Enjoy a Refill on Bond No. 9 New York

Refresh your fragrance wardrobe for spring with Bond No. 9.

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Bond No. 9 wants to help you refresh your fragrance wardrobe for spring. From now until June 11, bring your empty perfume bottles, regardless of brand, to any of our in-store Bond No. 9 counters and receive a free refill with your purchase of two or more Bond No. 9 products*.

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Bond No. 9 wants to help you refresh your fragrance wardrobe for spring. From now until June 11, bring your empty perfume bottles, regardless of brand, to any of our in-store Bond No. 9 counters and receive a free refill with your purchase of two or more Bond No. 9 products*.

Find your springtime signature scent with Bond No. 9 New York.

*This offer excludes pocket sprays and soaps. Customers that wish to return any or both of the two purchased items pertaining to this offer must also return the refill.


The Met Ball: Our Favorite Looks

The best of the best from NYC's party of the year.

In an era when New York’s social calendar is much less formal and public than in decades past, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala stands out. And how: the red carpet has reached Academy Awards-level hysteria, with photogs and fans alike lining Fifth Avenue for a peek at A-list faces, dresses, tuxes and — in the case of Mr. Bundchen himself, Tom Brady — a much discussed faux-hawk.

But about those dresses: what stood out? Our editors scoured the looks and chose a few of their favorites.

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Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna & Stella McCartney & Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney

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In an era when New York’s social calendar is much less formal and public than in decades past, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala stands out. And how: the red carpet has reached Academy Awards-level hysteria, with photogs and fans alike lining Fifth Avenue for a peek at A-list faces, dresses, tuxes and — in the case of Mr. Bundchen himself, Tom Brady — a much discussed faux-hawk.

But about those dresses: what stood out? Our editors scoured the looks and chose a few of their favorites.

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Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna & Stella McCartney & Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney

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Suki Waterhouse in Burberry, Liu Wen in Zac Posen, Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

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Jourdan Dunn, Toni Garrn & Kendall Jenner in Topshop

 


A Saks Holiday

Our holiday windows & 3D projection are unveiled at Saks New York.

Located at the epicenter of NYC holiday sightseeing (that is, across the street from the always-worth-the-trip Rockefeller Center Christmas tree), Saks New York has become something of a holiday institution itself. Last week, we unveiled our annual holiday windows along Fifth Avenue as well as our traffic-stopping 3D spectacle projected nightly on the store’s façade.

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Located at the epicenter of NYC holiday sightseeing (that is, across the street from the always-worth-the-trip Rockefeller Center Christmas tree), Saks New York has become something of a holiday institution itself. Last week, we unveiled our annual holiday windows along Fifth Avenue as well as our traffic-stopping 3D spectacle projected nightly on the store’s façade.

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Take a peek at both and stop by in person if you’re in the area…trust us, video and photos just don’t do them justice!

 

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Glow Patrol

La Mer Expert Kumi Craig Shares Tips for Luminous Summer Skin

With a glitzy résumé that includes prepping beauties for fashion photography in magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, plus grooming high profile stars like Jon Hamm and Chris Pine for their red carpet close-ups, La Mer Expert Groomer Kumi Craig knows absolutely everything about making skin look radiant. This summer she’s visiting Saks locations around the country to give personalized La Mer consultations. In the meantime, she’s shared tips to give you a jump-start on flawless skin.  Are there essential steps for every skin care program? Everyone’s skin is different and it depends on each person’s skin concerns. I like to keep my regimen pretty simple and I encourage my clients to do the same. Everyone should incorporate a moisturizer into their routine and always use sunscreen. Should men and…

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With a glitzy résumé that includes prepping beauties for fashion photography in magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, plus grooming high profile stars like Jon Hamm and Chris Pine for their red carpet close-ups, La Mer Expert Groomer Kumi Craig knows absolutely everything about making skin look radiant. This summer she’s visiting Saks locations around the country to give personalized La Mer consultations. In the meantime, she’s shared tips to give you a jump-start on flawless skin. 

Are there essential steps for every skin care program?
Everyone’s skin is different and it depends on each person’s skin concerns. I like to keep my regimen pretty simple and I encourage my clients to do the same. Everyone should incorporate a moisturizer into their routine and always use sunscreen.

Should men and women approach their skin care differently?
For the most part, the same goes for men and women. Men need to keep their skin fresh and hydrated, especially if they’re shaving. I recommend The Radiant Infusion as an aftershave and to hydrate the skin under a beard.

What are your absolute no-nos?
When I’m preparing men for a shoot or the red carpet, I never like to use foundation. Instead, I apply La Mer’s SPF 18 Fluid Tint in Dark, because it gives skin a beautiful healthy glow without looking like makeup. Natural looking skin is key.  

What’s the best quick fix for stressed skin?
Hydrate and moisturize! The Mist really wakes up the skin—it’s like giving it a drink of water. For dark circles and puffiness, The Eye Concentrate with the silver tipped applicator is my go-to. I use it to massage under the eyes; it cools and gets the blood circulating. It really works!

Does the summer weather affect your skin care recommendations?
In a humid climate, skin doesn’t need a heavy moisturizer. I recommend The Moisturizing Gel Cream, a light, cooling option, for daily use. The Soleil de la Mer line with SPF 30 for the face, and The Reparative Body Sun Lotion are perfect for everyday.

Speaking of summer… To tan, or not to tan?
A little sun kissed glow is always nice, but never lay out without applying SPF.   I like a tan but no sunburns!

 

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What are your favorite Sun Care & Bronzer products? Tell us in the comments.

 

 


Cool, Chic and Collected

Carolina Herrera Presents Her Fall 2013 Runway Collection with Saks Chicago

It might be called the Windy City, but ever the refined lady, Carolina Herrera had nary a hair out of place when she came to Chicago with Saks Fifth Avenue late last month. Herrera came to Chicago to present her eponymous fall 2013 collection in a runway presentation hosted by Trish Rooney Alden, Kay Krehnbiel, Jill Rasmussen and Kara Wright. Proceeds from the ticketed event benefited A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area, which supports organizations that provide tools to underprivileged individuals to enter the workforce with an education and credentials. Held at Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Herrera trotted about glamorous looks ranging from an astrakhan skirt with a fur-trimmed mink jacket…

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It might be called the Windy City, but ever the refined lady, Carolina Herrera had nary a hair out of place when she came to Chicago with Saks Fifth Avenue late last month.

Herrera came to Chicago to present her eponymous fall 2013 collection in a runway presentation hosted by Trish Rooney Alden, Kay Krehnbiel, Jill Rasmussen and Kara Wright. Proceeds from the ticketed event benefited A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area, which supports organizations that provide tools to underprivileged individuals to enter the workforce with an education and credentials.

Held at Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Herrera trotted about glamorous looks ranging from an astrakhan skirt with a fur-trimmed mink jacket evoking a modern day Katherine Hepburn, a trumpet skirted evening gown in color-blocked plum and crimson and the finale gown, an extraordinary long sleeved emerald evening gown in silk sating with a fur-trimmed plunging back.

“This collection has great drama and emotion,” noted Herrera in the show notes for this collection.

“We were delighted to present Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2013 runway collection, with a nod to 1940′s glamour, to our lovely ladies in Chicago,” said Saks Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin. “ Mrs. Herrera never fails to present an ultra-chic collection with a high wearability factor for women of any age.”

After the show, Saks President Ron Frasch feted Herrera to a glamorous seated dinner, where they nibbled on Filet Mignon with a Roquefort crust and closed the evening with a sweet note with a lemon soufflé tarts.

 

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Shop the Carolina Herrera spring 2013 collection here.

 

 


Zac Posen Comes to Saks San Francisco

Drama! Romance! Fantasy! Zac Posen brought it all to Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco along with his Fall 2013 collection. The designer and Project Runway star teamed up with Saks to present his fall collection replete with scores of models, teams for hair and makeup and — oh yes! — droves of adoring clients. Posen was the guest designer for the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, benefiting San Francisco Ballet in late April. Posen displayed 41 looks and to a 500-plus audience that included actress Jane Seymour and event chairs Claire Steward Costic and O.J. Shansby.  Fittingly, Posen’s latest collection was inspired by a woman’s travels from East to West, as the designer himself crossed the country for…

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Drama! Romance! Fantasy! Zac Posen brought it all to Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco along with his Fall 2013 collection. The designer and Project Runway star teamed up with Saks to present his fall collection replete with scores of models, teams for hair and makeup and — oh yes! — droves of adoring clients.

Posen was the guest designer for the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, benefiting San Francisco Ballet in late April. Posen displayed 41 looks and to a 500-plus audience that included actress Jane Seymour and event chairs Claire Steward Costic and O.J. Shansby.  Fittingly, Posen’s latest collection was inspired by a woman’s travels from East to West, as the designer himself crossed the country for the event.

First shown during New York Fashion Week in a salon-style setting at The Plaza Hotel’s Terrace Room Posen’s fall collection conjures the old world grandeur of the 1940’s. The clothes themselves are both architectural and elegant, from the show stopping strapless lavender hourglass gown with fluted ruffled hem to a drape-neck wine gown with affixed cape.

Of the event, Posen told WWD: “It was more women dressed in my clothes than I’ve ever seen in one room [as I helped guests] in and out of dressing rooms helping women get ready for gala season.”

Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin notes: “We were thrilled to bring a bit of New York fashion week magic to San Francisco, with the ever-charming Zac Posen presenting his Fall 2013 runway collection, brimming with red carpet-ready looks.

 

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Shop Z Spoke by Zac Posen’s spring collection on Saks.com.

 

 


A Moment with Ennio Capasa of Costume National

You might not know the name Ennio Capasa, but the Costume National designer likes it that way — he would rather the women that wear his clothes to have the spotlight.  The evasive designer made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue New York on Wednesday night to celebrate the house’s fall 2013 collection with a performance by buzz worthy songstress Sophie Auster. As guests shopped the collection (a portion of the evening’s sales went to benefit OrphanAid Africa), we took a moment to ask Capasa our most burning questions about his critically lauded collection. SaksPOV: Word has it that the inspiration for the fall 2013 collection came from an adventurous (and somewhat dangerous!) hiking trip through Burma and China, where you encountered the Miao…

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You might not know the name Ennio Capasa, but the Costume National designer likes it that way — he would rather the women that wear his clothes to have the spotlight.  The evasive designer made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue New York on Wednesday night to celebrate the house’s fall 2013 collection with a performance by buzz worthy songstress Sophie Auster.

As guests shopped the collection (a portion of the evening’s sales went to benefit OrphanAid Africa), we took a moment to ask Capasa our most burning questions about his critically lauded collection.

SaksPOV: Word has it that the inspiration for the fall 2013 collection came from an adventurous (and somewhat dangerous!) hiking trip through Burma and China, where you encountered the Miao tribe. How did that trip inspire your collection?
Ennio Capasa: During my trip I was so impressed by the geometrical approach to garments of the Miao tribe. I could relate to this approach and wanted to bring some details into the fall collection.

SaksPOV: Where is the next place you want to travel?
E.N.: I feel very attracted by urban environments at the moment, I like to observe the individuality and creativity of New York City and LA!

SaksPOV: How do you define the Costume National woman?
E.N.: The Costume National woman has a capricious attitude towards clothing and life in general. She likes to explore modern clothing but always enjoys the classic tailoring aspect of the Italian tradition

SaksPOV: What is the most exciting thing for you in fashion right now?
E.N.: I feel that the most exciting aspect of fashion today is that each woman can be very free to explore  her  very personal style through designer clothing

SaksPOV: Who would you love to see wearing costume national today?
E.N.: My ideal customer today is an independent woman with a curious attitude paired with a strong sense of aesthetic and innovation.

 

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Shop Costume National’s spring 2013 collection on Saks.com.

 

 


Oscar Worthy

A look at Oscar de la Renta’s best in bridal

As every wedding-themed reality show will remind you, there’s a lot of drama around one’s nuptials. And in his Spring 2013 bridal show, Oscar de la Renta delivered exactly that: drama, of the highest sort. Of course, we’re talking about sartorial showmanship of the good, jaw-droppingly gorgeous kind. There were voluminous tulle capes topping white lace sheaths, prettily embroidered ball-gown confections and a stunning dazzler or two with floral appliqués cascading down the bodice. De la Renta definitely didn’t hold back; the show was one grand statement maker after another. He even threw in a few daringly colorful options, including the blood-red dress that opened the show and a handful of lovely baby-blue silhouettes throughout. Not quite that outré but still aching for that something…

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As every wedding-themed reality show will remind you, there’s a lot of drama around one’s nuptials. And in his Spring 2013 bridal show, Oscar de la Renta delivered exactly that: drama, of the highest sort.

Of course, we’re talking about sartorial showmanship of the good, jaw-droppingly gorgeous kind. There were voluminous tulle capes topping white lace sheaths, prettily embroidered ball-gown confections and a stunning dazzler or two with floral appliqués cascading down the bodice. De la Renta definitely didn’t hold back; the show was one grand statement maker after another. He even threw in a few daringly colorful options, including the blood-red dress that opened the show and a handful of lovely baby-blue silhouettes throughout.

Not quite that outré but still aching for that something blue? We suggest you check out the designer’s newest wedding-themed fragrance, Something Blue, exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue. You can have your wedding whites and your proverbial “blue” good luck charm, too.

Read our interview with Oscar de la Renta here.

 

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Shop Oscar de la Renta or call 212.940.2269 in New York or 310.887.5509 in Beverly Hills to make an appointment at the Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon.

 


Oud La La!

Killian Hennessy debunks the mystery and mastery of the hottest — and most rare — fragrance ingredient in the world: oud

Few fragrance ingredients carry the mystery and exclusivity of the heady and aromatic oud, which hails from the resin of a rare South Asian tree. And while its history runs deep — the scent’s even name-checked in Vedic Sanskrit texts — oud’s only recently been making headlines in the West. It may be a niche scent, but one that is steadily gaining fans in the luxury market. Here, we chatted with oud expert Kilian Hennessy of Kilian perfumes, whose olfactory CV includes stints at Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and Alexander MQueen. And, yes, you read that surname right; that’s Hennessy of the cognac Hennessys. SaksPOV: What is oud? Killian Hennessy: It’s a resin that leaks from the Aquilaria tree when it’s attacked by a fungus. At…

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Few fragrance ingredients carry the mystery and exclusivity of the heady and aromatic oud, which hails from the resin of a rare South Asian tree. And while its history runs deep — the scent’s even name-checked in Vedic Sanskrit texts — oud’s only recently been making headlines in the West. It may be a niche scent, but one that is steadily gaining fans in the luxury market. Here, we chatted with oud expert Kilian Hennessy of Kilian perfumes, whose olfactory CV includes stints at Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani and Alexander MQueen. And, yes, you read that surname right; that’s Hennessy of the cognac Hennessys.

SaksPOV: What is oud?
Killian Hennessy: It’s a resin that leaks from the Aquilaria tree when it’s attacked by a fungus. At first, the resin is clear in color, but with time it becomes very dark and very rich in smell. You can buy pure oud that’s not diluted in alcohol — that’s the most expensive form — or combine it with saffron, rose or sandalwood. Those combinations are called mukhallats. There’s also something called bakhour. When you burn the pieces of oud wood, it creates a smoke and incense — that’s bakhour.

SaksPOV: What’s the oud scent like?
K.H.: There are two: oud has a very rich, intense, aromatic note while bakhour is smoky and woody.

SaksPOV: Your Arabian Nights collection revolves around oud. When did you first discover the ingredient?
K.H.: Back in 2008, when I traveled to the Middle East (to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saudi Arabia) looking for a partner to launch the brand there. In that region, oud has always been used as a fragrance; it’s culturally important and comforting to them. A queen of Saudi Arabia told me that her people prefer to put more money in a beautiful perfume than a beautiful dress.

SaksPOV: Why isn’t it more well known in the West?
K.H.: It’s not authorized by IRFA [the International Fragrance Association] so perfumers don’t even show it to you because they know you cannot use it.

SaksPOV: So how did you get around that with your collection?
K.H.: That’s why we use bakhour. We reconstitute the scent of the bakhour and combine it with other essential oils to create Arabian Nights. It’s a kind of fusion perfumery the same way you have fusion cooking, combining both worlds.

SaksPOV: Given your family’s background, why did you choose to go into fragrance?
K.H.: I feel that perfume chose me more than I chose perfume. In college, I wrote a thesis on the semantics of scents and, in order to understand what I was going to be writing about, I decided to go to a nose school in parallel with my fifth year in college. When I started smelling raw materials and essential oils, it just clicked. I knew immediately, from the first second, that perfume would be my world.

SaksPOV: The semantics of scents?
K.H.: I had read all these theses on perfumes and there was one topic that they always came back to — the difficulty of communication in this industry, the fact that there is not a common vocabulary to describe a smell or a complex scent. This absence of vocabulary was one of the big challenges of this industry, so it seemed like the right subject to study.

SaksPOV: Is there one scent that’s your version of the Proust madeleine?
K.H.: Tuberose. All the women in my family used to wear tuberose perfume and now my new wife is wearing it as well. It has not left me.

SaksPOV: Why do your perfumes have subtitles in their names?
K.H.: When I started the brand, I wanted to go in the opposite direction from the masstige industry. The more masstige was going to go fresh, fruity and sweet, I was going to go non-fresh, non-fruity and non-sweet. That’s why my first L’Oeuvre Noir collection is very much about woods, resins and spices. And the more masstige was going toward a simple message…the more complex I wanted to go.

SaksPOV: Advice for a woman picking her scent?
K.H.: Really put it on the skin and live with it. The skin is the ultimate judge, not the blotter. Let it dry for a little bit. And don’t focus on the top notes because those evaporate very quickly. Wait about half an hour because this is when you really smell the character of the perfume.

 

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Visit your local Saks Fifth Avenue and try oud for yourself — and let us know what you think!

 

 

 


Saying it with Flowers

Spring has sprung and some of our favorite fashion designers share their favorite flowers with us!

The scene. You’re going to dinner at Rebecca Taylor’s posh Brooklyn home. What do you bring? Well, we just might have the perfect solution as Saks asks some of our favorite designers what their absolute favorite flowers are in honor of the arrival of spring. So take notes — just in case you get an invite to Mary Katrantzou’s Greek pad — we know what she likes!   Rebecca Taylor: “I love peonies. I like that they’re sort of like a rose, but they’re not quite as old-fashioned as a rose. They feel like a very modern flower to me. Very feminine, but very modern.”   Elie Tahari: Orchids. Mary Katrantzou: “I love gardenias. I love the smell. We had them in our home in Greece. I love how…

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The scene. You’re going to dinner at Rebecca Taylor’s posh Brooklyn home. What do you bring? Well, we just might have the perfect solution as Saks asks some of our favorite designers what their absolute favorite flowers are in honor of the arrival of spring. So take notes — just in case you get an invite to Mary Katrantzou’s Greek pad — we know what she likes!

 

Rebecca Taylor: “I love peonies. I like that they’re sort of like a rose, but they’re not quite as old-fashioned as a rose. They feel like a very modern flower to me. Very feminine, but very modern.”  

Elie Tahari: Orchids.

Mary Katrantzou: “I love gardenias. I love the smell. We had them in our home in Greece. I love how pure and white it is. I’m quite a monochromatic person outside my work, so I think there’s a purity in that flower. And even the touch and the smell and everything is really beautiful.”

Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis: “I actually love peonies. Because there are so many different colors. They feel a little more organic and of the earth, less cultivated,” says Beatty. “I like jasmine, the scent. Night blooming jasmine.”

Phillip Lim: “I love all flora – I have flowers around me all the time, they enhance my mood and affect my day and that is a great thing.  I particularly like simple flowers like roses and peonies.”

 

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What’s hot this spring? Precision Florals. See more on The Trendcaster.