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How tastemakers dress for the holiday season

Plaid scarves, fleece-lined boots and peacoats won't do. Experts like Monique Lhuillier, Andy Lecompte and Katie Nehra say it takes just one or two special touches.

November 27, 2011|By Melissa Magsaysay | Los Angeles Times

Lyndsey Butler: The designer of the Veda clothing collection adores traditional holiday fabrics such as velvet, lurex, lace and beaded silks year-round, so for the holiday season she goes the nonflashy route and sticks to monochromatic dressing.

"I do one shade only, head to toe," Butler says. "My personal favorites are navy or cranberry. I love the look of matching my tights to my shoes." Her clothes may be relatively tame, but Butler manages to punch things up with most of her blond hair freshly dyed a cool blue.

John Eshaya: The JET by John Eshaya designer pulls out his Tom Ford black velvet bow tie each holiday season, wearing it with an array of items including jeans and a denim or plaid shirt, a tuxedo or with a cardigan. "I wear it with pretty much anything and everything," he says.

Emily Current and Merrit Elliott: The design duo and celebrity stylists go for bright and sparkly attire with a charming vintage feel. Current favors Miu Miu glitter heels and a 1920s rhinestone headband she picked up at the Santa Monica Vintage Expo. She punctuates the look with a bright red or hot pink matte lipstick.

Elliott also loves wearing a Miu Miu shoe around the holidays, but prefers a cherry red color. She amps up her beauty look with MAC Cosmetics' Dazzlesphere Berry Ornament Mini Eye Kit for the festive colors and sparkle it gives her eyes and cheeks. Matte gold nail polish gives her an understated way to wear the metallic shade.

Irene Neuwirth: The Venice-based jewelry designer just launched a diamond collection at Barneys New York this month, so she has no shortage of sparkly options. Her choice for holiday dressing is a pair of earrings with one-of-a-kind opals surrounded by diamonds. The other thing Neuwirth will be wearing to holiday parties is a statement-making pair of red YSL Trib Too high heels. "There's something about that pop of color which just makes all the difference," she says.

Kevan Hall: Generally dressed in a sharp blazer and jeans, the women's wear designer puts the focus on footwear to get in the spirit, switching out his usual boots for a pair of black velvet Tod's driving shoes.

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