December may be the most wonderful time of the year--and not just because of all the holiday cheer and festive soirees--but because there are so many great fashion finds out now! From a luxurious carryall to a party-perfect bangle, this month's Hearts story showcases an assortment of items you're sure to cherish. So break out that wish list-you'll need to make a few additions!-and read on to learn more about some of the things that make us the happiest of them all.
Bottega Veneta Resort 2013 Tracksuit
It's been some time since tracksuits have been at the top of our wish lists, but leave it to Bottega Veneta's Creative Director Tomas Maier to change all that! A huge step up from the velour versions so popular in the past, Maier's silky Colorblock Track Jacket ($970) and matching Seamed Track Pants ($830) offer a luxurious take on the athletic trend, bringing loungewear to a whole new level of chic.
Miu Miu Patent Leather Embellished Shoes ($2100, available at select Miu Miu boutiques)
No holiday getup is complete without festive footwear. And while there are a variety of party shoes to choose from right now, we're currently swooning over Miu Miu's new-for-resort leather sandals. Featuring a chunky platform and crystal-embellished details, these high-stakes heels will instantly up the ante of your ensemble and are sure to be a hit on the dance floor.
Carven x Petit Bateau Bodysuit ($115) and Mock Collar ($75, 310.888.8822)
This month's need-to-know collaboration news involves two beloved French fashion labels: Petit Bateau and Carven. Marrying Petit Bateau's timeless design aesthetic with Carven's easy femininity, the capsule collection features simply chic collared shirts, bodysuits, dresses, and cardigans for the classicist in all of us. Available now in all Petit Bateau stores, the line is in one word: magnifique!
Saint Laurent Classic Duffle 12 Bag ($2650) in Red
Admittedly, we haven't met a Saint Laurent bag we didn't covet, so it's only natural we've fallen quickly for the Classic Duffle 12 Bag, one of the first accessories created by Hedi Slimane, the fashion house's new Creative Director. Already adored by industry icon Kate Moss and spotted on Gwyneth Paltrow's arm too, it's only a matter of time before this minimal tote, which is now available in black, white, gray, and red, becomes the season's new must-have bag.
Hollywood Costume at the Victoria & Albert Museum
A must-see for any fashion-obsessed film buff, the Hollywood Costume exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London features over 100 iconic movie costumes. The three-gallery tour, which is open now until January 27th, spans Hollywood filmmaking from 1912-2012, exploring the pivotal role of costume design for such unforgettable characters as Dorothy Gale, Scarlett O'Hara, Indiana Jones, and Jack Sparrow. If you can't make it out to the exhibit, be sure to grab the companion book, Hollywood Costume, today.
Cynthia Rowley Flask Bangle ($225)
As you may know, we love a unique fashion find, and this quirky bangle from Cynthia Rowley's S/S 13 collection certainly falls into that category. This chunky statement piece works overtime; not only is it a gorgeous bracelet but it's also a flask-a design detail that'll certainly claim the spotlight at your next bash.--Jessica Baker, with Nicole Shoohed
Cynthia Rowley image, courtesy of Getty Images. Bottega Veneta image, courtesy of Bottega Veneta; Photos of Kate Moss, courtesy of Saint Laurent; The Birds image, courtesy of Universal Pictures/Photofest/The Kobal Collection; Taxi Driver image, courtesy of Columbia/The Kobal Collection.