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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

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Jewelry is always a thoughtful gift. It’s one thing that’s always better received than bought for yourself, and it serves as an everyday reminder of the giver. So I’d love to score one of Comme des Garçons’ new rings for my younger brother Justin. They’re reminiscent of old school class rings, but way tougher, and if the lustrium metal and cubic zirconias are too bling for his modest tastes, he can always gift it right back to his loving sister. Besides, who doesn’t want to look like a baller every now and then?

Comme des Garçons Champion Rings are available at Dover Street Market, London, www.doverstreetmarket.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Martens, My Way

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The Dr. Martens resurgence continues. Longtime fans of the romper-stomper English boots may prefer the classic models, but anyone looking to tweak tradition will be glad to hear that the brand now offers customization. The Dr. Martens Bespoke service launches today at London’s Dover Street Market, where customers can begin with one of two styles, the 8-hole 1460 boot and the 3-hole 1461 shoe, and select their own leathers, laces, stitches, uppers, and liners. (The finished product is delivered, complete with the signature of the craftsman who made it, in three to four weeks.) The in-store custom program remains at Dover Street Market until the end of the month, after which it travels to Beijing, Ginza, Paris, and the U.S. After that, beginning in April 2012, it’ll be open to any and all online.

Dover Street Market Turns Museum

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“Just looking”—words that strike fear in the hearts of retail sales staff the world over. But it’s what’s encouraged at Dover Street Market, where Rei Kawakubo has just installed the Trading Museum, an exhibition of archive pieces and one-offs there for the observation. (They actually are for sale if you’re feeling flush, but the emphasis is on appreciation.) A visit to the first-floor exhibition is like a mini-trip to the V&A, not least because Kawakubo borrowed eight cabinets from the museum to display the items, which range from crystal pieces from Baccarat to Stephen Jones hats, archival CDG to items from the label’s recent collaboration with Apple, the Beatles’ license holder. The show is actually a temporary traveling exhibition, opening this week and closing next. Its first stop was in DSM Tokyo, where, apparently, the “just looking” message failed to take hold—almost every piece displayed there sold within a few hours.

Photo: Courtesy of Dover Street Market

The Bowery Boys: Nicholas Taylor’s Photos of Basquiat

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Nicholas Taylor introduced Madonna to Jean-Michel Basquiat in the early eighties, starting a tumultuous relationship between the pop icon and late artist. It was just one of Taylor’s daily adventures as a member of pre-punk band Gray, which he played in with Basquiat. Last night in London at the opening of Jean-Michel Basquiat Through Nicholas Taylor, an exhibit of Taylor’s black-and-white images chronicling those heady years, the musician-slash-photographer was quite logically in memory-lane mode. “Jean-Michel and I hit it off right away, even though he was a few years younger than me,” said Taylor. “An average night for us consisted of stealing beers off tables at the clubs. Then we would get into the subway and he would discreetly pull out a marker and start doing his graffiti thing. It’s like he had a twitch and had to be drawing all the time.”

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The New Shoe Diaries: Méchante of London

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One of the first things you notice about the shoes in Brit girl Deborah Lyons’ debut collection, called Méchante, is that their heels are quite reasonable. In fact, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything over 100 mm in the bunch. “I’m already quite tall and I’m one of those people who like to be in sneakers a lot of the time,” confesses the 26-year-old. “So I’ve kind of worked on that. There’s padding under the heel and the toe. It takes the edge off the pressure.” However, she adds with emphasis, “I just don’t want it to look like a comfort shoe.” And despite the absence of killer platforms, Méchante fulfills the promise of its moniker, a pet name given to Lyons by a friend that translates to mean or naughty. There’s certainly something quite vixen-ish about her combinations of python and black grosgrain as well as the sly reveals of cutaway ankles and cutouts. “[It’s] slightly futuristic but also retro,” says Lyons. For her first time out, the Parsons grad has scored an impressive retail roster for the collection, which ranges in price from $450 to $850: Dover Street Market, Harrod’s, Matches, and Edon Manor in New York; a West Coast boutique might be added before the month is over. And heel-orexics can take heart. Next spring will include a few nose-bleed heights. Says Lyons with a sigh, “My friends have been complaining that they’re not high enough.”

Photo: Courtesy of Merchante