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Holiday Elegance and Shades of Winter

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WEARING DAVID YURMAN

Justin Timberlake wears a David Yurman ring to the New Yorker Festival: “The Social Network” in New York City.

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DOM & RUBY COAT

DOM & RUBY really stamps its mark in the luxury fashion. Shown is the military dogtooth wool and leather bandage coat, $560 www.domandruby.com

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HANNAH CLUTCH BY ELLINGTON

This petite handbag features luxuriously soft Italian leather and a comfortable wrist strap for easy carrying.

www.ellingtonhandbags.com

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SWIMS HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Swims introduces its holiday collection of modern and versatile loafers available exclusively at Neiman Marcus. www.swims.com

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CARMEN STEFFENS

From Brazil Carmen Steffens offers exclusive handcrafted shoes and handbags in limited quantities.

www.carmensteffens.com

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CHICKIES

Celeb fans Denise Richards and Malin Ackerman love Chickies. It’s the most creative invention since shapewear and makes a great gift. This new must-have item is Chickies cleavage coverage, a stylish “fake tank” designed by San Antonio native Marla Mason Ross.

www.chickiescleavagecoverage.com

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JOHN HARDY

This gorgeous selection of exotic pieces from one-of-a-kind cinta jewelry collection. Precious and semi-precious stones adorn 18k white, yellow and rose gold and one-of-a-kind shells .

www.johnhardy.com

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ODETTE YUSTMAN CARRYING KOTURS

Odette Yustman carries KOTURS’s large feather Joret Clutch to the Los Angeles premiere of “You Again.”

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AUDRINA PATRIDGE WEARING A MIRIAM HASKELL

TV Personality and Actress, Audrina Patridge wears a Miriam Haskell Necklace to the “Sephora Make-Up Forever Launch” in New York City.

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THEIA: A NEW BRIGHT LIGHT IN FASHION

How does an aspiring designer go from Dublin to McDonald’s and end up with a multimillion dollar evening wear collection? Fifteen years of hard work, immense talent and some old fashioned “luck o’the Irish” would be the answer.

Don O’Neill, creative director for newly launched evening wear collection THEIA was born in Ireland, studied in Dublin and moved to London to pursue his fashion ambitions with an apprenticeship alongside Royal Couturier Gina Fratini. To further his career, O’Neill moved to Paris and studied alongside esteemed atelier Christian Lacroix by day and worked at McDonald’s by night. As luck would have it, while in Paris O’Neill won a green card in the visa lottery and soon moved to New York.

After interviewing with Donna Karan, Oscar De la Renta and Bill Blass, O’Neill landed his first job with Carmen Marc Valvo as an assistant designer. During his 10 years with the company, O’Neill moved up the ranks to design director. Recognizing his incredible talent, O’Neill was later commissioned by Badgley Mischka to launch their Platinum evening wear collection. The line was immediately embraced by the media, retailers and celebrities. Under O’Neill’s creative direction, Badgley Mischka Platinum graced the covers of WWD, Marie Claire and InStyle and went on to become a $15 million business.

Three and a half years later, in 2009 O’Neill was given the opportunity to create his own evening wear collection, thus THEIA was born. Theia in Greek mythology was known as a Divine Goddess who brought light and brilliance into the world. Serving as inspiration for the collection, O’Neill’s designs are elegant, sophisticated and ethereal.

In spite of the imploding economy, the line received a wonderful response from retailers. To date, the collection is sold in more than 300 stores around the world including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Ave and has been worn by stars including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kara DioGuardi to name a few.

www.theiacouture.com