Over the river and through the woods, to the uber-chic cityscape we go! That's right dear readers, get ready for some metropolitan moxy, as today's installment of the Holiday Gift Guide, focuses on the sort of aggressively fashionable, always ahead of the curve, statement making femme fatale¬--the Urban Warrior. To put it in trendsetter terms, this type of gift-guide girl has independent and experimental style, much in the spirit of Rihanna, Vanessa Traina, and Taylor Momsen. The UW often rocks subversive studs, techno fabrics, and lots of black leather, but she is also acutely aware of what's happening in fashion and knows how to artfully put together the best ripped skinny jeans, well-worn band shirts, and metallic flourishes. Fierce in the true sense of the word, the UW is the epitome of edgy cool; it may seem like her ensembles are from the future, but that's only because she's always right when it comes to predicting trends (she was sporting strong shoulders before they were back in fashion and wore blackberry lipstick months before it went mainstream)! Needless to say, picking out the perfect present can be a bit perplexing, so we've gone ahead and gathered all of the best gear for the Urban Warrior gal in your life!
Prince Peter Collection What's New Pussy Cat T-Shirt ($65)
The Urban Warrior possesses an impeccably curated collection of broken in concert tees, so she'll absolutely appreciate this Prince Peter feline design. Featuring the iconic images of famed music photographer Mick Rock (best known as David Bowie's official documenter, we also love his behind-the-scene stills from The Rocky Horror Picture Show) this entire line encapsulates the UW's love of bold graphics and all things glam, punk, and rock!
Carvela Sleaze Patent Lace-Up Ankle Boot ($289)
Superstitious shoppers may be apprehensive about giving shoes as gifts (it's said that the recipient will walk out of your life), but we think whomever you grace with these gorgeous stiletto boots will run to you with praise for your cutting-edge good taste! These patent lace-up booties are totally fashion-forward and tough, plus they're chic enough that your closest Urban Warrior pal will want to pair them with her favorite Balmain or Phi-inspired party frock for a night out.
shu uemura Tokyo Lash Bar Lashes ($79) in Goldglam Leaf
When it comes to show-stopping beauty looks, the UW has a more-is-more attitude. She is an expert at culling of-the-moment inspiration from her favorite runways and directional editorials, so these Swarovski-embellished lashes from the one and only shu uemura would be right up her alley. Inspired by leaves and dew, these Goldglam Leaf Lashes are a natural pick!
Joe's Jeans Zip Ankle Leggings ($98) in Mineral Grey
If there is one item the UW could not live without, it's a smashing pair of second-skin jeans. These denim leggings from the incomparable Joe's Jeans are one of our favorite new finds; not only do they come in an amazing array of different colors and washes, but they're also an incredibly economically effective way to satisfy all of your jean-related cravings this holiday season, and beyond!
Lauren Urstadt Fingerless Chain Gloves ($125)
Chains and leather are de rigueur for the UW girl, so be sure to check out these fingerless chain-embellished gloves. This leather and metallic pair is the perfect ode to Karl Lagerfeld, Madonna, and Tim Burton, and will add an extra element of edge. In short: these are the ideal accent to add a little hardcore high-fashion final touch to your UW's killer winter rotation!
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Leather and Metal Studded Hairband ($500, 310.274.8800)
Sharper than the bohemian headbands that were loitering a few seasons ago, the entire WWW office is currently besotted with anything adorned with studs and spikes. One the most notable fashion moments of the season was seeing Vanessa Traina wearing Givenchy's Haute Couture studded headband during the S/S 10 shows. Help your favorite UW recreate that crowning accessory achievement with this beyond-amazing Leather and Metal Studded Hairband from Givenchy¬--you could wear it with a paper bag and still look out of this world! If you can't get your hands on the haute version, we also approve of ASOS' Metal Spike Headband ($12).¬--KM
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Photo of Rihanna, from INF.