Starting This Month, You’ll Be Able To Get A Tattoo At Saks

 

You can get everything at Saks: Gucci, Prada, McQueen, NARS, even younger labels like Sandy Liang. And now, apparently, tattoos.

Starting later this month, the iconic department store will be offering customers the chance to get inked in the window of their Lower Manhattan location. You know, their extravagant storefront displays? Well, now, that will be you – screaming in agony while you get your latest Sailor Jerry tat.

The idea came from celebrity colorist Joel Warren from The Salon Project, who will have a pop-up location inside Saks’ new concept floor, The Downtown Wellery. Much like the uptown store’s version (just called The Wellery), where customers can take fitness classes, get glam with limited edition beauty products and services, and treat themselves with a variety of spa options, the specialty space will be an immersive experience that’s curated more for Downtown tastes.

“I was looking for unique experiences to drive people into stores to get services and shop,” Warren told the New York Post.

So, he contacted Wass Stevens and Ethan Morgan from the Lower East Side’s Rivington Tattoo. A neighborhood staple that caters to celebrities and drunken cool kids after a night at Attaboy or The Ludlow Hotel, the shop will now have a home in the Saks window.

“It reminds me of the Christmas displays,” said Stevens of the collaboration. “Only when you walk by, you’ll see an old-school Victorian sitting room where people are getting live tattoos.”

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Models: Out of Work Forever?

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First Joan Didion for Celine, now Joni Mitchell has been revealed as the star of Saint Laurent’s new campaign. Let’s first take a moment to applaud the use of older women as campaign models. I love that, and hope that, if fashion can embrace women at any age, then Hollywood might be next. I’m just a little bit concerned for the bank accounts of models everywhere.

HRC Takes on Saks Fifth Ave

The HRC has suspended Saks Fifth Avenue from their CEI (Corporate Equality Index) in response to Saks’ insensitive handling of a lawsuit brought forth by a transgender employee.

Leyth Jamal, a former employee of Saks, filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 claiming she had been discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment based on her gender identity.

The department store argued in court that the suit should be dismissed because “transsexuals are not a protected class under Title VII” of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Tiffany’s New Same-Sex Ad Campaign Makes Us Happy

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Because same-sex couples get engaged too.

Public School Wins the Woolmark Prize

Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, designers of Public School, are winning all the awards. 

13 Perfect Sweaters to Hide Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

Josilyn (DNA) photographed by Adeline Mai for this story. Styling: Alyssa Shapiro

As cooler temperatures arrive, I immediately find myself hoarding sweaters as though I’ve never seen one before…there are so. many. good. ones. If I could wear all of these tomorrow, I would.

J.CREW COLLECTION STRIPED SHEARLING SWEATER

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The kind of sweater your older relatives might not get, but you won’t care because you will be happily caressing your own shearling-covered self all night long.

SHOSH NYC JULIETTE SWEATER

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I’m gonna go ahead and dub this the “eating all night bc IDGAF sweater” because its silhouette, when on, is a beautiful flow-y thing that widens around the midsection. Also: pockets for an added bonus, and it’s a perfect autumn hue.

ONE BY NIGHTWALKER BUNKER FUR STRIPED SWEATER 

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This glorified ball of fluff will be in the mail to me by the time I publish this post. And that’s all I’ve got about that.

ACNE STUDIOS GAJA OVERSIZED SWEATER

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The ways I love Acne are beyond my counting abilities and this high-fashion teenage ninja turtle sweater is no exception. And, it’s most definitely something grandma can get behind.

RYAN ROCHE OVERSIZED FISHERMAN SWEATER

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One of this year’s CFDA runners-up, Ryan Roche is majorly girl-crushable. This knit, in her beloved pink hue, is 100% cashmere and hand-knit in Nepal.

RAG & BONE COWICHAN CARDIGAN

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The kind of sweater you’ll wear to Thanksgiving by default because you haven’t taken it off in 10 days.

VINCE PAINTED CREW SWEATER

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A knit for the sophisticate in all of us.

THE ROW CARRINGTON CABLE-KNIT SWEATER

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The Row brings their usual luxury in the form of this cable turtleneck in cashmere/silk.

VALENTINO INTARSIA SWEATER

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If the conversation grows tense, you can always turn the topic of conversation back to your own sweater.

COS WOOL COCOON CARDIGAN

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This chunky boucle wool looks almost like shearling and will make you feel like you brought a blanket to the table.

ZARA CABLEKNIT CASHMERE SWEATER

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Zara brings us more affordable cashmere in the prettiest seasonless blue.

3.1 PHILLIP LIM MOCK TURTLENECK ZIPPER-DETAIL SWEATER

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Another perfect autumnal hue, though you may wanna scrunch up those sleeves before serving any spoonfuls of gravy.

ZARA V-NECK SWEATER WITH COLORED PIPING

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For the trendy-prepster who feels nostalgic for pep rallies when visiting home.

Happy shopping Thanksgiving.

One Stop Glam (+ Shopping) at Saks’ New Beauty on 5

After an exhausting day of sifting through racks and racks of silk 3.1 Phillip Lim frocks and shearling Iro moto jackets, a girl can really need a pick me up–right?

Should you have a big night out, or your arms simply need a break from the heavy-lifting of shopping, head to the just-opened Beauty on 5, a little place of refuge for feeling pretty. Three kiosks come together to provide a full-service glamsquad at your service.

There’s Brit-based Nails Inc. which has had mini mani-bars in department stores in England for ages now, providing its famous 15 minute manicure as well as high-end nail art designed by celebrity manicurists Lisa Logan and Pattie Yankee. Once your nails are dry you can skip 10 feet over to Blink Brow Bar, another UK import (the first US outpost) where threading, tinting, and other brow and lash services are done on the spot.

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Finally, before you change into your new duds, the experts at Trish McEvoy can give you the perfect smoky eye and magically make your baggy circles disappear. Et voilà! The belle of the ball is set, and all before her carriage Uber is at Fifth Ave.

Get Educated at Saks’ New Fragrance Library

As a recent graduate, going to the library is associated with final exams, over-caffeination, and getting the death stare for sneezing.  Not so with Saks’ new perfume library, which provides an array of 50 best-selling perfumes in a modern and beautiful library-setting.  Targeting the contemporary floor customer, the library aims to provide a curated collection of trending perfumes and the classics in a more peaceful setting than the main fragrance department.  There, you can find bespectacled “fragrance librarians” who are specifically trained to help you sort through the collection and find the perfect scent.  A beautiful combination of library-style curation and fragrance shopping, I’ll take the fragrance library over a stuffy campus one any day.

Parties: The Fashion Week Effect on Nightlife

Fashion Week has descended upon New York City, anointing new and yet-to-be-opened venues with its holy presence. Fashion houses and fashionable rags have shouldered their way into seen-and-be-seen restaurants and night spots, and have sold off their first born in order to offer their party guests a first look at some unopened places, like The Mondrian and the Darby’s buzzy basement. The perennial question: Whether to elect tried-and-true spots (or, in the case of Alexander Wang, gas stations and bounce houses) over what could be just a flash-in-the-pan hotspot. Herewith, a rumor-mongering and totally useless look at where all the week’s parties shall take place.

No Need for Dropping Bar Names Tonight, Stella McCartney will be watching out for our furry friends along with PETA, Tim Gunn, and Olivia Munn (last name rhyme-a-thon!) at her store for PETA’s Fashion Week fete. Also tonight is Waris Ahluwalia’s party at The Wooly to celebrate the buzzy launch of his line “Waris Loves You,” with Yoox.com and Karen Elson is rumored to perform with The Citizen’s Band. Not to be outdone, Fendi will be at Saks Fifth Avenue along with The New York Botanical Garden and a slew of fashion fixtures like Genevieve Bahrenburg, Byrdie Bell, and Lauren Remington Platt. We know this game all too well: we’ll have to leave our Frye boots at home. One place we can wear our beloved booties is the RETNA graffiti party at 560 Washington Street with fashion royalty, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, with an after-party at good ‘ol Indochine. Itinerary: Stella McCartney The Wooly Saks Fifth Avenue Indochine

Hotel Playgrounds The James has proven to be a great new nightlife addition, frequented by a slew of designers and celebrities, which means the hotel’s newbie restaurant, David Burke Kitchen, will be a big draw for the fashion crowd, and the rooftop bar Jimmy, will be packed—per the usual. But really, the buzz is all about the VMAN party rumored to be held at the not-yet-opened Mondrian—more specifically, Imperial No. Nine, chef/cool-guy Sam Talbot’s new restaurant therein. Reason for the buzz: VMAN’s cover featuring Kanye West with money in his mouth, shot by Karl Lagerfeld. We’d love to see the confirmed guestlist, pretty please? And of course, don’t discount The Standard Hotel. Although it’s not spanking-new, Boom Boom room will continue to dazzle, and blogger workshops for the Independent Fashion Blogger’s Evolving Influence conference (featuring Proenza’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez) will be held at Le Bain. Itinerary: The James David Burke Kitchen Jimmy The Mondrian Imperial No. Nine The Standard Hotel Boom Boom Room Le Bain

On the Verge Speaking of Le Bain, the French connection will see to it that the delayed Le Baron New York will have a proper place to party. Aside from Alexander Wang (who may just be hosting a chill party at his Soho store opening on February 15th) another person everyone is trying to befriend in time is Andre Saraiva. His Paris club, Le Baron, has always been the spot for Paris fashion week, and conveniently, the New York outpost is rumored to be opening in March. Though it’s been reported that it isn’t officially ready in time for NYFW, that doesn’t mean it can’t host private events and quiet gatherings for Saraiva’s closest friends. But instead of temp fate (or the Community Boards) the splashy Le Bain will host Le Baron and family on two separate occasions: on Friday with Kitsuné celebrating “Kitsuné Parisien” with hosts/music done by Gildas, André Saraiva, Annabelle & Alexander Dexter-Jones, and Grand Marnier from 11-4AM. On Sunday, the Nouveau York weekly will also host “Late Night with Le Baron, with music by Alex from Tokyo, Manu (Supreme Records) and Lee (Hamsa). The Darby has been open for a while, but rumors point to a private basement opening party this Friday, with a subsequent party open to the public (whatever ‘public’ means to the Darby folks) next Wednesday. Also on everyone’s mind: Westway, a former strip club resurrected, has bloodlines from The Smile and The Jane. Charlotte Ronson’s after-party is one rumored party slot in Westway’s schedule. Itinerary: Le Baron Basement of The Darby Westway

A Major Upgrade From the Days of LA Gear

Surely I’m not the only one to feel a twinge of nostalgia (and/or jealousy) when I see little kids wearing shoes that light up. Thankfully, shoe designer Edmundo Castillo has created the adult-version: a light-up strappy wedge heel. Teaming up with the firm responsible for the costumes in the newest TRON film, Castillo’s design pays homage to the blockbuster. Castillo claims the shoe is “completely functional”; recharging the shoe is as easy as plugging in an adapter to the heel of the shoe, and the shoe can be switched to a blinking mode if desired.

For those of us taking our TRON costume to the next level, the heels will be available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations for $1,650.

Meet Futuristic Footwear Designer Camilla Skovgaard Tonight!

There are few things in life that satisfy me more than a significantly well-structured shoe. Designers like Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo, and more recently Nicholas Kirkwood have the art of footwear construction down to a science and are painstakingly detailed in their designs. And while these well-known designers have paved the way for emerging footwear architects, there are also a few veteran international designers out there who are just starting to make real waves in America. Enter Camilla Skovgaard. The Danish-born designer started her career at the age of 20 when a French-owned company brought her to Dubai to design for the wives and daughter of sheikhs. After doing that for seven years, she moved to London to study shoe-making and quickly developed a distinct avant-garde approach to design. While still a student, Skovgaard received a prestigious nod from Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S. when they decided to buy her first footwear collection, further paving the way for what would become a thriving career in the industry.

Fresh off her win for Accessories Designer of the Year at the 2010 ELLE Style Awards in the UK, Skovgaard has arrived in NYC and is hosting a holiday trunk show at Elizabeth Charles tonight from 6pm-8pm. Meet the designer and take 30% off fall 2010 styles, 10% off resort 2011 styles, and pre-order pieces from her spring/summer 2011 collection. Tell her BlackBook sent you!