17 posts tagged "Saks Fifth Avenue"
Paige Novick may be known for her bold, architectural costume collection, but it’s her new fine jewelry venture, cleverly dubbed Phyne, that’s inspiring her to dig deep into her design DNA. “I saw an opportunity in creating everyday, versatile jewelry that would allow the self-purchasing woman to individualize her look in an effortless way,” Novick said of her decision to launch Phyne. While the same hand is evident in both collections, Novick’s sleek, over-100-piece range adds a more feminine and delicate touch to her signature, often geometric offerings.
Having debuted her costume line in 2008, Novick (who currently sells at heavy-hitting retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Intermix) is no new kid on the block. But that doesn’t mean the latest venture was easy. “The perceived value has to be the prevailing factor when creating each piece of the collection,” Novick said, referring to the higher stakes that gold and diamonds bring to the table. Her design process entails visualizing each piece from all angles before beginning to create the actual model. It’s a method that seems to be working for Novick. The new rose, black, and yellow gold baubles—all of which are covered with diamonds or inlaid with opal, labradorite, or mother-of-pearl—boast a covetable balance between of-the-moment relevance and timeless design. And from the jointed cage rings to slick triangle cuff, the line offers an easy elegance that will appeal to a wide range of discerning women.
Phyne is available now at Saks Fifth Avenue and Fivestory. Prices range from $900 to $12,000.
Alta Roma, Italy’s answer to haute couture, is currently under way in Rome. And yesterday, the winners of this season’s Who Is On Next design competition were announced. It was judged by an esteemed panel that included Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer, Suzy Menkes, and Harrods’ Marigay McKee. The initiative supports independent designers who produce their labels in Italy. The top talents will receive an area to show their collections to buyers during next September’s Milan fashion week (courtesy of Vogue Italia), and they’ll also create an exclusive look, which will be stocked on Yoox.com.
This year, Arthur Arbesser, a Viennese designer who spent seven years working with Giorgio Armani before launching his own line last fall in Milan, co-won the grand prize. He shared the spotlight with Julia Voitenko and Daria Golveko, the Russian duo behind Esme Vie. Continue Reading “Guess Who’s Next? Alta Roma Honors Emerging Talent” »
The couture shows will start in Paris on Monday. But next Tuesday, Parsons will bring the (vintage) haute stuff to New York with its latest exhibition, Sophie Gimbel: Fashioning American Couture. Curated by Beth Dincuff, the show explores the legacy of the late Mrs. Gimbel, a mid-century fashion fixture who designed for, ran, and oversaw the buying for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Salon Moderne—an elite shop within Saks that introduced American clients to couturiers like Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga and Mainbocher—from 1929 until it closed in 1969. Mrs. Gimbel (who was married to Adam Gimbel, the former president of Saks and the grandson of its founder) smartly showed her made-to-measure gowns during the Salon Moderne’s afternoon fashion shows, alongside looks by her French counterparts. Her clients were icons like Greta Garbo, Édith Piaf, actress Claudette Colbert, and the Duchess of Windsor. She even made Lady Bird Johnson’s suit for her husband’s 1965 inauguration. With that in mind, one has to wonder why most of us aren’t well acquainted with Mrs. Gimbel’s work. “I think that the idea of American made-to-measure, or American couture, has been overshadowed by American sportswear, which is obviously something we do very well,” says Dincuff.
Known for her ultra-feminine designs (think big big skirts, lots of tulle, and demure, romantic silhouettes), Gimbel hit her stride in the forties (a savvy businesswoman, she launched her ready-to-wear range in 1943). When journalists couldn’t travel to Paris during WWII, she was featured in Vogue‘s first September American fashion issue. She championed the sporty American body that was fashionable at the time, and rebelled against Dior’s post-war New Look. “She didn’t like the extremeness of it,” explains Dincuff. “She felt it was impractical.” Rather, she preferred that sartorial extravagances be beautiful and functional, like ornate buttons or luxe cardigans draped over strapless ball gowns. Continue Reading “Sophie Gimbel: Made to Measure for America” »
Label: Nicholas Kirkwood
Need to know: Crazy colors, wild patterns, and sky-high heels are what we’ve come to expect from London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. He offered all this and more in his Spring collection, which was inspired by waves. His oceanic theme was apparent in snakeskin gladiator sandals with mirrored resin heels. Instead of going the typical “urban warrior” route, the designer reinterpreted the popular style into something more feminine, using fluid, swirling baroque shapes (not unlike rippling waves) instead of typical straps. Crests splashed over the sides of electric blue, orange, or yellow pumps and sandals in metallic leather and suede. Kirkwood also translated his beachy-inspiration into graphic plastic fan heels, and the metal toecaps on quirky, demure flats mimicked a wave shape. Printed watersnake sandals seemingly inserted into open-toe Mary Janes were a clever take on classic footwear, and the iridescent epoxy resin beads on a range of snakeskin sandals felt particularly aquatic. The designer also introduced a 55mm heel into his collection for the first time, showing it on pointy chevron-printed neon pumps. “It’s a way to get that height that people want without being so mumsy,” explained Kirkwood. “A low heel can still be cool. And it can be young, too.”
He says: “I became a little obsessed with waves this season. We’ve done them in multiple colors and forms. And I was feeling more of a closed-up silhouette, something that’s feminine but not too girly.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in Nicholas Kirkwood stores.