Designer Dispatch: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner Paul Andrew

We Find Out How the British Talent Plans to Expand His Line, What It's Like To Be Raised Around Royals and What Kind of Shoe He Will Never Design.

When it came time to meet Paul Andrew at his design studio in Midtown Manhattan, he was found crouching on the floor. He was considering the heel of a shoe prototype on his assistant’s foot. There were sketches on walls, entire sections of the room covered in luxurious swatches – it was the controlled detritus of an artist’s work space.

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Candid Moments with Paul Andrew

So soon after his big CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win, it just augmented his authenticity as a creative mind. When you’re a brilliant creator, your space shouldn’t be spotless. It was great to catch him in his element, sans smoke and mirrors. After finishing up on his black tasseled sample shoe, we went to a quiet, sunlit room to chat (not before he brought out a tray of cookies). Naturally, the first order of business was, you guessed it, his recent CFDA/VFF win.

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When it came time to meet Paul Andrew at his design studio in Midtown Manhattan, he was found crouching on the floor. He was considering the heel of a shoe prototype on his assistant’s foot. There were sketches on walls, entire sections of the room covered in luxurious swatches – it was the controlled detritus of an artist’s work space.

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Candid Moments with Paul Andrew

So soon after his big CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win, it just augmented his authenticity as a creative mind. When you’re a brilliant creator, your space shouldn’t be spotless. It was great to catch him in his element, sans smoke and mirrors. After finishing up on his black tasseled sample shoe, we went to a quiet, sunlit room to chat (not before he brought out a tray of cookies). Naturally, the first order of business was, you guessed it, his recent CFDA/VFF win.

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A Wall Covered in Glorious Swatches of Fabric

SAKS: How are you feeling after all the awards pandemonium?

PAUL ANDREW: It’s still a cloud nine moment. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, truth be told. It was an out-of-body experience. I’ve been working so hard for that moment for so many months. I really couldn’t believe that they announced my name.

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Paul Andrew: (Top Left) Delphi Leather Open-Toe Wedge Sandals  I  (Top Right) Lexington Leather Chunky Heel Sandals

We read in WWD that with this win, you’re thinking about doing men’s shoes. Do you already have an idea in your mind about what the Paul Andrew man is?

PAUL: Yeah, I do. I have a real feeling for men’s shoes. I did men’s at Calvin Klein for three years and I loved that experience. I feel that there’s a real niche in the market now for men’s shoes, something that has a modern yet classic look, that isn’t too ostentatious and that isn’t a sneaker. My whole thing with women’s shoes is about the comfort and the fit, even if you’re on a stiletto heel. I will obviously bring in those ideals to the men’s collection too.

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The Sparkly Side of the Paul Andrew Woman

Fun fact about you. Your father was an upholsterer for Windsor Castle.

PAUL: Yes, he was the upholsterer to the Queen for many years.

Were you ever shadowing him in the wings, watching him work?

PAUL: Yeah, I did at a point. I loved being around him in that environment. It’s really what gave me a feel for the craft of making things. He was forever surrounded by the most magnificent fabrics and brocades and jacquards and antique furniture. Also, the equipment he was using, these incredible needles and antique sewing machines. It really gave me a feeling for that.

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The Incredible Gladiator Boots Donned by Cameron Russell in Paul Andrew’s Spread in the November 2014 Issue of Vogue

Ever consider making a collection inspired by those formative years and those luxurious fabrics worthy of a Queen?

PAUL: I haven’t ever thought about that, the Royal Collection. Maybe that will inspire something for the future.

You’re also the winner of Vogue Italia’s “Who Is On Next?” Award. How did you initially expand your brand after this earlier win?

PAUL: That was also great. Franca Sozzani has been an incredible supporter since that period. In fact, she was one of the first people to email me after I won the CFDA/VFF. I launched a couple of new categories including espadrilles, which has been a major category for me for spring. Sneakers, too, which have garnered great attention. The collection is much broader and we’ve launched into other product categories. My whole ambition is to build the collections as a more of a lifestyle brand. We won’t stand for one specific thing.

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Paul Andrew In His Element

Speaking of which, is there any particular shoe you yourself can’t stand?

PAUL: You’ll never see a Paul Andrew cowboy boot.

 

 

Send your congratulations by rocking a pair of award-winning shoes by Paul Andrew.


Giorgio Armani’s Tim Quinn Brings Backstage Beauty to Saks

See How Tim Quinn Sets Up an Intimate Backstage Beauty Experience at the Saks New York Flagship.

Tim Quinn, Celebrity Face Designer and National Director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty, will be at our New York flagship making a personal appearance. Not only that, he’s bringing our customers an immersive backstage at Fashion Week experience with Armani’s Eye & Brow Maestro.

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Tim Quinn, Celebrity Face Designer and National Director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty, will be at our New York flagship making a personal appearance. Not only that, he’s bringing our customers an immersive backstage at Fashion Week experience with Armani’s Eye & Brow Maestro.

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Tim Quinn, National Director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty

“I’m still somewhat in awe and inspired by the level of perfection that’s involved,” Tim Quinn acknowledged, regarding the work involved at a real-life Armani show. “It’s a different sense backstage. It’s not a frenetic, mixed up, crazy world. It’s very structured and tailored, yet fun, but there’s also almost a reverence about it. At this point, Armani is truly an icon.” Hard to disagree with that. But what’s exciting is seeing that kind of structured, intimate, but exciting atmosphere come to life within our New York flagship’s doors.

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Tim Quinn and Team Hard at Work at the Armani Boutique on 2

But when one thinks of beauty, one hardly thinks just cheekbones, or just the lips, but fall 2014 is without question the season of the eye. That’s where the Eye & Brow Maestro, created by Giorgio Armani beauty’s creative director, Linda Cantello, comes into play. “When you go to the hair salon,” explains Tim, “some people are very uncomfortable staring at the mirror the whole time. It allows the hair artist to actually understand the shape and the flow. The same idea works with makeup, especially with the eyes. When you can take a step back and look and see, specially with these brows that have become such a big focus after the arrival of Cara Delevingne, it could very easily go awry. Taking that moment to take a look from a few feet away, or stepping back to check the balance, is very important.”

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Giorgio Armani: Eye Maestro  I  Eye & Brow Maestro

“In the past, for me, it’s mostly been complexion, complexion, complexion. But this season it’s about playing up the eyes. It’s the one moment when women take it up a notch with “the smoky eye” or “the cat eye”, or what have you. At holidays, if you’ve been at work all day, playing up the eye is the easiest way to seduce the evening.”

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Tim Quinn Arrives at Saks New York on November 21!

Needless to say, with Giorgio Armani Beauty and Tim Quinn’s combined clout, this is going to be a beauty event of epic proportions. When asked if he’s ready, Tim answered “I would honestly say that Armani has one of the highest energy levels of anybody I’ve ever met. You have to be ready to match that.” Let the backstage glamour begin!

 

This fall beauty season, accentuate the eyes with Giorgio Armani Beauty.


Shopping and Makeovers: Visit Beauty on 5 at Saks NY

Get Your Makeup Done at Trish McEvoy, a Manicure with Nails Inc and Brows Touched Up by Blink Brow Bar All In One Place.

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A Trish McEvoy Beauty Station at the New Beauty on 5 Space at Saks New York

Imagine heading off to Fifth Avenue for a day of pampering – shopping, makeover, the works. But by the time you’ve shopped, you’re ready to drop. The beauty treatment can wait. Luckily, Saks Fifth Avenue has figured out the perfect solution to that pesky quandary. Read More..

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A Trish McEvoy Beauty Station at the New Beauty on 5 Space at Saks New York

Imagine heading off to Fifth Avenue for a day of pampering – shopping, makeover, the works. But by the time you’ve shopped, you’re ready to drop. The beauty treatment can wait. Luckily, Saks Fifth Avenue has figured out the perfect solution to that pesky quandary.

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Blink Brow Bar’s Chic Little Set-Up

Now, on Saks’ contemporary floor on 5, amidst gorgeous goods from T by Alexander Wang, Carven and 3.1 Phillip Lim, lies Beauty on 5 – the holistic makeover experience for the gal who needs her pamper session then and now, without having to traverse the city to do it.

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Pick a Color, Any Color, at the Nails inc Shop

With makeup touch-ups to full-blown makeovers courtesy of the talented artists at Trish McEvoy, stunning manicures courtesy of Nails inc and a Blink Brow Bar, all in the same, well-considered space, shopping just got a whole lot more interesting. Indulgences like these are few and far between. Head to Saks New York’s Fifth floor and get the whole fabulous 360 degree treatment.

 

 

Shop our contemporary floor and get a total makeover at Beauty on 5!