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Guerlain’s Exceptional Fragrances

Still need a holiday gift for the beauty fanatic who really, really has everything?  Guerlain’s limited edition fragrances are the answer. The iconic French perfumer is responsible of some of the most exclusive potions ever created, and has paired them with decadent bottles to match. Sure, prices for the larger-than-life bottles start at four figures and climb from there, but you certainly won’t have to worry about anyone else bestowing the same thing. Just think of them as haute couture in fragrance form. Produced with collaborators like jewelers Maison Gripoix, and embroidery house Lesage — allowed names in luxury fashion circles — Guerlain’s rarefied capsule collection has the same handiwork as runway masterpieces. Shalimar Times Two Ah, Shalimar: The name alone conjures femmes fatales, intrigue…all…

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Still need a holiday gift for the beauty fanatic who really, really has everything?  Guerlain’s limited edition fragrances are the answer. The iconic French perfumer is responsible of some of the most exclusive potions ever created, and has paired them with decadent bottles to match.

Sure, prices for the larger-than-life bottles start at four figures and climb from there, but you certainly won’t have to worry about anyone else bestowing the same thing. Just think of them as haute couture in fragrance form. Produced with collaborators like jewelers Maison Gripoix, and embroidery house Lesage — allowed names in luxury fashion circles — Guerlain’s rarefied capsule collection has the same handiwork as runway masterpieces.

Shalimar Times Two

Ah, Shalimar: The name alone conjures femmes fatales, intrigue…all things French and seductive. Choose from two different takes on Guerlain’s signature fragrance, the legendary original, or the lighter Shalimar Parfum Initial, with notes of jasmine, iris and May rose. Each is adorned with an ornate jewel in 24-karat gold and glass from Maison Gripoix that you’ll want to borrow from the bottle.

Blue Period

Women have been dabbing L’Heure Bleue behind their ears since 1912. To celebrate the century milestone, Guerlain has released 43 anniversary edition bottles of the fragrance in a colossal size that’s big enough keep you supplied for a hundred years more.

Or opt for a set containing four variations on L’Heure Bleue, the original formula, plus three more—each intended for a different time of day—all housed in a navy velvet box with silver embroidery by  the famed embroiderer to couturiers, Lesage.

Black Magic

Named for every woman’s indispensable wardrobe item, Guerlain’s fragrance La Petite Robe Noire has sparkling notes of black tea, patchouli and black cherry. The whimsical scent is perfectly suited to its vintage Baccarat bottle bearing the image of a Parisienne trailing a chic little black dress.

Buzz worthy

Leave it to Guerlain to make an outsized insect incredibly alluring. This bee-shaped crystal bottle created by Baccarat contains the perfume Rêve de Lune, a blend of white floral and sultry spicy notes. Only 50 are available worldwide.

Rarer still, is the made-to-order diamond and platinum Secret de la Reine pendant crafted with jeweler Lorenz Bäumer. The jewel-studded bee does double duty as a petite, portable perfume flacon. The recipient’s Guerlain fragrance of choice is part of the pretty package.

 

 

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A Stella Performance!

Stella McCartney stopped by Saks in Boca Raton for some styling and do-gooding

We are honored that the positively fabulous Stella McCartney swung by our Boca Raton store earlier this month to celebrate the opening of her new shop. The in-store event, following a private dinner with top clients, benefited the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.

Models pose en scene in looks from the Stella McCartney resort collection.

Musical chairs, anyone?

English roses for the English rose herself.

 

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We are honored that the positively fabulous Stella McCartney swung by our Boca Raton store earlier this month to celebrate the opening of her new shop. The in-store event, following a private dinner with top clients, benefited the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.

Models pose en scene in looks from the Stella McCartney resort collection.

Musical chairs, anyone?

English roses for the English rose herself.

 

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Alber Says

A celebration of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz as the house’s newest bags hit Saks!

Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz is a thoughtful designer. He is known in the industry for sprinkling his conversation with fashionable aphorisms — or, shall we say, Alberisms. His sayings, like his gorgeous creations, demonstrate a clear perception of what women desire and what makes them look and feel beautiful. Elbaz of late, has turned his attention to perfecting the maison’s handbag range, playing with volumes and weights, using new luxe materials and adding handy features, such as extra pockets. Case in point: The house’s New Partition bag, available at in different sizes and in a range of bright hues —from electric blue to pumpkin orange — with a chain strap, artisanal hand-stitching details and an Art Deco-style clasp. The new resort 2013 collection is now available…

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Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz is a thoughtful designer. He is known in the industry for sprinkling his conversation with fashionable aphorisms — or, shall we say, Alberisms. His sayings, like his gorgeous creations, demonstrate a clear perception of what women desire and what makes them look and feel beautiful.

Elbaz of late, has turned his attention to perfecting the maison’s handbag range, playing with volumes and weights, using new luxe materials and adding handy features, such as extra pockets.

Case in point: The house’s New Partition bag, available at in different sizes and in a range of bright hues —from electric blue to pumpkin orange — with a chain strap, artisanal hand-stitching details and an Art Deco-style clasp.

The new resort 2013 collection is now available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in San Francisco, Houston, Dadeland, Phoenix, New Orleans, Boca Raton and Boston, and to salute its arrival, SaksPOV has selected six of our favorite Alberisms:

 

SaksPOV's favorite quotes from Lanvin's Alber ElbazSaksPOV's favorite quotes from Lanvin's Alber Elbaz

 

SaksPOV's favorite quotes from Lanvin's Alber Elbaz

SaksPOV's favorite quotes from Lanvin's Alber ElbazSaksPOV's favorite quotes from Lanvin's Alber Elbaz

 

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Eva’s Picks!

Still need help finding the right gift? Eva Chen tells us what’s on her gift list for the holidays — and we’re inspired!

Most years, I vacillate between buying presents obscenely early (I jot notes in my Smythson planner throughout the year) and desperately last minute (I have been That Girl at Staples buying printers and office supplies as gift, yes). This year, between commuting between Los Angeles and planning a month-long sojourn to Asia, I’ve been all about big-impact shopping: one store, one website—boom—get it all done! With that in mind, here’s my Present Perfect holiday gift list for my nearest and dearest. —Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com For My Father For my wonderful father from whom I learned extreme, obsessive organization, a multi-pocketed Tumi backpack. (and, of course, because I love him so much I want him to be warm and toasty in frigid NYC winters): Canada Goose Parka….

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Most years, I vacillate between buying presents obscenely early (I jot notes in my Smythson planner throughout the year) and desperately last minute (I have been That Girl at Staples buying printers and office supplies as gift, yes). This year, between commuting between Los Angeles and planning a month-long sojourn to Asia, I’ve been all about big-impact shopping: one store, one website—boom—get it all done! With that in mind, here’s my Present Perfect holiday gift list for my nearest and dearest.

—Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com

For My Father

For my wonderful father from whom I learned extreme, obsessive organization, a multi-pocketed Tumi backpack.

(and, of course, because I love him so much I want him to be warm and toasty in frigid NYC winters): Canada Goose Parka.

 

For My Mother

My mother taught me everything I know about fashion and shopping. She obviously needs a matching parka to my father because that would be beyond cute.

On a recent trip to Beverly Hills, she discovered the flattering wonders of Reed Krakoff. This sweater is classic-chic, just like her.

And a chic Prada cross body bag that’s perfectly portable.

 

For My Husband

My husband and I are moving to Los Angeles in January. Pale British gent, California sun: you do the math. Hence the first item I’d gift him.

In LA, you’re only as cool as your sunglasses (just made up that edict, but it seems true, no?).

Casual-cool sneakers don’t have to be scruffy with these luxe kicks.

 

For My Brother

For my brother who just moved to Brooklyn: a casual—but luxe—head-to-toe hip(ster) outfit: Prada Puffer hat, Alex Wang Varsity JacketVince cords, Marc Jacobs boots.

 

For My Sister-In-Law

For my sister-in-law, for whom I’m a bad shoe influence—she buys wonderfully comfortable (aka flat) shoes. That’s definitely not a rule I live by and therefore I’d gift her these (the fact that they’re black makes them practical, no?): Nicholas Kirkwood booties.

 

For Myself

And because I firmly believe in a “one for me, one for you” policy during the holidays, I’d treat myself to (just a few) treats.

Trends come and go but Manolos are forever.

Nothing says ‘holiday’ like classic Valentino red (and lace!).

And… to prep myself for fun in the sun, these sunglasses.

 

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Style savvy influencer Eva Chen guest blogs for SaksPOV about her New York Holiday.

Need holiday gift inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for more gifting ideas and don’t forget to enter our Pin It to Win It contest ending on December 17th!

 

 


Eva Chen’s New York Holiday

This native New Yorker has style in the shopping bag!

The sudden smell of pine trees as you walk by the Christmas tree salesmen perched at every corner, the glow of Fifth Avenue shops all dressed up in thousands of twinkling lights, the sight of tourists huddled over maps — and chicly bundled New Yorkers striding right by them… There’s an extra dash of magic about Manhattan in December. As a native New Yorker, I grew up with my own set of winter traditions. Here, some of my favorite downtown picks — and one uptown shopping tradition I never fail to indulge in! —Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com As someone who goes to Paris at least twice a year, I’m quite finicky about my croissants (too dry! too flaky! too buttery! not buttery enough!). Soho institution Balthazar, however,…

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The sudden smell of pine trees as you walk by the Christmas tree salesmen perched at every corner, the glow of Fifth Avenue shops all dressed up in thousands of twinkling lights, the sight of tourists huddled over maps — and chicly bundled New Yorkers striding right by them… There’s an extra dash of magic about Manhattan in December. As a native New Yorker, I grew up with my own set of winter traditions. Here, some of my favorite downtown picks — and one uptown shopping tradition I never fail to indulge in!

—Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com

As someone who goes to Paris at least twice a year, I’m quite finicky about my croissants (too dry! too flaky! too buttery! not buttery enough!). Soho institution Balthazar, however, has the best croissants outside of Paris. It’s also the perfect spot to stop at in the mornings — to pick up baguettes (for the holiday season’s endless march of dinner parties), have a spot of tea, and for the absolutely best people-watching downtown.

Hat, Eva’s own; Jacket, Rag & Bone; Handbag, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Valentino.

The Manhattan equivalent of stopping to smell the roses is to walk — and take the long route as often as possible. There isn’t a street in NYC that doesn’t have character, especially in Soho, Nolita, Tribeca, and the Lower East Side.

Hat, Eva’s own; Jacket, Rag & Bone; Handbag, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Valentino.

It’s a mad, mad world — especially when it comes to nail art in New York City! At Valley Nails in Nolita, no request is too detailed. From simple manicures (by that I mean a classic nude, but in their book that’d mean ombre glitter!) to ultra-detailed reproductions of straight-off-the-runway patterns, Valley offers top-notch manicures and pedicures in regular polish as well as gel.

Clutch, 3.1 Phillip Lim

It’s not for the faint of heart, but biking is the quickest way to get around Manhattan. My rules: stick to the bike lanes, be aware of taxis/buses/other bikers, and — as bikers are street style fodder like no other — look chic!

Coat, BCBGMAXAZRIA; Clutch, Yves Saint Laurent; Booties, Alaïa; Hat, Sunglasses, Skirt, Eva’s own.

Ebony and Ivory: my nicknames for New York’s most darling dogs Otto and Teddy (I’m biased, of course). Their park of choice — and mine as well — is Washington Square Park, which just underwent a beautiful restoration.

Hat, Pologeorgis; Crossbody Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Valentino; Sunglasses, Jacket, Skirt, Eva’s own.

No holiday season is complete without a Saks spree. But as holiday shopping is decidedly hard work, I operate with a strict “one for you, one for me” policy when picking presents!

Hat, Eric Javits; Coat, Burberry Prorsum

 

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Spotted at Saks: IOMA Paris

Measurement always motivates me. If I know that my progress is being tracked somewhere — be it the little computer on my bike at Flywheel, a running app on my iPhone or the number on my bathroom scale — I am that much more likely to dedicate myself to the task at hand. It is this personality trait that makes IOMA and I kindred skincare spirits. IOMA takes an evidence-based approach to skincare, boldly going where few skincare brands have gone before- welcoming customers with open arms to pop their faces into the brand’s patented Jetsons-esque Sphere and have their skin assessed in extreme detail on 7 key factors: fine lines, wrinkles, redness, UV damage, bacterial activity, clogged pores and sagging. And not just initially…

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Measurement always motivates me. If I know that my progress is being tracked somewhere — be it the little computer on my bike at Flywheel, a running app on my iPhone or the number on my bathroom scale — I am that much more likely to dedicate myself to the task at hand.

It is this personality trait that makes IOMA and I kindred skincare spirits.

IOMA takes an evidence-based approach to skincare, boldly going where few skincare brands have gone before- welcoming customers with open arms to pop their faces into the brand’s patented Jetsons-esque Sphere and have their skin assessed in extreme detail on 7 key factors: fine lines, wrinkles, redness, UV damage, bacterial activity, clogged pores and sagging. And not just initially as part of the sales pitch, but repeatedly over time so that improvements can be monitored.

In my opinion, this not only shows a high level of confidence in the efficacy of their products, but it shows an acute understanding of what it takes to keep women motivated to stick with a routine long enough to see the best possible results.

I can’t help but appreciate a brand that is as Type A as I am.

 

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IOMA is currently available at Saks locations in New York City and Beverly Hills and on Saks.com.


Kristian’s Countdown to 2013

Kristian Laliberte, the dapper Senior Editor of Refinery29, shares his resolutions for 2013 (and dishes on the ones he didn’t keep from 2012)

As Refinery29’s resident man about town, Kristian Laliberte has his finger on the pulse of what to do, where to go and what to buy. While this Columbia alum calls the East Village home, he has spent time in Paris studying at Archives Nationales and is currently in London while we conduct this interview. Among his favorite designers are labels such as Rag & Bone, Paul Smith, Gant, Dior Homme, A.P.C. and T by Alexander Wang. Burberry Prorsum blazer, Kenzo shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, Giorgio Armani bowtie, Charvet pocket square, Hook & Albert lapel pin, Salvatore Ferragamo belt and Gucci shoes.   Personal style… That’s such a tough one because I’m always tempted to say preppy-with-an-edge, but that’s sort of the tritest thing, ever. I…

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As Refinery29’s resident man about town, Kristian Laliberte has his finger on the pulse of what to do, where to go and what to buy. While this Columbia alum calls the East Village home, he has spent time in Paris studying at Archives Nationales and is currently in London while we conduct this interview. Among his favorite designers are labels such as Rag & Bone, Paul Smith, Gant, Dior Homme, A.P.C. and T by Alexander Wang.

Burberry Prorsum blazer, Kenzo shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, Giorgio Armani bowtie, Charvet pocket square, Hook & Albert lapel pin, Salvatore Ferragamo belt and Gucci shoes.

 

Personal style… That’s such a tough one because I’m always tempted to say preppy-with-an-edge, but that’s sort of the tritest thing, ever. I do love throwback/traditional pieces — cable knit sweaters, oxford button-downs, classic khakis — but I’m interested in more fashion-forward silhouettes and fabrications. I don’t like one completely head-to-toe look. It’s all about the mix.

Resolution from 2012 that was kept… Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t listen to other people when you’re forming an opinion about someone.

Resolution from 2012 that’s long gone… Sleep more. Gym more. Leave the office earlier. Stop procrastinating. A LOT of ‘em!

Kristian’s 13 resolutions for 2013:

1. Get a six-pack — third year in a row resolving.

2. Go gluten free. That won’t happen.

3. Visit Mexico City. Again.

4. Meet my future husband. (Can I resolve that to happen? Hmm.)

5. Curbing my Instagram addiction. Or maybe I’m fine with it.

6. Be smarter about money management.

7. Find an apartment with room for a big desk.

8. Stop making to-do lists that I don’t finish.

9. Moisturize before bed…every night.

10. Learn how to sew a button on pants, shirts, and jackets. I’m useless.

11. Drink more water.

12. Put my clothes out before I go to sleep.

13. Go to the gym. Kind of hand in hand with #1.

 

Photographed by KSW, Styled by Kate Lassar, Editorial Assistant Erica Johasky, Produced by Sophia Chabbott.

 

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Work It

9 to 5 Chic’s Anh Sundstrom talks day-to-night fashion

We’ve all been there. You’re in the office, surrounded by suits. You want to flaunt your style — not to mention wear the latest trends from the runway and fashion glossies — but you’ve got to dress appropriately (i.e. conservative). What to do? Thanks to 9to5Chic blogger Anh Sundstrom, we career gals can have our proverbial cake and eat it, too. As the name implies, this San Franciscan’s site is all about showcasing her work wear, which, if you’ve ever taken a peek at her site, is the ne plus ultra of chic. And we should point out that Sundstrom’s a marketing manager at a medical software company. Yes, you read that right. So if she can rock serious style at her day job, well,…

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We’ve all been there. You’re in the office, surrounded by suits. You want to flaunt your style — not to mention wear the latest trends from the runway and fashion glossies — but you’ve got to dress appropriately (i.e. conservative). What to do? Thanks to 9to5Chic blogger Anh Sundstrom, we career gals can have our proverbial cake and eat it, too. As the name implies, this San Franciscan’s site is all about showcasing her work wear, which, if you’ve ever taken a peek at her site, is the ne plus ultra of chic. And we should point out that Sundstrom’s a marketing manager at a medical software company. Yes, you read that right. So if she can rock serious style at her day job, well, there’s hope for the rest of us, too.

Here, as part of our Pin It to Win It holiday campaign, Sundstrom teaches us how to go from office to office party in a pinch and reveals how she went from corporate employee to blogger extraordinaire.

SaksPOV: When did the fashion bug first bite?
Anh Sundstrom: I’ve always loved shopping — my favorite time of year was always the beginning of fall when it was time for back-to-school shopping. In my senior year of high school (against my parents’ wishes), I worked two jobs at the mall: a clothing store and a shoe store. Suffice it to say I spent every dollar I earned at those two stores.

SaksPOV: How did you end up at a medical software firm?
A.S.: I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field and knew I wanted to work in the industry, but not necessarily as a clinician. I started in the marketing department of a medical textbook publisher and then spent six years at a medical device company in spine surgery. I love that I’m always learning — there are always new treatments and technologies to help improve patient care.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
A.S.: Classic and modern at the same time. I try to incorporate new styles and shapes with workwear basics. And button-up blouses are my go-to for both weekdays and weekends!

SaksPOV: What inspired 9to5Chic?
A.S.: I only discovered blogs three years ago. I loved how I could find inspiration at every turn! My job had such a huge impact on how I dressed — it is five out of seven days, after all! — and decided to start documenting it with 9to5Chic.

SaksPOV: Your tips to perfecting office-to-holiday party style — in a snap?
A.S.: Just add bright lipstick, beautiful high heels and festive accessories. And always a smile!

SaksPOV: And as for those accessories?
A.S.: A gorgeous statement necklace can instantly put you in the party mood!

SaksPOV: Any advice to making runway trends work-appropriate?
A.S.: It depends on the trend. But I think, regardless, you always need to keep fit at the top of your mind. Nothing too tight, nothing too short.

SaksPOV: Essential must-haves every career woman should invest in for chic day-to-night dressing?
A.S.: The perfect black blazer, high pointy-toe black pumps and an ambiguous (but perfectly tailored) sheath dress — the kind that will work for any occasion and adapt to any dress code.

SaksPOV: What’s the 9to5Chic motto?
A.S.: Playing dress-up never gets old! (I’d prefer to be elegantly overdressed any day!)

SaksPOV: If we go in your closet, we’d find too many…
A.S.: Blazers! Everything looks pulled together under a blazer.

Quickfire Round:

Round-toe or Pointy-toe? Pointy-toe.

Eating lunch at your desk or Going out for lunch? Preference? Going out, of course! Reality? Lunch at desk.

Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray? Martha Stewart.

Mini or Midi? Midi.

Paper clip or Binder clip? Paper clip.

Florals or Stripes? Florals.

Grey’s Anatomy or HouseHouse.

Cocktail Ring or Cocktail? Cocktail ring (and wine).

Sequins or Snakeskin? Snakeskin.

Lipstick or Lip gloss? Lipstick, and make it red!

Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley? Napa Valley.

 

 

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Audrey for the 60s and Now

My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey). Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue. Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner…

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My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey).

Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Next up, Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Alice & Olivia sequined dress, Valentino dress with bows on the hem, 3/4 length leather gloves, green jeweled Anya Hindmarch clutch, a Christian Louboutin bag with an enormous black bow, Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Evening has to be a mod white and black striped sequined Alice & Olivia dress or just maybe the retro peachy Valentino dress with bows on the hem.  Of course, a night out also requires the perfect 3/4 length leather gloves, a striking green jeweled evening clutch from Anya Hindmarch or a dramatic Christian Louboutin shoulder bag with an enormous black velvet bow (there’s a theme building). To top it off, a statement necklace or the “must” Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Yes, that’s my purple party hat that was plunked on my head as I was ironically blindly asked to guess what famous legend I might be. Thank you, Audrey. Thank you Saks. You both inspire me. Now, hopefully, I’ve inspired you.

— Nancy Jane (NJ) Falk, The Brunette, The Blonde and The Brunette


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3-D Designer Holiday Cards

Holiday cards. They’re a chance to share your good wishes, your sensibility, and lately, your level of tech-savvy. In the past, I’ve reviewed digital holiday cards, which get more spectacular every year. They can be interactive, live-streamed, mobile-optimized and commented on in the Twittersphere. But I’m not so sure the physical holiday message will be disappearing any time soon. With a mailed holiday card, what you’re really giving is your time, dedicated solely to the receiver and confirmed by the sender’s penmanship. Still, the amount of “Wow” in the inbox has raised the bar for the mailbox. And the fashion world is full of strong personalities looking to exhibit some showmanship. Here are some of my favorite designer cards from last year… From Dior, I…

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Holiday cards. They’re a chance to share your good wishes, your sensibility, and lately, your level of tech-savvy. In the past, I’ve reviewed digital holiday cards, which get more spectacular every year. They can be interactive, live-streamed, mobile-optimized and commented on in the Twittersphere.

But I’m not so sure the physical holiday message will be disappearing any time soon. With a mailed holiday card, what you’re really giving is your time, dedicated solely to the receiver and confirmed by the sender’s penmanship.

Still, the amount of “Wow” in the inbox has raised the bar for the mailbox. And the fashion world is full of strong personalities looking to exhibit some showmanship. Here are some of my favorite designer cards from last year…

3-D Designer Holiday Cards: Dior | SaksPOV

From Dior, I received an adorable booklet with cutout silhouettes—mixing a touch of Victoriana with modern handbags and fragrances. Of course, this was from last year, before Raf Simons took over creative direction. I might expect something a bit more streamlined and modernist this holiday season.

3-D Designer Holiday Cards - Dries Van Noten | SaksPOV

From Dries Van Noten, good tidings came in the form of a cryptic, laser-etched hologram. It’s like a floating ornament from the future.

3-D Designer Holiday Cards: Burberry | SaksPOV

Burberry went both 3-dimensional and utilitarian, with a helpful fold-out map of Central London. What better way to ensure that your holiday wishes stay with someone year-round than by helping them find their way around on the tube?