At the holidays, fashion houses proffer their most delightful, whimsical and extra-special offerings of the year, many of which simply scream “big gift.” So we put together the ultimate luxury wish list, inspired by a beloved cast of characters with a distinct sense of style: The Muppets! For moi? Mais oui!
For the chic eccentric, inspired by Animal
This bag feels like something dreamt up by an avid reader and it was: Dior’s creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, conceived it. Chiuri’s runway collections are often inspired by books, and her Paris office features floor-to-ceiling shelves of tomes on everything from gender studies to philosophy. Since debuting in the Spring 2018 collection, the Dior Book Bag has claimed its spot on the bestseller list and been reinvented many times. This season’s version features a pink flora and fauna motif, the house’s classic Toile de Jouy pattern reimagined by Italian contemporary artist Pietro Ruffo to include wild animals like a prowling Indian tiger and a majestic elephant. And while handbags are generally unkind to books—fresh paperbacks get dinged after a day of bumping up against keys, hand cream and sunglasses—this one’s structured interior helps keep contents safely stored. Plus, it’s roomy enough to hold the day’s essentials, whether that’s a vintage copy of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (a Chiuri fave) or a pair of drumsticks, if you’re Animal. —Sarah Daniel
This plush faux-fur bucket hat from Canadian brand Freed & Freed is an instant statement maker. It’ll not only keep heads warm but will also make heads turn.
These quirky linen coasters featuring seaside creatures will kick cocktail hour (or coffee o’clock) up a notch for any foodies on your list.
Don’t let the cold-weather season bring you down. Wrap yourself in this extremely cozy and extremely fabulous fuzzy coat. There, much better.
Feeling wild at heart? Follow the feeling with a pair of shoes that will add pizzazz to any holiday look, including denim and a Christmas sweater.
For the sensitive romantics, inspired by Kermit
It’s not easy being Jonathan Anderson. As the creative director for two red-hot luxury brands—his namesake JW Anderson, based in London, and Madrid-based house Loewe—he has two different teams, in two different countries. He has said time spent on the Eurostar between the two helps him compartmentalize. Perhaps it also sparks creativity; we can imagine him gazing out the window at the English countryside zipping by and coming up with the idea for this JW Anderson collab with Wellipets. Anderson wore the beloved rubber rain boots as a child; so did Princes Harry and William, who were photographed wearing them walking through puddles at polo matches with their mother. The adult clog version, with a hand-painted frog face and a cushioned insole made of Italian suede leather, will delight kids of all ages, too. (Emily Ratajkowski was spotted wearing them on a walk with her son.) And if Kermit green isn’t your shade, they’re also available in blue and rubber ducky yellow. —S.D.
Transform a room into a sanctuary with this hand-crafted glass diffuser—there are only 300 in the world—from luxury Parisian fragrance house Diptyque.
Canadian poet Rupi Kaur has been an important part of the democratization of poetry. This set is a lovely intro to her work.
If you travel, travel well. This sleek woven leather passport holder keeps documents and cards organized and also looks like it belongs in first class.
Pearls, like lace, have been reinvented in recent years. No longer simply a symbol of traditional elegance, they can be subversive, chic, cool.
For the glamorous divas, inspired by Miss Piggy
Wearing a lavish bracelet calls for making animated hand gestures: say, grandly waving to your ex across the room at a party, giving jazz hands rather than emoji applause on a Zoom call, or maybe a karate chop to make an important point. (Hi-ya!) This 18-karat white gold one features nearly 70 round diamonds, and like Miss Piggy, will say “Moi” to anyone who loves subtle statement jewellery. This piece is from storied jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels’s Bouton d’or collection, inspired by the iconic paillette motif of the late 1930s. It’s giving a sequin vibe—they were big at the time—without the feathered boa. While the brand’s origin story was fuelled by the romance between Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef, don’t let that hold you back if your relationship status is complicated. Just gift a sparkly bracelet to yourself. —S.D.
Skip basic black shades and opt for statement-making chrome Loewe sunglasses. It honestly doesn’t get chicer than these street style-fave silhouettes.
Immerse yourself in the world of Barbie (in case the movie wasn’t enough) with this glorious coffee table book that explores 65 years of the world’s most popular doll.
A classic flap bag in this season’s hot silver hue—complete with a star-shaped coin purse—takes the spirit of generous gift-giving into the stratosphere.
Say “cheers” to the holidays with this beautiful hand-blown glass coupe set—perfect for the season’s seemingly infinite celebratory bubbly.
For the timeless preps, inspired by Statler and Waldorf
Whether you’re a watch collector or not, the Venn diagram overlaps when it comes to our collective desire to make the most of the time we have. That’s something even the most cantankerous of grandfathers—yes, even Statler and Waldorf—would likely shout from the rooftops, or a theatre balcony. Famously, Humphrey Bogart was a fan of Swiss-based Longines— he reportedly wore his own timepiece on the set of Casablanca, and today, screen stars like Jennifer Lawrence—a Longines ambassador—are wearing watches on the red carpet or to run errands, doing their part to keep the stealth wealth trend going, even as AI makes all things analogue feel endangered (or extra exclusive). These pieces from the Master Collection, which embody the nearly two-centuries-old watchmaking company’s craftsmanship, are both a perfect gateway purchase for newbie watch wearers and a worthy acquisition for collectors. Telling time via a twist of the wrist feels a lot more glamorous than tapping a screen. —S.D.
We’re calling it: 2024 will mark the return of the fountain pen: elegant, old-school, embodying an age of whiskey bars and three-piece suits. Welcome back, old sport.
Ball caps may be as ubiquitous as espresso martinis, but good ball caps? They remain few and far between. This one—a true classic—hits the mark in all the right ways
Give new meaning to the term “cuffing season” with these sterling silver cufflinks. They look great, sure, but it’s the act of putting them on (or watching someone do so) that really seals the deal.
Any desert island essential list should include a perfect striped item (and an Augustinus Bader serum). This sweater from the cult New York brand would make our cut.
Creative direction by Elena Viltovskaia
Styling by Jess Anderson
Writing by Sarah Daniel and Renée Tse
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