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Look around. There’s a lot of fun stuff in fashion these days that goes far beyond leopard prints and over-the-knee boots.

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We’re talking haute whimsy. It’s in the vivid kabuki faces and stickers splashed across Louis Vuitton handbags and the glittery shooting stars that arc across a Coach holiday frock.


Gucci’s dragon satin pump studded with gold spikes conveys a pretty clear message: “Let’s get this party started!”


Playfulness is a hallmark of Kate Spade New York, which has come a long way from the plain black nylon handbags that established the brand in 1993. Now, every Kate Spade collection sports some gaiety, like the snowy owl and vintage car handbags on tap for the holidays.

And, what’s more fanciful than shoes adorned with feathers, pompoms and fur?

Put a little pouf in your step with Salvatore Ferragamo’s furry burgundy mules, Stuart Weitzman’s fur embellished boots, flats and sandals, Club Monaco’s black feathered slides and Steve Madden’s faux fur pompom sneakers.

Those are just a handful of the fluffy footwear styles on display in nearly every merchant that sells shoes, so shop around to see what’s in store.


Bold graphics are another way to express humor and individuality. Haven’t found your personal chevalier? Pick one up at Burberry, where a mounted knight in armor gallops across an oversize white hoodie.

Personalize Brighton Collectibles’ shopper bag by plastering one giant initial on it in pink, royal blue or other brights.

Express exuberance with flamboyant prints in vivid colors, like Sergio Rossi’s eye-catching yellow, red and black hair calf spike peep-toe booties at Gregory’s and Roberto Cavalli’s oversize floral flare pants.

Home furnishings vendors have also tapped into fashion’s cheerful mood. A prime example: Kim Seybert’s adorable beaded doggie coasters at Neiman Marcus, the perfect gift for the canine lover on your list.