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Roger Vivier, Ahead of the Curve

Designer Bruno Frisoni introduces the comma-shaped Virgule heel at Saks New York

Within the world of chic French shoes, there’s a new girl in town. She’s cool and irreverent, looks good in metallics and mink, and is at home on Rue St. Honore and Madison Avenue. Her name is Virgule, and she’s the latest design from Roger Vivier. Literally meaning “comma”, the Virgule gives pause with a curvy, comma-shaped heel modeled after Monsieur Vivier’s original 1963 design. Luckily, the new look has enough je ne sais quoi to turn even the most seasoned style doyenne’s head, as designer Bruno Frisoni found when he introduced it at a benefit luncheon at Saks New York this week. How did the original Virgule heel come into play when you created this latest design? Frisoni: The Virgule is iconic. It’s a…

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Within the world of chic French shoes, there’s a new girl in town. She’s cool and irreverent, looks good in metallics and mink, and is at home on Rue St. Honore and Madison Avenue. Her name is Virgule, and she’s the latest design from Roger Vivier.

Literally meaning “comma”, the Virgule gives pause with a curvy, comma-shaped heel modeled after Monsieur Vivier’s original 1963 design. Luckily, the new look has enough je ne sais quoi to turn even the most seasoned style doyenne’s head, as designer Bruno Frisoni found when he introduced it at a benefit luncheon at Saks New York this week.

How did the original Virgule heel come into play when you created this latest design?
Frisoni: The Virgule is iconic. It’s a design from Roger Vivier himself that we reimagined with a newer, elongated silhouette. I was interpreting and reinventing a favorite from our archives.

Vivier shoes have always been linked to fashion icons like Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot & Tilda Swinton. Does anyone come to mind when you think of the Virgule?
Frisoni: I don’t want to exclude anyone, so really, anyone with a sense of fun and cool can wear this shoe. It’s designed for anyone with the attitude to wear it!

Is there a fantasy Vivier shoe not yet designed?
Frisoni: Well, there are so many points of inspiration. Obviously, new and fresh is the ideal, so my style is always evolving…

Roger Vivier shoes & handbags are available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

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Marchesa’s Next Move

Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig launch Marchesa Voyage at Saks New York

If you were ever in need of an ultra-fab red carpet gown, Marchesa would be at the top of your list. Its prettier-than-pretty confections—dreamt up by founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig—are a celebrity go-to, after all. That said, Georgina and Keren can do casual-cool, too—and prove it with their new contemporary line, Marchesa Voyage. They stopped by Saks New York on Thursday to launch the new collection and chat about their partnership, inspiration, and gym wear (spoiler: not gonna happen). Who is the Voyage woman? Chapman: She’s relaxed, she’s globally minded, and she likes something a little glamorous but easy in attitude. Craig: For the first collection, we were looking at Istanbul. So you’ll see references—Georgina’s wearing paisley, there are cheetah prints, there are…

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If you were ever in need of an ultra-fab red carpet gown, Marchesa would be at the top of your list. Its prettier-than-pretty confections—dreamt up by founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig—are a celebrity go-to, after all.

That said, Georgina and Keren can do casual-cool, too—and prove it with their new contemporary line, Marchesa Voyage. They stopped by Saks New York on Thursday to launch the new collection and chat about their partnership, inspiration, and gym wear (spoiler: not gonna happen).

Who is the Voyage woman?
Chapman: She’s relaxed, she’s globally minded, and she likes something a little glamorous but easy in attitude.
Craig: For the first collection, we were looking at Istanbul. So you’ll see references—Georgina’s wearing paisley, there are cheetah prints, there are florals…

How did you meet?
Chapman: We met in the [school] canteen. Keren and I have the same aesthetic. We’ve always liked the same things and we work well together. We each have our own areas and it just fits.

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You’re known for glamorous red carpet dresses. Can either of you remember the last time you wore sweatpants?
Chapman: We don’t really do sweatpants. [Pointing to Keren’s cropped floral-print pants] These would be our version of sweatpants. It’s casual trousers for us!

Then what’s your idea of everyday chic?
Both: Voyage!

Marchesa Voyage
On Four
Saks New York
611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets

212.753.4000


Thom Browne, Fashion Fantasist

The celebrated designer introduced his new collection exclusively at Saks New York

It goes without saying that Thom Browne has a flair for the dramatic….after all, Gothic fairy queens and Victorian asylum patients have sprung from his imagination and into wearable fantasies before. Luckily for American fashion, Browne’s Spring 2014 collection is no exception. The reverie du jour: Elizabethan clowns. Saks customers were the first in America to see the spring collection in an exclusive spring trunk show on Thursday at our New York store. Clad in one of his signature bespoke suits (cropped at the ankle, naturally), Browne mingled with customers and chatted about the methods to his distinct brand of madness. How do you envision your customer wearing these pieces? Browne: I always feel like the customer should dictate when and how something should be…

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It goes without saying that Thom Browne has a flair for the dramatic….after all, Gothic fairy queens and Victorian asylum patients have sprung from his imagination and into wearable fantasies before. Luckily for American fashion, Browne’s Spring 2014 collection is no exception. The reverie du jour: Elizabethan clowns.

Saks customers were the first in America to see the spring collection in an exclusive spring trunk show on Thursday at our New York store. Clad in one of his signature bespoke suits (cropped at the ankle, naturally), Browne mingled with customers and chatted about the methods to his distinct brand of madness.

How do you envision your customer wearing these pieces?
Browne: I always feel like the customer should dictate when and how something should be worn. My true customer is someone who has the confidence to wear what they want, when they want.

What are you excited for people to see up close?
Browne: There’s so much time spent in the pattern-making, quality and the details, I feel looking inside of the garment is just as important as seeing the outside.

If not in fashion, where else would you be?
Browne: I feel like my shows are really stories that I put in front of people—so maybe directing? Stanley Kubrick’s style really interests me. His perspective was so uniquely diverse.

Finish this sentence:  I wish women would…
Browne: …wear what they feel suits them best, as opposed to opening a magazine and wearing what they’re told to.

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Thom Browne
On Three
Saks New York
611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets

212.753.4000