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The Ultimate Accessory? Mother Nature By Way of One Talented Floral Designer.

The spring campaign for Saks Glam Gardens 2016 was a glamorous, romantic riot of florals dresses and delicate details. But the ultimate fashion accessory came straight from Mother Nature – with a little help from one very talented floral designer named Christy Doramus. The go-to flower crown designer for celebs and socials like Drew Barrymore and Shoshonna Gruss, Christy crafted the enchanting floral headpieces seen here. We caught up with her for some advice on how to find the right crown, what to wear it with, and how she wound up being the queen of crowns.

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A Delicate Creation by Christy Doramus of Crowns by Christy

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The spring campaign for Saks Glam Gardens 2016 was a glamorous, romantic riot of florals dresses and delicate details. But the ultimate fashion accessory came straight from Mother Nature – with a little help from one very talented floral designer named Christy Doramus. The go-to flower crown designer for celebs and socials like Drew Barrymore and Shoshonna Gruss, Christy crafted the enchanting floral headpieces seen here. We caught up with her for some advice on how to find the right crown, what to wear it with, and how she wound up being the queen of crowns.

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A Delicate Creation by Christy Doramus of Crowns by Christy

Dolce and Gabbana: Dress

SaksPOV: So we read you worked in beauty PR before starting Crowns by Christy. That’s quite a career change! How’d did this all happen? When you were a kid did you think you’d be working in floral design?

Christy Doramus: My business started sort of accidentally almost three years ago when I had the opportunity to make flower crowns for a couple of client events. What was once just a fun summertime hobby turned into a full-time business and I could not be more thankful to have the opportunity to do what I love every day. My mother is very crafty and when I was growing up, we would design and make my dresses and accessories for school dances and special occasions. Her creative spirit has always influenced me. I always dreamed of owning my own business, so I feel lucky that dream has become a reality.

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A Bold and Feminine Crown of Peonies

Carolina Herrera: Dress | Viktor and Rolf: Fragrance

Saks: Has working in the beauty industry inspired or biased your floral work? Do these two seemingly disparate worlds come together in your work now?

Christy: Transitioning from a full time PR job to operating a small business has certainly been challenging, but thankfully I am still able to work within the beauty space while collaborating with brands, editors and other publicists. The two worlds are constantly colliding and some of my favorite projects involve working with beauty brands and publicists on creative events and mailings. There are so many amazing people in the beauty industry who have supported me over the years and I wouldn’t be doing any of this without them!

Saks: Are there any fashion tips when accessorizing with a crown? Or does anything go?

Christy: Every crown and occasion is so different, which is why I have decided to operate a custom business for now. My designs are often inspired more by the personality of the person wearing the crown versus what they’re wearing. Some clients want big and bold flowers to coordinate with a bright dress while others prefer dainty baby’s breath for a sweeter look. I think that there is always a time and place for a headpiece and whether you’re wearing a black dress with a bun or a summer maxi and beachy waves, there is a design that can work for you.

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There’s Nothing Like a Romantic Halo of Red Roses

Michael Kors: Dress

Saks: Have you found certain types of crowns don’t work for certain face shapes or hair types? Is there a rule of thumb you can share for selecting the style and material of your crown?

Christy: I often ask clients to send me inspiration photos to start so we can land on something that makes sense for them. Like shopping for a dress, factors such as hair color, season, occasion and your overall desired look should all be considered when selecting the flowers or style of your crown. White flower crowns will generally look bridal, redheads rock light pink flowers well, dahlias are not available year-round, lily of the valley is pricier than baby’s breath and if petite, you may not want to wear huge peonies on your head! There are so many things to consider, which is why every piece is customized.

Saks: Last question: Though you work with all types of flowers, you must have a personal favorite? Clue us in and tell us why!

Christy: I have favorite flowers for arrangements, which vary from my favorite flowers for crowns just considering the size, lifespan and look when worn vs. used as a centerpiece. For arrangements, I love garden roses, peonies and sweet peas. For flower crowns, I love baby’s breath, spray roses, ranunculus, freesia, eucalyptus and lavender. Although I rarely use baby’s breath in arrangements, it may be my favorite to use in a flower crown because I think it creates such a whimsical look and also dries out really well.

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All Flower Crowns Designed by Crowns By Christy

Creative Direction and Styling by Qianna Smith

Photos Courtesy Romer Pedron

 


Supermom Beauty Secrets

Four Busy Mothers Share Their Tips For Life On-the-Go.

School drop offs, sports practice and a full day at the office – if you’re a mom, you know first hand there’s just not enough hours in the day. So we asked four busy mothers just how they manage to stay chic when me time is the first to get the squeeze. From a magazine editor to the founder of a cosmetics line, they gave us some serious time saving beauty advice that will keep you sane and looking fresh.Emily-Dougherty-Super-Moms-POV-Long

Emily Dougherty, Beauty Director of Elle, Gets Out the Door Fast With a Bright Swipe of Eye Color 

Clockwise From Top Left: Sisley: Eye Pencil | Lancome: Cushion Compact | Alaïa: Fragrance | Dior: Lip Glow Lip Balm Read More..

School drop offs, sports practice and a full day at the office – if you’re a mom, you know first hand there’s just not enough hours in the day. So we asked four busy mothers just how they manage to stay chic when me time is the first to get the squeeze. From a magazine editor to the founder of a cosmetics line, they gave us some serious time saving beauty advice that will keep you sane and looking fresh.Emily-Dougherty-Super-Moms-POV-Long

Emily Dougherty, Beauty Director of Elle, Gets Out the Door Fast With a Bright Swipe of Eye Color 

Clockwise From Top Left: Sisley: Eye Pencil | Lancome: Cushion Compact | Alaïa: Fragrance | Dior: Lip Glow Lip Balm

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Aerin Lauder, Founder of AERIN

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Aerin Keeps Her Beauty Routine Simple With a Few Well-Chosen Products

Clockwise From Top Left: AERIN: Hand and Body Cream | Mini Fragrance Set | Bronzer | Estee Lauder: Serum 

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Brett Heyman, Founder of Edie Parker

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Brett’s Tip: Make Mornings Easy By Washing Your Hair the Night Before

Clockwise From Top Left: Mason Pearson: Hair Brush | By Terry: Baume de Rose |  Christophe Robin: Shampoo | Conditioner | Mario Badescu: Drying Lotion

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Tabitha Simmons, Designer

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Tabitha Recommends a Splash of Cold Water and a Pretty Cheek Stain For An Instantly Refreshed Look

Clockwise From Top Left: Yves Saint Laurent: Mascara | Jo Malone: Body and Hand Wash | Estée Lauder: Perfume | Dolce and Gabbana: Eye Gel

Discover your next big beauty secret at Saks.com.


Fifteen Minutes With Erdem Moralioglu

Catching Up With the Designer On His First Houston Trip.

It was a Texas-sized welcome for London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu. The designer got his first taste of Houston while attending the Saks Houston Galleria reopening as a guest of honor, attending a kickoff benefit dinner, ribbon cutting and hosting his own in-store appearance. The the midst of the whirlwind, we caught up for his take on the biggest city in the Lone Star state, what defines beauty, and how to give him the ultimate compliment.

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 Erdem Moralioglu Celebrates the Reopening of Saks Houston at a Private Dinner Hosted by Lynn Wyatt and Isabel David Benefitting the Houston Grand Opera Read More..

It was a Texas-sized welcome for London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu. The designer got his first taste of Houston while attending the Saks Houston Galleria reopening as a guest of honor, attending a kickoff benefit dinner, ribbon cutting and hosting his own in-store appearance. The the midst of the whirlwind, we caught up for his take on the biggest city in the Lone Star state, what defines beauty, and how to give him the ultimate compliment.

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 Erdem Moralioglu Celebrates the Reopening of Saks Houston at a Private Dinner Hosted by Lynn Wyatt and Isabel David Benefitting the Houston Grand Opera

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Saks Chief Merchant Tracy Margolies, Designer Erdem Moralioglu, Town and Country Editor Sarah Bray

SAKSPOV: So what do you find most interesting about Houston?

Erdem Moralioglu: It’s my first time in Houston, and I’ve had a wonderful time. I loved the Menil Collection, which is just such a wonderful collection of art, especially the Cy Twombly wing. The Rothko Chapel was also amazing. But my favorite thing about Houston is the people. I’ve met some amazing, wonderful women on this trip.

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Tables Set at 51Fifteen, the Beloved Restaurant at Saks Houston

SAKS: Tell us about your design footprint in America and the client you design for.

Erdem: Well, I think what’s so wonderful about working with Saks is how diverse the Saks customer is. The woman I design for is interested in having pieces she can absorb into her life and can wear and keep forever. I think what’s so interesting about the reopening event in Houston is seeing so many women wearing things that were from a few years ago along with the new collection. To me, that’s the biggest compliment, seeing someone wearing my clothes from past seasons that they still love.

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Cocktails and Dinner Created by Chef Stefon Rishel

SAKS: So in one word, what makes a woman beautiful?

Erdem: Effortlessness. Real beauty is when you see someone who’s completely and utterly themselves. Being you is probably the most beautiful thing you can be.

SAKS: So what’s next on your agenda?

Erdem: After Houston, my next destination is New York for the Met Ball, I’m really excited. It’s like my American Tour!

Add a unique keepsake to your wardrobe with a look from Erdem, available at Saks.