the now ubiquitous Christmas jumper. Nowhere has this trend been more readily embraced than on AnOther Loves, where Meadham Kirchhoff’s spangled scarlet sweater has swept the board, chosen by AnOther Magazine’s Deputy Fashion Editor Nell Kalonji.
Originally knitted by grandmothers and great aunts, and worn only under duress by their reluctant recipients, the story of the Christmas jumper is one of an accidental, and perhaps ironic, ascent from consignment at the back of the wardrobe to acceptable everyday wear. No longer synonymous with Colin Firth’s humiliation in Bridget Jones, this year the flamboyant garment has been reimagined by designers including Stella McCartney, Preen and, complete with red-nosed reindeer motif, Moschino. Our most loved selection, radiant with golden baubles and shimmering sequined flowers, was inspired by 1960s wrapping paper, and manages to exude both enviable chic and ebullient gaudiness – the perfect combination for any December occasion, whether out at a party, or slumped on the sofa post festive feast.
"Our most loved selection, radiant with golden baubles and shimmering sequined flowers, was inspired by 1960s wrapping paper, and manages to exude both enviable chic and ebullient gaudiness."
So, before we all start rummaging through our drawers for those previously rejected knits, we talk to Kalonji about her long-term passion for Christmas jumpers and her pronounced desire to wear them all year round.
Why did you choose to Love this Christmas Jumper?
I am obsessed with Christmas jumpers! I think everybody should have one... why wouldn't you? I love Meadham Kirchhoff's work in general - all the glitter, sparkle, colour, lace. It could go so wrong but it is so right! This jumper is just another example. I think I need it in my life.
When and where would you wear it?
When and where would I not wear it?
Would this make an appearance in January, or would it be just for Christmas?
It's too good to be locked up till next year. I am thinking January, February, March, April and so on...
Do you have a knitwear style icon? If so, who?
I think it would have to be Sonia Rykiel and Ottavio and Rosita Missoni – they sort of stumbled into the field because they were looking for something they couldn't find on the market and they ended up revolutionising knitwear in fashion.
Do you have a favourite festive outfit of your own?
Now I might...
What are you looking forward to for Christmas?
I am from Vienna and will go home for Christmas, which I am very excited about! My family is pretty big – we all come together and drink and eat all day and all night till the early morning... it is loud and fun and amazingly overwhelming.
What was the last thing you bought?
A vintage burgundy fur jacket.