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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Face Time

Three center stage makeup styles to match every look. Which one is yours?

All that Glitters

Saks Fifth Avenue makes for a sparkling arrival of Gabriele Frantzen’s eponymous jewelry collection

“I’m all about mixing and layering, so I recommend everybody to carry another necklace in their purse at all times — you never know what the day brings!” says the German-born jewelry designer Gabriele Frantzen. Her fabulous creations channel old world glamour but with modern twists. Take the tasseled Disco Ball sautoir, loosely inspired by the movie “The Artist,” which combines  Art Deco with fresh colors and incorporates neon-colored Czech glass beads and crystals. Frantzen’s mixed media Chunky Chain choker, made from entwining ropes of chains and pearls, carries a bold brass lion’s head pendant. Her brown-tone Sundial necklace is great for the beach, brings wooden beads and animal-print Italian links together with round crystal ornaments resembling vintage brooches. As a fashion industry veteran and…

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“I’m all about mixing and layering, so I recommend everybody to carry another necklace in their purse at all times — you never know what the day brings!” says the German-born jewelry designer Gabriele Frantzen.

Her fabulous creations channel old world glamour but with modern twists. Take the tasseled Disco Ball sautoir, loosely inspired by the movie “The Artist,” which combines  Art Deco with fresh colors and incorporates neon-colored Czech glass beads and crystals. Frantzen’s mixed media Chunky Chain choker, made from entwining ropes of chains and pearls, carries a bold brass lion’s head pendant. Her brown-tone Sundial necklace is great for the beach, brings wooden beads and animal-print Italian links together with round crystal ornaments resembling vintage brooches.

As a fashion industry veteran and former retailer, Frantzen, who has been making her own jewelry creations for years, decided to launch her brand two years ago after frequently being stopped in the street or at parties by strangers wanting to know about her jewelry. She felt there was a niche for fashion necklaces that made a statement in terms of design and quality, but didn’t cost the earth. “I started doing jewelry because I couldn’t find what I wanted to wear and I didn’t want to spend over $1,500 for a fashion necklace,” says the designer. Based between New York and Munich, Frantzen works with a cornucopia of materials from across the globe, such as pearls, colored Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, Japanese silk and nickel-free chains. Each piece is handmade in New York.


Meet SaksPOV’s Guest Beauty Editor: Jenn Falik

Beauty Guru Jenn Falik will show you the best and brightest in all things makeup, skincare and body

You may recognize her from her various TV appearances on The Today Show, The View and The Rachael Ray Show, but now the publicist turned beauty and style expert, Jenn Falik is joining SaksPOV as Guest Beauty Editor. From the best lipstick out there right now to feeling your best everyday, Falik will most definitely be reporting some of her greatest finds in beauty. I first fell in love with the beauty industry when… My first job in the industry was a publicist. I quickly fell in love with the product innovations and brand stories. I love beauty now because… There is an approachability with beauty — for most of us, it is much more realistic to wear a red lip than a super slim…

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You may recognize her from her various TV appearances on The Today Show, The View and The Rachael Ray Show, but now the publicist turned beauty and style expert, Jenn Falik is joining SaksPOV as Guest Beauty Editor. From the best lipstick out there right now to feeling your best everyday, Falik will most definitely be reporting some of her greatest finds in beauty.

I first fell in love with the beauty industry when…

My first job in the industry was a publicist. I quickly fell in love with the product innovations and brand stories.

I love beauty now because…

There is an approachability with beauty — for most of us, it is much more realistic to wear a red lip than a super slim cut pair of red leather pants. With beauty you can experiment — so it really never gets boring.

To me, beauty is…

All about how you feel about the way you look. If you feel great about what you see in the mirror, then you are beautiful. And when you see yourself that way, everything else falls into place.

The first beauty product I was obsessed with was…

I remember hoarding Neutrogena Rain Bath and Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I was probably one of the first girls in elementary school to stash lip gloss in her backpack.

In my cosmetic case right now you will find…

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 118, La Prairie Cream Blush in Mauve Glow, Nars Laguna bronzer, Lancome Doll Lashes mascara, Cle de Peau Concealer and Cle de Peau Lip Illuminator in 215 [Plum Pudding].

I absolutely cannot live without my…

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Cle de Peau Concealer, Fekkai Beach Waves Texturizing Spray, Bond No 9 candles, Dior Hypnotic Poison EDT.

TV makeup artists have taught me to…

Use a foundation brush or a sponge —it makes the application flawless.  Also, keep shimmer to a minimum on the lids — matte looks more youthful and polished.

As a mom, my beauty routine has changed…

In comparison to my old life, I now have half the time to get ready, and twice the under-eye circles to cover. It is really about having a go-to arsenal of products right on my vanity that I know how to use and that work for me every single time. And at night- cleansing towelettes. I could not live without cleansing towelettes! An exhausted girl’s best friend, I tell you.

One of my best memories of shopping at Saks is…

A recent one — when I brought my daughter Alexa there with me for the first time, took her out of her stroller and held her while my mom and I walked through the beauty floor. Her eyes were wide and she was smiling from ear to ear. At that moment, I thought to myself “Yep, she is my daughter.”

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Brit Wit

For accessories designer Anya Hindmarch, inspiration comes from her hometown of London

A vintage bag left behind by its owner on a London got Anya Hindmarch’s creative juices flowing for her latest accessories collection. The British leather goods genius’ inspiration stems from her fascination with “hidden London” and a love of the forgotten history of the capital. “I came across an exhibition of objects that had been left on the London Underground when strolling past Baker Street tube station. This led to a fascination with ‘Lost and Found’ objects and, in particular, a beautiful but battered doctor’s bag which had been left on the tube,” says Hindmarch. Her modern homage, The Bruton, available in white (pictured above), with fresh-linen contrast panels and butter calf piping details, took pride of place in the designer’s fun London Fashion Week presentation,…

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A vintage bag left behind by its owner on a London got Anya Hindmarch’s creative juices flowing for her latest accessories collection. The British leather goods genius’ inspiration stems from her fascination with “hidden London” and a love of the forgotten history of the capital. “I came across an exhibition of objects that had been left on the London Underground when strolling past Baker Street tube station. This led to a fascination with ‘Lost and Found’ objects and, in particular, a beautiful but battered doctor’s bag which had been left on the tube,” says Hindmarch. Her modern homage, The Bruton, available in white (pictured above), with fresh-linen contrast panels and butter calf piping details, took pride of place in the designer’s fun London Fashion Week presentation, staged in the long-abandoned Strand tube station. Hindmarch for the event recreated an old-fashioned café, serving tea and scones, a photo booth and a shop, Anya’s Kiosk, where her new bag designs intermingled with candy, postcards and copies of the Evening Hindmarch newspaper. “It is an incredible station with beautiful Victorian features and great historical significance (and as such is a Grade II listed building). Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used during both world wars to shelter artworks from London’s public galleries and museums from bombing,” said the designer, adding:  “I love showing people places that they wouldn’t normally have access to.”

Here, Hindmarch talks to SaksPOV about two of her favorite topics: handbags and the City of London.

SaksPOV: What charmed you so much about the ‘Lost and Found’ exhibition that partly inspired your spring collection?
A.H.: It is always fascinating, especially to me as a handbag designer to see the things that people carry around with them — it gives you a real insight into their personalities.  The exhibition included everything from everyday objects that you would expect people to lose and perhaps not miss, such as lipsticks and umbrellas, to more unusual pieces like beautiful estate jewelry and false teeth.

SaksPOV: Have you ever forgotten something on a train?
AH: No, but I left my laptop in a taxi once. To this day, I don’t know how it happened.

SaksPOV: Where is your favorite place to go for tea in London?
A.H.: The Chelsea Physic Garden or the little green cabmen’s shelters dotted around the city to provide refreshments for taxi drivers (and brew the best tea!).

SaksPOV:  And for cocktails?
A.H.: The Fumoir at Claridge’s because it is so small and sophisticated and always feels so decadent.

SaksPOV: What is your favorite London hotel?
A.H.: You can’t beat the Art Deco elegance of Claridge’s.

SaksPOV: Can you share any insider tips about London?
A.H.: It is easy to lose yourself for an afternoon in an exhibition at the Royal Academy and you should beg, borrow or steal to try to get a glimpse of the academy’s life-drawing room. Lassco is a wonderful Georgian house crammed full of salvage and artifacts. Inside you’ll find the Brunswick House Café, a wonderfully original restaurant with delicious food cooked using locally sourced ingredients served in an eclectic setting.

SaksPOV: Do you have tickets for the London Olympics?
A.H.: My husband has managed to buy a few — whether he’ll decide to take me or not I don’t know!

SaksPOV: What do you always carry in your handbag?
A.H.: My iPhone, my Leica camera, pictures of my family, and chocolate!

SaksPOV: Which person over your career were you the most proud to see carrying one of your bags?
A.H.: Margaret Thatcher, because she was such an inspiration to me when I was starting my business.

SaksPOV: You were awarded an MBE from the Queen in 2009, in recognition of your contribution to the British fashion industry. What was it like meeting the Queen?
A.H.: A true honor, to me she is such an icon.

 

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Making a Splash

Saks POV chats with swimwear model Tori Praver about her eponymous line of sultry and colorful suits for all body types

It’s quite fitting that Tori Praver is an expert on beach attire. The statuesque model has graced the likes of Sports Illustrated’s fabled swimsuit issue as well as countless other publications. “I grew up in Hawaii and always had a passion for bikinis and swimwear,” says Praver. “Creating my own line was something that I always wanted to do.” Founded five years ago, Tori Praver Swimwear captures the latest trends for the season. “My new spring/summer line features bright pops of color and color-blocking,” says Praver. “I love to mix and match my tops and bottoms — it allows you to get really creative with your bikini choice this summer.” In addition to trends in color, Praver’s collection offers silhouettes for a range of body…

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Tori PraverIt’s quite fitting that Tori Praver is an expert on beach attire. The statuesque model has graced the likes of Sports Illustrated’s fabled swimsuit issue as well as countless other publications. “I grew up in Hawaii and always had a passion for bikinis and swimwear,” says Praver. “Creating my own line was something that I always wanted to do.”

Founded five years ago, Tori Praver Swimwear captures the latest trends for the season. “My new spring/summer line features bright pops of color and color-blocking,” says Praver. “I love to mix and match my tops and bottoms — it allows you to get really creative with your bikini choice this summer.”

In addition to trends in color, Praver’s collection offers silhouettes for a range of body types. “I have many one-piece suits in my collection that are ideal if you’re not into showing your tummy,” says Praver. “I love the Luna and the Marilyn — they are great options to have less skin exposed.” As for shapely and confident beach goers? “If you’re curvy but still want to wear a bikini, I think it’s most important to wear a suit that fits you right and doesn’t cut into your hips,” says Praver. “As long as you feel comfortable, you will look great!”

When she’s not designing or modeling, Praver sneaks in one of her favorite past times. “I love to surf! It’s something that I don’t get to do as much now that I split my time between California and New York.”

Tori Praver swimwear is available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Call 877.551.7257.


Design Time

Saks Celebrates Amuneal and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in our New York Windows!

Saks Fifth Avenue has had a long and deep kinship with the worlds of art and design. In celebration of ICFF, the contemporary furniture industry’s highly anticipated show at the Jacob K. Javits Center taking place this week, Saks is paying homage to one of the hottest design companies our there, Amuneal, with our Fifth Avenue Windows. Harry Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Store Planning and Visual Merchandising at Saks, has tapped Amuneal Chief Executive Officer, Adam Kamens, to create a series of vignettes to explore science, wonder and experimentation. The laboratory-like windows delve into scientific discovery, integrating fashion with elements such as maps of the world, radio tubes, antique wrenches to modern taxidermy. “Contemporary design is such a constant at Saks and we think…

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Saks Fifth Avenue has had a long and deep kinship with the worlds of art and design. In celebration of ICFF, the contemporary furniture industry’s highly anticipated show at the Jacob K. Javits Center taking place this week, Saks is paying homage to one of the hottest design companies our there, Amuneal, with our Fifth Avenue Windows.

Harry Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Store Planning and Visual Merchandising at Saks, has tapped Amuneal Chief Executive Officer, Adam Kamens, to create a series of vignettes to explore science, wonder and experimentation. The laboratory-like windows delve into scientific discovery, integrating fashion with elements such as maps of the world, radio tubes, antique wrenches to modern taxidermy.

“Contemporary design is such a constant at Saks and we think it’s important to support the arts and the things that inspire us,” says Cunningham. The installations are juxtaposed with mannequins wearing the latest designs from Saks Fifth Avenue.

“This is really about curation,” says Kamens, who with his team, has spent years procuring found objects such as a giant whale vertebrae, daguerreotypes and geodes that are nothing short of fascinating.

The windows celebrating ICFF will be up all this week.


Sartorially Speaking, Part II

Michael Williams and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings and have a neck tie style out — in time for Father’s Day

When Michael Williams, the man behind the men’s style site came in for a photo shoot at Saks, A Continuous Lean, we all had questions. What to wear? How to wear it? How are you just so cool? He answered (well, most of our questions). Saks asks, Michael answers… SaksPOV: How would you describe your style? Michael Williams: Carefully disheveled. SaksPOV: What has had the biggest impact on your style? M.W.: I have to say that spending time in cities like New York, London and Milan are the biggest influences on my personal style. Inspiration for me is often drawn from walking around seeing stylish people going about their everyday lives.  SaksPOV: When should a man always wear a tie? M.W.: When he wants to…

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When Michael Williams, the man behind the men’s style site came in for a photo shoot at Saks, A Continuous Lean, we all had questions. What to wear? How to wear it? How are you just so cool? He answered (well, most of our questions).

Saks asks, Michael answers…

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?

Michael Williams: Carefully disheveled.

SaksPOV: What has had the biggest impact on your style?

M.W.: I have to say that spending time in cities like New York, London and Milan are the biggest influences on my personal style. Inspiration for me is often drawn from walking around seeing stylish people going about their everyday lives. 

SaksPOV: When should a man always wear a tie?

M.W.: When he wants to look and feel smart. I think wearing a tie makes you present a better you to the world. Wearing a tie also makes people treat you different way because—in most situations—ties demand respect. 

SaksPOV: When should a man never wear a tie?

M.W.: When he is wearing sweat pants.

SaksPOV: What was the impetus for starting A Continuous Lean?

M.W.: A perceived lack of interesting web content in the winter of 2007 led me to start the site. I really just couldn’t find anything out there that combined my specific interests together in one place.

SaksPOV: These days a lot of people are using the word heritage. What does it mean to you?

M.W.: The idea of heritage is appealing to me because things that really have it possess a quality that has been proven over time. To know that something has been made the same way for a long period of time, and used by generations of people, is incredible to me. I hate change for the sake of change. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

SaksPOV: Whose work are you loving these day?

M.W.: Harland Miller — I wish I had one of his works. He’s badass. 

SaksPOV: You’ve done several collaborations. What’s next for ACL?

M.W.: I’ve sort of gone on hiatus from doing products to focus on other projects, but eventually I will get back in the game. I really want to do something with Incotex at some point, and I would love to do a Barbour collaboration. 

SaksPOV: Fifth Avenue is a long stretch that cuts across a wide range of neighborhoods in Manhattan. What’s your favorite part and why?

M.W.: I’m partial to lower Fifth Avenue when it meets Washington Square Park. Approaching the arch in the park always makes me love living in New York.

SaksPOV: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

M.W.: That I am very knowledgeable on the subject of Rick Ross. 

SaksPOV: Father’s Day is around the bend. Did you Dad teach you a thing or two about style?

M.W.: My father helped me move to New York on Father’s Day ten years ago. That was a very symbolic moment in my life, partially because I was embarking on a new adventure, but also because my father was right here helping me on my way. My dad taught me very little about how to dress, but he did teach me everything I know about being a man, and for that I am forever grateful to him. You can learn how to dress online, but the Internet isn’t ever going to show you the importance of living a life with integrity like a father can.

Photographed by KSW