Holiday gifts from Italian designers and fashion icons shimmer with subtle metallics.
FROM LEFT: From the Alpine Lodge Collection, the Harper Burned Silver seven- by nine-inch frame in sterling silver with lacquered mahogany stand, Ralph Lauren Home ($1,295). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655. Handcrafted 24k gold-plated Rabat Lantern in brass, L’Objet ($950). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900. Large ivory pillar candle (inside lantern), Restoration Hardware ($49 to $199). 938 W. North Ave., 312-475-9116. STACKED BOOKS: Tom Wesselmann, Prestel Publishing ($65). Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700; Christian Louboutin monograph, Rizzoli ($150). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-799-5211. White ceramic vase with lid, designed by Marc Newson, Cappellini ($204). WPA Chicago, 314 W. Superior St., 312-335-3855. Corollaire Rose Vase in amber, Saint-Louis ($3,150). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312- 642-5900. Target black swirl-print pillow, Poltrona Frau ($280). WPA Chicago. Limoges porcelain key tray with the Fendi logo in gold, Fendi Casa (price on request). 800- 634-4043. Cream cashmere throw, Restoration Hardware ($299). SEE ABOVE. Missoni pillow with the designer’s iconic chevron pattern in metallic gold, MissoniHome ($420). Mobili Möbel, 549 N. Wells St., 312-329-9669. Classic calendar set featuring a hand-engraved die in metallic gold ink and brass 19th-century style table easel, Mrs. John L. Strong Fine Stationery ($125). Saks Fifth Avenue, 877-551-7257. Eveline 2 table lamp with black maple frame with parchment inserts and a modified pyramid fabric shade, Armani Casa ($4,860). Gold and red holiday ornaments, Restoration Hardware (in sets from $12 to $24). SEE ABOVE
A chic, sparking table mixes exquisite silver and crystal in classic and modern designs.
FROM LEFT: Holiday bowl in sterling silver with hand-formed and chased bow, Tiffany & Co. ($53,400). 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500. Solid pewter Brenna Concho napkin ring with Southwestern-inspired motifs ($40) and Jordana linen 20- by 20-inch dinner napkin ($25), Ralph Lauren Home. 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655. Excellence Champagne flute, Saint-Louis ($810). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900. Intangible three-cube crystal candleholder by Arik Levy, Baccarat ($335). Saks Fifth Avenue, 877- 551-7257. Corelli crystal decanter with sanded Giorgio Armani logo, presented in a gift box, Armani Casa ($230). Tip Top bottle stopper in crystal, Baccarat ($100). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. The Luminance charger in silver, handmade in Turkey from glass with a metallic finish, Diane von Furstenberg ($50). Bloomingdale’s, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-4460. Jewelry box in stamped calf leather, Fendi Casa (price on request). 800-634-4043. Elsa Peretti Thumbprint salt and pepper shakers in sterling silver, Tiffany & Co. ($475). see above. Brenna DOF (double old-fashioned) in glass and pewter, with a custom design, inspired by vintage wrought-iron and Southwestern motifs, Ralph Lauren Home ($75). see above. Belgian linen-filled candle with custom aromatics in various sizes, Restoration Hardware ($39–$59). 938 W. North Ave., 312-475-9116. Tip Top bottle stopper in Crystal, Baccarat ($100). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. Victorian Glass Snowflake ornament crafted from glass beads, in various sizes, Restoration Hardware ($12–$29). see above
Delight the epicurean with these delicious, locally sourced gastronomic surprises.
FROM LEFT: Cookie gift box with eight vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, Swirlz ($30). 705 W. Belden Ave., 773-404-2253. Pastoral’s Best of the Midwest gift box showcasing Tulum, Forest Alpine, and Little Napoleon cheeses; organic crackers; and honey produced in locales like Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine ($70). 2945 N. Broadway, 773-472-4781. Imported from Italy, Old Town Oil’s best-selling Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil featuring the strong flavor of roasted garlic ($18) and OTO Reserve Balsamic Vinegar, aged for 18 years to develop its smooth, complex taste and thicker consistency ($18), Old Town Oil. 1520 N. Wells St., 312-787- 9595. Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats, and Drinks, by Stephanie Izard, the only woman to have ever won Top Chef and chef/owner of Girl & the Goat and Little Goat restaurants ($30). amazon.com. Gold Coast wine bar TR Napa Valley’s 2008 TR 3 Bordeaux-style blend features notes of cassis, plum, boysenberry, and cocoa, TR Napa Valley ($95). 61 E. Oak St., 312-929-2299. Victorinox eight-piece knife block set, including five knives and a pair of kitchen shears with high-carbon stainless-steel blades and Fibrox handles; a 10-inch sharpening steel; and nine-slot oak storage block, Northwestern Cutlery ($224). 810 W. Lake St., 312-421- 3666. Collins classic caviars include flavors like bowfin, Hackleback sturgeon, paddlefish, salmon, and whitefish, Collins Caviar ($185). 219-809-8100. Sirène Absinthe Verte, traditional absinthe ingredients plus a blend of herbs and spices to create a complex flavor, North Shore Distillery ($60). 28913 N. Herky Dr., Lake Bluff, 847-574-2499. Filson bridle leather and stainless-steel flask, Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters ($70). 1279 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-944-3474. Large Popper Nosh Box filled with exotic candy bars, caramels, chocolate-covered nuts, peanut butter bonbons, and caramel marshmallows, Vosges Haut-Chocolat ($250). 951 W. Armitage Ave., 773-296-9866. Vanilla Collection, featuring six cupcakes including the Vanilla Coconut (shown), Crumbs ($27). 303 W. Madison St., 312-263-6500.
LEADER OF THE PACKED
Whether you’re traveling to Shanghai or Mumbai, luscious luggage and accessories put an artful spin on any itinerary.
FROM LEFT: Men’s deerskin gloves in fawn with custom rivet hardware, Coach ($148). 625 N. Michigan Ave., 312-587-3167. Large suede duffel bag with top handles, zip closure, removable shoulder strap, interior pocket, and reinforced leather bottom, Ralph Lauren ($1,450). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280- 1655. Cashmere and silk Camails shawl ($1,125) and Caléche-express small hand luggage, made of water- resistant canvas and trimmed in the brand’s signature leather ($7,150), Hermès. 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175. The Eco Leaves hardside suitcase, made of 100 percent recycled plastics with a diamond finish, shown in orange, Heys ($450 for three-piece set). 877-276-4397. Leather Epi Alzer 70 Suitcase Trunk with leather trim and corner pieces, rolled-leather top handle, signature brass S-lock, and two trunk latches, Louis Vuitton (price on request). 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-2010. Alligator iPad case comes in seven rich colors, shown in tangerine, Burberry ($4,995). 633 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-2500. Capra travel wallet featuring a zip-around closure, ID window, 10 card slots, and zip pocket, Tumi ($295). 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-3096. Dark gray classic milky leather oversize tote bag, Tod’s ($1,845). 121 E. Oak St., 312-943-0070. Brown mid-length leather gloves, Salvatore Ferragamo ($620). 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-397-0464. Helmut crocodile duffel bag in brown with two leather straps, double zip-top closure, and combination lock, Gucci ($28,000). 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-664-5504.
As winter snow blankets the Windy City, glittering diamonds and ruby accents provide a welcome dose of dazzle.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Diamond earrings set in platinum, 13.20 carats, Kwiat ($121,500). C.D. Peacock, 172 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 312-644-5355. 16mm LadyGraff watch with a round diamond bezel, dial, and bracelet, Graff (price on request). 103 E. Oak St., 312-604-1000. Rubellite necklace in 18k white gold and diamonds, H.Stern ($159,100). Neiman Marcus, 5000 Northbrook Ct., 847-564-0300. Diamond pavé pinky ring in 18k white gold (price on request) and hot pink spinel pavé pinky ring in 18k white gold (price on request), David Yurman. 40 E. Oak St., 312-787- 7779. 18k white gold watch with 130 diamonds set in the shape of a princess cut, Lili ($110,000). Lester Lampert, 57 E. Oak St., 312-944-6888. H Hour Mini watch with a raspberry alligator strap and diamond-set dial, Hermès ($3,350). 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175. Three-row fringe necklace in platinum with 185 round diamonds, Tiffany & Co. ($250,000). 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500. My Dior ring in 18k white gold and 1.08 carats of pavé diamonds, Dior Fine Jewelry ($14,000). Sterling silver Wonderland teardrop earrings in raspberry, Ippolita ($595). Neiman Marcus, see above. Durban square tray, Ralph Lauren ($225). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280- 1655.
METALS OF HONOR
Accessories in white gold and black make the ultimate style statement for Chicago’s most fashionable gents.
FROM LEFT: 18k white gold cuff links with diamonds and black oval onyx, Lester Lampert ($9,000). 57 E. Oak St., 312-649-8200. Black dice key chain, Louis Vuitton ($435). 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-2010. Lunar One watch set in 18k white gold with Roman numerals and silver dial, Chopard ($63,600). Sidney Garber, 118 E. Delaware Pl., 312-944-5225. Sterling silver cityscape cuff links, Takohl ($395). 110 N. Peoria St., 312-421-6222. BeoPlay A8 portable music player for an iPod, iPad, iPhone, or USB stick, Bang & Olufsen ($999). 609 N. State St., 312-787-6006. Master chronograph watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre ($10,000). Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison St., 312 -372-2415. 18k white gold watch on black strap with opaline dial, Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co. (price on request). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280- 1655. “Faconnée H” silk tie, Hermès ($195). 25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175. Round cigar cutter with sapphire glass, Davidoff of Geneva ($305). Jack Schwartz Importer, 141 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-782- 7898. Rhodium-plated cuff links with inlay of semiprecious stone with laser-circle rings, Canali ($325).
Boldly toned shoes and bags dazzle even the most discriminating fashionista.
FROM LEFT: Claire metal clutch in multicolored crystals, Jimmy Choo ($7,000). 63 E. Oak St., 312-255-1170. Plastic acetate oval modified sunglasses, available in three colors, shown in blue, Alexander McQueen ($345). Solstice Sunglasses, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312- 274-1617. Patchwork tweed Lady Dior bag with fringe, Dior ($5,700). Blue Decorapump with geometric Swarovski crystals, Christian Louboutin ($3,895). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. Wave cutout bootie in purple suede with double platform and six-inch heel, Giuseppe Zanotti Design ($1,150). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900. Yellow suede signature collection bag with chain handle and turn-lock clasp, Tod’s ($1,665). 121 E. Oak St., 312-943-0070. Mini Miss Sicily black satchel, accented with gold-tone hardware, single handle, chain shoulder strap with charms, and magnetic closure, Dolce & Gabbana ($5,775). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. Embossed clutch with clear crystal stones, Michael Kors ($1,395). 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-587-3600. Glossy top-handle frame shoulder bag, Nancy Gonzalez ($3,450). Similar styles available at Neiman Marcus, see above. Semi-oval sunglasses with a saddle bridge, available in three colors, shown in dark transitioning burgundy, Guess by Marciano ($99). Similar styles available at Guess, 605 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-9665. Iridescent calfskin purple ballet flats with embossed Chanel logo and bow detail, Chanel ($625). Ikram, 15 E. Huron St. 312-587-1000.
THE GROOMED AND GORGEOUS
Lush scents, sharp shaving sets, and the most covetable cosmetics compacts top our holiday wish lists.
FROM LEFT: Deluxe candle in roasted chestnut scent, Jo Malone London ($130). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. The Palette Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage features gold and platinum shadows, two glosses, and black eyeliner, Dior ($85). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. Coco Noir, Chanel ($130). Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-464-1515. Curved vanity box inlaid with 22k gold on white porcelain china, Waylande Gregory ($240). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900. Florabotanica eau de parfum blends Turkish rose with hemp and vetiver root, Balenciaga (100 ml., $125). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. Fine badger hairbrush with ivory handle, The Art of Shaving ($110). 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-527-1604. Seductive Homme Blue eau de toilette combines citrus and black pepper top notes with musk and geranium, Guess ($49). Macy’s, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-7700. Limited-edition Caviar Cristal skin cream encased in a bejeweled silver jar, La Prairie (150 ml., $1,100). Neiman Marcus, see above. Alien Essence Absolve Intense Eau deParfum, Thierry Mugler ($128). Nordstrom, see above. “How To Look The Best At Everything” complexion kit includes a pore-minimizing balm, concealer, and liquid and powder foundations, Benefit ($30). Sephora, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-494-9598. Private Blend Café Rose eau de parfum combines Rose de Mai, Turkish rose, and Bulgarian rose with saffron, black pepper, coffee, and amber, Tom Ford ($205). Neiman Marcus, see above. Scented candle in Oliban Frankincense, Diptyque ($68). Nordstrom, see above. Delmere large ivory shagreen jewelry box with interior suede jewelry compartments and 24k gold accents, Ralph Lauren Home ($2,995). 750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655. Louvre glass-footed bowl with 24k gold-painted designs, Home Treasures ($205). Neiman Marcus, see above. Eau de parfum composed of tiger orchid, fruity chypre, caramel, and Indonesian patchouli notes, Jimmy Choo ($75). Floral and fruity Body in a rose-gold case, Burberry (15 ml., $68). Macy’s, see above. Kiss Mini Larger Than Life lip gloss coffret in Warhol’s legendary soup can design, Nars ($55). Sephora, see above.
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