There are holiday shopping lists and then there are wildly extravagant, over-the-top, wish-upon-a-star lists. This season, Vogue.com Editor at Large Candy Pratts Price has reviewed the most fantastical options out there and distilled them into one high-end gift guide that shows you what to give, what to get, and what to covet from afar. It’s expertly curated, completely comprehensive, and dedicated to discovering the ideal gift—for her, for him, even for the kids. Unsure of what to get the woman in your life? An embellished shoe is festive. And the tech-obsessive? Atomic Floyd’s headphones with a built-in microphone are the latest audio innovation. What about the fashion-conscious sports enthusiast? The custom Adeline Adeline retro bicycle is perennially in season. And for the girl who has it all? Well, she doesn’t have Munnu/The Gem Palace’s diamond necklace … yet. The items here aren’t for the faint of heart or shy of wallet: This isn’t just a list to help you get a little something for everyone; instead, it’s about the quest for the absolutely perfect gift, designed for the girl who appreciates giving and getting something that is more than a little bit unexpected.
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As snow falls outside our windows, we’re daydreaming of gorgeous getaways. Here, we bring you more holiday travel diaries from our favorite jet-setters. First up is Caroline Sieber’s beach romp in Palm Beach, Florida, and the private Caribbean island of Mustique. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony grabbed Spike Jonze and a crew of other best friends for surfing, sparklers, and even ATV rides in Mexico. Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr was all over the map, but returned to her roots in Wisconsin; it was also a homecoming holiday for model Daria Strokus, ice-skating in her native Russia. And finally—it seems there was one place to be seen for the New Year’s countdown—Yvonne Force Villareal gives us a glimpse of her star-studded Las Vegas vacation at the brand-new Cosmopolitan.
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Over the holidays, while the rest of us were stuck sleeping on airport luggage carousels with visions of snow-free runways dancing in our heads, Alexander Wang partied at the opening of Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Frédéric Fekkai and his wife, Shirin von Wulffen, were on the move—spending their time first in Millbrook, New York, and then in St. Martin and St. Barth’s. Vogue.com contributing photographer Hanneli Mustaparta made the pilgrimage to her home country of Norway for a quiet Christmas with the family. And model Elettra Wiedemann and her fiancé, James, stole away together to Mexico. Upon their return, these jet-setters all shared their travel diaries (and the glitz and the glam that goes with them) exclusively with Vogue.com. (Editor’s Note: Clicking through these pics is more visually stimulating and voyeuristically satisfying than trolling your friends’ Facebook shots—and on just another winter’s day, bound to inspire travel fantasies to undertake in the year ahead.)
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Photo: Liam Goodman
If you happen to be feting the holidays in Paris, a trip to perfumer Francis Kurkdjian’s self-titled maison is mandatory. Yes, there are the startlingly lovely fragrances, but it’s his scented novelties (pear-scented blowing bubbles, spicy rose-infused leather bracelets) that capture the imagination. Now, he’s whipping his devoted followers into an olfactory froth with subtly fragrant holiday cards. Featuring Eiffel Tower–inspired illustrations by editorial set designer Jean-Hugues de Châtillon, the slim cartes de voeux—available exclusively at Kurkdjian’s rue d’Alger boutique—are scented to recall the season’s fresh caramel shortbreads, crackling wooden fires, or crisp alpine tree branches. Those spending the holidays stateside can content themselves with his new perfume absolutes instead: The heavy glass flacons, with their wide industrial steel caps, are concentrated renditions of Kurkdjian’s best-selling Pour Le Matin and Pour Le Soir fragrances.
Pour Le Matin and Pour Le Soir perfumes, $175; neimanmarcus.com
Scented holiday cards, $12 each; Maison Francis Kurdjian Paris, 5 rue d’Alger, 33.14.260.0707.
by Sarah Brown
Photo: Liam Goodman
Were you under the impression that, although lovely, candles are a bit on the predictable side, as far as gifts go? Surely, then, you haven’t been to the just-opened Cire Trudon boutique on Bond Street in New York. The historic candle makers—founded in 1643, the Parisian house was the official supplier to Louis XIV’s court at Versailles, Napoléon Bonaparte during the Empire, and, even now, the church at Saint-Sulpice—have artfully reworked their wax into portrait busts commemorating some of French history’s most memorable characters. There’s the iconic arms-crossed, head-bowed figure of Napoléon, a serene Marie-Antoinette (a replica of the famed eighteenth-century work in marble by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne), and angelic brother and sister Louise and Alexandre Brongniart—children of Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, the architect of the Paris Bourse—after the 1777 sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon. The unscented paraffin and beeswax works nod to the centuries-old tradition of candle makers handcrafting portrait busts to demonstrate the deftness of their skills and the high quality of their wax. Though they’re meant to be decorative, they can of course be burned—but why would you?
From $85-$99; Cire Trudon, 54 Bond Street, NYC; 212.677.1200.
by Lynn Yaeger
Photographed by Mimi Ritzen Crawford
“These windows are not for everyone—they’re sort of exclusive, like the store,” says Broadway set designer David Korins, standing on Madison outside Barneys New York, whose display this year—“Have a Foodie Holiday!”—is an ode to the culinary arts. Korins, who is responsible for the pitch-perfect recreation of Pee-wee’s Playhouse currently in residence at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, has agreed to lend his expert eye to Vogue.com’s tour of 2010’s holiday windows.