It’s as if the holiday season came early! Just this week, Saks Fifth Avenue‘s Off 5th, the discounted off-shoot of the retailer, announced the launch of their e-commerce site, saksoff5th.com. The online site offers the latest from the runway discounted up to 55%, including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear clothing, footwear, handbags, beauty products and accessories. After clicking through the new site, we selected our favorite pieces to create a chic on-trend look consisting of 1) a leather-trimmed sweatshirt, 2) a high-waisted full skirt, and 3) cap-toed loafers, which totals around $200. Check out the gallery for details on each, as well as a few accessories that are guaranteed to upgrade the look instantly (we couldn’t resist).
As if you really need a reason to browse the beauty floor at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue, InStyle’s Executive Editor Amy Synnott is giving you another one! On August 1, the department store is hosting its annual Beauty Editors’ Day, where Amy will be doling out her expert advice at the YSL beauty counter for a beautiful cause. For each $30 donation to Look Good Feel Better, a non-profit organization helping women with cancer improve their self-esteem and quality of life, you’ll get a 20-minute session with Amy so she can answer your most-pressing hair, makeup, and skincare questions. In addition to new beauty knowledge, you’ll also walk away with an amazing free gift! Appointments are currently available from 12:20 PM to 6:40 PM on August 1st, so head over to lookgoodfeelbetter.org to register now.
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The 4th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards were held at the SVA Theatre in New York last night, where some of our favorite designers and their teams were honored for their tech savvy! The “Digital Oscars,” as they’re affectionately called, were hosted by Simon Doonan and Robert Verdi, who handed Diane von Furstenberg, Gilt Groupe, and Anthropologie some of the top awards of the night for their Twitter, Pinterest, videos, and more. Marc Jacobs and Saks Fifth Avenue took two honors each, and DKNY was named “Best Twitter” for the fourth year running. Congratulations, everyone! Click to see the complete list of winners after the jump. And tell us: Which of these designers to you love to follow online?
Saks Fifth Avenue transformed its New York flagship store into a movie screen at last night’s holiday windows unveiling for a two-minute film called “Snowflake Spectacular,” and spectacular it was! To create the mesmerizing lifelike 3D images that altered the look of the building itself—which included windows looking like they opened and closed to the music and gifts stacked to the sky, all set to the upbeat portion of “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra—Saks used a custom-made six-projector system. And you don’t have to be in New York to watch it! See the projection above—it will certainly put you in the holiday mood.
Plus, see more of this year’s holiday windows!
‘Tis the season! One of New York City’s greatest holiday traditions is in full swing—the unveiling of the holiday windows—and Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel both revealed theirs last night. Saks’s went for Nutcracker-esque approach, as the store hired dancers from the American Ballet Theatre to pirouette the snowflake and yeti-filled windows (shown above, left) to life while a giant winter wonderland animation projected on the outside of the iconic Fifth Avenue building. Meanwhile, Bendel had launched a #DecoTheHalls holiday theme, featuring cozy home decor inspired by the roaring ’20s. Click through the gallery to see more holiday windows!
If you’re in New York tomorrow, make sure a stop at Saks Fifth Avenue is at the top of your To Do list! InStyle Beauty Director Amy Synnott-D’Annibale will be in the beauty department for Beauty Editors Day, doling out her expert advice for a good cause. For a $30 donation to Look Good Feel Better, a non-profit dedicated to helping women with cancer improve their self-esteem and quality of life, you’ll get a 20-minute sit-down with Amy so she can answer all of your burning beauty questions, plus an awesome free gift. To make an appointment between noon and 7 p.m., call 1-866-395-5665 by 5 p.m. today. There are a few slots left, so call now! Not in New York? Click “See the Photos” to read Amy’s tips.
Bridal and eveningwear powerhouses Marchesa and Reem Acra bottled up their signature femininity for fall, as both will release their debut fragrances next season. First up is Marchesa’s Parfume d’Extase, a scent containing notes of of iris, freesia, violet, and jasmine that will roll out at Sephora stores for $25 to $85 starting August 28th. Reem Acra will follow with an eponymous perfume featuring notes of orange, pear, bergamot, and ginger, available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores for $35 to $125 in October. Fall is going to smell so pretty!
Plus, see our favorite bridal looks!
It was a patriotic, celebrity-filled week on InStyle’s Instagram! This week, we loved the holiday spirit during a trip to Saks, rubbed shoulders with the delightful Emma Stone on The Amazing Spider-Man‘s red carpet, and got a whiff of Taylor Swift‘s sweet new scent. Check out this week’s best photos in the gallery, and come back every Saturday for all of our favorite shots.