Introducing Saks Glam Gardens Guest Editor Grace Ciao

The Glam Gardens are taking over Saks for the month of May, so we figured this was the absolute perfect time to partner up with one of the most inspiring social media fashion artists on our radar – Grace Ciao. A native of Singapore, this young talent has amassed quite the following on Instagram thanks to her ingenious mix of fashion and florals. Throughout the month, Grace will present some of her bespoke creations just for Saks, walking readers through her creative process. Now, get to meet the girl behind the petals.

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A Work in Progress Using Chrysanthemum Petals Read More..

The Glam Gardens are taking over Saks for the month of May, so we figured this was the absolute perfect time to partner up with one of the most inspiring social media fashion artists on our radar – Grace Ciao. A native of Singapore, this young talent has amassed quite the following on Instagram thanks to her ingenious mix of fashion and florals. Throughout the month, Grace will present some of her bespoke creations just for Saks, walking readers through her creative process. Now, get to meet the girl behind the petals.

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A Work in Progress Using Chrysanthemum Petals

SAKSPOV: Do you start with a design in mind or do specific flowers dictate what your designs will be?

GRACE CIAO: I always draw inspirations from runway and celebrity looks during the fashion season. Typically, I begin with an idea of the dress/design I would like to Illustrate. For example, it can be a sweet cocktail dress or a luscious couture gown. I first begin by exploring various ways the flowers may be used to create the look. Then I start piecing them together to create my desired look. Each flower is unique and beautiful in its own special way. The shape, texture, and pigments on every petal is different.

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 Watercolors, Fine Ink and Plenty of Glue Also Go Into Producing Grace’s Impressive Creations

How do you balance being an artistic and being a major social media fashion presence?

GRACE: What I love about social media is the two-way communication between my followers and I, both locally and internationally. I love being able to connect with each and every one of them by showing them my new sketches and petal art works. The suggestions they provide are always useful and I’ve gained immense inspiration from them. Suggestions may include the type of flowers they would like to see, the designs that are currently trending, etc. I’m extremely thankful for the support I’ve garnered through social media and the genuine interactions I’ve had with everyone!

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Grace Gets to Work on a Sunflowery Creation

You have mentioned that you have a love of nature. Do you have any favorite gardens in or around your hometown?

GRACE: Singapore is my hometown, and luckily for me, it is a beautiful garden city that blooms with all types of tropical flowers. I’ve always loved immersing myself in mother nature and have drawn so many wonderful ideas and inspirations from everything around me.

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Your sketches are widely recognized for their originality, but you also have a love for design. Are you close to starting your own fashion label?

GRACE: I do have dreams of launching my own floral dress label one day. However, at the moment, I am focusing on building my fashion illustration career through ‘Grace Ciao’. I’m pleased to have had the immense opportunity to work with Saks Fifth Avenue and illustrate the amazing brands at your store.

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A Sneak Peek at a Special Work Made Just for the Saks Glam Gardens

What has been your favorite floral sketch to date?

GRACE: It has to be this Dior outfit inspired by Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet! It was put together using three outrageously beautiful pink peonies.

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Even Humble Lettuce Gets the Special Grace Ciao Treatment

How do you feel about partnering with Saks on this special Glam Gardens campaign?

GRACE: The whole experience is very exciting and I’m extremely stoked to partner with Saks for this project. I’ve always loved working with flowers and I believe my works can compliment the special floral-themed Glam Gardens campaign pretty well! Also, I’m thrilled to be able to illustrate some of my favorite fashion brands and share about my personal inspiration and thought process behind my art pieces on SaksPOV.

 

Get in the Saks Glam Gardens spirit with the best of Saks Beauty.


Designer Dispatch: Sophia Webster Stops By Saks San Francisco

Ever since shoe designer Sophia Webster arrived on the scene, shoppers and retailers alike have been unabashedly smitten by her irreverent aesthetic. From angel wings and flamingos to watermelon slices and lush jungle flora - it’s hard not to fall for her bold works. Webster stopped by the Saks San Francisco store to greet fans and sign shoes and took a moment to talk to SaksPOV about her past, her present and the future of Sophia Webster.

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Sophia Webster is a Master of Adding Her Own Personal Touch to the Finer Details Read More..

Ever since shoe designer Sophia Webster arrived on the scene, shoppers and retailers alike have been unabashedly smitten by her irreverent aesthetic. From angel wings and flamingos to watermelon slices and lush jungle flora - it’s hard not to fall for her bold works. Webster stopped by the Saks San Francisco store to greet fans and sign shoes and took a moment to talk to SaksPOV about her past, her present and the future of Sophia Webster.

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Sophia Webster is a Master of Adding Her Own Personal Touch to the Finer Details

SAKSPOV: What did your shoe closet look like before you launched your own eponymous line? Your brand is so unique – what did you do before to up the colorful, exuberant factor in your own shoe wardrobe? 


SOPHIA WEBSTER: I have always been drawn to colorful shoes and clothes. I’d buy whatever I could afford as an impoverished student. I am quite resourceful when it comes to expressing style and would mix High Street, vintage items and even hand-me-downs, but on special occasions like birthdays I’d ask for the more precious designer items. Working for Nicholas Kirkwood was great because I was able to buy at a discount luxury shoes that I had worked on.

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Some Fun Kitsch Among Three of Sophia Webster’s Bestsellers

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Sophia Webster Signs the Sole of One of Our Favorite Slingbacks of the Season

Watermelon-Print Leather & Translucent Slingback Pumps

Your influences range from Mean Girls to Henry Rousseau’s jungle paintings. Movies and art obviously play big factors in your creative process. What would you say is your all-time favorite movie and painting?

SOPHIA: For my all-time favorite movie I’d have to say Clueless! As for my favourite painting it would be Pablo Picasso’s Woman With The Yellow Hair.

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Which to Choose, Which to Choose?

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How has having a child altered your creative process?

SOPHIA: In terms of creativity and what inspires me I am still more or less the same person I was before I had a baby, but I’d say some aspects of my collection reflect that normal process of maturing that a new mother goes through. For example my color palette for Autumn Winter was deeper and richer. I wear flats a lot more since pregnancy and you can see the influence of this in my designs.

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Looks Like Someone’s a Fall of the Latest Collection

Chiara Butterfly Patent Leather Sandals

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Which shoes on Saks.com could you easily see transformed as a baby shoe for your little girl?


SOPHIA: I have already taken the liberty of designing my signature Chiara style for Mini. For the first time ever we have introduced crib shoes from 0-18 months so Bibi and I already have our matching pairs.

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Looks Like Sophia Webster Has Fans of All Ages

You got your start working with Nicholas Kirkwood, learning the ins and outs of the business for about two years. But what of the stellar showmanship at your London Fashion Week presentations? How did you come to craft this unique way of showcasing your work?

SOPHIA: The fashion week presentations are my time for inviting people to step into my creative universe as an immersive experience. Ever since my first presentation for spring 2013, I have worked tirelessly to outdo the previous and I love this challenge.

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A Look at the Sophia Webster Takeover at Saks San Francisco’s Shoe Floor

Images Courtesy of Drew Altizer

Embrace the vibrant and quirky side of your style with Sophia Webster.

 


Saks Kicks Off the Month of May With Fragrance Week!

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Take Home a Complimentary Atomizer with Your $100 Purchase

It’s Fragrance Week at Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide from May 3 to May 10! Come into any of our Saks Fifth Avenue stores and find your new signature scent within the lush setting of this month’s Saks Glam Gardens – where we turn our stores into a blossoming beauty wonderland. Read More..

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Take Home a Complimentary Atomizer with Your $100 Purchase

It’s Fragrance Week at Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide from May 3 to May 10! Come into any of our Saks Fifth Avenue stores and find your new signature scent within the lush setting of this month’s Saks Glam Gardens – where we turn our stores into a blossoming beauty wonderland.

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Sprouting and Spritzing at the Givenchy Beauty Counter

You’re going to find plenty of reasons to indulge in an all-new scent during Fragrance Week. First off, you’ll walk away with a sparkling and elegant atomizer of your own with your $100 fragrance purchase.

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Take Home a Bespoke Bouquet From 1-800 Flowers! 

Our partners at 1-800 Flowers will also be on hand to provide you with a bespoke floral arrangement with your $125 purchase. Also, get 20% off your Mother’s Day purchases at 1800Flowers.com/Saks. It’s the week that keeps on giving, wouldn’t you say?

 

Shop your new favorite scent during Fragrance Week running May 3 to May 10!