December is party season, but what if you don’t feel like dancing? There’s more to holiday dressing than disco-ball metallics and electro-shock hues. Indeed, in today’s ever-flashier scene, you’re most likely to stand out in a standby—the little black dress.
Luckily for you nineties types, local label Common Cloth is a step ahead on the road back to minimalism. For their current fall/winter collection, scissor sisters Melanie Talbot and Kristina Bozzo cut refined, modern shapes from pure wools, jerseys and silks, all in a strict ink-and-charcoal palette. The cloth is common; the clothes, anything but. A black sequined tank dress packs maximum punch despite (or perhaps because of?) its micro size, while the film-noir elegance of a boiled-wool cape coat defies accessorization. Pieces like this can’t be bought for a song—expect to pay $200 and up for a dress—but you know they’ll stay in heavy wardrobe rotation long after your Zara frocks have fallen off the playlist.
If you’re in the ‘hood between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow (December 8), swing by the sisters’ Parkdale headquarters, 1233 Queen Street West, for their holiday trunk show. Regular hours at the flagship boutique are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Common Cloth.