Double Happiness

Kick-off the season with new sunglasses and get a complimentary copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book

Summer is a time for tough questions like, “Which sunglasses should I wear to the beach?” and “What should I read when I get there?” Beginning May 30 through June 8, Saks New York customers can answer both quandaries at once. Visit the store to scoop up a pair of new shades, and receive a signed copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Wedding Night, too. We quizzed the best-selling writer behind page turners Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and the Shopaholic series about her summer essentials and her first stop on a Saks shopping spree. SaksPOV: Your heroine in Wedding Night escapes to a Greek beach getaway for her dream honeymoon. Where’s your idea of perfect paradise? Sophie Kinsella: For me, paradise is…

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Summer is a time for tough questions like, “Which sunglasses should I wear to the beach?” and “What should I read when I get there?” Beginning May 30 through June 8, Saks New York customers can answer both quandaries at once. Visit the store to scoop up a pair of new shades, and receive a signed copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Wedding Night, too. We quizzed the best-selling writer behind page turners Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and the Shopaholic series about her summer essentials and her first stop on a Saks shopping spree.

SaksPOV: Your heroine in Wedding Night escapes to a Greek beach getaway for her dream honeymoon. Where’s your idea of perfect paradise?
Sophie Kinsella: For me, paradise is the beach too. White sand, warm sea and some shade is all I need. I go to Oman a lot and there’s a particular beach there that I love.

SaksPOV: What’s an essential you bring whenever you travel?
S.K.: I’m addicted to Crème de la Mer, so I always take it wherever I go. I have lots of little pots that I decant it into.

SaksPOV: Name a fashion splurge you’re planning this summer?
S.K.: I’m a sucker for summer dresses and this year I have my eye on a Milly fit-and-flare dress. I’ll get it in white, for a nod to the Grecian look!

SaksPOV: What are your favorite sunglasses? Oversized like Audrey Hepburn? Sleek aviators? Retro Wayfarers?
S.K.: I always go for oversized sunglasses – so glamorous – and I love a printed frame, especially tortoiseshell.

SaksPOV: If you were granted a Saks shopping spree, which department would you head for first?
S.K.: Shoes! Followed by bags! Followed by everything!

SaksPOV: Do you have a writing uniform?
S.K.: No, it’s just whatever feel like wearing. I often wear an exercise outfit in the hope that it will inspire me to workout when I’ve finished for the day. (Doesn’t always work…!)

SaksPOV: What’s the best part of your job?
S.K.: There are so many! Research is fun, finishing a book is amazing and meeting readers is one of my favorite parts. But the very best is that buzz you get when you have a new idea. Nothing beats it.

 

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Visit the Saks flagship in New York May 30 through June 8, buy up a pair of new shades, and receive a signed copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Wedding Night.

 


Haider Hits Saks

Haute designer Haider Ackerman Stops by Saks to talk style and substance

Haider Ackerman is very French.  Or at least he feels very French. The Colombian-born, Africa and Antwerp-raised, Paris-based designer and terribly buzz-worthy designer stopped by Saks recently to talk fashion, his gorgeous clients and what he loves about living in Paris. SaksPOV: Your fall collection is all about the urban warrior. What do women today battle and what kind or armor do you envision them needing? Haider Ackerman: I’m surrounded by strong women, but perhaps it’s only the women I’m surrounded with or due to the times we are living in, but they have a fragility to them. It’s a struggle today [to be a women] you need to be strong, but soft. It’s a contrast. SaksPOV: You often speak of your dreams. What was…

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Haider Ackerman is very French.  Or at least he feels very French. The Colombian-born, Africa and Antwerp-raised, Paris-based designer and terribly buzz-worthy designer stopped by Saks recently to talk fashion, his gorgeous clients and what he loves about living in Paris.

SaksPOV: Your fall collection is all about the urban warrior. What do women today battle and what kind or armor do you envision them needing?
Haider Ackerman: I’m surrounded by strong women, but perhaps it’s only the women I’m surrounded with or due to the times we are living in, but they have a fragility to them. It’s a struggle today [to be a women] you need to be strong, but soft. It’s a contrast.

SaksPOV: You often speak of your dreams. What was the last dream you remember?
H.A.: I can’t remember my last dream! But I hope that I will never give up dreaming. Dreaming gives you courage when you are insecure and full of doubt.

SaksPOV: Who is a woman you fantasize about dressing?
H.A.: I never have one person in mind. It wouldn’t be democratic.

SaksPOV: What is your design process like?
H.A.:  For me, it always starts with music. Music reflects what I’m going through, whether I’m happy or sad, or in love…

SaksPOV: So what are you listening to now?
H.A.: I can’t tell you that!

SaksPOV:  Finish this sentence: When a woman wears Haider Ackermann I want her to ________.
H.A.:  Feel desirable.

SaksPOV: You grew up across the world in Colombia, Antwerp, etc. What do you love about Paris?
H.A.: I have always felt Paris. I never grow tired of it. I love Paris every day I am there.

 

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Shop Haider Ackerman on Saks.com.

 

 


Cool, Chic and Collected

Carolina Herrera Presents Her Fall 2013 Runway Collection with Saks Chicago

It might be called the Windy City, but ever the refined lady, Carolina Herrera had nary a hair out of place when she came to Chicago with Saks Fifth Avenue late last month. Herrera came to Chicago to present her eponymous fall 2013 collection in a runway presentation hosted by Trish Rooney Alden, Kay Krehnbiel, Jill Rasmussen and Kara Wright. Proceeds from the ticketed event benefited A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area, which supports organizations that provide tools to underprivileged individuals to enter the workforce with an education and credentials. Held at Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Herrera trotted about glamorous looks ranging from an astrakhan skirt with a fur-trimmed mink jacket…

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It might be called the Windy City, but ever the refined lady, Carolina Herrera had nary a hair out of place when she came to Chicago with Saks Fifth Avenue late last month.

Herrera came to Chicago to present her eponymous fall 2013 collection in a runway presentation hosted by Trish Rooney Alden, Kay Krehnbiel, Jill Rasmussen and Kara Wright. Proceeds from the ticketed event benefited A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area, which supports organizations that provide tools to underprivileged individuals to enter the workforce with an education and credentials.

Held at Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Herrera trotted about glamorous looks ranging from an astrakhan skirt with a fur-trimmed mink jacket evoking a modern day Katherine Hepburn, a trumpet skirted evening gown in color-blocked plum and crimson and the finale gown, an extraordinary long sleeved emerald evening gown in silk sating with a fur-trimmed plunging back.

“This collection has great drama and emotion,” noted Herrera in the show notes for this collection.

“We were delighted to present Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2013 runway collection, with a nod to 1940′s glamour, to our lovely ladies in Chicago,” said Saks Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin. “ Mrs. Herrera never fails to present an ultra-chic collection with a high wearability factor for women of any age.”

After the show, Saks President Ron Frasch feted Herrera to a glamorous seated dinner, where they nibbled on Filet Mignon with a Roquefort crust and closed the evening with a sweet note with a lemon soufflé tarts.

 

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Shop the Carolina Herrera spring 2013 collection here.

 

 


Zac Posen Comes to Saks San Francisco

Drama! Romance! Fantasy! Zac Posen brought it all to Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco along with his Fall 2013 collection. The designer and Project Runway star teamed up with Saks to present his fall collection replete with scores of models, teams for hair and makeup and — oh yes! — droves of adoring clients. Posen was the guest designer for the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, benefiting San Francisco Ballet in late April. Posen displayed 41 looks and to a 500-plus audience that included actress Jane Seymour and event chairs Claire Steward Costic and O.J. Shansby.  Fittingly, Posen’s latest collection was inspired by a woman’s travels from East to West, as the designer himself crossed the country for…

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Drama! Romance! Fantasy! Zac Posen brought it all to Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco along with his Fall 2013 collection. The designer and Project Runway star teamed up with Saks to present his fall collection replete with scores of models, teams for hair and makeup and — oh yes! — droves of adoring clients.

Posen was the guest designer for the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, benefiting San Francisco Ballet in late April. Posen displayed 41 looks and to a 500-plus audience that included actress Jane Seymour and event chairs Claire Steward Costic and O.J. Shansby.  Fittingly, Posen’s latest collection was inspired by a woman’s travels from East to West, as the designer himself crossed the country for the event.

First shown during New York Fashion Week in a salon-style setting at The Plaza Hotel’s Terrace Room Posen’s fall collection conjures the old world grandeur of the 1940’s. The clothes themselves are both architectural and elegant, from the show stopping strapless lavender hourglass gown with fluted ruffled hem to a drape-neck wine gown with affixed cape.

Of the event, Posen told WWD: “It was more women dressed in my clothes than I’ve ever seen in one room [as I helped guests] in and out of dressing rooms helping women get ready for gala season.”

Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin notes: “We were thrilled to bring a bit of New York fashion week magic to San Francisco, with the ever-charming Zac Posen presenting his Fall 2013 runway collection, brimming with red carpet-ready looks.

 

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Shop Z Spoke by Zac Posen’s spring collection on Saks.com.

 

 


Bond No. 9 Heads Back to the Beach

Bond No. 9 New York is famous for capturing the inspiring scents of New York  City with artisanal, hand crafted fragrances like Union Square (lily of the valley, green stem, blue freesia), Central Park South (jasmine, lily of the valley), and Cooper Square (cognac, juniper berry, lavender) that make the olfactory go wowza. But the haute firm’s founder, Laurice Rahme, isn’t solely a city dweller. She loves the beach. Case in point: Rahme has dedicated six Bond No. 9 New York scents in homage to the distinctive shores of New York with Sag Harbor, Montauk, Coney Island, Hamptons, Eau de New York and Fire Island. With summer just around the bend, we talked to Laurice about beach essentials. SaksPOV: What do you love most about…

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Bond No. 9 New York is famous for capturing the inspiring scents of New York  City with artisanal, hand crafted fragrances like Union Square (lily of the valley, green stem, blue freesia), Central Park South (jasmine, lily of the valley), and Cooper Square (cognac, juniper berry, lavender) that make the olfactory go wowza. But the haute firm’s founder, Laurice Rahme, isn’t solely a city dweller. She loves the beach. Case in point: Rahme has dedicated six Bond No. 9 New York scents in homage to the distinctive shores of New York with Sag Harbor, Montauk, Coney Island, Hamptons, Eau de New York and Fire Island. With summer just around the bend, we talked to Laurice about beach essentials.

SaksPOV: What do you love most about the summer?
Laurice Rahme: I love the scent of the flowers and fruits — the feeling and scent of sun on your skin, a deep blue sky and of course the feeling of freedom. I love dinners or cocktails outside in my private home or going out. Most of all I love that life takes place outside.

SaksPOV: Beaches have inspired many of your fragrances. What do you love about the beach — specifically what do you love about New York beaches?
L.R.: The New York beaches are so unique! So close to the energy and dynamism of Manhattan, yet so far away with the ocean lapping at your feet and the horizon way, way out over the sea. These beaches have a beautiful heritage that I love to celebrate and pay homage to with my scents — the history and liveliness of Coney Island, the sophistication of the Hamptons, the fun-filled quirkiness of Fire Island, the authenticity and old world feel of Sag Harbor.

SaksPOV: What is your favorite beach destination?
L.R.: I cannot say – they are all so unique and wonderful! I love them all!

SaksPOV: What are your fashion must-haves for a weekend at the beach?
L.R.: It depends on my mood and – of course – the weather! My essentials are hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The rest is up to how I feel that day.

SaksPOV: How does your personal style vary on each beach?
L.R.: It is really my mood that inspires me anew every day.

SaksPOV: What is your favorite beach activity (reading, listening to music, swimming, etc.)?
All of the above! I enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle but at the same time I love spending time in the cafes, restaurants, and shops. I love life and enjoy being where it happens.

SaksPOV: Who do you like to go to the beach with?
L.R.: My friends and family! There is nothing better than a weekend in at the beach with big dinners outside and the scent of seawater in the air. That’s when life is light and carefree.

SaksPOV: What is the best way to incorporate fragrance in the summer?
L.R.: Wear what you love and what makes you feel free and confident!

 

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Shop Bond No. 9 New York on Saks.com.

 

 


A Moment with Ennio Capasa of Costume National

You might not know the name Ennio Capasa, but the Costume National designer likes it that way — he would rather the women that wear his clothes to have the spotlight.  The evasive designer made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue New York on Wednesday night to celebrate the house’s fall 2013 collection with a performance by buzz worthy songstress Sophie Auster. As guests shopped the collection (a portion of the evening’s sales went to benefit OrphanAid Africa), we took a moment to ask Capasa our most burning questions about his critically lauded collection. SaksPOV: Word has it that the inspiration for the fall 2013 collection came from an adventurous (and somewhat dangerous!) hiking trip through Burma and China, where you encountered the Miao…

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You might not know the name Ennio Capasa, but the Costume National designer likes it that way — he would rather the women that wear his clothes to have the spotlight.  The evasive designer made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue New York on Wednesday night to celebrate the house’s fall 2013 collection with a performance by buzz worthy songstress Sophie Auster.

As guests shopped the collection (a portion of the evening’s sales went to benefit OrphanAid Africa), we took a moment to ask Capasa our most burning questions about his critically lauded collection.

SaksPOV: Word has it that the inspiration for the fall 2013 collection came from an adventurous (and somewhat dangerous!) hiking trip through Burma and China, where you encountered the Miao tribe. How did that trip inspire your collection?
Ennio Capasa: During my trip I was so impressed by the geometrical approach to garments of the Miao tribe. I could relate to this approach and wanted to bring some details into the fall collection.

SaksPOV: Where is the next place you want to travel?
E.N.: I feel very attracted by urban environments at the moment, I like to observe the individuality and creativity of New York City and LA!

SaksPOV: How do you define the Costume National woman?
E.N.: The Costume National woman has a capricious attitude towards clothing and life in general. She likes to explore modern clothing but always enjoys the classic tailoring aspect of the Italian tradition

SaksPOV: What is the most exciting thing for you in fashion right now?
E.N.: I feel that the most exciting aspect of fashion today is that each woman can be very free to explore  her  very personal style through designer clothing

SaksPOV: Who would you love to see wearing costume national today?
E.N.: My ideal customer today is an independent woman with a curious attitude paired with a strong sense of aesthetic and innovation.

 

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Shop Costume National’s spring 2013 collection on Saks.com.

 

 


The Mother Lowdown

For Loeffler Randall designer Jessie Randall, motherhood and style can go hand in hand

For Loeffler Randall president and creative director Jessie Randall, becoming a mom to her three young sons, twins Casper and Liam and Harry, has been her greatest accomplishment in life. Even, she says, if that meant having to tweak her style a bit. “I have to manage my time so much that I have less time to shop and play around with my outfits,” she explains. “I am less willing now to wear something that’s not comfortable. That said, it is even more of a treat on the occasions when I am able to get dressed up. I appreciate those times more.” And, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, Randall lets us in on some of her best style tips and what she wants…

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For Loeffler Randall president and creative director Jessie Randall, becoming a mom to her three young sons, twins Casper and Liam and Harry, has been her greatest accomplishment in life. Even, she says, if that meant having to tweak her style a bit.

“I have to manage my time so much that I have less time to shop and play around with my outfits,” she explains. “I am less willing now to wear something that’s not comfortable. That said, it is even more of a treat on the occasions when I am able to get dressed up. I appreciate those times more.”

And, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, Randall lets us in on some of her best style tips and what she wants most this year.

My style is different as a mom since…
I do dress more casually. But it’s a mix. I love to get more dressed up on the days I head to the city for work.

I live in my…
Felix booties because they work for all seasons. They are cool and comfortable. For spring I am also loving my Heddie sandals, which have the same attributes of cool factor and comfort.

When it comes to handbags, I tend to lean towards…
A big tote for running around on the weekends and then something smaller and well organized for during the week.

Every new mom should have…
A cool pair of flats or flat boots are great for pushing a stroller. I also love a shoe that you can slip on easily without having to bend down for those days when you are schlepping a car seat and diaper bag, etc.

Every new mom should know…
You do end up getting back to yourself even though it’s hard to imagine right after the birth. When I had just given birth to my twins I couldn’t imagine ever getting back to my normal shape so I gave away most of my clothes.

My most favorite Mother’s Day gift I ever received was…
Charms with real silhouettes of each of my sons from my husband. It is such a special necklace to me.

This Mother’s Day, I can’t wait to…
Spend some relaxing time with my kids. Maybe some one-on-one time doing art with each one of them. And possibly an extra hour of sleep.

 

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What are your favorite Loeffler Randall pieces? Tell us in the comments.

 

 


Getting to Know Sachin + Babi

It was the mid-Nineties when the Indian-born Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia met while studying at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. After becoming close friends, Babi served as Sachin’s fit model on several occasions, where they often spoke of collaborating together in business. Fast forward 17 years, the couple — now married — not only designs and operates their thriving four-year-old contemporary fashion label, Sachin + Babi, but they also run ANK Embroideries, where they design and manufacture textiles and embroideries for such fashion houses as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Yves Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci. In addition, they run Ankasa, their luxury home furnishings brand. Here, Babi Ahluwalia speaks about style, what inspires her and what she loves most about what she…

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It was the mid-Nineties when the Indian-born Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia met while studying at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. After becoming close friends, Babi served as Sachin’s fit model on several occasions, where they often spoke of collaborating together in business.

Fast forward 17 years, the couple — now married — not only designs and operates their thriving four-year-old contemporary fashion label, Sachin + Babi, but they also run ANK Embroideries, where they design and manufacture textiles and embroideries for such fashion houses as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Yves Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci. In addition, they run Ankasa, their luxury home furnishings brand.

Here, Babi Ahluwalia speaks about style, what inspires her and what she loves most about what she does.

The best part of my job is…
The process of the creation. The inspiration part of it really gets my juices flowing. And, the end result — I absolutely love when I see a woman on the subway or on the street in my clothes. I know they have so many choices and that whatever she chooses to wear that day is emotional. I cherish those moments. It makes it all worth it.

Having such a strong background in luxury textile and embroidery design have helped us to…
Look at our designs with an elevated eye when it comes to colors, textures, and details. We truly have a heightened design sense and understand how to give her a reason to buy.

I love that the contemporary market is…
So vast and diverse. I see my own life and my customers’ lives crossing a lot. It’s very aspirational and these women do have a high sense of design in their everyday lives. They are fashionable, but it’s all about getting that fashion for an accessible price.

This spring/summer, I am really loving our…
Mixed-media jackets and easy cocktail dresses.

They are great because…
The jackets are very versatile and can be so easily dressed up or down. You will get so much wear out of them. The dresses are also very easy to make your own and there is really no one-way to wear them.

 

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What are your favorite Sachin + Babi pieces? Tell us in the comments.