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Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber bags shine as brightly as their Hollywood following

The red carpet always calls for a few things: couture dresses, glittering diamonds and sparkling Judith Leiber minaudières. Hollywood’s go-to for evening clutches shows us just what is takes to create an iconic Judith Leiber handbag. Leiber creative director Jana Matheson walks us through the process — from start to finish and why A-list starlets such as Michelle Williams, Paula Patton and Stacy Keibler are just some die hard fans. Main Image: Stacy Kiebler, Paula Patton and Michelle Williams all carry Judith Leiber to the Golden Globes this month. Left: Some of the company’s in-house employees specialize in beading with up to 45 years of experience. “It can take 40 hours or more just to hand place each crystal,” Matheson explained. Right: Each season, a card…

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The red carpet always calls for a few things: couture dresses, glittering diamonds and sparkling Judith Leiber minaudières. Hollywood’s go-to for evening clutches shows us just what is takes to create an iconic Judith Leiber handbag. Leiber creative director Jana Matheson walks us through the process — from start to finish and why A-list starlets such as Michelle Williams, Paula Patton and Stacy Keibler are just some die hard fans.

Main Image: Stacy Kiebler, Paula Patton and Michelle Williams all carry Judith Leiber to the Golden Globes this month.

Left: Some of the company’s in-house employees specialize in beading with up to 45 years of experience. “It can take 40 hours or more just to hand place each crystal,” Matheson explained. Right: Each season, a card of exclusive Judith Leiber crystal colors is created to set the tone.

Shelves in the New York office house hundreds of Judith Leiber’s own personal vintage handbags. They are often used for design inspiration.

Left: Matheson points out the lion bag, which is made from over 11,000 crystals. Right: A finished product is displayed in the showroom.

This elephant box, made from brass and thousands of tiny crystals retails for $5,795.

Photos of the the Judith Leiber New York office by Noa Griffel


Indy, Darling

SaksPOV’s 5 fab things to do in Indianapolis during Super Bowl XLVI

Pop Quiz: Tom Brady: Fashion Icon or Football hero? If you answered fashion icon, we’re talking to you. SaksPOV’s own Indiana native, Eric Perry, divulges the fashionable diversions blocks away from the Super Bowl Village in the artsy Mass Ave district. What to dine… Be the envy of the tailgater with an array of hors d’oeuvres, spreads, patés and dips from Hoaglin To Go & Marketplace — or stay for the Dilled Tuna Salad with Red Onion and Caper Berries and full espresso bar.  For dinner head to the eastern end of the Avenue where Black Market touts a unique menu of beers, wines and a refined spin on comfort food. End on a sweet note at The Flying Cupcake Where to shop… With its large selection modern…

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Pop Quiz:

Tom Brady: Fashion Icon or Football hero? If you answered fashion icon, we’re talking to you. SaksPOV’s own Indiana native, Eric Perry, divulges the fashionable diversions blocks away from the Super Bowl Village in the artsy Mass Ave district.

What to dine…

Be the envy of the tailgater with an array of hors d’oeuvres, spreads, patés and dips from Hoaglin To Go & Marketplace — or stay for the Dilled Tuna Salad with Red Onion and Caper Berries and full espresso bar.  For dinner head to the eastern end of the Avenue where Black Market touts a unique menu of beers, wines and a refined spin on comfort food. End on a sweet note at The Flying Cupcake

Where to shop…

With its large selection modern sterling silver jewelry and fun items for home, the first place to scout is Silver and the City.  If you’re on the hunt for that perfect outfit for Spring, Black Apple Boutique might have just the thing. Find something for the little one at Mass Ave Toys.

Get the creative juices flowing…

Feel like scoping the art scene? The IDADA First Friday Art TourTour on February 4th features spaces like Dean Johnson Gallery, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail Public Art WalkArts A Poppin’, and The Art Bank.

Football and Fashion fans meet at…

For those of you that can’t get enough of football, Pierre Garçon of the Indianapolis Colts will be making an appearance on February 4 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Indianapolis.

Be sure to also check out this weeks’ SaksPOV Top Ten inspired by Super Bowl XLVI.


Couture Wrap-Up

SaksPOV updates you on the best and brightest from Paris Haute Couture.

The glitter and glamour was on at Paris Couture week, which ended on January 26. From exquisite sugary creations at Elie Saab to mesmerizing Art Deco-style dark tulle and crocodile skin gowns at Givenchy, moods across the week’s collections ranged from French chic a la Christian Dior to “Metropolis” to Old Hollywood glamour. Atelier Versace returned to the couture schedule with a characteristically va-va-voom showcase. Guests including Cameron Diaz, Abbie Cornish and Diane Kruger looked on in wonder as a group of towering glamazons (resembling modern day Barbarellas) descended a golden staircase in glittering sculptural gowns. Speaking of Hollywood, with the Oscars around the corner, Tinseltown’s stylists such as Rachel Zoe will have been scouring the couture collections for red carpet options for their clients…

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The glitter and glamour was on at Paris Couture week, which ended on January 26.

From exquisite sugary creations at Elie Saab to mesmerizing Art Deco-style dark tulle and crocodile skin gowns at Givenchy, moods across the week’s collections ranged from French chic a la Christian Dior to “Metropolis” to Old Hollywood glamour.

Atelier Versace returned to the couture schedule with a characteristically va-va-voom showcase. Guests including Cameron Diaz, Abbie Cornish and Diane Kruger looked on in wonder as a group of towering glamazons (resembling modern day Barbarellas) descended a golden staircase in glittering sculptural gowns.

Speaking of Hollywood, with the Oscars around the corner, Tinseltown’s stylists such as Rachel Zoe will have been scouring the couture collections for red carpet options for their clients to wear to the event. Jessica Chastain and Bérénice Bejo, (both nominees for Best Supporting Actress) are likely to already have their frocks nailed. Chastain attended the Armani Privé show in Paris (where she learned of her nomination in the front row!) and Bejo that of Elie Saab. Both designers are major red carpet bigwigs. Here, SaksPOV picks out its favorite red carpet contenders from the couture collections.

DIOR
Old world elegance becomes modern of this fabulous black and white ballgown.

ELIE SAAB
At once demure and daring, this sheer long-sleeved pink lace dress embroidered with bands of sequins is to-die-for. SaksPOV can picture an elfin beauty like Michelle Williams (who has been nominated for the Actress in a Leading Role award for her role as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn”) in this gorgeous number.

GIVENCHY
Pairing an ornately embroidered white silk organza blouse with a dramatic long black silk cady skirt with a long metal zip, this is an edgier wardrobe choice that the likes of Rooney Mara or Tilda Swinton would look fabulous in. The accessories — long black gloves and a crystal collar —  add to the dramatic impact.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI
SaksPOV loves the graceful classical airs of this diaphanous asymmetric goddess gown, with the metallic belt adding a twist of modernity.

ATELIER VERSACE
With its thigh-high lace panelling and sculptural corset silhouette, it would take an actress with a super athletic figure to pull this one off—such as Cameron Diaz, who attended the Atelier Versace couture show.

Main Image: Dior

Above from Left: Elie Saab, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Atelier Versace


Hey, Jules

Singer songwriter Julienne Dweck talks sounds and style with Saks POV

Here: Shorts, Diane von Furstenberg, $325; Blazer, Prabal Gurung, Top, Jason Wu, $1,295 With model good looks and a musical talent  nothing short of superb, Julienne Dweck has been making a name for herself performing in venues throughout New York such as 92nd Street Y and The Knitting Factory in the last few years.  Her first album On Paper, is rife with melodious ballads,  intimate lyrics and a distinctive quirky sensibility. Inspired by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Carole King, Fiona Apple and Sarah Bareilles, Dweck’s unique sound is melodic and soulful. Most memorable trip to Saks was… “When my ten year old daughter (current fashionista, future fashion mogul) acted as my personal shopper for a big event I had.  She found me…

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Here: Shorts, Diane von Furstenberg, $325;
Blazer, Prabal Gurung, Top, Jason Wu, $1,295

With model good looks and a musical talent  nothing short of superb, Julienne Dweck has been making a name for herself performing in venues throughout New York such as 92nd Street Y and The Knitting Factory in the last few years.  Her first album On Paper, is rife with melodious ballads,  intimate lyrics and a distinctive quirky sensibility. Inspired by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Carole King, Fiona Apple and Sarah Bareilles, Dweck’s unique sound is melodic and soulful.

Most memorable trip to Saks was… “When my ten year old daughter (current fashionista, future fashion mogul) acted as my personal shopper for a big event I had.  She found me the most amazing Marchesa dress and convinced me to buy it.  If I didn’t have her there, I’m not sure if I would have gone for it, but I am so glad I did.  It’s now the most glamorous piece of clothing in my closet!

My style is … “Anything from bohemian chic to classic, clean and modern. I love Dior’s fantastical-yet-modern looks and Alexis Bittar jewelry. One great Lucite bangle or a pair of his oversized earrings with any outfit and I’m good to go!”

On my playlist now…“Been loving Bon Iver lately. Adele, I still haven’t gotten bored with playing her albums over and over. I’ve also been listening to Coldplay, Feist, A Fine Frenzy, Missy Higgins, and Rachael Yamagata.”

I never leave home without… “A pocket voice recorder.  You never know when inspiration will hit!  Last time it came to great use in the parking lot at Shop-rite.  My song Dreams of You just popped in my head and if I didn’t have that recorder, it probably would have disappeared just as fast.   I am that crazy woman talking to myself at strange places and times.”

Words to live by…  It is a happy talent to know how to play.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Above: Dress, L’AGENCE, $395.

Main Image: Antonio Berardi dress, $1,875.

Proceeds of On Paper cds go to the AJWS, a charity that gives aid to countries in need and has been a big part of the relief effort in both Haiti and more recently Japan. Listen to her music online. Stay tuned to Saks on Twitter and Saks on Facebook for a chance to win a copy.

Styled by Sunita Kumar, Photographed by Keetja Allard, Makeup by Esther Ancona, Hair by Pearl Levy, Fashion Assistant, Sue Brito, Produced by Erica Johasky


Required Reading

Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century

The refined, extravagant, avant-garde costume ball is a tradition that dates back to the 17th century, when monarchs throughout Europe used state funds to stage exclusive fêtes for friends, family, and fellow dignitaries. It’s a tradition that persisted even when said monarchies did not, and ultimately traveled to a nascent New York City where, in the 19th century, hostesses of a certain means started staging dress-up galas of their very own. Throughout the 20th century, the costume ball continued to be something of a high society nexus point, where money mingled with art and fashion and inhibitions were encouragingly left at the door. Bals collects images, costumes (think Poiret, Balmain, Halston…), and anecdotes from the most exquisite, exclusive, and jaw-droppingly lavish of the bunch. It…

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The refined, extravagant, avant-garde costume ball is a tradition that dates back to the 17th century, when monarchs throughout Europe used state funds to stage exclusive fêtes for friends, family, and fellow dignitaries. It’s a tradition that persisted even when said monarchies did not, and ultimately traveled to a nascent New York City where, in the 19th century, hostesses of a certain means started staging dress-up galas of their very own.

Throughout the 20th century, the costume ball continued to be something of a high society nexus point, where money mingled with art and fashion and inhibitions were encouragingly left at the door. Bals collects images, costumes (think Poiret, Balmain, Halston…), and anecdotes from the most exquisite, exclusive, and jaw-droppingly lavish of the bunch. It is penned by British author and journalist Nicholas Foulkes.

We start with the Romanov Ball, hosted by Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra Romanov at the Winter Palace in Petersburg, February 11, 1903. The Russian royals went vintage for the most part, donning diamond-studded period pieces and newly commissioned Fabergé crowns. Anna Pavlova performed and a banquet dinner followed. The subsequent narrative takes us through the fêtes of 1920s Paris, 1950s Venice, and, of course, Truman Capote’s famed 1966 Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, where the diminutive scribe rubbed shoulders with Andy Warhol, Oscar de la Renta, Norman Mailer, and then-couple-du-jour, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow.

Main Image: Bals slipcase featuring Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy, at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, November 1966. © Bettmann/Corbis. Assouline; $175

Above, left: French starlet Zizi Jeanmaire at the Cuevas Ball in 1955. Photo by Vagn Hansen/BIPs/Getty Images.

Above, right: Cecil Beaton’s photograph of Marisa Berenson dressed as the Marchesa Luisa Casati Stampa at the Rothschild Ball in 1971. Cecil Beaton/Vogue © The Condé Nast Publications, Ltd.


The Glamour of Giving

Who doesn’t like to give to a cause? Fortunately, during the entire month of February, Saks Fifth Avenue shoppers can do exactly that. For the next 29 days, 5% of registered online sales made with a Saks card will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For in-store shoppers, a list of local charities to choose from is available as well. To highlight this special month-long campaign, Saks POV chats with four style and cause conscious tastemakers from coast to coast about their favorite charities and why they’ve partnered with Saks for this meaningful project.

Part 1: Marlo Thomas, Leading By Example

Part 2: Bryan Rafanelli, Planning with a Purpose

Part 3: Stephanie Ejabat, fashionably fundraising for the arts

Part 4: Elizabeth Kurpis, the American Museum of Natural History’s latest treasure…

Who doesn’t like to give to a cause? Fortunately, during the entire month of February, Saks Fifth Avenue shoppers can do exactly that. For the next 29 days, 5% of registered online sales made with a Saks card will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For in-store shoppers, a list of local charities to choose from is available as well. To highlight this special month-long campaign, Saks POV chats with four style and cause conscious tastemakers from coast to coast about their favorite charities and why they’ve partnered with Saks for this meaningful project.

Part 1: Marlo Thomas, Leading By Example

Part 2: Bryan Rafanelli, Planning with a Purpose

Part 3: Stephanie Ejabat, fashionably fundraising for the arts

Part 4: Elizabeth Kurpis, the American Museum of Natural History’s latest treasure…


Milly’s Moment

Inspired by artist Sonia Delaunay's bold textiles, Spring 2012 is Milly designer Michelle Smith’s most modern work yet.

Filled with clean, easy-to-wear shapes and a striking color palette there’s a great dress for every occasion and a perfect accessory to compliment any look. Here, Smith highlights some of her personal favorites.



Filled with clean, easy-to-wear shapes and a striking color palette there’s a great dress for every occasion and a perfect accessory to compliment any look. Here, Smith highlights some of her personal favorites.




Hi-Tech Skincare

Jean-Michel Karam breaks down the science behind skin care brand IOMA

The road to launching a new skincare line usually follows a logical path, with a beauty-obsessed founder working as a dermatologist, facialist, makeup artist, or even just a flawlessly-skinned celebrity beforehand.  Not Jean-Michel Karam.  Prior to creating IOMA, the unique French skincare line that recently launched at exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, Karam earned a PhD in microelectronics and invented more than 50 patented high-tech essentials, from blood pressure monitors to airplane speedometers. But Karam’s unorthodox background is precisely the key to what makes IOMA standout.  He’s created two special in-store skin monitors, the IOMA Sphere and the IOMA Beauty Diag, that use trademarked technology to scan the face and determine each person’s exact needs.  From the machine’s reading, a personalized skincare routine is put together,…

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The road to launching a new skincare line usually follows a logical path, with a beauty-obsessed founder working as a dermatologist, facialist, makeup artist, or even just a flawlessly-skinned celebrity beforehand.  Not Jean-Michel Karam.  Prior to creating IOMA, the unique French skincare line that recently launched at exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, Karam earned a PhD in microelectronics and invented more than 50 patented high-tech essentials, from blood pressure monitors to airplane speedometers.

But Karam’s unorthodox background is precisely the key to what makes IOMA standout.  He’s created two special in-store skin monitors, the IOMA Sphere and the IOMA Beauty Diag, that use trademarked technology to scan the face and determine each person’s exact needs.  From the machine’s reading, a personalized skincare routine is put together, with almost 9,000 singular versions possible with different combinations of the line’s diverse products.

“Customization is the ultimate solution,” he says. “Our measurements are very, very accurate, and you have a unique regime based on your diagnostic.”

Although the line focuses on recommendations from the skin readings, which take just a couple minutes, it’s fine to just use IOMA’s targeted options on their own, like the best-selling Generous Eye Contour Cream or the Optimum Moisture Serum, which is great on dry winter skin.  With the success of the skincare line, a capsule collection of six products for use on the body, like a rich hand cream, are due out in March.

In spite of his impressive pre-IOMA achievements, Karam is modest about starting the line, which is hugely popular in his native France.  “I have a PhD, but when you start in a business, you’re ignorant, and you have to listen,” he says.  “I read a lot, learned a lot, and surrounded myself with experts. With time I built my knowledge in this industry, and I keep learning everyday.”

Main Image: Jean-Michel Karam, products from IOMA


Top 10: Color Blocking

Bold graphic color has us springing into action! For more on the season’s best trends, see Saks Edit.
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Throw off the Bowlines

My father was a sailor. He taught me to man a ship, and he had a bit of Captain Bligh in him. Growing up in South America, I learned to sail on a starboat—a two-man racing boat and the progenitor of the Etchells 22. It was on the decks of that starboat that my father instilled in me a now-permanent love of the water that I indulge whenever the opportunity arises. Recently, I escaped down to Bermuda. There’s quite a sailing culture there, anchored by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, which has been around since 1844 (and capital-R Royal since 1846). Every other year, there’s a big race from Newport to Bermuda, and a race from Bermuda to Plymouth, England once every four years. I…

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My father was a sailor. He taught me to man a ship, and he had a bit of Captain Bligh in him. Growing up in South America, I learned to sail on a starboat—a two-man racing boat and the progenitor of the Etchells 22. It was on the decks of that starboat that my father instilled in me a now-permanent love of the water that I indulge whenever the opportunity arises.

Recently, I escaped down to Bermuda. There’s quite a sailing culture there, anchored by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, which has been around since 1844 (and capital-R Royal since 1846). Every other year, there’s a big race from Newport to Bermuda, and a race from Bermuda to Plymouth, England once every four years. I actually took part in the Plymouth race once—longer ago than I’d care to admit.

We have a Bermuda home, which was built in the 1920s by the Australian people who introduced Easter Lilies to the island (those lilies are now omnipresent come Easter). And as inviting as the house is, I try to spend as much time sailing as possible. The weather wasn’t ideal this time around, but I got out there enough. The ocean is always good for remembering and forgetting and generally restoring your mind to a slightly saner version.

Below: Photos from my most recent trip to Bermuda.