The art of casual dressing — Marc Jacobs has become a master of it lately, whether adopting pajamas and furs as his own personal uniform or building familiar comfort into a glamour statement for fall. Those principles were encapsulated in his divine resort collection, in which he wanted “to do something relaxed and laid-back,” said head women’s designer Joseph Carter.
Two shows —one for retailers, the other, editors. Printed invites with special seating cards arrived by hand the day before. The second floor of Ralph Lauren’s women’s store, housed in its own beautiful Madison Avenue mansion, became an intimate salon for the occasion, the sun streaming through the French windows and precise arrangements of white roses and pink peonies filling the space with a sense of spring.
Within Saks Inc.’s evolving digital, omnichannel space, there’s room for brick-and-mortar. While Saks continues to shrink its full-line store base, chairman and chief executive officer Stephen I. Sadove sees the possibility of rolling out new specialty stores that could be under different Saks formats.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.’s Lucky day might be coming soon. The men’s wear retailer has emerged as a surprise bidder in the auction for Fifth & Pacific Cos. Inc.’s Lucky Brand division, which is also being pursued by a financial player, according to sources.
Even among designers, Vera Wang is an original. It’s good money that none of her peers would begin an interview about his or her CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award with unsolicited musings on Calvin Klein’s long-in-the-works modernist retreat in the Hamptons.
“Majestic.” Sophia Loren perfectly captured the setting and mood of Giorgio Armani’s “One Night Only Roma” event held Wednesday night in the Italian capital. Other long-standing Armani supporters such as Tina Turner and Samuel L. Jackson walked up the imposing staircase of the travertine marble Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana at sunset with an eclectic group of guests.
The multitasking philosophy of recent skin-care trends — most notably BB creams — is transforming the often-marginalized hair-care category, even in the traditionally uninterested prestige retail realm.
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