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Dragon Tale

As the Year of the Dragon, 2012 promises to be quite chic

According to Chinese astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. “It’s a very mystical year,” explains astrologer Ophira Edut, who specializes in both Chinese and Western astrology. “The dragon is a symbol of transformation in the world, so it’s an intense and extreme year — there are always lots of beginnings and endings.” To help commemorate these potentially powerful twelve months, many luxury brands have created special items with a dragon motif.  Tateossian has created, shaped like delicately-sculpted dragons in silver with Swarovski Elements crystal eyes.  John Hardy has introduced a capsule collection of jewelry around the image of dragons —  including a statement ring with an ornate dragon head ring in silver and a selection of bracelets —  and Piaget is also offering…

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According to Chinese astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. “It’s a very mystical year,” explains astrologer Ophira Edut, who specializes in both Chinese and Western astrology. “The dragon is a symbol of transformation in the world, so it’s an intense and extreme year — there are always lots of beginnings and endings.”

To help commemorate these potentially powerful twelve months, many luxury brands have created special items with a dragon motif.  Tateossian has created, shaped like delicately-sculpted dragons in silver with Swarovski Elements crystal eyes.  John Hardy has introduced a capsule collection of jewelry around the image of dragons —  including a statement ring with an ornate dragon head ring in silver and a selection of bracelets —  and Piaget is also offering a dragon-themed range of watches.

Baccarat offers has created a dramatic dragon in a fire breathing pose, interpreted in its trademark French crystal ($250).  “Crystals carry a lot of energy and give you more power and strength and those are the qualities of the dragon as well,” Edut says.  “Being that it will be 2012, to have something like that on your desk would be really nice.”

If dragon motifs aren’t quite your style, try Shiseido’s Golden Dragon lipstick ($25) or Nars matte velvet lip pencil in Dragon Girl ($24), both dark brick reds that exude sophistication and elegance.

  1. Baccarat 2012 Crystal Zodiac Dragon, $250
  2. Shiseido Perfect Rouge, Dragon, $25
  3. Nars Dragon Girl, $24
  4. John Hardy Sterling Silver and Leather Dragon Bracelet, $325
  5. Piaget Watch

Terron’s Takes: The Art of the Holiday Card

December brings bushels of holiday correspondence to both mailbox and inbox. I’m still partial to the thoughtful, hand-written note on beautiful stationery. But a close second is the cleverly crafted online experience. I’m not talking about the e-cards that cheerfully relay the message: “I just saved 42 cents on postage.” These are truly original, interactive concepts from impressive minds.

I received one from Burberry that was quite engaging. A hip young crooner, waifish as a Burberry runway model, plays a holiday tune at an upright piano he seems to have carted out into the woods. A click of the mouse invokes an instant wardrobe change for him and his backup singers, while never interrupting the song. Very slickly done. You can even personalize it to send along to others.

My all-time favorite may be from a few years ago. Pentagram, the design firm responsible for the Saks logo and recent ad campaign graphics, developed a holiday game entitled “What Type Are You?”Simply answer a few questions from a Freud-like therapist and you’ll find out what typeface best represents your character (I’m a “New Alphabet”).

Of course, these were created by elite talents backed by hefty budgets. But their message is shared by every successful holiday missive: “I took the time to do something special for you.”

December brings bushels of holiday correspondence to both mailbox and inbox. I’m still partial to the thoughtful, hand-written note on beautiful stationery. But a close second is the cleverly crafted online experience. I’m not talking about the e-cards that cheerfully relay the message: “I just saved 42 cents on postage.” These are truly original, interactive concepts from impressive minds.

I received one from Burberry that was quite engaging. A hip young crooner, waifish as a Burberry runway model, plays a holiday tune at an upright piano he seems to have carted out into the woods. A click of the mouse invokes an instant wardrobe change for him and his backup singers, while never interrupting the song. Very slickly done. You can even personalize it to send along to others.

My all-time favorite may be from a few years ago. Pentagram, the design firm responsible for the Saks logo and recent ad campaign graphics, developed a holiday game entitled “What Type Are You?”Simply answer a few questions from a Freud-like therapist and you’ll find out what typeface best represents your character (I’m a “New Alphabet”).

Of course, these were created by elite talents backed by hefty budgets. But their message is shared by every successful holiday missive: “I took the time to do something special for you.”


Fly Girl

For Georgina Chapman, travel is an art form

As the designer of Marchesa, dreaming up the most glamorous evening dresses that even Hollywood has ever seen; a mother of one adorable little girl named India and the wife of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman is no stranger juggling it all. And with a career and personal life that required her to take no fewer than 36 flights in 2011 alone, the brunette beauty has become an expert in traveling in style. Here, the glamorous designer shares tips in time for your winter holiday: Miles flown in 2011… “I’ve been on at least 36 flights this year…so far.” Most frequent destination… “London, France, the Amalfi Coast in the summers. This year I went to Croatia.” Travel must-haves… “Blanket, ear plugs and a feather…

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As the designer of Marchesa, dreaming up the most glamorous evening dresses that even Hollywood has ever seen; a mother of one adorable little girl named India and the wife of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman is no stranger juggling it all. And with a career and personal life that required her to take no fewer than 36 flights in 2011 alone, the brunette beauty has become an expert in traveling in style.

Here, the glamorous designer shares tips in time for your winter holiday:

Miles flown in 2011… “I’ve been on at least 36 flights this year…so far.”

Most frequent destination… “London, France, the Amalfi Coast in the summers. This year I went to Croatia.”

Travel must-haves… “Blanket, ear plugs and a feather down pillow with a Frette pillow case. I hate hotel pillows.”

Ready to go… “I wear skinny jeans, flats and a leather biker jacket or leggings and a T-shirt on a plane. I don’t always pack something to change into, but I should.”

Best airport to for shopping…” You can spend a lot of money at Heathrow. There is a Chanel store there!  I do buy a lot of cosmetics at New York airports.”

In-flight activity… “I listen to my friend Karen Elson’s album [The Ghost Who Walks], for books I’m reading The Vulture and also books by Frances Osborne.

Most I ever packed… “I packed 12 pieces of luggage, plus two mannequins and two sewing machines for the Cannes Film Festival. The woman at customs asked me if I was moving (I was working) and I just said ‘No, I’m terribly indecisive.”

Forever lost…. “I went to the Venice film Festival and my luggage was lost. They [the airline] gave me 50 Euros and a toothbrush and I said ‘that’s not going to get me very far.’”  Hotel Cipriani in Venice kept the stores open for me so I could get what I needed,”

Main Image: Georgina Chapman in the Marchesa New York headquarters. Photographed by Kristen Somody Whalen.


Reflect, Renew, Recharge…Redo!

Tastemakers like Tory Burch and Veronica Webb divulge their New Year’s Resolutions to SaksPOV

In 2012 I resolve to….









Amy Fine Collins photo by Harry Benson

In 2012 I resolve to….









Amy Fine Collins photo by Harry Benson


Learn It: History In A Bottle

Diptyque commemorates its 50th anniversary with a collection inspired by the famed Parisian boutique
Diptyque's 50th anniversary collecion For its 50th anniversary ,the olfactory experts at French fragrance house Diptyque, challenged themselves to capture the brand in a bottle. The resulting scent is an amalgamation of black currant, fig leaves, English garden roses, spices and exotic woods that recall the fixtures in the Paris flagship, at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. The anniversary collection, dubbed the 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection includes a fragrance, home spray, lotion and of course in the company’s iconic candles.

Main Image: Diptyque’s 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection

Diptyque's 50th anniversary collecion For its 50th anniversary ,the olfactory experts at French fragrance house Diptyque, challenged themselves to capture the brand in a bottle. The resulting scent is an amalgamation of black currant, fig leaves, English garden roses, spices and exotic woods that recall the fixtures in the Paris flagship, at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. The anniversary collection, dubbed the 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection includes a fragrance, home spray, lotion and of course in the company’s iconic candles.

Main Image: Diptyque’s 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain Collection