Chic choices


(1) What to wear to a fall (or holiday) cocktail party? How about something that takes basic black to a whole new level — this vegan leather skirt from n:Philanthropy, a company that not only offers contemporary designs but apparel with a purpose. Owner Yvonne Niami is all about combining comfort with consciousness and, since the company’s launch, has supported two causes she is most passionate about, pediatric cancer research and the fight against animal cruelty. So any purchase — including this cutting-edge Blanca Skirt ($158) — allows you to look and do good.
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Like a bold red dress adds personality to your wardrobe, filling your home with eye-catching furnishings is a surefire way to add similar zest to your surroundings. Tap into Noir’s creativity, which is perfectly summed up in its Merle Table Lamp (2) ($513). It’s an artistic example of the California company’s collection of antique brass pieces and sure to start a conversation or two. And for a touch of classic glamour, opt for selections from Gilded Home featuring creations from celebrity interior designer John McClain. We’re loving the Sophia Ottoman (3), which features a substantial antique brass base and is topped by either cream (here, $2,940) or black cowhide with metallic accents; or the Taylor Bubble Chandelier (4) ($4,020), which brings a decidedly elegant, cloud-like feel to a dining room, foyer or … really anywhere you want to add some flair. Various sizes of solid clear Lucite balls are arranged around a polished nickel fixture with a statement-making, 24-inch diameter.
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(5) There are those iconic luxury brands that resonate year in and year out. Chanel, Valentino, Tiffany, Lalique… Verdura finds itself firmly planted in that heady mix. Recently welcomed to the jewelry company’s Fifth Avenue headquarters, WAG once again had the chance to swoon over Verdura’s endlessly appealing designs and recognize the enduring legacy of a company founded in 1939 by Duke Fulco di Verdura. Need proof? Look no further than this pair of bracelets, from the black jade, gold, ruby, sapphire, pearl and diamond “Maltese Cross” Cuff ($47,500), to the “No. 100” Cuff ($111,000),  a one-of-a-kind 18k yellow gold and black enamel cuff bracelet set with a removable gold and diamond vintage Verdura “sunray” brooch, made in 1940. Both are available at Verdura, at 745 Fifth Ave., Suite 1205, in Manhattan (212-758-3388) or at select retail partners.
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(6) Two titles from Thames & Hudson put men’s fashion right in the spotlight — and deservedly so. “A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton” by Benjamin Wild ($50) is a fitting tribute to the late British photographer and costume designer, whose personal style is again being celebrated in the contemporary craze for classic tailoring. While Beaton’s work, including his iconic fashion images, is certainly known among fashionistas, this book gives insight into the man himself — and his memorable wardrobe. Don’t you want to read more about the man who famously showed up at Cambridge University in 1922 wearing an evening jacket, red shoes, black-and-white trousers and a large cravat? Thought so. Continue the journey into the world of men’s fashion with “The Finest Menswear in the World: The Craftsmanship of Luxury” by Simon Crompton ($40). The sophisticated survey of the finest clothing, accessories and brands is a visual treat that offers something more. Profiles of 14 distinguished companies take the reader behind the scenes, exploring an unwavering dedication to craft that raises them to another level. Get ready for quite a road trip, one that takes you from Alfred Dunhill in London to Loro Piana in Italy to Kapital in Japan — and beyond.
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