CRAVE’s December Top Ten: Christmas Edition

New York is arguably one of the most magical places to spend Christmas, and there can be no more iconic a place to call home while you’re there than Bryant Park Hotel. James Dean even lived there between 1950 and 1953. And if it’s good enough for James Dean… So to pay homage to this supreme example of art deco glamour we’ve dedicated our December Top Ten must-haves to all things black and gold.


1. Puzzle Table Lamp by Jonathan Andler – £1,250

If you’re really looking to indulge yourself with an extravagance this year, don’t wait for Christmas. This design treasure would look amazing when you invite people over for pre Christmas drinks. Just grin and think of all the envious looks and flooding compliments as you hand over your credit card.


2. Sequin Panel Dress from Whistles – £170

It’s party season, and that can only mean one thing: a new wardrobe of dresses that no one has yet seen you wear. We love this Whistles sequin panel dress. Sparkly enough for festive engagements but not out of place at a dinner party either, once Christmas is out of the way. On a cost per wear basis, it would practically be rude not to!


3. Floris Honey Oud (EDP, 100ml) from Harrods – £160

Launched together exclusively with Harrods, the fragrance is created with the extremely rare oud oil from a certified sustainable source of agarwood. This oil is among the most expensive in the perfumer’s palette making this a real treat if you’re giving it as a gift, but even better if you’re buying it for yourself!


4. Gazelle OG Mid Shoes by Adidas – £ 67

The shoe of the season, the gazelle is having somewhat of a revival this year. We love this all black OG mid pair for a change from the ones you’ll see everyone else wearing.


5. iPhone 5 Electroplate Case With Tres Amaze Slogan from ASOS – £8

Nothing spreads Christmas cheer quite like a novelty phone case. The modern age’s take on the novelty Christmas jumper, this is now the only cringe inducing fashion item to be seen with. Just make sure to wave yours around with a heavy dose of irony  – “oh this?… yeah, isn’t it tres hilare!”


6. Black Liberty Print Ianthe 2015 Diary from Liberty – £60

In a classic Liberty Print, this timeless embossed Ianthe print leather diary is a lovely object to start the year with. If you’re giving it away, it’s sure to win you a ‘best present’ award. Just make sure to buy two, so you don’t have any trouble parting with one of them.


7. Karen Walker Gold Orbit Filigree Sunglasses from Liberty – £220

If you’re anything like us, by the time Boxing Day rolls around you’ll be wondering what cruel twist of fate has left you at home when you should already be basking in the winter sun on the slopes of Verbier. And that’s an excellent question! But we’ll leave you to wrestle with that one on your own. In the mean time, may we suggest that when you do arrive there, you’re wearing these. Inspired by the 1070s character Annie Hall (played by the impeccable Diane Keaton), if you’re going all out, team with a one piece ski suit and a self assured, unapologetic attitude.


8. Tom Dixon Spun Brass Form Tea Pot from Tom Dixon Online – £140

OK, so making a cuppa for the in-laws over Christmas is not exactly a highlight of the festive season. But serving tea in a work of art like Tom Dixon’s Form tea set? Well there’s an argument to be made for that. Resist the urge to give them that chipped mug with kittens on it you bought when you were a student, and wow them with something altogether more grown-up from the golden era of Deco design.


9. Gold Plated watch by Larsson & Jennings – £215

A unisex gold on gold combination, the CM | Gold pays tribute to classic design with a contemporary urban edge. The swiss made timepiece features lightweight materials and stylish, uncluttered construction, making it just about the perfect accessory.


10. Mini Gold Bar set of 3 from Harrods – £19.95

You’re bound to catch yourself watching repeats of The Italian Job for the countless time this Christmas. It just so happens to be one of our favourite movies (the Michael Caine or the Mark Wahlberg version, we’re not purists) so don’t fight it and snack on these while you give yourself over to glorious Christmas TV programming.