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December 7, 2012 5:58 pm

Accessorise all areas

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Divine details to embellish loved ones – from head to toe
Limited-edition sunglasses by Valentino
Velvet ‘Boy’ bag by Chanel
 Limited-edition sunglasses, £450, by Valentino

Old-school Riviera glamour with just the right amount of kitsch.

 Velvet ‘Boy’ bag, £1,580, by Chanel

The classic quilted bag gets an opulent update in plush green velvet. The ultimate day-to-night accessory.

Dice by Belmacz
Animal umbrella by Burberry
 Dice, £6,800, by Belmacz

For high-rollers: rutilated smokey quartz, turquoise and 18-carat yellow gold dice. About 3cm2.

 Animal umbrella, £495, by Burberry

The lord of the manor look comes to town: enough to make you wish for rain.

Pen by Fisher Space Pens
Bicycle bag by Brooks England
 Pen, from £49.95, by Fisher Space Pens

Designed by Nasa for astronauts, this pen writes underwater, at zero gravity, upside down, at any angle and from 30F to 250F. Out of this world.

 Bicycle bag, £73, by Brooks England

For the chic cyclist, this compact saddle bag with an internal pocket replaces a bulky basket.

Leather iPad case by Coach
Double currency wallet by Smythson
 Leather iPad case, £165, by Coach

Sleek retro styling makes this protective sleeve perfect for work or weekends.

 Double currency wallet, £160, by Smythson

The smart way for the jetsetter to avoid currency confusion.

Leather boots by Nike
 Headphone ear muffs, £75, by UGG

Exchange the woolly hat and headphones for cute sheepskin ear muffs with

 Leather boots, £139, by Nike

Rugged outdoor styling combined with an air sole will put a spring in your step.


Next week: last-minute gifts


Brian Atwood on how to choose the perfect accessory

For men I like umbrellas, with a decorative handle, say, because people never have a great umbrella. Or I like anything monogrammed such as an iPad case, and drinking glasses are very chic. Men are becoming more interested in accessories and experimenting with colour and texture, so it’s fun to give them scarves in bright colours – when everyone is in grey and black, colour looks good by your face. Hermès does a beautiful men’s scarf that looks like an ascot but also doubles as a tie, with fringed silk at the bottom. I bought one in New York in burgundy with navy in a geometric print and I’m obsessed with it. I’m also into cashmere felted Borsalino hats.

For women I love vintage jewellery and fur gloves, and a crocodile passport holder in a vibrant colour is good for someone who travels a lot. Nobody loves their passport cover so why not make it pretty? Look for things that get more beautiful with age.

A good way to gauge someone’s taste is to look at their home or their favourite places and whether they like colour. You shouldn’t give someone who wears black 24/7 a fuchsia neon passport holder. But my brand is all about statements so I think gifts should have a wow factor.

If you are giving a party shoe, a good one should make the wearer feel like the belle of the ball. Detail, colour and sparkle are good. A low heel can be as sexy as a high heel. It just has to work a little harder and to seduce the foot with the right proportions.

The author is the founder of accessories label Brian Atwood


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