A Fashionably Festive Guide to Gifting, Getting, Going and Gorging, Part II

In honor of the holidays, WWD sought out some seasonal nostalgia from the style set, and asked about this year’s plans.

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Donatella Versace
Favorite holiday memory?
“The wonderful family gatherings we had with my brother, Gianni, when my children were young. He was such fun and entertaining, and he really loved being with his niece and nephew.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Sometimes I cheat and give friends some of my favorite pieces from my current collection. Whatever I give, though, is chosen with that person’s taste very much in mind.”
What will you be eating...and where? “I’ll be with my family in a secret exotic location! On the 24th we usually have spaghetti with muscles followed by sea bass and then on the 25th, a turkey with chestnut sauce and mini tortellini.”

Narciso Rodriguez
Favorite holiday memory?
“Holidays spent in the sun in Northern Brazil.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Marc Jacobs-designed T-shirts to benefit Aid for AIDS.”
And on your wish list? “Donations to Aid for AIDS.”

Diane von Furstenberg
Favorite holiday memory?
“My first Christmas in New York when I was pregnant with my son. Just married, pregnant, in a new world!”
Gifts you’ll give? “I try to give people things they will like...and things that will remind them of me.”
And on your wish list? “The things I love most are the personal notes I get from the members of my family....I have taught my kids and grandkids the power of words and wishes!”

Yvan Mispelaere, Diane von Furstenberg
Gift you’ll give?
“I have always been the ‘spoiling uncle’ who knows exactly the ‘cool item of the moment’ and giving what their parents didn’t want them to wear!”
And on your wish list? “This year I received the best gift I would ever dream of: a three-month-old sweet little black puppy, Nerina, who just arrived home!”
What will you be eating….and where? “My mum’s famous Bûche de Noël, a traditional pastry made of butter, chocolate and cream. Then for New Year’s Day in Greece with my partner’s family for traditional karithopita, a walnut pie with lots of whipped cream!”

Inés de la Fressange
Favorite holiday memory?
“I remember a Christmas where my grandmother was alone so I spent the evening with her. She had put on a gorgeous black lace dress, her three-strand pearl necklace, and with her white hair and her eyes sparkling from Champagne, she was absolutely charming and full of good cheer. She fell asleep early, happy, and I ended up at midnight mass by myself, but it remains a very sweet memory.”
What’s on your wish list? “A subscription for a bouquet of flowers every week for a year, a brown square ring from Adelline, a large red Hermès Birkin bag spotted at a vintage store, the Celine Trapeze bag in navy blue and brown, an iPod because mine are always getting many exorbitantly priced things but I’m fairly sure that my boss, Diego Della Valle, will be sending me all of the above given the success of Roger Vivier!”

Freida Pinto, actress
Favorite holiday memory?
“It has to be this Christmas, going around all of the Christmas markets in Paris and London. In Bombay, we celebrate Christmas, but it’s not all out in the way it’s done here.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Goodness knows, I’ve only gotten as far as greeting cards.”
And on your wish list? “Loads of sleep.”

Donna Karan
Favorite holiday memory?
“We used to go to Sun Valley all the time. One Christmas, I had Barbra [Streisand] and Liza [Minnelli], and there was a huge storm and we were all stuck in the house. There was a piano and Liza got up, playing it, singing and saying, ‘Barbra, would you sing?’ She said, ‘I don’t sing in public.’ I had to sing for Barbra. I had shown a men’s wear collection with sarong skirts and tailored jackets. Stephan [Weiss] was wearing the red scarf with a Garrison belt.”
Gifts you’ll give? “The gift of love and thanks. It’s been a year of reflection and appreciation.”
Holiday travels? “Haiti, with a stop in Parrot Cay. Thank God they’re only 45 minutes away from each other.”

Angela Missoni
Favorite holiday memory?
“The last is always the favorite. I spent my past Christmas in Australia.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Works of young contemporary artists, or interesting and not necessarily expensive objects, collectible pieces of design.”
And on your wish list? “A vacation already booked for me and my boyfriend.”
What will you be eating...and where? “Vol-au-vent filled with a special sauce, consommé with sliced omelettes, stuffed roasted capon, boiled meat with spicy fruits mustard, panettone with mascarpone at my parent’s house.”

Christopher Bailey, Burberry Prorsum
Favorite holiday memory?
“I have a really traditional Christmas with my family and my friends — that sense of everyone wanting to be together and enjoying each other.”
Gifts you’ll give? “My family is boringly predictable. They always want me to get them Burberry things.”
What will you be eating...and where? “So much chocolate, and I love mulled wine. I’ll probably have eight to 10 Christmas dinners. Everywhere I go, that’s what I order.”

Lela Rose
Favorite holiday memory?
“My mother would give us a ‘string gift’ every year. She would wrap the end of a string in a little box and I would wind myself around the house following it, over door frames, under stairs, in and out doors. At the end of the string was the gift. My favorite was when there were about 12 Steiff animals placed in a tree like furry ornaments.”
What will you be eating...and where? “We are spending Christmas in New York City and then heading off to Jackson Hole the day after. For Christmas breakfast, I’m making the same meal my mother has made every year: an upside-down pear gingerbread cake, grapefruit and orange ambrosia, and a sausage, cheese and egg casserole.”

Abigail Spencer, actress
Favorite holiday memory?
“When Santa hid our presents via a giant scavenger hunt. It was like ‘Goonies’ invaded our house and the treasure map sent us down slides (steps) into hidden passageways (the hall closet). I finally found mine hidden under the kitchen sink. It was a fur coat! A fake, no doubt.”
Gifts you’ll give? “I’ll be giving my son a plethora of planes, trains and automobiles.”
And on your wish list? “Time with my son, mother and all my family in Florida, and charitable donations to are always amazing. And raising all the funds for my production company Innerlight Films’ first movie.”


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