Lights, Camera, Fashion

The New York Fashion Film Festival unspools in Chelsea.

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Irreverence, fantasy, and an electrifying bass reverberated at the 5th annual New York Fashion Film Festival last week in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Filmmakers, photographers and the fashion crowd packed the SVA Theater, and our own Saks Fifth Avenue editors sat front and center.

Co-founded by photographer Bon Duke, he says the festival began “out of pure will to expose what was out there and show them on a big screen compared to a small device.” This year’s edition screened 16 films, followed by fashion stalwart and iconic editor/writer Glenn O’Brien’s panel discussion about whether the showcased works were, in his words, “really films or merely screen-savers”.

On the eve of New York Fashion Week, veteran fashion consultant Julie Gilhart deliberated on the intense and fast impressions the films make: “We all see so many runway shows, and when it’s over, it’s over. [Fashion Week] is a grueling schedule. I’d rather watch a film.”

So what were the panelists’ favorites? Steven Meisel’s Show Girl, featuring an anti-fashion burlesque dancer, proved to be O’Brien’s, while Gilhart’s pick was Pierre Debusschere’s abstract Holy Flowers – Fade Into You. Photographer Cass Bird endorsed Habib Yazdi’s Somewhere in America and Matt Lambert’s The London Collections for their documentary-like portrayals of fashion in “real life”, and Sylvain Labs founder Alain Sylvain, sheepishly smiled and professed to “enjoy the hip hop.”

Four panelists, each with their own favorites. Go figure: in fashion, film, and fashion films, everyone has a feeling, but no one has a magic formula.


Saks Inside: Rag & Bone at NYFW

Go backstage at Rag & Bone's NYFW runway show.

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Saks Inside: Diane von Furstenberg at NYFW

Go backstage at Diane von Furstenberg's NYFW runway show.

 

 


Saks Inside: Thakoon at NYFW

Go backstage at Thakoon Panichgul's NYFW runway show.


Saks Inside: Derek Lam at NYFW

Go backstage at Derek Lam's NYFW runway show.


Saks Inside: Jason Wu at NYFW

Go backstage at Jason Wu's NYFW runway show.

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Saks Outside: NYFW Vol. 2

Our man on the street snaps the street style outside of the shows.

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Saks Outside: NYFW Vol. 1

Our man on the street snaps the street style outside of the shows.

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Fashion Week: 3 X London

Our globetrotting Senior Fashion Director chooses her three favorites from London Fashion Week.

As our Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin sets the direction for what you see in Saks stores. It also means she travels a lot. A lot. Now in the middle of a whirlwind month of shows, she picks her three favorites from the just-completed London Fashion Week. Christopher Kane “A true innovator – he’s obsessed with fabric technology. I loved the longer-length skirts paired back to luxe sweatshirts.” Peter Pilotto “Architectural silhouettes and interesting appliqués and embroideries move a signature, print-driven collection forward.” Erdem “An embroidered organza bomber paired back to a pleated leather skirt represents a new direction for Erdem Moralioglu.”

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As our Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin sets the direction for what you see in Saks stores. It also means she travels a lot. A lot. Now in the middle of a whirlwind month of shows, she picks her three favorites from the just-completed London Fashion Week.

Christopher Kane
“A true innovator – he’s obsessed with fabric technology. I loved the longer-length skirts paired back to luxe sweatshirts.”

Peter Pilotto
“Architectural silhouettes and interesting appliqués and embroideries move a signature, print-driven collection forward.”

Erdem
“An embroidered organza bomber paired back to a pleated leather skirt represents a new direction for Erdem Moralioglu.”


Dior Parties with Saks

The iconic label & Jessica Biel celebrate the fall collection in New York

Fashion Week parties abound, but what better way to kick off the frantic week than to celebrate an icon? On Friday Saks and Jessica Biel hosted an evening soiree to toast all things Dior. Inspired by the airy surrealism of its Paris runway show (and our fabulous new window display) Dior transformed the third floor of our New York store into a labyrinth of mirrored walls, silver globes and sky-blue light. With Champagne flutes in hand, fashion week’s leading names—designer Rachel Zoe, Elle’s Joe Zee and Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey to name a few—wound their way through the dreamlike maze to take in pieces from Raf Simons’ Warhol-inspired fall collection. Clad in a creamy Dior knit gown that managed to shine brighter…

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Fashion Week parties abound, but what better way to kick off the frantic week than to celebrate an icon? On Friday Saks and Jessica Biel hosted an evening soiree to toast all things Dior. Inspired by the airy surrealism of its Paris runway show (and our fabulous new window display) Dior transformed the third floor of our New York store into a labyrinth of mirrored walls, silver globes and sky-blue light. With Champagne flutes in hand, fashion week’s leading names—designer Rachel Zoe, Elle’s Joe Zee and Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey to name a few—wound their way through the dreamlike maze to take in pieces from Raf Simons’ Warhol-inspired fall collection.

Clad in a creamy Dior knit gown that managed to shine brighter than the evening’s silvery setting, Biel posed for photos and fans alike. Still, amidst all the buzzing excitement, she found a few minutes to steal away and chat about why she adores Dior.

When you hear the name Dior, what comes to mind?
Biel: I think back to when I was a little girl…Dior seemed so untouchable, so glamorous. Now as the direction has changed with Raf at the helm, it feels like an incredible combination of old world elegance and modern femininity.

Any favorites from the fall collection we’re seeing tonight?
Biel: I really love all the tweed and how it’s paired with something simple and feminine, like a gathered bow. The collection feels really timeless.  You can take any piece, wear it 20 years from now, and still be elegant.

Like Dior, your own style has evolved over the years. Where are you now?
Biel: My style used to be non-existent. I had no idea what I was doing! It’s definitely changed dramatically now. At this point in my life I feel a lot more adventurous and confident to try something new.

Photos by Billy Farrell & Matteo Prandoni

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