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Ho, Ho, Ho: Contemporary Designers' Wish Lists

From an Hermès scarf to a vintage Porsche to a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, contemporary designers are dreaming big this holiday season.

Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss

Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss

Photo By Steve Eichner

Alice  Olivia’s Stacey Bendet

Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet

Photo By Steve Eichner

Catherine Malandrino

Catherine Malandrino

Photo By Kristen Somody Whalen

From an Hermès scarf to a vintage Porsche to a meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, contemporary designers are dreaming big this holiday season as they pack for ski trips to Aspen and tropical Hawaiian getaways. After an extremely challenging year, designers appear ready to break out and live it up a little.


SHOSHANNA GRUSS, Shoshanna

What do you have planned for the holidays?
“We are going to be in Aspen and then Deep Water Cay in the Bahamas.”

What will you wear?
“In Colorado, I’m planing on doing lots of skiing, so my Moncler jacket. Otherwise, Anlo jeans, my Sergio Rossi over-the-knee boots and lots of oversize Helmut Lang sweaters. On New Year’s Eve, I’m planning to wear a black one-shoulder jumpsuit from my collection, with a giant gold and crystal Lanvin necklace. In the Bahamas, I am praying for great weather, so hopefully lots of Shoshanna bikinis.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“As long as my family and friends are happy and healthy, I don’t need a thing.”


STACEY BENDET, Alice + Olivia

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“We are going to Aspen for a week and then to Kona in Hawaii, so I guess I have a ton of packing and outfit planning to do.”

What will you wear?
“Aspen is all about boots and wool tights, and I actually designed this supercute long puffer jacket for the trip. For Hawaii, I am into long, really light sheer dresses; big sunglasses, and great bright-colored bags.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“I want [my one-year-old daughter] Eloise to say ‘mama.’”


CATHERINE MALANDRINO

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“A French itinerary. First stop is Paris, where I will enjoy my friends for a special dinner at Alain Ducasse. Then I am off to a family reunion in the French Alps, with snow slopes and sitting around the fireplace to celebrate Christmas in the Alpe d’huez ski resort. I will then continue to the South of France to La Côte d’Azur to celebrate the new year overlooking the Mediterranean sea, drinking rose Champagne and eating oysters with my party friend.”

What will you wear?
“I will have three different looks. For Paris, my look will be a cocktail dress in silver metallic jersey with a large stone chain necklace. For the French Alps, I will wear an oversize cashmere sweater dress with pointelle leggings and a shaggy fur hat. For Saint Tropez, jersey harem pants with an embroidered jewel top and superhigh heels. My suitcase will be very eclectic.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“An autographed basketball by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Tony Parker and Allen Iverson to gift to my son.”

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Photo By Robert Mitra

Joyce Azria

Joyce Azria

Photo By Steve Eichner



REBECCA TAYLOR

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“I am taking the family to see their cousins, aunts and grandparents in New Zealand.”

What will you wear?
“Well, it will be summer in New Zealand, so I will probably be wearing my basic uniform, which includes Italian army pants and Rebecca Taylor voile blouses.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“I’m angling for an Hermès scarf, but I’d be happy with just my whole family being together for the first time.”


JOYCE AZRIA, BCBGeneration

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“I am planning to spend the holidays with my family on Fisher Island in Miami. Let’s just say that, by the end of my trip, I may feel inspired to design golf and tennis apparel for the missy market and a collection of bedazzled flip-flops. It’s also my dad’s birthday on New Year’s, so it’s always a big family reunion.”

What will you wear?
“I will most likely wear my BCBGeneration one-shoulder minidress in gold lamé.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
”I don’t need anything, but if anyone’s taking notes I want...a camera, a MacBook, Chanel booties, new makeup, Brian Atwood over-the-knee suede boots, a new house, a navy blue vintage Porsche — you know, nothing fancy.”

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Photo By Steve Eichner

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson

Photo By Steve Eichner



NANETTE LEPORE

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“It will be a country Christmas in Ohio with family and then off to Jamaica, where we’ll have a big party with great friends at The Rock House for New Year’s. I also plan to throw a few good parties at home for the season.”

What will you wear?
“A long yellow dress with white sequins from my line for New Year’s, and in Ohio, I’ll probably wear my sweater dresses. I also have a vintage bias-cut gown that I plan to wear to one of my parties.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“A 15-minute meeting with Mayor [Michael]Bloomberg so I can state my case about saving the Garment Center.”

BETSEY JOHNSON

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“Retail store appearances in San Francisco and Hawaii. Plus, Christmas with the whole family at my sister’s house in New Jersey. We do the annual videoing and photo taking of the family and kids on the stairs and dance to the Wanderlust album. The rest of the holiday will be with my three-year-old granddaughter, Layla, in the sun and in the beach somewhere.”

What will you wear?
“On the road, my iconic BJ clothes. At my sister’s, I’ll wear my red Christmas midcalf jersey dress with a Santa hat. And on vacation, a swimsuit.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“A new hot lover.”

 

 

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Photo By Karen Hoyt

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley

Photo By Steve Eichner

 

 

 



MICHELLE SMITH, Milly

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“I am planning a cozy, traditional Christmas here in New York City with my family, followed by some fun in the sun in Anguilla through the new year.”

What will you wear?
“In New York, my favorite Toscana shearling vest. In Anguilla, a bikini from my cabana collection.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“More time with my babies.”


CYNTHIA ROWLEY

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“I just got back from an amazing trip to La Mamounia in Marrakech, and I’ll take a long weekend in the Dominican Republic with a bunch of friends for New Year’s, like we do every year. After that, it’s nose to the grindstone.”

What will you wear?
“It’s all very chill. No one ever worries about what they’re wearing.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“Another memorable adventure.”

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese

Photo By Steve Eichner

Amy Smilovic

Amy Smilovic

Photo By Giovanni Giannoni



TRACY REESE

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“Playing with nieces and nephews in the Florida sunshine.”

What will you wear?
“A comfy sweater dress from my plenty line.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“An Eames chair.”


AMY SMILOVIC, Tibi

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“My husband, the kids and I will be going to Sea Island, where I grew up and my parents still reside. We spend a lot of time on The Cloisters golf course, and the kids love riding on the beach. It’s an amazingly beautiful place. Frank and I will sneak away for a night or two to Savannah for some quiet time. We love the old-school Southern charm of the moss trees and architecture.”

What will you wear?
“We have a fabulous black leatherized lace dress in our new pre-fall 2010 collection I’ll be taking with me. I’ll be wearing J.Mendel’s winter white fur vest over it for warmth and Prada’s chunky black earrings.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“A crocodile bag from Bottega Veneta. It’s my obsession right now.”


GELA NASH-TAYLOR, Juicy Couture

What do you have planned for the holidays?

“An English country Christmas with family and friends.”

What will you wear?
“A tartan kilt, Bird by Juicy Couture leather leggings and a vintage 18th-century velvet jacket, and a beautiful brooch from my husband, John.”

What gift are you hoping to get this year?
“I want snow.”