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A young Prabal Gurung and his parents.

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Irene Neuwirth’s festive pooch Teddy.

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Michelle Smith and her family having a beachy holiday.

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A young Rachel Roy with her brother and mother.

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With the holidays officially here, WWD caught up with a slew of fashionistas for the dish on their holiday routines present and past.


This story first appeared in the December 21, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka
Favorite holiday memory?
“The year we started Badgley Mischka, we swapped our New York apartment with a couple in Montmarte for Christmas week and flew ourselves over on the Concorde. It was the most magical week you could ever imagine — snowy, crisp, full of promise!”
And on your wish list? “We’re giving each other custom blazers from Alan Couture.”
What will you be eating…and where? “A big, traditional, but gluten-free, Christmas with Mark’s family in California, and a very intimate champagne and caviar fete at our place in Palm Beach.”

Jacqui Getty
Favorite holiday memory?
“Being at a New Year’s Eve party and going into labor and having my daughter Gia [Coppola] on New Year’s Day.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Special books that are chosen individually for each person, like Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’ and ‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides.”
What will you be eating…and where? “Gia and I will be in Napa, eating black ink octopus pasta and drinking wine. My favorite is the Coppola Blancaneaux white this year.”

Alber Elbaz
What’s on your wish list?
“I always feel embarrassed when people give me presents so I prefer giving them. Books are always good, music is great and food is wonderful to give and to get.”
Holiday travel plans? “My fantasy would be going to India.”

Tory Burch
Favorite holiday memory?
“Watching ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with my brothers every year, and my parents reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ to us — a tradition I passed on to my children.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Ted Muehling candlesticks for my stepdaughter; paddleboards for my boys; The New York Times book of articles from your birthday for everyone.”
And on your wish list? “Subscription to The World of Interiors, Feng Shui consultation, a package of SoulCycle classes.”
What will you be eating…and where? “My boys and I are going to Myanmar and Thailand — fresh fish, shrimp and great rice and curry dishes.”

Frida Giannini, Gucci
Favorite holiday memory?
“Decorating the Christmas tree with my family.”
What’s on your wish list? “Going to the mountains to ski in Saint Moritz.”

Reed Krakoff
Favorite holiday memory?
“The year when my family and I got snowed in at our house in East Hampton. It was a weekend I’ll never forget.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Every year I give a handmade bound book of photographs from the previous summer to close family and friends.”
And on your wish list? “A night at The Carlyle hotel would be an indulgent gift to receive from my wife. There’s something special about being able to escape from your everyday but only travel a few blocks.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I’ll be in Palm Beach; anything my wife decides to cook I’ll love!”

Jean Paul Gaultier
Favorite holiday memory?
“What I love is a Christmas tree decorated with pomanders — oranges studded with cloves.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I will be with my uncle and aunt in the Périgord, so it will be a lot of foie gras!”

Christian Louboutin
Favorite holiday memory?
“My first happy new year party in my new house in Egypt.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Women’s and men’s shoes.”
And on your wish list? “Anything coming from the heart.”
What will you be eating…and where? “Vietnamese food in Saigon — hopefully spicy and delicious!”

Wes Gordon
Favorite holiday memory?
“Christmas mornings! Nothing beats the anticipation of rushing down to see what Santa brought.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Diptyque’s Feu de bois candles, to make any home smell like there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace.”
And on your wish list? “A new watch — there’s one I’ve had my eye on.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I’m so excited to go home for a Christmas dinner — turkey, mashed potatoes, etc. Basically, Thanksgiving part two.”

Pamela Love
Favorite holiday memory?
“Once over New Year’s, a group of my friends and I went upstate and stayed in a cabin in the woods during a blizzard. We got bored so we walked to a local dive bar wrapped in blankets (and a Snuggie). By the end of the night I was playing drums for the bar’s house jazz band.”
What’s on the menu? “I love warm apple cider with a little Kanon vodka and caramel, and comfort foods like roasted vegetables. Typical holiday fare, except I’m vegetarian and engaged to a vegan.”

Rachel Roy
Favorite holiday memory?
“Going to the beach in Northern Cali where we lived with my brother and mother after opening gifts on Christmas morning.”
Gifts you’ll give? “My Heart of Haiti jewelry collection, which employs a mother-daughter team in Haiti that handmakes the jewelry. I also will give gift cards for the Caudalie Spa at The Plaza hotel and La Perla underpinnings.”
And on your wish list? “More extended lazy days in the sun listening to the ocean, a dinner with Deepak Chopra, a large white quilted Chanel bag and a private plane with a pilot. A girl can dream, right?”

Dennis Basso
Favorite holiday memory?
“When [husband] Michael [Cominotto] and I built our house in Water Mill and celebrated our first Christmas there 15 years ago.”
Gifts you’ll give? “My croc evening bags, faux fur throws and scented candles. Also, Hermès blankets, crystal serving pieces from Tiffany and the new Eleanor Lambert book, ‘Still Here.’”
And on your wish list? “Royal Water by Creed, T. Anthony garment bag, a new subscription to Hello and Majesty, an extra-long black cashmere scarf and a little more blue and white antique china. I don’t need it but I love it!”
What’s on the menu? “We start with a huge antipasto, then pasta with a fresh tomato and crab sauce, followed by shrimp scampi, stuffed clams oreganato, baked lobster, calamari salad and, of course, tons of Italian pastries.”


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Prabal Gurung
Favorite holiday memory?
“Going to Tiger Tops in Nepal with my mother and father when I was younger.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Love and more love!”
And on your wish list? “Charitable donations from friends and family are always wonderful to receive and I am never one to turn down holiday treats.”
What will you be eating…and where? “My cousin has a restaurant in Chinatown, Thakali Kitchen, and I love the momos there.”

Jenni Kayne
Favorite holiday memory?
“Taking [my son] Tanner sledding two years ago in Alta and taking [my daughter] Ripley there this year for her first Christmas.”
Gifts you’ll give? “APC quilts, The Elder Statesmen cashmere and goodies from Heath.”
And on your wish list? “A Celine Seau bag and a set of All-Clad cookware.”

Alessandro dell’Acqua
Gifts you’ll give?
“I would like to give pictures of cinema personalities taken by famous photographers.”
And on your wish list? “A modern art vase in blown glass from the Sixties. Hint, hint!”
What will you be eating…and where? “I’m going back to my family in Naples, where on our Christmas dinner table I’ll be sure to find sponge cakes (babà) and puff pastries (sfogliatelle).”

Antonio Marras
Favorite holiday memory?
“When the mayor of my city, Alghero, asked us to set up a huge Christmas tree in the oldest city square. We involved the entire elementary school where my son Efisio studied. All the kids created huge ornaments.”
What will you be eating…and where? “After an entire year spent traveling you need home…and eat traditional things, for instance fish and lobster soup, pork or lamb plus my favorite traditional Alghero desserts.”

Fiona Cibani, Ports 1961
Favorite holiday memory?
“Volunteering with my children to feed the less fortunate and hand out blankets.”
Gifts you’ll give? “A Ports 1961 cashmere travel bag complete with scarf, slippers and eye mask.”
And on your wish list? “A homemade card from my kids. I just love saving their little creations.”
What will you be eating…and where? “Keeping it healthy at home. Thin tastes better!”

Liz Goldwyn
Favorite holiday memory?
“I was about seven years old and had begged for a Fiorucci outfit for Christmas. I was so excited to receive it that I put it on straight away and added a red lipstick sticker on my lips!”
Gifts you’ll give? “Handmade gingerbread cookies with custom decorations.”
And on your wish list? “My birthday is also Dec. 25 so I’ve selfishly bought myself a couple presents already: a piece of art by Niagara at the “Destroy All Monsters” show, and a Norma Kamali nude and black lace dress that looks like lingerie.”

Crystal Lourd
Favorite holiday memory?
“Coming down the stairs and seeing Santa’s magic in Colorado and then going out for a family ski!”
Gifts you’ll give? “Fur to my mom…football jerseys, RLX ski outfits and iPads to my boys…velvet blazer and cashmere sweaters to husband.”
What will you be eating…and where? “In Aspen enjoying sushi at Matsuhisa, Italian at Campo de Fiori and home cooking at Bonnie’s on the mountain for lunch.”

Michelle Smith, Milly
Gifts you’ll give?
“Thomas the Tank Engine train set for my son William, a ‘princess watch’ for my daughter Sophia and theater tickets for my husband Andy. He has politely informed me that he does not need another cashmere sweater or cuff links.”
And on your wish list? “Quality time with my family is gift enough, but baubles from Pomellato are always appreciated.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I can’t be sure what I’ll be eating, but I’ll definitely be sipping a rum punch with Andy in the Dominican Republic as our children play in the sand.”

Petra Ecclestone
Gifts you’ll give?
“I have blown up pictures from my wedding, which is sentimental, but have bought my mum an amazing handbag and my sister a piece of art that I know she wanted.”
And on your wish list? “I have been dropping hints to James, so hopefully he picked the right watch I wanted! And he always adds a new Birkin to my collection.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I will be cooking a turkey this year, the first time ever, in L.A.”

Constance Jablonski, model
Gifts you’ll give?
“A new iPad for my boyfriend.”
What will you be eating…and where? “French scallops called Coquilles Saint-Jacques in the north of France with my family on Christmas, and probably delicious cheese the week of New Year’s Eve because we are going to the mountain to ski.”

Amy Smilovic, Tibi
Favorite holiday memory?
“Every year on Christmas Eve my grandfather piled the family into the wagon and drove around for hours checking out all the Santas and reindeers. I can’t say it was my favorite thing at the age of 15, but it’s something we laugh about now.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Coqui Coqui scents from Colette.”
And on your wish list? “A pair of Anita Ko pyramid diamond stud earrings.”
What will you be eating…and where? “My mother cooks traditional southern style food and I always overindulge — peach-glazed ham and bread pudding with bourbon are my absolute favorite.”

Irene Neuwirth
Gifts you’ll give?
“I’m making an opal bracelet for a very lucky friend. And my dog, Teddy, gets whatever he wants, as usual.”
What will you be eating…and where? “I host a trunk show every year for Christmas at Seaside Luxe at the Four Seasons Hualalai. There I eat fresh fish and delicious fruits. Just after Christmas I go to San Miguel, where it’s all delicious homemade Mexican food.”

Sara Ziff, model
Favorite holiday memory? “When my brother and I were little, our parents would keep us guessing and speculate that the smallest box might contain, say, a collapsible hockey stick. This unlikely gift became a running joke every Christmas, so a few years ago we actually bought a hockey stick, sawed it into pieces attached with hinges, and folded it into a small box under the tree.”
Gifts you’ll give? “Nicole Miller joined forces with Indego Africa to create a great collection of fair trade bracelets.”
And on your wish list? “Love, health and happiness — with a bow on top.”


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