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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Prabal Gurung
Favorite holiday memory?
“Going to Tiger Tops in Nepal with my mother and father when I was younger.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Love and more love!”
And on your wish list? “Charitable donations from friends and family are always wonderful to receive and I am never one to turn down holiday treats.”
What will you be eating…and where? “My cousin has a restaurant in Chinatown, Thakali Kitchen, and I love the momos there.”

Jenni Kayne
Favorite holiday memory?
“Taking [my son] Tanner sledding two years ago in Alta and taking [my daughter] Ripley there this year for her first Christmas.”
Gifts you’ll give? “APC quilts, The Elder Statesmen cashmere and goodies from Heath.”
And on your wish list? “A Celine Seau bag and a set of All-Clad cookware.”

Alessandro dell’Acqua
Gifts you’ll give?
“I would like to give pictures of cinema personalities taken by famous photographers.”
And on your wish list? “A modern art vase in blown glass from the Sixties. Hint, hint!”
What will you be eating...and where? “I’m going back to my family in Naples, where on our Christmas dinner table I’ll be sure to find sponge cakes (babà) and puff pastries (sfogliatelle).”

Antonio Marras
Favorite holiday memory?
“When the mayor of my city, Alghero, asked us to set up a huge Christmas tree in the oldest city square. We involved the entire elementary school where my son Efisio studied. All the kids created huge ornaments.”
What will you be eating…and where? “After an entire year spent traveling you need home…and eat traditional things, for instance fish and lobster soup, pork or lamb plus my favorite traditional Alghero desserts.”

Fiona Cibani, Ports 1961
Favorite holiday memory?
“Volunteering with my children to feed the less fortunate and hand out blankets.”
Gifts you’ll give? “A Ports 1961 cashmere travel bag complete with scarf, slippers and eye mask.”
And on your wish list? “A homemade card from my kids. I just love saving their little creations.”
What will you be eating…and where? “Keeping it healthy at home. Thin tastes better!”

Liz Goldwyn
Favorite holiday memory?
“I was about seven years old and had begged for a Fiorucci outfit for Christmas. I was so excited to receive it that I put it on straight away and added a red lipstick sticker on my lips!”
Gifts you’ll give? “Handmade gingerbread cookies with custom decorations.”
And on your wish list? “My birthday is also Dec. 25 so I’ve selfishly bought myself a couple presents already: a piece of art by Niagara at the “Destroy All Monsters” show, and a Norma Kamali nude and black lace dress that looks like lingerie.”

Crystal Lourd
Favorite holiday memory?
“Coming down the stairs and seeing Santa’s magic in Colorado and then going out for a family ski!”
Gifts you’ll give? “Fur to my mom…football jerseys, RLX ski outfits and iPads to my boys…velvet blazer and cashmere sweaters to husband.”
What will you be eating…and where? “In Aspen enjoying sushi at Matsuhisa, Italian at Campo de Fiori and home cooking at Bonnie’s on the mountain for lunch.”

Michelle Smith, Milly
Gifts you’ll give?
“Thomas the Tank Engine train set for my son William, a ‘princess watch’ for my daughter Sophia and theater tickets for my husband Andy. He has politely informed me that he does not need another cashmere sweater or cuff links.”
And on your wish list? “Quality time with my family is gift enough, but baubles from Pomellato are always appreciated.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I can’t be sure what I’ll be eating, but I’ll definitely be sipping a rum punch with Andy in the Dominican Republic as our children play in the sand.”

Petra Ecclestone
Gifts you’ll give?
“I have blown up pictures from my wedding, which is sentimental, but have bought my mum an amazing handbag and my sister a piece of art that I know she wanted.”
And on your wish list? “I have been dropping hints to James, so hopefully he picked the right watch I wanted! And he always adds a new Birkin to my collection.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I will be cooking a turkey this year, the first time ever, in L.A.”

Constance Jablonski, model
Gifts you’ll give?
“A new iPad for my boyfriend.”
What will you be eating…and where? “French scallops called Coquilles Saint-Jacques in the north of France with my family on Christmas, and probably delicious cheese the week of New Year’s Eve because we are going to the mountain to ski.”

Amy Smilovic, Tibi
Favorite holiday memory?
“Every year on Christmas Eve my grandfather piled the family into the wagon and drove around for hours checking out all the Santas and reindeers. I can’t say it was my favorite thing at the age of 15, but it’s something we laugh about now.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Coqui Coqui scents from Colette.”
And on your wish list? “A pair of Anita Ko pyramid diamond stud earrings.”
What will you be eating…and where? “My mother cooks traditional southern style food and I always overindulge — peach-glazed ham and bread pudding with bourbon are my absolute favorite.”

Irene Neuwirth
Gifts you’ll give?
“I’m making an opal bracelet for a very lucky friend. And my dog, Teddy, gets whatever he wants, as usual.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I host a trunk show every year for Christmas at Seaside Luxe at the Four Seasons Hualalai. There I eat fresh fish and delicious fruits. Just after Christmas I go to San Miguel, where it’s all delicious homemade Mexican food.”

Sara Ziff, model
Favorite holiday memory? “When my brother and I were little, our parents would keep us guessing and speculate that the smallest box might contain, say, a collapsible hockey stick. This unlikely gift became a running joke every Christmas, so a few years ago we actually bought a hockey stick, sawed it into pieces attached with hinges, and folded it into a small box under the tree.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Nicole Miller joined forces with Indego Africa to create a great collection of fair trade bracelets.”
And on your wish list? “Love, health and happiness — with a bow on top.”


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