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The Fashion Memo

The ultimate gift guide

Long gift list? Make short work of it with these stylish presents. Panic buying, be gone

Fashion
Clockwise from top left: hair clip, Completedworks; candle, Byredo; robe, Nanushka; room spray, Aesop; track pants, Les Tien; slippers, Lauren Manoogian; glasses, Saint Laurent; notebook, Smythson; earrings, Mateo; pajamas, Sleepy Jones; body oil, Rodin; pillowcase, Slip; socks, Johnstons of Elgin; necklace, Sarah & Sebastian; sweater, Loulou Studio

What to buy for… the homebody

Endless holiday parties and big nights out? Not for the Homebody. She has perfected the art of hygge and cozy nights in, turning her abode into an oasis of relaxation – note the highbrow books and the heady aroma of Byredo’s Woods candle. This season, Brunello Cucinelli’s luxurious knits, Morgan Lane’s silk pajamas, Slip’s wrinkle-reducing eye masks and Nanushka’s plush robe will be fighting for the top spot on her wish list.

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Clockwise from top left: Hourglass Scattered Light eyeshadow (part of set); Diptyque scented-candle carousel set; Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Wellbeing Bath & Shower Oil (part of set); Dr. Sturm skincare (part of advent calendar set); Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette – Gorgeous, Glowing Beauty; Christian Louboutin Lipstick in Rouge Louboutin; Tom Dixon The Collector set of 12 scented candles; Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Care (part of set); Dr. Sturm Advent Calendar 2019; Tata Harper skincare (part of set); Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Care (part of set); Cire Trudon Christmas Nazareth Scented Candle; Jo Malone room spray

What to buy for… the beauty obsessive

She might have 12 red lipsticks, a foundation wardrobe, a substantial perfume collection and a bathroom cabinet full of creams, serums and masks, but the Beauty Obsessive will always be able to make space in her makeup bag for more. Expand her beauty horizons with Dr Barbara Sturm’s Advent Calendar, which includes 24 of the brand’s best-selling skincare products, or indulge in The House of Jo Malone, a luxurious set featuring room sprays, candles and hand wash in the brand’s signature Lime and Basil and Peony and Blush. And then there’s the exclusive Tata Harper Vanity Case, with six of her luxurious skincare essentials, including a resurfacing mask, face oil and her famous Elixir Vitae Serum. And to finish the look? Make a statement on the festive circuit with Christian Louboutin’s Beaute Loubi Leopard Lipstick in Rouge Louboutin – the ultimate party pout.

Clockwise from top left: Versace; Leoffler Randall; Lelet NY; Bella Freud; Buccellati; Code8; Ara Vartanian; Aquazzura; Repossi; Christopher Kane; Tom Ford Beauty; Spinelli Kilcollin; Suzanne Kalan; Gianvito Rossi; Bottega Veneta; Saint Laurent; HVN

What to buy for… the magpie

Never knowingly underdressed, the magpie loves pieces with personality that are sure to get her noticed. Her taste is elegant without scrimping on fun, so this party season she’ll appreciate anything by fashion-forward labels like Versace, Saint Laurent and Christopher Kane. Cinderella-style shoes jostle for space alongside diamond-encrusted jewels by Suzanne Kalan and Spinelli Kilcollin on her never-ending wish list.

Clockwise from top left: Neous; Prada; Brandblack; Saint Laurent; Gucci; Isabel Marant; Gianvito Rossi; Gianvito Rossi; Khaite; Bottega Veneta; Khaite; Givenchy

What to buy for… the shoe fiend

She’s that friend. The one who is always impeccably turned out, with the perfect pair of sandals/mules/boots/sneakers – the list goes on – to elevate any and every ensemble. When it comes to new and exciting footwear, the shoe fiend has a truly insatiable appetite. Meaning the options really are endless when selecting the perfect present for her. From Khaite’s highly covetable suede boots and Brandback’s stacked sneakers to Gianvito Rossi’s crystal-encrusted sandals and Saint Laurent’s scene-stealing platforms, this season, designers across the board have brought their A-game. So every pair of these wish-list-worthy shoes would make a welcome addition to any woman’s accessories arsenal.

Clockwise from top left: Chloé; Saint Laurent; Gucci; Loewe; The Sant; Prada; Givenchy; Bottega Veneta; Serapian; Fendi; Balenciaga

What to buy for… the handbag connoisseur

As a serious collector, the handbag connoisseur is a woman with exacting standards. Known for her discerning taste, penchant for lust-worthy designs and sixth sense for what makes an iconic piece, she might have a ‘type’, but shopping for her is not as easy as you might think. Our top tip? Opt for classic designs by some of the industry’s most enduring labels. A top-handle bag by Prada or Gucci would make a welcome addition to any closet, while Chloé’s chic chain style has universal appeal. If you really want to impress her, though, look no further than Bottega Veneta’s super-sized tote, the gift every fashion insider is hoping to find under their tree this year.

Clockwise from top left: ski suit, Perfect Moment; water bottle, Glacce; wireless headphones, Bang & Olufsen; jacket, Nike; backpack, Givenchy; mittens, Bogner; sweatshirt, Paradised; sunglasses, Fendi; boots, Nicholas Kirkwood; sports bra, Girlfriend Collective; beanie hat, Perfect Moment; leggings, Girlfriend Collective; sneakers, Balenciaga; belt bag, Stella McCartney; massage lotion, This Works

What to buy for… the adrenaline junkie

Skiing down a black run, hiking up a vertiginous mountain, ticking a marathon off your bucket list… Whatever you suggest, the adrenaline junkie will always be game. But while she might be full of surprises, it’s best not to go off-piste when it comes to picking her present. Stick with Perfect Moment’s performance-enhancing ski gear, Girlfriend Collective’s cult leggings or Glacce’s glass water bottle – complete with black obsidian crystal – and you’ll be on the right track.

Clockwise from top left: dress, Victoria Beckham; sneakers, Balenciaga; blazer, Loewe; bracelet, Chloé; shoes, Prada; hair clip, Gucci; bag, Gucci; blouse, Chloé; lip color, Christian Louboutin Beauty; boots, Saint Laurent; watch, Buccellati; sunglasses, Stella McCartney; earrings, Gucci; dress, Saint Laurent

What to buy for… the fashion addict

For your best-dressed friend who is always one step ahead of every trend, you’ll need to pick pieces with serious fashion kudos. Appeal to her inner streetwear aficionado with Balenciaga’s cult Triple S sneakers, prove you’re up to speed on the industry’s most venerated labels by opting for a Loewe blazer, go for full-on feminine drama in the form of a printed tea dress, courtesy of Victoria Beckham, or relive ’80s excess by indulging in a little logomania. Alternatively, you really can’t go wrong by gifting a classic red lipstick – Christian Louboutin Beauty does it best.

Clockwise from top left: diary, Smythson; white bag, Prada; lip balm, Barbara Sturm; necklace, CVC Stones; pants, Acne Studios; nail polish (Bordeaux Lust), Tom Ford; boots, Gianvitto Rossi; black bag, Khaite; earrings, Loren Stewart; coat, The Row; Panthère de Cartier gold watch, Cartier; sunglasses, Givenchy; cashmere turtleneck, Loro Piana; wrap skirt, Proenza Schouler; eau de parfum (Santal 33), Le Labo

What to buy for… the perfectionist

Never with so much as a chipped nail (thanks to Tom Ford’s cult beauty products) or a hair out of place, the perfectionist is a woman with discerning taste. From her bathroom cabinet, stocked up with Le Labo’s heady scents and Dr Barbara Sturm’s high-performance products, to her carefully curated closet – where timeless robe coats jostle for space alongside precision-cut tailoring and sumptuous knits – she’ll never sacrifice when it comes to quality. Which is exactly why an iconic watch or butter-soft leather bag are sure to satisfy her exacting standards…

Clockwise from top left: earrings, Anita Ko; jewelry box; Jessica McCormack; watch, Cartier; lightning bolt single earring, Maria Tash; pearl and diamond earrings, Mizuki; multi-stone bracelet, Pippa Small; hair slide, Suzanne Kalan; ring, Spinelli Kilcollin; horn-shaped labradorite necklace, Sydney Evan; blue and gray sapphire earring (sold as pair), Brooke Gregson; bracelet, Carolina Bucci; ring, Melissa Kaye; watch, Hermès Timepieces; bracelet, Foundrae; malachite ring, Andrea Fohrman

What to buy for… the jewelry aficionado

Craftmanship, carats and rarity? Check, check and check. These are just a few examples of the rigorous criteria the jewelry aficionado refers to before making her latest investment. Prove just how well you know her by gifting her a piece of jewelry that will stand the test of time – quite literally, in the case of a classic watch from Cartier or Hermès – or showcase your gem expertise by adding contemporary pieces by in-demand designers such as Melissa Kaye and Spinelli Kilcollin to her ever-growing collection. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with Jessica McCormack’s ornate jewelry box; a work of art in itself, it’s the perfect present for an avid collector.

Clockwise from top left: Bag, Ulla Johnson; hair clips, Cult Gaia; sandals, Alighieri; printed pareo, Johanna Ortiz; shorts, Zimmerman; bracelet, Roxanne Assoulin; dress, Cult Gaia; hat, Loewe; shell bracelet, Tohum; suitcase, Gucci; earrings, Leigh Miller; floral dress, Faithfull the Brand; shoes, Cult Gaia; sunglasses, Prada; woven straw tote, Saint Laurent

What to buy for… the jet-setter

A seasoned traveler with an unwavering sense of adventure, the jet-setter’s wanderlust is never satisfied. Make her journeys memorable with the ultimate indulgence for any frequent flyer: Gucci’s leather luggage. No doubt she has even more envy-inducing trips planned for the coming year, so when it comes to stocking fillers, ’90s-style Prada sunglasses, colorful jewelry and Alighieri’s embellished espadrilles are no-brainers.

Clockwise from top left: Jacket, Attico; necklace, Tiffany & Co.; bag, Balenciaga; crystal-embellished hair slides, Saint Laurent; silver dress, Stella McCartney; lipstick, Gucci; zebra-print bag, Rixo; gold shoes, SL; earrings, De Grisogono; black dress, Khaite; watch, Buccellati; ring, Kenneth Jay Lane; black shoes, Miu Miu; sunglasses, Miu Miu; blouse, Peter Petrov; silk bow belt, Erdem

What to buy for… the magpie

Never knowingly underdressed, the Magpie loves pieces with personality that are sure to get her noticed. Her taste is elegant without scrimping on fun, so this party season she’ll appreciate anything by fashion-forward labels like Attico, Rixo and Khaite. Cinderella-style shoes jostle for space alongside diamond-encrusted jewels by De Grisogono and Tiffany & Co. on her never-ending wish list.