Bold to Hold
Manhattan native (and mother of four) Fiona Kotur launched her eponymous handbag and accessories label in 2004, following study at Parsons The New School for Design and a stint at Ralph Lauren. Now a favorite among chic celebs such as Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Kelly Osbourne and Kerry Washington, her holiday collection includes myriad minaudières like the bold Lucite Oscar ($895) and the printed silk Morley ($650), plus fab evening bags like the Fino beaded bag ($895). www.koturltd.com.
The Whole Picture
W: Stories takes you behind the scenes of W magazine to explore 11 of the fashion bible’s most remarkable, most envelope-pushing photo shoots. From mood boards to outtakes, W editor Stefano Tonchi takes you through the creative process behind features shot by such luminaries as Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Craig McDean and duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, plus there’s a special access code inside to view several short videos filmed on set. $75, www.abramsbooks.com.
Stash your cash and cards in a holder that’s as witty as it is practical. With this leather wallet and card holder, popular accessories brand Smathers & Branson will make each transaction a pleasure with hand-stitched needlepoint details depicting Lone Star pride ($115) and, well, an innovative use for an elephant’s trunk ($55). Available at The Squire Shop.
Haute Hair at Home
L.A.-based Drybar has created a special-edition Texas-centric collection that’s perfect for turning untamed tresses into the sleek, sophisticated styles for which this blowout-only salon is known. The “Big Hair Don’t Care” set contains everything you need to add fullness and shine, protect against heat, and hold and set waves, including the Buttercup Blow Dryer, Texas Tea shampoo and the Full Pint ceramic barrel brush. $199, Sephora.
Fabulous in Floral
Delicate yet decadent, the Pensamoi satin sandal from Christian Louboutin is an envy-inducing stiletto heel accented with a dramatic crystal-studded flower. And, as with every Louboutin, you’ll be able to flash that famous crimson heel with every step. $1,395. Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.
To celebrate the 20th year of his eponymous cosmetics line, François Nars has released a limited-edition collection of lipsticks and nail lacquers called Nars Vault. The carefully curated color duos, from subtle blush tones to ravishing deep reds, come nestled in a velvet-lined wooden box with an oversized mirror inside bearing a quote from François himself. $500, www.barneys.com.
Dress to Impress
Cuff links do more than hold shirt cuffs — they can pull an entire outfit together. That’s especially true when the cuff links are as distinctive as this duo from Konstantino, made from sterling silver and 18-karat gold with faceted Labradorite center stones. $990, Reads Jewelers.
More from Dior
Accent any bookcase or coffee table with Assouline’s elegant boxed set of books devoted to legendary couturier Christian Dior. Nestled inside is a tres chic trio of titles devoted to jewelry, fashion and perfume. $75, Prim and Proper.
Get ready to face the season with a specially scented facial exfoliating cream from Jan Marini Skin Research. The rich formula blends glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes to brighten, refine and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. $85, The Skin Clinic.
Festive and Fabulous
Brighten any special occasion with the festive, fabulous Angelina box clutch bag from Texas designer Elaine Turner. Available in three styles to go with any outfit, from classic to fashion-fearless. $248-$258, Elaine Turner.
For countless artists, a call from shoe guru Stuart Weitzman meant a chance to show their work in one of the world’s most accessible locations: the window of Weitzman’s Madison Avenue retail shop. Now for the first time, executive vice president Jane Gershon Weitzman brings together 150 of the most amazing shoe-shaped creations she commissioned over the years — pieces crafted from feathers, paper, frosting, flowers and even playing cards — into a vibrant cloth-covered gift book called Art & Sole that’s sure to delight shoe lovers, art lovers and sole mates. $25, www.stuartweitzman.com.
Le Pliage Cuir has long been Longchamp’s most popular leather tote, and now you can personalize it with your choice of initials and color combinations. Choose a size — clutch, small, medium or large — then decide which colors you’d like to tint the bag, flap, strap, handles, zipper tabs and lining, and add your initials to be perforated or embossed. $60-$790. www.longchamp.com.
There’s never a time or place where an ugly holiday sweater is appropriate. Instead, opt for this always sartorial shirt and sweater set from renowned clothier Robert Talbott — the stylish check button-down ($198) and cobalt merino wool pullover ($225) will ensure that you’ll look sharp through every season. Available at The Squire Shop.
Brush with Greatness
Turn your daily beauty routine into a ritual with the Liquid Gold brush set and stand, created especially for Sephora by renowned New York jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. There are five brushes for every step of makeup application, all with embellished handles and each with a space in the metallic black stand. $175, Sephora.
Bring a touch of haute humor to any ensemble with this checkered mink teddy bear bag. The perfect evening accessory, it’s so soft and cuddly, you’ll be tempted to tote it everywhere. $595, Leddy’s Ranch.