With the addition of Givenchy’s first U.S. fragrance shop-in-shop and a devoted space for the new La Collection Privée Christian Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue is putting the finishing touches on a fragrance-department renovation of its Fifth Avenue flagship in New York.
“These brands highlight the most elevated offerings of the fashion houses’ fragrance collections, adding to our portfolio of Tom Ford Private Blend, Chanel Les Exclusives, Hermès and Cartier,” said Deborah Walters, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for cosmetics, fragrances and intimates at Saks Fifth Avenue. “The other half or our portfolio focuses on the artisanally crafted lifestyle houses: Bond No. 9, Kilian, Le Labo, Creed, Penhaligons, Acqua di Parma and Jo Malone. The combination of these spectrums gives the Saks customer the utmost in luxury offerings, from the highest end of designer fragrances to the most curated of the lifestyle fragrances houses.”
The Givenchy outpost will be unveiled today, while the Dior offering makes its debut Saturday. Saks opened Viktor & Rolf’s first U.S. fragrance shop-in-shop on April 17. Walters noted that fall will bring changes for the color cosmetics area of the floor, but declined further comment.
L’Atelier de Givenchy is intended to be a combination of haute perfumery and couture, noted Walters. Each of the scents — Chypre Caresse, Ylang Austral, Néroli Originel, Cuir Blanc, Bois Martial, Ambre Tigré and Oud Flamboyant — is inspired by a different facet of the Givenchy apparel business and its designers, Hubert de Givenchy yesterday, Riccardo Tisci today. For instance, Néroli Originel was inspired by a dress worn by Givenchy’s first muse, Audrey Hepburn, while Chypre Caresse is intended to be the olfactory translation of a haute couture dress with embroidery and feathers. Each retails for $220 for 100 ml. “It’s really a true wardrobe of scents, upscale in every way,” said Walters, pointing to the “precious ingredients” and “elevated packaging” of the offering. Walters anticipates rolling out L’Atelier de Givenchy to about 10 key Saks doors going forward.
La Collection Privée Christian Dior will be in eight Saks doors, said Walters. Like the Givenchy offering, the Dior collection is intended as an ultraluxe play. François Demachy, Dior’s in-house perfumer, created the 14 scents in the permanent assortment — Cuir Cannage (out June 1), Gris Montaigne, Granville, Mitzah, Cologne Royale, Leather Oud, New Look 1947, Milly-la-Forêt, Oud Ispahan, Grand Bal, Patchouli Imperial, Bois D’Argent, Eau Noire and Ambre Nuit. Each retails for $180 for 125 ml. and $275 for 250 ml. Dior has created 450-ml., $420 versions of Ambre Nuit, Oud Ispahan, Grand Bal and Gris Montaigne exclusively for three Saks stores — the Fifth Avenue flagship, as well as Beverly Hills and Chevy Chase, Md., which will be on counter as limited editions. Saks is offering similarly luxe touches, such as premier sampling and specialized wrapping.
Walters also plans several in-store events for these brands, including a floral-arranging event, Bil Donovan portraits and a mother-daughter tea for Dior, and custom engraving and trunk shows for Givenchy. “We support our launches continually with major events and in-store theater,” said Walters. “We don’t just launch and move on.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast