Curated By Colleen: The St. Louis Fashion Fund

Colleen Sherin, Saks' Fashion Director, was on hand at the fund acting as a judge for the Emerging Designer Award. See who walked out the lucky winner.

Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition

A Look From Daniella Kallmeyer’s Collection

New York. London. Milan. Paris. All fashion capitals of the world. Yet, that’s not to say that there isn’t a great amount of fashion being made in the outskirts of the well-known fashion meccas. One place you may not have given much thought to, though one should, is the American Midwest. Look at Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind, for example. These guys are Midwestern designers producing some of the most exciting fashion coming out of the states.

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Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition

A Look From Daniella Kallmeyer’s Collection

New York. London. Milan. Paris. All fashion capitals of the world. Yet, that’s not to say that there isn’t a great amount of fashion being made in the outskirts of the well-known fashion meccas. One place you may not have given much thought to, though one should, is the American Midwest. Look at Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind, for example. These guys are Midwestern designers producing some of the most exciting fashion coming out of the states.

Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition

L to R: Fern Mallis, Fashion Personality; Tania Beasley-Jolly, Saks St. Louis Marketing Director and Susan Sherman, St. Louis Fashion Icon 

Which is what makes the new St. Louis Fashion Fund’s Emerging Designer Award such a great necessity. I was asked by Fern Mallis, the founder of New York Fashion Week, to be part of the judging panel for this new award, which gives emerging design talent a $15,000 stipend to infuse into their brand. I was joined on the judges’ panel by Refinery29‘s Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich, designer Tess Giberson and fashion financier Gary Wassner, among others.

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Taking a Peek at Remi Canarie’s Look-Book

There was a great talent here from many of the designers who presented their collections, but in the end, we had to go with one winner and we chose Daniella Kallmeyer. If you don’t know her work just yet, we’re hoping this win will bring her some new, well-deserved fans.

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Fern Mallis Presents Daniella Kallmeyer With Her Big Award

There were a few big names you definitely have heard of in attendance as well. Timo Weiland, Tess Giberson – a fellow judge, and Yigal Azrouel all showed their Spring 2015 collections and had a quick pop-up store at the Saks St. Louis store where you could purchase the looks months ahead of hitting the racks.

Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition

Caught in a Moment: Timo Weiland Congratulates Daniella Kallmeyer

It was a great treat to be included in this great event. Seeing new, fresh design talent is a personal joy and it was wonderful to have discovered names that I’m sure we’ll all be hearing more about in the future.

 

 Dress to impress in pieces from Tess Giberson, Creatures of the Wind and Yigal Azrouel.

Photos Courtesy of Getty Images for Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Competition


Polo Ralph Lauren’s The Art of the Sport Coat Event

Two of our favorite style stars, Style Girlfriend and A Guy Named Patrick, stop by the Polo Ralph Lauren men's boutique to highlight the brand's new modern sport coat.

Two of Saks Fifth Avenue’s favorite style superstars, Megan Collins of the famed Style Girlfriend blog and Patrick Janelle, who spearheads one of the top men’s style Instagrams, aptly named A Guy Named Patrick, stopped by the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship to visit the Polo Ralph Lauren men’s boutique on 6.

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Style Girlfriend and A Guy Named Patrick at the Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Boutique

They didn’t happen to just come by, no. They were there as our honorary judges in an exciting styling challenge set up by Polo Ralph Lauren – The Art of the Sport Coat, to celebrate the label’s new groundbreaking sport coats, naturally.

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Two of Saks Fifth Avenue’s favorite style superstars, Megan Collins of the famed Style Girlfriend blog and Patrick Janelle, who spearheads one of the top men’s style Instagrams, aptly named A Guy Named Patrick, stopped by the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship to visit the Polo Ralph Lauren men’s boutique on 6.

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Style Girlfriend and A Guy Named Patrick at the Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Boutique

They didn’t happen to just come by, no. They were there as our honorary judges in an exciting styling challenge set up by Polo Ralph Lauren – The Art of the Sport Coat, to celebrate the label’s new groundbreaking sport coats, naturally.

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Drinks on the House

There were drinks galore and the guests in attendance were naturally dressed to the nines. It made Megan and Patrick’s job a little difficult, amongst a sea of men radiating panache – who exactly to single out as a someone who may give the styling challenge a good go?

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A Peek at the Dapper Guest List

The gambit: Style one of the new collection’s amazing sport coats with anything else in the Polo Ralph Lauren boutique; Patrick and Megan judge the styles and crown a winner, who gets to walk out with the entire head-to-toe ensemble as their prize. Not too shabby.

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The Classic Cocktails on Hand Reflected the Collection’s Sartorial Americana Essence

“The new sport coat silhouette is more modern and slimmer; the sleeves sit a bit shorter,” says Megan Collins. “It’s a piece for a man who maybe has tried Ralph Lauren in the past and thought it was a piece that was more for their dad. This silhouette is for that younger guy. It’s a new generation sport coat. It dresses up any outfit. You can treat it a little less preciously. It goes with so many things.”

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Patrick and Megan with the Winner of the Art of the Sport Coat Styling Challenge

Patrick Janelle is in agreement. “My favorite sport coats in this collection are the unstructured pieces,” he told SaksPOV at the event. “They feel super comfortable and they’re casual enough that I feel I can throw it on on a Saturday morning, but it’s classic enough that I can take it with me to a meeting. Because of the prints and textures you definitely have a good sense of classic style, but with the updated silhouette it never makes you feel stuffy.”

 

Be a part of the new generation of dapper trendsetters with Polo Ralph Lauren.


For Soren Sand It’s All About the Details

On the eve of Saks NY's Modern Tailored Event, Soren Sand opens up about how his brand stays relevant after 20 years in the business.

Sand, the Danish menswear brand, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. With it penchant for boisterous prints set against stunningly crafted Italian fabrics, Soren Sand’s label has been a leader in forward-thinking menswear design on the other side of the pond for quite some time. It’s American takeover seems to be long overdue.

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“We all have a tendency to lean on black and dark colors for the winter months, but color is for every season. Tweeds and boucles are a great way to use colors in a subtle way.”

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Sand, the Danish menswear brand, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. With it penchant for boisterous prints set against stunningly crafted Italian fabrics, Soren Sand’s label has been a leader in forward-thinking menswear design on the other side of the pond for quite some time. It’s American takeover seems to be long overdue.

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“We all have a tendency to lean on black and dark colors for the winter months, but color is for every season. Tweeds and boucles are a great way to use colors in a subtle way.”

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We visited Mr. Sand at his NYC showroom just a day before his slated appearance at our New York City store for the Modern Tailored Event. With his casual, but ridiculously cool manner, he indulged us with his views on what makes his brand stand apart from all the rest.

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Soren Sand on his 55 Mercedes Gullwing in Como, Italy

“For me everyday and evening looks are easily interchangeable because I have always favored the idea of interesting jackets and details that can work from one into the other.  It’s all about the details; add a leopard shoe or chain belt to create some attitude.”

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The Sand Copenhagen Design Studio in Como, Italy

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Soren Sand and Co-Host Benedict Cumberbatch Both Wearing Sand in London at the Flaunt Magazine Party

“Details and fit are what makes the suit fashionable. We first need to inspire men with something new. If a man is properly introduced to a new silhouette and they see the difference in how it makes him look and feel, he will take the step. A slimmer, shorter jacket with a comfortable fabric that moves with the body.”

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Mr. Sand Himself at His Showroom in New York City on the Eve of the Modern Tailored Event at Saks

“I include color and patterns as a detail and element of surprise – in buttons, linings, shirt plackets and jacket under collars. We also use stitching and button holes to include color. Knits are another perfect winter way to showcase color and style under a dark suit.  And shoes are always fun in great colors;  burgundy, red, navy or animal prints – make a great statement and show some personal style and cool fashion.”

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Dress like a rock-star in chic duds from Sand.