Ester Grass Vergara

With Christmas party season just around the corner, we’re after a serious frosting and - classic us - we’re not talking snow.

So, for our December issue, shopping editor Robyn Kotze got her hands on some impossible beautiful rings, necklaces and bracelets that had the whole shoot team swooning. Swooning, that is, under the intense glare of the security guards watching our every move. Spoilsports.

This wasn’t just a bit of casual bling, this was those Harry Winston, Swarovski and Chanel pieces you fawn over in Selfridges and imagine putting on a dream Christmas list sometime in the future.  (Santa I hope you’ve got your notepad ready, this just got real.)

On the shoot, photographer Ester Grass Vergara and model Grace Gouzhi brought to life the finest threads from the runway and our edit of the most show-stopping jewels.

Our tip for the party season - forget statement pieces, subtle is the new chic so keep it simple this winter.

Here’s the shoot in numbers:

1 super cool model

223 miles the photographer travelled to the shoot

1 R&B heavy playlist – think Hot Line Bling, on repeat

1 forecast of the heaviest rain imaginable that made us thankful to be in the studio and not on location (total disaster vibes)

2 videographers, the ultimate dynamic duo Elly and Harry, who caught all the behind the scenes action - check it out in the video below

2 hair and make-up artists, Emma Broom and Kim Roy, who primed and primped Grace’s cool, undone look

1 uber cool Scandi armchair from East London store SCP - seriously Pinterest-able

Lost count – the amount of pastries, chocolate and popcorn the shoot team devoured (hungry work this shooting lark)

Watch what went on behind the scenes…