Fall Fashions: Must-have Trends Revealed

Is there anything more satisfying than that transitional moment between seasons, when the summer and fall sections of your closet get to intermingle? It immediately throws all the rules in disarray. Your style is suddenly within reach of new ideas, mixes, combinations. You get to throw the fashion rule book out the window and you jump into the fray with careless, but always chic abandon, and our contemporary designers have delivered on that fantasy. Helmut Lang played with proportions, mixing rich heritage knit sweaters with camel leather minis, while Haute Hippie matched an eye-catching flowing skirt with a cropped tuxedo blazer. Take note: the season’s hottest trend is making your own rules.

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 Opening Ceremony: Wave-Jacquard Cape-Front Top and Folded-Front Skirt

For fall, Opening Ceremony‘s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim went sculptural, with classic trapeze shapes structured out of molded jacquard.

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Is there anything more satisfying than that transitional moment between seasons, when the summer and fall sections of your closet get to intermingle? It immediately throws all the rules in disarray. Your style is suddenly within reach of new ideas, mixes, combinations. You get to throw the fashion rule book out the window and you jump into the fray with careless, but always chic abandon, and our contemporary designers have delivered on that fantasy. Helmut Lang played with proportions, mixing rich heritage knit sweaters with camel leather minis, while Haute Hippie matched an eye-catching flowing skirt with a cropped tuxedo blazer. Take note: the season’s hottest trend is making your own rules.

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 Opening Ceremony: Wave-Jacquard Cape-Front Top and Folded-Front Skirt

For fall, Opening Ceremony‘s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim went sculptural, with classic trapeze shapes structured out of molded jacquard.

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Tanya Taylor: Tate Photographer-Print Metallic Trench Coat

This incandescent Tanya Taylor metallic coat is virtual street-style fodder. With that cheeky photographer print affixed, this is one coat that snaps a pic right back.

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Milly: Knitted Fur Sweater and Lace Midi Skirt

The prospect of mixing fur with lace sounds like too much look. But somehow, Milly‘s Michelle Smith somehow makes it work.

Find out what other discoveries our editors made at our fall contemporary event.


Carven Celebrates New Website with “Social Media Love”

The cheeky short film announces Carven's new social media presence.

It’s been five years since Guillaume Henry stepped onto the scene to blow the dust off the beloved French brand Carven. That initial fashion presentation is still vivid in the mind after all these years, even with hundreds of fashion shows in between. It was prim, but not very proper. Femme tartan frocks with very strategic cutouts, vivid colors and fabrications that just begged to be touched. Editors went mad in an instant and the call for more Carven hasn’t abated since.

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It’s been five years since Guillaume Henry stepped onto the scene to blow the dust off the beloved French brand Carven. That initial fashion presentation is still vivid in the mind after all these years, even with hundreds of fashion shows in between. It was prim, but not very proper. Femme tartan frocks with very strategic cutouts, vivid colors and fabrications that just begged to be touched. Editors went mad in an instant and the call for more Carven hasn’t abated since.

Carven-Social-Media-Love-at-saksYouthful, Sexy Ease is the Carven Way

Printed Cotton Poplin Shirtdress    I    Cutout-Back Satin Dress

Fast-forward to this June, when Henry and co. completely reworked the Carven website to include tons of interactive material, the brand’s first venture into ecommerce and a new global social media overhaul. To mark the occasion, the maison created an adorably tongue-in-cheek short film titled “Social Media Love”, filmed in the style of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960s French New Wave. The “wink” factor is hard to resist and it’s a pleasure to see the brand introduce itself to the market on a global scale with a good dose of levity in tow.

View the “Social Media Love” video below and get connected with Carven.


Paul Andrew and Tanya Taylor Among 2014 CFDA/VFF Finalists

The prestigious fund will name the next big American designer on November 3rd.

This past week, at the Westfield World Trade Center, the future home of Conde Nast come November, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CFDA/VFF) announced its ten finalists for 2014. Over the past few years, The CFDA/VFF has proven itself to be a particularly sound barometer for spotting the leading American designers tomorrow. Past winners include Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.

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This past week, at the Westfield World Trade Center, the future home of Conde Nast come November, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CFDA/VFF) announced its ten finalists for 2014. Over the past few years, The CFDA/VFF has proven itself to be a particularly sound barometer for spotting the leading American designers tomorrow. Past winners include Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.

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Shirin Calf Hair & Leather Ankle Boots    I    Suede Fringe Ankle Boots

Among the nominees is the exceedingly talented shoe designer and British export Paul Andrew, who with 15 years of experience under his belt, having worked at Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen and Narciso Rodriguez, has already been landing on everyone’s must-watch list since launching his eponymous line in Spring 2013.

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Joining Andrew in the pool of finalists is Canadian womenswear designer Tanya Taylor, who has been winning fans left and right with her youthful and feminine designs since launching her brand in 2012.

In between now and November 3rd, when winners will be announced, the ten finalists must partake in a Maybelline-sponsored design challenge, followed by a staged runway show at West Hollywood’s famed hotel, Chateau Marmont. Check out the full list of finalists below.

CFDA/VFF 2014 FINALISTS
Paul Andrew, Paul Andrew
Tanya Taylor, Tanya Taylor
Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon
Brett Heyman, Edie Parker
Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent, Simon Miller
Eva Zuckerman, Eva Fehren
Gigi Burris, Gigi Burris Millinery
Matthew Orley, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence, Orley
Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Grey Ant
Ryan Roche, Ryan Roche

Let rag & bone give you a behind-the-scenes look at the CFDA/VFF


Public School Wins First Menswear Woolmark Prize

With a Woolmark and CFDA award for menswear under their belt, Public School has officially arrived.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014International Woolmark Prize (US) finalists Public School (L) and M. Patmos (R).

Last night, New York’s Milk Studios played host to the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize USA regional final, where Dao-Yi and Maxwell Osbourne, the duo behind Public School (available at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and Beverly Hills locations) were crowned the victors in the prestigious prize’s first ever menswear category. Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos took home the womenswear award, beating out Man Repeller-darling Rosie Assoulin, as well as Nonoo, Jonathan Simkhai and Whit.

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The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014International Woolmark Prize (US) finalists Public School (L) and M. Patmos (R).

Last night, New York’s Milk Studios played host to the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize USA regional final, where Dao-Yi and Maxwell Osbourne, the duo behind Public School (available at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and Beverly Hills locations) were crowned the victors in the prestigious prize’s first ever menswear category. Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos took home the womenswear award, beating out Man Repeller-darling Rosie Assoulin, as well as Nonoo, Jonathan Simkhai and Whit.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Marcia Patmos shows off her winning techniques with Merino wool.

The Woolmark Prize honors burgeoning designers in both menswear and womenswear in the states, as well as Asia, Australia, Europe, India and the Middle-East, and allots the respective finalists and winners to broaden their artistic scope in designing with Merino wool. All nominees that move on to become international finalists are awarded $50,000 AU to help jump-start their next collection, while the ultimate international winners are granted a considerable $100,000 AU prize.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Saks Fifth Avenue’s Eric Jennings on the judges’ panel. 

The USA judging panel was a veritable who’s who of the American fashion industry, which included Saks Fifth Avenue’s very own Colleen Sherin, Senior Fashion Director and Eric Jennings, Vice President & Fashion Director Menswear, Home, Food and Gifts.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014New York fashion heavyweights take a break from adjudication for a chic photo-op.

Other USA judges included renowned designer Alexander Wang, Creative Director of Alexander Wang and Balenciaga; Ariel Foxman, Editor-in-Chief of InStyle; David Granger, Editor-in-Chief of Esquire; Malcolm Carfrae, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Calvin Klein; Michelle Lee, Director of Americas for The Woolmark Company, Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine and Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin and fellow judges making big decisions.

Despite their nascent status, Public School was able to beat out some stiff competition in their category, including New York favorite Timo Weiland. “We’re so incredibly thrilled and honored to be selected as the US representative in the first Woolmark Prize for menswear,” the duo stated after their win. “Working with wool and all of its natural benefits has been instrumental in developing the trans-seasonality and versatility of our own collection and it’s going to really help jump-start our knitwear business.”

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014The ten finalists’ qualifying looks on display.

Next order of business for the International Woolmark Prize is selecting the rest of their regional finalists, at which point there will be one menswear winner and one womenswear winner, each of which will have their final Merino wool collections sold in over a dozen of the most prestigious fashion retailers worldwide. Stay tuned to see who makes the international cut.

Get cozied up in his and hers statement knit sweaters.

All images courtesy of the The Woolmark Company, shot by the BFA.


Royal. Romantic. Rebel.

Fantasy dresses for every sensibility.

Every woman has that fantasy dress. Whether that dress of your dreams is destined to go down the aisle with you on your special day, or if your idea of heaven is an embellished little body-con number that highlights your every curve. If it helps you attain that high society glimmer, or enhances your come-hither look, the fact is that you know your dream dress is out there just waiting to get snatched up. Try these beautiful, especially curated dresses on for size and see if these particular fantasies fit the bill.

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Notte by Marchesa: Re-embroidered Lace & Tulle Mermaid Gown

 

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Every woman has that fantasy dress. Whether that dress of your dreams is destined to go down the aisle with you on your special day, or if your idea of heaven is an embellished little body-con number that highlights your every curve. If it helps you attain that high society glimmer, or enhances your come-hither look, the fact is that you know your dream dress is out there just waiting to get snatched up. Try these beautiful, especially curated dresses on for size and see if these particular fantasies fit the bill.

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THE RESPLENDENT ROYAL

Notte by Marchesa: Re-embroidered Lace & Tulle Mermaid Gown

 

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THE RAVISHING ROMANTIC

ML Monique Lhuillier: Strapless Contrast-Hem Gown

 

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THE REBEL ROUSER

Herve Leger: Jacquard Embellished Dress

Just waiting to be discovered, you’ll surely strike your fancy with these fantastical dresses.


Joseph Altuzarra On His CFDA Award Winning Designs

Discover Altuzarra’s CFDA winning collections at Saks.

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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 Wool Flame Sweater & Faun Slit Stripe Skirt (left)

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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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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


Viktor&Rolf’s Sweet Surprise

The Dutch duo unveil their BONBON fragrance at Saks New York.

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, masters of intellectually-provocative couture clothing, create a different kind of provocation with their fragrances: a more subversive and sensual allure. All of those dynamics were on display Thursday evening when Saks New York welcomed Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren for their unveiling of BONBON—their long-awaited fragrance followup to Flowerbomb—now available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.

BONBON is exactly as it sounds: a sweet, confectionery treat for the senses, though it dries into something far more sensual and risqué. Its bottle, a sculptural bow tie, perfectly camouflages this Lady Danger aspect hidden within the scent. This was the Dutch provocateurs’ intention, they told us, as they took a moment away from their legion of fans and fashion insiders to discuss that intriguing play of “tension between things that don’t match.”

Your apparel collections are intellectually provocative, while your fragrances play to the edge of sensual provocation. Can you elaborate on the specific points of inspiration for your fragrances?
V&R: Perfume starts with language – we take an intellectual approach, first: playing on the tension between things than don’t match…perfume tells a story, and we enjoy being storytellers.

We understand that esteemed perfumiers, Serge Majoullier and Cécile Matton, helped develop BONBON. How involved were you in its creation?
V&R: We were very involved. We started with the name, which we settled on right away, and knew that we wanted something sweet…it was a pleasurable process for us. There was a precise direction around caramel, but then of course, we had to make a fragrance, and refine the scent to a perfect vision. Our scents may be successful because we feel as strongly about our scents as our customers do.

What are some key notes in BONBON for our Saks perfume connoisseurs?
V&R: There is an addictive and buttery caramel note with sexy undertones.

What are your most poignant fragrance memories, good, bad or ugly?
V&R: The old Shiseido and Dior perfume ads that we saw as kids were so impressive, and are the reason we went into fashion! They were poetic…they were stylized imagery.

Your couture collection was somewhat inspired by the new BONBON bottle. How do your fragrance and clothing businesses overlap aesthetically?
V&R: Fragrance is the border between skin and clothing. And like clothing, fragrance is conceptual and glamorous.

What’s on the horizon for a Viktor&Rolf Spring Break?
V&R: Surfing in L.A.!

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Saks Gets Hopping

The Big Egg Hunt is here, and Saks New York is at the center of it all.
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As any savvy shopper knows, Saks Fifth Avenue is always ahead of the curve. This month however, it’s a whole new set of curves as an updated, advanced and altogether unconventional Easter egg hunt comes to New York City. Naturally, we’re in the game.

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is here. The eggs? Oh, just 300 unique, two-foot egg sculptures created by the world’s leading artists and designers—including Jeff Koons, William Wegman and Carolina Herrera—displayed throughout NYC. The epicenter? Saks New York, home to eight eggs and the flagship of a citywide hunt that continues through April 17. The Easter egg basket? Your smartphone, naturally. Simply download the app and scan the QR codes at each stop. (An interactive map, updates and clues will help your search.)

Want more? There’s more. Saks New York and saks.com are selling handpainted, limited-edition replicas of some of our favorites through April 30. And if you really love the eggs you spot around town, they’ll be collected and displayed en masse at Rockefeller Center from April 18-26, then auctioned to benefit the Elephant Family and Studio in a School charities. Happy hunting, New York. Now get cracking!

Shop the limited-edition collectibles here.

Visit Saks New York through April 17 and find egg sculptures by artists William Wegman, Ran Hwang and Chelsea Hrynick Browne, designers Anna Corinna and Anna Trzebinski, architects Jonathan Schloss and Richard Mishaan, and a special Saks-themed egg.

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A South Beach Soirée for Phillip Lim

Saks Bal Harbour welcomed Phillip Lim with warm weather & a brand new boutique.
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Far from the (still) blustery streets of New York, style enthusiasts gathered in balmy Miami to celebrate the opening of the 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique at Saks Bal Harbour. But this was no ordinary ribbon-cutting. Instead, the iconic Raleigh Hotel, smack dab in the heart of the South Beach’s Deco district, served as the perfect backdrop for guests to toast Lim and his geode-inspired spring collection.

While the designer schmoozed with guests, a performance by New York-based indie duo MS MR added an extra dose of city-cool. What could be better? Oh right, this: the evening benefited the National YoungArts Foundation, a charity devoted to discovering and aiding the next generation of artists. As the beachfront celebration came to a close, Lim chatted about his inspirations and how he spends his spare time (you know, when he’s not changing the fashion landscape).

There was a strong allusion to nature in your spring collection. What inspired a return to the elements?
Lim: There’s always a nod to nature and natural surroundings in the collections – I guess it comes from my California upbringing. I grew up by the water and living in New York now, that’s something I always reflect on.

As a designer, you’re well-immersed in the world of art & culture. What are you loving outside of fashion right now?
Lim: I’m renovating my apartment so I’m looking at marbles, textures and surfaces, fixtures and fittings all the time, it’s taken over my life! I’m also counting down the days for the weather to be warmer again so I can go paddle boarding again.

You’re thought of as a New York designer, but are you taking any fashion cues from your travels—both for work and pleasure—around the country and world?
Lim: Always – I try really hard to always be present wherever I am and that lends itself to being inspired by everything around me. It’s never really a literal reference though. I always try to translate things in a subtle way.

What advice would you give to someone breaking into the fashion industry right now? What advice did you hear when you were starting out?
Lim: I think now the only advice to give is that you will need to know exactly what you want to be – it’s really tempting to be led astray and also get wrapped up in everything so I always think that being grounded and focused makes for good advice, in any endeavor!

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Billy Reid: The Menswear Man

Saks Fifth Avenue welcomes the designer into the fold. Again.
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Menswear is on a bit of an upswing of late. And don’t take it from us (or the men’s fashion mags, for that matter): look no further than the inveterate success of one Billy Reid. Since his surprise win of the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award (beating boldfacers Joseph Altuzarra, Eddie Borgo and Prabal Gurung, no less), Reid has become one of menswear’s leading lights, all from his home base in tiny Florence, Alabama. Now, as his collection finally arrives at Saks Fifth Avenue, he’s coming back to where it all began.

Saks New York welcomed Reid on Wednesday night as he launched his Spring/Summer 2014 collection accompanied by a Q&A with Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan. Beforehand, the designer chatted with us about the menswear resurgence and what Saks has meant to his career (spoiler: it’s meant a lot).

Menswear seems to matter more than ever right now. Do you agree?
Reid: Totally. There’s been really passionate editorial support throughout menswear recently. In the last five years or so, people are really getting out the information online. All of us in menswear have benefited.

And what does that exposure do?
Reid: Really, it ushers the customer along. The younger generation cares and stays on top of it—they know the brands, they know the designers, and they care about quality. They follow that stuff. People pay attention and thank goodness men pay attention to it now.

Saks Fifth Avenue is kind of where it all began for you, isn’t it?
Reid: I started my career here. I was going to school in Dallas and I got a job at Saks. They put me in men’s suits because I knew a little bit about it. I worked with these guys in their 50s and 60s—veteran menswear, made-to-measure guys.

Sounds like a good education.
Reid: Working at Saks was unbelievable. At that time, Ralph Lauren was starting to get big. Tommy Hilfiger had just started. Armani…Versace…I got to see all of them working at Saks, studying those collections and working with those companies. I learned from some really great people working there. I had no plan going in, but those years at Saks really laid the foundation for a lot of things.

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