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Gift Guide: OTT But Totally Worth-It Fashion Presents

More is more, dahling!

Welcome to the neutral-free fashion zone, where you’ll find nary a cream sweater or a minimalistic earring in sight. On the contrary, expect statement prints, extravagant (and a little impractical) accessories and other delightful fashion picks that will make perfect presents for your style-conscious peers as we lead up to Christmas celebrations in less than 40 days’ time.


The tiny purse: Jacquemus ‘Le Chiquito’ Wicker Mini Bag


jacquemus le chiquito wicker mini bag

USD783/SGD1,133 (Photos from: farfetch.com)


Gone are the days where we could step outside with just our phones and credit cards without a care in the world. Although this adorable Jacquemus Le Chiquito Wicker Mini Bag fits barely any essentials —  whether it’s your face mask or your phone, it’s still a much-needed distraction to remind you to have fun with fashion. So feel free to wear this as an accessory rather than a purse and you’re good to go. (Fun fact: This made-in-Italy purse is one of the key runway accessories featured during the brand’s Fall 2020 Ready-To-Wear runway show.)


Perfect for: The ‘girly’ fashionista who can’t resist adding a pink item to her collection. She’s the sort to make impulse purchases on furry strawberry-hued house slippers and pastel makeup palettes and almost never regrets it. This star purse by Jacquemus will reignite her love for all things tiny and pretty.


The designer accessory: CHANEL silk twill scarf


chanel silk twill scarf

~USD483/SGD650 (Photos from: CHANEL.com)


Wrap it into a twilly and around your bag handles to wear it as an accessory, or tie it around your head if you wish to channel Audrey Hepburn during your next fashionable outing. Measuring 90cm by 90cm, this CHANEL silk twill scarf is fresh from the latest CHANEL Cruise 2020/2021 collection, which arrived in their boutiques all across the world earlier this month. A ‘forever’ piece that will delight woman across all ages, this lovely accessory features the CHANEL ‘CC’ logo along with playful illustrations of sandals, buttons, purses and more.


Perfect for: The aspiring ‘Emily Cooper’ in your life who’s eagerly waiting for the comedy-drama series to premiere its second season on Netflix. For the uninitiated, Emily Cooper, the star of the series Emily In Paris, is a young marketing executive who has a soft spot for everything CHANEL. 

The ‘look-at-me’ centrepiece: Gucci Fumus Star Eye candle


Gucci Fumus star eye candle

USD290/~SGD389 (Photos from: gucci.com)


Life is ‘Gucci’ with this Fumus Star Eye candle, which is embellished with motifs that are inspired by the fashion house’s aesthetic. This candle is a conversation starter because its lid features a hand holding a ring and porcelain by Italian porcelain company Richard Ginori. Furthermore, its scent, Fumus, captures the dark and intense fragrance of birch, combined with bright notes of orange leaves and beeswax. An aromatic and fashion-forward collectable that’s worth the splurge.


Perfect for: The interior decor-obsessed friend who devours Architectural Digest magazines and considers Kelly Wearstler, Humbert & Poyet and India Mahdavi among her idols. This fascinating candle is bound to put a smile on her face (and brighten her work desk space).


The luxury loungewear must-have: Dior ‘Chez Moi’ Pyjama Jacket


Dior women's Chez Moi Toile de Jouy pyjama jacket

Price unavailable. (Photos from: dior.com)


Dior’s latest range of ‘Chez Moi’ pieces features the house’s emblematic and classic ‘Toile de Jouy’ motif, which has been spotted across their products — from fragrances and their iconic Book Totes. Feast your eyes on the luxurious Pyjama Jacket above, a loungewear must-have which is cut in white and navy blue silk twill. This lightweight and refined outerwear will help you look chic all day as you lounge around at home. Complete the get-up with matching pyjama trousers and bikini top (if you wish to wear the jacket as a cover-up) if you (and your friend) consider yourselves Dior completists.


Perfect for: The high-flying, yummy mummy who cherishes moments of calm in the evenings after she’s finally done with her emails and successfully manages to put her kids to bed. This luxury loungewear will serve as a chic reminder for her to pamper herself every now and then.

The ‘dirty’ sneaker: Golden Goose ‘Francy’ High-Top Sneakers


Golden Goose Francy high top sneakers Net-A-Porter

USD516.66/~SGD693 (Photos from: Net-A-Porter.com)


Gasp! Are those dirty, scuff marks on your white leather sneakers? Well, yes they are and they’re intentional. Italian high fashion sneaker brand Golden Goose’s sneakers, including the endearingly named ‘Francy’ as shown above, are made in Italy and they sport the brand’s signature hand-made scuffs and distressed leather. Plus, the ‘Francy’ also features a ‘70s-inspired basketball silhouette, glittered-leather stars and touches of leopard print.


Perfect for: The style-conscious soul sister who loves to deck herself in luxury pieces but isn’t keen on items that are too high-maintenance. With these sneakers, she can safely retire her crisp white kicks for the time being and go for something more rugged and distressed.


Which of our picks are worthy of a spot under your Christmas tree?


(Cover photos from: CHANEL.com, farfetch.com and gucci.com)



Next, check out our beauty gift guide if you need more ideas on what to shop for in time for Christmas.