Curated by Colleen: Highlights from Paris Fashion Week

See What Saks' SVP, Fashion Director Has on Her Radar for Fall 2015 from Paris.

It was an incredible Fall 2015 season full of looks we can’t wait to have at Saks in the coming months. It all ends at Paris Fashion Week, where the mode is always haute. Take a look at some of the highlights from the last leg of Fashion Month.

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Abstract Animal Skin Prints at Dior

Dior: For fall Raf Simons focused on the idea of animals and the abstraction of their patterns. There were slightly oversized masculine tailored blazers and double-breasted overcoats. The second skin catsuits from Dior’s last haute couture collection made a ready-to-wear turn here as well, bedecked in abstract animal patterns. There was a 60s flair here, with mini shift dresses and coats, styled with skin-tight vinyl over-the-knee boots. Not to mention incredible dyed fox coats in lilac and aqua.

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It was an incredible Fall 2015 season full of looks we can’t wait to have at Saks in the coming months. It all ends at Paris Fashion Week, where the mode is always haute. Take a look at some of the highlights from the last leg of Fashion Month.

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Abstract Animal Skin Prints at Dior

Dior: For fall Raf Simons focused on the idea of animals and the abstraction of their patterns. There were slightly oversized masculine tailored blazers and double-breasted overcoats. The second skin catsuits from Dior’s last haute couture collection made a ready-to-wear turn here as well, bedecked in abstract animal patterns. There was a 60s flair here, with mini shift dresses and coats, styled with skin-tight vinyl over-the-knee boots. Not to mention incredible dyed fox coats in lilac and aqua.

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Seen Outside the Acne Studios Show

Balenciaga: This Fall 2015 collection was the most grown-up offering from Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, thus far. It was a decorative, highly-textural collection in beautiful couture shapes – rounded jackets, architectural coats in structured fabrics, like heavy tweeds and matelassé. There were egg-shape dresses with peplum waists and pockets, jewel-trim necklines, and a great new motif – a metal ‘staple’ trim that toughened up the collection. A major highlight: the brocade peplum strapless top with fur trim, paired back with trousers – a modern look for evening.

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Balmain: Balmain was full of pleats, lace, beaded fringe and plenty of vibrant color. There were wide leg palazzo pants in solids, stripes and on many of the jumpsuits. Among the offering there were showy beaded fringe tops, sheer lacey-stitch knit bodysuits and a terrific black lace/knit jumpsuit, worn over boyshorts to solve the age-old issues of transparency so many women have to overcome.

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Electric Prints at Work at the New Carven

Carven: This was a strong first outing from the new design duo, Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, who have taken over from Guillaume Henry at Carven. The show had some cheerful floral prints with retro 60s vibes. Standout looks included eel-skin outerwear, textured honeycomb knits, high-waisted skinny pants and shrunken pea coats.

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At the Lanvin Party at the Hotel Shangri-La in Paris

Lanvin: No question – Lanvin was a top show in Paris for the Fall 2015 season. Alber Elbaz brought a rich military and bohemian mix, with fringe and tassels galore! There were side-slit tunic dresses, blanket fringe coats, patchwork intarsia furs and snake and shearling mixed media jackets that were over the top in all the best ways.

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John Galliano’s First Ready-to-Wear Collection for Maison Martin Margiela

Margiela: The much-anticipated first ready-to-wear collection of John Galliano’s for Maison Martin Margiela was the perfect fusion of the codes of the house with the designer’s signature flourishes. There were some marabou-trimmed sheer chiffon tops that looked noteworthy, but the stars of the show here were the tailored jackets and decorative outerwear. There were maxi coats worn over mini skirts, as well as a glossy and sleek calfhair trench, which was the best piece in the collection.

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Two Models Hang at Karl Lagerfeld’s Brasserie Gabrielle at Chanel

Emanuel Ungaro: Fausto Puglisi showed an almost entirely black and white collection for Emanuel Ungaro, mixed in with pops of metallic here and there. There were pleats and polka dots in various scales throughout, some of the pleats in gold or black lurex sunbursts for blouses, skirts and dresses. Eyes perked up at the slim black tuxedo with a white lapel.

 

It’s always Fashion Week when you shop womenswear at Saks.


Saks at the Shows: CHANEL Spring 2015

Karl Lagerfeld stages a feminine protest at the Grand Palais for his latest for CHANEL.

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Karl Lagerfeld Orchestrates a Grand Demonstration in True Fashionable Form

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The eve of a CHANEL show, whether it be resort, haute couture or ready-to-wear, is always a fun mind-scramble. You can’t help but flex a bit of imaginative muscle before Karl Lagerfeld presents at the Grand Palais – cooking up ideas of your own on what he’s going to pull off this time.

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Karl Lagerfeld Orchestrates a Grand Demonstration in True Fashionable Form

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The eve of a CHANEL show, whether it be resort, haute couture or ready-to-wear, is always a fun mind-scramble. You can’t help but flex a bit of imaginative muscle before Karl Lagerfeld presents at the Grand Palais – cooking up ideas of your own on what he’s going to pull off this time.

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For Spring, he rocked the house. He wanted his idyllic CHANEL girls to get up in arms. The student, the executive, the banker, the socialite – they all have one thing in common – well, they’re women of course, and its time to rally. So Mr. Lagerfeld staged another one of his elaborate coups, this time in the form of a feminine protest on Boulevard CHANEL.

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“Be Your Own Stylist”. “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too”. “Make Fashion Not War”. This is fashion, by way of Karl Lagerfeld, so when he stages a protest, you need to look at the message within the clothing. There was both fun and empowerment in equal measures here. Just consider the ebullient grandeur of the opening suited look with the lacquered banker pinstripes later in the show.

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As is wont to happen at CHANEL, the accessories were just as covet-worthy as the clothes. There were beautiful sheer gold tights that looked like fairy dust, matched with black and gold oxford with cut-outs and an ankle-strap, whistle necklaces (to rally the masses, no doubt) dyed hippie messenger bags and briefcases, and hands down the coolest eyewear of the season – aviators done the CHANEL way.

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Variegated Floral Bouquets

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The Women of Wall Street

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There were some surprise faces among Mr. Lagerfeld’s roving army of model protestors at the ready-to-wear show – legendary English model Kirsten Owen looked chic and cool in her coat and shorts ensemble, while Gisele Bundchen was the very image of ageless beauty in a tan and white stripe cardigan dress. Both models were spared the albeit fierce makeup treatment, and walked out for their walks bare-faced. That’s feminine power for you.

Let your feminine spirit break free with a little help from CHANEL.

CHANEL Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Lookbook Photos by Karl Lagerfeld


Hot Property

The St. Regis is bringing its luxe touch to South Beach

There’s no shortage of chic hotels in Miami Beach, but the soon-to-open St. Regis in Bal Harbour opening on January 19 has what is arguably the city’s most fashionable address: oceanfront on Collins Avenue, directly across from the Shops at Bal Harbour, a shopping mecca filled with Saks, Lanvin, Chanel, Celine, Prada. The Yabu Pushelberg -designed property winks at Miami’s Rat Pack heyday, with oversized raw rock crystal chandeliers in the entryway and citrine-colored walls in the Remedè Spa. But, at its core, the experience is all about modern, relaxed luxury, with extra-large rooms (all with terraces and ocean views) and poolside cabanas that are more like mini-apartments than a quick place to cool
down. And, after a day of swimming, sunning, or shopping, there’s the restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten — an ideal hotspot for a leisurely dinner (even if you’re staying farther down in South Beach) or small plates and cocktails with friends.

There’s no shortage of chic hotels in Miami Beach, but the soon-to-open St. Regis in Bal Harbour opening on January 19 has what is arguably the city’s most fashionable address: oceanfront on Collins Avenue, directly across from the Shops at Bal Harbour, a shopping mecca filled with Saks, Lanvin, Chanel, Celine, Prada. The Yabu Pushelberg -designed property winks at Miami’s Rat Pack heyday, with oversized raw rock crystal chandeliers in the entryway and citrine-colored walls in the Remedè Spa. But, at its core, the experience is all about modern, relaxed luxury, with extra-large rooms (all with terraces and ocean views) and poolside cabanas that are more like mini-apartments than a quick place to cool
down. And, after a day of swimming, sunning, or shopping, there’s the restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten — an ideal hotspot for a leisurely dinner (even if you’re staying farther down in South Beach) or small plates and cocktails with friends.