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Marco Italiano

Upon the launch of Marco Bicego’s new Murano collection, the Italian designer chats with Town & Country’s Stellene Volandes about the country that inspires them

Town & Country Style Director Stellene Volandes and Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego have quite a bit in common. Of course they both have a deep appreciation for fine jewelry — who doesn’t love an eye-catching new gem? But they also share an intense affection for Bicego’s native Italy. For Bicego, it was the tiny glassmaking island of Murano that set the scene to inspire his latest collection, available only at Saks. For Volandes, it is a place she admires, adores and cannot wait to travel to again and again. When I think of Murano, I think of… Marco Bicego: When I was a kid, I remember traveling there with my family to see the glassmaking process. When I was there as an adult it…

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Town & Country Style Director Stellene Volandes and Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego have quite a bit in common. Of course they both have a deep appreciation for fine jewelry — who doesn’t love an eye-catching new gem? But they also share an intense affection for Bicego’s native Italy. For Bicego, it was the tiny glassmaking island of Murano that set the scene to inspire his latest collection, available only at Saks. For Volandes, it is a place she admires, adores and cannot wait to travel to again and again.

When I think of Murano, I think of…

Marco Bicego: When I was a kid, I remember traveling there with my family to see the glassmaking process. When I was there as an adult it was a different experience for me. Murano is so modern, but also so timeless, much like how I see my designs. I discovered something more intense — the deep colors, the organic, natural way of the glass. I imagined the yellow gold mixed with these deep semi-precious stones. The collection is a mix of everything put together — the organic, irregular shapes. I’m very happy with the way this collection came out.

Stellene Volandes: Murano really is a unique, special place. You arrive in Venice and take this little boat to Murano where you can see this next generation of artisans literally creating magic out of fire. It truly is a place where the modern mixes so beautifully with tradition.

When I think of Venice I think of…

S.V.: A place that is preserved in the past, but where people live such modern lives.

M.B.: Romance. In summer or winter, but for me the winter in Venice is very special. In just one hour there you come away with such energy and inspiration.

While in Italy, I love to…

M.B.: Discover new places whether it’s in the city or in the country, there’s always something new to see.

S.V.: I absolutely love going to Rome to sit outside at a restaurant and have lunch — pasta, prosciutto and wine — and watching how well dressed everyone is. I also love the pool at the Villa d’Este. I have yet to find another place where I am so happy.

My best advice when traveling to Italy…

M.B.: Rent a car and explore all of those little out of the way places. It’s a perfect way to discover something new and have that true local experience.

S.V.: Pack lots of gold jewelry. Pack whatever you have. In Italy, they know how to wear it and wear it well in a very casual way. I wear jewelry every hour of everyday, but when I’m in Italy I always discover a new way to wear my jewelry. What I love about Marco’s designs is that you can mix them with things that you already have in such a timeless, beautiful way.

 

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Shop Marco Bicego at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 


What Lies Beneath

Finding three perfect underthings to go under three perfect Little Black Dresses

In honor of Wacoal’s Fit for a Cure campaign with Saks (where Wacoal will donate $2 for every person that gets fitted for a bra to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer outreach programs), I picked out three amazing LBDs — a staple in every woman’s wardrobe — and show you just the perfect bra to wear underneath each. Rebecca Taylor Lasercut strapless dress: Show off those shoulders! A strapless bra allows you to show more skin up top and supports what needs supporting. If you’re self-conscious about revealing so much skin, no worries — just add a coordinating bolero or shawl. Alexander Wang Crepe V-neck dress: Perhaps you’ve been wanting to channel Jennifer Lopez, with her famous navel grazing looks (we can…

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In honor of Wacoal’s Fit for a Cure campaign with Saks (where Wacoal will donate $2 for every person that gets fitted for a bra to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer outreach programs), I picked out three amazing LBDs — a staple in every woman’s wardrobe — and show you just the perfect bra to wear underneath each.

Rebecca Taylor Lasercut strapless dress: Show off those shoulders! A strapless bra allows you to show more skin up top and supports what needs supporting. If you’re self-conscious about revealing so much skin, no worries — just add a coordinating bolero or shawl.

Alexander Wang Crepe V-neck dress: Perhaps you’ve been wanting to channel Jennifer Lopez, with her famous navel grazing looks (we can agree that it all began in 2000 with the iconic Versace look at the Grammys). With that in mind, I suggest seeking out a demi bra, for a bit of oomph. I wouldn’t go as low as she does when it comes to the deep V, but the demure cups should help show off your cleavage without giving your undergarments a cameo appearance.

Grayse Studded Sleeveless dress: A body-hugging and shape-flaunting look like this makes the ideal case for a “t-shirt” bra. The bra’s seamless, smoothing features are designed to handle those extra-clingy fabrics that show no mercy.

 

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Get fitted for a Wacoal bra at your local Saks Fifth Avenue and Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer outreach programs.

 

 


Altruism and Artistry

Iconic designer Michael Kors chats philanthropy and spring fashion

We’re celebrating Saks Loves Your Cause month at Saks in February, a charitable initiative in its second year that donates a percentage of purchases with a Saks card to certain charities. For this month, Saks has partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the American Red Cross, which just received a generous gift from Michael Kors. We got the details! SaksPOV: How did you become involved with the American Red Cross? Michael Kors: We’ve turned to them several times in the past few years. We donated a million dollars to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Sandy. Also, following the tsunami in Japan we donated the proceeds from a limited-edited handbag to the Japanese Red…

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We’re celebrating Saks Loves Your Cause month at Saks in February, a charitable initiative in its second year that donates a percentage of purchases with a Saks card to certain charities. For this month, Saks has partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the American Red Cross, which just received a generous gift from Michael Kors. We got the details!

SaksPOV: How did you become involved with the American Red Cross?
Michael Kors: We’ve turned to them several times in the past few years. We donated a million dollars to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Sandy. Also, following the tsunami in Japan we donated the proceeds from a limited-edited handbag to the Japanese Red Cross.

SaksPOV: You recently made a million-dollar gift to the Red Cross!
M.K.: That was in response to Hurricane Sandy, a natural disaster that hit very close to home for me, literally. So many of our employees, our customers and their families were affected. I’m a lifelong New Yorker, born in Long Island, and I was totally heartbroken at the devastation. We knew the Red Cross was on the front lines of the disaster and that our donation would get to those who needed help quickly.

SaksPOV: Spring is near. What was the inspiration for your collection?
M.K.: My spring collection was inspired by the effortless glamour of California in the Sixties and Seventies and by the Modernist architecture of that time created by the likes of Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen and John Lautner. The palette is pure L.A.— pool blue, grass green, sun yellow. It’s very strong and optimistic.

SaksPOV: For those shopping during Saks’ charity month, what items in your collection are absolute must-haves?
M.K.: Something striped, like my deck-stripe three-button jacket, a striped pant or a striped crewneck tee. They’re sharp and graphic and you’ll wear them forever. An easy but glamorous dress, like our chain-front shift, that you can just throw on and head out the door looking fabulous. A cut-out gown in black for evening. A Miranda tote.

 

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Shop Michael Kors on Saks.com.