Stylish Globetrotter - 2017 CHRISTMAS GIFT ROUND UP

2017 CHRISTMAS GIFT ROUND UP
To take some of the hassle out of your Christmas shopping, international fashion buyer Adrian Gibson has put together a capsule guide of chic gifts to give this holiday season. Whether it’s a present for a wife or girlfriend, something for the man in your life, or a novelty prezzie for a co-worker, there should be something here to fit the bill.

For Her - Sir By Mario Testino

Mario Testino’s largest book to date, titled SIR, features a rich collection of more than 300 images taken by the renowned photographer in his search to define the “allure of men.” The book features an essay by Pierre Borhan, an interview with Patrick Kinmonth, and many previously unpublished works from Testino’s archive. Photographs include studies of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law, David Beckham, David Bowie and more. Available as a signed limited edition (of 1,000) bound in Japanese cloth and encased in a metal slipcase (pictured), or a more affordable paperback.

Limited Edition GBP 650 www.taschen.com
Paperback GBP 29.24 www.amazon.co.uk

For Her - Fornasetti L’eclaireuse Scented Candle

Italian painter, sculptor and engraver Piero Fornasetti was famously obsessed with the face of 19th century operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, featuring it in countless designs for his collections of tableware and home décor. Today, Piero’s son, Barnaba, reinterprets his father’s charming and whimsical art in his own home line, which includes this stunning candle, decorated with gold, which will be of use long after the fragrant scented Robertet candle has been burnt.

GBP 150

For Him - Dries Van Noten Wallet

This beautiful, hand crafted leather snake-effect wallet, produced by Belgian fashion house Dries Van Noten, has the feel and luxurious look of an exotic skin, without the heavy price tag or moral issues attached. Fully lined in black leather, with six card slots, two slip pockets and two note sections, the wallet comes in a designer-stamped box for easy gifting.

GBP 125

For Him - Lorenzi Milano Bar Set

Using traditions which date back one hundred years, Lorenzi Milano produces exquisite, hand-crafted items in Italy, using natural raw materials such as leather, horn, wood and mother of pearl, all selected for their special character. This stunning, show-stopping bar set, finished in bamboo, tan leather and dark-brown suede, comprises a host of mixology essentials and will invariably add a touch of luxury to any bar.

GBP 2,283

For Her - Christian Louboutin’s Trouble In Heaven Parfum

Not content with being a world leader in luxury shoes, Christian Louboutin continues to push in to new territory with his beauty line. His collection of elegant fragrances includes this Oriental floral scent for women, intriguingly named Trouble In Heaven. The purple and gold glass vessel references the iris flower which forms the basis of the fragrance. Blended with zesty bergamot, fresh rose bouton and warm amber make it the perfect everyday scent.

GBP 215

For Him - Alexander Mcqueen Skull Socks

Alexander McQueen’s iconic skull motif, conceptualised by the late British genius and award-winning designer who was renowned for pushing fashion boundaries, is still incredibly popular and on-trend years after his untimely death. These midnight blue knitted cotton socks, with all over red skull detailing and the McQueen signature on the base, are sure to make the chap who’s wearing them stand out on Christmas Day.

GBP 50

For Her - Stella Mccartney Meredith Shirt

Fusing sharp tailoring and minimal lines with resolutely feminine finishes, every piece from British designer Stella McCartney’s eponymous fashion house exudes subtle sensuality. If you’re looking for something sparkly to wear this holiday season, then this loose-fit shirt in gold georgette lurex could be just the ticket. Finished with frills on the front, neckline and cuffs.

GBP 745

For Her - Tom Dixon Etched Tea Light Holder

As a self-taught designer whose work has been acquired by museums across the globe, Tom Dixon uses a myriad of ground-breaking processes to transform everyday objects into sculptural works of art. Radiating an ambient glow when lit from within, these unique etched metal tea light holders are available in a range of finishes, and are also a thing of beauty when not in use.

GBP 40

For Him - Dolce & Gabbana King Wool Sweater

The famed Italian luxury fashion house continues its regal obsession with this round-neck black sweater with a King intarsia embroidered motif on the front. Woven from a soft cashmere-virgin-wool blend and inspired by Sicilian aristocracy, wearing this statement piece will certainly make your Christmas prince look casually regal on the big day!

GBP 725

For Her - Lisa Crockard Malachite and Silver Earrings

Scottish-born Lisa Crockard was a top luxury goods buyer in London for more than a decade, before returning home to Paisley to establish her own jewellery line. Specialising in hand made techniques as well as CAD and 3D printing, and all of Crockard’s designs are produced in limited editions and small batches making them covetable as well as beautiful.

GBP 65

For Him - Gucci Kingsnake Leather Belt

Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director for almost two years, looks at modern fashion with a historical eye and has brought a unique new look to the Italian brand, the Kingsnake being a recurring signature detail of his collections. This smooth black leather men’s belt, features the snake curving round the eyelets, transforms it into a statement piece which will undoubtedly make you stand out in the fashion jungle.

GBP 315

For Him - David Bowie Limited Edition Print

A leading figure in music for over five decades, it’s still hard for many to believe that famed English singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie passed away almost two years ago. Sonic Editions has produced this wonderful print of the pop icon, looking resplendent in a mustard suit and relaxed, quiffed hair. Shot by Terry O’Neill (one of the world’s most collected photographers) in Los Angeles in 1974, this framed print is limited to a run of just 200.

GBP 300

For Him - Monkey 47 Gin Lovers Set

The perfect gift for lovers of the famous handcrafted Schwarzwald Dry Gin which hails from Germany’s Black Forest, this special set comes with half a dozen bottles of Berlin-made Thomas Henry tonic, plus a pair of ‘Becher’ cups, the official drinking vessel of the Monkey 47 brand. Made of earthenware and turquoise in colour, the Becher will keep your drink cooler and fizzier for longer than a traditional glass high ball or goblet.

GBP 49.90

For Her - Leowe Silver Elephant Bag

Whilst Spanish brand Leowe has been producing bags since it was founded in 1846, the appointment of British designer Jonathan Anderson as creative director in 2013 has completely reinvigorated the brand. Reworked in metallic silver leather for the 2017 festive season, this mini elephant-shaped statement shoulder bag features perforated eyes, a detachable leather shoulder strap and top zip fastening.

GBP 895

For Him - Star Wars X-wing Drone

A lot of care and attention to detail has clearly gone into this hand-painted and individually numbered collector’s edition T-65 X-Wing battling drone by Propel. With the release of Star Wars’ ‘The Last Jedi’ just before Christmas, no doubt many a hero will be waking up to save the galaxy on the morning of 25th December this year! This drone flies at up to 35mph, fires out laser shots and the special display case plays the familiar Star Wars fanfare when you lift it out of the box.

GBP 179.95