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Dragon Tale

As the Year of the Dragon, 2012 promises to be quite chic

According to Chinese astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. “It’s a very mystical year,” explains astrologer Ophira Edut, who specializes in both Chinese and Western astrology. “The dragon is a symbol of transformation in the world, so it’s an intense and extreme year — there are always lots of beginnings and endings.” To help commemorate these potentially powerful twelve months, many luxury brands have created special items with a dragon motif.  Tateossian has created, shaped like delicately-sculpted dragons in silver with Swarovski Elements crystal eyes.  John Hardy has introduced a capsule collection of jewelry around the image of dragons —  including a statement ring with an ornate dragon head ring in silver and a selection of bracelets —  and Piaget is also offering…

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According to Chinese astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. “It’s a very mystical year,” explains astrologer Ophira Edut, who specializes in both Chinese and Western astrology. “The dragon is a symbol of transformation in the world, so it’s an intense and extreme year — there are always lots of beginnings and endings.”

To help commemorate these potentially powerful twelve months, many luxury brands have created special items with a dragon motif.  Tateossian has created, shaped like delicately-sculpted dragons in silver with Swarovski Elements crystal eyes.  John Hardy has introduced a capsule collection of jewelry around the image of dragons —  including a statement ring with an ornate dragon head ring in silver and a selection of bracelets —  and Piaget is also offering a dragon-themed range of watches.

Baccarat offers has created a dramatic dragon in a fire breathing pose, interpreted in its trademark French crystal ($250).  “Crystals carry a lot of energy and give you more power and strength and those are the qualities of the dragon as well,” Edut says.  “Being that it will be 2012, to have something like that on your desk would be really nice.”

If dragon motifs aren’t quite your style, try Shiseido’s Golden Dragon lipstick ($25) or Nars matte velvet lip pencil in Dragon Girl ($24), both dark brick reds that exude sophistication and elegance.

  1. Baccarat 2012 Crystal Zodiac Dragon, $250
  2. Shiseido Perfect Rouge, Dragon, $25
  3. Nars Dragon Girl, $24
  4. John Hardy Sterling Silver and Leather Dragon Bracelet, $325
  5. Piaget Watch

Terron’s Takes: The Art of the Holiday Card

December brings bushels of holiday correspondence to both mailbox and inbox. I’m still partial to the thoughtful, hand-written note on beautiful stationery. But a close second is the cleverly crafted online experience. I’m not talking about the e-cards that cheerfully relay the message: “I just saved 42 cents on postage.” These are truly original, interactive concepts from impressive minds. I received one from Burberry that was quite engaging. A hip young crooner, waifish as a Burberry runway model, plays a holiday tune at an upright piano he seems to have carted out into the woods. A click of the mouse invokes an instant wardrobe change for him and his backup singers, while never interrupting the song. Very slickly done. You can even personalize it to send…

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December brings bushels of holiday correspondence to both mailbox and inbox. I’m still partial to the thoughtful, hand-written note on beautiful stationery. But a close second is the cleverly crafted online experience. I’m not talking about the e-cards that cheerfully relay the message: “I just saved 42 cents on postage.” These are truly original, interactive concepts from impressive minds.

I received one from Burberry that was quite engaging. A hip young crooner, waifish as a Burberry runway model, plays a holiday tune at an upright piano he seems to have carted out into the woods. A click of the mouse invokes an instant wardrobe change for him and his backup singers, while never interrupting the song. Very slickly done. You can even personalize it to send along to others.

My all-time favorite may be from a few years ago. Pentagram, the design firm responsible for the Saks logo and recent ad campaign graphics, developed a holiday game entitled “What Type Are You?”Simply answer a few questions from a Freud-like therapist and you’ll find out what typeface best represents your character (I’m a “New Alphabet”).

Of course, these were created by elite talents backed by hefty budgets. But their message is shared by every successful holiday missive: “I took the time to do something special for you.”


Fly Girl

For Georgina Chapman, travel is an art form

As the designer of Marchesa, dreaming up the most glamorous evening dresses that even Hollywood has ever seen; a mother of one adorable little girl named India and the wife of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman is no stranger juggling it all. And with a career and personal life that required her to take no fewer than 36 flights in 2011 alone, the brunette beauty has become an expert in traveling in style. Here, the glamorous designer shares tips in time for your winter holiday: Miles flown in 2011… “I’ve been on at least 36 flights this year…so far.” Most frequent destination… “London, France, the Amalfi Coast in the summers. This year I went to Croatia.” Travel must-haves… “Blanket, ear plugs and a feather…

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As the designer of Marchesa, dreaming up the most glamorous evening dresses that even Hollywood has ever seen; a mother of one adorable little girl named India and the wife of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman is no stranger juggling it all. And with a career and personal life that required her to take no fewer than 36 flights in 2011 alone, the brunette beauty has become an expert in traveling in style.

Here, the glamorous designer shares tips in time for your winter holiday:

Miles flown in 2011… “I’ve been on at least 36 flights this year…so far.”

Most frequent destination… “London, France, the Amalfi Coast in the summers. This year I went to Croatia.”

Travel must-haves… “Blanket, ear plugs and a feather down pillow with a Frette pillow case. I hate hotel pillows.”

Ready to go… “I wear skinny jeans, flats and a leather biker jacket or leggings and a T-shirt on a plane. I don’t always pack something to change into, but I should.”

Best airport to for shopping…” You can spend a lot of money at Heathrow. There is a Chanel store there!  I do buy a lot of cosmetics at New York airports.”

In-flight activity… “I listen to my friend Karen Elson’s album [The Ghost Who Walks], for books I’m reading The Vulture and also books by Frances Osborne.

Most I ever packed… “I packed 12 pieces of luggage, plus two mannequins and two sewing machines for the Cannes Film Festival. The woman at customs asked me if I was moving (I was working) and I just said ‘No, I’m terribly indecisive.”

Forever lost…. “I went to the Venice film Festival and my luggage was lost. They [the airline] gave me 50 Euros and a toothbrush and I said ‘that’s not going to get me very far.’”  Hotel Cipriani in Venice kept the stores open for me so I could get what I needed,”

Main Image: Georgina Chapman in the Marchesa New York headquarters. Photographed by Kristen Somody Whalen.


Reflect, Renew, Recharge…Redo!

Tastemakers like Tory Burch and Veronica Webb divulge their New Year’s Resolutions to SaksPOV

In 2012 I resolve to….









Amy Fine Collins photo by Harry Benson

In 2012 I resolve to….









Amy Fine Collins photo by Harry Benson


Learn It: History In A Bottle

Diptyque commemorates its 50th anniversary with a collection inspired by the famed Parisian boutique
Diptyque's 50th anniversary collecion For its 50th anniversary ,the olfactory experts at French fragrance house Diptyque, challenged themselves to capture the brand in a bottle. The resulting scent is an amalgamation of black currant, fig leaves, English garden roses, spices and exotic woods that recall the fixtures in the Paris flagship, at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. The anniversary collection, dubbed the 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection includes a fragrance, home spray, lotion and of course in the company’s iconic candles.

Main Image: Diptyque’s 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection

Diptyque's 50th anniversary collecion For its 50th anniversary ,the olfactory experts at French fragrance house Diptyque, challenged themselves to capture the brand in a bottle. The resulting scent is an amalgamation of black currant, fig leaves, English garden roses, spices and exotic woods that recall the fixtures in the Paris flagship, at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. The anniversary collection, dubbed the 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection includes a fragrance, home spray, lotion and of course in the company’s iconic candles.

Main Image: Diptyque’s 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection


Love It: Monk Straps

A style 600 years in the making is hot right now

With signature buckle and assymetrical strap, Monk strap shoes offer men the ease of a loafer with the refinement of a dress shoe. Dating all the way back to the 15th Century monk straps were actually worn by monks, but today they are the favored men’s footwear silhouette for well-shod gents such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. Styles like the Westminster from Edward Green ($1,280 with trees) pair well with J Brand’s dark denim. While Salvatore Ferragamo’s Cyril ($760) look great with a Burberry London wool suit. One can also opt for a more relaxed look as in the St James from Jimmy Choo ($850). All styles are available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations. Westminster from Edward Green, $1,280 with trees. Salvatore Ferragamo’s…

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With signature buckle and assymetrical strap, Monk strap shoes offer men the ease of a loafer with the refinement of a dress shoe. Dating all the way back to the 15th Century monk straps were actually worn by monks, but today they are the favored men’s footwear silhouette for well-shod gents such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. Styles like the Westminster from Edward Green ($1,280 with trees) pair well with J Brand’s dark denim. While Salvatore Ferragamo’s Cyril ($760) look great with a Burberry London wool suit. One can also opt for a more relaxed look as in the St James from Jimmy Choo ($850). All styles are available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations.

Westminster from Edward Green, $1,280 with trees.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Cyril, $760

St James from Jimmy Choo, $850


TV Guide

Alexis Bittar’s latest collection is inspired by HBO’s 'Grey Gardens'

For jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, inspiration can come from almost anywhere: vacations in Africa or Europe, the cacophony of New York City (where he was born, raised, and is still based) — or just from turning on the TV. That explains his newest collection, inspired by the HBO film Grey Gardens, based on Jacqueline Onassis’ eccentric aunt and cousin, Big and Little Edie Beale.  “I related to the chaos of the movie,” says Bittar. “The collection’s got a bit of Jackson Pollack going on, with a classic floral 1940’s feel, and a bit of punk,” he adds.  “Everything that I design is a medley, with layers of stories.” In this case, that medley revolves around Bittar’s trademark hand-painted Lucite, tweaked for the collection with encrusted…

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For jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, inspiration can come from almost anywhere: vacations in Africa or Europe, the cacophony of New York City (where he was born, raised, and is still based) — or just from turning on the TV. That explains his newest collection, inspired by the HBO film Grey Gardens, based on Jacqueline Onassis’ eccentric aunt and cousin, Big and Little Edie Beale.  “I related to the chaos of the movie,” says Bittar. “The collection’s got a bit of Jackson Pollack going on, with a classic floral 1940’s feel, and a bit of punk,” he adds.  “Everything that I design is a medley, with layers of stories.”

In this case, that medley revolves around Bittar’s trademark hand-painted Lucite, tweaked for the collection with encrusted crystals, Crayola bright scarabs, and oversized vintage-inspired flowers. The pieces seem more like collectibles than mere jewelry, but they are easy to wear and look great with even something as simple as jeans and a white T-shirt.

  1. Swarovski Crystal Accented Lucite Pin, $325
  2. Swarovski Crystal Accented Bow Cuff Bracelet, $295
  3. Swarovski Crystal Accented Lucite Link Earrings/Dust, $225

Main Image: Alexis Bittar


Terron’s Takes: Street Shooter

If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the Vivian Maier street photography exhibit at the Steven Kasher Gallery on 23rd Street. Vivian was a nanny in Chicago who started taking snapshots of life as she found it in the 1950s. Her sharp, evocative and often haunting images captured street life from Chicago to France to Yemen. Over the course of 40 years, she took 100,000 photographs, but never publicly displayed her work. After Vivian passed away two years ago, a Chicago historian named John Maloof purchased a trunk of hers at auction. The trunk turned out to contain thousands of never-before-seen images taken by Maier, which are the basis of the exhibition and a new book, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. Her use of…

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If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the Vivian Maier street photography exhibit at the Steven Kasher Gallery on 23rd Street.

Vivian was a nanny in Chicago who started taking snapshots of life as she found it in the 1950s. Her sharp, evocative and often haunting images captured street life from Chicago to France to Yemen. Over the course of 40 years, she took 100,000 photographs, but never publicly displayed her work.

After Vivian passed away two years ago, a Chicago historian named John Maloof purchased a trunk of hers at auction. The trunk turned out to contain thousands of never-before-seen images taken by Maier, which are the basis of the exhibition and a new book, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer.

Her use of light and shadow is incredible, and it’s not a stretch to say that her images at times recall Avedon and Arbus. There is a concurrent exhibition running through January 28 at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Trust me, Vivian’s work is well worth your time.

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Live It: Just Dance

The Nutcracker may be a storied holiday season tradition but after two or three fabulous outings with the New York City Ballet’s finest, it’s not uncommon to feel those slight pangs of Sugarplum Fairy fatigue. Fear not, dance enthusiasts. This winter’s non-Nutcracker offerings are the best they’ve been in years. The Legacy Tour, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, at the Park Avenue Armory, December 29–31. When the legendary modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham died in 2009, his New York City dance company put his carefully orchestrated “Legacy” plan into action: a two-year, 40-city tour, culminating in three performances here in Merce’s adopted hometown. It is quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take in the artist’s groundbreaking and highly experimental work—the company will be disbanded after the 31st,…

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The Nutcracker may be a storied holiday season tradition but after two or three fabulous outings with the New York City Ballet’s finest, it’s not uncommon to feel those slight pangs of Sugarplum Fairy fatigue. Fear not, dance enthusiasts. This winter’s non-Nutcracker offerings are the best they’ve been in years.

  1. The Legacy Tour, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, at the Park Avenue Armory, December 29–31.
    When the legendary modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham died in 2009, his New York City dance company put his carefully orchestrated “Legacy” plan into action: a two-year, 40-city tour, culminating in three performances here in Merce’s adopted hometown. It is quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take in the artist’s groundbreaking and highly experimental work—the company will be disbanded after the 31st, per Merce’s request.
  2. The New York Season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at New York City Center, through January 1.
    Critics have had nothing but praise for Robert Battle’s first season as the company’s artistic director. With a balance of new and repertoire works (and influences ranging from New York hip hop to mambo, techno, and Israeli music and dance), Battle proves he’s more than capable of commandeering Ailey’s famously fit ensemble.
  3. Botanica, MOMIX, at the Joyce Theater, through December 31.
    Part modern dance, part Cirque du Soleil, Moses Pendleton’s shape-shifting company presents a 2009 work in which dancers gracefully bring trees, plants, and other elements of the natural world to life. Fun fact: the company performed at the 2010 Golden Globes, as well as in commercials for Fiat, Target, Mercedes, and Hanes.

Main Image: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Kirven James Boyd. Photo by Andrew Eccles.


Fashion on the Fly

Actor Joey Slotnick gets the scoop at Saks

As an ensemble member of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Co. , Joey Slotnick is adept at getting into character. The actor, who is  now starring in Ethan Cohen’s Happy Hour Off-Broadway  took a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue, where he played the role of a reporter, getting the scoop on the latest men’s styles. Slotnick has starred on stage and screen, including Our Town co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro,  HBO’s Too Big to Fail  and  2012’s The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Megan Fox.  Saks asks, Joey Answers: Most memorable trip to Saks was… the photo shoot. On my playlist … Paul McCartney’s self-titled first album after The Beatles, Tom Waits, Coldplay and lots of Jazz. I collect… vintage foreign movie posters and…

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As an ensemble member of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Co. , Joey Slotnick is adept at getting into character. The actor, who is  now starring in Ethan Cohen’s Happy Hour Off-Broadway  took a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue, where he played the role of a reporter, getting the scoop on the latest men’s styles.
Slotnick has starred on stage and screen, including Our Town co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro,  HBO’s Too Big to Fail  and  2012’s The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Megan Fox. 

Saks asks, Joey Answers:

Most memorable trip to Saks was… the photo shoot.

On my playlist … Paul McCartney’s self-titled first album after The Beatles, Tom Waits, Coldplay and lots of Jazz.

I collect… vintage foreign movie posters and cameras.

Grooming essentials…[Products from] Mario Badescu and Kiehl’s. And I’m a sucker for a barber shop shave.

Lucky charm… my wife. 

When I’m not on set I can be found… on my Vespa looking for a great sandwich joint.

Favorite destination…Israel, Paris, Isleboro, Maine and of course New York.

My style can be described as … Cool/nebbishy/vintage? Picture this: a Dries Van Noten  sweater , APC jeans,  a Jack Spade bag and Pierre Hardy high-tops.

 My style icons are … Steve McQueen, Woody Allen and  Buster Keaton.

Favorite characters in film … Roger Thornhill  [as portrayed by Cary Grant] in North by Northwest, George Bailey [as portrayed by Jimmy Stewart] in It’s a Wonderful Life, Ben Braddock [as portrayed by Dustin Hoffman] in The Graduate, just to name a few…

Words to live by… “Take Chances. If it scares you, do it.”

All Images styled by Sunita Kumar, Photographed by Noa Griffel.