2011 January 4
WHAT: MaxMara's Summer Cube jacket
WHY: This customizable parka comes in many different silhouettes—all of which are reversible—and it easily compresses into a "cube" shape. The quilted Summer edition is lightweight enough for blustery winter days, given that it's made of Siberian goose down. And bonus: it comes with a double belt and is even available in 8 different colors.
AVAILABLE: $990, at MaxMara stores nationwide and 1.866.MAXMARA
2010 December 16
WHAT: Matthew Williamson's "escape" printed silk kaftan
WHY: The thought of vacationing without this multicolored-print wonder just makes us sad. Turn heads in St. Barths, Cabo, or wherever you're going with this fantastic topper that would make Rachel Zoe proud. Throw over your fave bikini and stack on some bangles---and voilà. Dinnertime.
AVAILABLE: $1,567, net-a-porter.com
2010 December 15
WHAT: Jennifer Meyer's personalized pendant necklaced
WHY: It’s not like we haven’t seen letter necklaces before, but Jennifer Meyer does do them best. The 18k yellow gold and pave diamond pieces layer splendidly with your other gold chains (and pearls), and they make for epic last-minute gifts.
AVAILABLE: $950 each, Barneys.com
2010 December 14
WHAT: Nancy Gonzalez's travel collection
WHY: The designer's first offerings in this category are so luxe it hurts. What says "bonjour, TSA!" like a $6,500 crocodile and titanium carryon? In the spirit of giving, treat yourself to the whole collection by adding the colorful iPad case and passport holder. Click through our Gallery to find your fav.
AVAILABLE: $220 to $7900, Bergdorf Goodman stores