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Saying it with Flowers

Spring has sprung and some of our favorite fashion designers share their favorite flowers with us!

The scene. You’re going to dinner at Rebecca Taylor’s posh Brooklyn home. What do you bring? Well, we just might have the perfect solution as Saks asks some of our favorite designers what their absolute favorite flowers are in honor of the arrival of spring. So take notes — just in case you get an invite to Mary Katrantzou’s Greek pad — we know what she likes!   Rebecca Taylor: “I love peonies. I like that they’re sort of like a rose, but they’re not quite as old-fashioned as a rose. They feel like a very modern flower to me. Very feminine, but very modern.”   Elie Tahari: Orchids. Mary Katrantzou: “I love gardenias. I love the smell. We had them in our home in Greece. I love how…

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The scene. You’re going to dinner at Rebecca Taylor’s posh Brooklyn home. What do you bring? Well, we just might have the perfect solution as Saks asks some of our favorite designers what their absolute favorite flowers are in honor of the arrival of spring. So take notes — just in case you get an invite to Mary Katrantzou’s Greek pad — we know what she likes!

 

Rebecca Taylor: “I love peonies. I like that they’re sort of like a rose, but they’re not quite as old-fashioned as a rose. They feel like a very modern flower to me. Very feminine, but very modern.”  

Elie Tahari: Orchids.

Mary Katrantzou: “I love gardenias. I love the smell. We had them in our home in Greece. I love how pure and white it is. I’m quite a monochromatic person outside my work, so I think there’s a purity in that flower. And even the touch and the smell and everything is really beautiful.”

Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis: “I actually love peonies. Because there are so many different colors. They feel a little more organic and of the earth, less cultivated,” says Beatty. “I like jasmine, the scent. Night blooming jasmine.”

Phillip Lim: “I love all flora – I have flowers around me all the time, they enhance my mood and affect my day and that is a great thing.  I particularly like simple flowers like roses and peonies.”

 

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What’s hot this spring? Precision Florals. See more on The Trendcaster.

 

 


Meet Melissa

Behind the Scenes at the Plastic Fashion Brand

Spring is here and as they say, April showers bring May flowers — and soggy stilettos. Unless, that is, you’re wearing Melissa shoes. The Brazilian-based label consistently taps into each season’s key trends, and turns out strikingly innovative designs — from deck shoes to elaborately studded pumps — exclusively in plastic. Inspired by the season’s wet, sole destroying weather, we visited with Michele Levy, the brand’s U.S. CEO, who clued us in on a few fun facts about the chic, all-season shoes. Here’s a quick education in all things Melissa: • The original Melissa shoe was created in the 1970s as a sturdier plastic alternative to a leather sandal worn by French fisherman. • There’s no real-life “Melissa,” but so many refer to the CEO by…

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Spring is here and as they say, April showers bring May flowers — and soggy stilettos. Unless, that is, you’re wearing Melissa shoes. The Brazilian-based label consistently taps into each season’s key trends, and turns out strikingly innovative designs — from deck shoes to elaborately studded pumps — exclusively in plastic. Inspired by the season’s wet, sole destroying weather, we visited with Michele Levy, the brand’s U.S. CEO, who clued us in on a few fun facts about the chic, all-season shoes.

Here’s a quick education in all things Melissa:

• The original Melissa shoe was created in the 1970s as a sturdier plastic alternative to a leather sandal worn by French fisherman.

• There’s no real-life “Melissa,” but so many refer to the CEO by the name, that she automatically responds to it.

• Every pair of Melissa shoes is infused with a sweet bubble gum scent.

• Kids collection Mini Melissa launched two years ago and was an instant success. “They make me the most popular person at any baby shower,” says Levy.

• Melissa is a favorite of the eco-conscious. The accessories are totally recyclable.

• Designer collaborations might seem like a trend of recent vintage, but Melissa was ahead of the curve on that score. Back in 1984, Jean Paul Gaultier designed a shoe for the brand.

• Karl Lagerfeld is the newest designer to join the roster. Look for the capsule collection of pointy flats and whimsical, glitter embellished pumps to hit stores starting in May.

Plastic Fantastic! Check out some other water-wicking we love:

Givenchy’s ankle-strap jelly sandals are part of the latest wave of gladiator-inspired accessories ($280).

Perennial prepster favorite Jack Rogers does its classic Georgica thong in beach-ready PVC ($68).

Fendi’s ankle strap Hydra wedge is a subtle way to wear stripes ($395).

Loeffler Randall updates the look of the smoking slipper with a girly jelly version ($250).

Tory Burch’s gamine ballet flat makes a plastic shoe look downright ladylike ($125).

 

 

 


Coming Up Roses

But let’s not forget the peonies, hyacinths and tulips! This spring it’s all about florals!

We’re celebrating the coming of spring this week on SaksPOV with stories about designers’ favorite flowers, the best water-wicking shoes out there and here we’re talking about about one of the hottest trends from accessories to apparel: floral prints! — Jessie Artigue of Style and Pepper I took a go at styling up the botanical trend with some corresponding bags and shoes, and hope that it helps you get an idea of how you can achieve a modern take on the current look for yourself.     Trousers with Woven Straw BCBGMAXAZRIA Pants, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Eric Javits Bag     Blazer with Metallics Haute Hippie Blazer, Alice + Olivia Shoes, Diane von Furstenberg Bag     Dress with Brights By Malene Birger Dress, Jimmy Choo…

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We’re celebrating the coming of spring this week on SaksPOV with stories about designers’ favorite flowers, the best water-wicking shoes out there and here we’re talking about about one of the hottest trends from accessories to apparel: floral prints!

— Jessie Artigue of Style and Pepper

I took a go at styling up the botanical trend with some corresponding bags and shoes, and hope that it helps you get an idea of how you can achieve a modern take on the current look for yourself.
 
 

Trousers with Woven Straw

BCBGMAXAZRIA Pants, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Eric Javits Bag

 
 

Blazer with Metallics

Haute Hippie Blazer, Alice + Olivia Shoes, Diane von Furstenberg Bag

 
 

Dress with Brights

By Malene Birger Dress, Jimmy Choo Shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Bag

 
 
Hopefully this helps you and your wardrobe get a little head-start on the season, and perhaps it’ll give us a real reason to look forward to those “May Flowers” we keep dreaming so much about!

 

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A New Hollywood Icon

The New Saks Men’s Store in Beverly Hills is the epitome of California Cool

The Fifth Man is Saks Fifth Avenue’s ode to a sharp dressed man. The newly renovated men’s concept store in Beverly Hills launched earlier this month, proves to be a totally new experience for shoppers in California, who can peruse the latest and greatest from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Brunello Cucinelli and Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s collection, to name a few. The landmark Timothy Pflueger-designed building on Rodeo Drive has been updated to include contemporary artworks alongside sophisticated residential-style furnishings, allowing the shopper to feel right at home. The D-Bar on the lower level is dedicated to all things denim, replete with a bar for a cocktail at the end of a long day of shopping. Brands in the D-Bar are at the height…

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The Fifth Man is Saks Fifth Avenue’s ode to a sharp dressed man. The newly renovated men’s concept store in Beverly Hills launched earlier this month, proves to be a totally new experience for shoppers in California, who can peruse the latest and greatest from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Brunello Cucinelli and Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s collection, to name a few.

The landmark Timothy Pflueger-designed building on Rodeo Drive has been updated to include contemporary artworks alongside sophisticated residential-style furnishings, allowing the shopper to feel right at home.

The D-Bar on the lower level is dedicated to all things denim, replete with a bar for a cocktail at the end of a long day of shopping. Brands in the D-Bar are at the height of cool, ranging with names such as DL1961, J Brand, Nudie Jeans, PRPS and Rag & Bone on display.  In addition to well-known brands, Saks will spotlight wares from up and coming local Los Angeles designers such as Diana Keinejad.

“Through these innovative renovations, Saks is thrilled to offer our customers exciting new lifestyle shopping experiences,” notes Tom Ott, Senior Vice President and GMM for Men’s Home and Gifts and Saks. “D-Bar and the men’s shoe salon, in particular, are sure to become iconic West Coast shopping destinations.”

 

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Guys: Ready for Spring? See more of our curated trends and editorials in Spring EDIT.

 

 


We Have Liftoff!

Prime eyes for spring with La Prairie

As the weather warms up to spring, so must your skincare! Case in point: La Prairie’s Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex.  The tiny bottle packs quite the punch with qualities of lifting, firming and priming the eyes for makeup (in fact, eye shadows prove easier to apply and the colors are more truly articulated with its use). Use one drop morning and then again night underneath your eye cream. The formula amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals is a global best seller for the prestige beauty brand — one is sold every four minutes!

 

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As the weather warms up to spring, so must your skincare! Case in point: La Prairie’s Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex.  The tiny bottle packs quite the punch with qualities of lifting, firming and priming the eyes for makeup (in fact, eye shadows prove easier to apply and the colors are more truly articulated with its use). Use one drop morning and then again night underneath your eye cream. The formula amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals is a global best seller for the prestige beauty brand — one is sold every four minutes!

 

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What are some of your beauty tips for the eyes? Tell us in the comments!

 

 


Blue Jean Baby

Style and Pepper’s Jessie Artigue shows us how to wear denim-on-denim all spring and summer!

If there’s one item of clothing that says “quintessential summer” for me, it’s got to be my well-worn (and well-loved!) chambray shirt. Never even dreaming that donning an old favorite could get any better, I seem to have been proven wrong after observing the styling of so many of the upcoming lines for the warmer seasons. We’re seeing so much denim on denim that I’m already getting excited to pair up my own mix of mismatched blues, and the whole look is making me think that in this case, you likely can’t have too much of a good thing. — Jessie Artigue, Style and Pepper Just in case you’re feeling hesitant about creating your own version of the Canadian tuxedo, here are a few pairing…

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If there’s one item of clothing that says “quintessential summer” for me, it’s got to be my well-worn (and well-loved!) chambray shirt. Never even dreaming that donning an old favorite could get any better, I seem to have been proven wrong after observing the styling of so many of the upcoming lines for the warmer seasons. We’re seeing so much denim on denim that I’m already getting excited to pair up my own mix of mismatched blues, and the whole look is making me think that in this case, you likely can’t have too much of a good thing.

— Jessie Artigue, Style and Pepper

Just in case you’re feeling hesitant about creating your own version of the Canadian tuxedo, here are a few pairing suggestions that will hopefully help to get you started. Happy Styling!

Dark denim shirt, by Burberry Brit layered underneath a light sleeveless tank dress, like this one from rag & bone/JEAN.

 

Denim vest by Proenza Schouler over a 3/4 length sleeve chambray dress (this one’s by Weekend MaxMara).

 

Frayed denim shell (love this one from Acne!) under a white jean jacket like this by AG Adriano Goldschmied.

 

HELMUT Helmut Lang denim moto jacket over a chambray tee by A.P.C.

 

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See more of our curated trends and editorials in Spring EDIT.

 
 


Road Tripping

Rebecca Minkoff Guest Blogs for her #RMRoadTrip across the U.S. with Saks!

Rebecca Minkoff is going cross-country with Saks! On the occasion of her appearances at Saks in Raleigh, Richmond this month (next month she’s headed to Tulsa!). Follow Rebecca as she travels to see her fans on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #RMRoadTrip! My packing list:  RM Ismini top, Haim jacket, Cruz pant,  Isabel Marant sneakers, June Jacobs Face Cream, Mac Book Air, Nicholas K Sweater What I’m wearing to meet my Minkettes at Saks: RM Couric Top in Chalk, RM Wes Moto in Black Perf, Earnest Sewn Distressed Jeans Must-have beauty product: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. It is the perfect matte lipstick! I wear it all the time. Bag of the day: Jayden bag. It adds the perfect pop of color….

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Rebecca Minkoff is going cross-country with Saks! On the occasion of her appearances at Saks in Raleigh, Richmond this month (next month she’s headed to Tulsa!). Follow Rebecca as she travels to see her fans on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #RMRoadTrip!

My packing list:  RM Ismini top, Haim jacket, Cruz pant,  Isabel Marant sneakers, June Jacobs Face Cream, Mac Book Air, Nicholas K Sweater

What I’m wearing to meet my Minkettes at Saks: RM Couric Top in Chalk, RM Wes Moto in Black Perf, Earnest Sewn Distressed Jeans

Must-have beauty product: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. It is the perfect matte lipstick! I wear it all the time.

Bag of the day: Jayden bag. It adds the perfect pop of color.

What I’m listening to today: “Mother and Child” by Paul Simon.

Rebecca takes Raleigh!

Getting ready for the appearance with Lindt chocolate and perfect waves.

 

Meeting with fans!

 

Makeovers with Saks shoppers.

 

Signing autographs.

 

Rebecca in Richmond!

In the bag.

 

Perfect for summer!

 

Lunching with the ladies.

 

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Meet the Newsies

Hear all about it! These new brands to Saks.com are sure to freshen up any man's wardrobe

One of the age-old spring cleaning mottos is “out with the old and in with the new.” Fortunately for you Saks.com is welcoming three men’s wear labels that are well worth that prime real estate you’ve just created in your closet. We asked our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, to chime in on why he loves Porter, Slowear, and Nudie Jeans. Porter The stats: Japanese accessories house with a cult following. Notable fans: The haute staffers at Monocle. Jennings’ take: “I use my Porter bags for the gym and the beach.”   Slowear The stats: Italian. Pronounced “slo-wear.” Under the Slowear label are four sub-brands: Montedoro for jackets, Zanone consists of wovens and knits, Glanshirt is the shirting line and Incotex denotes their…

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One of the age-old spring cleaning mottos is “out with the old and in with the new.” Fortunately for you Saks.com is welcoming three men’s wear labels that are well worth that prime real estate you’ve just created in your closet. We asked our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, to chime in on why he loves Porter, Slowear, and Nudie Jeans.

Porter

The stats: Japanese accessories house with a cult following.

Notable fans: The haute staffers at Monocle.

Jennings’ take: “I use my Porter bags for the gym and the beach.”

 

Slowear

The stats: Italian. Pronounced “slo-wear.” Under the Slowear label are four sub-brands: Montedoro for jackets, Zanone consists of wovens and knits, Glanshirt is the shirting line and Incotex denotes their pants classification.

Notable fans: Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean.

Jennings’ take: “The phrase classic with a twist is sooverused, but it’s true of Slowear. They have great colors and they make the best of the best in each category.”

 

Nudie Jeans

The stats: Swedish. The jeans are made in Italy with Japanese, Turkish and Italian denim. Nudie was organic before being “organic” was a trend.

Jennings’ take: “They are the future of what it means to be sustainable and a great example of how to do it in a cool way.”

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See more of our curated trends and editorials in Spring EDIT.

 


Something About Mary

A look into Mary Katrantzou’s collaboration with Current/Elliot

The Athens born, London based Mary Katrantzou is known for her wildly creative, yet totally wearable prints. When news got out the Kantranztou was collaborating with denim maven Serge Azria, creative director of Current/Elliot — we had to have it. And now, Mary gives tells the story of this storybook-perfect collaboration. SaksPOV: Why did you decide to do denim now? Mary Katrantzou: Winter 2012 was based on taking something really mundane and creating something sublime —it was all about bustles and corsetry, elements that were restrictive and quite theatrical. One critic wrote, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to see how Mary would do denim?’ And it started playing in my head. SaksPOV: What inspired you? MK: Instead of postage stamps like in my collection, we used…

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The Athens born, London based Mary Katrantzou is known for her wildly creative, yet totally wearable prints. When news got out the Kantranztou was collaborating with denim maven Serge Azria, creative director of Current/Elliot — we had to have it. And now, Mary gives tells the story of this storybook-perfect collaboration.

SaksPOV: Why did you decide to do denim now?
Mary Katrantzou: Winter 2012 was based on taking something really mundane and creating something sublime —it was all about bustles and corsetry, elements that were restrictive and quite theatrical. One critic wrote, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to see how Mary would do denim?’ And it started playing in my head.

SaksPOV: What inspired you?
MK: Instead of postage stamps like in my collection, we used stamps that you find in visas and documents. When you open a passport page where you get all the stamps, the paper’s background has really faint lines that are a pattern you can’t really copy. We loved the idea of doing something that’s not pictorial with denim, just different tones and shades of blue. With screen-printing, we could get a gradation that is so graphic that it plays on different textures of denim. It’s a completely different print than anything we’ve done before, because it’s not done digitally and there’s no image.

SaksPOV: How would the Mary K. girl wear this denim jacket?
MK: The idea was to play on that staple piece and create more of a second skin. Though you’re not going to wear the denim jacket to the Met Ball, you can definitely mix and match it in so many different ways. That’s why we didn’t want to restrict it with a print. It’s too definitive.

SaksPOV: How did the UK influence your style?
MK: I was brought up around classicism in Athens and coming to London, there’s such a strong sense of street style: things that I may have considered ugly before I now consider beautiful. Your eye becomes more trained, and so the beauty gets dissected in a different way. The fashion that comes out of London is so unique and forward thinking that you’re open to new ideas.

 

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What are your favorite Mary Katrantzou for Current/Elliott pieces? Tell us in the comments!


Cucinelli’s Kickers

The battle for best dressed in sports is a competitive one. Can tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams take on ballers (and fashion week regulars) LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

Our vote just might be for soccer team A.S. Castel Rigone, owned by master of homespun Italian luxury, Brunello Cucinelli. Outfitted head-to-toe by the designer himself, the team sports an ensemble of off-white cargo pants, a white polo T-shirt, a V-neck cashmere sweater, a grey sleeveless sweater (red inside), a grey cashmere caban coat, grey socks, and leather shoes — all handmade in Mr. Cucinelli’s village of Solomeo, Italy, of course. You could say that their current place at the top of the standings can be attributed to their rigorous training — they practice five days a week, follow the Zone diet and compete in weekly matches (which Mr. Cucinelli often attends) — but we can’t help but think it’s the clothes.

 

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Shop Brunello Cucinelli on Saks.com.

 

The battle for best dressed in sports is a competitive one. Can tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams take on ballers (and fashion week regulars) LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

Our vote just might be for soccer team A.S. Castel Rigone, owned by master of homespun Italian luxury, Brunello Cucinelli. Outfitted head-to-toe by the designer himself, the team sports an ensemble of off-white cargo pants, a white polo T-shirt, a V-neck cashmere sweater, a grey sleeveless sweater (red inside), a grey cashmere caban coat, grey socks, and leather shoes — all handmade in Mr. Cucinelli’s village of Solomeo, Italy, of course. You could say that their current place at the top of the standings can be attributed to their rigorous training — they practice five days a week, follow the Zone diet and compete in weekly matches (which Mr. Cucinelli often attends) — but we can’t help but think it’s the clothes.

 

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Shop Brunello Cucinelli on Saks.com.