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Holiday Hit List Sexy selections for the ladies

Erotic collection Cherry ring, Lydia Courteille (price on request). Alchemist, shopalchemist.com
True Religion for Women fragrance, True Religion Brand Jeans ($79). macys
Open-back knickers in Lipstick, Myla Rosalyn ($106). Journelle, journelle.com
Oscar Niemeyer earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds, H.Stern ($14,800). hstern.net
Snow leopard platform pump, Ann Taylor ($198). anntaylor.com
Statement necklace, Express ($60). express.com
iPod case in pink, Dolce & Gabbana ($525). dolcegabbana.com
Very Mix Swarovski peep-toe pump, Christian Louboutin ($3,695). christianlouboutin.com
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Treasured Tots 10 delightful playthings for kids
Emerson House, Brinca Dada ($299). FAO Schwarz, brincadada.com
Little flare table, Magis ($594). yliving.com
Eloise Suite designed by Betsey Johnson, The Plaza Hotel (starting at $995 per night). 877-418-3851
Vintage pedal plane, Restoration Hardware ($399). restorationhardware.com
Sprint baby shoes, Y-3 ($100). adidas.com
Cashmere cable-knit bear and elephant ($595 each), Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren Children’s Store, ralphlauren.com
Bambino Shadow Z wall art, Jennifer Mercede ($126). Three Tarts, 3tarts.com
Tee, Little Marc Jacobs ($57). marcjacobs.com
Designer LCD HDTV, Haier ($279). haier.com
Alphabet blocks, Girard ($120). MoMA Store, momastore.org
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Worldly Gentleman Sophisticated choices for any stylish man
Private jet, Avantair (price on request). avantair.com
Prince of Wales cashmere scarf, Tom Ford ($390). tomford.com
Humidor Havana, Assouline ($999). The Plaza Hotel, shopassouline.com
Sterling silver and onyx cuff links, Tous ($165). tous.com
Jules Audemars 18k white gold chronograph with sapphire caseback on handstitched brown crocodile strap, Audemars Piguet ($36,300). audemarspiguet.com
John Lennon Donation fountain pen, Montblanc ($920). montblanc.com
Whiskey Cave in monogram canvas, Louis Vuitton ($23,500). louisvuitton.com
Blue Label blended Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker ($220 for 750ml engraved bottle). Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, johnniewalker.com
Overstitched stain-finish crocodile pilot case, Zilli ($25,100). zilli.fr
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Objects of Desire Artful gifts for those with a singular flair
Virgin vase (left), Christian Ghion ($684). Luminaire, luminaire.com. Large Fast vase, Rosenthal ($184). gretelhome.com
Évasions Joaillières collection ring, Cartier ($32,600). cartier.com
Rainbow stool, FriendsWithYou ($3,500). friendswithyou.com
Rubber crocheted bowls, Neo ($48–$89). gretelhome.com
Lotus copper candlestands, Robert Kuo ($3,750 per pair). NIBA Home, nibahome.com
Rose-gold, bronze and steel cuff, Rebecca ($445). Montica Jewelry, montica.com
Ivy Long sterling silver earrings, Tous ($209). tous.com
My Brother’s Frame, Harry Allen Design ($190). The Wolfsonian-FIU, wolfsonian.org
Mao bank, World Buyers ($40). The Wolfsonian-FIU, wolfsonian.org
Angelo vase sculpture, Jean-Marie Massaud ($2,005). Luminaire, luminaire.com
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Society Swells Dapper details for men and women alike Travel bag in alligator, Tom Ford ($28,355) Fans & Umbrella necklace, Louis Vuitton ($32,300). louisvuitton.com Tanzanite and diamond chandelier earrings, Loren Jewels ($11,185). Oxygene, Bal Harbour Shops, oxygeneboutique.com Leather shoe in Tobacco, Etiqueta Negra ($450), etiquetanegra.us Mia blue velvet handbag, Fendi ($1,050). fendi.com Magic Alhambra pavé-diamond bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels ($40,100). vancleef- arpels.com Assorted silk ties, Façonnable ($97.50 each). faconnable.com So Pretty preserved-rose arrangement, Dried Flower Shop ($150). driedflowershop.com Silver glitter clutch with crystal bow, Jimmy Choo ($775). jimmychoo.com Garavani clutch, Valentino ($795) Red suede pump, Isabel Marant ($650). Oxygene, Bal Harbour Shops, oxygeneboutique.com MUDTRAP.COM Citizen of the World Sophisticated presents for jet-setters

Paris Shanghai necklace, Chanel ($8,300). Bal Harbour Shops, chanel.com
Dome rings, Pomellato ($7,350–$8,325). pomellato.it
The Chairman smartphone in red gold and black, Ulysse Nardin ($49,500). uncells.com
Fly in Black shoes, Original Penguin ($110). originalpenguin.com
Scorpio yellow-gold-plated watch, Seah ($2,995). Sowinski Jewelers, sowinskijewelers.com
Luggage tag, Montblanc ($100). montblanc.com
Holiday gift basket, Santa Maria Novella ($2,054). Bal Harbour Shops, lafcony.com/smn
Erine sunglasses, Chloé ($330). chloe.com
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Extra Presents… More goodies for everyone on your list!

Crocodile handbag, Tod’s ($18,500). tods.com

Elements 2 Libra bracelet, Seah ($1,995). seahwatches.com
Nightflight hold-all bag, Montblanc ($1,325). montblanc.com
Sterling round cuff links, Ralph Lauren ($495). ralphlauren.com
VSOP Hot Holiday Bottle, Rémy Martin ($50). remy.com
Crocodile iPad cover, Kelly Locke ($895). kellylocke.com
Ecuadorian wrapped cigars, La Palina ($220). lapalinacigars.com
Jingle Nail Rock Gift Set, Piggy Paint ($24.99). piggypaint.com
Suede boot, Ferragamo ($550). ferragamo.com
Co-op birthday notebook, Marc by Marc Jacobs ($29.95). barneys.com
Dita Von Teese cocktail coffret, Cointreau ($299). cointreau.com
Chocolate gift set, Max Brenner ($39). maxbrenner.com
Paper New York (Rizzoli/Universe, $19.95) by Kell Black. rizzoli.com
Wireless speakers, Zikmu ($1,600). zikmu.parrot.com
Tulle mini skirt, Ann Taylor ($98). anntaylor.com
Flaming Heart 2010, Compass Box Whisky Company ($100). compassboxwhisky.com
M9 Titanium camera, Leica ($26,500). leica.com
Eco boombox, Merkury Innovations ($19.99). merkuryinnovations.com
Hardcover People You’d Like To Know (Omnibus Press, $34.95), with photography of legendary musicians by noted photographer Herb Wise. amazon.com
Brut Fleur de Champagne with glass gift set, Perrier-Jouët ($130). perrier-jouet.com
The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book (Universe Publishers, $45). barnesandnoble.com
Cowhide notebook, Cartier ($270). cartier.com
Sunglasses, Burberry ($200). burberry.com
Caiman alligator belt, Torino Elite ($495). lesrichards.com
Jeweled baby slipper, Libby Edelman ($19.90). hsn.com
Silver Limited Edition Bottle, Belvedere ($29.99). belvedere.com
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It’s a Gift Our favorite presents for an edgy ingénue

Marilyn Monroe portrait with ruby-red crystals on sparkling silver canvas, Bert Stern ($35,000). Keszler Gallery, keszlergallery.com
The Best of Helmut Newton: Selections from His Photographic Work by Zdenek Felix ($35). Strand, strandbooks.com
Black silk satin pointed-bra bodysuit with back-stitch detail, La Perla Jean Paul Gaultier Collection Createur ($980).
Black cadet boot, Burberry ($1,095). burberry.com
Hand-detailed medium square tray with 22k gold detail, Waylande Gregory ($295). Bergdorf Goodman, waylandegregory.com
Satin puffer jacket in Studio Gray, Ann Taylor ($198). anntaylor.com
Mis En Dior bracelet, Dior ($1,400). diorcouture.com
Malachite cuff, Jack Vartanian ($9,970). jackvartanian.com
Mink brass knuckles bag, Yves Saint Laurent ($995). ysl.com
La Marca Prosecco ($17). Chelsea Wine Country, 212-366-4904
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Cutie Beauty Gifts The season’s most elegant makeup, fragrances and beauty items
Dior Minaudiere in Pink Golds ($80). nordstrom.com

Annick Goutal 2010 Noël limited edition candle ($295). barneys.com
RéVive Limited Edition Artbox 8 ($575). reviveskincare.com
Clarisonic Sephora Holiday Set ($225). sephora.com
Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up Lip Jewels palette ($60). saksfifthavenue.com
Diptyque holiday candles in Oliban, Pine and Orange Spice ($68 each). diptyqueparis.com
Sisley Limited Edition Eau du Soir eau de parfum ($290). neimanmarcus.com
Estée Lauder Pleasures Playful Squirrel by Jay Strongwater ($275). saksfifthavenue.com
Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady ($280). barneys.com
La Prairie Limited Edition Precious Platinum Rare Collection ($950). saksfifthavenue.com
Kai Holiday Trio ($49). barneys.com
Kilian Limited Edition Silver Travel Set (from $155). saksfifthavenue.com
La Mer the Luxury Essentials ($395). lamer.com
Lafco Avenue Boulevard de Waterloo Chocolate Dahlia candle ($48). lafco.com
Honore des Pres Love Coco eau de parfum ($98). spacenk.com
Molton Brown A Clockwork Orange gift set ($55). moltonbrown.com
Saffron James Parfums Ipo eau de parfum ($85). saffronjames.com
Tocca Coffret Set ($42). sephora.com
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Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Fantasy Gifts 2010

by Deidre Woollard via [Luxist] It’s here! Neiman Marcus has unveiled the fantasy offerings in its always eagerly anticipated Christmas Book. This year’s offerings include a Tequila Avion private party by Colin Cowie, a Dale Chihuly pool installation, a gourd ukulele handmade by Danny Ferrington, and a limited edition Leica M9 camera. This year’s featured car is the 2011 Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible. The Christmas book began in 1926 as a 16-page booklet initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. The 2010 Christmas Book marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary His and Hers fantasy gifts. To celebrate Neiman Marcus is selling a one-of-a-kind precious jewelry charm bracelet as one of this year’s fantasy gifts. Each charm represents a memorable His and Hers gift from years past, including an airplane, a Chinese Junk, a hot air balloon, a camel, a sarcophagus, a Buffalo calf, a windmill, an ostrich, a Shar-Pei puppy, a robot, and a vintage motorcycle. Stanley Marcus debuted the His and Hers gift in 1960 with matching Beechcraft airplanes that cost $176,000. This years His and Hers gift is the MetroShip Houseboat costing $250,000. This year is the first time customers may access the Christmas Book on Apple’s iPad via the “NM Editions” app. When in Wi-Fi hot spots, customers can place orders directly from the iPad viewer. More details in the gallery below and in the video after the jump.

Check out previous years here: 2009–highlights included an ICON A5 sport aircraft with custom trailer and sport pilot license training for two for $150,000, an Algonquin Round Table Experience with Christopher Buckley, Roz Chast, Nora Ephron, Malcolm Gladwell, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Adam Gopnik, John Lithgow, Anna Deavere Smith and George Stephanopoulos for $200,000 and the HALL Artisan Wine and Art Experience for $20,000. 2008–highlights included the entire end zone for you and your friends at a Dallas Cowboy’s game, including tailgate party with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders for $500,000, his-and-hers life-sized Lego sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya for $60,000 each, your own stable of a dozen or so thoroughbreds, trained and managed by Three Chimneys Farm for $10 million and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in your backyard for $1 million. 2007–highlights included a dragon topiary for $35,000, his and hers portraits done in chocolate syrup by artist Vik Muniz for $110,000, a classical music concert by the Kirov Orchestra for you and 499 friends and a two-person Neiman Marcus edition Gem Triton submarine. 2006--highlights included tickets on a Virgin Galactic charter to space, a seven-foot tall pencil skyscraper for $40,000, your own $100,000 backyard waterpark and the house of Jacques Fath Couture Archives for $3.5 million. 2005–highlights included a Moller Skycar for $3.5 million, your own classic photobooth for $20,000, a steam-style 2-6-2 locomotive, a $1.2 million jewel collection and a performance by Elton John for $1.5 million.

LUXURY GIFTS FROM THE 2010 NEIMAN MARCUS HOLIDAY CATALOG!

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Luxury retailer Nieman Marcus is out with its 2010 holiday gift guide. The catalog, which began as a Christmas card for shoppers in 1915, showcases the latest in fashion, shoes,jewelry and luxury items. Here is a listing of the featured luxury items that appear in this years catalog.

His and Hers Metroship Luxury Houseboat

On the 50th anniversary of His and Hers gifts, it is called the ultimate romantic retreat. With a 40 foot by 12 foot open floor plan and 7 foot high ceiling. Built as a luxury loft that floats. It has all the “bells and whistles” a loving couple could want in a little retreat from everyday life. Twin 60 hp Honda outboard engines. Price: $250,000.00 

Diamond and Gold His and Hers 50th Anniversary Charm Bracelet

Crafted from one of a kind 11 marquise-cut diamonds. Certified fancy-and extremely rare-naturally colored diamonds in the collection include richly hued pink, blue, and orange diamonds. The centerpiece diamonds have micropave settings and are surrounded by 18-kt white gold. Displayed from a classic link bracelet with a diamond lobster-claw clasp. The charms commemorate His and Hers gifts over the years. Only one will be created. Price: $248,000.00 

Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition Camera

Limited to a worldwide edition of 50, the Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition is the only camera that combines the classic Leica M shooting experience with the latest digital technology. It also is the world’s only digital rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses and a full-frame 18 megapixel sensor to capture ultrahigh resolution images. The body of the camera is covered in ostrich leather trim with a matching strap. The 2.5 inch LCD screen is protected by sapphire cover glass. It also can be personally delivered by a Leica photography expert and include a private training and orientation session. Price: $17,500.00

2011 Neiman Marcus Editin Camaro Convertible

The Chevrolet Camaro gets a luxury convertible makeover just in time for the holidays. Regular production will not even begin until 2011. Neiman Marcus exclusive edition of just 100. It has 6.2 liter V8 engine with choice of 428 hp six-speed manual or 400 hp six-speed automatic. Brembo brakes all around with Pirelli P-Zero ultrahighperformance tires, Boston Acoustics premium 7 speaker sound system. The NM edition will come also with tri-coat exterior paint in Deep Bordeaux with ghosted strips. The Pirellis are mounted on exclusive 21 inch spoke wheels with Brilliant Red detailing. Leather interior with red accents on the center console, steering wheel, and shift knob. Price: $75,000.00 

Tory Burch Family Chariot Electric Tricycle

 Handbuilt tricycle for three by Worksman Cycle. The company invented the delivery tricycle in 1898 for ice cream vendors. Features styling by Tory Burch. It has plush bucket seats with swivel armrests, seat belts, a footboard, and a retractable canopy. When you get tired of pedaling flip a switch which activates a clean-energy electric drive system. It also has turn signals and flashing LED pedals. Price: $4,500.00 

Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar

 Handcrafted from 381 pounds of gingerbread and 517 pounds of royal icing. Stands 6.6 feet high by 5.25 feet wide by 4.1 feet long. It includes giant cookies, lollipops, gummies, mints, gumdrops, and a candy-encrusted roof. There is also a lollipop tree inside. Price: $15,000.00 

Tequila Avion Private Party by Collin Cowie

 You can introduce 75 guest to the ultimate tequila-at the ultimate event, hosted in your home. A magical, memorable evening will be created just for you by celebrity planner, Colin Cowie. It also includes a gourmet culinary experience from celebrity chef Todd English. Savor signature Tequila Avion cocktails from mixologist Yusef Austin, and enjoy music from celebrity DJ Donnie d’Cruz. You also get a personal keepsake of a one-of-a-kind bottle of Tequila Avion commemorating its launch, signed by the dream team (and your guests, if you wish). Price: $125,000.00 

Dale Chihuly Pool Sculpture Installation

 Internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly creates breathtaking designs in glass. A glass art installation measuring up to 22 feet by 12 feet-at the bottom of your swimming pool. You will work with the artist’s studio for a rare inside look at Chihuly’s creative process. Price does not include any costs related to pool design and preparation, lighting, shipping or installation. Price: $1,500,000.00

Danny Ferrington Handmade Gourd Ukulele

Since 1975, he’s been quietly handcrafting custom string instruments for legends such as George Harrison, Johnny Depp, Keith Richard’s, and Chrissie Hynde. The son of a Louisiana cabinetmaker, the music worlds premier creator of custom guitar’s and string instruments. He will create classic four-string concert ukuleles, using split gourds as the bodies. He will build each one from scratch, with hand -selected woods for acoustics and balance and rich mother-of-pearl inlays. Price: $6,000.00 

Customized Marfa, TX, Experience

 What exactly is going on in Marfa? It’s a thriving international hub for art, culture, architecture, and nature. Enjoy private tours of The Judd and Chinati foundation’s. Both were created by visionary artist Donald Judd. Explore the beauty of the high dessert mountains from a glider. Explore Big Bend National Park, also includes limited-edition boxed print series by Arber and Sons. Includes gourmet meals and luxury accommodation’s in a private home designed and decorated by Houston designer Barbara Hill. Price: starting at $9,500.00 per couple (price does not include transportation)

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Read-Along Guide to Elle’s September 2010 Issue: Part 2

This last weekend of summer has been filled with far too much late night TV (Say Yes to the Dress and True Life: I’m a Compulsive Shopper were my picks, the made-for-TV movie Love & Basketball, Remember the Titans, and Real World: New Orleans were Devon’s picks) and far too little blogging. I apologize! Hopefully, regular blogging will continue once school starts up again. (On Wednesday. Wednesday. That is so unbelievably soon.) Until more frequent blogging resumes, I have another massive blog post for you: I’ve diligently recorded my thoughts, comments and potentially over-the-top praise and compiled them into a laughably long list to share with you. I present you with the Read-Along Guide to Elle‘s September 2010 Issue: Part 2, to be read in conjunction with page 229 – page 305. So grab your copy of Elle and read along with me; if you don’t have your own issue, hopefully my notes will fill you in on the best of what the magazine has to offer! For the first installment in this series, read Part 1 here. Page 229: Oh, Essie. It’s really quite unfair for you to place ads like this every magazine, especially when you know that I am deeply in love with your collection. I want it! Page 230: A quote from Opening Ceremony founder Humberto Leon on the success of his store:

So, we’re always trying to figure out, how do you make that suburban kid really freak out?

This is why I need to shop at Opening Ceremony. Leon hit the nail on the head. Suburban kids like myself truly would freak out in his store. So many amazing things, so little time… Page 234: Let me explain why I want to have brunch with Julie de Libran, women’s design director of Louis Vuitton

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  • I love how she translates her inspiration (the concept of wanderlust) into such beautiful clothing. It’s not necessarily the first thing I think of when I see LV’s clothing, but once she explains it, I totally understand. It just makes sense.
  • Her four-year-old son is named Balthazar. He wears a pirate eye patch.
  • The woman she designs for is “always dressed and has somewhere to go.” (Such is my fashion philosophy. Always get dressed up!)

Page 240: “The Facebook group ‘Leggings are NOT Pants‘ boasts 385,658 likes.” Make the number 385,659! Page 240: Angela Lindvall is attempting to convince me of “the return of the pant.” I’m not talking about jeans, but actual pants. I’m not buying it; I don’t even know where or how to wear pants. No matter what the occasion, I will always, always choose skirts and dresses over pants. Page 251: Buongiorno, Donatella! I’d like one of those gorgeous Versace dresses featured on page 251 of Elle, thank you very much! Page 252: Elle calls the look Neo-Prep. I just call it fabulous. I like the green watch by May 28th and the purple croc loafer by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière. Page 254: This spread features glitzy, futuristic, ’80′s-inspired pieces, but I’m not feeling it at all. Can the fashion world please stop resurrecting the 1980′s? Enough is enough! Page 258 – Page 260: The “Baroque Beauty” and “Sacred Heart” spreads are full of pieces from McQueen’s final collection. I thought his final collection was beautiful – I even wrote a review of it for my journalism class, which I should get around to posting here sometime soon – and I’m happy to see it featured so prominently. (And I want those shoes!) Page 264: I’m not quite sure how I feel about this major 1970′s revival. The runway interpretations are beautiful, especially at Chloé, but I feel like this trend could go horribly wrong in real life. What do you think? Page 267: I am such a sucker for advertising. Beyond all reason, I now want a $4000 Judith Leiber bejeweled owl clutch. Page 270: These shoes are beyond cool. I have no clue where you would ever wear such creations, but they are infinitely fun. (Can’t wait to see the mangled Forever 21 knock-offs.) Page 276: Yay, another lace-up bootie spread! Since I featured them on my blog earlier this month, I’ve seen them everywhere. I love when I catch trends early on. Page 277: Can Mulberry be any more fabulous? (No.) This ad is so whimsical and fun! Page 285: Ooh, I like the jeweled Atlas Collection bracelets by M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza. Imagine wearing a stack of these bangles with black denim, a tuxedo jacket, and a silk blouse. (Swoon!) Page 286: Jewelery designer Samantha Wills – must investigate! Page 287: Talbot’s has a leopard print coat this season. I borrowed a Talbot’s zebra print coat from my mom’s closet last year and it was such a conversation piece. I loved it! Page 292: I didn’t know Tiffany’s had a Leather Goods line, but I’m seriously dying over this $4,500 black glazed crocodile tote. I wish I could buy one for my Grandma Rose; after she passed away, I found similar style tote in the attic that was once hers. I used it daily and was so sad when the straps broke. The Tiffany’s tote reminds me of her! Page 293: Laura Mercier’s “What Is Flawless?” campaign is very cool! Read more about it here. Page 294: Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, director of fashion at Lincoln Center, is 6’1” and wears sky-high heels. What a great role model! Confident women like her inspire me to wear heels even when I worry about towering over everyone else in the room. Page 299: I love that Elle mentioned that Louis Boston moved to a new location. (At Fan Pier on the Boston Harbor.) On a page that’s dominated by fashion news from New York and L.A., it’s very cool to see that Boston made the cut! Page 305: Pierre Hardy shoes quickly jumped to the top of my wishlist when I had the privilege of holding these beauties in my own two hands. Elle just reminded me that Pierre Hardy is doing a collaboration with The Gap – and just look at those shoes! Perhaps a little PH will make it into my closet after all… Page 305: Editor Joann Pailey says she’s looking forward to mixing it up this season: varsity jackets with acid wash jeans, cargos with leopard print. I hope to work on incorporating more of this philosophy into my wardrobe! My style can sometimes be so unabashedly girly; hopefully, the concept of mixing styles will help me get outside my box a little bit. All images are produced by Elle and scanned by me. Feel free to use my scans, but please, remember to link back to where you found them! If you’ve read this far, thank you! Stay tuned for parts 3 – 5, coming to a computer near you soon. xoxo Hannah 

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Read-Along Guide to Elle’s September 2010 Issue: Part 1 via [mademoisellehannah.wordpress.com]

Elle US is by far one of my favorite magazines. Although I’m only a recent convert (Glamour and Seventeen used to be my bread and butter), I’ve fallen completely in love with the sophisticated yet relatable tone of the magazine. When the September issue hit newsstands, I knew I had to have it.

For the past week, I’ve waited until I’ve finished all my work – internships, gymnastics practice, summer reading essays, phone calls, and more! – before crawling into bed with my beloved copy of Elle and my journal. I’ve diligently recorded my thoughts, comments and potentially over-the-top praise and compiled them into a laughably long list to share with you. I present you with the Read-Along Guide to Elle‘s September 2010 Issue: Part 1, to be read in conjunction with the cover – page 226. So grab your copy of Elle and read along with me; if you don’t have your own issue, hopefully my notes will fill you in on the best of what the magazine has to offer!


The Cover: While the rest of the September issues have vibrantly-colored covers, I adore the simplistic black, white, and red color scheme on Elle‘s cover. Julia looks radiant!

Louis Vuitton ad: Although this ad has been out for awhile, I still love it. Beautiful clothing, beautiful models, beautiful photography. The image of three glamorous women simply lounging backstage is so inspiring!

David Yurman ad: Kate Moss can do no wrong. She looks stunning, as always. Isn’t that necklace divine?

Guess ad: This fifties-inspired shoot is just too cute! I especially love the eye makeup and headscarves. (The Elvis impersonator isn’t too shabby, either.)

Fendi ad: Above all else, just this one ad alone makes me want to be a Fendi girl.

Dolce & Gabbana ad: Goodness gracious. Scarlet Johansson, Marilyn-esque hair, the most incredible makeup, dark crimson nails, and a leopard print blanket. In love.

Jones NY ad: I’ve never been a Jones New York fan, but the setting of this ad is lovely. The train station’s incredible architecture reminds me of these photos on Cupcakes & Cashmere.

Page 60: The “Happy Labor Day” cocktail sounds delicious! (I’d do it as a mocktail – skip the tequila and St-Germain.) The recipe:

  • “2 oz. Herradura Tequila
  • 1/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz. St-Germain
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup

Combine all ingredients, shake, and strain into an old-fashioned class filled with ice. Drink. Repeat!”


Ports 1961 ad: Where do I even begin? The metallic shift dress, the beaded and sequined belt, the matching headband, the mauve lipstick… Ports 1961 is incredible.

Tommy Hilfiger ad: See it here – I’m obsessed! The ad is overwhelmingly preppy and posh, with a slight ’70′s twist. (Think tons of camel, cable-knit, burgundy, popped collars, cashmere, leather penny loafers, scrunched socks, and plaid.) I’m currently in back-to-school mode, which tends to bring out my prepster tendencies. Bring on the knee socks!

White House Black Market ad:

To the lovers of the 4-inch and 4 figure heel, to everyone whose dreams are made-to-measure, to all those who’ve spent their savings to pay for their wallets, there’s a new way to feel beautiful. White House | Black Market.

Heeeeello! That’s me right there. I don’t know if White House Black Market is the answer to all my problems, but I love the text of this ad!

Juicy Couture ad: With the exception of a few velour hoodies in middle school, I’ve never shopped at Juicy. In my mind, at least, the brand is so irreparably tied to its tracksuits. But I adore the vibe of their ads – the just “I stumbled upon this fabulously eccentric elderly lady’s yard sale with all of my attractive friends” look. Even if I don’t care much for their clothing, I admire their ads!

Page 164: Natasha Clark reviews Juliet, Anne Fortier’s modern twist on the classic love story. I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet, so I’m adding this to my reading list!

Page 175: I’m obsessed with purple nails right now. Sephora by OPI’s “Just a Little Dangerous” looks so perfect! It’s grape purple with just a hint of shimmer, the ideal alternative to the dark, plummy purple (NYC’s “Plaza Plumberry”) I’ve been wearing all week.

Page 178: Ugh, Bebe. There’s an enormous Bebe ad right by the train station (and, more importantly, right outside Neiman’s!)  in Copley Square, so I see this ad all the time. I can’t get over how they blatantly copied Prada’s S/S 10 hair and makeup. (Although, the pigtails and glossy orange lip look tacky here, not chic!)

Page 183: This Ray-Ban ad is so much fun!

Page 186: Here is Elle‘s masthead! Watch out, Elle: my name will be there one day!

Page 195: This Miss Dior Chérie ad is fantastic. I love everything about it, from the pink coat to the wide-eyed little French girl, to the oversized perfume bottle tied up in a silver bow. Now I’m intrigued, what sort of fragrance is Chérie? Sephora says,

“Notes of chic, green tangerine, violette, and pink jasmine mingle with soft patchouli, musk, and delectably sweet strawberry leaves and caramelized popcorn for a delicious scent that’s truly irresistible.”

I’m in the market for a new perfume – maybe this one is it!

Page 196: What a wonderful quote from Robert Myers. I included this one in my sidebar:

“There’s as much romance in coming to New York and fighting your way up in the world of work as there is in the dance between (or among) the sexes after work.”

Roberta Myers’ Editor’s Letters are just one of the (many) reasons I prize Elle above every other magazine. I could read her writing all day.

Page 198: One of my biggest pet peeves is the notion that an interest in fashion and intelligence are mutually exclusive. Not so! Elle reader Michelle wrote in,

“I have Prada shoes, an IQ of 147, and a college education.”

Amen, sister!

Page 210: Diane von Furstenberg is fantastic. Enough said.

Page 214: I love Joe Zee’s shoe fixation. He’s a man after my own heart!

Page 226: The feature on Opening Ceremony definitely piqued my interest. They popularized Topshop in the U.S., which makes practically makes them the arbiter of cool. Definitely a must-shop next time I’m in New York!

(All content produced by Elle US and scanned by yours truly.)

That wraps up the first installment of my read-along guide! Look out for Parts 2 – 5 coming soon…

xoxo Hannah





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Chanel Unveils The Bleu De Chanel Ad, Directed By Martin Scorsese via [stylelist]

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by Lisa Schweitzer

We’ve been anticipating Martin Scorsese‘s commercial for Chanel’s new men’s fragrance, Bleu de Chanel, for months. The short was released today, and it features all the grit and energy that the legendary director is famous for.

Following the classic Scorsese
model, a rebellious young actor played by handsome Frenchman Gaspard
Ulliel (of “Hannibal Rising”) refuses to conform to expectations, and
falls in love with a woman who fuels his work though passion and
turmoil. All that’s missing is the famous Copacabana Nightclub
sequence from “Good Fellas,” along with much of his signature violence,
though we guess that wouldn’t be that appropriate for a cologne ad.

But still, wouldn’t it be cool to see someone slashed with a broken Chanel perfume bottle?

Scorsese’s Bleu de Chanel commercial is the latest example of the
fashion world tapping famous names to direct their commercials, or
“short films” as the companies have begun calling them. Gucci recently
released a preview of the 3-D ad for their new fragrance Gucci Guilty starring Evan Rachel Wood and directed by Frank Miller of “Sin City” fame. The full “film” will make its debut at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12th.

Discover the trailer and the fragrance at the specially set web page.

Martin Scorsese directs actor Gaspard Ulliel for the Bleu de Chanel commercial. Courtesy Photo

Louis Vuitton tapped director Zoé Cassavetes for a short called “Hide and Seek” for which she took Vuitton’s summer designs on a romp through London. And Sofia Coppola directed an ad for Dior’s fragrance Miss Dior Cherie, and is rumored to have recently shot yet another for the luxury fashion house with Natalie Portman, a company spokesmodel.

Interestingly, this isn’t Scorsese’s first short: He shot Michael
Jackson’s “Bad” video in 1987; the full length runs 16 minutes, but was
edited to a more concise segment for television.

Considering that he’s directed 17 actors to Oscar nominated
performances, a role in a Scorcese film is coveted in Hollywood, and
Ulliel feels similarly. “Martin Scorsese is a director whom I’ve
admired for a long time, he says. “I see him as one of the great
masters of contemporary filmmaking. Throughout the five days of work,
he overflowed with energy and enthusiasm and achieved something that
truly stands out from other fragrance commercials.”

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The scent
is pretty nice too. Developed by Chanel’s Master Perfumer Jacques
Polge, it’s woody with notes of dry cedar, grapefruit and labdanum.

What else is Chanel up to? Khaki nail polish.




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The Photography Of Eva Mueller via [ifitshipitshere.blogspot]

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Bavarian-born photographer Eva Mueller
is best known for her projection photography – projected light, shape
and texture on nudes. But frankly, I find those are the least inventive
and beautiful of her work.

With an enormous portfolio that includes
everything from CD and album covers to lipstick ads, her large body of
work is quite diverse, despite certain stylistic commonalities. She
often acts as the art director for her own shoots, utilizing her
knowledge of graphic design for both the concepts and compositions.
Minimal and graphic, bold and clean, Mueller says her vision is that of
“less is more.”

Once you pour over the following images, you’ll
find that whether it’s gritty and black and white or slick and bright,
indoors or outdoors, stylized or natural, her work has an undeniable
beauty.

Some of her photos of men:




Some of her photos of women:



Some of her beauty and make-up
photography:



Some of her projection photography:


Some of her music photography:



Some of her personal work:



The photographer:

She’s shot for American and British
record labels, editorials for the New York, Vellum and Zink magazine,
ad campaigns for Steve Madden, Panasonic, Master Card and Guinness. her
personal work, which consist largely of nudes, has been displayed in
galleries and museums in London, Germany and the US.

To see her
complete portfolio, visit EvaMueller.com
all images and info courtesy of the
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OpuluxeLtd.com Luxury Lifestyle Special Report: Platinum Brands via [Forbes]

Beyond The Balance Sheet: Platinum Brands

Christina Settimi and Kurt Badenhausen

The most valuable luxury brands will shine in a recovery.

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To some, BMW seemed a bit out of touch with hard times when it rolled out an exuberant ad campaign called “Joy” this year. Turns out, the ad campaign is in tune with the opportunities BMW and other luxury brand makers anticipate as the recession fades.

Last year was the worst year ever for global luxury goods, with worldwide sales falling 8%. But in a look at the world’s most valuable luxury brands, Forbes identifies 10 that are poised to thrive in better economic times. These brands, including BMW and Louis Vuitton, share some qualities that help keep them strong even when wealthy consumers are curtailing spending.

The companies behind these brands emphasize their products’ quality, longevity and pleasure-giving features through marketing efforts that make it likely these brands will continue to do well, especially if luxury sales around the world grow by 4% to $210 billion this year, as predicted by Bain & Co., the Boston-based consulting firm.

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No. 10: Porsche

Parent Company: Porsche
Brand Value: $4.8 billion
Brand Sales: $8.7 billion

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No. 9: Cartier

Parent Company: Richemont
Brand Value: $5.4 billion
Brand Sales: $3.3 billion

Currently with 32 boutiques in 18 cities across China, Cartier CEO Bernard Foras has said he aims to make China its No. 1 market in three years with at least 55 boutiques.

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No. 8: Rolex

Parent Company: Rolex
Brand Value: $5.5 billion
Brand Sales: $3.4 billion

Rolex is the most profitable brand in watches. Sales are expected to be up 15% this year, fueled by sales in emerging markets led by China according to analyst Jon Cox of Kepler Capital Markets.

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No. 7: Chanel

Parent Company: Chanel
Brand Value: $5.6 billion
Brand Sales: $3.3 billion

Coco Chanel’s mantra: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same” is still the guiding force behind her brand. But what is equally important to Chanel’s appeal is its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most recognizable men in fashion with his silver ponytail, dark sunglasses and black suit.

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No. 6: Hermes

Parent Company: Hermes
Brand Value: $5.7 billion
Brand Sales: $2.5 billion

The infamous waiting list for the Birkin bag, which retails between $6,000 and $100,000, is history for the 173-year old company. The company now aims to grow by expanding its customer base. It opened its first men’s only store in New York in February with a made-to-measure program aimed at providing custom apparel.

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No. 5: Coach

Parent Company: Coach
Brand Value: $7.4 billion
Brand Sales: $3.2 billion

Coach’s strategy to cut prices last year–a move that resulted in it offering more than half of its products for under $300–paid off. Sales volume jumped and profits surged. The company is now focusing on middle-price-range products, and expanding its new pricing strategy in Europe.

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No. 4: Gucci

Parent Company: PPR
Brand Value: $8.2 billion
Brand Sales: $3.0 billion

With a new CEO at the helm last year, Gucci unveiled a brand strategy that included cutting production and multiple variations of the same style. It launched a new ad campaign promoting the brand’s heritage that featured Guccio Gucci describing his dream as an artist in Florence in 1921.

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No. 3: Mercedes-Benz

Parent Company: Daimler AG
Brand Value: $18.8 billion
Brand Sales: $63.2 billion

While many automakers advertise price cuts, Mercedes emphasizes its company’s heritage: Its cars are the result of 100 years of German engineering. It is currently vying with BMW to be the biggest luxury auto brand in China and says it plans on outselling its German nemesis by 2011 with a number of cars designed exclusively for Chinese consumers.

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No. 2: Louis Vuitton

Parent Company: LVMH
Brand Value: $19.0 billion
Brand Sales: $6.3 billion

In its 156 years, Louis Vuitton has held steadfast to a policy of zero discounting–a practice it says enriches the value of the brand. To remind its customers what they are paying for, the new brand campaign features artisans hand-finishing goods at a workshop table.

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No. 1: BMW

Parent Company: BMW
Brand Value: $19.9 billion
Brand Sales: $56.6 billion

BMW is gaining market share in China, the largest auto market in the world, by designing custom cars to meet the demands of Chinese consumers and tailoring its advertising to align with Chinese culture.

Few brands can sell luxury as a necessity and get away with it like Porsche. A recent ad for the new Porsche 911 reads: “…You strain to think of something else that has stayed this true to its ideals for 46 years. You come to the realization that, in the age of the superfluous and superficial, the unrooted and the unserious, the 911 is necessary. Very necessary. The Porsche 911. There is no substitute.”

Forbes’ Beyond the Balance Sheet department looks at the numbers behind the numbers–or ways of analyzing companies that are different from the usual metrics, such as book value and earnings. To identify the Platinum Brands among luxury goods, we looked at more than 30 leading brands in autos, retail, fashion and accessories to determine the world’s most valuable. We leaned on Jeffrey Parkhurst, managing director of business strategy at WPP ( WPPGY news people )-owned media agency Mindshare, to help value these brands.

The first step was to determine earnings before interest and taxes for each brand. Forbes averaged those earnings over the past three years and subtracted from earnings a charge of 8% of the brand’s capital employed, figuring a generic brand should be able to earn at least 8% on the capital employed.

Forbes applied the maximum corporate tax rate to that net earnings figure. Next, it allocated a percentage of those earnings to the brand based on the role that brands play in that industry. Brands are crucial when it comes to apparel and perfumes, but not so much, say, with airlines. Pricing and location are more important for them. To this net brand earning number, we applied the average price-to-earnings multiple over the past three years to arrive at the final brand value. For privately held outfits we applied an earnings multiple for a comparable company.

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The companies that came out on top on our list of most valuable luxury brands fared reasonably well last year, one that was disastrous for many companies. Sales of Louis Vuitton, the marquee label of parent company LVMH, rose more than 10% in 2009 to $6.3 billion, despite the recession. Brand sales, which represent 75% of the fashion and leather goods segment of the company, had double-digit growth in the first quarter as well.

What helps set some of these brands apart? The makers of the world’s top luxury brands don’t apologize for the sky-high price tags attached to their products. LVMH’s Louis Vuitton, for one, has never discounted a single item, citing customer loyalty and product value as its reasons. That makes sense: Why would a customer pay full price for an item if they knew that in three months it might be had for 25% less?

Even when the top luxury companies introduce less expensive offerings, they often don’t advertise the price. When Mercedes-Benz introduced its C-Class, its most affordable sedan, it emphasized that it is a product of 100 years of German engineering, a key brand message. And most of the most valuable brands kept advertising during the recession: Louis Vuitton, for one, rolled out a celebrity-flecked campaign. In one print ad, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov stands on a platform barefoot while photographer Annie Leibovitz watches him from the floor.

The makers of the world’s most valuable luxury brands know that a good portion of their future sales will come from emerging markets, especially China, where sales in the luxury goods market expected to increase 15% there this year, says Bain.

“With Asia being the growth market for luxury players, brands will tailor their product offerings to meet the needs of more diverse customer segments,” says Claudia D’Arpizio, Milan-based partner at Bain.

Research by Ritika Sinha



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Haute Couture Sweets: A great gift for the Fashionista with Cookie Fetish via [Trend de La Creme]

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Cookie Couture: Almost Too Pretty To Eat

When you’re surrounded by fashionistas, it’s near impossible to buy gifts for birthdays, holidays, etc. that they’ll truly appreciate. (Personal style is such a bitch!) But in my experience, you can never go wrong with cookies — especially cookies as fashionable as these.

Assorted Couture Cookies from gumdropcookieshop.com

Assorted Designer Handbag Cookies from elenis.com

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