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Lucire December 2005Fashion2005 holiday gift guide

Phillip Johnson says: never fear—the Lucire gift guide is here for those still stuck for ideas

Expanded from the December 2005 print edition of Lucire




Initial cap E HERE at Lucire have culled only the best of the best at various price ranges to help you in your quest for the perfect gift. Of course, we don't have the space to list all the wonderful pieces we found but here's hoping that the following will make someone in your family very happy come Christmas morning.



Fresh Inc. has also released the launch of three new Fresh Memoirs of a Geisha Gift Sets (1). The Memoirs of a Geisha Cherry Blossom Festival Gift Set ($38) comes in the signature Cherry Tree graphic and includes the 15 ml Eau de Parfum, the 100 ml Bath with Sake and the 30 ml Flower Petal Face Mask.

The Memoirs of a Geisha Dance of a Geisha Gift Set ($48) includes the parfum, the Bath with sake and the Rice Face Wash; and the Memoirs of a Geisha Kyoto Empress Gift Set ($125), the 75 ml Eau de Parfum spray, the 100 ml Bath with Sake, the 50 ml Flower Petal Face Mask and the 30 g Rice Face Wash. All these gift sets are available at Fresh Stores, online at, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora.



Philippe Starck has joined together with Fossil to create the Philippe Starck with Fossil Watch Collection ($95–$125, 2). This collection features sleek, modern timepieces true to Philippe Starck's simplistic design philosophies, with each featuring a digital 24 hour display with two alarms, a chronograph stop watch, light up function and countdown clock. Variations in Philippe Starck men's designs include the original stainless steel bands as well as the signature Philippe Starck Hard Starck, made of rubber. Available at the Fossil stores nationwide.

Tourneau is the world's largest watch store with branches in New York City, Palm Beach, the Bahamas, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta; and a strong presence at Each store sells over 100 well known brands in more than 8,000 unique styles, including Tourneau's own line of fine Swiss-made timepieces. The Limited Edition Classic Certified Chronometer ($5,950, 3) from the Horlogerie Collection has automatic movement, a screw-down crown, and a sapphire crystal display case back, all in a 18 ct rose gold case on Louisiana alligator strap with 18 ct rose gold buckle. It is also available in 18 ct white gold ($5,950) and with an 18 ct rose or white gold bracelet ($9,950).

The Limited Edition Sportgraph Rattrapante ($3,995) has a split time chronograph, 25- jewel automatic movement, and other features all in a stainless steel case on an alligator "deployment" strap. The ladies' Medici ($8,950, 4) from the Couture Collection is a beautiful 18 ct white gold case and bracelet with diamond bezel and lugs’ features. The Ladies' Diva Watch ($62,500, 5) from the Diva Collection is a solid 101 g platinum diamond case and bracelet timepiece set with 12·9 ct GVS Hearts on Fire Diamonds, a diamond cushion-shaped bezel, mother-of-pearl dial, gold applied roman markers and dauphine hands. It is truly the gift that will knock her over with its beauty.

The Men's Diver Watch ($795) from the Safari Sport Collection features a Split Time Chronograph with big date, a stainless steel case with curved case back on water resistant strap, an oversized date window, battery-operated quartz movement and black dial with super lumi markers. It's strong enough for a man but would look equally as fine on a woman. All these gorgeous timepieces are available at Tourneau Stores and online at



Ralph Lauren children's wear line is equally as noteworthy as his grown-up evening gowns, outerwear apparel and menswear apparel. What's more adorable than his shearling (poncho) cape ($695), the 100 per cent cashmere booties and hat set ($80), the darling Coleridge coat (red coat for girls, $295, 6), and the hand-knit shawl pullover boys’ sweater ($185)? Pamper your kids this season with clothes they will actually want to wear. Available at Ralph Lauren stores, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

Bring out your inner princess with the Sugar Princess Kit ($25) from Jaqua Beauty. This luxuriously sweet bath and beauty kit turns an ordinary bath and beauty experience into an extraordinary one, with a kit that includes the Perfectly Pretty Princess Sugar Sweet Suds 3-in-1, the Cinnamon-Sugar Soothing Shimmer, the Sugar Plum Purifying Face Mask, and one Princess Tiara. Available at Sephora and

Aimée Ng-Gotlib has taken the essence of feng shui and applied it to a line of new and hip baby and toddlers clothing, Baby Isis (7). From the Aquamarine Baby Cords (for inspiration and self-expression), to the line's Baby Moo patterned after the ox (for stability), Baby Isis clothing line incorporates this ancient, magical philosophy, with the pieces tailored to bring spirituality and a positive force to your children and family. Ms Ng-Gotlib, founder and owner of Baby Isis, personally and meticulously hand picks the fabrics, colours and all the styles; and purposely omitted matching bottoms as sets to avoid the "pyjama" look. Manufactured in the USA, prices range from $35 to $48, and fit children from three months through to four years old. To order (and for further information), please visit


Handbags and leathergoods

The new must-have handbag from Céline for the upcoming season is the Trunkette, a bag that gives you meaning to the notion of the classic valise. Hand-crafted in luxurious crocodile and Celine's legendary know-how, the Trunkette has buckled tabs at all four corners, a handle and buckles in crocodile-style leather and an identity plaque that can be engraved to your specifications. The mini version is worn at the end of a jewelled chain in gilt brass with grey inserted Tahiti style pearls and comes in white, coral, cinnamon and chestnut-brown. Available at Céline Boutiques.

The Frye Company, the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States, was founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a well-to-do shoemaker from England. Frye boots were worn by soldiers for both sides of America's Civil War, soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and for Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders.

Frye's current Harness Boots are rooted in tradition and continue to draw influence by tapping into the current trend for cowboy boots and peasant skirts in our modern metropolitan areas. The Belted Harness 12R Boot for men ($199·99) a neoprene oil resistant sole, a two-inch heel and a cushioned Poron sole; and is one of the company's bestsellers, especially in black.

The Harness Hobo Bag ($400) from the new Frye Handbag Collection is made from classic Frye leather, with Frye Signature fabric lining, two interior pockets, and antique brass hardware on brown leather bag and nickel hardware on black leather bag. Available at Nordstrom.

FouFou Dog introduces its hottest new product for the holiday season, the Winter Wonderland Dog Carriers ($295 each) in four hot shearling colours, guaranteed to keep your pooch warm for those long winter walks. Winter Wonderland Carriers are made of 100 per cent genuine leather with fur trimmings and the interior is lined with cozy shearling material, which is comfortable, lightweight, warm and extremely functional. The Winter Wonderland Collection and other charming designer doggie wear and products are available for a limited time at

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