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

With the holidays officially here, WWD caught up with a slew of fashionistas for the dish on their holiday routines present and past.

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With the holidays officially here, WWD caught up with a slew of fashionistas for the dish on their holiday routines present and past.


Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka
Favorite holiday memory?
“The year we started Badgley Mischka, we swapped our New York apartment with a couple in Montmarte for Christmas week and flew ourselves over on the Concorde. It was the most magical week you could ever imagine — snowy, crisp, full of promise!”
And on your wish list? “We’re giving each other custom blazers from Alan Couture.”
What will you be eating...and where? “A big, traditional, but gluten-free, Christmas with Mark’s family in California, and a very intimate champagne and caviar fete at our place in Palm Beach.”

Jacqui Getty
Favorite holiday memory?
“Being at a New Year’s Eve party and going into labor and having my daughter Gia [Coppola] on New Year’s Day.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Special books that are chosen individually for each person, like Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’ and ‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides.”
What will you be eating…and where? “Gia and I will be in Napa, eating black ink octopus pasta and drinking wine. My favorite is the Coppola Blancaneaux white this year.”

Alber Elbaz
What’s on your wish list?
“I always feel embarrassed when people give me presents so I prefer giving them. Books are always good, music is great and food is wonderful to give and to get.”
Holiday travel plans? “My fantasy would be going to India.”

Tory Burch
Favorite holiday memory?
“Watching ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with my brothers every year, and my parents reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ to us — a tradition I passed on to my children.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Ted Muehling candlesticks for my stepdaughter; paddleboards for my boys; The New York Times book of articles from your birthday for everyone.”
And on your wish list? “Subscription to The World of Interiors, Feng Shui consultation, a package of SoulCycle classes.”
What will you be eating…and where? “My boys and I are going to Myanmar and Thailand — fresh fish, shrimp and great rice and curry dishes.”

Frida Giannini, Gucci
Favorite holiday memory?
“Decorating the Christmas tree with my family.”
What’s on your wish list? “Going to the mountains to ski in Saint Moritz.”

Reed Krakoff
Favorite holiday memory?
“The year when my family and I got snowed in at our house in East Hampton. It was a weekend I’ll never forget.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Every year I give a handmade bound book of photographs from the previous summer to close family and friends.”
And on your wish list? “A night at The Carlyle hotel would be an indulgent gift to receive from my wife. There’s something special about being able to escape from your everyday but only travel a few blocks.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I’ll be in Palm Beach; anything my wife decides to cook I’ll love!”

Jean Paul Gaultier
Favorite holiday memory?
“What I love is a Christmas tree decorated with pomanders — oranges studded with cloves.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I will be with my uncle and aunt in the Périgord, so it will be a lot of foie gras!”

Christian Louboutin
Favorite holiday memory?
“My first happy new year party in my new house in Egypt.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Women’s and men’s shoes.”
And on your wish list? “Anything coming from the heart.”
What will you be eating…and where? “Vietnamese food in Saigon — hopefully spicy and delicious!”

Wes Gordon
Favorite holiday memory?
“Christmas mornings! Nothing beats the anticipation of rushing down to see what Santa brought.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Diptyque’s Feu de bois candles, to make any home smell like there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace.”
And on your wish list? “A new watch — there’s one I’ve had my eye on.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I’m so excited to go home for a Christmas dinner — turkey, mashed potatoes, etc. Basically, Thanksgiving part two.”

Pamela Love
Favorite holiday memory?
“Once over New Year’s, a group of my friends and I went upstate and stayed in a cabin in the woods during a blizzard. We got bored so we walked to a local dive bar wrapped in blankets (and a Snuggie). By the end of the night I was playing drums for the bar’s house jazz band.”
What’s on the menu? “I love warm apple cider with a little Kanon vodka and caramel, and comfort foods like roasted vegetables. Typical holiday fare, except I’m vegetarian and engaged to a vegan.”

Rachel Roy
Favorite holiday memory?
“Going to the beach in Northern Cali where we lived with my brother and mother after opening gifts on Christmas morning.”
Gifts you’ll give? “My Heart of Haiti jewelry collection, which employs a mother-daughter team in Haiti that handmakes the jewelry. I also will give gift cards for the Caudalie Spa at The Plaza hotel and La Perla underpinnings.”
And on your wish list? “More extended lazy days in the sun listening to the ocean, a dinner with Deepak Chopra, a large white quilted Chanel bag and a private plane with a pilot. A girl can dream, right?”

Dennis Basso
Favorite holiday memory?
“When [husband] Michael [Cominotto] and I built our house in Water Mill and celebrated our first Christmas there 15 years ago.”
Gifts you’ll give? “My croc evening bags, faux fur throws and scented candles. Also, Hermès blankets, crystal serving pieces from Tiffany and the new Eleanor Lambert book, ‘Still Here.’”
And on your wish list? “Royal Water by Creed, T. Anthony garment bag, a new subscription to Hello and Majesty, an extra-long black cashmere scarf and a little more blue and white antique china. I don’t need it but I love it!”
What’s on the menu? “We start with a huge antipasto, then pasta with a fresh tomato and crab sauce, followed by shrimp scampi, stuffed clams oreganato, baked lobster, calamari salad and, of course, tons of Italian pastries.”


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