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October 10, 2012

First Look: Neiman Marcus’s Legendary Christmas Book 2012, Out Now!

A couture chicken coop, fab four chef dinner,  Bulleit Bourbon tailgating trailer, & McLaren Spider in volcano red for gifting.

By Nancy Staab

Our favorite holiday exercise in over-the-top-ness has just been released. We’re talking about the required holiday reading that is the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. And what’s on Santa’s list this year? Everything from a smokin’ hot Alexander McQueen frock to a high-octane 007 Jetpack!

Nancy Gonzalez bag; Burberry for him; McLaren Spider; Alexander McQueen dress; all from Neiman Marcus Holiday Book 2012 Nancy Gonzalez bag; Burberry for him; McLaren Spider; Alexander McQueen dress; all from Neiman Marcus Holiday Book 2012

Neiman Marcus just dropped their fabled Neiman Marcus Holiday Book 2012 and per usual it’s packed with practical and not-so-practical covetables, as well as the work of noted artists and fashion photographers.  What’s in the gorgeous gift page? A custom, leather-and-suede boxed poker set, a Burberry watch for your favorite bloke, a custom crocodile handbag from Nancy Gonzalez the color of a shiny red ornament, a Deco black-and-emerald gown by Badgley Mishka, Alexander McQueen minaudieres, chandelier earrings from Jose & Maria Barrera that drip with glamour, Lucite adornments from Alexis Bittar, and much more.

As is the Neiman Marcus custom (the company is based in Texas after all), they also proffer a few over-the-top, fantasy gifts-- from a couture chicken coop to a 007 jet pack a la the James Bond movie Thunderball. Here’s the lowdown on some of the luxe gift packages and check out the slideshow below for a few slightly more approachable, but still luxe, holiday offerings. 

Lastly, it’s a banner year for Neiman’s. The store will also roll out their inaugural holiday collaboration with Target on Dec. 1 at Target stores and 42 store-within-stores at Neiman Marcus. Among the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection collaborators: Mark Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Lela Rose, Brian Atwood, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Phillip Crangi, Rodarte, Rag & Bone, Eddie Borgo, Pragal Gurung, and Carolina HerreraRead more about the Target-Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection here:






Neiman Marcus Edition 2012 McLaren 12C Spider

One of just twelve made, this car is heralded as the most technologically advanced supercar ever. Enjoy the butterfly wing doors, V8 twin turbo enging, Formula 1 “brake steer,” and carbon fiber chassis. The car comes in Volcano Red with lightweight diamond-cut wheels and Gloss Black inners. Also included: a McLaren luggage set, tickets to London and a private VIP dinner with the McLaren chair and tour of the McLaren Technology Center where all the auto magic is made.  Price: $354,000



A Taste of Greatness: Celeb. Chef Dinner with a Casa Dragones Tequila Tasting

A Fab Four team of celeb chefs Thomas Keller (French Laundry), Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Jerome Bocuse (Les Chefs de France, and son of Paul Bocuse), and Chef Richard Rosendale (The Greenbrier) will prepare an epic dinner for you and ten guests in your own home, plus a professional event planner to make the night flawless and so you don’t have to lift a finger, and private tasting of premium Casa Dragones tequila with the first female Maestra Tequilera Bertha Gonzalez. Each guest will leave with a personalized bottle of the premium tequila inscribed with their names. Price: $250,000



A Bulleit Bourbon Trailer for Tailgating

Take your tailgating to the next level with a custom Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer. Think rick wood finishings, sleek leather furnishings on the inside, elegant glassware, and top-notch entertainment system with a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc player and state-of-the-art sound system. And what to serve in your fancy barware? How about a year’s supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye? Even if your home team loses, you win!  Price: $150,000



A Custom Jet Pack a la 007

With this JetLev R200, you can propel up to 30 feet at 32 miles per hour for up to four hours or 80 miles without refueling. Live out your dreams of James Bond adventure, via the movie Thunderball, with this futuristic fun pack. All safety elements and a course in CFI 1 Pilot Certification and Safety is part of the package. Price $99,500





A Beau Coop

The urban chicken coop trend is taken to a stylish new level with this Heritage Hen Mini Farm  modeled after Versailles’ Le Petit Trianon. The custom, multi-level  dwelling features a nesting area, a “living room” for nighttime roosting, a broody room, a library filled with chicken and gardening books and an elegant chandelier, of course! Also included: a custom-built raised garden of herbs or vegetables and 3-10 heritage hens.  Price: $100,000




What a Hoot: Digital Art Work by Acclaimed Artist Robert Wilson

We can’t describe this digital owl art any better than the Neiman Marcus folks. Here is their catalogue description: “A stoic owl gazes impassively from a screen. Instead of a forest backdrop, the creature is juxtaposed against mod dots. A soundtrack by Carl Maria von Weber loops mysteriously in the background. Suddenly, the bird blinks! Then his head swivels! Exactly who whoooo is watching whom?”  The “Snowy Owl” work is part of artist Robert Wilson’s “Video Portraits” series. Wilson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale, two Guggenheim Fellowship Awards, and the OBIE award.  Price: $70,000


See the complete Neiman Marcus holiday catalogue 2012 here: