Viva Mexico

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer reports back from shooting in Mexico

Fashion Star has ended (congratulations again to Kara Laricks) and we’re right in the middle of putting together our fall fashion catalogs. This week we’ve been shooting in Mexico. Why Mexico? Two of the fall trends we’re focused on are rich natural color and eclectic elegance. Both were integral parts of so many runway shows, from Prada to Alexander McQueen. And there aren’t many places on Earth more eclectic and colorful than Mexico City. It’s the people, the clothes, the food. Walk into the dazzling Museo Soumaya (a beautiful museum built in honor of the late wife of Carlos Slim) and the art collection is eclectic—Romero Brito next to Cezanne! We’ve been shooting some spectacular images all around the DF (the Federal District that contains Mexico…

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Fashion Star has ended (congratulations again to Kara Laricks) and we’re right in the middle of putting together our fall fashion catalogs. This week we’ve been shooting in Mexico.

Why Mexico? Two of the fall trends we’re focused on are rich natural color and eclectic elegance. Both were integral parts of so many runway shows, from Prada to Alexander McQueen. And there aren’t many places on Earth more eclectic and colorful than Mexico City. It’s the people, the clothes, the food. Walk into the dazzling Museo Soumaya (a beautiful museum built in honor of the late wife of Carlos Slim) and the art collection is eclectic—Romero Brito next to Cezanne!

We’ve been shooting some spectacular images all around the DF (the Federal District that contains Mexico City). The only negative is the enormous amount of time we have spent sitting in vans going from one location to another. Genuinely painful.

If you come to Mexico, one necessary stop is Xochimilco, home of the most extraordinarily colorful boats. I have been coming here all my life—there was a time when the trajineras were covered with real flowers.

I snapped this photo of the statuesque Brazilian model Bruna Tenorio in Xochimilco with a real charro, who is part of a mariachi band.


Meet SaksPOV’s Men’s Editor: Benjamin Liong Setiawan

We can’t wait for summer — and neither can our newest Men’s Editor

Here, Setiawan lets us in on some of what he’ll be doing (and buying!) this summer. This summer, I’m really excited about… Switching up my running routine from Central Park to East River Park and taking one of the bridges over to Brooklyn. Maybe a pit stop at Grimaldi’s or Buttermilk Channel. I’m one of those people who runs to eat. It’s my version of guilt-free consumption. When I go to the beach, I will… Take surfing lessons for what feels like the 50th time. I love being in the water, but haven’t gotten to the point where I can spot a really good wave. It’s mostly been instructors shouting, “Paddle now! Paddle now!” My summer guilty pleasure is… Patronizing the city’s many ice cream…

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Here, Setiawan lets us in on some of what he’ll be doing (and buying!) this summer.

This summer, I’m really excited about…

Switching up my running routine from Central Park to East River Park and taking one of the bridges over to Brooklyn. Maybe a pit stop at Grimaldi’s or Buttermilk Channel. I’m one of those people who runs to eat. It’s my version of guilt-free consumption.

When I go to the beach, I will…

Take surfing lessons for what feels like the 50th time. I love being in the water, but haven’t gotten to the point where I can spot a really good wave. It’s mostly been instructors shouting, “Paddle now! Paddle now!”

My summer guilty pleasure is…

Patronizing the city’s many ice cream parlors. My current favorite is Lula’s Sweet Apothecary on East 6th Street. I didn’t even know it was vegan and to be honest I probably wouldn’t have gone in if I did.

For vacation, I plan to…

Do the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco with a running buddy of mine. It’s a 12k, but I probably should be training more seriously. While I’m there, I’m going to spend some time in wine country. I figure when in Rome…

But a great day trip will be…

Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I usually start at the cafe for a snack and then walk around the farm to see first hand where the ingredients come from. Then cool down with a cocktail, preferably something with gin, before an amazing meal in the restaurant.

My summer shopping list…

Bespoken One-Button Blazer
“It’s a classic silhouette, but with a modern cut. The perfect go-to blazer to throw on top of everything.” $876.00

Comme des Garcons Play Striped Cotton Shirt
“Love a simple striped crew. It’ll be my summer staple.”

AG Adriano Goldschmied Matchbox Slim-Leg Jeans
“Dark denim is so versatile because you can add a blazer (see Bespoken) and dress it up.”

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Stainless Steel Watch on Alligator Strap
“It’s similar to my dad’s watch. He’s a cancer survivor and is still my hero to this day.”

Tod’s Braided Leather Bracelet
“Growing up my friends used to make me friendship bracelets and this brings me back to those days.”

Tom Ford Eyewear Snowdon Plastic Sunglasses
“As the hours of sunlight are getting longer, it’s important to protect our eyes. I love how the tortoise fades up to black.”

Acqua Di Parma Arancia di Capri Body Lotion
“The scent reminds me of my trip to Capri. The citrus notes are balanced out by a masculine musk scent.”

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The Magic Touche!

Celebrating 20 Years of Yves Saint Laurent’s luminizing, beautifying and absolutely addictive Touche Eclat

Every makeup artist swears by it. Every magazine editor raves about it. Even before I knew how to use it, I knew that I had to have it.  As far as I am concerned, every beauty fanatic counts Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat as part of her makeup arsenal — and who am I to be left out? So, a few years back, I treated myself the iconic click pen, and have enjoyed discovering new ways to use it ever since. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the gold standard of all things glow, here are some of my favorite ways to Touche up: (1) Apply a dab on each side of the bridge of the nose to fake a good night of sleep. Blend…

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Every makeup artist swears by it. Every magazine editor raves about it. Even before I knew how to use it, I knew that I had to have it.  As far as I am concerned, every beauty fanatic counts Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat as part of her makeup arsenal — and who am I to be left out?

So, a few years back, I treated myself the iconic click pen, and have enjoyed discovering new ways to use it ever since.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the gold standard of all things glow, here are some of my favorite ways to Touche up:

(1) Apply a dab on each side of the bridge of the nose to fake a good night of sleep. Blend along the “marionette” lines (those pesky lines that run from just below the nostrils to the outside of the mouth) to airbrush away the wrinkle.

(2) Swipe on the eyelid as a base to improve the hold of eye shadow.

(3) Apply around the lips to sharpen and enhance the cupid’s bow.

(4) Define your nails by blending a bit of Touche Eclat around the cuticle — my favorite way to fake a fresh buffed manicure.

Oh — and according to WWD, a foundation version of Touche Eclat is on the way. It should be on counters in the US by late July, so mark your calendars!

 

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