Stockings With Care

Because there's a little Santa in everyone, WWD asked a handful of diverse — and merrily generous — designers to craft one-of-a-kind stockings and fill each with all sorts of goodies for an imaginary typical customer.<BR><BR>

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Anyone into fashion knows that hosiery is back in a major way.

But for those who have ever peeked up the chimney on Christmas Eve hoping to catch a glimpse of that jolly, red-suited gift-giver, legwear of a certain kind has never gone out of style — especially when filled to the max with a bounty of delightful treats.

Because there’s a little Santa in everyone, WWD asked a handful of diverse — and merrily generous — designers to craft one-of-a-kind stockings and fill each with all sorts of goodies for an imaginary typical customer.

Through Saturday, this haute hosiery — and all the treats therein — are being auctioned on eBay (www.ebay.com/wwdstockings) to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provides weekend and holiday meals to New York City’s homebound elderly.

We at WWD will do our best to deliver the winners their stockings by Christmas Day. But even if they arrive late, such treats as Vera Wang’s “Grey Gardens” Broadway tickets, Rodarte’s “Tender Is the Night,” Marc by Marc Jacobs’ ribbon watch, Tuleh’s ostrich clutch, Heatherette’s bubble-gum-print tank top and Alexander McQueen’s skeleton key chain — not to mention the bliss of helping others — will deliver thrills long after that Rockefeller Center tree has turned to mulch. As for the priceless couture stockings themselves, if an instant heirloom isn’t worth waiting for, what is?

Rodarte by Laura and Kate Mulleavy wool and silk chiffon stocking with georgette and organza rosettes.
Joëlle Ciocco’s face cream, $110.
Libertine’s “What Wood
Johnson Do” T-shirt, $225.
Santa Maria Novella’s almond
Soap, $45 for a box of three, and gardenia dusting powder, $36.
Payard’s chocolates, $15.
Cat Power’s “The Greatest” CD, $10.
Gauze pouch filled with gold chocolate coins, $10.
“Tender Is the Night,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, $14.
Steiff’s stuffed rabbit, $30.
“Metropolitan Criterion Collection” DVD, $35.99.
Ribbon-wrapped candy canes, $2.49.
Origami swans, $5.36, for 20 sheets of paper.
Doll kitchen set, $13.

Marc Jacobs quilted leather stocking with chain hardware.
Marc Jacobs’:
? Votive candles, $40 for a set of three.
? Ivy’s fragrance, $65.
? Stinky Rat’s cotton polo, $35.
Marc by Marc Jacobs’:
? Ribbon watch, $285.
? Silk tie, $59.
? Apple charm watch necklace, $125.
? Woven cashmere scarf, $55.
? Two pairs of leather gloves, $115.
? Two pairs of fingerless wool gloves, $3 to $6.
? Cotton boxer shorts, $10.
? Two plastic totes, $44 each.
? Plastic purse, $14.
? Patent leather belt, $28.
? Three sequin belts, $3.50 each.
? Two jeweled bracelets, $215 each.
? Leather quilted wallet, $148.
? Cashmere hat, $145.
? Cashmere gloves, $45, with matching cashmere blend scarf, $35.
? Cotton and elastic belt, $10.
? Cotton baseball hat, $32.
? Rubber flip-flops, $14.
? Alligator watch, $250.
? Leather wallet with “MJ” logo, $168.
? Silk and cashmere scarf, $60.
? Cashmere blend socks, $35.
? Ribbon belt, $48.
? Star charm watch necklace, $150.
? Two leather bracelets, $7 each.
? Eight resin rings, $3.50 each.
? Resin signature cuff, $68.
? Patent leather and plastic watch, $150.
? Two lipstick pens, $1.50 each.
? Four key chains in various shapes, $5 to $7.
? Heart mirror compact, $5.
? Metal heart necklace, $36.
“The Catwalk Cats” by Grace Coddington with photos by Didier Malige, $32.

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Vera Wang silk duchesse satin stocking.
Vera Wang’s beaded necklace, $995;
? Princess fragrance, $68 for a 3.4-oz. bottle;
? Lace bra, $75.
? Customized engraved stationery, $365 for a pack of 50.
“Grey Gardens” on Broadway, two orchestra tickets for March 1, $222.50.
Danskin’s leggings, $24.99.
Pepperidge Farm’s cheddar-flavored Goldfish, $1.99.
“Mrs. Harris” DVD, $25.63.
La Maison du Chocolat’s chocolate-covered almonds, $23.
Jennifer Ouellette’s velvet headband, $45.

Tuleh by Bryan Bradley oversized cotton and linen stocking with metal bow.
Tuleh’s silk heels with holly adornments, $450
&nsp Ostrich clutch, $2,250.
? Albertus for Tuleh’s lippe cat hat, $1,500.
? Scarf, $450.
Bryan Bradley’s copies of “Books on Art & Culture” catalogue, by Distributed Art Publishers Inc. and “Fall Winter 06-07” catalogue by Steidl.
“Greetings, Friends!” laminated copy of poem by Roger Angell, from the December 1994 New Yorker.
Stocking Girl’s sheer stockings, $19.99.
Fred’s spring water, $1.89.
“Nadja,” by Andre Breton, $10.79.
Vintage engraved sterling silver tray, estimated value, $325.
A Greek version of “Amanti” DVD, estimated value, $5.99.

Alexander McQueen embroidered wool tartan stocking.
Alexander McQueen’s metal and plastic aviator sunglasses, $280.
? Brass skeleton key chain, $245.
? Silk skull scarf, $110.
1,000 pound (approximately $1,968 at current exchange) donations to the World Wildlife Foundation, Survival-International and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Animal adoption certificate of a Sumatran tiger from the London Zoo, 1,000 pounds.

Heatherette by Richie Rich and Traver Rains cotton knit stocking.
Heatherette’s cotton bubble-gum-print tank, $29
? Kidrobot’s doll, $5.95.
? Cotton sweatpants, $59.
Susanna Galanis for Fragments’ swan necklace, exclusively made for Heatherette’s spring 2007 runway show gift bags, estimated value, $150.
Tarte’s Tickled cheek stain, $28.
Ghirardelli’s milk chocolate bar, $1.25.

A stocking full of thanks and holiday cheer to:
Alexander McQueen
Bryan Bradley
Kate Mulleavy
Laura Mulleavy
Marc Jacobs
Richie Rich
Traver Rains
Robert Duffy
Vera Wang
Elizabeth Musmanno
Justin Teodoro
Kate Waters
Kerry Youmans
Lysee Webb
*All of their helpful elves, and WWD’s own David Yassky.

This auction is sponsored on eBay by Auction Cause, an online management agency specializing in high-profile design, strategy and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide. For more information, visit Auctioncause.com.

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