With only a few days left until the big day, it’s only natural to feel the stress and anxiety wash over you like a massive wave of regret, especially if you’re been procrastinating gift shopping duties all month.
This is crunch time for gift buying and party-going, and if you still haven’t ticked off half your nice list, it’s time to get serious and get your game face on. From an adorable bag endorsed by a certain cutesy mascot to summer-essential footwear and the quintessential coffee table book for any fashion lover, here are the best last minute gifts that will please even the fussiest of your stylish friends.
Written by Roger and Mauricio Padilha, and with a foreword by Steven Klein, the first monograph on the notorious Chris von Wangenheim spotlights the German photograph’s dark but emblematic work throughout his career.
Inside, the Padilhas takes us on a retrospective of the celebrated photographer’s career with his provocative and boundary-pushing images. Never-before-seen outtakes are also included from memorable shoots for top fashion publications — think Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview — as well as campaigns for the likes of Dior and Valentino, making it the quintessential coffee table book for fashion addicts.
Since his last appearance at the label’s 1988 show, Moschino’s cult — and quite possibly, cutest — mascot has been continuously reinvented. This season, the teddy takes centre stage again this year in an assortment of street-approved styles. The baby pink shoulder bag showcases the playful character ready to take off into space, with a metallic chain that adds edge to the otherwise adorable carrier.
It’s hard to name another pair of sunglasses that has garnered as much of a following as Le Spec’s The Last Lolita. Designed in collaboration with Adam Selman, the classic cat-eye shades were reinvented with inspiration from the mischievousness of Sue Lyon in Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita film, and its universally flattering shape helped it gain an stellar following the likes of Gigi Hadid and Beyonce.
This sesason, the cult pair gets upgraded with rows of pearls along each arm, giving it a kitschy edge over the regular pair.
Now a symbolic motif in the Gucci universe as a reference to the Greek God Dionysus who rode a tiger across the river Tigris, the signature tiger head clasp stands out especially on this plush velvet version. Panels of the opulent fabric is met with glossy textured leather for visual interest, and then embossed with the label’s iconic ‘GG’ logo for good measure. Inside, a suede interior is big enough to stow all daily essentials. The bag can be worn across the body or over the shoulder by doubling up the chain for a shorter drop.
First established in 1927, Spanish label Castaner skyrocketed to massive popularity after Yves Saint Laurent himself commissioned the firm to exclusively create jute-sole wedges for the French Maison in the late ‘60s. Today, the brand remains a cult favourite amongst fashion insiders for their innate ability to reinvent the classic espadrille.
This season, the Carina takes the spotlight; the summer style gets a makeover with a jute wedge heel that’s woven on a 100-year-old braiding machine. Ribbon ties add a romantic and more feminine take on the iconic espadrille, and can be fastened at the front or back, depending on your mood.