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Laurice Rahme Works Her Magic

The founder of Bond No. 9 New York visits our flagship.

Everybody knows the story of the genie in the bottle, but what about the city in the bottle? Fitting one spirit into such a small space may be dismissed as fairy tale, but Laurice Rahme bottles a metropolis—all its character and attitude—as the founder of Bond No. 9 New York. Her scents capture the essence of NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods (the High Line, Madison Square Park and Chelsea among them), but does she have a favorite? We asked her. How do you decide on a new neighborhood and its corresponding scent? Rahme: I only do neighborhoods I find interesting. If you really know the spirit of the neighborhood and the people who live there, it’s easy to do. What’s you favorite fragrance note? Rahme: Now…

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Everybody knows the story of the genie in the bottle, but what about the city in the bottle? Fitting one spirit into such a small space may be dismissed as fairy tale, but Laurice Rahme bottles a metropolis—all its character and attitude—as the founder of Bond No. 9 New York. Her scents capture the essence of NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods (the High Line, Madison Square Park and Chelsea among them), but does she have a favorite? We asked her.

How do you decide on a new neighborhood and its corresponding scent?
Rahme: I only do neighborhoods I find interesting. If you really know the
spirit of the neighborhood and the people who live there, it’s easy to do.

What’s you favorite fragrance note?
Rahme: Now it’s patchouli—it’s very warm, very attractive—and there
are many ways to work with it. But for spring, it’s gardenia.

What’s your favorite Bond No. 9 perfume?
Rahme: Coney Island. I love margaritas, and the first thing you smell
is Mexican lime and a tequila note. This fragrance has a party spirit.

Tell us about Saks New York Oud.
Rahme: People love it—especially in the winter. New York winters
are rough, and this fragrance is like a big cashmere sweater

What’s next for Bond No. 9?
Rahme: We’re doing a big new spring scent—Hudson Yards.


Exclusively Jason Wu

The designer introduces his Saks-exclusive capsule collection at Saks New York.

It was a banner night at Saks New York on Thursday, when Jason Wu and Hal Rubenstein of InStyle magazine introduced the designer’s Saks-exclusive Resort 2014 capsule collection to a lucky few Wu obsessives. And what can Saks shoppers expect? An array of scooped-back/demure-front day-to-evening dresses, for starters. “We used the print from the main resort collection,” Wu told us. “And we always kept the Saks customer in mind.”

As always, the wunderkind designer furthers his classic-with-a-twist: Wu clearly believes in refinement and craftsmanship in a fashion world dominated by downtown-cool. “I strive for utter sophistication,” he told the crowd. “It’s something you always want to be.” Rubenstein agrees: “Fashion as of late has either been cerebral or street, so I got excited about Jason because he’s polished. He is an old soul in a very young body.”

Jason Wu’s Resort 2014 Capsule Collection is available exclusively at select Saks stores and Saks.com.

It was a banner night at Saks New York on Thursday, when Jason Wu and Hal Rubenstein of InStyle magazine introduced the designer’s Saks-exclusive Resort 2014 capsule collection to a lucky few Wu obsessives. And what can Saks shoppers expect? An array of scooped-back/demure-front day-to-evening dresses, for starters. “We used the print from the main resort collection,” Wu told us. “And we always kept the Saks customer in mind.”

As always, the wunderkind designer furthers his classic-with-a-twist: Wu clearly believes in refinement and craftsmanship in a fashion world dominated by downtown-cool. “I strive for utter sophistication,” he told the crowd. “It’s something you always want to be.” Rubenstein agrees: “Fashion as of late has either been cerebral or street, so I got excited about Jason because he’s polished. He is an old soul in a very young body.”

Jason Wu’s Resort 2014 Capsule Collection is available exclusively at select Saks stores and Saks.com.


Aerin Lauder Looks Back…and Forward

The style maven introduces the AERIN Fragrance Collection at Saks New York.

For Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estée, daughter of Ronald and founder of her eponymous beauty and home label, childhood memories are surely sweet. But luckily for AERIN fans, they aren’t just nostalgia: they’re the jumping-off point for her debut fragrance collection. Aerin (with family in tow) celebrated the launch at Saks New York and told us about the moments behind the scents. Tell us about the memories that inspired these fragrances. Lauder: Lilac Path was inspired by a lilac bush at my house on Long Island, which was originally my grandmother’s. It’s beautiful…to me it defines spring and really captures that moment. Do you have a favorite fragrance from your collection? Lauder: I have to say, it’s Ikat Jasmine—I put it on every single morning…

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For Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estée, daughter of Ronald and founder of her eponymous beauty and home label, childhood memories are surely sweet. But luckily for AERIN fans, they aren’t just nostalgia: they’re the jumping-off point for her debut fragrance collection. Aerin (with family in tow) celebrated the launch at Saks New York and told us about the moments behind the scents.

Tell us about the memories that inspired these fragrances.
Lauder: Lilac Path was inspired by a lilac bush at my house on Long Island, which was originally my grandmother’s. It’s beautiful…to me it defines spring and really captures that moment.

Do you have a favorite fragrance from your collection?
Lauder: I have to say, it’s Ikat Jasmine—I put it on every single morning and then complement it with other scents for nighttime. It’s also inspired by my house, which is all blue and white because my grandmother loved those colors.

The holiday season is here—what are some of your favorite gift ideas?
Lauder: Candles are my go-to gifts—Jo Malone London and the AERIN collection are my favorites. Also, makeup bags. Women always want new ones!

What’s your easiest piece of style advice?
Lauder: Embrace what looks good on you. Just because something’s on-trend doesn’t mean you have to wear it. It’s really about reinforcing your natural beauty.


Saks Gets GREAT With Britain

A week of trunk shows & personal appearances begins at Saks Beverly Hills.

We’ve long known that British fashion was about more than a Burberry check, so we’re thrilled that America’s hip to the Brits. So much so that Saks Fifth Avenue is teaming up with GREAT, the British government’s new cultural campaign, to introduce the latest generation of British designers to our shores. To that end, we hosted a fab garden party and Stella McCartney fashion show in Beverly Hills to celebrate GREAT and launch a week of exclusive trunk shows and personal appearances by our favorite names at Saks Beverly Hills. In the area? Stop by! Exclusively at Saks Beverly Hills 10/31             Stella McCartney Trunk Show 11/1               Antonio Berardi Trunk Show 11/4               Peter Pilotto Trunk Show 11/5               JW Anderson Trunk Show & personal appearance 11/6               Mary…

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We’ve long known that British fashion was about more than a Burberry check, so we’re thrilled that America’s hip to the Brits.

So much so that Saks Fifth Avenue is teaming up with GREAT, the British government’s new cultural campaign, to introduce the latest generation of British designers to our shores. To that end, we hosted a fab garden party and Stella McCartney fashion show in Beverly Hills to celebrate GREAT and launch a week of exclusive trunk shows and personal appearances by our favorite names at Saks Beverly Hills. In the area? Stop by!

Exclusively at Saks Beverly Hills

10/31             Stella McCartney Trunk Show
11/1               Antonio Berardi Trunk Show
11/4               Peter Pilotto Trunk Show
11/5               JW Anderson Trunk Show & personal appearance
11/6               Mary Katrantzou Trunk Show & personal appearance
11/7               Christopher Kane & Simone Rocha Trunk Show
11/8               Alexander McQueen Trunk Show

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Roger Vivier, Ahead of the Curve

Designer Bruno Frisoni introduces the comma-shaped Virgule heel at Saks New York

Within the world of chic French shoes, there’s a new girl in town. She’s cool and irreverent, looks good in metallics and mink, and is at home on Rue St. Honore and Madison Avenue. Her name is Virgule, and she’s the latest design from Roger Vivier. Literally meaning “comma”, the Virgule gives pause with a curvy, comma-shaped heel modeled after Monsieur Vivier’s original 1963 design. Luckily, the new look has enough je ne sais quoi to turn even the most seasoned style doyenne’s head, as designer Bruno Frisoni found when he introduced it at a benefit luncheon at Saks New York this week. How did the original Virgule heel come into play when you created this latest design? Frisoni: The Virgule is iconic. It’s a…

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Within the world of chic French shoes, there’s a new girl in town. She’s cool and irreverent, looks good in metallics and mink, and is at home on Rue St. Honore and Madison Avenue. Her name is Virgule, and she’s the latest design from Roger Vivier.

Literally meaning “comma”, the Virgule gives pause with a curvy, comma-shaped heel modeled after Monsieur Vivier’s original 1963 design. Luckily, the new look has enough je ne sais quoi to turn even the most seasoned style doyenne’s head, as designer Bruno Frisoni found when he introduced it at a benefit luncheon at Saks New York this week.

How did the original Virgule heel come into play when you created this latest design?
Frisoni: The Virgule is iconic. It’s a design from Roger Vivier himself that we reimagined with a newer, elongated silhouette. I was interpreting and reinventing a favorite from our archives.

Vivier shoes have always been linked to fashion icons like Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot & Tilda Swinton. Does anyone come to mind when you think of the Virgule?
Frisoni: I don’t want to exclude anyone, so really, anyone with a sense of fun and cool can wear this shoe. It’s designed for anyone with the attitude to wear it!

Is there a fantasy Vivier shoe not yet designed?
Frisoni: Well, there are so many points of inspiration. Obviously, new and fresh is the ideal, so my style is always evolving…

Roger Vivier shoes & handbags are available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

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