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Men’s Winter Skincare

Winter is in full swing, and with the ever-falling temperature, your skincare routine needs to be kicked up a notch. Gone are the days of low-maintenance grooming routines of summer and fall. It’s time to ditch the bar of soap and focus on real hydration for your parched winter skin. It’s important to find a cleanser that will wash away impurities from that ice hockey game you won earlier today, but won’t strip your skin of your natural oils. Try this Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser by Jack Black. We all know that dry skin can also mean flaky skin, which is why exfoliation is just as important, if not more important, in the winter as it is in the summer. Remove all the dry…

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Winter is in full swing, and with the ever-falling temperature, your skincare routine needs to be kicked up a notch. Gone are the days of low-maintenance grooming routines of summer and fall. It’s time to ditch the bar of soap and focus on real hydration for your parched winter skin.

It’s important to find a cleanser that will wash away impurities from that ice hockey game you won earlier today, but won’t strip your skin of your natural oils. Try this Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser by Jack Black.

We all know that dry skin can also mean flaky skin, which is why exfoliation is just as important, if not more important, in the winter as it is in the summer. Remove all the dry skin cells through a scrub, like Face Scrub Exfoliant Visage by Clinique Skin Supplies for Men.

Kiehl’s Men’s Alcohol-Free Herbal Toner is perfect for soothing your chapped skin and preparing it for a moisturizer. Toners help penetrate the pores allowing for moisture to soak in.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can skimp on the SPF. Simplify your routine by selecting a moisturizer with SPF. For a lightweight moisturizer that does it all try LAB Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

Remember to nourish the rest of your body with Molton Brown’s Body Remedies Desert Bloom Body Quencher. The best time to apply moisture is within five minutes of your shower!

 

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Beauty Break with Olivia Chantecaille

Forget Shark Week. In the world of Chantecaille, spring 2013 is Shark Season

Photographed by KSW at Chantecaille Headquarters in SoHo. When I asked Olivia Chantecaille, the glamorous and gorgeous creative director of her family’s namesake brand what her inspiration was for the spring 2013 Chantecaille collection, I hardly expected her answer to be: “the urgent need to save sharks from overfishing.” But, the more I got to understand the brand, the more sense her answer made. Chantecaille has long been advocate of the environment and namely, engendered wildlife. Its modus operandi is to educate its chic clientele about relevant issues on global sustainability and have them pitch in, one swipe of lip-gloss at a time. You’ll see that message translated creatively into their products, whether it is The Elephant Pallette, from last fall of which a portion…

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Photographed by KSW at Chantecaille Headquarters in SoHo.

When I asked Olivia Chantecaille, the glamorous and gorgeous creative director of her family’s namesake brand what her inspiration was for the spring 2013 Chantecaille collection, I hardly expected her answer to be: “the urgent need to save sharks from overfishing.” But, the more I got to understand the brand, the more sense her answer made.

Chantecaille has long been advocate of the environment and namely, engendered wildlife. Its modus operandi is to educate its chic clientele about relevant issues on global sustainability and have them pitch in, one swipe of lip-gloss at a time. You’ll see that message translated creatively into their products, whether it is The Elephant Pallette, from last fall of which a portion of the proceeds of the compact went to to help save many of the 38,000 elephant poached each year, or their spring 2012 initiative in partnering with the Marine Conservation Institute.

This season, Olivia has sharks on the brain. She spouts figures off the top of her head including that 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins (that works out to 138 sharks are killed every minute!). She goes on to talk about the devastating risks of the species’ extinction, but how does beauty work into all of this fascinating data, well, the pretty, easy-to-use and brand new Save the Sharks Palette launching at Saks this month.  Five percent of proceeds benefit the BLOOM Association to ban unregulated shark fin trade. Check out my interview with the beauty maven who is just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

Jenn Falik: Let’s talk about the Save the Sharks Pallette.
Olivia Chantecaille: The Save the Sharks Palette is an ode to the animal, yes — but also an ode to the bold, bright and graphic fashions of the season, especially strong blues as an unexpected alternative to classic black.

J.F.: What product from spring 2013 will we never find you without?
O.C.: The Rose Délice Lip Chic. It’s a fresh, sophisticated way to wear a bright lip.

J.F.: What products do you reach for if you have exactly three minutes to get from desk to dinner?
O.C.:  I reach for the Save the Sharks Palette and dip my brush in the Black Tip ocean blue shade to create a navy smoky eye.

J.F.: Your skin is amazing. Tell us about your skincare routine.
O.C.:  My beauty resolution for 2013 is to get facials at least once a year and to extend the benefits with masks at home. But on a daily basis, moving into spring I’ll switch out my cream out for an oil-free version, and every single day I swears by our Nano Gold Eye Serum. The ingredients are so highly concentrated, I’m always temped to use it over my entire face!

Always the perfect host, Olivia invited me to have my makeup done before heading out — and all I could think about as I floated out to the elevator was that every Chantecaille makeup application should come with an iTunes download of “I Feel Pretty”, because I just couldn’t help but hum it to myself the entire way home.

My personal favorite product picks? Well, because you asked (new spring 2013 launches excluded, we are talking classics here): the Lip Gloss in Guava, Future Skin Foundation in Vanilla and Mascara Faux Cils (I know this sounds weird but smell it, it’s infused with Rosewater —rendering it the most elegant mascara ever!

 

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Marvelously Marni

Marni unveils its first-ever fragrance at Saks

Scent is a fascinating thing. One may distinctly remember their grandmother’s air of glamour with a single spritz of her signature Chanel No. 5, or dive back into childhood summers spent on the boardwalk with a whiff of saltwater taffy. The olfactory is indeed a marvelous gift. But what does fashion smell like? Moreover, what do fashion, art, nature and architecture smell like — combined? That’s what Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni and her daughter Carolina sought to achieve with their first ever fragrance, eponymously dubbed, Marni. As director of special projects for Marni, Carolina Castiglioni is responsible for taking her mother’s designs into the future. Her credits include launching e-commerce years back, founding the brand’s online magazine Anti Camera and blog too, partnering with…

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Scent is a fascinating thing. One may distinctly remember their grandmother’s air of glamour with a single spritz of her signature Chanel No. 5, or dive back into childhood summers spent on the boardwalk with a whiff of saltwater taffy. The olfactory is indeed a marvelous gift.

But what does fashion smell like? Moreover, what do fashion, art, nature and architecture smell like — combined? That’s what Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni and her daughter Carolina sought to achieve with their first ever fragrance, eponymously dubbed, Marni.

As director of special projects for Marni, Carolina Castiglioni is responsible for taking her mother’s designs into the future. Her credits include launching e-commerce years back, founding the brand’s online magazine Anti Camera and blog too, partnering with contemporary artists on collaborations with the 20-year-old Italian fashion house.  Having grown up in the world of Marni, the fashion scion is steeped in the brand’s iconography enabling her to push limits and stake new ground for the visionary collection. Here, we talk with Carolina about the fragrance and the Marni woman, who, by definition is unique, boundlessly creative, passionate about art and lighthearted all the while.

SaksPOV: What was it like growing up in the house of Marni?
Carolina Castiglioni: For me, it was normal. Marni was started when I was 10.  It was about [my mother’s] style and the way she looked at things and found inspiration. We are close and we do things together as a family.

[Fun Facts: Consuelo’s husband and Carolina’s father Gianni Castiglioni is CEO, while their son Giovanni works in the retail division. The name Marni is also tied to the family. It it’s the nickname of Gianni’s sister Marina].

SaksPOV: This is the first fragrance from Marni. How did go about creating it?
C.C.:  Fragrance is a multisensory experience and in the Marni world, this is how we always do things — like mixing fabric, furs and wood [in the ready-to-wear]. It is coherent with the Marni aesthetic. We developed it together with Estee Lauder.

SaksPOV: The juice itself is unique from many fragrances out there, with notes of bergamot, cardamom and cinnamon bark. You can say that it borders on the masculine side.
C.C.:  My mother doesn’t like sweet or fruity [fragrances]. She prefers masculine elements like wood and incense. It reminds me of my home, growing up.

SaksPOV: Tell us about the bottle design.
C.C.: The bottle itself is timeless and classic in shape with the classic Marni elements: the dot. We played with proportions, as we do in in ready-to-wear and we did the same with the bottle, which [is large compared to its]  small cap. The red [Bakelite] cap reminds us of Marni bijoux [also made of Bakelite] 

SaksPOV: What do you want people to know when they experience the fragrance?
C.C.: We want our customers to shop according to their personality. We like them to mix pieces from different collections, even old collections. It’s about unexpected materials, colors and now, fragrance in a new way.

 

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Marni fragrance is launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. See the entire collection.

 

 


Best of Spring Bags

Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer picks her faves

With winter still here, a great way to freshen your wardrobe up (before the mercury rises for real) is with a fun, spring bag. Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer explains the new bags for spring are “softer with a bit of structure.”   3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo “Practical, modern and the green is a great neutral for the season.”   The Row Drawstring Backpack “Elegant, sporty and very New York.”   Chloé Vanessa Crossbody “I love this because it’s really functional, without being too big. If you needed to, you could wear it to dinner.”   Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag “This bag is ladylike and retro, but it still has that McQueen edge.”   Lanvin Partition Bag “The orange is both bold and wearable….

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With winter still here, a great way to freshen your wardrobe up (before the mercury rises for real) is with a fun, spring bag. Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer explains the new bags for spring are “softer with a bit of structure.”

 

3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo
“Practical, modern and the green is a great neutral for the season.”

 

The Row Drawstring Backpack
“Elegant, sporty and very New York.”

 

Chloé Vanessa Crossbody
“I love this because it’s really functional, without being too big. If you needed to, you could wear it to dinner.”

 

Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag
“This bag is ladylike and retro, but it still has that McQueen edge.”

 

Lanvin Partition Bag
“The orange is both bold and wearable. This is a luxurious bag but it’s incredibly understated with gold hardware and elegant closure.”

 

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Kids Incorporated

As a wife, mother of two and the head of creative at Oscar de la Renta, Atlanta native Marissa Kraxberger is beyond busy. Then there’s George and Ruby. It’s her popular children’s blog that details everything from her family outings to the best stroller-friendly boîtes in Manhattan. And if you’re wondering about the name, no, those aren’t her kids; they’re the names of Eliza and Alex Bolen’s family dogs — Eliza being Oscar’s step-daughter and Alex, the company CEO. “Everyone always thinks that my kids are George and Ruby, but I am ok with that. It’s like an inside joke,” remarks Kraxberger, who previously worked at Diane von Furstenberg (in-house graphic designer and then senior art director), Kate Spade (digital art director) and, once upon…

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As a wife, mother of two and the head of creative at Oscar de la Renta, Atlanta native Marissa Kraxberger is beyond busy. Then there’s George and Ruby. It’s her popular children’s blog that details everything from her family outings to the best stroller-friendly boîtes in Manhattan. And if you’re wondering about the name, no, those aren’t her kids; they’re the names of Eliza and Alex Bolen’s family dogs — Eliza being Oscar’s step-daughter and Alex, the company CEO. “Everyone always thinks that my kids are George and Ruby, but I am ok with that. It’s like an inside joke,” remarks Kraxberger, who previously worked at Diane von Furstenberg (in-house graphic designer and then senior art director), Kate Spade (digital art director) and, once upon time, as a ski-resort lifty in Colorado. Here, Kraxberger  — who’s our new columnist and Saks Girl of the Season — dishes children’s trends, dance class and mom essentials. And, oh, as for her kids’ names, they’re Alexa and Hayden.

SaksPOV: What’s the backstory behind the blog?
Marissa Kraxberger: After launching the children’s wear collection, we talked a lot internally about what we could do to give it more exposure. We felt it needed a presence on its own in the digital space. Since Oscar already has a digital voice in Oscar PR Girl, we needed another alternative. We wanted it to be an authentic voice, one that wasn’t sales-y, etc. Since I am a mom of two and already very active in the digital space, I was the perfect fit. My direction was to keep it real — authentic. While the blog would be tied to the brand, this should be about me, work, kids, etc. I am a pretty open book to all who know me well so putting myself out there in the digital space doesn’t scare me. I already had personal blogs for the kids so now I just curate the content a little differently. We launched the blog in July of 2012 and it’s been a labor of love ever since.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style, pre- and post-mommyhood?
M.K.: I actually think my style has improved. Maybe it’s because I feel more comfortable with myself and who I am now. I find the stereotype of how moms dress after having children to be so annoying. I still love to dress up. Even if I am in jeans and my Converse, I still may throw on a chunky necklace just to make it more of a look.

SaksPOV: Favorite children’s wear trends for spring?
M.K.: It’s all about easy, breezy and fun looks — playground chic. For boys, I can’t say enough about the Oscar de la Renta heathered and striped polo shirts. They are so soft and the color combinations are unique to any others I have seen. Soft pastels are on trend as well as more vibrant pops of color. I love to pair these with cargo shorts and some Toms shoes or maybe some skinny jeans and VANS. For girls, easy tunic dresses in gingham or floral are my first choice. I love dresses for playtime, especially when they are easy and loose. Another great alternative are knit tops with scalloped shorts — the scalloped detailing makes the look more unique.

SaksPOV: What’s a typical day like for you?
M.K.: On a good day I am at the gym at 5:30 AM for a spin (the elliptical) and getting in some early reading on my Kindle app. Then I go home to get myself and the kids ready. Our nanny arrives at 8:30 AM and I leave shortly after for the office. My day normally begins with chatting with my team about any crazy stories about my kids from the night before — I always have a silly picture or video to share. After that I typically launch straight into meetings. On any given day I work with my team on planning photo shoots for our ready-to-wear and accessories, marketing materials for our fragrances, layouts for advertising, invitations for store events, talent scouting for our next children’s ad campaign…. Since I joined the brand, I haven’t had a slow day yet. I like that though — a wise man once told me that if you want something done, ask a busy person. I normally slide through the door at home around 7 PM to my two little ones squealing mama and asking me if I want to paint. At that point, my husband typically pours me a glass of wine, I kick off my heels and grab a paint brush. I love this part of my day. The kids go to sleep around 8 PM and then we normally eat dinner and I hop back on the computer while we watch TV and enjoy the quiet.

SaksPOV: Your typical weekend?
M.K.: We are always out and about. We are fortunate to have some close friends with kids the same age as ours so we do a lot of play dates. We spend a lot of time at the playgrounds — Union Square, Washington Square Park and the Westside Highway. We also love going out to eat so we tend to take the kids out to early brunches and early dinners, before the crowds come in.

SaksPOV: If you could carve out a day to yourself…
M.K.: I would be at a dance class. Ever since the kids were born I haven’t gotten to go as much, but I love any type of cardio dance class. I just started taking one at Dance New Amsterdam and I love it.

SaksPOV: Fashion essentials every mother have?
M.K.: A great lightweight scarf — brings a look together and covers sticky finger trails on a blouse. A great tote bag — I hate having to carry a lot of bags so I like one that carries all my needs, whether my Moleskine notebook and iPad for work or diapers and coloring books. And a great wedge — I don’t see why moms have to be in flats all the time with kids. If you get a great wedge then you are comfortable and still look tall, lean and fashionable.

SaksPOV: And when it comes to non-fashion essentials?
M.K.: It is cliché but an iPad is a must. I love all of the learning apps that are available for toddlers — the PBS and Netflix apps have a great curated collection of kids shows. And we don’t go anywhere without fruit-squeeze pouches (Plum Organics, Happy Baby, Earth’s best, etc). Whoever came up with this snack idea was an absolute genius.

SaksPOV: Guilty pleasures?
M.K.: I am a closet sci-fi/magic/adventure nerd. I love Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games. My life is so crazy busy, I love to read books that whisk me away into another world.

SaksPOV: What’s your secret to keeping the work/mother/life balance…and not losing your mind?
M.K.: I really think it is just simply about staying positive. I do my best to focus on the good and not the bad. Instead of thinking of what my kids are missing out on, I think about what they are gaining. I think so much of our daily lives has dictated our point of view and sentiment towards situations. I do feel like I am losing my mind sometimes, but I felt that way before kids, too. There is no balance, there is only life and how you live it.

 

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On the arrival of Something Blue at Saks, Oscar talks about fragrances and weddings — and what he wore to his own!

 


Skin is In

An interview ReVive Skincare founder and plastic surgeon, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown

When one of the world’s most renowned plastic surgeons guesses you are five years younger than you actually are, you might become putty in his hands. You might believe his words to be infallible. You might fall in love. But no, not this intrepid reporter who interviewed the renowned founder of RéVive Skincare, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown for SaksPOV. I sat down with the Kentucky-born plastic surgeon and skincare pioneer, who incorporated his copious research on accelerating the healing rate of burns into RéVive’s magic potion-like product array. Here, he reveals his secrets to choice great, youthful-looking skin — sans scalpel. Admittedly, I did kind of fall in love with him. It must be that Southern charm. SaksPOV: Dr. Brown, you’re a plastic surgeon —…

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When one of the world’s most renowned plastic surgeons guesses you are five years younger than you actually are, you might become putty in his hands. You might believe his words to be infallible. You might fall in love. But no, not this intrepid reporter who interviewed the renowned founder of RéVive Skincare, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown for SaksPOV. I sat down with the Kentucky-born plastic surgeon and skincare pioneer, who incorporated his copious research on accelerating the healing rate of burns into RéVive’s magic potion-like product array. Here, he reveals his secrets to choice great, youthful-looking skin — sans scalpel. Admittedly, I did kind of fall in love with him. It must be that Southern charm.

SaksPOV: Dr. Brown, you’re a plastic surgeon — you can fix just about any line, droop or jowl with the flick of the scalpel. What interests you about skincare?
Dr. Gregory Bays Brown: I started out doing research on wounds and helping burns heal faster by applying growth factors. By doing that we stimulate cell turnover and it creates a dewy, youthful glow. There are certain things you can’t fix with a scalpel. A plastic surgeon really knows the limitations of what can and cannot be done.

SaksPOV: What can you do with skincare that plastic surgery cannot correct?
Dr. Brown: The neck. There is no surgery or laser that will improve the appearance of an aging neck or décolleté and they’re a giveaway for how old a woman is. It’s very important for women use neck and décolleté [cream].

SaksPOV: What is your idea of beauty?
Dr. Brown: It’s not what everyone’s is… To me, what makes people most attractive is an inner beauty. I think Eleanor Roosevelt was very beautiful. It’s about being centered and happy.

SaksPOV: We’re on it. Walk us through RéVive skincare 101. How do we take care of our skin, so it appears dewy and youthful — especially when we’re not exactly feeling either dewy or youthful?
Dr. Brown: Cleanse every day and night, but you don’t want skin that is squeaky-clean. That mean’s the skin is alkaline [and dry]. If you have to skip a step, it would be toner. You don’t really need it. Then, hydrate. Moisture alone is anti-aging. If you let a wound dry out, it will take a long time to heal, But if you keep it moist the renewal process will be faster. People don’t realize that. And always wear an SPF.

 

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Oscar de la Renta’s Blue Crush

On the arrival of Something Blue at Saks, Oscar talks about fragrances and weddings — and what he wore to his own!

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue….” Quick, what does that saying evoke for you? Tradition, all things nuptial, perhaps a towering three-tier cake or two? Now, thanks to Oscar de le Renta, it’s also going to evoke the wonderful scents of mandarin, linden blossom, lily of the valley and stephanotis, with a touch of sweet lychee. The designer’s launched a new fragrance called Something Blue — exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue — that’s custom-made for brides. There’s a backstory behind all those notes, which warm to a sexy bourbon vanilla and white musk finish, as well as the gorgeous bottle. Not only does it feature a removable ring you can wear, but there’s a luxe larimar gemstone cap (the colors for which echo…

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“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue….” Quick, what does that saying evoke for you? Tradition, all things nuptial, perhaps a towering three-tier cake or two? Now, thanks to Oscar de le Renta, it’s also going to evoke the wonderful scents of mandarin, linden blossom, lily of the valley and stephanotis, with a touch of sweet lychee. The designer’s launched a new fragrance called Something Blue — exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue — that’s custom-made for brides. There’s a backstory behind all those notes, which warm to a sexy bourbon vanilla and white musk finish, as well as the gorgeous bottle. Not only does it feature a removable ring you can wear, but there’s a luxe larimar gemstone cap (the colors for which echo his new nail polish collection, too). Here, Mr. de la Renta explains all to SaksPOV and gives his advice to the newlywed-to-be.

SaksPOV: Why did you decide to launch a fragrance just for bridal?
Oscar de la Renta: Of all the senses, smell has — in our mind — the strongest recall. I love the idea of the fragrance that a woman wears on her wedding day being one that she wears her whole life because it reminds her of that day.

SaksPOV: Is there a story behind the notes you chose?
ODLR: At my home in the Dominican Republic, there is a place outside where we have breakfast with tons of stephanotis. It smells unbelievable! We used it as the key note in Something Blue because it is also known as the “bridal veil” flower. There is also lily of the valley in the fragrance, which is one of my favorites for a bride to carry.

SaksPOV: What about the use of larimar, both as the bottle topper and new nail polish color?
ODLR: Larimar is this extraordinary blue stone that only comes from the Dominican Republic where I am from. What better blue than one that is very rare? When we have guests I always take them to the markets to buy it.

Something Blue Eau de Parfum Spray; The new nail polish available in select Saks locations 1.877.551.7257.

 

SaksPOV: What scent did you wear during your own wedding to Annette?
ODLR: Pour Lui, one of my men’s fragrances, mixed with sandalwood.

SaksPOV: What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve been to?
ODLR: When my daughter Eliza got married at our house in Kent, Connecticut, the wedding planners wanted a tented walkway leading from the house to where the ceremony would be. I said no, thinking it would never rain. Well, not only did it rain, it poured. We had to run out and buy as many umbrellas as we could. We took Eliza in a golf cart with an umbrella to the ceremony. Even with all of that, it was truly one of the most special days of my life.

SaksPOV: If you had to pick a favorite bridal look, whether Loulou de la Falaise’s zouave pants and celestial headgear or Princess Diana’s more classic meringue confection, which would it be?
ODLR: There are, of course, so many fantastic bridal moments over time, but for me, the best is when I see any bride walking towards the man that she loves. I am a very sentimental person. A total romantic.

SaksPOV: Any advice you can share for the would-be bride?
ODLR: Have a clear vision. Decide where you will have your wedding before you do anything else. Stay true to what you want — it is your day and no one else’s. And consider a gown with a train; it creates a wonderful sense of drama.

SaksPOV: Lastly, a bride on her wedding day should never forget…
ODLR: The feeling of being madly in love.

 

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Hot Fun in the Wintertime

Is it spring yet? Women's Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin shares her favorite resort looks from the runway

Until we can pack up our winter accessories and bare some more leg, we’ll be ogling flights online and stocking up on sunscreen for a sunny getaway. Sure, the passports are ready, but how about your wardrobe? Our women’s senior fashion director, Colleen Sherin dishes on five resort ensembles perfect for warmer temperatures. Read on for inspiration from the vibrant hues and can’t-miss patterns to put a little spring in your step, even if you’re landlocked and daydreaming by the heater. Altuzarra “I love the unexpected mix of the chambray shirt, military jacket, and Ikat skirt…it nods to the Spring 2013 trends and is perfect while the weather’s still cold here in NYC!” Gucci “With its easy, relaxed, 1970′s vibe, this look is spot-on for…

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Until we can pack up our winter accessories and bare some more leg, we’ll be ogling flights online and stocking up on sunscreen for a sunny getaway. Sure, the passports are ready, but how about your wardrobe? Our women’s senior fashion director, Colleen Sherin dishes on five resort ensembles perfect for warmer temperatures. Read on for inspiration from the vibrant hues and can’t-miss patterns to put a little spring in your step, even if you’re landlocked and daydreaming by the heater.

Altuzarra
“I love the unexpected mix of the chambray shirt, military jacket, and Ikat skirt…it nods to the Spring 2013 trends and is perfect while the weather’s still cold here in NYC!”

Gucci
“With its easy, relaxed, 1970′s vibe, this look is spot-on for a Resort getaway.”

Nina Ricci
“Lace in color-get this dress now, and you’ll be perfectly on trend for Spring 2013!”

Stella McCartney
“Such a gorgeous floral patterned jacquard — and don’t miss the off-beat pairing with leopard spot pumps.”

 

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Best in Men’s Accessories

Spring is around the corner and our Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings Tells you exactly which accessories you need to get there

If clothes make the man, then perhaps accessories separate the style savvy guy from the rest. As you begin shopping for spring, Saks’ Vice President & Fashion Director of Menswear, Eric Jennings shows you the sartorial ropes in sprucing up your look with some dashing accouterments! Del Toro  Orange Tribal print slipper shoe “These slipper shoes are definitely not just for lounging around the house. Quirky and packed with attitude, they will surely get you notice this spring.” Miansai Silver Hook Rope Wrap Bracelet “Casual, cool and accessibly priced, everyone from Miami to NYC loves Miansai. This bracelet is my go to accessory with or without a suit.” Oliver Peoples Tortoise/Clear Frames “I’ve been wearing Oliver People sunglasses for a very long time. They fit…

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If clothes make the man, then perhaps accessories separate the style savvy guy from the rest. As you begin shopping for spring, Saks’ Vice President & Fashion Director of Menswear, Eric Jennings shows you the sartorial ropes in sprucing up your look with some dashing accouterments!

Del Toro  Orange Tribal print slipper shoe

“These slipper shoes are definitely not just for lounging around the house. Quirky and packed with attitude, they will surely get you notice this spring.”

Miansai Silver Hook Rope Wrap Bracelet

“Casual, cool and accessibly priced, everyone from Miami to NYC loves Miansai. This bracelet is my go to accessory with or without a suit.”

Oliver Peoples Tortoise/Clear Frames

“I’ve been wearing Oliver People sunglasses for a very long time. They fit my face perfectly and this pair has a great retro vibe.”

Jack Spade Dipped Coal Bag

“Jack Spade was the first bag I got when I first started working at Saks. I like how this one has camo-type print on top and bright orange on the bottom. Note worthy is that orange and green citrus colors are big this spring!”

Hook & Albert Colorful Shoes Laces

“I’ve been known to wear Hook + Albert label accents frequently, but I also wear their shoe laces too! When the laces on my wingtip brogues broke, I paired the red laces with my black shoes and the lake color with my cognac shoes.”

 

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Black & White

Sara Zucker leads you through the first big trend of the spring season

In my inaugural post for SaksPOV, I felt it necessary to start from the beginning of your style evolution; the basics of fashion, as it were. Let us specifically examine two of the cleanest shades in the ROYGBIV scale rather than diving right into a bold, in-your-face trend, shall we? Combinations of black and white in various patterns have been all over the runway for eons, but the formula took on a new meaning for designers such as Michael Kors and Jil Sander. The pieces I’m talking about do not include your boring old white or black t-shirt. Instead, they are eye-catching, impactful, a little bit mod, and — best of all — they match everything, which is the beauty of a neutral. But isn’t…

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In my inaugural post for SaksPOV, I felt it necessary to start from the beginning of your style evolution; the basics of fashion, as it were. Let us specifically examine two of the cleanest shades in the ROYGBIV scale rather than diving right into a bold, in-your-face trend, shall we? Combinations of black and white in various patterns have been all over the runway for eons, but the formula took on a new meaning for designers such as Michael Kors and Jil Sander.

The pieces I’m talking about do not include your boring old white or black t-shirt. Instead, they are eye-catching, impactful, a little bit mod, and — best of all — they match everything, which is the beauty of a neutral. But isn’t the most important takeaway is how you can make this trend your own? When seeking out a wearable piece to call your own, aim for a shape that flatters and don’t forget to keep a Tide-to-Go tucked in your purse. Relegate colors to accessories or a swipe of lipstick if you yearn for pigmentation. For the items you cannot wear like bedding or housewares, avoid flailing your arms when drinking red wine.

—Sara Zucker, farpitzs.

 

Theory Tollie Evian Striped Top, Lotusgrace Shantung Scallop Dress, Alice + Olivia Striped & Beaded Silk Dress, Frette Hotel Duvet Cover, 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Satchel, Bliss Lau Concealed Diamond Plaque Necklace, Marni Resin & Glass Animal Brooch Set, Jason Wu Peggy Crisscross Patent Leather Pumps

 

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