The search of the perfect gift for the well-informed stylista, having already sussed out all the latest and greatest of this season and the next, can be a daunting task.
With how tiresome the year 2020 has been, the desire to procure something new and wonderful enough — even as a momentary salve for the last 12 months — is undeniable. Here we’ve put together a handpicked list of gifts, from coveted releases to seasonal exclusives, that will no doubt impress even the most discerning trendsetter.
First it was the itty-bitty bag that would only fit one tic-tac. Then everything went mini, including the esteemed diamond criss-crosses from French maison, Chanel. Nowadays it seems, the smaller the accessories, the more covetable they get. It seems only fitting then, that the next teeny-tiny designer accessory is especially made to fit our smallest accessory yet: earphones. This Airpods Pro case from Gucci will be a magnet for compliments — at work, at the gym, and on daily commutes. Covered in the iconic ‘GG’ monogram, the key-chained case snaps shut with a jewelled logo clasp for a striking branded moment: Here’s to all the label-loving ladies in our lives.
HK$2,200 at Net-a-Porter
After a long year enrobed in ‘new neutrals,’ it really is about time for something that wears with a little more oomph. How about one drenched in colour and cast in manic patterns then? Vivienne Tam’s holiday collection ‘Romance and the Forbidden City’ is a glorious lineup of fiery-red pieces urging us to stand out from a crowd of workaday creams, whites, and beiges. Our eye is on this satin bomber jacket which moonlights as a canvas for the collection’s eclectic inspirations: traditional Qing Dynasty calligraphy meets entrancing 1970’s psychedelics. Talk about a head-tuner.
US$325 (approx. HK$2,519) at Vivienne Tam
The reach for that soft and cosy something to bundle up in on chilly mornings is a gesture that we all know too well, not to mention duvet-like silhouettes have slowly and steadily infiltrated wardrobes now that we’re spending most of our days at home. Should you consider investing in warm wears for your feet (we know Sophie Turner has), here’s the Louis Vuitton Pillow Boot — the grown-up version of the modest fuzzy socks with rubber sole grips. More trendy and even more luxurious, don’t be fooled by its puffy exterior — made of waterproof nylon. The pair is fitted with a structured interior that promises a snug, comfortable fit for daily walks. The pillow boot is scheduled to launch this month, so keep your eyes peeled for when they finally hit stores.
For many, the better part of the year was spent lounging at home swathed in woollen robes and a cashmere set, shuffling between bedrooms and kitchens. Why not then, dress up in pieces that warrant more excitement than the nondescript home-slash-work basics? Enter Dior Chez Moi, the French maison’s latest collection wholly dedicated to loungewear. Light and fluid boudoir silhouettes are recreated under Maria Grazia Chiuri’s discerning touch. Read: fitted silhouettes, intricate embroideries and rich fabrics. How delightful would it be to slip into the silky embrace of this pajama jacket, doused in the House’s classic Toile de Jouy motif, come Christmas morning? For us, the answer is very — bag the matching pajama trousers too while you’re at it.
HK$15,000 (shirt only) at Dior
The switch from stilettos to sneakers is a well-adjusted move for the season, if not sorely needed after the tumultuous past year — we’re taking all the comfort and stability we can get, after all. Fuelled with festive vigour, Salvatore Ferragamo debuts the House signature ‘Gancini’ sneakers in a very new, very snazzy holiday edition. Stepping out onto a gleaming gold-toned outsole, colour-matched by the embroidered logo and ringed eyelets, this leather pair is made for walking (and dancing) through the season of cheer.
HK$ 6,600 at Salvatore Ferragamo
Shrill ‘Thank yous’ and forced smiles from gifts bought in wrong sizes will be gracefully avoided with Shanghai Tang’s new unisex Tang Jacket, coming with its very own Made-to-Order service. Choose from three silhouettes emblematic of the brand’s modern-chic tenet: ‘Original Tang,’ a house-classic style with a sleek mandarin collar; ‘Hi-Lo Tang,’ a relaxed take with a step hem and Qipao-inspired knot buttons; and our favourite, ‘Bomber Tang,’ a combination of both the latter but finished with a casual, sporty twist. The tactile alpaca-shell iteration with a bright lime-green silk jacquard lining is particularly dashing.
HK$17,800 with Made-to-Order service at the Shanghai Tang Flagship.
Hermès elusive travelling collection, ‘Petit H,’ has made its online debut in Hong Kong. Conceptualised by Pascale Mussard in 2010, the imaginative, craft-inspired extension of the renowned luxury House is beloved for its playful, unique creations — each a reinvention of discarded materials salvaged from past workshops. Small trinkets, in particular the ‘Bird’ pocket brush (HK$1,850), ‘Sardine’ brooch (HK$5,000), made of part calfskin and part crocodile leather, and a set of round leather dice (HK3,100) will make for a darling, if not conversational stocking stuffer.
Available online at Hermès
Time and time again, the Omega Speedmaster has proved itself to be a piece worth admiring — what with being the first wristwatch on the moon and generally a versatile, well-crafted timepiece for everyday. This iteration keeps all the stalwart features from its 2017 debut, now primed in the Swiss maker’s proprietary ‘Sedna’ gold, gently brushed for an elegant gleam. It’s fitted with taupe leather straps, a ‘cappuccino’ coffee-brown dial and the final most dazzling touch, a brilliant diamond-paved edge — upping the ranks from becoming a want to an absolute need. No better moment than the arrival of Christmas to treat yourself (or a loved one), then.
HK$164,700 (recommended) from Omega boutiques.
Diamond jewellery. The holiday gift failsafe. Rather than going for predictable styles that’s been overdone, pick a piece with intention so that it can last a lifetime. Chaumet’s ‘Bee My Love’ bracelet encompasses exactly just that. Wrapping around the wrist with geometric moments of honeycomb-inspired hexagons, dotted with tiny diamonds, the yellow-gold piece is an ode to the honeybee and regal femininity. This piece is made to be styled and stacked with designs of the same collection — so for those really looking to impress this holiday, its accompanying ring and necklace collections are just as enchanting too.
HK$77,800 at Chaumet boutiques.
No matter what your love language is, a surprise with Chopard’s delicate Happy Hearts necklace in hand will be a well appreciated gesture. The necklace features not just one, but three brilliantly glittering diamond hearts dancing across the collar bone, with the two on either side showcasing the house’s emblematic moving diamonds technique.
HK$44,300 at Chopard boutiques