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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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Watch the video of Joanna and Alex at the event.


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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