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The 2023 VF GIFT GUIDE • 127 items for the sophisticated giver, inspired by the art and culture of this festive season
For the GILDED ONE • Let the gleaming pages of Elsa Janssen and Yvane Jacob’s Yves Saint Laurent: Gold be your guide
For the TASTEMAKER • The kitchen and the heart undergo transformations in Lessons in Chemistry
For the Radiant MINIMALIST • Take a page from CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy: A Life in Fashion, by SUNITA KUMAR NAIR, where less is the most
CASE Study • Lipstick tubes have taken on outsize personas, from status objects to conversation pieces
Bliss POINT • Interior designer BRIGETTE ROMANEK—a go-to for Beyoncé, Gwyneth, Demi, and more—finds joy in smoky scents and vintage seating
Love it, SKATE IT • For those looking to up their steez, this Gucci board has a sharp shine, even if the only air it’s catching is from hanging on the wall like the work of art that it is.
For the GOOD SPORT • Ascend to Olympic heights of sportif opulence with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ exhibit “Fashion and Sports: From One Podium to Another,” on view through April 2024
Inside the HIVE
This Year, You’re Invited
Roman HOLIDAY • Those seeking another excuse for seasonal merriment might turn to the ancient festival of Saturnalia, a week near winter solstice spent celebrating the god of agriculture, harvest, and time, with help from old standbys: sacrifices and gag gifts. (The orator Calvus famously delighted his friend Catullus with a book of collected works by very bad poets.) This Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and sapphire necklace, with geometric qualities inspired by Roman mosaics, is a festival unto itself. Party on.
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
For the BREEZY DREAMER • Lively up yourself with the heat, harmony, and perfectly soft-focus fashion of Bob Marley: One Love
Wordplay • The authors of eight of 2023’s buzziest books share their favorite gifts for the shelf.
Getting GRAPHIC • Fresh life for French art house, ballet dancers twirl in couture, and more high style to linger on
For the SWEETIE PIE • The new Wonka—an origin story for Roald Dahl’s trickster chocolatier—is a world of scrumdiddlyumptious surprise and delight
OUTFOXED • Rupert Murdoch dumping Tucker Carlson wasn’t about one thing. It was everything
The Great • With Barbie, GRETA GERWIG injected billions into the box office and joy back into Hollywood. If she has her way—and there’s every reason to think she will—she’ll be doing the same thing for the next 40 years
MURPHY’S LAW • Connecticut senator CHRIS MURPHY pushed through one of the most successful pieces of gun safety legislation in decades. Now, Capitol Hill’s conscience is on a one-man mission to combat what he sees as a uniquely American epidemic of lneliness
A HOUSE DIVIDED • Amid calls for a union, star-vs.-star showdowns, and lots and lots of drinking, some REAL HOUSEWIVES are facing their demons
Venice by Starlight • Labor strikes may have dulled the Hollywood firmament this autumn, but the 80th Venice International Film Festival shone as bright as ever as actors and legends gathered to celebrate Giorgio Armani’s first show in the floating city. “Venice means extraordinary atmosphere, history, romance,” Armani says. “It is incredibly beautiful;...