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.