Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Thursday. Did anyone else read about this, or discover it in their mailbox?
The annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has arrived. (We no longer call it a ‘catalog,’ apparently that is old school. Ahem.)
Notwithstanding the less-than-exciting cover, it is always fun to browse the pages and gaze at some of the amazing items, stratospherically out of reach as they may be. The spectacular “His and Hers” gifts have been toned down, and a philanthropic element has been added, probably to offset the conspicuous consumption issue. There are nuanced signs that over the top displays remain louche, circumstances have not dramatically improved for many, and flashing one’s trinkets is not a good idea. (Of course, for many of us it never has been a good idea, but that is a discussion for another day.)
This year’s most expensive gift: the Van Cleef & Arpels “Poetic Wish” watches. The timepieces feature stunning enameled dials, and engineering marvels too complicated for my little pea brain to comprehend. The watch straps are pearl gray moiré silk for her and navy alligator for him.
In addition to the stunning watches the buyer receives two sets of tickets, one to Geneva for private tours of Van Cleef & Arpels studio and workshops, the other tickets are for Paris. Pricing for this gift starts at $1,090,000, as with all of this year’s His and Her gifts, a donation to a charitable cause is part of the purchase. In this case $10,000 will go to the Norman Mailer Center, which supports writers who challenge readers’ perspectives on the world around them.
Other items offered in the Fantasy Gift category include a Walk-on Role in Annie.
Personal favorites here at the Prepatorium are transportation related. I like the Bulleit Whiskey Woody Tailgate Trailer, ideal for posh partying and only $150,000 and the Personal Jet Pack, it is a mere $99,000 and just what I need to get across the moat when the Palace is hit with bad weather or the Minions refuse to operate the drawbridge.
Here is another angle showing the Tailgate Trailer, it comes with its own sound system and stocked bar, The Consort would *love* this.
This year Neimans is offering another fancypants car, some readers may remember that last year the vehicle was a 2012 Ferrari; only ten of the specialty cars were available for purchase, all ten were gone in less than an hour.
The 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider in Volcano Red includes limited-edition features and a McLaren luggage set. Plus, you’ll receive a business-class trip to England for a VIP dinner with McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis and a tour of the McLaren Technology Center (February 6-8, 2013).
The 2012 Christmas Book features an interactive component for each of the fantasy gifts. A free NM ACTION! app can be downloaded from the iTunes app store or NeimanMarcus.com. A reader can then snap a photo of the cover or a fantasy gift page and the image will instantly come to life, uploading a video or more detailed information.
There is a lot to look at, but the overall sense of the catalog (I’m sorry, I am struggling with calling it a ‘book’) seems a bit lost, not sure if its socially acceptable to tempt those with oodles of disposable income while also doing the right thing from a social perspective.
More on the film from Australia’s News.com:
Capturing the glacial beauty and elegance of Kelly, this is the first look at Kidman as the famous blonde princess she plays in Grace of Monaco which is set to be released in 2014.
The $15.8 million movie follows Kelly during the 1960s when her husband, Prince Rainier III, and French President Charles De Gaulle were battling over Monaco’s status as a tax-haven.
Shooting is underway in the the South of France, below we see Ms. Kidman in costume again.
Kidman wears a short blonde wig for the role (we like it!), and will likely don a variety of vintage looks (like the yellow jacket she wore Tuesday) throughout filming. Kelly was known for her classic sense of style and often flamboyant hats, which we can’t wait to see.