Bring on the feather fascinators, the fur collars and the sparkly shoes. The holidays are the stuff of fashion fantasy, the one time of year when, no matter your age, you can get away with dressing like a disco ball. Whether you take your cues from Hollywood or the pages of fashion magazines, almost everyone wants to add a little tinsel to their everyday lives.
This season, designers have all the trimmings: smoldering ruby-red sequins from
Beyond clothes, there are seasonal decorations and home accessories to inspire, such as
We've dedicated this issue to holiday dressing and gift giving. Whether you are looking to buy for a traditionalist, a modernist, a romantic or a locavore, we've got ideas.
One such bestowal could be the new book "Hollywood Unseen: Photographs From the John Kobal Foundation," a tribute to the stars who embodied the fantasy of Hollywood during its golden age. Nearly all of the photos were staged by studio publicity departments. Some are hilariously strange (Laurel and Hardy posing with a kitten on a movie camera), while others are captivatingly glamorous (
But the image that really charms is the 1940 photo of
Never mind that the holiday photo was probably taken on a studio lot during one of L.A.'s balmy 75 degree days. It's all about getting into the spirit, right? Studio portraits like this one kept the Hollywood factory humming and the world dreaming, even in tough times. In the book's foreword,