Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | Editor’s Picks: by Victoria, Fashion Editor – Gifts for the Polymath
Thursday 15th December, 2016
The gifts for the polymath: the person in your life whose knowledge seems to have no bounds. She has exquisite taste in clothes, making every trend her own; she’s a regular at Art Basel and Frieze, surrounding herself with the newest and brightest talents in the artistic fields; she’s the perfect hostess, one whom Diana Vreeland would have envied; she’s the ultimate jet-setter, either for an adventure in the Amazon River or a worldly trip to Florence; she knows her financial markets and her international affairs topics like the back of her hand—or the Style section of the New York Times.
No. 1 | A Slim Aarons Photograph of the legendary CZ Guest with her dogs, as a reminder of the evocative times where beautiful people would be photographed doing beautiful things in beautiful places.
No. 2 | Olivia Von Halle’s luxurious cashmere tracksuit is designed to elevate the everyday life, whether on a plane somewhere exotic, or lounging about with the Sunday paper and a croissant.
No. 3 | A memorable gift is also a personalised one. Monica Vinader’s Alphabet Letter rose gold diamond pendants look amazing when layered together.
No. 4 | Bella Freud makes whimsical sweaters beloved by the fashion crowd, and this one makes the perfect gift to layer with boyfriend jeans and ballet flats for days off.
No. 5 | The perfect hostess is always looking for an interesting addition to her dining table, and we’re in love with these Kiss Cocktail Napkins by Julia B. Couture Linens for a quirky touch.
No. 6 | What’s velvet, gold, and perfectly sumptuous? The rider bench from Jonathan Adler, which would look fabulous as a bedside table topped with a tray, or in the hallway.
No. 7 | The go-to book for lovers of design, The Impossible Collection of Design will make a perfect addition to any coffee-table.
No. 8 | Byredo has created an Unnamed Perfume whose scent is open to interpretation, and it comes with a set of letters to name yours as your heart desires.
No. 9 | Cartier’s wristwatches are legendary, and have even more value as they age, so why not gift a vintage gold piece from 1stDibs in perfect state for an unforgettable Christmas gift?
No. 10 | No holiday is complete without a little opulence, and this silk Rochas Pompei pump with rhinestone embellishments checks all the boxes.
No. 11 | Globe Trotter’s handmade travel cases are fit for any jet-setter, we love this light pink one for short weekend getaways.
Victoria Berezhna Fashion Contributor, London
Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.