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