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Countdown to Key to the Cure 2014

Saks and SNL team up for 16th Annual Key To The Cure.

Saks and SNL – Two New York Institutions Come Together for a Worldwide Cause.
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Saturday Night Live is turning 40 this year and to help celebrate such a momentous occasion, they’ve teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue for the 16th annual Key To The Cure campaign and its exclusive collection, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. As of last year, Key To The Cure has helped to raise over $35 million towards the cause.

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Saks and SNL – Two New York Institutions Come Together for a Worldwide Cause.
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Saturday Night Live is turning 40 this year and to help celebrate such a momentous occasion, they’ve teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue for the 16th annual Key To The Cure campaign and its exclusive collection, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. As of last year, Key To The Cure has helped to raise over $35 million towards the cause.

The collection will unfold on October 1 with a unisex tee designed by David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, followed by our charity shopping weekend taking place October 16 to 19. “We are very proud to partner with Saks for Key To The Cure and lend our support to such an important cause,” said Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. “EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund is incredible. To play even the smallest of roles to raise money on their behalf is an honor.”

To mark the special occasion, some fan favorite SNL cast-members, namely, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong and Colin Jost will sport the stylish tee in a national public service announcement that is set to appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October.

“Key To The Cure has been a philanthropic focus for Saks Fifth Avenue for many years, and I am thrilled to continue this collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund,” says Marigay McKee, President, Saks Fifth Avenue. “I’m proud of the contributions that Marcus & David of Rag & Bone, Saturday Night Live and our designer partners have brought to this year’s campaign and look forward to raising awareness for such an important cause.”

Turning 40 is a real milestone. Especially when you’re celebrating 40 years on television, so it’s a true testament to the power and importance of the cause that Saturday Night Live has chosen to highlight their anniversary by partnering up with Saks Fifth Avenue in order to give something back.

“We’re proud to have Will, Ana, Cecily, Vanessa and Colin serve as the faces of Key To The Cure in support of this deserving cause,” said Lorne Michaels, Creator & Executive Producer for Saturday Night Live.

Expect a couple of more surprise designs to follow after Rag & Bone’s unisex tee hits the racks at Saks Fifth Avenue nation-wide, Off 5th, as well as saks.com. Six other New York fashion giants have also signed on to deliver some SNL-inspired goods for Saks shoppers. Stay tuned for some great reveals as we approach the October 1 launch date.

Read more about this special partnership on Women’s Wear Daily.


Joseph Altuzarra On His CFDA Award Winning Designs

Discover Altuzarra’s CFDA winning collections at Saks.

Joseph Altuzarra Designer Interview on SaksPOV blog on winning CFDA womenswear designer of the year 2014

Joseph Altuzarra’s rise to the fashion forefront hasn’t just been fast – it’s been meteoritic. In just three short years he’s racked up a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, followed the next year by the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and this year, American fashion’s equivalent to a Best Picture Oscar – the CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of Year. Did we mention he just hit 30 in 2013?

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Altuzarra Plaid Shadow Dress
Altuzarra Wool Flame Sweater & Faun Slit Stripe Skirt (left)

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Joseph Altuzarra Designer Interview on SaksPOV blog on winning CFDA womenswear designer of the year 2014

Joseph Altuzarra’s rise to the fashion forefront hasn’t just been fast – it’s been meteoritic. In just three short years he’s racked up a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, followed the next year by the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and this year, American fashion’s equivalent to a Best Picture Oscar – the CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of Year. Did we mention he just hit 30 in 2013?

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Altuzarra Plaid Shadow Dress
Altuzarra Wool Flame Sweater & Faun Slit Stripe Skirt (left)

Needless to say, the attention is warranted. There is, after all, a pedigree there. His first taste for the business came in the guise of an internship at Marc Jacobs immediately after graduating from Swarthmore College. A short stint as a freelance designer at Proenza Schouler followed, where he also picked up some back-end business smarts, and finally, as the right-hand man to Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy in Paris the year after. One does not make those kinds of professional pit-stops without picking up a thing or two along the way.

Heritage is another particularly important factor for zeroing in on the paradigm of the Altuzarra aesthetic. Half Chinese-American, half French-Basque – the DNA is in the clothes too. That enticing mix of American sportswear and Parisian come-hitherness are proving to be the building blocks of a household name.

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Altuzarra Camus Midi Dress
Altuzarra Cocteau Strapless Dress

But it’s not just a matter of pairing a nice cashmere sweater with a thigh-high slit skirt. “You have to be willing to put in the work,” says Altuzarra, concerning the work ethic and dedication to craftsmanship that’s essential to making it all come together. “I launched the brand in 2008 amidst the market crash, when the appetite for luxury goods as well as emerging brands was not the strongest. In that respect, working hard and being dedicated to making quality product has been top of mind since the inception of the company. Artisanal detailing has been an inherent component of the brand, and I think that goes hand in hand with a dedication to craftsmanship.”

When you’re as young as Altuzarra, building an eponymous luxury brand in this day and age requires a deep focus. You have to hone in on your eventual legacy almost straight away. So what does he want the Altuzarra woman to take away from his artistic contribution to fashion? The answer: consistency. “As we continue to grow the Altuzarra brand and business, I want to be consistent in establishing and refining its signature style; it merges authentic French seduction with American pragmatism and ease, as well as sexy sophistication and artisanal detailing. We want to make women feel seductive, sexy and strong.”

Check out some of the “sexy and strong” selections we here at Saks have picked out for you from Altuzarra’s award winning pre-fall and fall 2014 collections.

Opening photo shot by Simon Cave


Jason Wu x Lancôme at Saks Beverly Hills

Experience the runway through the colorful lens of Lancôme and Jason Wu.

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“Beauty has always been extremely important to my label. I like the transformative aspect of combining the right beauty look with an ensemble.”– Jason Wu

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“Beauty has always been extremely important to my label. I like the transformative aspect of combining the right beauty look with an ensemble.”– Jason Wu

This Thursday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, stop by Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills and preview the pre-fall limited edition Jason Wu for Lancôme Collection. The New York-based designer is jetting across the country for a special meet-and-greet. Please RSVP at 310-887-5427.

Wow from head-to-toe in Jason Wu.