This year’s Holiday Windows at Saks, sponsored by MasterCard and Acer, are inspired by the delicate, intricate and fascinating art of the snowflake. But that’s not all! The brilliant lighting projection masterminded by the prolific Terron Schaefer, Saks Chief Creative Office, hosts a dazzling array of animated figure skaters, gorgeous red ribbons and of course, our famous Saks Yet (he who created the snow!) onto our venerable Fifth Avenue façade.
Watch the video of the windows. Scroll down to see close-up shots.
A fashion winter wonderland.
The Saks Yeti makes an appearance.
The American Ballet Theatre’s dancers play the Sugar Plum Fairies a the window unveiling.
Country star Trace Adkins performs at Saks.
SaksPOV goes behind the scenes to discover the magic behind Saks’ legendary Holiday Windows.
The Wall Street Journal speaks with Saks Fifth Avenue about the windows for 2012. Watch the video.
The holidays are a time where magic abounds on Fifth Avenue, with imagination, creativity and whimsy springing from the Saks Fifth Avenue windows. Viewed by millions each year, the Holiday Windows are Saks’ gift of joy and love to both New Yorkers and visitors alike.
In celebration our Holiday Windows, sponsored by MasterCard and Acer, we took a tour of Spaeth Design, the New York design firm that has dozens of “elves” working to create the magic. Check out how it’s done.
Harry Cunningham, SVP, Store Planning and Visual Merchandising took SaksPOV on a grand tour…
“The windows are Inspired by snowflakes, snow and how children interact with snow,” notes Cunningham, whose team has spent the better part of a year planning the 2012 windows. Cunningham’s team collected dozens of snow globes from over the years, that will be housed in a mechanically operated device that spins them in various directions.
Another window will feature an interactive “snow kaleidoscope.” Viewers of the windows will have an opportunity to see their faces in the screens in the windows morphed into kaleidoscopic shapes and colors. “I love how snowflakes are individual and yet so unique and different — but together we form one body, like a snowfall.”
Another window will feature a library of oversize pop-up books that open to reveal giant paper snowflakes.
Photographed by Isauro Martinez-Cairo
Stay tuned to see the windows on Saks.com SaksPOV later this week!
“I’m jetting off to Europe to bask in three glorious weeks of fashion, food, and culture. I’m so excited and so ready to take off! My life has been speeding on fast forward mode for the past couple of months and has been completely devoid of any breathing time or breathing room. So, I’m hoping a breath of fresh air in the world’s most glamorous continent will re-calibrate, re-energize and re-align my life a bit. Before taking off for my extended fashion vacation, I stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills to try on five fabulous fall outfits from my favorite American designers. Europe may set the stage as the world’s fashion inspiration, but USA will always be my style muse.”
Marc by Marc Jacobs chambray shirt and jeans and Marc Jacobs handbag, Diba ankle boots, Sorrelli earrings, Lia Sophia Necklace and Belle Noel Bangles.
Vera Wang dress, Shoedazzle necklace, Sorrelli earrings, Belle Noel bangles, T+J Designs ring and Alexander McQueen ring.
Kate Davidson Hudson has a pretty plum gig. She’s Accessories Director at Elle magazine, which means it’s her job to (a) surround herself with spectacular bags, jewelry and shoes and, (b) be on the constant hunt for the next gorgeous thing. We’re officially jealous. “One of the most exiting parts about my job is never knowing what the day has in store,” says Davidson Hudson. “I could be in the studio shooting, working on location, sitting with a designer at a presentation…. No two days are ever the same!”
While the George Washington University graduate has a long roster of favorite designers — Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière and Dior’s Raf Simons, among them — and previously worked in the fashion department at Harper’s Bazaar, accessories are her big crush. “The personalization in what you wear and how you style yourself is found in the details — and those details are always the accessories,” she explains. “Accessories help articulate those subtle nuances that make up your personal style.” Plus, she smartly points out, there’s no such thing as tricky sizing when it comes to your accouterments. “For better or worse,” the Elle director adds, “you’re going to stay the same shoe or ring size. You can’t always say the same thing about that pair of skinny jeans.”
Here, Davidson Hudson takes us through the life-size jewelry box that is the showroom at Ippolita, and gives us her expert tips on how to transform your look (e.g. her simple LBD) for work, weekend and evening. “Ippolita,” she says of her SaksPOV pick, “is a genius at capturing that sense of perfect polish. And by updating these accessories, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of the staple clothing pieces in your wardrobe.”
Her last word of advice? It’s a classic: “I truly believe you need to wear the piece — it cannot wear you.”
WORK: “On an average day in the office, I like easy pieces with heels. I tend to wear a lot of black and rely on accessories to change the tone or mood of my look.” A malachite onyx and gold pendant looks just right!
WEEKEND: A stack of gold and gemstone bangles represent the quintessential Ippolita look!
(2) Not enough Nail Art for You? Saks has partnered with the hot fashion label Suno to create Minx nails in cool prints. Exclusive to Saks on FNO!
(3) The inimitable, style savvy — and quite tall — New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire will be making an appearance at Saks.
(4) Meet Oscar de la Renta, who will be making an appearance at Saks as we launch his latest fragrance Essential Luxuries his latest exclusive to Saks!
(5) Makeup artist to the world’s most famous and Estee Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pechaux, will be taking customers through the new beauty collection that he designed for Estee Lauder inspired by the colors and contrasts of Paris.
(6) Meet designer Erin Fetherston and get your bangs trimmed from hairstylist, Edward Tricomi
(7) Last and hardly least, Darren Criss of “Glee” and a Special Guest will be signing the September Issue of Vogue
You might recognize him from the unveiling of the U.S. Olympic team opening ceremony outfit on the Today show or from his features in V Man, Esquire and Vanity Fair. He might not be a household name just yet, but Tim Morehouse is going for gold in London and hoping to bring fencing into every physical education class in America. Not surprising for a man who spent seven years with Teach For America.
Morehouse was born and raised in New York City. He went Brandeis University for undergrad and received his masters from Pace University. He is also credited with teaching President Obama to fence.
Here he talks to SaksPOV:
SaksPOV: How did you get into fencing? Tim Morehouse: When I was young, baseball was my sport. I didn’t even know what fencing was until I was in seventh grade. One fateful day I saw a sign that said “Join the Fencing Team, Get out of Gym”. So, I found the fencing room and joined without even knowing what it was…What kid doesn’t like sword fighting anyway?
SaksPOV: You’ve brought a lot of visibility to fencing. Many athletes float under the radar. What has motivated you to become a champion for your sport? T.M.: I think fencing is the greatest sport in the world. I feel very fortunate that I found it. It really helped me find focus, discipline and self-confidence. I want to provide others with the same opportunities that I’ve had. I just started a foundation, Fencing-in-the-Schools, to train PE teachers to teach fencing and I hope to make fencing a regular part of physical education in America. I also founded and help produce the largest fencing televised tournament in the country called the Fencing Masters.
SaksPOV: You’re not shy in front of the camera. You’ve done some modeling. How did you get into that? T.M.: [Fencing] is truly the sport of Kings —don’t let them tell you that polo is! It is known for its elegance, precision and chivalry. New York City is such an amazing fashion world that I signed with Wilhelmina Modeling agency and have been doing a whole host of fashion shoots that involved fencing.
SaksPOV: What are 5 things every guy should own? T.M.: (1) A good set of values that includes being nice, working hard and helping others, (2) a really great suit, (3) good music, (4) A dog [at some point in their lives], (5) my book American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport.
SaksPOV: You travel a lot for work. What do you pack? T.M.: My swords and the rest of my fencing equipment! I also can’t leave home without my laptop with a TV series or two loaded onto it (The Wire, Smallville, 24, etc), my phone, clothes and a good book.
SaksPOV: What’s the best style advice you’ve been given? T.M.: Just be yourself. Also, in an only-in-NYC story…I was walking down the street in a really nice suit wearing my backpack and I passed a homeless man who yelled at me, “Don’t wear a back pack with a suit stupid!” only in NYC do the homeless give fashion advice!
When most people think of Fashion Week, they picture leggy models wearing dresses from designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Alexander Wang, Naeem Khan and Narcisco Rodriguez. While that is true, the other half of the population certainly wasn’t lacking in representation. The fall collections had over 40 fashion shows and presentations that featured clothing for the guys. Even Milk Studios dubbed Sunday as their menswear day during New York Fashion Week. New this season was Bernardo Rojo, creative director of Joseph Abboud who ushered in the brand’s return to NYFW and Levi’s who showed their first ever global collection.
To make things a little easier for you, SaksPOV culled a multitude of shows and sifted through hundreds of runway shots to present you with a well edited selection of the top trends for the upcoming fall season—it’s like peek into the future.
Share your favorites with us in the comments section!