Written and Compiled by Phillip D. Johnson/Editorial Director
Much like the Beatles, ICE-WATCH TIMEPIECES (www.genevawatchgroup.com), which have taken Europe by storm with their unique style and bursts of color, has made their much-anticipated debut in the U.S. Designed to be a fashion accessory as well as a watch, the 10-color signature line is the foundation of the ICE-WATCH brand. Right on point with the hottest trends for spring 2013, the brand’s best-selling style, “Sili Forever,” allows consumers to express their individuality and embrace change through a rainbow of options. The 10 “Sili Forever” color ways allow consumers to choose a color that not only suits the latest trend, but also reveals the consumer’s mood. This concept does not stop with the watch; the ICE-WATCH packaging itself is designed around a coin slot encouraging consumers to save up for their next Ice-Watch to change their look. Whatever the occasion, mood, or style, Ice-Watch has the consumer covered. With over 2MM fans on Facebook, the brand already has a huge consumer following. Via social sharing, ICE-WATCH‘s colorful collection is perfectly positioned to reach U.S. consumers and brighten up any social outlet with the click of a button. To further its popularity, the brand has quickly developed a strong celebrity following including DAVID GUETTA, KATY PERRY and THE BLACK EYED PEAS who have all been seen wearing the brightly colored wrist candy in their music videos. The suggested retail price across the ten colorful styles in the SILI FOREVER COLLECTION ranges from $99.00 – $109.00 and will be available in 350 Macy’s stores coast to coast and macys.com
The BURBERRY WOMEN’S ORCHARD IN QUILTED NAPPA LEATHER ($2,695.00) is a medium(-sized) equestrian quilted nappa leather tote bag with polished metal duck head, an ornamental duck head created using bespoke lost-wax casting, with hand-finished suede handles, oversize polished metal hardware and the signature Burberry Prorsum grosgrain lining. It is the bag she is meant to carry. www.burberry.com.
DIOR’s exclusive Christmas collaboration with the Paris department store Printemps includes an exclusive range of shoes, bags, dolls and other accessories celebrate the timeless elegance of the design house. Coinciding with the launch of the Christmas collection, PRINTEMPS opened a pop-up boutique, designed as an ode to the historic Dior couture salons on Avenue Montaigne. Highlights of the collaboration consists of the ‘LADY DIOR’ bag* in lambskin, “D.I.O.R” harms with star lace effect, (2 700 €); ‘LADY DIOR’ card-holder* in lambskin (220 €), the Ballerinas DIOR* Crepe satin ballerinas with a star lace effect jewel (590 €) and the ‘DIOR CHÉRIE’ pump* in suede (450 €) www.departmentstoreparis.printemps.com/
For the holiday season, EDUN has teamed up with Zanzibar designer DOREEN MASHIKA for a three-piece capsule collection. The range includes a leather thong sandal with gold-plated brass detail, a gold-plated brass and horn necklace; and bracelet both hand-made in Zanzibar. The collection is available on Edun.com now.
Now available in MIU MIU boutiques worldwide, the brand recently released a luxe capsule collection of accessories for the holiday season. THE GIFTS COLLECTION offers quilted handbags in laminated calfskin, nappa lux and madras crystal in shades of platinum, geranium and turquoise.
Inspired by singer LANA DEL REY, MULBERRY’s “The Del Rey” bag gets a miniature companion for the spring 2013 season in leather and suede styles with nickel hardware. The original Del Rey bag also has new styles for spring; including Milk Chocolate Heavy Suede, Nude Silky Snake Print Leather, Slate Blue Ostrich and textured Giraffe Haircalf. Although it won’t be under your tree come Christmas morning, pre-order your copy now.
To celebrate Christmas 2012 Tod’s has launched special limited editions of two of their most iconic products: the D Bag and Gommino loafer. This collection is destined for luxury travelers who aim for the highest quality and the elegance of a “Made in Italy” product. The D BAG LUXURY, an evolution of the classic D BAG in an ultra-luxurious hide, features a full leather lining. The bag is soft, with a hand-cut finish and a contemporary silhouette ranging in precious tie-and-dye crocodile and calf skin with bright sheep skin details, or more rectangular in colored soft calfskin and sheep skin. The color palette ranges from flashes of mandarin, to purple, petrol blue, dark olive green, cherry red, mustard and metallic gold, together with the natural hues of browns and beiges, black and white. Meanwhile the classic GOMMINO LOAFER becomes the season’s must-have accessory in leopard-print pony skin and in zebra print leather; and in a playful mix of classic shapes and modern colors, such as silver and gold. To purchase and/or for more details, visit Tods.com.
BELARGO JEWELRY, under the direction of FREIDA ROTHMAN, is dedicated to outfitting the upscale modern woman with stylish jewelry that fits into every aspect of her life—and lifestyle. It is a collection of sophisticated jewelry lines that allows each woman to have a classic and sophisticated look for all parts of her day, and also, have a lavish look for night. Belargo Jewelry separates itself from others by staying ahead of current trends with a diverse selection of unique and original .925 silver jewelry using hand cut, hand set stones as well as rich textures and colors. With fine detailing and fresh designs, the collections includes stack bangles, statement cuffs, earrings, long and layered necklaces, and a variety of stacked rings and cigar bands. All the pieces here and much more are available online at www.freidarothman.com.
Grammy Award®-winning, two-time ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ROD STEWART, the latest world-class megastar has completed and released MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY, his first Christmas album of his career. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY, an album of standards and traditional songs, finds Rod Stewart joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with MICHAEL BUBLÉ, who duets with Rod on “Winter Wonderland.” “We Three Kings” is a duet with MARY J. BLIGE; and the title tune “Merry Christmas, Baby” is a duet with CEE-LO GREEN featuring New Orleans’ favorite son, TROMBONE SHORTY. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” features DAVE KOZ on saxophone and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is a very special ‘virtual’ duet with ELLA FITZGERALD featuring CHRIS BOTTI. The balance of the tunes on MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY comprise “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” The album’s one original track, “Red-Suited Super Man,” is composed by ROD STEWART, DAVID FOSTER and AMY FOSTER and features TROMBONE SHORTY. The CD is already one of the biggest hit albums of the season and is available where at online and at Wal-Mart, Target, and other retail outlets.
Like most well-run museums in the world, The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART in New York City knows how to give visitors the best possible experiences while they are viewing the collections—and how to enjoin them to then take the experience home with them. As such, the Met Store is filled with gloriously unique gift ideas, including the Met’s new eyewear collection inspired by the museum’s holdings. The decorative pattern on the GREEK PALMETTE READING GLASS FRAMES ($55.00) is taken from a TERRACOTTA SITULA, a bucket-shaped vase for wine, attributed to the LYCURGUS PAINTER (Greek, South Italian, Apulian, ca. 360-340 B.C.). A situla is a bucket that served to decant wine and its shape is well attested in metal examples and in terracotta counterparts of different types. This piece presents a spirited depiction of the wine god Dionysos driving his griffin-drawn chariot to a gathering of his followers. Particularly engaging is the old satyr dipping a jug into the decorated calyx-krater, probably to fill the libation bowl in his left hand. On the back, Dionysos is seated between a satyr and a maenad and is surrounded by attributes, including a fawn, a cista (cylindrical box), and wreaths. The head on the underside of the vase is unusual and appears to be a whimsical, last-minute addition by the vase painter. This painted vessel in the Museum’s collection features spirited scenes of the wine-god DIONYSOS, while on either side is an elaborate palmette, an ornamental motif based on the fan-shaped leaves of the palm tree.
The Museum’s collection of GREEK AND ROMAN ART consists of more than seventeen thousand works spanning in date from the NEOLITHIC PERIOD (ca. 4500 B.C.) to the time of the Roman emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in A.D. 312. It contains the art of many cultures and is considered one of the most complete in North America. Available in strengths +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, and +3.0. (in) optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses), the frame is made from handmade acetate. You can round out this gift by adding the GREEK PALMETTE EYEGLASS CASE AND LENS CLOTH ($25.00) and making it a handsome gift set. Available at www.metstore.metmuseum.org.
The DH BY DELIVERING HAPPINESS COLLECTION is part of a global movement to inspire and nudge the world to a happier place and is designed to share good vibes through stylish, comfortable fashion pieces enhanced with positivity. The DH BY DELIVERING HAPPINESS is a hand cut and sewn collection of high quality, high comfy clothing and includes apparel for both men and women. Whether you’re out for a lunch date, or going to Yoga class, the DH BY DELIVERING HAPPINESS COLLECTION is comfortable and stylish! The outstanding women’s pieces includes a 3 Button Leggings ($49), All Day Long (Lounging) Pants ($128), Breezy Teezy ($69), Buttah Sweatshirt ($96), Luxe Scoop Neck Top ($49), Perfectly Happy Shirt ($138) and the Visonary Skirt ($116). Available at www.amazon.com
For the holiday season, HEARTS ON FIRE®, The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, has unveiled a collection of diamond anniversary and wedding bands that feature a new, hidden signature on the inside of the band. This signature, A RING OF HEARTS ENCIRCLING THE BAND BEHIND EACH DIAMOND, highlights the unique company name of HEARTS ON FIRE, and also provides extra meaning for both the wearer and giver of the band. The new MULTIPLICITY LOVE COLLECTION comes in a variety of styles and carat weights ranging from .75 total carat weight to 3.50 total carat weight eternity bands, as well as five-stone and seven-stone diamond bands. The hidden hearts will also be included in many future versions of classic Hearts On Fire designs, and in new collections as appropriate. Founded in 1996, HEARTS ON FIRE has established a new industry standard for diamond cutting perfection, enabling the Company to become the world’s fastest growing diamond brand. Hearts On Fire, The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, is sold in 650 retailers spanning 34 countries, 14 HOF stores globally, heartsonfire.com and authorized HOF retailer websites. For more information, please visit www.heartsonfire.com.
De-stress this holiday season with VITNESS RX ($99.99). Perfect for the busy professional, busy mom or even the stressed college student, it will help them re-align and re-charge in time for the New Year. Using scientifically proven HRV (Heart Rate Variability), VITNESS RX will give you your daily VITALITY SCORE and EXERCISE RX. Based on the yogic principle of healing through opposites, this unique system will help change your fitness focus from looking good to feeling good. Take a quick read with the Vitness Rx Chest Strap in the morning, use the app to get your Exercise Rx and you are ready to go. www.VitnessRx.com
PURE ROMANCE is the nation’s leading and fastest-growing woman-to-woman direct seller of relationship-enhancement products and it markets its premier line of products, ranging from bedroom accessories to beauty products to lingerie, through a network of more than 75,000 specially trained or certified sales Consultants at in-home parties throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands, South Africa, and Australia. To spice up your love life, we highly recommend the following items: Is your partner a food fanatic? Turn her into a bedtime treat this holiday season with the CHOCOLATE FANTASY KIT ($18.00) and its CHOCOLATE FANTASY BODY TOPPING! Drizzle on the delicious assortment of chocolate body toppings, and have fun licking them off. The silky vanilla-scented VANILLA BONDAGE KIT ($13) bondage kit is inspired by the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey and is perfect for first-time users looking to experiment in fantasy play. Packaged in an ice cream, it’s really too cute to be intimidating. For the mature mates stealing kisses under the mistletoe this year, LOVERS LIP BALM KIT ($10.00) has two tubes of deliciously flavored SPF 15 lip balm. With two pairs of lips – yours and your special someone, put them all together for one intense lip lock! For more information on Pure Romance and its products, please visit www.pureromance.com.
SWEAT UNLIMITED (VOLUME 1): EXCUSE PROOF YOUR WORKOUT ($24.99) is the first in the new series from SARA HALEY. Designed to keep you motivated and moving, this DVD includes 4 different programs with 105 minutes of no excuse workouts. Using interval training, dance inspired moves, core strengthening and extreme 5 min workouts, you will have no excuse to skip a workout. Designed to tackle those pesky pounds, Sara will help you get over that weight loss plateau and have you looking and feeling great. Available online at www.amazin.com and www.sarahaley.com.
EXPECTING MORE™ ($39.95) is a unique prenatal program designed for the fit and healthy mom-to-be who is looking to stay active and energized during her pregnancy. Join SARA HALEY as she leads the workouts that she developed and practiced during her own pregnancy. EXPECTING MORE™ will keep you feeling sexy and strong and give you the maintenance you need to bounce back to your pre-baby body. With six workouts that will suit your every mood, Sara’s DVD is perfect to use during each stage of pregnancy. Available online www.sarahaley.com
This holiday season don’t forget the mom-to-be and give her a tank from FOR TWO FITNESS MATERNITY WORKOUT CLOTHES celebrating her favorite activity. With its unique design and performance features, any woman trying to stay active during her pregnancy will want to have one. Each style is designed to grow with you. Pick her favorite activity and give her a gift she will enjoy during all 9 months of her pregnancy: “Training for Two,” “Running for Two,” “Sweating for Two,” “Yoga for Two,” “Cycling for Two,” “Dancing for Two,” or “Toning for Two.” Prices start under $50.00. www.fortwofitness.com
The pattern on the LOUIS C. TIFFANY PEACOCK FEATHER READER READING GLASSES ($55.00), from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, is adapted from an iridescent FAVRILE GLASS VASE in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, designed about 1900 by LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY (American, 1848–1933). This striking and elegant vase features a stylized interpretation of the “eye” of the peacock feather, a decorative motif that intrigued him. LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY (American, 1848–1933) was one of America’s most acclaimed and multi-talented artists working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He embraced virtually every decorative medium, designing and directing the production of windows, mosaics, lighting, glass vases, pottery, metalwork, enamels, and jewelry. Of all of his creative endeavors, stained glass brought Louis Comfort Tiffany the greatest recognition. His FAVRILE GLASS, patented in 1881, was internally colored with variegated shades of color or hues which created a milky, opaque, and sometimes rainbow-hued appearance when light shone through it. Unusual effects were created by introducing textures and adding different layers of glass or plating. The LOUIS C. TIFFANY PEACOCK FEATHER EYEGLASS CASE AND LENS CLOTH ($25.00) is respectively made from microfiber, metal and PVC (the case) and microfiber (the lens cloth). Available at www.metstore.metmuseum.org.
For many generations of children, finding a shiny new bicycle under the Christmas tree was one of their most cherished childhood memories. This season, grown-up children can create new holiday memories by giving themselves or someone special PANAMA JACK‘s new-classic beach cruiser bicycle, a retro-styled bikes capture the brand’s fun, escapist lifestyle. Two years ago, PANAMA JACK teamed up with leading bicycle manufacturer, HUFFY CORPORATION, to produce a line of beach cruiser bikes that reflected the brand’s beach lifestyle; and the companies’ collaboration has resulted in an updated classic cruiser that sets a new standard for an old favorite. The PANAMA JACK BIKE‘s wide tires, roomy seat, sturdy frame and single-speed operation are converting many casual cyclists into avid “cruisers.” The bikes are hugely popular with teenagers, college students, baby boomers and active seniors who find the bikes to be a convenient mode of transportation, a statement about their values, and a fun way to explore old and new places. PANAMA JACK‘s cruiser comes in both a 26-inch men’s and women’s model. Newer twists include a bold beach-colored frame, wood-grain trim, cork hand grips, a beverage holder and opener, and a handlebar bag. Retail giants Walmart and Targets both sell the bike, as do other regional stores. The bikes typically range in price from $159 to $179. The bikes are available at www.huffy.com/products/PanamaJack.aspx, Walmart,www.walmart.com, Target, www.target.com, www.target.com/p/huffy…panama-jack…bike…/-/A-13823690, www.walmart.com/ip/Huffy-Panama-Jack…Bike/16775666, and www.meijer.com/s/26-inch…panama-jack…bike/_/R-214641.
To honor the big holiday feast bringing us together, BJÖRN BORG also serves a good old Swedish Smorgasbord. Not the traditional one, but in fact a completely new one that you most guaranteed haven’t seen before. In essence, a selection of this season’s collection comes wrapped in food packages like smoothie cups, sandwich triangles, lunch boxes, Chinese take-out and even cake boxes. Colourwise, the Björn Borg collection this holiday season is characterized by extremes – from the warm colors of the Caribbean and Ethiopia to the coolness of Scandinavia and Russia. Important colors this season are on one hand autumnals like greens, purples and cool blues, on the other hand warm colors like dark orange, bright turquoise and pink. The collection also incorporate influences from folk art from different corners of the world. Available online at www.bjornborg.com.
When you mention the word “Caterpillar” in the United States, people’s mind automatically goes to the iconic CATERPILLAR INC. EARTHMOVERS and their role as the leader in the heavy equipment industry for more than 100 years. But caterpillar has since expanded its range of products to include a collection of rugged casual sneakers and boots of men’s and women’s styles—all of which is sold in 150 countries worldwide. The women’s boots collection is particularly exciting, with one of the winners (in the collection) being the “Corrine” boot ($230.00). The Corrine boot was every woman’s dream: tall, rich and beautiful. It hits a couple inches below the knee, is made with incredible rich rugged leathers (Full Grain Leather/Canvas Upper) and the detailed design (Canvas Lining, Pig Skin Covered Die Cut Sock Liner, T1030 Leather Outsole, 1-inch heel) makes it all around beautiful riding boot—without the pretensions that comes with wearing other riding boot brands. Its easy slip on design makes it super convenient and the all-day comfort is the icing on the cake. The “Corrine” is a beautiful city riding boot style that will make you all the more stylish this coming winter while you are trudging through four feet of snow and wishing you were on a Caribbean island on the beach with a Mai Tai in your hand. Other winning women’s styles in collection includes the “Marin” Boot ($210.00), the “granny” boot that will be on everyone’s “it list”, and the “Rita” Boots ($170.00), a sweet, flat, slouchy boot with a belt in the mid that will go well with tights and your favorite sweater dress. The 2012 Fall/Winter Cat Footwear collection is now available to the general public in select stores and online at www.catfootwear.com
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