19 posts tagged "Saks Fifth Avenue"
Today in Milan, a panel of judges including Style.com’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.
“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. Style.com will be live-streaming the event from 11 p.m. EST. Here, Von Furstenberg reminisces about some of her favorite ad campaigns.
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” »