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.

 

 


Mr. Street Peeper Talks Style

Fashion darling and street photographer extraordinaire Phil Oh talks to SaksPOV!

On the occasion of Saks’ second collaboration with Street Pepper, Phil Oh (see his incredible handbags story on Saks.com now!), we took the opportunity to ask him some questions we’ve been dying to know the answers to! SaksPOV: Did you always love fashion? Phil Oh: No. Oops, am I supposed to admit that?  I guess I was never really exposed to anything other than shopping mall fashion whilst growing up in Chicago.  When I started my blog, I was really into street wear and I only knew fashion labels that were name-dropped in rap songs.  My tasted have slowly changed since then, I suppose.  Photographing at fashion weeks has been pretty good on-the-job training though. SaksPOV: What is so compelling to you about street fashion?…

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On the occasion of Saks’ second collaboration with Street Pepper, Phil Oh (see his incredible handbags story on Saks.com now!), we took the opportunity to ask him some questions we’ve been dying to know the answers to!

SaksPOV: Did you always love fashion?
Phil Oh: No. Oops, am I supposed to admit that?  I guess I was never really exposed to anything other than shopping mall fashion whilst growing up in Chicago.  When I started my blog, I was really into street wear and I only knew fashion labels that were name-dropped in rap songs.  My tasted have slowly changed since then, I suppose.  Photographing at fashion weeks has been pretty good on-the-job training though.

SaksPOV: What is so compelling to you about street fashion? How has it changed and evolved in recent seasons?
P.O.: I think people have started to make more of an effort to dress up at fashion weeks, and gives them a great excuse to show off their recent purchases.  I remember head-to-toe black was the fashion uniform, but I think street-style blogs have maybe helped inject some fun and color into the way industry people dress.

SaksPOV: What do you look for when you take a picture?
P.O.: I like color and when mixed prints and patterns are done well.  Interesting proportions are always welcome.  While I of course appreciate chic and classic, I love when I see people pushing the envelope a bit.

SaksPOV: Do you have any favorite subjects? People you always love snapping?
P.O.: I love to snap blogger Susie Bubble who has since become one of my closest friends, stylist Marina Munoz, editors Jenny Kang from New York Magazine, Michelle Reneau from Nylon Magazine and Jane Keltner de Valle from TeenVogue. Models Hanne Gaby Odiele and Valerija Kelava are some of my favorites, along with a whole slew of Asian models like Ming Xi, Shu Pei, Liu Wen, Wang Xiao, and Hyoni Kang.

And of course Anna Dello Russo never ceases to amaze with her full runway looks.

SaksPOV: Is there anyone you’re hoping to get a picture of but haven’t yet?
P.O.: Andre3000

SaksPOV: Who are your inspirations, idols, muses?
P.O.: Michael Jordan, Brian Wilson, Tommy Ton, and Susie Bubble

SaksPOV: What do you wear on a daily basis?
P.O.: I’d be happy if my own wardrobe was all Marni, Prada, Jil Sander, Comme des Garcons, Happy Socks and Uniqlo underwear.  For women, I also love Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, and Proenza Schouler.

SaksPOV: Your long hair is one of your signatures. What is your grooming routine?
P.O.: Haha, it is?  I used to wear my hair up in a topknot but one season I ran out of hair-ties, let my hair down and haven’t put it up since.  I get my hair cut at a salon in my neighborhood in Brooklyn called Commune.  The stylists are all Japanese and understand how to deal with Asian hair.  As for products, I use a Mason Pearson brush and Kerastase shampoo.  I never used to condition my hair but last month I tried some Dove Oil Conditioner that I got in a gift bag.  I have no idea how it rates on the scale of conditioners, but it seems to work and it’s only like five bucks!

SaksPOV: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
P.O.: Trust your own instincts?  I dunno [sic], I’ve never been that good at taking the advice of others…

SaksPOV: What is the best advice you give to others who aspire to be like you?
P.O.: Find your own path, because I honestly have no idea how I ended up doing what I do now. Is studied history in college, got fired from 12 waiter jobs in NYC, backpacked around the world, published a novel, worked at a failed start-up, and now I’m a street-style photographer?  I’m still scratching my head over that one…

SaksPOV:  If you could sum up how people dress today in one word, what would it be?
P.O.: Easy.

 

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For more on Phil Oh, head to Saks.com where he shot his favorite fall handbags exclusively for Saks.com. Featuring Marc Jacobs, Reed Krakoff, 3.1 Phillip Lim & more.

See Phil’s favorite pictures on SaksPOV!

 


Terron’s Takes: Street Shooter

If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the Vivian Maier street photography exhibit at the Steven Kasher Gallery on 23rd Street. Vivian was a nanny in Chicago who started taking snapshots of life as she found it in the 1950s. Her sharp, evocative and often haunting images captured street life from Chicago to France to Yemen. Over the course of 40 years, she took 100,000 photographs, but never publicly displayed her work. After Vivian passed away two years ago, a Chicago historian named John Maloof purchased a trunk of hers at auction. The trunk turned out to contain thousands of never-before-seen images taken by Maier, which are the basis of the exhibition and a new book, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. Her use of…

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If you get a chance, I highly recommend visiting the Vivian Maier street photography exhibit at the Steven Kasher Gallery on 23rd Street.

Vivian was a nanny in Chicago who started taking snapshots of life as she found it in the 1950s. Her sharp, evocative and often haunting images captured street life from Chicago to France to Yemen. Over the course of 40 years, she took 100,000 photographs, but never publicly displayed her work.

After Vivian passed away two years ago, a Chicago historian named John Maloof purchased a trunk of hers at auction. The trunk turned out to contain thousands of never-before-seen images taken by Maier, which are the basis of the exhibition and a new book, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer.

Her use of light and shadow is incredible, and it’s not a stretch to say that her images at times recall Avedon and Arbus. There is a concurrent exhibition running through January 28 at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Trust me, Vivian’s work is well worth your time.

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Fashion on the Fly

Actor Joey Slotnick gets the scoop at Saks

As an ensemble member of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Co. , Joey Slotnick is adept at getting into character. The actor, who is  now starring in Ethan Cohen’s Happy Hour Off-Broadway  took a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue, where he played the role of a reporter, getting the scoop on the latest men’s styles. Slotnick has starred on stage and screen, including Our Town co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro,  HBO’s Too Big to Fail  and  2012’s The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Megan Fox.  Saks asks, Joey Answers: Most memorable trip to Saks was… the photo shoot. On my playlist … Paul McCartney’s self-titled first album after The Beatles, Tom Waits, Coldplay and lots of Jazz. I collect… vintage foreign movie posters and…

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As an ensemble member of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Co. , Joey Slotnick is adept at getting into character. The actor, who is  now starring in Ethan Cohen’s Happy Hour Off-Broadway  took a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue, where he played the role of a reporter, getting the scoop on the latest men’s styles.
Slotnick has starred on stage and screen, including Our Town co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro,  HBO’s Too Big to Fail  and  2012’s The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Megan Fox. 

Saks asks, Joey Answers:

Most memorable trip to Saks was… the photo shoot.

On my playlist … Paul McCartney’s self-titled first album after The Beatles, Tom Waits, Coldplay and lots of Jazz.

I collect… vintage foreign movie posters and cameras.

Grooming essentials…[Products from] Mario Badescu and Kiehl’s. And I’m a sucker for a barber shop shave.

Lucky charm… my wife. 

When I’m not on set I can be found… on my Vespa looking for a great sandwich joint.

Favorite destination…Israel, Paris, Isleboro, Maine and of course New York.

My style can be described as … Cool/nebbishy/vintage? Picture this: a Dries Van Noten  sweater , APC jeans,  a Jack Spade bag and Pierre Hardy high-tops.

 My style icons are … Steve McQueen, Woody Allen and  Buster Keaton.

Favorite characters in film … Roger Thornhill  [as portrayed by Cary Grant] in North by Northwest, George Bailey [as portrayed by Jimmy Stewart] in It’s a Wonderful Life, Ben Braddock [as portrayed by Dustin Hoffman] in The Graduate, just to name a few…

Words to live by… “Take Chances. If it scares you, do it.”

All Images styled by Sunita Kumar, Photographed by Noa Griffel.