An ode to cashmere is kind of like a party for the popular girl -- does she really need the attention? But who are we to judge. Saks Fifth Avenue is dedicating itself to the cause with its Wild About Cashmere blowout. (Feast on a $295 Vince wrap, a $1,550 Colombo hammock and $325 Antik Denim jeans with a cashmere back pocket.)

Designer Rebecca Moses lives in cashmere country (aka northern Italy) with her mill-owner husband and created a collection of special edition pieces for the store. "Cashmere can be contemporary," she says. "It really does look as good with a tailored skirt as a pair of jeans."

Many pieces are now embellished and tie-dyed and mixed with other fabrics such as rabbit fur and chiffon -- mixed media for a new generation. Cashmere is the ultimate transitional fabric as the weather fluctuates between Washington rain and Western Maryland snow -- "It never sweats but gives you warmth," Moses says -- and goes beyond the grande dame cashmere sweater (think ballet flats, swing coat with jeweled buttons, robe with mink collar).

"It's just so aristocratic -- but sexy, too," Moses says. "It's like royalty."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

Clockwise from top right: Disney vintage men's cashmere sweater ($337), at Fred Segal Fun, 310-394-9814. Alvin & Sparky cashmere eyemask and pillow ($162), at Rebecca Moses ballet slippers ($195), at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Fuchsia and gray Alvin & Sparky cashmere scarf ($175), at Trina Turk teal turtleneck ($286), at Sage green long cashmere gloves ($14.99), at Target. Blue cashmere blanket with traveling case ($395), at Saks Fifth Avenue.