Okay, clothing- and style-wise, what's everyone getting for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/'Eid Al-Fitr etc.?
I already pretty much know what my fiance got me -- Tod's wingtips that are built on the sole of their bowling shoes. More importantly, I'm going to see her for the first time since October. Other than that, nothing. (The traditional gift for Eid al-Fitr is money.)
what willÂ we be buying for ourselves
during this holiday period?
Clothes-wise, I'm going to pick up my long-awaited camelhair overcoat from Max Dietl in Munich on the 27th (two days before my fiance and I leave for some charity work in Zambia). Otherwise, if I have time, I'll look for these pieces from this season: -the peak-lapel Valentino suit -DB shearling by Miu Miu if I have time. -The rubberised wool zip cardigan by CP Company -Martin Margiela's jeans deconstructed and reconstructed into trad-cut trousers -A Dirk Schoenberger deconstructed formal shirt -Also, if I can find my size in Paul Smith's ticket-pocketed SB dinner jacket, I'll give my Dunhill one to Goodwill. But I probably won't have time. What I really want, though, is to put down my deposit for one of the first of these to cross the pond: Lotus Elise in the USA
I don't know what engine is going to be in it (the front-runners are apparently a Honda VTEC four with 200-some HP and the 180 hp Toyota 1.8L that's used on the hot Matrix, because the Opel/Vauxhall unit used in the European variants of the Elise since 1995 or so would have to be federalised), and don't really care. Whatever lump they put in there, it'll be a fun-to-drive, reliable, socially responsible (very high MPG due to the light weight, easily recyclable mostly aluminium components), reasonably-priced hedonist car.
A friend of my fiance's family has a 1996 one, and I've never had more fun on a twisty road before. Make mine British Racing Green with two yellow stripes down the bonnet. Peace, JG