The Coveteur x Donna Karan Fall 2014

An Eloise-style fashion fantasy brought to life.

The Coveteur’s latest collaborative effort covers all the green-with-envy bases. Let’s just consider all the components, shall we?: An Eloise-style takeover of the St. Regis New York Hotel’s Milano suite (including a butler and bubbly on hand), they tapped Instagram sensation/flaxen-haired surfer goddess Hanalei Reporty as their muse du jour and got to play with a closet replete with Donna Karan‘s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection to boot. A bona fide fantasy come to life, in other words.  Covet-worthy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Gilded Frame

Embroidered-Cuff Belted Jacket

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The Coveteur’s latest collaborative effort covers all the green-with-envy bases. Let’s just consider all the components, shall we?: An Eloise-style takeover of the St. Regis New York Hotel’s Milano suite (including a butler and bubbly on hand), they tapped Instagram sensation/flaxen-haired surfer goddess Hanalei Reporty as their muse du jour and got to play with a closet replete with Donna Karan‘s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection to boot. A bona fide fantasy come to life, in other words.  Covet-worthy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Gilded Frame

Embroidered-Cuff Belted Jacket

An Officer and a Bombshell

Belted Officer Coat

 

Perpetual Poise

Belted Midi Dress

 

Monochrome Perfection

Belted Goat-Fur Coat

Treat yourself to the vicarious Coveteur x Donna Karan experience (at the very least) or better yet, pick up some of those stand-out Donna Karan pieces that Hanalei dons to perfection and recreate your own fantasy however you see fit.

There’s lots more where this came from. Fall into Donna Karan’s fall 2014 collection.


The World of Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Fall 2014

The Givenchy world brings versatility and mystery to fashion.

Givenchy-Universe-outfits-fall-2014-saksGivenchy Fall 2014

Silk Tortoise Shell Blouse & Skirt    I    Silk Flame Print Dress

Givenchy as we know it today is a top contender for the most radically versatile luxury brand in the world. Riccardo Tisci, the brand’s creative director, has become a celebrity in his own right, moreso than your average designer. The particular dose of cool that he’s injected into the brand practically shook the earth when he unleash a pack of novelty-print rottweilers onto roomy men’s shorts and wool sweaters back in 2011, followed closely by a womenswear show that tapped that same vein, only this time, he employed peonies and panthers. The rest, as they say, is fashion history.

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Givenchy-Universe-outfits-fall-2014-saksGivenchy Fall 2014

Silk Tortoise Shell Blouse & Skirt    I    Silk Flame Print Dress

Givenchy as we know it today is a top contender for the most radically versatile luxury brand in the world. Riccardo Tisci, the brand’s creative director, has become a celebrity in his own right, moreso than your average designer. The particular dose of cool that he’s injected into the brand practically shook the earth when he unleash a pack of novelty-print rottweilers onto roomy men’s shorts and wool sweaters back in 2011, followed closely by a womenswear show that tapped that same vein, only this time, he employed peonies and panthers. The rest, as they say, is fashion history.

Givenchy-Universe-bags-novelty-prints-saksNovelty Print Bags

Bambi-Print-Zip-Around Wallet    I    Madonna Medium Shopper Tote    I    Rottweiler Pouch

But Tisci also has a knack for going topsy-turvy on his fans when they least expect it. After a few seasons of experimenting with print, covering a full gamut of birds of paradise flowers, pixelated Madonnas and mixed-media Bambis, for the pre-fall and fall 2014 seasons, he went for something different altogether. He went for art and deep sensuality – the kind of art that preceded pixels, the kind of “sensuality” that anticipated the celebrity era.

Givenchy-Universe-outfits-pre-fall-2014-saksGivenchy Pre-Fall 2014

Wool Multi-Stripe Flag Tee & Knit Stripe Pencil Skirt  I  Mosaic-Print Dress

Orchid-Print Pique’ Polo & Pleated Wool Maxi Skirt

Considered as a whole, the Givenchy universe that Tisci has molded for himself, from ready-to-wear, to accessories, to haute couture, is the stuff that demands constant revision. It needs to be reworked each season, because the pieces he created two, three, four years ago deserves reinterpretation each season. That’s why those rottweilers and bambis and Madonnas are here to stay. Tisci’s work refuses to lose its resonance.

Givenchy-Universe-shoes-fall-2014-saksFootwear: Yesterday (Spring 2012), Today (Pre-Fall 2014) and Tomorrow (Fall 2014)

Yesterday: Leather Shark-Lock Sandals  I  Today: Odia Leather Mule Sandal

Tomorrow: Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pumps

Dive in and discover the yesterday, today and tomorrow of Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy.


Luxury 101: Deciding What Designer Pieces Work for You

Whether it's leather, fur or cashmere, find the defining texture that says 'luxe' to you.

Luxury is not an abstraction. You know it when you see it. But witnessing luxury is one thing. Feeling luxury – well, that’s a whole different story. Everyone has their own idea of what it means and how it makes you feel. But fashion being fashion, your understanding, mode and relation to what you consider to be luxurious can get turned on its head from one day to the next. Ask Marc Jacobs what he thought of luxury back in early 2011 and he would have told you ‘rubber’. “Yeah, I like rubber,” the designer said after his fall 2011 ready-to-wear show. “It’s cool. It’s really nice to wear.” This season, he wouldn’t have thrown you such a curve-ball. Organza and cashmere were clearly in his design purview for this upcoming fall.

LATHERED IN LEATHER

Proenza Schouler: Vented Leather Shell

Sacai Luck: Fur & Leather Convertible Moto Jacket

Gucci: Leather Ruffle-Front Dress

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Luxury is not an abstraction. You know it when you see it. But witnessing luxury is one thing. Feeling luxury – well, that’s a whole different story. Everyone has their own idea of what it means and how it makes you feel. But fashion being fashion, your understanding, mode and relation to what you consider to be luxurious can get turned on its head from one day to the next. Ask Marc Jacobs what he thought of luxury back in early 2011 and he would have told you ‘rubber’. “Yeah, I like rubber,” the designer said after his fall 2011 ready-to-wear show. “It’s cool. It’s really nice to wear.” This season, he wouldn’t have thrown you such a curve-ball. Organza and cashmere were clearly in his design purview for this upcoming fall.

LATHERED IN LEATHER

Proenza Schouler: Vented Leather Shell

Sacai Luck: Fur & Leather Convertible Moto Jacket

Gucci: Leather Ruffle-Front Dress

But ask any designer, and more often than not, the deciding factor almost always comes down to texture and fabrication. “Luxury is enjoying fine fabrics and clothing tailored by master craftsmen that goes beyond trend or current fashion,” says Mark Briggs, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue. Naturally, he’s not alone in that regard. “Quality in fabrication and construction is most important to me,” says Thom Browne. “This is true luxury.”
FUR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Alexander McQueen: Faux Astrakhan Fur Cape

Thom Browne: Fox Fur Neck Warmer

Marni: Two-Tone Fox Fur Stroll Scarf

Marni’s creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni, is more than happy to echo Browne’s sentiment. “Attention to details and quality is key,” she says. “Special textures, fabrics, embroideries and furs are extremely important to me.” Marni’s designs are rather cerebral. Castiglioni likes to experiment and think outside the box whenever possible.

Albert Kriemler of Akris doesn’t take such a brainy approach to design. His idea of luxury is almost wholeheartedly about sensuality. “Fashion helps women look great, but it has to make women feel great as well,” Kriemler believes. “Luxury is to feel completely and genuinely at ease.”

C’MERE CASHMERE

Akris: Cashmere/Silk Turtleneck

Christopher Kane: Ribbon-Detail Cashmere Sweater

Fendi: Stripe Fur-Trimmed Cashmere Coat

So what does luxury mean to you? Are you a rubber girl like Marc? Or are you a leather type like Frida Giannini at Gucci? Perhaps you’re like Marni’s Castiglioni, and luxury means getting experimental, like Christopher Kane did this season with cashmere. Luxury is about feeling, no matter who you are. Now reach out and feel what you’ve been missing.

What does luxury mean to you? Alpaca? Maybe crepe wool or fringe? To find out explore Saks’ ‘What Luxury Feels Like’ event