IT SEEMS THE MORE WE APPROACH CHRISTMAS the more opulent and warm our ensembles are. It is almost normal to buy an embellished velvet top, a pink tulle skirt, or an intricate lace and silk gown without thinking twice. It is the month of elegant parties and soirées, after all. It’s why fashion editorials seem a little out of this world, too. There are marble fireplaces, burgundy curtains and french doors opening to a winter forest. There are couture gowns that will be kept as heirlooms for years to come; a Chanel appliqué silk dress; a Giambattista Valli organza floral gown; or velvet and crystal dresses from Armani Privé. Oh, a girl can dream… – Victoria.