V's Holiday Gift Guide

V's Holiday Gift Guide

2012 Flew By But Holiday Shopping Couldn't Have Come Quicker For Us at V. Here Are A Few Of Our Favorite Gift Ideas—Check Back For Regular Updates Down To the Last Minute!

2012 Flew By But Holiday Shopping Couldn't Have Come Quicker For Us at V. Here Are A Few Of Our Favorite Gift Ideas—Check Back For Regular Updates Down To the Last Minute!

Text: Derek Blasberg

Yoko Ono is nothing if not tuned in. At 79 years old, she is a social media standout, actively contributing daily musings to Twitter and Instagram with aplomb. Her ability to engage with the world around her takes on a familiar form this fall with a Swarovski Elements partnership, in which she revisits a previous creation. “I designed a glass key in the ’60s, and Swarovski liked my artwork, which inspired them to create a key in crystal,” she says. “A key gives you a certain kind of spiritual power.” The artist was playing with the notion of “unlocking the door to a better life.” Infinite wisdom and an improved existence? Now who doesn’t want that for the holidays?

Marni Summer edition 2013 collars collection is available at all Marni boutiques and at www.marni.com, and they make adorable accents to the girl who loves to layer year round.

We're ready for the socks with sandals options Opening Ceremony is giving for winter, and for Cole Haan's Jen & Oli Holiday '12 Chelsea Collection, available at Opening Ceremony, Cole Haan SoHo, and select others. The shoes, say designers Jen Brill and Olivia Kim, feature a memory foam sock bed and airbag technology, plus they use lightweight materials to better meet urban demands, like uneven cobblestones.

Calvin Klein's 2012 resort accessories can give anyone an edge. We're all for the new platform shapes, at once 1990s-nostalgic and futuristic.

Moncler and Mykita's ongoing collaboration includes this Lionel style sunglass, made of Mylon (the material developed by Mykita) and named after Lionel Terray, the first mountaineer to have his expeditions outfitted by Moncler (in the 1950s and 60s).

Sleeves this season are coming up a little short—a classic shape we love, but can't wear during a New York winter without the perfect gloves. Belstaff's Russian raccoon fur-accented pair are designed to keep wrists extra warm and hands extra chic.

Peppercotton is Patrick Culpepper and Aurelia Cotton, a cool New York duo who met at RISD and made their first collaborative work after finding—and becoming enchanted by—a huge stash of Swarovski crystals on campus. Since that first discovery they have paid for their own materials, and are able to, due to a catapulting success rate. Their jewelry is made of plastic mesh tubes and Swarovski elements, a perfectly unique pairing of our favorite trend in fine jewelry: low meets high. We love this beautiful neon green knot necklace filled with white crystals, available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Allison Press worked for Ohne Titel, Vivienne Tam and Love Brigade before forming her own brand: a jewelry line so popular, she was forced to quit her part time job as drummer for a punk band. Naked Label pairs the the highly practical—PVC, plastic and aluminum—with the whisical ideals of childhood—colorful beads, purple and teal precious stones, and cast alligator skin. Naked Label is available at End of Century, other select stores and online.

Not everyone wants to go big or go home. As we've said before, small is IN, as in this adorable snakeskin bag in Christmas colors.

Who doesn't want a watch? Actually, if you ask around, maybe quite a few of us, now that cell phones have become our preferred modes of time-keeping. This dated-ness gives the watch a newly classic feel, though, which makes it the perfect gift for anyone on your list in need of some grounding. We love anything white and ceramic, especially when accented with rose gold, like this one from Gc Smart Luxury.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race has always had a sense of humor about the high end. But its tongue is not sticking out at you, but sticking in its own cheek, and that is an important distinction to make. This "4sided leather bag" is like four bags in one, for the woman who can never have enough.

We love a good clutch. This calfskin Jasmin Shokrian is just simple enough to feel minimalist, as a good clutch must, as it is by its own design, so very extra. Available at La Garçonne.

“I think Jimmy Choo’s aesthetic is very similar,” says artist Rob Pruitt, who is unveiled a capsule collection with the luxury brand last month. “It’s never shying away from extremes­—too sexy, the highest heels, colors that are unexpected and shocking.” The resulting merch (think bold bags, shoes, and accessories ranging from $175 scarves to $15,000 minaudières) will feature Pruitt’s signature lovable character: “The panda is an international symbol that reminds us both to tread lightly and to appreciate the adorable,” says Pruitt. “They represent the harmony of yin and yang.”

Alexander Wang suggests you give this lamb eye mask to the dominatrix on your list, but we can see it as a considerate present for a light sleeper. Think about it: flying back home after the holidays, what says "do not disturb" better than leather?

Liz Goldwyn has found a great deal of inspiration in her underwear drawer. The writer and filmmaker—who made a hit documentary about burlesque—looked to her knickers yet again when dreaming up her newest collaboration: bags for M.A.C’s Fabulousness Holiday Collection.

“The whole project is inspired by my own lingerie,” she explains. “The leopard-print pattern was inspired by my treasured knickers. I sent them to M.A.C to look at, with the caveat that they be returned quickly.”

The pieces that Goldwyn created are models of flirt and function: the cosmetic bag can store all the essentials, with pockets for toiletries, a sewing kit, and even condoms, while the red-carpet clutch holds everything a girl needs for a night out—credit card, keys, phone, and lipstick. That such practicality could be educed from her underpinings amuses Goldwyn greatly. “I still love the idea of people passing my vintage lingerie around the conference table,” she laughs.

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