Viva Mexico

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer reports back from shooting in Mexico

Fashion Star has ended (congratulations again to Kara Laricks) and we’re right in the middle of putting together our fall fashion catalogs. This week we’ve been shooting in Mexico. Why Mexico? Two of the fall trends we’re focused on are rich natural color and eclectic elegance. Both were integral parts of so many runway shows, from Prada to Alexander McQueen. And there aren’t many places on Earth more eclectic and colorful than Mexico City. It’s the people, the clothes, the food. Walk into the dazzling Museo Soumaya (a beautiful museum built in honor of the late wife of Carlos Slim) and the art collection is eclectic—Romero Brito next to Cezanne! We’ve been shooting some spectacular images all around the DF (the Federal District that contains Mexico…

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Fashion Star has ended (congratulations again to Kara Laricks) and we’re right in the middle of putting together our fall fashion catalogs. This week we’ve been shooting in Mexico.

Why Mexico? Two of the fall trends we’re focused on are rich natural color and eclectic elegance. Both were integral parts of so many runway shows, from Prada to Alexander McQueen. And there aren’t many places on Earth more eclectic and colorful than Mexico City. It’s the people, the clothes, the food. Walk into the dazzling Museo Soumaya (a beautiful museum built in honor of the late wife of Carlos Slim) and the art collection is eclectic—Romero Brito next to Cezanne!

We’ve been shooting some spectacular images all around the DF (the Federal District that contains Mexico City). The only negative is the enormous amount of time we have spent sitting in vans going from one location to another. Genuinely painful.

If you come to Mexico, one necessary stop is Xochimilco, home of the most extraordinarily colorful boats. I have been coming here all my life—there was a time when the trajineras were covered with real flowers.

I snapped this photo of the statuesque Brazilian model Bruna Tenorio in Xochimilco with a real charro, who is part of a mariachi band.


Fashion Star: Season 1, Episode 10

Terron gives his takes on episode ten of Fashion Star

The Fashion Star season has come to a close. But there are a few more winners to announce. Get ready for the most prestigious awards dedicated exclusively to Tuesday nights on NBC: The First Annual Terron Awards. Insiders call them The Terrys. Click here if you missed the mid-season preview.     Best Designer in a Leading Role: Kara Laricks Kara developed a signature style and blossomed into a thoughtful, envelope-pushing designer in just a few short weeks. She was bought by all three retailers and was far more consistent than any of her competitors. And to think, she was almost a goner on day one. Pick up something from her extraordinary debut capsule collection here.   Best Runway Show: Nicole Richie’s Winter Kate Collection It’s hard to…

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The Fashion Star season has come to a close. But there are a few more winners to announce. Get ready for the most prestigious awards dedicated exclusively to Tuesday nights on NBC: The First Annual Terron Awards. Insiders call them The Terrys. Click here if you missed the mid-season preview.

 

 

Best Designer in a Leading Role: Kara Laricks

Kara developed a signature style and blossomed into a thoughtful, envelope-pushing designer in just a few short weeks. She was bought by all three retailers and was far more consistent than any of her competitors. And to think, she was almost a goner on day one. Pick up something from her extraordinary debut capsule collection here.

 

Best Runway Show: Nicole Richie’s Winter Kate Collection

It’s hard to match the bombast of fireworks, or the excitement of a Cirque de Soleil-style acrobat tumbling onto the stage during a fashion show. But the most enchanting runway belonged to Nicole Richie in Episode 9. There were bright colors, bare feet and Slumdog Millionaire sounds. The lanterns lining the stage were pretty—somehow matching the dance-floor lighting of the set.

Shopper’s Choice Award: Orly Shani’s Zip Skirt

It’s fun and flirty. It sold out in a flash. And as a wise mentor with her own clothing empire once said, “Everybody loves a two-fer.” Orly Shani’s versatile skirt wins the shopper’s choice award for the most coveted single item of the entire season.

Best Hair: Jessica Simpson’s Branded Bangs
This was a surprise win for the new mom, as she beat out strong competition from Kara Laricks’s mohawk and LMFAO’s fork-in-the-socket blowout. The win was sealed when Jessica found me backstage and proceeded to rip off her bangs, which had “Jessica Simpson©” on the back. It was her 26th fashion license. Which leads us to a philosophical question: is it or is it not Jessica’s own hair if she designed it and has her name sewn into it?

Biggest Flirts: Nicole Richie and Nzimiro Oputa
Nicole Richie had to fend off Jessica Simpson and half the audience for the affections of dapper Detroiter Nzimiro Oputa. By the end, “Nzimimi” was bragging about wearing Ms. Richie’s pantyhose as a spring scarf. No contest here.

Such Sweet Sorrow

Yes, Fashion Star has ended for the season. So it’s back to my day job, covering the fashion world beyond the walls of an L.A. soundstage (Spring 2013 is almost here, if you can believe that). If you miss me, I’ll be posting here on SaksPOV.com.

 

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Fashion Star: Season 1, Episode 9

Before They Were Stars: Terron gives his takes on episode nine of Fashion Star

I first met Nzimiro, Kara and Ronnie in less-than-glamorous circumstances. My fellow buyers and I sat in a little room at an airport hotel in L.A. for hours on end. Dozens of designers would walk in, with each getting just 15 minutes to introduce themselves and their design aesthetic. Of course, there was a huge one-way mirror with NBC producers behind it, giving the entire situation the feeling of a police lineup. FIRST IMPRESSION OF RONNIE: Ronnie didn’t really stand out at the time, though he may have had the strongest design background of anyone in the competition. In addition to his current position at Abercrombie, Ronnie had worked for Zac Posen and Chado Ralph Rucci—two designers that we sell at Saks. I also noticed that…

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I first met Nzimiro, Kara and Ronnie in less-than-glamorous circumstances. My fellow buyers and I sat in a little room at an airport hotel in L.A. for hours on end. Dozens of designers would walk in, with each getting just 15 minutes to introduce themselves and their design aesthetic. Of course, there was a huge one-way mirror with NBC producers behind it, giving the entire situation the feeling of a police lineup.

FIRST IMPRESSION OF RONNIE: Ronnie didn’t really stand out at the time, though he may have had the strongest design background of anyone in the competition. In addition to his current position at Abercrombie, Ronnie had worked for Zac Posen and Chado Ralph Rucci—two designers that we sell at Saks. I also noticed that he had served in the Navy.

FIRST IMPRESSION OF NZIMIRO: Nzimiro came across as someone still very new to the design world. He was an engineer with great energy, and needless to say has come a long way since our original encounter. But at the time, I was worried about his ability to create clothes that would fit in at Saks Fifth Avenue. The proof? Here’s the initial sheet I filled out on Nzimiro (note that the show didn’t even have a name yet).

FIRST IMPRESSION OF KARA: Kara was one of the last designers of the night—a big disadvantage when you consider that the buyers were exhausted and more than a little cranky as the hour approached 1am. To her credit, Kara was relentlessly positive from the beginning. I was most struck by our similar influences. Kara spoke about being inspired by Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Alexandre McQueen and Jil Sander—all designers that I admire.

Nice Makes Right

One final note to all the aspiring designers out there. Notice how all three finalists are charming, humble and—dare I say it—nice? If you’re going to get your label off the ground, you’ve got to work with so many people: retail buyers, PR agents, customers, pattern-makers, party promoters, magazine editors, Cirque de Soleil performers flying above your runway show, and the list goes on. It may seem like design is all attitude, but a sunny disposition does wonders when you’re trying to get a large number of people to believe in your vision.

Last Looks from Orly and Nikki

Though they didn’t make it to the finals, I’m excited about the looks we bought this week. Nikki’s form-fitting candy cane of a dress is ideal for hot summer days, and Orly’s hourglass sheath is feminine but strikingly simple. Both are available now at saks.com.

 

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Fashion Star: Season 1, Episode 8

Terron gives his takes on episode eight of Fashion Star

This week’s challenge was my favorite: creating advertising images to represent a brand. Fashion advertising is unique in its aspiration to create true works of art—witness the photographs of Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Albert Watson, and the list goes on. Great fashion ads are in the eye of the beholder, but there are a few general rules. 1. You must have a strong point of view, as well as the skill and courage to convey it.  Brand guru Peter Arnell came up with this campaign for Donna Karan in 1992. The images are amazing, but there was genius in the decision to simply visualize a female presidency—an idea whose time had come. 2. Be bold and graphic in your choice of…

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This week’s challenge was my favorite: creating advertising images to represent a brand. Fashion advertising is unique in its aspiration to create true works of art—witness the photographs of Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Albert Watson, and the list goes on. Great fashion ads are in the eye of the beholder, but there are a few general rules.

1. You must have a strong point of view, as well as the skill and courage to convey it. 

Brand guru Peter Arnell came up with this campaign for Donna Karan in 1992. The images are amazing, but there was genius in the decision to simply visualize a female presidency—an idea whose time had come.

2. Be bold and graphic in your choice of themes, shapes and colors. 

One of my all-time favorites is Guy Bourdin, a tortured artist of the first order. His images for Charles Jourdan shoes were never quite about shoes—but they would stop you in your tracks.

3. Insist on the best talent. That goes for the photographer, model, stylist, makeup…everything.

A few years ago, we wanted to develop a propaganda-themed trend campaign for Saks. So we hired street artist Shepard Fairey (who went on to create the legendary Barack Obama poster). The campaign garnered an immense amount of attention and press, both positive and negative. But as I said on Fashion Star: if the advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is immaterial.


Kara and Luciana

The two strongest ad campaigns on Fashion Star happened to feature the two strongest looks (no surprise there). I thought Kara’s genderless world concept worked beautifully. It was all yin-and-yang, black-and-white, with a precisely tailored tuxedo shirt as the star.

Luciana’s ad conveyed her personality, style and vision with an energy that was quite impressive. I wondered why the trees were all dead in a spring ad, but they did allow the dress’s bold print to grab all the attention.

Both looks are available here right now.

Until next week,

 

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Fashion Star: Season 1, Episode 7

Terron gives his takes on episode seven of Fashion Star

Fashion Star is a competition between designers. But there’s an interesting sub-plot: the weekly face-off between the buyers and mentors. We’re not technically competing, of course. But like many up-and-coming designers, the Fashion Star contestants have to decide whose advice to take. Do you trust the owners of other design businesses? Or the buyers who have the final say on whether or not to purchase your clothes? Fashion Star gives us a way to compare, because the mentors save someone every week and the buyers dismiss someone every week. So… Who Has Done the Best Job So Far? The Mentors (Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, Nicole Richie) or the Buyers (Caprice Willard, Terron Schaefer, Nicole Christie). Tell me in the comments section below. What It’s Like…

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Fashion Star is a competition between designers. But there’s an interesting sub-plot: the weekly face-off between the buyers and mentors. We’re not technically competing, of course. But like many up-and-coming designers, the Fashion Star contestants have to decide whose advice to take. Do you trust the owners of other design businesses? Or the buyers who have the final say on whether or not to purchase your clothes?

Fashion Star gives us a way to compare, because the mentors save someone every week and the buyers dismiss someone every week. So…

Who Has Done the Best Job So Far?

The Mentors (Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, Nicole Richie) or the Buyers (Caprice Willard, Terron Schaefer, Nicole Christie). Tell me in the comments section below.

What It’s Like to Be a Judge

I spoke with W Magazine on the topic. You can find the interview here.

The Elimination

Sarah Parrott will not be our Fashion Star. From a buyer’s standpoint, this was an easy decision. Sarah started criticizing her own work, which is usually a bad idea. But this wasn’t just a case of an artist being self-critical. Sarah’s designs could have gone on sale to the American public in a matter of minutes. It was a terrible time to give viewers reasons not to buy her work.

I’m not downplaying honesty and self-reflection. But confidence in your design decisions is essential. Without it, you can get bogged down in second-guessing and general creative paralysis, making it nearly impossible for an up-and-coming designer to handle the workload.

Look around at the world’s most successful designers. They may have some, ahem, quirky personality traits. But a lack of self-confidence is rarely one of them.

Life is Tweet

Kara’s elegant shorts look is available here right now. As for next week’s winner, you can let me know how much you adore/despise it in real time. I’ll be live-tweeting @Saks during the show.

 

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Fashion Star: Episode 6

Terron gives his takes on episode six of Fashion Star

The signs are unmistakable. You spend a few extra minutes in the makeup room, and a few hundred thousand dollars on a pair of pants. Days just don’t seem special if a Cirque de Soleil performer doesn’t tumble from the trapeze during a fashion show. There’s no doubt about it… I’m having a mid-show crisis. I suppose I’ll just have to get it together, commiserate with Elle and concentrate on enjoying the time we still have. It’s true what they say—the best is yet to come. Carpe Episodem. And the Surprise Episode 6 Winner Is… Kara. I know I’ve become predictable. But Kara’s sense of style really does fit well at Saks. This week’s delicately layered dress is wispy and flirtatious—perfect for a spring evening….

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The signs are unmistakable. You spend a few extra minutes in the makeup room, and a few hundred thousand dollars on a pair of pants. Days just don’t seem special if a Cirque de Soleil performer doesn’t tumble from the trapeze during a fashion show. There’s no doubt about it…

I’m having a mid-show crisis.

I suppose I’ll just have to get it together, commiserate with Elle and concentrate on enjoying the time we still have. It’s true what they say—the best is yet to come. Carpe Episodem.

And the Surprise Episode 6 Winner Is…

Kara. I know I’ve become predictable. But Kara’s sense of style really does fit well at Saks. This week’s delicately layered dress is wispy and flirtatious—perfect for a spring evening. You can find it here.

What Did You Think?

Are you dreading the end of Fashion Star weeks in advance like I am?

And did we send the right person home this week?

Let me know in the comments…

 

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Fashion Star: Episode 5

Terron gives his takes on episode five of Fashion Star

Fashion Star may have plenty of glitz and star-power, but there’s one high style necessity it lacks: a red carpet. Any red carpet worth its Scotchgard has to lie outside a premiere or an awards show. And since the Fashion Show premiere already happened, that means we need some awards. I’m more than happy to oblige, and it is my great pleasure to introduce the first annual TERRON AWARDS (insiders call them The Terrys). The show is still going strong, so nominations—and even categories—are still coming in. But thus far it looks like a strong year for Terry contenders. Shoppers Choice Award Frontrunner: The Zip Skirt by Orly Shani This look was an instant hit, selling out in a matter of hours. It remains to be…

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Fashion Star may have plenty of glitz and star-power, but there’s one high style necessity it lacks: a red carpet. Any red carpet worth its Scotchgard has to lie outside a premiere or an awards show. And since the Fashion Show premiere already happened, that means we need some awards. I’m more than happy to oblige, and it is my great pleasure to introduce the first annual TERRON AWARDS (insiders call them The Terrys).

The show is still going strong, so nominations—and even categories—are still coming in. But thus far it looks like a strong year for Terry contenders.

Shoppers Choice Award

Frontrunner: The Zip Skirt by Orly Shani

This look was an instant hit, selling out in a matter of hours. It remains to be seen whether her attachment to the two-fer idea will be her signature or her undoing.

Best Hair

Frontrunner: LMFAO

On the third episode, we were treated to a performance by LMFAO–with hair by GE. We were so inspired by Mr. AO’s do that we used it as inspiration for Coco Rocha, seen here modeling that episode’s winning look just seconds after removing her fork from the outlet.

Challenger: Kara Laricks

Quite an architectural look for a teacher, don’t you think?

Most Definitive Headwear

Frontrunner: Oscar’s carnival hat

No accessory defined its wearer more. Of course, this wasn’t to Oscar’s benefit, as the day-glo fedora made it nearly impossible to take him seriously.

Challenger: Nicole’s head jewelry

I don’t know many people who can pull off the bejeweled scalp thing. The fact that she did—and on the very first episode—gives Nicole Richie an edge in this category.

Most Questionable Tie

Frontrunner: Kara’s costume ties

These were more than a little strange—and they almost got her kicked off the show on day one. Kara didn’t even design the clothes that went with it.

Challenger: Ross’s Bow Tie

Bow ties can lend an air of formal sophistication or affected arrogance—it’s all in how you wear it. Ross adds a degree of difficulty by pairing his bow tie with sunglasses perched atop his head.

Biggest Flirts

Frontrunners: Nicole Richie & Nzimiro

Hard to say whether there are sparks between these two, or if it’s just the actual fireworks that are literally going off on stage during the show.

Challengers: Jessica Simpson & Nicholas

On the first show, Nicholas came right out and said that women had no knowledge of men’s fashion. Jessica was understandably offended. But the more vociferous the disagreement in public, the more intense things can get in private. I’m just saying…

What did you think?

What categories would you add to The Terrys? Did I miss any nominees?

And did we send the right person home this week?

Let me know in the comments…

 

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Fashion Star: Episode 4

Terron gives his takes on episode four of Fashion Star

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the fourth episode of Fashion Star, this may ruin the surprise. It’s re-airing with alarming frequency on E! if you’re interested. No New Tuxes? Both Kara and Luciana incorporated formalwear elements into their winning designs. Kara showed not one but two tuxedo coats, and I was struck by her sleek tailcoat with satin lapels and a Chinese red bow in the back. Luciana’s dress referenced the tuxedo shirt with a beaded lace bib. We’ll be seeing more of this casual formalwear look as we get closer to fall (especially in menswear). You can get the looks here and be ahead of the curve for next season. Tweet of the Week I’ll be live-tweeting @Saks during the show every Tuesday at…

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SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the fourth episode of Fashion Star, this may ruin the surprise. It’s re-airing with alarming frequency on E! if you’re interested.

No New Tuxes?

Both Kara and Luciana incorporated formalwear elements into their winning designs. Kara showed not one but two tuxedo coats, and I was struck by her sleek tailcoat with satin lapels and a Chinese red bow in the back. Luciana’s dress referenced the tuxedo shirt with a beaded lace bib. We’ll be seeing more of this casual formalwear look as we get closer to fall (especially in menswear). You can get the looks here and be ahead of the curve for next season.

Tweet of the Week

I’ll be live-tweeting @Saks during the show every Tuesday at 10pm EST. I’ll also be on the lookout for the best tweets from Fashion Star fans. This one made me chuckle (perhaps menacingly)…

@VuittonPrince: The Saks buyer’s voice will haunt you in your sleep #fashionstar

High End vs. Mass Market

The theme of Episode 4 was creating both a high end and a mass market look. For many of the designers, the mass-market look turned out better—maybe the freedom from high-end expectations gave them a creative boost. This was true of Luciana’s beaded dress, which outshone her longer high-end piece and convinced me to buy.

It was an interesting challenge because it’s so relevant to a conundrum facing many designers today. It’s hard enough to define a unique sensibility for your own line. Designing a second line that is distinct from the first, that stands out in the marketplace, that comes in at a lower price point and that doesn’t cannibalize sales of your original line…that takes a boatload of talent.

The successes tend to follow a few basic rules:

1. Don’t rush into a mass-market line.

Marc by Marc Jacobs line (see below) had come into its own. The same can be said of Yigal Azrouël and his Cut 25 line, among many others.

2. Add plenty of youthful energy

Don’t try to recreate the successes of your original line. Find something fresh and new to be your signature. Half the fun is escaping the expectations of the high end line (see looks from Cut25 below). It’s an opportunity to let your hair down and your id out.

Fashion Star Secrets

We’re all open kimono here, so I might as well let you in on a little secret. Sometimes, we got a sneak peak at the clothes the night before the taping.

We didn’t get to see them on models—and yes, I complained about it. As every frequent shopper knows, it’s impossible to get a good sense for how clothes will fit from the hanger alone.

What Do You Think?

Were the mass-market pieces better than the high-end ones?

Did Lisa deserve to go home?

Let me know in the comments…

 

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Fashion Star on Josie Girl: Fashion Star’s Kara and Luciana are featured on Josie Girl.


Fashion Star: Episode 3

Terron gives his takes on episode three of Fashion Star

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the third episode of Fashion Star, this may ruin the surprise. It’s re-airing with alarming frequency on E! if you’re interested. Kara’s Little Secret This week, I bought another whimsical, architectural look from Kara Laricks for Saks. What’s stunning is that Fashion Star was the very first time that Kara worked on full-sized bust forms. In the past, she had only ever designed on miniature mannequin figures. I’m not sure how she has come to possess such a remarkable understanding of shaping and draping from pint-sized prototypes. Fashion Loves Sport  Of all the looks I saw this week, Orly’s was the most on-trend. Her dress had a body-conscious shape, clean lines, color blocking and bright stripes, adding a sporting…

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SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the third episode of Fashion Star, this may ruin the surprise. It’s re-airing with alarming frequency on E! if you’re interested.

Kara’s Little Secret

This week, I bought another whimsical, architectural look from Kara Laricks for Saks. What’s stunning is that Fashion Star was the very first time that Kara worked on full-sized bust forms. In the past, she had only ever designed on miniature mannequin figures. I’m not sure how she has come to possess such a remarkable understanding of shaping and draping from pint-sized prototypes.

Fashion Loves Sport 

Of all the looks I saw this week, Orly’s was the most on-trend. Her dress had a body-conscious shape, clean lines, color blocking and bright stripes, adding a sporting touch to everyday clothing. You’re seeing that urban sport look everywhere this spring. Of course, the upcoming Olympics have a lot to do with that. Last week I was in London, where Stella McCartney unveiled her Olympic uniforms for Great Britain. She raised many an English eyebrow by adding a touch of baby blue to the Union Jack. But the real story was the convergence of the worlds of high-end athletics and aesthetics. Lebron James sat in the front row at a Michael Bastian fashion show (pity the view of the person behind him). To challenge for sailing’s America’s Cup, a Prada yacht will have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup. Yohji Yamamoto teams up with Adidas, H&M with David Beckham, and Ralph Lauren with every sport from polo to tennis to auto racing. The runway isn’t that far from the stadium after all.

What did you think?

What’s your favorite sport-fashion collaboration?

And did we send the right person home this week on Fashion Star?

Let me know in the comments…

 

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Fashion Star: Episode 2

Terron Schaefer dished on episode two of Fashion Star

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the second episode of Fashion Star, this may ruin the surprise. It’s re-airing with alarming frequency on E! and available on NBC.com if you’re interested. Behind the Bidding War What really goes on when the buyers are bidding against each other? Well, we enter our bids on iPads (the new iPad was still months away from being announced when we filmed, so our poor eyes had to make do with the resolution on the iPad 2). There were no Final Jeopardy-style barriers popping up to separate us, but I never saw either of my fellow buyers’ bids. Even still, being in the middle was quite an advantage. As any good card player knows, a poker face doesn’t do you…

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SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the second episode of Fashion Star, this may ruin the surprise. It’s re-airing with alarming frequency on E! and available on NBC.com if you’re interested.

Behind the Bidding War

What really goes on when the buyers are bidding against each other? Well, we enter our bids on iPads (the new iPad was still months away from being announced when we filmed, so our poor eyes had to make do with the resolution on the iPad 2). There were no Final Jeopardy-style barriers popping up to separate us, but I never saw either of my fellow buyers’ bids.

Even still, being in the middle was quite an advantage. As any good card player knows, a poker face doesn’t do you any good unless you’ve got a poker body to match. Every once in a while, I had a sense that I had the upper hand in the bidding. That helped me win my fair share of auctions, including the one for Kara’s deceptively simple dress on Tuesday’s episode 2. And if you’re curious what I’m thinking in real-time, I live-tweet during every episode @Saks.

Comeback Kara

When I first met Kara, we talked about some of the Japanese designers she admired: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. You could see just a bit of Yohji in her winning dress. It had an asymmetrical hem, with more length in the back. I bought it for Saks because the shape is easy to wear and flattering on a wide range of body types. You can buy it now at Saks.com.

Oscar Night

Sadly, this was Oscar’s last night on the show. In the end, I just didn’t think he took the opportunity seriously. It’s great to be an entertainer, but I’m not sure I saw the dedication to the craft that it will take to become our Fashion Star.

Mr. Congeniality

While I didn’t buy anything from Nzimiro this episode, I liked the styling on his menswear pieces. It’s incredibly difficult to come up with a signature detail that differentiates your look. For every Paul Smith stripe and Burberry check, there are hundreds of garish gimmicks that beg for attention before disappearing from the market altogether. I thought his diagonal pockets were a sharp, clever element—something that could have some longevity if he develops the idea…

What Did You Think?

Did you get Kara’s dress pictured above? Tweet me a picture @Saks.

Did we make the right call on Oscar? Let me know in the comments…

 

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