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Bold colors, strong femininity & Diane von Furstenberg…is there any other way?


Bold colors, strong femininity & Diane von Furstenberg…is there any other way? See the editorial and exclusive interview with the designer here.


Bold colors, strong femininity & Diane von Furstenberg…is there any other way? See the editorial and exclusive interview with the designer here.


Meet Ambyr Hanks

Ambyr Hanks is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of Burberry Prorsum’s runway that earned her the nod: Burberry Prorsum’s fall 2012 collection conveys a fun, yet poised woman.  She’s ready to take on color, prints and bold silhouettes. The cocooning silhouette is a key trend this fall and the house’s creative head Christopher Bailey, took the over-sized trend and added structure and ease.  Billowing blouses, bubble skirts and over accentuated coats are Burberry’s twist to the cocooning look. This collection is a play on both men’s and women’s styling.  To tie in some menswear touches, they are focusing on bold thick stripes and their classic plaid print.  Stripes and plaids are always a…

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Ambyr Hanks is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of Burberry Prorsum’s runway that earned her the nod:

Burberry Prorsum’s fall 2012 collection conveys a fun, yet poised woman.  She’s ready to take on color, prints and bold silhouettes. The cocooning silhouette is a key trend this fall and the house’s creative head Christopher Bailey, took the over-sized trend and added structure and ease.  Billowing blouses, bubble skirts and over accentuated coats are Burberry’s twist to the cocooning look.
This collection is a play on both men’s and women’s styling.  To tie in some menswear touches, they are focusing on bold thick stripes and their classic plaid print.  Stripes and plaids are always a great way to dive into fall, so why not wear a punch of jewel tone colors with your white blouse.  Burberry is giving you an extra touch of femininity to each look with bow tie belting, ruffled lapels and skirting on their coats. They have both streetwear and evening-ready looks in this collection.  Take a cropped jacket, ruffled skirt and animal print sweater out on the town for a daytime friendly feel.  To take you into the evening, they’ve focused on rich colored floral prints, peplum skirting and velvet accents for a more sultry appeal. Burberry’s focus on trending silhouettes, punches of colors and bold prints will send you into fall in style.

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Cool Summer

Sean Sullivan of The Impossible Cool talks style

Since its inception in 2007, The Impossible Cool has gained a cult-like following amongst lovers of vintage photographs of people who are, well, impossibly cool. Most are black and white shots of creative types ranging from Paul Newman to Francoise Hardy to Andy Warhol. The well-edited collection of images that Sullivan has cultivated land on inspiration boards — and for that matter Pinterest boards — of tastemakers across the globe. Here, SaksPOV sits down with the arbiter of all-things cool. SaksPOV: Describe an Impossible Cool person. S.S.: Always have to quote Mr. Vidal in saying “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” SaksPOV: What are you working on right now? Sean Sullivan: I’m in the middle…

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Since its inception in 2007, The Impossible Cool has gained a cult-like following amongst lovers of vintage photographs of people who are, well, impossibly cool. Most are black and white shots of creative types ranging from Paul Newman to Francoise Hardy to Andy Warhol. The well-edited collection of images that Sullivan has cultivated land on inspiration boards — and for that matter Pinterest boards — of tastemakers across the globe. Here, SaksPOV sits down with the arbiter of all-things cool.

SaksPOV: Describe an Impossible Cool person.
S.S.: Always have to quote Mr. Vidal in saying “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.”

SaksPOV: What are you working on right now?
Sean Sullivan: I’m in the middle of a photo project now for the new Tiffany’s store in SoHo. Also, getting ready to sort out a new collection for the Sonic Editions series, along with a book in the horizon.

SaksPOV: Whose work are you into these days?
S.S.: I’m a huge fan of anything Hedi Slimane is up to these days. Also, looking forward to my friend Jake Davis’ book to hit the shelves.

SaksPOV: Do you have any rules when it comes to your personal style?
S.S.: Keep it simple. Don’t pile on too much stuff just to stand out.

SaksPOV: Do you have any travel plans?
S.S.: Yes 100%. Travel is essential to me. Once my plate is cleared I’m heading off to Greece for a bit. I’ve got Columbia on my short list as well.

SaksPOV: What’s your fondest summer memory?
S.S.: Growing up my family always took a summer vacation down to the shore in Avalon, NJ. Early evening cruises to the Back Bay in my dad’s boat are memories I hold close.

SaksPOV: If you could choose any other industry to work in, what would it be?
S.S.: I would love to run a charter sailboat out of some small pacific island. At one point, I seriously contemplated checking out and getting a job as a deckhand to learn that world. A little seaplane would fit nicely in there as well.

Sean Shops His Favorites on Saks.com:

   

Gant Rugger Chino: “Easy color and weight to wear until the Fall.”

Earnest Sewn Dean Tee: “These wear in to near perfection.”

   

A.P.C. Sweatshirt: “Beaches get cold at night in the summer. This sweatshirt is insanely comfortable.”

Kiehls Moisturizer: “Stay hydrated.”

   

Persol sunglasses: “Classic frame you can’t go wrong with.”

Graphic Image Passport Wallet: “Travel is so much smoother when everything is one place.”

   

Jack Spade Stowaway Nylon Duffle: “For the short hauls.”

Longchamp Surf Nylon Rolling Suitcase: “For the long ones.”

 

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Solange Knowles’ Shopping Mix

The DJ, fashion lover, mother and songstress creates a playlist for Saks

September has arrived and with it, the excitement of the runway shows and new fall fashions. We wanted a soundtrack to celebrate our new in-store arrivals, so we asked DJ, fashion lover, mother and songstress Solange Knowles to create a shopping playlist, so you can listen while you shop Saks: Azealia Banks, Jumanji Kindness, Cyan Fela Kuti, Just like that Ca$h Out, Cashin’ out Donny Hathaway, Someday well all be free Chairlift, Take It Out On Me Whitney Houston, Million Dollar Bill Grimes, Oblivion Juicy J, Who da neighbors Fiona Apple, Every Single night  

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September has arrived and with it, the excitement of the runway shows and new fall fashions. We wanted a soundtrack to celebrate our new in-store arrivals, so we asked DJ, fashion lover, mother and songstress Solange Knowles to create a shopping playlist, so you can listen while you shop Saks:

Azealia Banks, Jumanji
Kindness, Cyan
Fela Kuti, Just like that
Ca$h Out, Cashin’ out
Donny Hathaway, Someday well all be free
Chairlift, Take It Out On Me
Whitney Houston, Million Dollar Bill
Grimes, Oblivion
Juicy J, Who da neighbors
Fiona Apple, Every Single night

 


Meet Jaclyn Giuliano

Jaclyn Giuliano is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of the fall collections of Valentino and Carven that earned her the nod: After soaking in the incredible reviews, photos, and tidbits from the Fall 2012 runway shows, I found myself drawn to two collections in particular. Among the sea of heavily embroidered fabrics, voluminous throwback sweaters, and the ever-present peplum frill, Carven and Valentino shared center stage. Guillaume Henry’s unknowingly chic woman with a hidden edge appeared to be the mid-twenties child of the classic Valentino woman. Predicting that the Carven girl will one day inherit her mother’s prized pieces, Chiuri and Piccioli made the wait even more torturous by filling their collection with…

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Jaclyn Giuliano is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of the fall collections of Valentino and Carven that earned her the nod:

After soaking in the incredible reviews, photos, and tidbits from the Fall 2012 runway shows, I found myself drawn to two collections in particular. Among the sea of heavily embroidered fabrics, voluminous throwback sweaters, and the ever-present peplum frill, Carven and Valentino shared center stage. Guillaume Henry’s unknowingly chic woman with a hidden edge appeared to be the mid-twenties child of the classic Valentino woman. Predicting that the Carven girl will one day inherit her mother’s prized pieces, Chiuri and Piccioli made the wait even more torturous by filling their collection with folklore-inspired overcoats, liquid-like leather capes and skirts, and that famous red re-imagined as a daytime jumpsuit. The key elements in both collections were each designer’s ability to create outfits that offered slices of skin and hints of something more, rather than falling for something easier. Carven’s ruby red cocktail dress accented with a delicate lace bra would be appropriate at any formal affair, then transition perfectly to a late night dinner with a small switch from heels to flats.

Valentino’s woman appeared more confident in a buttoned white shirt with billowing chiffon sleeves, but the delicate ankle straps of her shoes and hidden studs on the straps of her bag moved the collection away from tradition and into a wardrobe without rules. To a woman of any age, each collection would offer years of wearability and follow her through each decade like a daughter learning from a mother.

 

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Olympic Fencer Tim Morehouse Talks Sport and Style

We’ve got Olympics fever here at Saks! Enter, U.S. Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse, the silver medal winner whose personal style is as sharp as his sabre.

You might recognize him from the unveiling of the U.S. Olympic team opening ceremony outfit on the Today show or from his features in V Man, Esquire and Vanity Fair. He might not be a household name just yet, but Tim Morehouse is going for gold in London and hoping to bring fencing into every physical education class in America. Not surprising for a man who spent seven years with Teach For America. Morehouse was born and raised in New York City. He went Brandeis University for undergrad and received his masters from Pace University. He is also credited with teaching President Obama to fence. Here he talks to SaksPOV: SaksPOV: How did you get into fencing? Tim Morehouse: When I was young, baseball was…

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You might recognize him from the unveiling of the U.S. Olympic team opening ceremony outfit on the Today show or from his features in V Man, Esquire and Vanity Fair. He might not be a household name just yet, but Tim Morehouse is going for gold in London and hoping to bring fencing into every physical education class in America. Not surprising for a man who spent seven years with Teach For America.

Morehouse was born and raised in New York City. He went Brandeis University for undergrad and received his masters from Pace University. He is also credited with teaching President Obama to fence.

Here he talks to SaksPOV:

SaksPOV: How did you get into fencing?
Tim Morehouse: When I was young, baseball was my sport. I didn’t even know what fencing was until I was in seventh grade. One fateful day I saw a sign that said “Join the Fencing Team, Get out of Gym”. So, I found the fencing room and joined without even knowing what it was…What kid doesn’t like sword fighting anyway?

SaksPOV: You’ve brought a lot of visibility to fencing. Many athletes float under the radar. What has motivated you to become a champion for your sport?
T.M.: I think fencing is the greatest sport in the world. I feel very fortunate that I found it. It really helped me find focus, discipline and self-confidence. I want to provide others with the same opportunities that I’ve had. I just started a foundation, Fencing-in-the-Schools, to train PE teachers to teach fencing and I hope to make fencing a regular part of physical education in America. I also founded and help produce the largest fencing televised tournament in the country called the Fencing Masters.

SaksPOV: You’re not shy in front of the camera. You’ve done some modeling. How did you get into that?
T.M.:  [Fencing] is truly the sport of Kings —don’t let them tell you that polo is! It is known for its elegance, precision and chivalry. New York City is such an amazing fashion world that I signed with Wilhelmina Modeling agency and have been doing a whole host of fashion shoots that involved fencing.

SaksPOV: What are 5 things every guy should own?
T.M.: (1) A good set of values that includes being nice, working hard and helping others, (2) a really great suit, (3) good music, (4) A dog [at some point in their lives], (5) my book American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport.

SaksPOV: Who are your favorite designers?
T.M.: James Journey who designs for this great brand Seize sur Vingt. Andrew Buckler who used to have his own label but is now at Cole Haan. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss are all fantastic.

SaksPOV: You travel a lot for work. What do you pack?
T.M.: My swords and the rest of my fencing equipment! I also can’t leave home without my laptop with a TV series or two loaded onto it (The Wire, Smallville, 24, etc), my phone, clothes and a good book.

SaksPOV: What’s your go-to look while not fencing or training?
T.M.: I like to wear Cole Haan shoes, with a nice pair of jeans, a collared shirt and a suit jacket.

SaksPOV: What’s the best style advice you’ve been given?
T.M.: Just be yourself. Also, in an only-in-NYC story…I was walking down the street in a really nice suit wearing my backpack and I passed a homeless man who yelled at me, “Don’t wear a back pack with a suit stupid!” only in NYC do the homeless give fashion advice!

 

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Meet Lauren Messiah

Lauren Messiah is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her coverage of Rag & Bone’s resort collection that earned her the nod: Could there be anything more perfect than Rag & Bone’s Resort 2013 collection? Maybe a gluten-free, calorie-free, vegan, organic cookie that doesn’t taste like a coaster — but that’s about it. The house’s designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed us that a resort collection doesn’t have to equate to a tropical island getaway. This collection was chock full of amazing jackets and coats, sleek suiting, a touch (or two) of leather, and a simple yet on-trend color palette — making this collection accessible, versatile and useful for women from many fashionable walks…

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Lauren Messiah is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her coverage of Rag & Bone’s resort collection that earned her the nod:

Could there be anything more perfect than Rag & Bone’s Resort 2013 collection? Maybe a gluten-free, calorie-free, vegan, organic cookie that doesn’t taste like a coaster — but that’s about it.

The house’s designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed us that a resort collection doesn’t have to equate to a tropical island getaway.

This collection was chock full of amazing jackets and coats, sleek suiting, a touch (or two) of leather, and a simple yet on-trend color palette — making this collection accessible, versatile and useful for women from many fashionable walks of life.

Pieces to covet? Definitely the relaxed royal blue suit, what an unexpected and well-executed twist on a classic. Feeling a little funkier? Try the floral pantsuit. Oh, and don’t let this collection pass you by without picking up at least one of their jackets — the classic black motorcycle jacket with the gold hardware is absolute perfection.

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Solved at Saks!

When Life Gives You Dry Hair…Make Beachy Waves with Fekkai

When we hit the home stretch of summer, something happens. No, I am not simply referring to the sadness that sets in when reality is right around the corner. I am referring to the dried out, lackluster state of our strands! Instead of fighting the elements, and trying desperately to make less than luxurious hair appear perfectly polished, Fekkai Senior Stylist Elie Camoro, showed me how to transform my sun damaged frizzy mess into envy-inducing beach blown waves: (1) Dampen hair — you can use a spray bottle or run a brush under the faucet. (2) Work a nickel-sized dollop of Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream through hair, starting in the back and working way up to crown. (3) Take 2-inch sections and twist them…

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When we hit the home stretch of summer, something happens. No, I am not simply referring to the sadness that sets in when reality is right around the corner. I am referring to the dried out, lackluster state of our strands!

Instead of fighting the elements, and trying desperately to make less than luxurious hair appear perfectly polished, Fekkai Senior Stylist Elie Camoro, showed me how to transform my sun damaged frizzy mess into envy-inducing beach blown waves:

(1) Dampen hair — you can use a spray bottle or run a brush under the faucet.

(2) Work a nickel-sized dollop of Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream through hair, starting in the back and working way up to crown.

(3) Take 2-inch sections and twist them away from the face, starting as close to the root as possible and going all the way to the ends. Then, take the ringlet in your palm and scrunch it up towards the crown, really rubbing your fingers along the hair to create texture. The twisting smoothes out hair and takes out the frizz, scrunching adds the crucial crunch component.

(4) Tilt head to each side and spray Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Spray into hair, with the nozzle facing outwards. Don’t touch it (I know you want to, but don’t resist).

(5) Finish with Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist, holding it above the head and misting from root to tip. This gives hair enough shine to make it look healthy without taking away the texture.

(6) If you want extra volume, work your fingers forward from the nape of your neck up to your forehead right along the root. Whatever you do,  don’t mess with the curls. Keep fingers and palms right up against the scalp.

(7) Let hair air-dry.

Extra Credit: If you want what Elie refers to as “photo shoot hair”, take a curling iron and evenly disperse about 6-8 curls throughout the hair — leaving the root and tip out of the iron, simply creating a curl in the middle of the strands.

Now, just because we learned how to work with damaged hair doesn’t mean we should embrace it long-term, ladies. Fekkai’s new PrX line is the best end-of-summer gift you can give to your locks. Use the PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask weekly to visibly repair the texture of the hair and strengthen it.

 

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Meet Abbe Sarah Kramer

Abbe Sarah Kramer is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her coverage of Parker’s fall 2012 collection that earned her the nod: One of my favorite contemporary designers of fall 2012 in regards to apparel would be Parker. This season, they incorporated sparkle and sequins into each piece, adding punch and panache. Not only was this look a top hit in magazines and the world of fashion, Parker designed many casual, affordable evening dresses that could be worn for multiple occasions. They are good fit & most of clothing could be targeted at a wider range of ages. While the younger girls lean towards the sequin dresses, the older prefer the sophisticated Parker blouses. In terms…

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Abbe Sarah Kramer is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her coverage of Parker’s fall 2012 collection that earned her the nod:

One of my favorite contemporary designers of fall 2012 in regards to apparel would be Parker. This season, they incorporated sparkle and sequins into each piece, adding punch and panache. Not only was this look a top hit in magazines and the world of fashion, Parker designed many casual, affordable evening dresses that could be worn for multiple occasions. They are good fit & most of clothing could be targeted at a wider range of ages. While the younger girls lean towards the sequin dresses, the older prefer the sophisticated Parker blouses. In terms of jewels, handbags and accessories, my vote is Alexander McQueen. I adore how he can incorporate a skull into a expensive, statement piece, whether being displayed on a rang, scarf or necklace. Each of these designers complement one another; pairing a simple Parker dress with an evening Alexander McQueen bag would be that ideal go to outfit with a theory blazer and nude pumps!

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