Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele skyrocketed to fashion fame for his maximalist style mashups. Recently, however, the designer has started to look where many others begin: the house’s archives. Drawing on Gucci’s equestrian and leather goods heritage, Michele created the Horsebit 1955 handbag line, referencing styles from the ’50s that feel fresh and new with modern fabrications and shapes. Offered in shoulder, bucket and messenger bag styles, the collection effortlessly makes the past feel ever so present.
Bucket bag with horsebit detail, $1,980, Gucci, CityCenterDC
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Synonymous with its daring use of color, Bvlgari is at it again with Cinemagia, a new collection that draws inspiration from the silver screen and channels it into some of the brand’s most intricate works of art yet. Think sharply colored stones paired with bold, graphic design shapes that give way to some of the most charismatic jewelry we’ve ever laid eyes on. This holiday, we can’t think of a more special one-of-a-kind gift for the artistically inclined collector.
Cinemagia High Jewelry necklace with 99.30 carats of rubellite beads, 3.53 carats of pink tourmalines, 7.17 carats of rubies and 33.85 carats of pavé-set diamonds in white gold, price upon request, Bvlgari, CityCenterDC
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
What happens when you combine the talents of a renowned architect and a leading watchmaker? When it’s the late master architect and designer Le Corbusier and award-winning timepiece brand Rado, the answer is a vivid collection of minimal watches rendered in cutting-edge ceramic built to withstand a lifetime. Color takes the spotlight here. Each piece is rendered in a hue representing one of the color groups invented by Le Corbusier, daring us all to be bold and make a statement this festive season.
True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier timepieces in Spectacular Ultramarine, Sunshine Yellow, Pale Sienna, slightly grayed English Green, Powerful Orange and Luminous Pink, $2,100 each, all by Rado at Macy’s, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.
In the year that Kim Jones has been at the head of Dior Men, he has managed to create some of the most innovative menswear we’ve seen in decades—pioneering a look that balances romanticism, masculinity and innovation. This holiday season, he brings his design touch to luggage, partnering with Rimowa for a capsule collection of minimal pieces in the brand’s signature metals. Most notable is the special-order Champagne case. Designed to hold a bottle of bubbly and six Dior Maison Champagne flutes, it’s by far the chicest way to travel in supreme style.
Dior and Rimowa Champagne case in gradient Dior Oblique aluminum, price upon request
JOY TO THE WORLD
The mood is merry and bright, thanks to the latest holiday-infused beauty collections. For party-perfect makeup, NARS debuts a Studio 54-inspired collection that will set your evening ablaze. Also new, genderless fragrance Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur breaks boundaries, while Jo Malone London’s holiday scent sets, including its Scented Bedtime Collection, promise the sweetest slumber. Plus, a folk art- inspired collaboration with Olaf Hajek sparked Diptyque’s latest festive candle collection—conceived to grant luck, protection and harmony.
English Pear & Freesia Collection, $125, at Jo Malone London, CityCenterDC; Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur, $120, by Gucci at sephora.com; Studio 54 Audacious lipstick in Carmen, $34, and Hustle cheek palette, $42, both by NARS at Sephora; Blissful Amber candle, $72, at diptyqueparis.com
Photography by: Jonathon Kambouris; Styled by James Aguiar