From stylish stocking fillers and hostess gifts that won’t break the bank, gift ideas for fashion loving-friends and family members, to fashion-flavoured tech accessories and little treats for yourself, here’s our holiday 2013 gift suggestions roundup.
The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur, by Jean-Claude Ellena: Discover what inspires Jean-Claude Ellena, the exclusive perfumer of the House of Hermès, to create his evocative parfums in this collection of meditations on the world of scents.
Paris Street Style, by Isabelle Thomas: Deceptively easy and always polished, this style guide breaks down the je-ne-sais-quoi of Paris street style. With interviews and tips from designers, stylists, editors and street style fashionistas.
The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences…and Hysteria, by Simon Doonan: In twenty-five autobiographical essays the creative ambassador for Barneys New York spills the beans about the kooky goings-on in the fashion world.
To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? by Lucy Siegle: The Observer’s ‘Ethical Living’ columnist examines the changes required from both the industry and the consumer, and makes the case for a new sustainable design era.
Luella’s Guide to English Style, by Luella Bartley: Former fashion designer’s musing on quintessential English style in all its many forms.
Mascara Saturday, by Carol Conn: A fast-paced, satirical novel in which Rachel Holter’s life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with “Shopping Impairment Syndrome”.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel: Documentary chronicling the life and work of this influential fashion editor who discovered models Twiggy and Lauren Hutton.
In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye: For the 120th anniversary of Vogue in 2012, HBO created a documentary about the boundary-pushing fashion editors who, over the years, contributed to the magazine’s legacy. More on the subject in the accompanying book.
Mr. Selfridge: TV-drama series, based on historical events, telling the story of Harry Selfridge, who wants to launch a modern retail empire in early twentieth century London
Rear Window: The holidays are the perfect time to rewatch a classic Hitchcock thriller. Worth it just for Grace Kelly’s ubër stylish movie wardrobe alone!
Kate Spade iPhone Case in Hazy Check: A blurry argyle pattern in a somewhat unexpected colour palette. Modern and smile-inducing.
Lodis ‘Los Feliz Kylie’ Hard Shell Phone Case: Synthetic hard shell, snap-on phone case with black and white houndstooth pattern. Simple, yet impactful.
Kate Spade Literary Glasses Resin iPhone Case: From afar this looks like a tiny black and white abstract painting. Then you discover it’s actually reading glasses that are adorning this iPhone 5 case. Delightfully playful.
Elliott Lucca Smartphone Wristlet: Leather zip-around wallet with cute peacock feather illustration that holds your cash and cards, and provides easy access to your smartphone.
Kate Spade iPad Mini Sleeve in Color Splash: I love the strong, bright colours. They remind me of a hectic painter’s palette. Also available as a laptop sleeve and an iPhone case if you are in the mood for matchy-matchy.
No more freezing fingers while using your touchscreen devices with these cosy, 100% cashmere Nordstrom ‘Touch Tech’ Cashmere Gloves that come in an array of happy colours, or the elegant Ralph Lauren Tech Touch Button Gloves with fun button detailing at the wrist.
Stylish Stocking Fillers
Pinch Provisions Skinny Minimergency Kit: Handy, compact kit in three fun colourways containing 21 must-haves for emergencies while out and about.
Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Towelettes: Pretty package with fifteen moistened screen wipes to keep your phone, tablet or computer screen spic and span.
Kate Spade Two-Pocket Business Card Holder: Strong graphic lines and fab colour blocked design on a leather card case that you’ll love to haul out every chance you get.
How is your holiday shopping coming along? Do tell if you’ve come across other fun stuff that will make the fashionistas in your life smile.