Food, Wine, and Fashion for the Holidays
This Holiday season we had the privilege of being asked to help the English fashion brand, Jigsaw London, bring their Holiday collection to life with the help of a little music, wine, and sweets!
As with so many of our events, the connection happened organically. I had attended an event in the store and because there was just a small group of us, we all had a chance to speak to each other, and when the store manager asked me what I did, I explained our concept to her and mentioned that, while live music does form the foundation of our music and wine tastings, we were exploring a way to branch out and offer recorded music as an option as well, while still pairing wine, nibbles, and sweet treats.
She was intrigued and asked us to pair to two outfits for the 2018 Holiday Walk, a three-hour open-door “festival” of sorts on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. We were very excited with the choices: a black, wide-legged jumpsuit and a green velvet skirt paired with a black turtleneck, black leather jacket, and tall black boots! We really got to play around with these two!
Here are our pairings:
1) Black Jumpsuit
Channel your inner chic with this sleeveless modern jumpsuit. A flattering style, this piece has a crew neckline, wide-legged trouser and crossover design at the back with adjustable popper straps. Style with colored pumps and a textured crossbody bag for vibrancy and volume.
Music pairing: Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in f minor, “Winter,” 1st movement
Wine pairing: Tintoretto (sparkling wine with Pomegranate juice)
Sweet treat: Vanilla Meringue
Winter looks a little different in Southern California than over in ye olde London town, so we thought we’d best bring the Holiday season to you, Jigsaw (California) style. The first movement of Vivaldi’s Winter is full of expectation, excitement, liveliness, and warm embraces: everything the Holiday season, the New Year, and this sleek jumpsuit, embody. Listen as the opening harmonies intensify, tempting you into a sip of the sexy tintoretto – sparkling wine with a dash of pomegranate juice – then take a nibble of the sweet, airy meringue as the violin solo soars above the other strings, encouraging you to contemplate your own inner chic. The cut of the bodice and the wide legs allow for an airyness that promises both comfort and grace. Exuding both energy and sensuality, this jumpsuit is perfect for day or night, and those popper straps are handy for an easy exit, whether it’s to climb into bed alone or… not alone.
2) Velvet and Leather
Silk Cotton Polo Neck Sweater: Back by popular demand, our timeless polo neck sweater is made from a lightweight silk cotton in new seasonal colors. A flattering fit through the body, it has classic long sleeves and is the perfect piece to layer under dresses, shirts or chunky knitwear.
Velvet Mini Skirt: Add texture to your Autumn Winter wardrobe with our velvet mini skirt. A straight fit, this skirt features front and back dart detailing and fastens with a side zip. Clash textures and tuck in a silk shirt or pair with a glitzy knit for a casual party look.
Clean Leather Biker Jacket: Made from a buttery soft Napa leather with a viscose lining, this classic design features a lapel collar with silver poppers, a front zipper and slant pockets with zip closure. Pair with your favorite jeans or wear open over a printed dress.
Music pairing: Piazzolla’s Libertango
Drink pairing: Spiced Apple Cider
Sweet treat: Sea salt chocolate brownie from Sweet Lady Jane
This outfit is everything that is right about winter: warm and inviting with a touch of spice. A conversation between the soft velvet and the sleek leather is brought to life by the violin and guitar duet in Piazzolla’s Libertango. Listen as the instruments – alternating between short, spicy phrasing and long, sensuous lines – dance around one another, finally coming together in a passionate embrace. Appreciate the spiciness of the warm cider as you think of slipping into this sexy leather jacket, then treat yourself to a decadent bite of the sea salt chocolate brownie as you run your hands over the soft, green velvet and imagine it keeping you warm. A perfect outfit for a Holiday trip to a place where winter really exists… or simply for one of those rare chilly nights in the City of Angels.
We couldn’t seem to refill the glasses quickly enough and people (from the very youngest visitors, as you see above) were enthralled with our choices and our stories. We loved working with Jigsaw London’s creative and practical designs, and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future on more music, wine, and fashion pairings!