Holiday Gift Guide: Must Haves for Women

’Tis the season for spelling out the year’s macro-trends in one easy-to-navigate holiday gift guide. And so here we offer all the best items, wrapped up in one neat little package for your perusing pleasure. Our must-have list features everything from the new to the chic to the utterly desirable, so you might as well pick up two of each—one to give and one to keep.

While a Chanel tweed or Chloé blouse has been a sure-to-please present since time immemorial, this year’s crop of buzzed-about uni-monikered designers beginning with “C” deserve equal footing in the gifting circuit. Easy-to-wear yet bold printed pieces from Cacharel bring a bit of color to the lives of the LBD-addict on your list. Calla’s unique brand of ornate but understated womenswear, meanwhile, is equally inspired by her own artsy Parsons background and her time with Olivier Theyskens at Nina Ricci and Rochas. And old-school tailoring and structure make a major comeback with revived Paris fashion house Carven.

Go the semi-classic route with a bit of bling under the tree, but opt instead for something with a bit of edge to provide the perfect foil to the season’s sophisticated ready-to-wear. Everyone loves Pamela Love’s brand of apocalyptic glamour, and her signature Eagle claw earring is a classic example thereof. Go darkly romantic with upscale voodoo bijoux from Bernard Delettrez in the form of gemstone encrusted skull rings. Gaia Repossi’s collaboration with Alexander Wang has yielded jewelry that looks like it’s survived through the ages in a fabulously distressed way.

Giving a coat says that you want to keep someone warm and chic all winter long. And while the ones we love most may not be goose-down filled Thinsulate, they pack a fashion punch that’s sure to warm every hearts. This rufflicious New Romantic Marni Short Leather Jacket in particular makes an ideal middle layer. Alternately, take a break from the menswear “trend” in womenswear and go full-on-men’s with the Damir Doma Torsade Coat—she may fumble with the buttons, but it’s a small price to pay.

It’s the little extras that’ll have them thinking of you on a daily basis, so practicality can be a perfect approach. Guy de Jean Long’s umbrella at Opening Ceremony is a hip-to-be-square bandana print version of the classic. A gift that’s both fashion and tech-savvy is the signature Emilio Pucci laptop case, which makes working remotely supremely stylish. And don’t forget Linda Farrow Luxe‘s cold-weather cat-eye sunglasses, which come pre-wrapped in sumptuous snakeskin.

Stocking stuffer alert! Who doesn’t love a little beauty boost? Eau Serge Lutens, the eponymous scent by the in-the-know favorite parfumeur is clean as can be with a sleek bottle to match. For the more colorful recipient on your list, the limited edition Jeff Koons body collection for Kiehl’s mixes modernity and moisture to great effect. And for the girl who has everything, say it with blue lipstick—not the sheer stuff we’ve seen in years past, but true bubblegum blue from Doe Deere’s Lime Crime. It’s sure to be a hit on the New Years soirée circuit.




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