Gentlemen, have you seen the holiday video above (which we’re proud to say our compatriots here at Nordstrom HQ recently filmed QUITE handily)? It might be the first romantic comedy in years that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of the uncomfortable truth that it conveys: Women are better than us at nearly everything—including giving Christmas gifts.
Our male protagonist delivers knockout gift after knockout gift: boots, jewels, burgers. And yet, his better half still one-ups him in the end. It’s likely that your wife or girlfriend will win at Christmas this year as well—not that it’s a competition—but to minimize the thoughtfulness gap, we asked a cross-section of stylish, intelligent (and yes, picky) women at Nordstrom’s Seattle offices to share what’s on their own wish lists this year. Follow their advice, and you can at least take pride in being a good loser:
We tend to gloss over at the sight of red carpets, but these candid, backstage polaroids—shot by photographer Lucas Michael at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, using a Warhol-era instant camera—capture stars looking like real people. Well-dressed, attractive, hilarious real people, but still.
While Paul Rudd, above left, definitely took home the night’s prize for best botched dialog, his bow tie comes off as a little stiff. We’ll award best-dressed to the incomparable Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, whose floppy bow carries far more character—and gives an appropriate nod to 19th-century presidential style.
Check out more of our favorites below (click images to enlarge)—and view the rest at New York Magazine’s Vulture.com.
Christoph Waltz. Buzz cut x thick rims—digging the Trainspotting vibe. Julianne Moore. What can we say, we’re suckers for freckles. Ben Affleck. Brash peak lapels are befitting an actor turned very serious director.
Adam Driver. Went from clearly psychotic to strangely sane on HBO’s Girls. Morena Baccarin & Morgan Saylor. Damian Lewis’ TV fam deserves props for putting up with him. Sacha Baron Cohen. Polka dots and a 4 o’clock (not 5 o’clock) shadow add chutzpah to his tux.
Bryan Cranston. Killer goatee. But what, no Pinkman? Jennifer Lawrence. Date-night alert: Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com you won’t hate. Quentin Tarantino. The man still has a way with words—and a knack for memorable soundtracks.