The World of Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Fall 2014

The Givenchy world brings versatility and mystery to fashion.

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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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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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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.

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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


In Her Own Words: Nanette Lepore Talks Fashion

The New York designer talks life, family and sustaining a business.

Nanette-Lepore-interview-designer-headshot-sakspovNanette Lepore is arguably one of the most industrious contemporary designers in the New York fashion sphere. After all, she hails from the steel town of Youngstown, Ohio. No wonder industry is in her blood. That “Steel Valley” pedigree has proven invaluable to the sustainability of her brand. Offering women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and fragrance, plus more than twenty years in the business, she knows a thing or two about today’s working woman.

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Nanette-Lepore-interview-designer-headshot-sakspovNanette Lepore is arguably one of the most industrious contemporary designers in the New York fashion sphere. After all, she hails from the steel town of Youngstown, Ohio. No wonder industry is in her blood. That “Steel Valley” pedigree has proven invaluable to the sustainability of her brand. Offering women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and fragrance, plus more than twenty years in the business, she knows a thing or two about today’s working woman.

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Sweet Retreat Jacket   I   Journey Lace Cardigan Jacket

Lepore’s leap from factory town to the fashion epicenter was undoubtedly fueled by the bohemian influence of her creative parents. Her father was an abstract expressionist artist who taught at Youngstown State University. Her mother, “the chicest kindergarten teacher in Youngstown,” became Nanette’s style icon. Family camping trips, painting and dancing (she and her siblings still love to dance when they get together) nurtured the designer’s spirit.

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Leather/Ponte Campus Corset Top and Scholarly Skirt   I   Match Point Dress

Nanette Lepore’s eponymous line opened its first store in the East Village in 1992, with the help of her husband, the artist Bob Savage. Hailing from “Steel Valley” certainly helped shape Lepore’s ethos for keeping manufacturing local. To this day, her name and Manhattan’s Garment Center have become almost inextricable. One would be hard-pressed to find a designer living and working in New York City who has worked as hard to champion the blood, sweat and tears of local artisans, having co-founded the Save the Garment Center campaign.

It’s no secret that in the years since her launch, many of her contemporaries have shifted the tide, producing their wares abroad. But Lepore has remained firm, producing over 85% of her collections right here in the U.S. Lepore relishes keeping a close eye on production, with her offices located at just walking distance from her cutters, seamstresses and warehouse operations. “I pay great attention to the handcrafted details and fit,” says Lepore “I want everything I design to feel really special.”

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Ghostwriter Top and Novelist Skirt   I  Mystery Dress

Her designs have been worn by famous names that today include Michelle Obama, Scarlett Johansson and Taylor Swift, yet it was a fellow New Yorker who helped Lepore hit it big. “In spring 2002, Sarah Jessica Parker wore my a rainbow-striped dress on Sex and the City. The same dress was featured in Elle magazine. Everyone loved it! It was so optimistic and bright.” Today, Lepore continues to live a creative, family-filled life in her adopted city, proving it can take real grit to achieve glamor.

 

Tap into that bright optimism with more from Nanette Lepore.


Mirror Mirror: Summer’s Hottest Shades

The best of futuristic sunglasses revealed.

This season, it’s nearly impossible to escape what is quickly becoming the accessories trend of the summer: the polarized lens. Reflective shades are the “it” defense against the blazing sun and designers have heeded the call of the masses with a broad scope of frame choices. Say goodbye to the typical wayfarer and say hello to three new shapes that will help you ease into summer with protection and style.

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Because they’re not just for the boys anymore.

Ray Ban: Classic Aviator SunglassesRoberto Cavalli: Bombshell 60mm Aviators

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This season, it’s nearly impossible to escape what is quickly becoming the accessories trend of the summer: the polarized lens. Reflective shades are the “it” defense against the blazing sun and designers have heeded the call of the masses with a broad scope of frame choices. Say goodbye to the typical wayfarer and say hello to three new shapes that will help you ease into summer with protection and style.

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Because they’re not just for the boys anymore.

Ray Ban: Classic Aviator SunglassesRoberto Cavalli: Bombshell 60mm Aviators

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For when you want to max out on ultra-feminine appeal, without letting them see you try.

Tom Ford: Natasya Metallic Sunglasses Elizabeth and James: Fillmore Sunglasses

 

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A little oversized eccentricity never hurt anybody.

Stella McCartney: Oversized Square Sunglasses Givenchy: Stripe Shield Sunglasses

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Oliver Peoples (R)

Shield your peepers with more reflective frames.


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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THE RESPLENDENT ROYAL

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.


This Just In: Stella McCartney Fall Denim Has Arrived

Denimology: Stella McCartney Fall '14.

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“Blue jeans are the most beautiful thing since the gondola.” That was Diana Vreeland, the legendary editrix of American Vogue in the 60s and early 70s, waxing lyrical over one of fashion’s greatest undying classics.

But what would Ms. Vreeland say if she were around today to look at Stella McCartney’s new denim arrivals for fall 2014? More beautiful than two gondolas, we suspect; that’s because this season McCartney pulled out all the stops, delivering the perfect pair of denim jeans in six different varieties: distressed, cropped, flared, coated, color/prints and skinny jeans. “Denim is a part of everyone’s everyday life,” says the London-based designer. “A timeless classic with a million different possibilities to inject freshness and attitude.”

Make sure to check out all the hot new fall denim styles below and get ready to say bye-bye to your old favorite pair of jeans.

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“Blue jeans are the most beautiful thing since the gondola.” That was Diana Vreeland, the legendary editrix of American Vogue in the 60s and early 70s, waxing lyrical over one of fashion’s greatest undying classics.

But what would Ms. Vreeland say if she were around today to look at Stella McCartney’s new denim arrivals for fall 2014? More beautiful than two gondolas, we suspect; that’s because this season McCartney pulled out all the stops, delivering the perfect pair of denim jeans in six different varieties: distressed, cropped, flared, coated, color/prints and skinny jeans. “Denim is a part of everyone’s everyday life,” says the London-based designer. “A timeless classic with a million different possibilities to inject freshness and attitude.”

Make sure to check out all the hot new fall denim styles below and get ready to say bye-bye to your old favorite pair of jeans.

1. Distressed Skinny Jeans
Sleek and downright cool. Nice to see British royalty like Stella master an American Classic.

2. Skinny Ankle Jeans
Because everyone knows that ankles give off a touch of sexiness.

3. Flared Jeans
Retro, but far from outdated. These flares pack lots of movement and a hint of drama to boot.

4. The Skinny Metallic Printed Ankle Jeans
The coated metallic print of these gorgeous jeans will help to elevate your look to full-on high-fashion glam.

5. Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans in Canary
These colorful grazers have a classic touch without sacrificing personality.

6. Skinny Ankle Jeans in Teal Blue
The right choice if you’re in the market for clean lines, perfect stretch and impeccable fit all in one jean.

Explore the world of Stella McCartney at Saks.


Pack Your Summer Escape In One Bag

Curated summer packing essentials.

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At long last, summer is finally upon us. With the grueling winter officially a thing of the past, it’s time to see the results of all those juice cleanses and put those fantasy vacation Pinterest board pics to good use. Refill the pages on your passport and pack light with all of these carefully curated essentials for a speedy getaway to the summer escape you’ve been waiting for all year long.

Norma Kamali
One-Shoulder Bikini Top
Norma Kamali is one of the Queen Bees of swimwear and this cute top is a great example of her beachwear model – fun, inventive and a little cheeky. It’s an adorable alternative to your run-of-the-mill bikini top.

Helmut Lang
Kinetic Asymmetrical Draped & Twisted Skirt
Helmut Lang is a great fail-safe for a sculptural and sexy silhouette. This asymmetrical draped skirt has the easiness and sway of a tropical sarong, but with a bold sexiness that will turn heads left and right.

Bobbi Brown
Beach Body Oil
Warning: Addiction is futile. Perfect for when you’ve had a nice day at the beach and you want to keep that delicious, airy, fun-in-the-sand scent with you once the sun goes down. Heed our warning – you’re going to want to splurge on the body wash too.

Marni
Embellished Caviar Visor
Because who doesn’t want to have a little fun with some bold Italian bling?

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At long last, summer is finally upon us. With the grueling winter officially a thing of the past, it’s time to see the results of all those juice cleanses and put those fantasy vacation Pinterest board pics to good use. Refill the pages on your passport and pack light with all of these carefully curated essentials for a speedy getaway to the summer escape you’ve been waiting for all year long.

Norma Kamali
One-Shoulder Bikini Top
Norma Kamali is one of the Queen Bees of swimwear and this cute top is a great example of her beachwear model – fun, inventive and a little cheeky. It’s an adorable alternative to your run-of-the-mill bikini top.

Helmut Lang
Kinetic Asymmetrical Draped & Twisted Skirt
Helmut Lang is a great fail-safe for a sculptural and sexy silhouette. This asymmetrical draped skirt has the easiness and sway of a tropical sarong, but with a bold sexiness that will turn heads left and right.

Bobbi Brown
Beach Body Oil
Warning: Addiction is futile. Perfect for when you’ve had a nice day at the beach and you want to keep that delicious, airy, fun-in-the-sand scent with you once the sun goes down. Heed our warning – you’re going to want to splurge on the body wash too.

Marni
Embellished Caviar Visor
Because who doesn’t want to have a little fun with some bold Italian bling?

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Rag & Bone/JEAN
Sheffield Cut-Off Denim Shorts
Surely, it doesn’t get more essential than a pair of perfectly distressed Japanese denim cut-offs from the boys at Rag & Bone. Vacation or not, these are bound to be your staple go-to’s all season long.

Dannijo
Jovana Drop Earrings
These Dannijo earrings strike the perfect balance between elegant and casual. Dress them up or dress them down – either way, your look will thank you for it.

Elizabeth and James
Cynnie Perforated Sling Backpack
As their Accessories win at the CFDA Awards for their big-sister line ‘The Row’ made perfectly clear, the Olsen twins know more than just a thing or two about whipping up a hot new accessory (remember the frenzy surrounding their sold out $39K alligator back-pack?) Luckily, this covet-worthy Elizabeth and James backpack won’t break the bank in quite the same way, but you’ll still hear plenty of ooo’s and aaah’s.

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Boxy Frayed Burlap Top
This is minimalism done right. This cotton burlap top with frayed edges was made for a sunny getaway. Pair it with some cut-off jean shorts and some eye-catching sandals and you’re set to look like a million bucks without going bankrupt.

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Alexis Bittar
Miss Havisham Crystal Spear Long Necklace/Silvertone
Leave all your chunky costume jewelry in your trinkets box and bring along a jewelry piece that says ‘understated class’. Let your wardrobe do talking and accent your look with this beautiful Crystal Spear necklace from Alexis Bittar. It’s hard to imagine what it wouldn’t pair well with.

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Color Revolutions Acetate Square Sunglasses
It simply can’t be stressed enough: Westward Leaning sunnies are the coolest new shades on the market right now. Its acetate frame adds a desirable weight, while its signature mirror-coated lens turns your surroundings into an exotic landscape, whether you’re in Cabo or your own backyard.

Gucci
Stained Glass Print Poncho
Frida Giannini’s Spring 2014 Gucci collection was a jet-setting woman’s dream come true. Practicality anchored a sporty luxury, made evident by this utterly perfect stained glass print silk poncho with georgette detailing. Make sure to pack this extra light piece in your bag and leave that antiquated coverup behind.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851
Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ – 1.7 oz
Your summer vacation is the perfect time to throw all caution to the fray, but some things are non-negotiables. You have to protect your skin from harmful UV-rays. Kiehl’s UV Defense is not only bound to protect your skin, but to rejuvenate it while you catch some much-needed rays.

Giuseppe Zanotti
Strappy Knotted Sandals
Like these beauties need any introduction. Natives, fellow tourists – you’ll be the envy of every woman in sight. A little R&R and a shopper’s ego boost. Frankly, it’s a win/win.

Dolce & Gabbana
Lemon & Pop Tile-Print Sundress
How could you not let the sunshine in with this light and festive frock, tailored to perfection? With a gorgeous Sicilian-inspired print, this little Dolce & Gabbana number is your fool-proof plan against any lingering winter doldrums.

Discover even more great getaway buys in our Seasonless Dressing Guide.


Turning Heads at the French Open

Fashions inspired by the French Open 2014.

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In the westernmost part of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, the 2014 French Open is already well under way. Tens of thousands of spectators from all corners of the world are gathered at the Roland Garros stadium, nestled within Paris’ second largest park, Bois de Boulogne, not only to watch some exhilarating matches of singles and doubles, but to enjoy from all the fine foods, get in on some major networking opportunities, perhaps a bit of harmless gambling, and of course, to show off some stellar summer wares. So, whether you take the relaxed route or the sophisticated approach to your championship viewing ensemble, and all the other events and activities in between, we’ve got all your head to toe looks totally covered.

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In the westernmost part of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, the 2014 French Open is already well under way. Tens of thousands of spectators from all corners of the world are gathered at the Roland Garros stadium, nestled within Paris’ second largest park, Bois de Boulogne, not only to watch some exhilarating matches of singles and doubles, but to enjoy from all the fine foods, get in on some major networking opportunities, perhaps a bit of harmless gambling, and of course, to show off some stellar summer wares. So, whether you take the relaxed route or the sophisticated approach to your championship viewing ensemble, and all the other events and activities in between, we’ve got all your head to toe looks totally covered.

french open 2014 inspired fashions

Roland Garros Stadium | The Look: Nonchalant Ease
For the ladies who like their sophistication factor to come with a helpful dose of extreme ease, consider this fun genre scramble. Try pairing some essential denim, a cropped top for a little breathing room and a slight dose of androgyny in the footwear department to boot. You’ll feel relaxed and you’ll still look like a member of the upper echelon.

1) Townsen Leo Striped-Sleeve Sweatshirt
2) Stella McCartney Quilted Backpack
3) Reed Krakoff Graphic Bird Print Cashmere-Blend Baseball Sweater & Asymmetrical Skirt (center)
4) A.L.C. Jack Double-Layer Linen Jersey Tank
5) Tom Ford Eyewear Cutout Bridge Plastic Sunglasses
6) Tory Burch Delancey Graphic-Print Sneakers

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Potel et Chabot | Bon Appétit Chic
One of the most fabulous traditions at the French Open comes courtesy of world renowned French caterers Potel et Chabot. Every year, these masters of haute cuisine play host to hundreds of businesses looking to put on prestigious PR networking events, characterized by a truly exemplary gastronomic experience. It’s become a French Open staple, with Potel et Chabot personally catering to tens of thousands of spectators each year. But this is not your run-of-the-mill box seats catering experience. We’re not talking Yankee Stadium. We’re talking Paris, France. If you find yourself lucky enough to snag a table, you’re going to want to make an unforgettable impression.

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Roland Garros Stadium | The Look: Formal
During the French Open, tees and shorts, baseball caps and tennis shoes abound on the stands by the thousands. But none of that will make for a noteworthy entrance. If you’re more likely to be in the Anna Wintour and Salma Hayek section of the cheering crowd, and see no reason why you can’t bring a little glamour to the art of spectating, then consider bringing these beauties along for the finals.

1) Alexander McQueen Checker-Print Knit Dress
2) Balenciaga Red High Tech Cat’s Eye Sunglasses
3) Michael Kors Fold-Down Clutch
4) Miu Miu Nero Black Criss-Cross Suede Sandals

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Bois de Boulogne | Make Art Out of the Everyday
With countless match-ups covering a two week period, one simply cannot stay cooped up in a stadium without taking time for a breather, especially when the Stade Roland Garros is nestled in one of Paris’ most glorified parks. With several lakes and botanical gardens, a zoo, an amusement park, and countless shops in its periphery, you’re going to need an ensemble that maximizes on ease, without skimping on the cool factor.

Tune in for the French Open finals, Saturday June 7 (women’s) & Sunday June 8 (men’s).


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

 


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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