Saks Gets Hopping

The Big Egg Hunt is here, and Saks New York is at the center of it all.
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As any savvy shopper knows, Saks Fifth Avenue is always ahead of the curve. This month however, it’s a whole new set of curves as an updated, advanced and altogether unconventional Easter egg hunt comes to New York City. Naturally, we’re in the game.

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is here. The eggs? Oh, just 300 unique, two-foot egg sculptures created by the world’s leading artists and designers—including Jeff Koons, William Wegman and Carolina Herrera—displayed throughout NYC. The epicenter? Saks New York, home to eight eggs and the flagship of a citywide hunt that continues through April 17. The Easter egg basket? Your smartphone, naturally. Simply download the app and scan the QR codes at each stop. (An interactive map, updates and clues will help your search.)

Want more? There’s more. Saks New York and saks.com are selling handpainted, limited-edition replicas of some of our favorites through April 30. And if you really love the eggs you spot around town, they’ll be collected and displayed en masse at Rockefeller Center from April 18-26, then auctioned to benefit the Elephant Family and Studio in a School charities. Happy hunting, New York. Now get cracking!

Shop the limited-edition collectibles here.

Visit Saks New York through April 17 and find egg sculptures by artists William Wegman, Ran Hwang and Chelsea Hrynick Browne, designers Anna Corinna and Anna Trzebinski, architects Jonathan Schloss and Richard Mishaan, and a special Saks-themed egg.

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Billy Reid: The Menswear Man

Saks Fifth Avenue welcomes the designer into the fold. Again.
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Menswear is on a bit of an upswing of late. And don’t take it from us (or the men’s fashion mags, for that matter): look no further than the inveterate success of one Billy Reid. Since his surprise win of the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award (beating boldfacers Joseph Altuzarra, Eddie Borgo and Prabal Gurung, no less), Reid has become one of menswear’s leading lights, all from his home base in tiny Florence, Alabama. Now, as his collection finally arrives at Saks Fifth Avenue, he’s coming back to where it all began.

Saks New York welcomed Reid on Wednesday night as he launched his Spring/Summer 2014 collection accompanied by a Q&A with Esquire Fashion Director Nick Sullivan. Beforehand, the designer chatted with us about the menswear resurgence and what Saks has meant to his career (spoiler: it’s meant a lot).

Menswear seems to matter more than ever right now. Do you agree?
Reid: Totally. There’s been really passionate editorial support throughout menswear recently. In the last five years or so, people are really getting out the information online. All of us in menswear have benefited.

And what does that exposure do?
Reid: Really, it ushers the customer along. The younger generation cares and stays on top of it—they know the brands, they know the designers, and they care about quality. They follow that stuff. People pay attention and thank goodness men pay attention to it now.

Saks Fifth Avenue is kind of where it all began for you, isn’t it?
Reid: I started my career here. I was going to school in Dallas and I got a job at Saks. They put me in men’s suits because I knew a little bit about it. I worked with these guys in their 50s and 60s—veteran menswear, made-to-measure guys.

Sounds like a good education.
Reid: Working at Saks was unbelievable. At that time, Ralph Lauren was starting to get big. Tommy Hilfiger had just started. Armani…Versace…I got to see all of them working at Saks, studying those collections and working with those companies. I learned from some really great people working there. I had no plan going in, but those years at Saks really laid the foundation for a lot of things.

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Saks Gets GREAT With Britain

A week of trunk shows & personal appearances begins at Saks Beverly Hills.

We’ve long known that British fashion was about more than a Burberry check, so we’re thrilled that America’s hip to the Brits. So much so that Saks Fifth Avenue is teaming up with GREAT, the British government’s new cultural campaign, to introduce the latest generation of British designers to our shores. To that end, we hosted a fab garden party and Stella McCartney fashion show in Beverly Hills to celebrate GREAT and launch a week of exclusive trunk shows and personal appearances by our favorite names at Saks Beverly Hills. In the area? Stop by! Exclusively at Saks Beverly Hills 10/31             Stella McCartney Trunk Show 11/1               Antonio Berardi Trunk Show 11/4               Peter Pilotto Trunk Show 11/5               JW Anderson Trunk Show & personal appearance 11/6               Mary…

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We’ve long known that British fashion was about more than a Burberry check, so we’re thrilled that America’s hip to the Brits.

So much so that Saks Fifth Avenue is teaming up with GREAT, the British government’s new cultural campaign, to introduce the latest generation of British designers to our shores. To that end, we hosted a fab garden party and Stella McCartney fashion show in Beverly Hills to celebrate GREAT and launch a week of exclusive trunk shows and personal appearances by our favorite names at Saks Beverly Hills. In the area? Stop by!

Exclusively at Saks Beverly Hills

10/31             Stella McCartney Trunk Show
11/1               Antonio Berardi Trunk Show
11/4               Peter Pilotto Trunk Show
11/5               JW Anderson Trunk Show & personal appearance
11/6               Mary Katrantzou Trunk Show & personal appearance
11/7               Christopher Kane & Simone Rocha Trunk Show
11/8               Alexander McQueen Trunk Show

Beverly Hills Store Details


Saks & Woolmark Honor the World’s Best Fabrics

Dormeuil & Fratelli Tallia di Delfino win the Fabric No. 1 award

Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats. This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It…

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Oftentimes you know a good fabric when you see—or more likely feel—it, but there’s more to it than that, right? Right. Rather than trust our own judgments on yarns, wefts, twists and dyes, we prefer to trust the experts. To find the true best of the best, Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Woolmark Company (a non-profit consortium of wool growers and advocates) to create the Fabric No. 1 award, a prestigious prize that honors the world’s premier textile mills and fabrics for tailored suits and sport coats.

This week in our New York store, Saks Senior Vice President of Menswear, Tom Ott, and the Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee presented the 2013 Fabric No. 1 awards to Britain’s Dormeuil and Italy’s Fratelli Tallia di Delfino. It was a rigorous competition: “Twenty international brands submitted entries this year,” says Made-to-Measure Director Manyell Akinfe-Reed. “The judges look for the feel, aesthetic, salability, color, fabric content and mill reputation. These winners represent the world’s finest mills in menswear.”

According to Saks Vice President and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings, it’s these types of outstanding fabrics that make the man. “When it comes to quality tailored clothing for men, fabric is a vital part of the equation. The best ones are crafted by fine mills like Dormeuil and Fratelli Tallia di Delfino.” Lucky, then, that both winners will now find a home in Saks’ renowned Made-to-Measure department. Each Fabric No. 1 piece will be identifiable by a custom number and label, marking it as a one-of-a-kind suit or sport coat. And that’s the kind of quality even a novice can appreciate.

Fabric No. 1 Made-to-Measure orders will be available in limited quantities at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in New York, Chevy Chase, Chicago and Phoenix.

 


Dior Under Glass

Raf Simons' fall collection finds a home in our NYC windows

When Christian Dior debuted his first collection in 1947, Harper’s Bazaar congratulated him for his “new look.” Surely neither knew what resonance that simple phrase would have: It became Dior’s calling card for the rest of his life. Now, more than 60 years later, the bi-annual whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week is here and new looks are the only looks. Now the Dior Fall 2013 collection has taken over the windows of our New York flagship. Since the windows debuted last week, New Yorkers and the out-of-towners who love them (we love you too!) are gazing into a slightly surrealist world inspired by creative director Raf Simons’ celebrated Paris runway show. Next week, that same setting will take over the third floor of…

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When Christian Dior debuted his first collection in 1947, Harper’s Bazaar congratulated him for his “new look.” Surely neither knew what resonance that simple phrase would have: It became Dior’s calling card for the rest of his life. Now, more than 60 years later, the bi-annual whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week is here and new looks are the only looks.

Now the Dior Fall 2013 collection has taken over the windows of our New York flagship. Since the windows debuted last week, New Yorkers and the out-of-towners who love them (we love you too!) are gazing into a slightly surrealist world inspired by creative director Raf Simons’ celebrated Paris runway show. Next week, that same setting will take over the third floor of our New York store so shoppers, editors & buyers in town for New York Fashion Week can experience a bit of that same Paris magic.

We spoke with Saks Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Terron Schaefer about the house, the windows and a phrase that spawned our own fall campaign.

Our own fall campaign—LOOK—is based on Christian Dior’s first runway show.
Terron: The war was over in 1947 as he launched his first collection. It was extravagant after years of austerity, and it became known as “the new look.” I thought, look is such a perfect word for Saks because it says so much about fashion. For fall, our LOOK logo is on our shopping bags, ads and catalogs.

The windows are so unique, and soon the third floor will be as well.
Terron: Visually I think it’ll be really exciting. It’s a huge opportunity for Saks and all the different Dior departments we carry. Accessories, ready-to-wear, beauty, men’s…

And the ideal starting point for a busy Fashion Week!
Terron: Everyone competes with everyone else during Fashion Week, so this is really spectacular. Dior is so important to Saks and our customers, so we’re taking no prisoners, down to the smallest details. This is so exciting for those of us working on it, so I can’t imagine what our customers will think.

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Check back with SaksPOV next week for photos and details about our fabulous Dior floor, coming soon to New York.