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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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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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