Monday, 22 November 2010

Christmas Gift Guide-part two; Fashionistas.

Welcome to the second instalment of my Christmas Gift Guide series. This week I chatted to my friends who work in fashion; these guys spend all year surrounded by gorgeous stuff, so come Christmas, they KNOW what they want.I've tried to give some tailored recommendations, but be warned- this is a fussy bunch. If your fashionista friend says they want one of the new Vivienne Westwood notebooks for Christmas, then they MEAN a Vivienne Westwood notebook, not one that looks the same and is a fraction of the price from WHSmith.
Joél Dash, Freelance Fashion Journalist & Consultant
Interests include Fashion, Sex & Champagne
Realistic expectations for under your tree: My family are very cheeky. We generally ask everyone to write down 10 things they really want but I think I'm the only one who actually buys one of the things written down because I never seem to get any of the things from my list. This year though I asked Santa to put a Fendi Peekaboo under my tree. I also threatened Santa. I told him that if I don't get it this year I'll blog that he isn't real.
Ideal Christmas gift of your dreams: a '911 CARERRA 4 CABRIOLET' in metallic black and sand beige leather interior! My throat is going dry just thinking about it...
Katie's recommendations:
I have a lot of respect for someone who lists 'sex' as an interest. So I'm sharing one of my best kept secrets here, Coco de Mer; a ticket to one of their fantastic erotic salons would make a great gift.

Alex Vanthournout , 25 Freelance Fashion Journalist and Blogger 'Alex Loves'
Interests include Fashion, browsing the internet for random things , Come Dine With Me, shoes, online shopping.
Realistic expectations for under your tree: Proenza Schouler PS1 bag in black leather
Ideal Christmas gift of your dreams: green-eyed, chocolate Labrador puppy named Jack. 
Katie's recommendations: 
Alex loves her labels, so I'd buy her something from one of the fashion stars of the future; anything from Wolf and BadgerYoung British Designers or My Sugarland.

Grace Timothy, 27 Beauty and Fashion writer
Interests: I don't have a hobby, but after 5 years communting between Brighton and London, I guzzle up books in a day. I especially like John Irving because you know you'll be with him for a while when you start one of his door-stop novels. I've also just discovered Vanity Fair's 'Writers Reading' series which is free to download at iTunes. That's my new thing. So I expect I'll be getting a fair few books this Christmas. Yes, a pile of new books followed by a good sofa, a naff DVD, a bottle of champagne and salty pretzels is what I have planned. 
Wildfox t-shirts make fail-safe gifts for fashionistas.Also bunnies.
Realistic expectations for under your tree: Other than books, I would love to see a Smythsonblue bag under the tree with a new diary inside, a NEOM candle, some aromatherapy oils, a Wildfox t-shirt and a Zoe &Morgan pendant.
Shoe designer Charlotte Olympia
Ideal Christmas gift of your dreams: Free flights for 2011 - in the past year I've lost two friends to New York, one to Dubai and another to Singapore, so I need to get off the ground. Also, I'd also like four pairs of new shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, Camilla Skorsgaard and the pair of silver Chanel platforms my friend Verity bought at the Chanel sample sale two years ago. They're my size and everything. Finally I would love to own a signed photographic print by Helmut Newton or Guy Bourdin.
Katie's recommendations: 
Smythson's are doing a gorgeous 2011 diary designed by young British designer Holly Fulton-perfect for fashionistas. And this is a brilliant site for buying iconic, fashion photographic prints:PhotographersLimitedEditions.

Amber Atherton, 19, model and founder of My Flash Trash
Interests include Jewellery, Reading, Dinner Parties
Realistic expectations for under your tree: Any Jewellery from Patricia Nicolas
Ideal Christmas gift of your dreams: Reaching 10,000 orders of jewellery from Flash Trash!
Katie's recommendations: Amber's obviously a bit of a workaholic, so I'd get her something to help inspire her in her work; a collectable book like this one about the history of costume jewellery in Vogue, or maybe even a place on one of these day-long introduction to silversmithing courses at The Papered Parlour.

Debra Hepburn, 40’s, Director of Young British Designers
Interests include My family, Fashion, Writing, Reading, Cooking, The Sea.
Jena Theo coat
Realistic expectations for under your tree: Fashion: The Jena.Theo great coat (is that realistic? I know where one is!!) A teeeeeeeny weeeeny but exquisite diamond eternity band (from my other half of course!) A watercolour set in one of those old fashioned wooden boxes! And Books...lots and lots of books.
Ideal Christmas gift of your dreams: A Cornish Fisherman’s Boat. With a little cabin and painted blue and green. Oh, and a kettle and Earl Grey and some Hendricks and Fever Tree tonic on board. And maybe some cake. OR a perfume created uniquely for me.
Katie's recommendations: Dressing table staple Jo Malone offer the chance to create your own bespoke scent here.

Dominic Buchanan, 28, Film Production & Development Exec/Producer, and International Event Organiser and Host; next hosting the New York Fashion Week party at Soho House New York
Interests include Film, Girls, Rum, Ginger Beer, The World
Realistic expectations for under your tree: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Parfum  and the newApple MacBook Air
Ideal Christmas gift of your dreams: an NYC Penthouse
Katie's recommendations;
For film fans I honestly can't think of any better gift than membership to the BFI, which will soon be showing features for the Fashion in Film Festival.


Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

All awesome ideas. I just wish half of those "realistic expectations" were mine! x

Plinth said...

sigh-me realistic expectation is a Braun epilator from my mum.oh, the glamour.

Wolf & Badger said...

Thanks for the Wolf & Badger love xx

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

Wow, brilliant interviews and fabulous Christmas pressie ideas. I love it! xx

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