Christmas in Prague

This Christmas, I went to Prague with my family, and it couldn’t be lovelier. Of course, there was some stress regarding the typical ‘Christmas conventions’ of staying at home and all… but then, Prague feels so, so at home. Those cobblestone streets, all the truly festive decorations, the panoramic views at the river (always filled with swans, whatever season it is!). And, to my own surprise, so many places are open throughout the holidays. New addresses, that will well add up to the spots I’ve written about back in October, are about to be posted here, hopefully before the New Year. For now, here are some moments from those few days.

Prague’s monumental, spikey architecture, some new season Prada at the Parizska street, and the delightful Christmas tree adorning the main square.

‘Grace: The Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue’, signed by the one-and-only Grace Coddington, is what I got from Santa. I guess I was good this year… 

The iconic Czech Krtek, re-imagined in every possible way; the tram near Prague’s National Theatre; Art Deco-ish reliefs and ornaments near Jozefovo district; the crazy, colourful Czech glassware.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

(The Last Moment) Great Gifts To Give!

Giving gifts is a special moment. But what’s even more special is finding them! Here’s a (pretty much) last moment guide of great gifts to give this Christmas to your closest (or to yourself, of course). Scroll down for magical pearl pendants, surreal ceramic mugs, hand-crafted bags, very pricey vintage, heaven scents and incredible, statement pieces! And a few blankets, of course.

This The Vampire’s Wife velvet silk blend dress in red is fit for a Christmas dinner goddess.

Ormaie Paris is about perfumes that will blow your mind sensually and visually (just look at their fabulous flacons). I want Toï Toï Toï, which means a German expression ballet dancers say to wish good luck before going on to perform. The fragrance evokes the polished wooden boards of the stage and the dancer’s waxed ballet shoes. More here.

Phaidon re-released Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. And, yes, it’s signed by Grace Coddington. Click, click. Adding it to my cart.

This Loewe bunny bag is so cuuuute. Maybe it’s not a life necessity, but then… why not? Available right here.

Boston’s Covet & Lou has some statement pieces that will perfectly fit under the Christmas tree. How about this A Détacher skirt and No.6 fur loafers?

The XXL faux fur bag from Pajonk (a Polish brand worth having on your radar) will be there for you in 2019, I guarantee you. More up on the designer’s site.

Re-See Paris has the best, hand-picked vintage out there. Chosing two things is hard, while chosing one is impossible. Treat yourself with a vintage Vogue and their delicious Alaïa selection.

Lemaire‘s molded leather bag in yellow equals a dream bag.

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What a boy really want is this Haider Ackermann reversible velvet bomber jacket. No explanations needed.

Alighieri has some of the most beautiful and magical pendants out there. This one from Matches is gold-plated and has a baroque-inspired pearl. A true treasure.

When I saw those new season jug bags from Rosie Assoulin, I instantly felt in love with their authentic artiness. They are still on pre-order, but maybe it’s worth waiting a bit and receive your Christmas gift as good start of 2019? Some are made with a latex-and-pigment combination, inspired with Gaetano Pesce’s iconic furniture. Love.

I’m not sure if at the time I’m writing this, they aren’t all gone. Botticelli Ceramics proves that some of the most incredible things can be found right here, on Instagram. I’m dying to get my hands on one of those very limited edition, one-of-a-kind ceramics coming straight from Marc Armitano Domingo’s studio.  “Inspired by art, Wunderkammer, and music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries”, Marc creates plates and mugs with 3D flowers, bees, boobies and eyes. And not only. Too obsessed with those artworks. You can buy them here.

This Jacquemus straw hat continues to break the internet. Enter the new year boldly, wearing it with an outfit as warm as Simone Porte’s favourite, beach-y colour palette.

Acne Studios is always filled with goodies. Please consider their new limited edition interior décor, just like the new men’s knits. Wouldn’t mind spending an evening covered up with all that fleecy wool!

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Let’s carry on. Maryam Nassir Zadeh has this 100% virgin wool sweater. That’s a gift that will keep on giving for years!

If you read my journal, you might already know my major obsession with everything Mondo Mondo does. The Janus ring (available in sterling silver and brass) is a must-have from this Los Angeles-based brand.

Blame Jeff Goldblum for making those Prada shirts so flame hot. Forever on my wishlist.

Another thing a guy will love: Bode‘s quilted jacket. This workwear jacket is made from a 1940’s album–patterned quilt. The quilt contains bits and pieces of men’s shirting, as well as a number of other checked cotton fabrics. Will look perfect with a pair of corduroy pants, as well coming from this New York-based brand.

Byredo‘s Eleventh Hour is an experience of its own kind, I tell you. You will get completely addicted.

If somebody ever gifts me this Calvin Klein 205W39NYC x Pendleton wool and cotton-blend blanket, I will marry them immediately.

Hope my public Santa Claus letter helps a bit!

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Incense by Byredo

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Inspired by the warm and comforting scents of the festive season, Byredo‘s candle is a soothing, smoky blend of Incense and Eucalyptus, peppered with notes of Crisp Amber and Wild Patchouli. It has been handmade in France and comes in mouth-blown red glass vessel that can be used as a small vase or pot when finished. It really does make a lovely holiday gift.

December is right here – and yes, it’s that time of the year. Get Incense here before it’s out of stock!

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Christmas like Dame Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Fashion Show, Paris, France - 1993

Autumn-winter 1993 / Falling, falling like snow.

Christmas morning and it feels like browsing old fashion collections for hours. Vivienne Westwood‘s 90s shows surprisingly (or rather not) feel extremely festive – literally, wish you look like Kate or Naomi, all dressed up in Dame Viv’s crotchet, platform shoes and layers of fur. An alternative, Christmas-themed break-down of Westwood’s style codes – you’re welcome.

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Autumn-winter 1995 / When the fireplace is not enough and you drown in your aunt’s felt blankets.

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Autumn-winter 1993 / Making an entrance like an eff-ing dame.

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Autumn-winter 1995 / I’m cool with wearing my grandma’s knit thingie. once. a. year.

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Autumn-winter 1995 / ‘So, who was good enough this year to receive a fetch scarf that will match your fancy beanie I gave you the last year?’

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Autumn-winter 1993 – Keeping it classy. I don’t care about Christmas mood, nah.

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Autumn-winter 1993 / Baby it’s cold outside, you know.

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Autumn-winter 1993 / Another blanket outfit worth investigating.

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Autumn-winter 1995 / Alternative Santa look, darling!

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Autumn-winter 1995 / The one who got far too many presents.

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Autumn-winter 1993 / Bad, bad girl look.

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Autumn-winter 1994 / When you realise a human impersonator of Jingle-Bell exists.

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Autumn-winter 1994 / Wrapping gifts queen.

More of these brilliant fur looks.

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Autumn-winter 1995 / Pre-family dinner, hears something mean ’bout her appearance. Thinks of something savage, shady, yet refined to say during the actual dinner.

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Autumn-winter 1995 / ‘Christmas is the perfect occasion to show off’. Hot tip – don’t throw away the present-package ribbons. Reuse!

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Autumn-winter 1993 / I’m out of here.

Gifts for Her.

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Welcome to Design & Culture by Ed gift guide for the upcoming festive season. Here you will find my edit of the ultimate gifts to give (or receive!), from can’t-go-wrong buys to must have pieces. Once you find your perfect present, click the link and get it, or alternatively write it down in your letter for Santa Claus! Prepare to be inspired…

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Nina Ricci ‘Lily’ crossbody bag.

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Byredo ‘1996’ perfume & Jacquemus lamé mini dress.

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Courrèges vinyl box bag & vintage long fur coat.

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Repossi 18-karat rose gold diamond ring & Nina Ricci dress.

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Diptyque ‘Epices Et Delices’ candle & Isabel Marant earrings.

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Saint Laurent heart shaped cape.

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Golden Goddess’ palette & Joseph velvet top.

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Isabel Marant pumps  & Marques Almeida skirt.

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Rodin face oilRodin hand and body cream & Jacquemus yellow turtleneck.

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Gift of Goddess Skin’ feautuing primer, mask, moisturizer.

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Vintage Chanel bag & Dorateymur heels.

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Sophie Buhai silver ‘Egg’ ring & Nina Ricci metallic high neck dress.

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J.W. Anderson hooded jacket & Vintage Prada lip print wedge sandals.

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Loewe ‘Elephant’ wallet & Miu Miu coat.

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 Oliver Peoples X The Row sunglasses.

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Tom Ford ‘Nicholas’ lipstickTom Ford ‘Dominic’ lipstick & Tom Ford ‘Bradley’ lipstick.

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Prada wool sweater & Prada skirt.

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Gucci ‘Weekend Bag’ & Paul Smith rose pattern socks.

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Céline luggage bag & Tom Ford ‘Black Orchid’ perfume.

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Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini knit & J.W.Anderson ‘Pierce’ bag.

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Gifts for Him.

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Are you about to seek the one-of-a-kind, unconventional, and simply perfect gift for him? Here’s the ultimate, shoppable guide to this year’s most exciting presents a guy can find under the Christmas Tree! It’s simple – browse through the guide, click the links below and… go for it!

Stay tuned – her guide is coming soon to Design & Culture by Ed, too!

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Dries Van Noten appliquéd wool waistcoat & Loewe soft beanie.

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Tom Wood ‘Oval’ ring.

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Cinzia Araia zipped hi-tops & Loewe ‘Mushroom’ messenger bag.

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Tom Ford shearling coat.

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Vetements ‘Summercamp’ book & Loewe ‘001’ fragrance.

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Lemaire chunky sole ‘Oxford’ shoes & Aesop grooming kit.

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Givenchy classic blazer.

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Y / Project layered hoodie & This is Paper bag.

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Thom Browne cotton-twill mac.

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Meo Fusciuni ‘Odor 93’ fragrance & Thom Browne cotton socks.

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Hender Scheme ‘Mip-10’ leather sneakers & Courrèges ‘Métal’ sunglasses.

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Haider Ackermann ‘Madame’ jacket.

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