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The season of giving is thankfully also the season for parties! Tired of the same-old, same-old? Update your festive wardrobe with Iconic Chic’s handy party style tips and even if you don’t have a celebrity make-up artist on hand you too can achieve a fab look with their expert make-up tips at Elle UK’s marvellous beauty site with words of wisdom contributed by the likes of Bobbi Brown, Ruby Hammer and Pat McGrath. Click on the images below to discover Iconic Chic’s tips on party accessories, and Elle Beauty’s experts’ advice on how to wear your make-up. Party on!

 

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Dreamy scents on display at an Annick Goutal boutique

Dreamy scents on display at an Annick Goutal boutique

A limited edition Annick Goutal bottle

A limited edition Annick Goutal bottle

To fulfill all your Christmas dreams in one easy move, take a peek at either of the shops that Parisian perfume company Annick Goutal have just opened. Goutal, who died in 1999, was a great “nose” – her cult citrussy scent Eau d’Hadrien merely scratches the surface of her amazing talent. There is a huge choice of fabulously classy scents, from the purest flower (Rose Absolu) to the ancient and haunting (Sables). Now her bright and beautiful daughter Camille is running the show and expanding it in new directions. She whizzed over from Paris this week and showed me round her Mount Street domain. Upstairs, around the elegant fireplace and mirrors, it’s like a sweet shop – gorgeous ribbed bottles with gold or coloured ribbon, some with butterflies perched – and helpful assistants to guide you through the different fragrance areas. There are also deliciously scented bath, facial and home products. Downstairs is more a sexy boudoir feel, with the fantastically sensual newest range – Les Orientalistes, of which Musc Nomade and Encens Flamboyant are guaranteed to make you swoon. Add in beautiful, slightly boho jewellery inspired by the new perfumes, and fabulously elegant lingerie in classic silk satin and lace but unusual spicy colours, and you have a girl’s heaven on earth. Look foxy, feel smooth, smell great – what better seasonal gift for you and the man in your life? – Avril Groom
www.annickgoutal.com
109 Mount Street W1, 20 Motcomb Street SW1


Gucci’s latest initiative, the 2008 Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF shows the world that high fashion has a conscience. Celebrated chanteuse, Rihanna is a strong supporter of UNICEF and in aid of her favourite cause, she is the global representative of this Gucci campaign. From November 19th 2008 until January 31st 2009, 25% of all sales from the very striking white Tattoo Heart Collection of highly covetable accessories will be donated to support UNICEF programs for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. We hope that this is just the beginning of a trend for enduring collaborations between fashion houses and great charitable causes.

Bag from Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Messenger bag from the Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Autumn Display at Few and Far, winner of Best New Shop 2008

Autumn display at Few and Far, winner of Best New Shop 2008

British Design Award winner, the Few And Far shop in Knightsbridge

British Design Award winner, the Few And Far shop in Knightsbridge

If you’re facing an unticked list of names on your Christmas gift-giving list, why not check out the winner of the British Design Awards for Best New Shop 2008, Few And Far in Knightsbridge? Founded by Priscilla Carluccio (yes, of the Carluccio’s and also sibling extraordinaire to Sir Terence Conran) it stocks a wide range of super desirables: accessories, furniture, lighting, clothing and food! And best of all, all products are stocked in small quantities with a wide price range so you’re bound to find something for everyone on your shopping list! For shop info, go to their website.

007 poses with his Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

007 poses with his Bond Girls, Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton

Our new Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko has good taste. She wore a stunning red Valentino gown to the premiere of the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ in Leicester Square. Unlike her co-actress Gemma Arterton who chose a burlesque-style violet frilly number that left the entire length of her legs exposed to the chilly night air, Olga, pulled off the event in style. As for the jewellery chosen by Olga, her red carpet look was a refined pair of de Grisogono stud earrings and a ruby and diamond ring. On the screen, she wore her jewels with chic abandon, and particularly attractive was the thick gold link necklace worn in the opening scenes in steamy Port au Prince. After the dowdy ‘Algerian Love Knot’ necklace worn by Bond’s love interest Vesper Lynd in ‘Casino Royale’, Olga’s choice of jewels is a welcome change.
Daniel Craig’s Bond, wore his trusty Omega Speedmaster. – Maria Doulton

Save the Children ring by Bulgari

Save the Children ring by Bulgari

With wealthy nations tightening their belts and busy saving their own economies, now more than ever, do the poorest people in the world need our help. So a big applause to Bulgari that has just announced an ambitious project to help the charity Save the Children as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. Bulgari has chosen to support the Rewrite the Future campaign of Save the Children, the largest independent international organisation for the defence and championing of childrens rights.Through Rewrite the Future campaign Save the Children is committed to providing within 2010 quality education to 8 million children living in conflict-affected areas. Bulgari has decided to make its own contribution to Save the Children with the objective of raising 10 million by the end of 2009, of which 1 million will be donated by Bulgari to the organisation in advance, while the remaining figure will be raised during the next year.

A silver ring specially created for the campaign and featuring the Save the Children logo engraved inside will be on sale from 1 February to 31 December 2009 at the price of 290/$290 (including VAT) of which 50/$60 will be donated to the campaign. Bulgari will also develop a collection of 15 pieces of high jewellery and 8 high-end timepieces, of an estimated total value of 3 million and auctioned on 7 December 2009 in New York. Proceeds will be totally donated to Save the Children and all the initiatives connected with the operation will be totally non-profit for the Bulgari Group. We will keep you informed of the project and look out for the Bulgari silver ring and wear it with pride. – Maria Doulton

Fashion and Fantasy by Iain R Webb

Bill Gibb: Fashion and Fantasy by Iain R Webb

A night for golden oldies – one of the year’s best and quirkiest fashion parties was at Zandra Rhodes’ Costume and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey, where Twiggy opened a fantastic exhibition of designs by the late and much lamented Bill Gibb, and launched a brilliant new book about him by Iain R.Webb. Ladies of a certain age swigged champagne and swapped personal stories about the designer while looking fab in his originals especially the knits, with complex patterns by Kaffe Fassett, and sinuous jersey dresses with sequinned insets. For anyone who knows little about this outrageously talented Scot, who sadly died in 1988 aged 45, he was a style icon of the 1970s and still quoted as a big influence by designers of the calibre of John Galliano and Giles Deacon. Given that he flourished in a recession, expect to see similar wildly romantic designs and fantasy fabric mixes on a catwalk near you soon – he is well overdue a revival. – Avril Groom

Jo Malone's new scent, Sweet Lime & Cedar

Jo Malone's new scent, Sweet Lime & Cedar


One of our favourite purveyors of lotions and potions, Jo Malone have released a fabulous new scent called Sweet Lime & Cedar. Take a whiff and you’ll be transported to the East as they took inspiration from the flavours of Thai cuisine, with lovely notes of zesty citrus fruits, aromatic leaves, delicate flowers, fragrant spices and nutty woods. Best thing though, Jo Malone is running a fabulous prize draw for their new product so you too can experience its wonderful scent! Enter here!

Jewellery by Carolina Bucci for WaterAid

Jewellery by Carolina Bucci for WaterAid


Charity is not big on people’s minds at the moment as we contemplate our dwindling pools of money and grim economic outlook. But if you are looking for a present, the WaterAid limited edition pendant or tie bracelet from Carolina Bucci will bring a smile to the lucky girl it goes to as well as help the poorest people in the world get clean water. If you are going to spend, this is a humanitarian way to do it. – Maria Doulton

Isabella wallpaper by Marcel Wanders at Graham & Brown

Isabella wallpaper by Marcel Wanders at Graham & Brown

Unless you’ve been hibernating from all forms of fashion media, you (and your neighbours and their dogs) might have surmised that tartan is a wee trend this season. It’s a pattern that’s not just to be enjoyed via clothes and accessories, you can also incorporate it into your home.

Superdesigner Marcel Wanders has worked with Graham & Brown to create a fab treat for your walls. Available in three colourways, the Isabella range of wallpaper retails for £35 per roll.