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20 posts tagged "Saks Fifth Avenue"

Editor Obsessions: Junya Watanabe’s Convertible Cape Trench


Every morning,’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Junya Watanabe Cape TrenchI know everyone has Resort ’15 on the brain. Heck, over here at Pitti Uomo in Florence, we’re already viewing Spring ’15. However, my mind is still focused on the season we’re currently living in, that is, Spring ’14. I have a lot of garments with aggressive shoulders and editorial sleeves—which I love dearly—but these details make layering difficult. For instance, what am I to wear over my latest voluminous Comme des Garçons acquisition when it’s raining? My usual trench smooshes the sleeves—and my look. Behold, Junya Watanabe’s cape trench, now on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue. This little number can be worn as a traditional trench or you can slip your arms through two slits in the sides and wear it as a cape. I’m officially infatuated with the surreal style. However, if you’re inclined to go for something more traditional (and/or affordable), there are some fantastic vintage options on Etsy.

Junya Watanabe Convertible Cape Trench, $1,005. Buy it now.

Photo: Via

And The 2014 International Woolmark Prize Winner Is…



Today in Milan, a panel of judges including’s Tim Blanks, Franca Sozzani, Angelica Cheung, Frida Giannini, Colin McDowell, and Alexa Chung selected the winner of the coveted International Woolmark Prize. Competitors included the States’ Joseph Altuzarra (who will be sending us a diary chronicling his experience), the U.K.’s Sibling, Asia’s Ffixxed, Australia’s Christopher Esber, and Rahul Mishra, who represented India and the Middle East. So which talent won the judges’ affections? That would be Mishra. Having shown a lineup focused on embroidery, the designer will take home $100,000 AU in prize money, and his Woolmark collection will be stocked in such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como, Harvey Nichols, and Joyce.

Photo: Courtesy of Woolmark

It’s About the Journey: Diane von Furstenberg Looks Back


DVF“Beautiful Diane. She understands women—as only a woman can. And she’s done something quite wonderful for us all by creating clothes that can turn on the man in your life without turning off his mother.” That was Saks Fifth Avenue talking, in an ad that ran in the Miami Herald in 1976. Forty years after she designed her first wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg is celebrating with a milestone exhibition at L.A.’s historic Wilshire May Company building, the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. DVF herself attributes her iconic dress’ success to three things: “It’s flattering. It makes you feel sexy. And it makes you feel confident.” Produced in collaboration with curator Michael Herz (formerly of Bally), production designer Stefan Beckman, and exhibition designer Bill Katz, the retrospective showcases 200 wrap dresses dating from Von Furstenberg’s first collection to “last week.” Put the old and the new side by side, as she has done in the show, and the designer says, “You can’t tell which is which.”

Journey of a Dress opens tonight. will be live-streaming the event from 11 p.m. EST. Here, Von Furstenberg reminisces about some of her favorite ad campaigns.

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Paige Novick’s Fine Line


Phyne by Paige Novick

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.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Scandal At Saks Fifth Avenue


Kerry WashingtonYesterday evening, Saks Fifth Avenue threw a party celebrating the third season of the hit show Scandal and also unveiled window displays modeled after Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope. Apparently the actress and Scandal‘s costume designer, Lyn Paolo, were up late Tuesday night adding some finishing touches to the windows. “My flight landed in New York at 1 a.m., and I hopped in the car and told my driver, ‘Take me to Saks!’” Washington told “It’s closed,’ he told me, and I said, ‘I know, but we need to go there right now!’ We were running all over Fifth Avenue comparing our window to other windows.” Although they admitted the Saks visuals team was phenomenal, both Washington and Paolo said they just had a much more particular vision of how Pope dresses, hence the middle-of-the-night switcheroo.

It was an anecdote that the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, found particularly humorous, although she confessed that she’s not quite as type A as Washington and Paolo when it comes to fashion sense. “I’m a person who would be wearing pajamas every day if you let me. I knew when we were doing Washington, D.C., that I wanted to make [the city] a bit more fashionable than it actually is. That’s why I hired Lyn—she is just so good at what she does.”

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