August’s Most Wanted

Here’s what our editors are lusting after for the month of August.


Giambattista Valli bag $10,500, at Blake, Chicago, 312.202.0047

“Giambattista Valli’s first handbag collection is as chic as his clothes. This crocodile-and-lizard top-handle style opens with the push of an elegant gold button.” Nora Milch Associate Accessories Editor


John Reinhold brooch $36,000,

“To celebrate the 2012 Whitney Biennial, the German artist Kai Althoff collaborated with the jeweler John Reinhold on this limited-edition diamond-studded Satie brooch, which would also look great worn as a pendant. It comes in a silk box hand-painted by the artist.” Giovanna Campagna Assistant to the Editor in Chief


Valextra wallet and i-Phone case $530, wallet, $360, case,

“I used to hate the idea of matching accessories—until I saw that Valextra had iPhone covers in the same gray calfskin as its wallets. The combo is so cool that now I’m dying for a companion bag and belt.” Armand Limnander Deputy Editor


Peninsula Hong Kong

“Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities, and there is no better place to stay than the Peninsula hotel—which treated itself to a face-lift for its 85th anniversary. The rooms come with touchscreen tablets guests can use to control everything from the temperature and lighting to the television.” Vanessa Lawrence Features Writer


Josephine Meckseper at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New YOrk

“This month, I’ll be spending time in Southampton with my family. I’m looking forward to long days at the beach and Josephine Meckseper’s show at the Herzog and de Meuron–designed Parrish Art Museum.” Karin Nelson Features Editor


Soleil de la Mer the Face and Body Gradual Tan $85,

“If the subtle glow from this creamy lotion didn’t already have me dreaming of exotic beaches, its antiaging marine ingredients—including golden algae from France’s Brittany coast—definitely would.” Katie Becker Beauty Editor


Louis Vuitton tote $5,150, 866.Vuitton

“I’d carry this clean-lined, roomy tote for its name alone: the W.” William Kahn Accessories Editor


Simone Rocha 2013 Cardigan, $915, skirt, $1,150, and slippers, $1,070,

“This cream-on-cream look gets a boost from contrasting textures: The stiff frill of the skirt lends an edge to the soft faux-fur cardigan.” Mia Adorante Assistant to the Fashion and Style Director


Saskia Diez rings $360–$470 each,

“Designers are reimagining pearls in fresh and interesting ways. These stackable rings are a prime example.” Claudia Mata Jewelry and Accessories Director


Michael van der Ham dress $1,742,

“Though I tend to err on the side of simplicity, the deconstructed details on this dress really caught my eye.” Lindsey Frugier Market Editor


Andrea DeSimone Skincare

“A facial by skin guru Andrea DeSimone (using gentle Milkseed Fall Blend, $58) depuffed, destressed, and detoxified my sun-tired skin and left me looking— and feeling—10 years younger.” Regan Solmo Managing Editor


Salvatore FerRagamo shoes $550,

“I already have a closet full of Vara pumps. But now that you can customize them—heel height, color, bow, and all—there’s no way I can resist squeezing in a couple more.” Virginia VanZanten Associate Editor