TEMPERLEY’S GOLDEN APPLE: Temperley London is hoping to lend the thrill of the chase to its customers’ holiday shopping. Designer Alice Temperley has created a “Golden Apple,” a napa leather, apple-shaped metallic python print clutch bag for winter. Only 25 pieces were produced.

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The label’s stores in New York, Dubai, Los Angeles and London and Browns in London will all carry the bag, which retails for a $995. Temperley said the design is named for the golden apple in the Greek myth “The Judgement of Paris,” in which the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all vied for the prize of a golden apple addressed to “the fairest.”


FESTIVE FERGIE: Rockefeller Center’s famed Christmas tree will get “Fergalicious” this year. This week hip-hop singer Fergie is bringing her holiday spirit to ceremoniously unveil the tree’s giant star in advance of the tree lighting taking place Dec. 3. Weighing in at 550 pounds and standing more than 9 feet tall, the Swarovski crystal star is also tied into Swarovski’s annual star program benefiting people in need. This year, celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Ellen DeGeneres and Teri Hatcher have designed miniature stars that will be auctioned on the Clothes Off Our Back foundation’s Web site. The organization auctions celebrity attire for children’s charities.


HAND IN HAND: French luxury glovemaker Causse has collaborated with embroidery house Maison Lesage, owned by Chanel, to create couture gloves, the first in a series of collaborations dubbed Causse Atelier. The mid-arm-length, fingerless designs on white or black lamb leather are embroidered with geometric-shaped glass beads. The pieces will be available to order from December in the Boutique Causse, which opened on Paris’ Rue de Castiglione last year.