Still on the lookout for those perfect holiday gifts? Models.com’s editors pick their favorite items to give (and receive) this season, as modeled by two of our favorite faces, Barbara Fialho and Janis Vilumovs.
Fragrance addicts rejoice, Tom Ford’s Jardin Noir collection is a perfume addict’s paradise. Meant to evoke the sensuality and dark side of typically innocent flowers the sophisticated set offers a new take on some familiar fragrance standards. Cafe Rose is a suitably intoxicating blend of coffee, incense and rose, Jonquille de Nuit is a naughty amber infused narcissus, Lys Fume a smoky, rum and mandarin heavy take on lily and Ombre de Hyacinth, a multifaceted mix of magnolia, pink pepper and benzoin. On their own each of the fragrances is stunning, but what could be more decadent than giving the entire set.
Dress, Topshop / Striped long sleeved shirt & jeans, Nudie / Shoes, TOPMAN
We all know the guy who still reads his comic book collection, and a graphic novel might be just the thing to help nudge him into more grown-up territory. Chris Ware is one of the foremost graphic novelists working today, and his new Building Stories— actually a collection of fourteen separate books of assorted dimensions—is lyrical and touching proof of the powerful possibilities of joining text with image.
Help him keep his endless magazine collection in order with this elegant magazine rack from Monocle and British designer Hugo Passos. Made of a rich walnut, the design is meant to evoke memories of flipping through a treasured vinyl collection.
Sweater / jeans, TOPMAN
Over the past few seasons, Kris van Assche’s collaboration with Eastpak has produced some of our favorite bags, and their latest collection is no exception. Besides being practical (a smaller pouch inside can keep an iPad safe, for example), the vibrant red base adds an eye-catching note of contrast.
Crew neck sweater / jeans, Nudie / Sneakers, Alejandro Ingelmo
MICHAEL BASTIAN EYE MASK
There’s no better gift than a good night’s sleep, which could be as close as this cashmere Michael Bastian eye mask.The aviator design adds a cheerful twist to a classic, all in the name of keeping him comfortable on those long winter nights.
A touch of pink for the glamour girls on your list. Edward Bess’ creamy, luxurious lipsticks have long been beauty editor favorites and his limited edition palette devoted to the ultra-feminine shade is a surefire hit. With eight creamy variations on the color du jour how can you go wrong.
Considering the sheer amount of holiday events and gatherings you and your loved ones are sure to be attending this season, it makes sense to give a luxurious statement accessory. Add a little sparkle to the life of the girl who has almost everything, with a clutch from Edie Parker. The line’s chic lucite bags provide that final touch of playful fun to any ensemble and are the perfect mix of girly and glam.
Sequined dress, Osklen
We know what you’re thinking, another perfumed gift, but this one is truly special. Bottega packages their leather and jasmine scent (which we’ve raved about on more than one occasion) into a stunning solid compact that features the brand’s signature weaving. Slip this into anyone’s stocking and they’re sure to be pleased.
Start the sartorial year off right with an impressive animal-inspired cuff from Elizabeth Knight Jewelry, the bold gold brightens up any look and the playful detailing adds a layer of interest no matter what you’re wearing. This is one treat you may feel tempted to keep all for yourself.
Sequined dress, Osklen
Reserved for only the most refined women on your list, this shimmering compact is the ultimate in luxury. The almost too pretty to use powder, imparts a subtle golden glow just right for warming up winter paleness. Plus, won’t it look chic pulled out of that clutch we know you’re giving as well.
Editor’s Picks: Janelle Okwodu and Jonathan Shia
Production: Kristen Bolt
Special thanks to Elisa Hyman for providing studio