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Getting J Branded

Laura Harari of Edgify Me here to deliver intel on one seriously rad ready-to-wear brand from some seriously rad fashion voices in the industry. On Thursday, Saks hosted a killer event with J Brand to celebrate their new collection hosted by 4th and Bleeker’s Alex Spencer and Harper’s Bazaar Senior Fashion Market Editor (she of the iconic red lips and street style fame), Joanna Hillman. Wait no longer my dear fashion comrades. I’ve got exclusive interviews with the ever-glamorous and oh-so-cool hostesses for your eyes only. You’re welcome. Please forward all thank you notes to the comments section below.   Joanna, let’s chat… Edgify Me for SaksPOV: The red lip is so iconic to you. What advice would you give to girls looking to develop…

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Laura Harari of Edgify Me here to deliver intel on one seriously rad ready-to-wear brand from some seriously rad fashion voices in the industry. On Thursday, Saks hosted a killer event with J Brand to celebrate their new collection hosted by 4th and Bleeker’s Alex Spencer and Harper’s Bazaar Senior Fashion Market Editor (she of the iconic red lips and street style fame), Joanna Hillman.

Wait no longer my dear fashion comrades. I’ve got exclusive interviews with the ever-glamorous and oh-so-cool hostesses for your eyes only. You’re welcome. Please forward all thank you notes to the comments section below.

 

Joanna, let’s chat…

Edgify Me for SaksPOV: The red lip is so iconic to you. What advice would you give to girls looking to develop their own iconic look?

Joanna Hillman: Experiment!  Sometimes you need to figure out what doesn’t work, before finding your signature.

E.M.: Tell us about your work at Harper’s Bazaar? Is it as glamorous as it looks?

J.H.: I am in charge of all American and British fashion markets, fashion-focused Front of Book pages (like Fab at Every Age, The Bazaar… etc.) and sittings. Bazaar also recently launched an e-commerce site, ShopBAZAAR, which allows our readers to finally have access to all the things they covet in our pages, making my editing process that much more important.

E.M.: What is your advice for girls trying to break into the fashion magazine industry?

J.H.: Interning is always a great way to get an insider view of the company you most want to work for. Even though magazine jobs are sparse, I know plenty of editors who interned and stayed on as paid assistants. 

E.M.: Moving on to what I like to call the Lightning Round Questions: (insert dramatic Jeopardy song here)

Favorite shade of red lipstick: Lady Danger, Mac.

Best beauty secret: Klorane dry shampoo.

Most lust-worthy piece from J Brand’s new collection: White python biker jacket.

What does Saks mean to you in one word: Style.

Describe your personal style in 3 words: Modern, edgy, eclectic.

What is currently trending in your wardrobe: Leather pants!

You never leave home without: My Celine cat eye or Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades.

Time it takes you to get dressed in the morning: Between 5-15min (although I always plan the night before during Fashion Week).

Whose closet do you want to raid, past or present: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Diana Vreeland, Princess Diana.

Fall trend you can’t wait to embrace: Colored fur.

All time favorite films: Bonne and Clyde, The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Favorite blogs to read: Jak & Jil, All the Pretty Birds, Garance Dore, and The Sartorialist.

Favorite form of social media and why: Twitter, because I like keeping things short & sweet ;) Although, I am jealous of Instagram since I’m still using a Blackberry.

Favorite Spring 13 runway trend so far: Stripes!

 

Alex, you’re up!

E.M.: What inspired you to start your blog?

Alex Spencer: I started my blog 3 years ago when I was bored, and I looked up 100 things to do when you are bored, as a joke, number one was practice origami which I had previously done, and number two was start a blog, so that’s pretty much how it started.

E.M.: Who is your fashion inspiration?

A.S.: So many, there’s not just one person. I love people’s styles that are so different than my own. I love Giovanna Battaglia, how she mixes prints and she always looks like such a woman.

E.M.: What is your most lust-worthy piece from the J Brand collection?

A.S.: (1) Aggy leather pant in navy, (2) Black leather jeans, (3) the Coco dress — black chiffon dress to wear with leather pants underneath and (4) their crew tees. They are so comfy to wear.

E.M.: What is currently trending in your wardrobe?

A.S.: I’ve been living out of a suitcase for about a month so it’s whatever’s on top and J Brand because I always have it next to me.

E.M.: What has been your favorite spring runway show so far?

A.S.: Calvin Klein

E.M.: Name one thing in your closet that makes you so excited that you can’t help but dance in front of the mirror.

A.S.: This amazing blue Christopher Kane dress that just makes me happy.

To conclude, I offer you a riddle: What do you get when you add 2 awesome fashionistas + 2 exclusive interviews + 1 rockin’ RTW brand + 1 fabulous department store? A fashion edgification.

 

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Shopping with Tabitha Simmons

Tabitha Simmons stops by Saks 10022-SHOE for a ladies’ luncheon and what else — shoe shopping

Stylist, shoe designer and mom of two, Tabitha Simmons took a break during her very busy New York Fashion Week (where she styled the Tory Burch and Marchesa shows to name a couple) to celebrate her eponymous shoe launch at Saks 10022-SHOE and advise her nearest and dearest friends  — and Saks’ always fashionable customers — on which of her shoe designs suit them best. For Patricia Herrera Lansing, who arrived wearing Tabitha Simmons woven silk Mary Jane pumps (far right), a tall strappy sandal was in order. For stationer Kate Pickett, it was all about a suede sandal topped off with a matching suede flower. For this writer, Simmons chose a studded, lace up bootie on a cone heel. “Shoes should make you feel…

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Stylist, shoe designer and mom of two, Tabitha Simmons took a break during her very busy New York Fashion Week (where she styled the Tory Burch and Marchesa shows to name a couple) to celebrate her eponymous shoe launch at Saks 10022-SHOE and advise her nearest and dearest friends  — and Saks’ always fashionable customers — on which of her shoe designs suit them best.

For Patricia Herrera Lansing, who arrived wearing Tabitha Simmons woven silk Mary Jane pumps (far right), a tall strappy sandal was in order.

For stationer Kate Pickett, it was all about a suede sandal topped off with a matching suede flower.

For this writer, Simmons chose a studded, lace up bootie on a cone heel.

“Shoes should make you feel sexy and feminine,” says Simmons, outfitted in a Marc Jacobs sky blue top and black lace Dolce & Gabbana skirt and of course, shoes of her own design. “A shoe should also be comfortable. I’m a mom of two and am always busy. It needs to be easy to wear.”


Refreshingly, Simmons is not all about trends. “Search for a shoe that is of a luxury quality and timeless,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be for only one season. You should be able to wear it for years to come!”

Photographed by KSW.

 

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Scouted at Saks: Tom Ford Beauty Fall Color Collection

Tom Ford. The name alone conjures up images of luxury in the most sexy way imaginable.  Hence, when I was visiting the counter to preview the Fall collection, I broke out my lace pencil skirt and silk ruffle blouse for the occasion. What better counter to visit in an effort to amp my look up from minimalist summer simplicity to statement making Fall fabulousness. If Tom Ford had his way, every woman would walk around sporting a dramatic eye and a bold lip every single day.  While I appreciate the intention to encourage women to be glamorous 24/7, the reality — or at least, my reality — is more of a “one or the other” lifestyle. A statement lip with a neutral eye, or a…

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Tom Ford. The name alone conjures up images of luxury in the most sexy way imaginable.  Hence, when I was visiting the counter to preview the Fall collection, I broke out my lace pencil skirt and silk ruffle blouse for the occasion.

What better counter to visit in an effort to amp my look up from minimalist summer simplicity to statement making Fall fabulousness.

If Tom Ford had his way, every woman would walk around sporting a dramatic eye and a bold lip every single day.  While I appreciate the intention to encourage women to be glamorous 24/7, the reality — or at least, my reality — is more of a “one or the other” lifestyle. A statement lip with a neutral eye, or a subtle lip with dramatic lids — and maybe, just maybe, on a super special occasion, both.

However, I figured, when in Rome

So, I let a Tom Ford Beauty advisor take me through a range of looks that could be created with the Fall 2012 Color Collection.

Look 1: Power Pout

From the second I laid eyes on the new Lip Color in Aphrodisiac, I wanted to be the girl who could wear it. Within minutes, I was.

Starting with the skin (Tom Ford Beauty is all about dewy, dewy and more dewy — something I can definitely get on board with), I got glowing with the Illuminating Protective Primer (a perennial best-seller) and Traceless Foundation.

Next — something I could go on and on about but will save it for next time — the genius Reflect and Illuminate cream contouring duo.

Another Fall newbie, the Lip and Cheek Stain in Tainted Love, added a flush, and a light wash of shadow set the stage for an all out power pout.

Several coats, applied precisely with a lip brush, topped off with a dab Naivete gloss for sparkle, was all it took to make me look — and feel — like an entirely new woman.

Look 2: All Out

We kept the lip.  And, using the Enchanted Eye Color Quad, we took the eyes up about 10 notches. The ability of the shadows to be used wet and dry offers major versatility.

The ruby wine Plum Absolute gel liner along the lash line brought out the blue in my eyes and the best-selling Brow Sculptor pretty much changed everything — filling in the brows for, at least in my experience, unprecedented definition. Whoa.

Look 3: An Eye Full

Slipping back into my comfort zone, we neutralized the lip with Casablanca Lip Color — an existing shade that fits perfectly within the Fall lineup — and Sahara Pink gloss on top for that Tom Ford signature, dimension.

With the neutral lip, we couldn’t help but layer on a little more drama on the lids. After all, that is the Tom Ford Beauty way.

And I like it. Very much.

 

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Men at Work

Michael Bastian takes us inside his loft-style office.

We love Michael Bastian’s preppy, yet sophisticated menswear looks. Fresh off showing his spring 2013 runway show, the CFDA award-winning designer takes us behind the scenes at his design headquarters where the magic happens to  talk about his inspiration. Workplace… This is our first space. It’s nice to have one big open space. There’s no stratification in our company. It feels like Silicon Valley. Office essentials…Good lighting. The first thing we did was install track lighting. Actually, it feels exactly like my living room at my home. Fall collection is inspired by… All the young dandies today. We were inspired by an article in the New York Times from 1974 about the phenomenon of guys that every hostess keeps on her short list to invite…

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We love Michael Bastian’s preppy, yet sophisticated menswear looks. Fresh off showing his spring 2013 runway show, the CFDA award-winning designer takes us behind the scenes at his design headquarters where the magic happens to  talk about his inspiration.

Workplace… This is our first space. It’s nice to have one big open space. There’s no stratification in our company. It feels like Silicon Valley.

Office essentials…Good lighting. The first thing we did was install track lighting. Actually, it feels exactly like my living room at my home.

Fall collection is inspired by… All the young dandies today. We were inspired by an article in the New York Times from 1974 about the phenomenon of guys that every hostess keeps on her short list to invite to parties when they wanted to balance out men to women. They were good looking, really well dressed, could keep the ball in the air, good conversationalists  — and could tell a dirty joke at just the right time.

The Michael Bastian client…I really personalize it. That guy is really me. I’m our test market, our control. It’s nice to base everything on a real person and not this mythological idea of a person. I enjoy being a man designing menswear. It’s like when Donna Karan started with the seven pieces. It was very personal. I have very specific ideas of what I needed, what every guy needs.

Favorite pieces from fall…The Charlie Brown sweater (pictured above left).

When I’m not designing…I’m always working. It’s not like a 9 to 5 job. I could never turn my brain off.  The minute I’m not thinking about work, maybe I’m watching a movie or I’m out to dinner with friends, your brain does this amazing thing where it starts sending you good ideas. It’s almost like when you’re trying to think of someone’s name that you’ve forgotten. The minute you stop trying to remember it, your brain sends you an email. In a way, it’s the same with design.

Michael Bastian is available at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and New York City. Gant by Michael Bastian is available in store and on Saks.com.

Photographs of Michael Bastian by Chiun-Kai Shih.

 

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Shoe Party!

Hello, Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 here! I write a blog that celebrates design, art, fashion and the wonderful world in which they sometimes collide. Sketch42 is about finding daily inspiration and turning the mundane into an artful experience. The wonderful thing about the state of the modern department store is that they already have turned the mundane into something fabulous. Imagine 50 years ago, telling a woman that shoes would be fetishized to such a degree, that a single pair could cost thousands and that Saks Fifth Avenue would have just expanded their already so-gigantic-it needs-it’s-own-zip-code shoe floor to take up the entire floor! It’s like the shoe floor has manifest destiny — Wall-to-wall, baby! Of course, with my new burgeoning interest in photography, I was extremely…

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Hello, Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 here! I write a blog that celebrates design, art, fashion and the wonderful world in which they sometimes collide. Sketch42 is about finding daily inspiration and turning the mundane into an artful experience. The wonderful thing about the state of the modern department store is that they already have turned the mundane into something fabulous. Imagine 50 years ago, telling a woman that shoes would be fetishized to such a degree, that a single pair could cost thousands and that Saks Fifth Avenue would have just expanded their already so-gigantic-it needs-it’s-own-zip-code shoe floor to take up the entire floor! It’s like the shoe floor has manifest destiny — Wall-to-wall, baby!

Of course, with my new burgeoning interest in photography, I was extremely excited to photograph a party, hosted by Vogue and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann — who looked stunning in Prabal Gurung.

Party goers sipped champagne, modeled and bought some of the season’s coolest styles (I’m looking at you, 3.1 Phillip Lim booties) and were generally fabulous. As usual, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the modern furniture collection — artfully places about the floor.

All in all, it was a fun, lighthearted evening, as all fashion events should be (!). Thanks for having me!

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann and Prabal Gurung.

Stacks of Vogues lay on sculptural tables, as shoppers browse.

A modern fixture that I simply adore, the crowd.

A Giuseppe Zanotti heel should be mounted and displayed as art.

A party goer models Phillip Lim boots.

Photographer Billy Farrell mugs for the camera with some statement limited edition Louboutins. His face says: Would you wear these?

Ophelia Hohler, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, Maggie Betts, Barbara Bush Jr, Prabal Gurung

Vintage Moschino was a surprise theme among shoppers!

Cheers to 5 wonderful years of 10022-shoe!

 

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Spotted at Saks: NARSSkin

Jenn Falik Interviews Francois Nars about NARSSkin

I am obsessed with the idea of glowing skin. I would venture it is safe to say that we all are, right?  So is François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of Nars. In particular, he says, “I have always been fascinated by the way light is reflected off of healthy, beautiful skin…to see a woman’s face glow through her makeup.” As such, the new NARSskin collection is entirely focused on illuminating. Nars is introducing a unique Light Reflecting Complex, which, all fancy skincare speak aside, basically means that the translucency of the skin gets a boost. Pair that with Light-Active Micro-Prisms, algae extract and Polynesian seawater, and voilà — a skin regimen that completely focuses on optically enhancing light reflection. My personal picks is the…

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I am obsessed with the idea of glowing skin. I would venture it is safe to say that we all are, right?  So is François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of Nars. In particular, he says, “I have always been fascinated by the way light is reflected off of healthy, beautiful skin…to see a woman’s face glow through her makeup.” As such, the new NARSskin collection is entirely focused on illuminating.

Nars is introducing a unique Light Reflecting Complex, which, all fancy skincare speak aside, basically means that the translucency of the skin gets a boost. Pair that with Light-Active Micro-Prisms, algae extract and Polynesian seawater, and voilà — a skin regimen that completely focuses on optically enhancing light reflection.

My personal picks is the Luminous Moisture Cream.  It feels amazing on the skin, and provides an instant pick-me-up to make that first look in the mirror each morning slightly less daunting. Add to that the fact that it makes my makeup last longer, and lets just say it has a permanent place on my vanity.

François Nars is also a fan of the Luminous Moisturizer — his go-to is the Aqua Gel Oil-Free version, which was used at Marc Jacobs for the Fall 2012 look because “it was just the right texture, not too heavy.” Of course a makeup maestro like François Nars understands the relationship between skincare and makeup, and develops products designed to work together.

If you are in the New York area on September 20, stop by the Nars counter at Saks to meet François Nars from 5-7pm EST, who will sign copies of his book X-Ray. And get acquainted with the new NARSskin line. Your complexion will be forever grateful.

 

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Mad About Leather!

Saks Insider Denise Magid Shows Us Three Ways to Rock the Leather Trend This Fall

One of the biggest trends this fall is LEATHER. From dresses and bottoms to outerwear and vests — we want it all in leather! Here, we team up with Saks Insider Denise Magid to show three ways to wear the second skin. The first is essential: leather leggings Helmut Lang stretch leather leggings, Vince sweater, Helmut Lang fur and leather vest, Alaia booties. Leather leggings are the answer to looking polished, edgy and oh-so-comfortable. Adding some leather elements to your wardrobe will instantly take your look from an upscale version of pajamas to an effortlessly cool, rock and roll ensemble. The A-line leather dress Theory dress, Gemma Redux necklace, Pierre Hardy shoes. Talk about the perfect day to night item. During the day you can make it totally work appropriate…

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One of the biggest trends this fall is LEATHER. From dresses and bottoms to outerwear and vests — we want it all in leather! Here, we team up with Saks Insider Denise Magid to show three ways to wear the second skin.

The first is essential: leather leggings

Helmut Lang stretch leather leggingsVince sweater, Helmut Lang fur and leather vest, Alaia booties.

Leather leggings are the answer to looking polished, edgy and oh-so-comfortable. Adding some leather elements to your wardrobe will instantly take your look from an upscale version of pajamas to an effortlessly cool, rock and roll ensemble.

The A-line leather dress

Theory dress, Gemma Redux necklace, Pierre Hardy shoes.

Talk about the perfect day to night item. During the day you can make it totally work appropriate with a blazer and color block sandals and at night, lose the blazer and switch out the heels for studded booties.

And of course, no closet is complete without a leather jacket.

3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, sweater and trousers; Vince booties.

You really can’t go wrong with a black leather moto jacket. You can throw it on over anything…except maybe the leather leggings. We would advise against it unless you’re Sandy on your way to convince Danny that he’s the one that you want.

Photographed by KSW. Special thanks to Eric Sorlie of the Saks Fifth Avenue Club.

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Strike a Pose

Pose for Saks for a chance to win $1,500 (We'll pick a winner every week!)

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. Please stay tuned for future promotions! Show us your Saks style on Pose for a chance to win $1,500. We’ll be giving away four $1,500 gift cards, one each week, from September 18 through October 15. We’ll be sharing the latest looks in contemporary for inspiration, and we’ll be selecting our favorite looks styled by you! Here’s how to enter: (1) Take a picture wearing a Saks-inspired outfit and upload it to Pose. (2) Tag the caption with #Pose4Saks (3) Post it. Be sure to check out our complete contest rules here before entering. Not signed up for Pose? No problem. Visit the Pose website or download the Pose app for free for iPhone and Android.   MORE: Follow Saks on Pose….

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THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. Please stay tuned for future promotions!

Show us your Saks style on Pose for a chance to win $1,500. We’ll be giving away four $1,500 gift cards, one each week, from September 18 through October 15. We’ll be sharing the latest looks in contemporary for inspiration, and we’ll be selecting our favorite looks styled by you!

Here’s how to enter:

(1) Take a picture wearing a Saks-inspired outfit and upload it to Pose.

(2) Tag the caption with #Pose4Saks

(3) Post it. Be sure to check out our complete contest rules here before entering.

Not signed up for Pose? No problem. Visit the Pose website or download the Pose app for free for iPhone and Android.

 

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Beauty Break

Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily Shuman takes Fashion Week Beauty Break with Jenn Falik at the Estee Lauder Counter at Saks

In every photo on Emily Schuman’s blog, Cupcakes & Cashmere, the girl looks flawless. When I found out that she does her own makeup for them — needless to say, I was impressed. We met up at the Estee Lauder counter on Monday for a New York Fashion Week Beauty Break. Truth be told, however, I just wanted to get her photo-ready tips for myself.  But have no fear — I am a good sharer. Skin Prep.  Emily always starts with a freshly washed and hydrated face. For her skin, which is on the dry side, she uses Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.  Even in the light of day, she loves it as a base for moisturizer. Get Even. Emily never takes a photo until…

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In every photo on Emily Schuman’s blog, Cupcakes & Cashmere, the girl looks flawless. When I found out that she does her own makeup for them — needless to say, I was impressed. We met up at the Estee Lauder counter on Monday for a New York Fashion Week Beauty Break. Truth be told, however, I just wanted to get her photo-ready tips for myself.  But have no fear — I am a good sharer.

Skin Prep.  Emily always starts with a freshly washed and hydrated face. For her skin, which is on the dry side, she uses Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.  Even in the light of day, she loves it as a base for moisturizer.

Get Even. Emily never takes a photo until she has evened out her skin. Redness around the nose, dark circles under the eyes- those are things that a camera can majorly magnify.  Her essential (and as of this interview, mine too) is Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. Warm it up on the fingertips, apply like a moisturizer, and reap the benefits of luminous skin. For pictures, luminous is better than glowy. Glowy skin can look shiny, but luminous reads as lit-from-within.

Add Color. For this California girl, bronzer that gives the effect of an afternoon spent in the sun is a must. She sweeps Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess on her forehead, down the center of her nose, along her cheekbones and a dab on her chin. Then, she does something kind of awesome. Combining Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer a pink powder blush, Emily creates a custom-every-time shade that adds immediate vibrancy to her face.

The Eyes Have It. She loves to play up her eyes for photos, but a classic black and grey smoky eye can be a tad too, well, classic. So after applying liner, she opts for an unexpected shade like Cyber Ruby along the lash line, blended up the crease. Mascara follows—  and voila! — Dramatic but not too much.

Lip Service. You can never go wrong with a simple glossy pink lip, and Emily is madly in love with Estee Lauder gloss in Star Pink. For day, it is the final step in a polished look. For night, it is the counterpoint to tone down a sultry statement eye.

Always one to volunteer my face for the good of the group, I slid into a makeup chair at the counter and put her tips to the test.  Personal experience had led me to believe that photo shoot makeup is a 60-minute endeavor — but apparently, I had it all wrong. Five minutes flat and I’m ready for my close up.

 

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