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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