While the bra technically doesn't make its debut until Nov. 30, when Lima will sashay down the runway during The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, catalogs are arriving in mailboxes now, and Victoria's Secret has even brought it to life with an iPad App.
This year's bra was designed by Damiani, and took six Damiani craftsmen 1,500 hours of full-time labor to complete. (Each gem is handset.) The cover of the holiday catalog, however, features more affordable sparklers: Candice Swanepoel is wearing a push-up bra and matching V-string covered with pink iridescent crystallized Swarovski elements, which costs $250.
Neiman Marcus also unveiled an iPad app when it introduced its holiday catalog earlier this month, proving that no matter what the economy is up to, there's always room for some over-the-top fantasies.
Celebrating the 50th year of his-and-her gifts -- a tradition that started with matching Beechcraft airplanes for $176,000 -- the Dallas-based retailer is selling a one-of-a-kind precious jewelry charm bracelet, with each charm representing a memorable his-and-hers gift from years past, including an airplane, a Chinese Junk, a hot air balloon, a camel, a sarcophagus, a windmill, an ostrich, a Shar-Pei puppy, and a robot, for $248,000.
The his-and-hers gift itself this year is a $250,000 floating romantic getaway -- the MetroShip houseboat. With a 48-foot-by-12-foot open-floor plan and seven-foot-high interior ceiling, the boat is described as a luxury loft that floats, with waterproof hardwood floors and double-glazed windows, Bang & Olufsen Nintendo Wii gaming console and Sony LCD flat-screen monitor. The gourmet kitchen, naturally, features Viking and Gaggenau appliances.
And about those Camaros -- someone is doing more than kicking tires. With just 100 of the top-of-the-line 2SS models available, the cars reportedly sold out in just less than minutes.