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If the shoes fit… The Man Repeller wore them

This fall SaksPOV launched the new 10022-SHOE Tumblr with the help of Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller.  Follow the behind the scenes story of our inaugural Tumblr photo shoot as Medine skipped  around Manhattan living  out the old adage “If the shoe fits, wear it” in some of the finest shoes 10022-SHOE has to offer.

All photos by Kristen Somody Whalen

This fall SaksPOV launched the new 10022-SHOE Tumblr with the help of Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller.  Follow the behind the scenes story of our inaugural Tumblr photo shoot as Medine skipped  around Manhattan living  out the old adage “If the shoe fits, wear it” in some of the finest shoes 10022-SHOE has to offer.

All photos by Kristen Somody Whalen


Letter from the Editor: Pure Imagination

Editorial Director Sophia Chabbott shares her Point of View on all things stylish

Alexander McQueen was once quoted in The New York Times saying, “People don’t want to see clothes. They want to see something that fuels the imagination.” McQueen’s quote underscores this week’s theme at SaksPOV, where art and fashion converge to form something entirely new and utterly fantastical. Take for instance the behind scenes feature chronicling the fashion in the wildly imaginative Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows, where fashion becomes the ultimate fantasy. Ten exclusive fashion looks by the likes of Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Olivier Theyskens, and Naeem Kahn and others were commissioned to take center stage for millions of people to experience while walking down Fifth Avenue this season. One such dress drew a collective gasp when it was uncrated at Saks headquarters…

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Alexander McQueen was once quoted in The New York Times saying, “People don’t want to see clothes. They want to see something that fuels the imagination.”

McQueen’s quote underscores this week’s theme at SaksPOV, where art and fashion converge to form something entirely new and utterly fantastical.

Take for instance the behind scenes feature chronicling the fashion in the wildly imaginative Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows, where fashion becomes the ultimate fantasy. Ten exclusive fashion looks by the likes of Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Olivier Theyskens, and Naeem Kahn and others were commissioned to take center stage for millions of people to experience while walking down Fifth Avenue this season.

One such dress drew a collective gasp when it was uncrated at Saks headquarters in New York. The house of Alexander McQueen graciously loaned Saks the magnificent gown of silk organza and ostrich feathers worn by Kate Moss on the September 2011 cover of Vogue.  Designed by Sarah Burton, the claret-colored gown took 2,500 hours to create and embodies the mission house’s late namesake: to intrigue and inspire.  “When I first took this gown out of the massive box that it arrived in from London, I was utterly speechless and enraptured by its beauty,” muses Saks Women’s Fashion Director Colleen Sherin in the piece. Take a look at the custom wedge shoes especially designed to coordinate with the dress at left (photographed by Isauro Martinez-Cairo).

In Fashion on the Fly, the artist Michelle Elzay poses among Post-War and Contemporary works of art at Christie’s auction house wearing the most painterly inspired looks from Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Haider Ackermann, while our exclusive debut of photographer Donald McPherson’s stunning video tribute to the late Isabella Blow left those who previewed it with goose bumps.  McPherson, a close friend of Blow continues to find himself inspired by the manner and freedom with which Blow art directed his shoots.

Muses are a key facet in both art and fashion. Terron Schaefer recently ran into quite a famous muse, Rossy de Palma, at a gala honoring the director Pedro Almodovar at MoMa. De Palma, a striking model and actress has been an inspiration for the great Spanish director and also has posed for Saks many times throughout the years.  As for Peter Dundas’ muse? The creative director of Pucci, the fashion house of swirling prints and riotous color tells writer Caroline Tell that he has many.  With the list ranging from PYTs such as Eugenie Niarchos, Bianca Brandolini and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, to latter day icons like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Marilyn Monroe, Dundas give the Pucci collection a Point of View unique from any other.

Where does  your inspiration come from? Share your Point of View on fashion, art, culture and shopping with us on FacebookTwitterTumblr and keep the conversation going.

Sophia Chabbott
Editorial Director


Top 10: French Glamour

This week’s Top 10 is an ode to French glamour — that perfect blend of pretty with a soupcon of edge
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Fashion on the Fly

Life Imitates art for Michelle Elzay

In this week’s Fashion on the Fly, SaksPOV invited artist Michelle Elzay to become our muse in painterly inspired clothes by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Haider Ackerman among the stellar Post-War and Contemporary art offerings at Christie’s New York. Amid displays of the finest works of contemporary art by Donald Judd, Mike Kelly and Jim Hodges, Elzay, whose own artistic mediums range from photography to painting and video, channeled iconic 20th Century muse and patron of the arts Marchesa Luisa Casati. Elzay herself finds muses in various facets and fashion is certainly one of them. Her work has been exhibited in shows at PS1, Stephen Kasher Gallery and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Elzay is also a co-owner of Sparrow…

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In this week’s Fashion on the Fly, SaksPOV invited artist Michelle Elzay to become our muse in painterly inspired clothes by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Haider Ackerman among the stellar Post-War and Contemporary art offerings at Christie’s New York.

Amid displays of the finest works of contemporary art by Donald Judd, Mike Kelly and Jim Hodges, Elzay, whose own artistic mediums range from photography to painting and video, channeled iconic 20th Century muse and patron of the arts Marchesa Luisa Casati. Elzay herself finds muses in various facets and fashion is certainly one of them. Her work has been exhibited in shows at PS1, Stephen Kasher Gallery and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Elzay is also a co-owner of Sparrow Design, a collaborative design workshop fusing the arts with interior design. Up next for Elzay is an installation of her new paintings at Fitzroy Gallery’s booth at NADA Miami Art Basel from December 1-4.

Saks Asks, Michelle Answers:

Most memorable trip to Saks was…I’m sworn to secrecy; but I can say there were shoes involved and an escalator.

My style is can be described as… slightly decadent, somewhat formal, often butch, but always intentional

My beauty essentials…Black mascara, red lipstick, Crème de la Mer

Dr. Bonners & a bit of Arpège or Chanel.

On my playlist now…Entertainment, King Krule, Robin Gutherie, Wild Nothing, Burial

I collect…contemporary Art, Dries Van Noten, copper pots and 19th century French memento mori

 I never leave home without… my fountain pen

My lucky charm is…a found 1973 penny

When I’m not making art I can be found… trying to surf

Favorite destination… Antwerp, Nantucket, or my bed

Favorite fashion designers are…  People currently on my mind are: Dries van Noten, Rick Owens,  Maison Martin Margiela, Anne Demeulemeester,, Maria Cornejo, Paul Harden.

Words to live by…. “Vanity pays attention to everything.” Barby d’Aurevilly

 

Shop the looks:

Marc Jacobs skirt                             Stella McCartney dress

Special thanks to Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art department for generously allowing SaksPOV to shoot at Christie’s New York.


Homage to Isabella

Isabella Blow friend and collaborator Donald McPherson pays a video tribute to the late muse and fashion icon

As a supporter of young designers, artists and models such as Alexander McQueen, Phillip Treacy, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, Isabella Blow inspired many during her lifetime. Donald McPherson is yet another one of the late Blow’s collaborators.  McPherson, an American fashion photographer trained under greats such as Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier met the English fashion editor and consultant in 2002 after working together on a shoot for V Magazine. They quickly became friends and Blow asked McPherson to share an apartment in Paris’ Le Marais neighborhood (The apartment had previously belonged to Blow’s longtime protégé Alexander McQueen and the bed that Blow had given McPherson for his bedroom had once belonged to Freddie Mercury). In true Blow style, she brought McPherson under her…

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As a supporter of young designers, artists and models such as Alexander McQueen, Phillip Treacy, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, Isabella Blow inspired many during her lifetime. Donald McPherson is yet another one of the late Blow’s collaborators.  McPherson, an American fashion photographer trained under greats such as Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier met the English fashion editor and consultant in 2002 after working together on a shoot for V Magazine. They quickly became friends and Blow asked McPherson to share an apartment in Paris’ Le Marais neighborhood (The apartment had previously belonged to Blow’s longtime protégé Alexander McQueen and the bed that Blow had given McPherson for his bedroom had once belonged to Freddie Mercury). In true Blow style, she brought McPherson under her wing and assigned to photograph fashion shoots for Tatler, where he shot stories with the likes of Manolo Blahnik, the Prince of Kuwait and Grace Jones.

“She was really good at inspiring me,” McPherson recalls in an interview with SaksPOV. “The inspiration she would give enabled me to be completely creative.”

McPherson’s video, launching exclusively on SaksPOV was filmed at Blow’s Waterloo home in England before her tragic suicide in May 2007.  “Everyone that I’ve shown the video to gets goose bumps,” says McPherson of the intimate and haunting video, which is bowing near the anniversary of Blow’s November 19 birthday. “This is just how I saw her. This video is a tribute to her.”

Photos and Video by Donald McPherson


Active Culture

Five unmissable exhibitions for New York’s well-heeled culturati

Yes. We know. You’re still mourning the seemingly all-too-soon closing of this summer’s Savage Beauty at the Met. So are we. But fear not — there are plenty of style-savvy exhibitions on the docket this winter as well. 1. “Nan Goldin: Scopophilia” at Matthew Marks through December 23: Goldin’s gritty and deeply intimate portraits have long been fodder for fashion editors and stylists looking to give their layouts a healthy dose of “edge.” Her first New York exhibition in more than four years features a body of work commissioned by non other than the Louvre: “Scopophilia,” a 25-minute slideshow that pairs famous paintings from the museum’s collection (mostly of fleshy nudes) with comparable photographs taken by Goldin herself. 2. “Picasso to Koons: The Artist as…

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Yes. We know. You’re still mourning the seemingly all-too-soon closing of this summer’s Savage Beauty at the Met. So are we. But fear not — there are plenty of style-savvy exhibitions on the docket this winter as well.

1. “Nan Goldin: Scopophilia” at Matthew Marks through December 23: Goldin’s gritty and deeply intimate portraits have long been fodder for fashion editors and stylists looking to give their layouts a healthy dose of “edge.” Her first New York exhibition in more than four years features a body of work commissioned by non other than the Louvre: “Scopophilia,” a 25-minute slideshow that pairs famous paintings from the museum’s collection (mostly of fleshy nudes) with comparable photographs taken by Goldin herself.

2. “Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler” at the Museum of Arts and Design through January 8: MAD’s unprecedented survey of wearable art features rarely seen pieces by Picasso, Calder, Dalí, Man Ray and many others. Much of the work on view was previously only enjoyed as gifts to the artists’ friends and lovers, but one of our favorite objects comes via Stella McCartney’s 2005 collaboration with Jeff Koons in which the artist’s famed stainless steel bunny was recast as a platinum pendant and affixed to a chain. If only they were still in production…

3. “Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style” at the International Center of Photography through January 8: For many of us, ICP’s homage to Glenda Bailey’s decade-long reign at Harper’s Bazaar is a welcome trip down memory lane. Our personal favorite? Peter Lindbergh’s brilliant May 2008 shoot with Julianne Moore in which the actress brings some of our favorite paintings (by the likes of John Currin, Egon Schiele, Richard Prince, Gustav Klimt, and John Singer Sargent) to life.

4. “Marilyn Minter” at Salon 94 Bowery through December 4: Minter’s new body of work features photographs, videos, and realist paintings of babies (yes, babies), lips, and metallic stilettos dripping with silvery goo and perched behind rain-streaked panes of glass. Her shoe designer of choice? Alexander Wang. Here’s hoping those lust-worthy heels survived the shoot.

5.“Cecil Beaton: The New York Years” at the Museum of the City of New York through February 20: A well-edited slice of the famed midcentury photographer’s substantial repertoire that takes us from his days as a little-known Condé Nast fashion photographer to his work as set designer for the New York stage to his chummy shoots with icons like Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe.


Live It: They’re With the Band

They’ve battled beefed-up security guards and fame-hungry groupies. They’ve been backstage, on stage, on the road, and in the audience, crammed between throngs of screaming fans. They’ve taken some of the most iconic pictures of the 20th century, yet for some reason rock ‘n’ roll photographers are rarely acknowledged in the realm of fine art. The folks behind Live Nation — they of Ticketmaster.com and concert-producing fame — hope to change that. This year, Live Nation launched Rock Paper Photo, an ecommerce site and online hub where established and aspiring collectors can peruse, study, and purchase photographs by some 100 world-renowned shutterbugs—whose subjects range from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Our picks for the audiophiles on your holiday shopping list: Andrew Kent’s dapper black-and-white take on a young and delightfully androgynous David Bowie; Richard Corman’s early 1980s shots of Madonna’s formative years in New York; and Tom Murray’s high energy 1968 photographs of the Beatles, posing, preening, and playing in what turned out to be their last official shoot. Prices for the limited edition archival prints range from $250 to $5,000.

 

Caption: “Coming apart,” from Tom Murray’s “Mad Day” series, 1968 featuring The Beatles

They’ve battled beefed-up security guards and fame-hungry groupies. They’ve been backstage, on stage, on the road, and in the audience, crammed between throngs of screaming fans. They’ve taken some of the most iconic pictures of the 20th century, yet for some reason rock ‘n’ roll photographers are rarely acknowledged in the realm of fine art. The folks behind Live Nation — they of Ticketmaster.com and concert-producing fame — hope to change that. This year, Live Nation launched Rock Paper Photo, an ecommerce site and online hub where established and aspiring collectors can peruse, study, and purchase photographs by some 100 world-renowned shutterbugs—whose subjects range from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Our picks for the audiophiles on your holiday shopping list: Andrew Kent’s dapper black-and-white take on a young and delightfully androgynous David Bowie; Richard Corman’s early 1980s shots of Madonna’s formative years in New York; and Tom Murray’s high energy 1968 photographs of the Beatles, posing, preening, and playing in what turned out to be their last official shoot. Prices for the limited edition archival prints range from $250 to $5,000.

 

Caption: “Coming apart,” from Tom Murray’s “Mad Day” series, 1968 featuring The Beatles


Open To Interpretation: Chromatose

Nars, Dior, Guerlain, Oh My! Contemporary Photographer Barbara Beyda Gets Saturated with a New Medium Exclusively for Saks POV

The littlest thing can prove to be a gigantic inspiration for Barbara Beyda. The most extraordinary muse for the artist however, is bright, bold and beautiful color. Beyda, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is new to the scene and has been lauded already for her dynamic, chromatic depictions of flora — and notably, one of her favorite subjects — carousel horses, which she abstracts into dynamic color fields. Beyda’s art works are both vast in scale and intricate in detail. They are in a word, kinetic. Beyda, whose work has been shown at various galleries and shows throughout the United States including Gallery North, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art and Calumet Gallery, has stepped outside of her proverbial art box and fallen under the spell…

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The littlest thing can prove to be a gigantic inspiration for Barbara Beyda.

The most extraordinary muse for the artist however, is bright, bold and beautiful color. Beyda, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is new to the scene and has been lauded already for her dynamic, chromatic depictions of flora — and notably, one of her favorite subjects — carousel horses, which she abstracts into dynamic color fields. Beyda’s art works are both vast in scale and intricate in detail. They are in a word, kinetic.

Beyda, whose work has been shown at various galleries and shows throughout the United States including Gallery North, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art and Calumet Gallery, has stepped outside of her proverbial art box and fallen under the spell of this season’s vivid beauty pigments. Here, she creates an artist’s series exclusively for Saks POV using lip , cheek and eye color from Guerlain, Nars, Tom Ford and Dior, bolstering the fact that a little, can go a very long way.

“My work is about experiencing color in a deeper, more dramatic way, wherehe viewer can experience color in a way they never have before,” says Beyda. “Working with eye shadows, blush and lipstick is new for medium for me —but the rich, brilliant hues brought out a different dimension. These works are a study in color fields and they’re also incredibly fun!”


Through Our Windows

For Saks Fifth Avenue, the holidays are a time to celebrate friends, family and of course, fashion

Millions of people set eyes on the marvelous holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship each year and Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin aims to indulge each viewer with incredible fashions that entice and excite. This year, Saks is featuring 10 unforgettable ensembles — several of which Sherin and her team commissioned especially (and exclusively!) for the hotly anticipated event. “Our window unveiling and light show have become an iconic New York event,” says Sherin, who has worked closely on the project with Saks Director of Windows, Julio Gomez since April. “The fashion fantasy element to the windows is our way of not only celebrating the amazing roster of designers we carry at Saks Fifth Avenue, but also of giving a…

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Millions of people set eyes on the marvelous holiday window display at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship each year and Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin aims to indulge each viewer with incredible fashions that entice and excite. This year, Saks is featuring 10 unforgettable ensembles — several of which Sherin and her team commissioned especially (and exclusively!) for the hotly anticipated event.

“Our window unveiling and light show have become an iconic New York event,” says Sherin, who has worked closely on the project with Saks Director of Windows, Julio Gomez since April. “The fashion fantasy element to the windows is our way of not only celebrating the amazing roster of designers we carry at Saks Fifth Avenue, but also of giving a little gift back to the city of New York.”

Naeem Khan, Rag & Bone, Olivier Theyskens, Nina Ricci, Haider Ackermann, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Erdem, and Marchesa have all created one of a kind looks to be highlighted in the windows amid the stupendous light show, projecting snow falling down and bubbles rising up on the store’s Fifth Avenue façade.

In creating his stunning dress, Naeem Khan was inspired by the gears and mechanical components that are a key component in the Saks holiday window story. Khan named his degrade scalloped feather design embellished with oxidized sterling silver pailletes, the “Sterling Bird of Paradise.” Olivier Theyskens, meanwhile took inspiration from Saks’ bubble motif in designing a long-sleeve silk gown with a fishtail hem is hand-embroidered with iridescent “bubble” paillettes.

The house of Alexander McQueen has generously loaned Saks the stupendous claret-colored gown with coordinating shoes and ruff collar designed by Sarah Burton and worn by Kate Moss on the September 2011 cover of Vogue. The multi-layered frayed organza bodice is the embodiment of a silk mille-feuille, topped by a Victorian corset and bustle. The gown, whose skirt alternates from hand-frayed strips of silk organza pooling into a riotous ostrich feather train in the same hue, took 2,500 hours to create. “When I first took this gown out of the massive box that it arrived in from London, I was utterly speechless and enraptured by its beauty,” muses Sherin.


Love It: Acqua di Parma Colonia Designer Edition

The adage “what’s old is new again” certainly rings true for Acqua di Parma’s Designer Edition to a nearly century old scent by designing a limited edition bottle and packaging that is an amalgamation of art deco, ancient art and post modernist design. Scacchetti worked for a number of years in Murano, long heralded as Italy’s glassmaking capital. It’s no surprise that he took into account the way light and images pass through the glass. He draws the owner to rotate the bottle a full 360 degrees to view the entire design.

While Scacchetti stayed true to the iconic silhouette of the bottle, he added black graphic forms to contrast the yellow tones in the glass and the fragrance itself. It may be too soon to see if the MoMA will add this work of art to their permanent collection. However fragrance lovers and design aficionados are sure to hold on to this refillable bottle. The 180ml eau de cologne spray, $156, comes in striking signature yellow hatbox with a refill accessory.

The adage “what’s old is new again” certainly rings true for Acqua di Parma’s Designer Edition to a nearly century old scent by designing a limited edition bottle and packaging that is an amalgamation of art deco, ancient art and post modernist design. Scacchetti worked for a number of years in Murano, long heralded as Italy’s glassmaking capital. It’s no surprise that he took into account the way light and images pass through the glass. He draws the owner to rotate the bottle a full 360 degrees to view the entire design.

While Scacchetti stayed true to the iconic silhouette of the bottle, he added black graphic forms to contrast the yellow tones in the glass and the fragrance itself. It may be too soon to see if the MoMA will add this work of art to their permanent collection. However fragrance lovers and design aficionados are sure to hold on to this refillable bottle. The 180ml eau de cologne spray, $156, comes in striking signature yellow hatbox with a refill accessory.