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About Sophia Chabbott

With more than a decade as a fashion editor, penning features for the likes of Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Elegant Bride, Saks POV Editorial Director Sophia Chabbott brings innovation, creativity and passion to the forefront. From interviewing high profile designers to art directing fashion shoots, Sophia has an affinity for uncovering unique stories and discovering new talent. A native New Yorker, Sophia’s knowledge of fashion is expansive and eclectic, ranging from the history of pattern making to an encyclopedic familiarity with iconic runway collections.

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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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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Jo Malone London’s Summer Breeze

A Guide to Scenting Your Home for Summer

Photography by KSW For me, the smell of a summer home is a curious, but pleasant blend of salty beach air, the waft of a neighbor’s grill and the sharp blast of air conditioning upon stepping foot home after a day of outdoor activities.  Shaun Rowan’s home? Just a tad more glam than that. The Director of Education at tony British perfumery Jo Malone London, believes your home scent should reflect your tastes, your mood and the tone you want to set. “When I imagine the scents of summer, I think of an English garden in the rain, the sweet nectar of fresh fruit, a shimmering oasis,” effuses the dapper Brit in the crispest Queen’s English. Needless to say, I wanted to try his version…

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Photography by KSW

For me, the smell of a summer home is a curious, but pleasant blend of salty beach air, the waft of a neighbor’s grill and the sharp blast of air conditioning upon stepping foot home after a day of outdoor activities.  Shaun Rowan’s home? Just a tad more glam than that. The Director of Education at tony British perfumery Jo Malone London, believes your home scent should reflect your tastes, your mood and the tone you want to set.

“When I imagine the scents of summer, I think of an English garden in the rain, the sweet nectar of fresh fruit, a shimmering oasis,” effuses the dapper Brit in the crispest Queen’s English. Needless to say, I wanted to try his version of a summer home — and now you can too.

Here, Shaun — who has been a fragrance expert for 25 years, with his first job as a young man in Harrods Men’s Fragrance Hall — shows just how to achieve that bespoke fragrant mix for your home that is signature to the 19-year old perfumery.

“The change of season is a great energizer. It’s refreshing and makes you feel great,” says Shaun. “Fragrance is a big part of bringing that into your home.” Jo Malone London is the first perfumery to institute fragrance combining (as in all of the house’s scents are designed to be layered  — from lighting different candles at once to create a signature scents, or creating a vibe in each room via diffusers and room sprays). It’s all about  expressing your  unique scent style the moment you or your guests cross the threshold.

Jo Malone London’s Guide toScenting Your Home for Summer

For the Kitchen: “A candle is the best way to express your personal tastes.”  For the kitchen try the French Lime Blossom candle or English Pear & Freesia.

For the Living Room: “It’s great to layer these scents, mix a candle or two, with a diffuser.” Try the Lime Basil & Mandarin Luxury Candle with English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround diffuser.”

For the Powder Room: “For the bathroom try something with Grapefruit. Either a candle or diffuser.”

For the Bedroom: “For the bedroom, perhaps something a bit sultrier, like a candle in Pomegranate Noir.” Also try Red Roses Scent Surround Room Spray.

 

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Stop into Saks for a consultation with one of Jo Malone’s Fragrance Stylists or turn to Saks.com for more information on Jo Malone London.