By Susan Romero
If you’re looking for unique holiday gifts this season, Aerin Lauder’s Private Collection Boutique should be your first stop. No, it’s not a bunch of old make-up that your mother wore. The collection, which debuted last week at Bergdorf Goodman, includes 100 exclusive, timeless items personally selected by Aerin that capture the essence of Estee Lauder. Even a modern fashionista needs a vintage touch every now and then.
Imagine breaking out one of the feather light distressed gold make-up or toiletry bags in front of your friends as they ask, “Where did you get that?” The light gold bags look fashionably worn and come with zipper or envelope flap closures. Or you might want to slide on the golden leather Lanvin ballet slippers with a sturdy flexible rubber sole that seems like it would last forever. If you love stylish make-up, put yours in the large golden alligator design compact. There are also scented guest soaps and a Tuberose Gardenia scented shell pendant in gold. For coffee table book collectors, there is a linen covered book of photographs taken by Viktor Skrebneski called Five Beautiful Women. The new 20th anniversary edition book contains pictures of Estee Lauder models taken in the 1960s and 1970s.
Shopping for gifts in this collection is stress-free since they are neatly located on two small shelves tucked away in the back of Bergdorf’s serene Beauty Level. I would definitely grab the ballet slippers or the gold travel bags which are sure to be popular and forever gifts.