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The Scent of Something New

Our New York Fragrance Floor debuts with 10 days of special events

Light-filled and gleaming, spacious, air infused with heady scents…it’s not heaven, but it’s close. The wrapping just came off our New York flagship’s revamped Fragrance Floor, complete with ten one-of-a-kind boutiques (Creed, Hermès and Kilian: check, check and check) and a new Fragrance Bar with more than 20 more specialized names. (Marni and Carven? Yes, please.) It’s immersive, it’s innovative and it’s unique. Speaking of exciting experiences: cult perfumer Le Labo is new to Saks, and its counter boasts fragrances freshly made for each customer. “It’s about craftsmanship,” says Le Labo co-founder Fabrice Penot. “We use the best ingredients that exist.” Just in time for the Fragrance Floor’s premiere, Bond No. 9 New York unveiled a new boutique featuring custom blending and a Swarovski Bar…

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Light-filled and gleaming, spacious, air infused with heady scents…it’s not heaven, but it’s close. The wrapping just came off our New York flagship’s revamped Fragrance Floor, complete with ten one-of-a-kind boutiques (Creed, Hermès and Kilian: check, check and check) and a new Fragrance Bar with more than 20 more specialized names. (Marni and Carven? Yes, please.) It’s immersive, it’s innovative and it’s unique.

Speaking of exciting experiences: cult perfumer Le Labo is new to Saks, and its counter boasts fragrances freshly made for each customer. “It’s about craftsmanship,” says Le Labo co-founder Fabrice Penot. “We use the best ingredients that exist.” Just in time for the Fragrance Floor’s premiere, Bond No. 9 New York unveiled a new boutique featuring custom blending and a Swarovski Bar with bottle customization.

These are only a handful of the Fragrance Floor’s unique offerings—Saks New York is spotlighting all of them with ten days of events:

Thursday, September 26
Penhaligon’s new scent launch featuring a ballet surprise

Friday, September 20
Le Labo snap a Polaroid with co-founder Fabrice Penot, 12-2pm

Saturday, September 28
Carven custom floral bouquet with purchase

Sunday, September 29
Acqua Di Parma experience the art of candle making

Monday, September 30
Cartier Le Baiser du Dragon re-launch celebration

Tuesday, October 1
Diptyque exclusive pieces & custom silk gift wrapping

Wednesday, October 2
Creed 7th Generation retrospective

Thursday, October 3
Bond No. 9 New York 10th anniversary fragrance happy hour

Friday, October 4
Kilian one-on-one fragrance consultations by Kilian Hennessy, 2-6pm

Saturday, October 5
Jo Malone London Peony and Blush Suede launch with custom gift boxes

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Fashion Week: 3 X London

Our globetrotting Senior Fashion Director chooses her three favorites from London Fashion Week.

As our Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin sets the direction for what you see in Saks stores. It also means she travels a lot. A lot. Now in the middle of a whirlwind month of shows, she picks her three favorites from the just-completed London Fashion Week. Christopher Kane “A true innovator – he’s obsessed with fabric technology. I loved the longer-length skirts paired back to luxe sweatshirts.” Peter Pilotto “Architectural silhouettes and interesting appliqués and embroideries move a signature, print-driven collection forward.” Erdem “An embroidered organza bomber paired back to a pleated leather skirt represents a new direction for Erdem Moralioglu.”

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As our Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin sets the direction for what you see in Saks stores. It also means she travels a lot. A lot. Now in the middle of a whirlwind month of shows, she picks her three favorites from the just-completed London Fashion Week.

Christopher Kane
“A true innovator – he’s obsessed with fabric technology. I loved the longer-length skirts paired back to luxe sweatshirts.”

Peter Pilotto
“Architectural silhouettes and interesting appliqués and embroideries move a signature, print-driven collection forward.”

Erdem
“An embroidered organza bomber paired back to a pleated leather skirt represents a new direction for Erdem Moralioglu.”


Saks & Woolmark Honor the World’s Best Fabrics

Dormeuil & Fratelli Tallia di Delfino win the Fabric No. 1 award

Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats. This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It…

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Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats.

This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It was a rigorous competition: “Twenty international brands submitted entries this year,” says Made-to-Measure Director Manyell Akinfe-Reed. “The judges look for the feel, aesthetic, salability, color, fabric content and mill reputation. These winners represent the world’s finest mills in menswear.”

According to Saks Vice President and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings, it’s these types of outstanding fabrics that make the man. “When it comes to quality tailored clothing for men, fabric is a vital part of the equation. The best ones are crafted by fine mills like Dormeuil and Fratelli Tallia di Delfino.” Lucky, then, that both winners will now find a home in Saks’ renowned Made-to-Measure department. Each Fabric No. 1 piece will be identifiable by a custom number and label, marking it as a one-of-a-kind suit or sport coat. And that’s the kind of quality even a novice can appreciate.

Fabric No. 1 Made-to-Measure orders will be available in limited quantities at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in New York, Chevy Chase, Chicago and Phoenix.

 


Dior Parties with Saks

The iconic label & Jessica Biel celebrate the fall collection in New York

Fashion Week parties abound, but what better way to kick off the frantic week than to celebrate an icon? On Friday Saks and Jessica Biel hosted an evening soiree to toast all things Dior. Inspired by the airy surrealism of its Paris runway show (and our fabulous new window display) Dior transformed the third floor of our New York store into a labyrinth of mirrored walls, silver globes and sky-blue light. With Champagne flutes in hand, fashion week’s leading names—designer Rachel Zoe, Elle’s Joe Zee and Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey to name a few—wound their way through the dreamlike maze to take in pieces from Raf Simons’ Warhol-inspired fall collection. Clad in a creamy Dior knit gown that managed to shine brighter…

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Fashion Week parties abound, but what better way to kick off the frantic week than to celebrate an icon? On Friday Saks and Jessica Biel hosted an evening soiree to toast all things Dior. Inspired by the airy surrealism of its Paris runway show (and our fabulous new window display) Dior transformed the third floor of our New York store into a labyrinth of mirrored walls, silver globes and sky-blue light. With Champagne flutes in hand, fashion week’s leading names—designer Rachel Zoe, Elle’s Joe Zee and Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey to name a few—wound their way through the dreamlike maze to take in pieces from Raf Simons’ Warhol-inspired fall collection.

Clad in a creamy Dior knit gown that managed to shine brighter than the evening’s silvery setting, Biel posed for photos and fans alike. Still, amidst all the buzzing excitement, she found a few minutes to steal away and chat about why she adores Dior.

When you hear the name Dior, what comes to mind?
Biel: I think back to when I was a little girl…Dior seemed so untouchable, so glamorous. Now as the direction has changed with Raf at the helm, it feels like an incredible combination of old world elegance and modern femininity.

Any favorites from the fall collection we’re seeing tonight?
Biel: I really love all the tweed and how it’s paired with something simple and feminine, like a gathered bow. The collection feels really timeless.  You can take any piece, wear it 20 years from now, and still be elegant.

Like Dior, your own style has evolved over the years. Where are you now?
Biel: My style used to be non-existent. I had no idea what I was doing! It’s definitely changed dramatically now. At this point in my life I feel a lot more adventurous and confident to try something new.

Photos by Billy Farrell & Matteo Prandoni

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Dior Under Glass

Raf Simons' fall collection finds a home in our NYC windows

When Christian Dior debuted his first collection in 1947, Harper’s Bazaar congratulated him for his “new look.” Surely neither knew what resonance that simple phrase would have: It became Dior’s calling card for the rest of his life. Now, more than 60 years later, the bi-annual whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week is here and new looks are the only looks. Now the Dior Fall 2013 collection has taken over the windows of our New York flagship. Since the windows debuted last week, New Yorkers and the out-of-towners who love them (we love you too!) are gazing into a slightly surrealist world inspired by creative director Raf Simons’ celebrated Paris runway show. Next week, that same setting will take over the third floor of…

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When Christian Dior debuted his first collection in 1947, Harper’s Bazaar congratulated him for his “new look.” Surely neither knew what resonance that simple phrase would have: It became Dior’s calling card for the rest of his life. Now, more than 60 years later, the bi-annual whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week is here and new looks are the only looks.

Now the Dior Fall 2013 collection has taken over the windows of our New York flagship. Since the windows debuted last week, New Yorkers and the out-of-towners who love them (we love you too!) are gazing into a slightly surrealist world inspired by creative director Raf Simons’ celebrated Paris runway show. Next week, that same setting will take over the third floor of our New York store so shoppers, editors & buyers in town for New York Fashion Week can experience a bit of that same Paris magic.

We spoke with Saks Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Terron Schaefer about the house, the windows and a phrase that spawned our own fall campaign.

Our own fall campaign—LOOK—is based on Christian Dior’s first runway show.
Terron: The war was over in 1947 as he launched his first collection. It was extravagant after years of austerity, and it became known as “the new look.” I thought, look is such a perfect word for Saks because it says so much about fashion. For fall, our LOOK logo is on our shopping bags, ads and catalogs.

The windows are so unique, and soon the third floor will be as well.
Terron: Visually I think it’ll be really exciting. It’s a huge opportunity for Saks and all the different Dior departments we carry. Accessories, ready-to-wear, beauty, men’s…

And the ideal starting point for a busy Fashion Week!
Terron: Everyone competes with everyone else during Fashion Week, so this is really spectacular. Dior is so important to Saks and our customers, so we’re taking no prisoners, down to the smallest details. This is so exciting for those of us working on it, so I can’t imagine what our customers will think.

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Check back with SaksPOV next week for photos and details about our fabulous Dior floor, coming soon to New York.