Ralph Lauren Children’s Fall 2014 Available at Saks

10% of all sales will go to help promote child literacy.

This past spring, Ralph Lauren staged his Children’s Fall 2014 collection on a very apropos runway – at the New York Public Library. The presentation correlated beautifully with Ralph Lauren’s philanthropic initiatives through its own Children’s Literacy Program, which worked in partnership with the Reach Out & Read non-profit organization for the event. Reach Out & Read is an organization comprised of doctors and nurses who promote early literacy by providing children with new books in their pediatric examination rooms. It is now in its 25th year. The Ralph Lauren Children’s fashion show was hosted by Uma Thurman, featured 55 models, sporting great back-to-school looks for both boys and girls and featured a live performance by the cast of Broadway’s Matilda the Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s children’s classic novel.

Unlike most fashion shows, one doesn’t have to wait half a year to get their hands on these great kids’ pieces. They’re available right now at Saks Fifth Avenue retail stores and on Saks.com. Check out some of the key looks below and make sure to check out the small clip from behind the scenes of Ralph Lauren Children’s Fall 2014 fashion show.

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Ralph Lauren Children’s Fall 2014 Key Looks for Your Back-to-School Youngsters

Leather Moto Jacket  I  Tartan Plaid and Sequin Dress

Boy’s Wool Toggle Jacket  I  Mesh Polo Shirt  I  Striped Shirt

Girl’s Wool Blazer  I  Oxford Shirt  I  Fair Isle Skirt  I Striped Scarf

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This past spring, Ralph Lauren staged his Children’s Fall 2014 collection on a very apropos runway – at the New York Public Library. The presentation correlated beautifully with Ralph Lauren’s philanthropic initiatives through its own Children’s Literacy Program, which worked in partnership with the Reach Out & Read non-profit organization for the event. Reach Out & Read is an organization comprised of doctors and nurses who promote early literacy by providing children with new books in their pediatric examination rooms. It is now in its 25th year. The Ralph Lauren Children’s fashion show was hosted by Uma Thurman, featured 55 models, sporting great back-to-school looks for both boys and girls and featured a live performance by the cast of Broadway’s Matilda the Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s children’s classic novel.

Unlike most fashion shows, one doesn’t have to wait half a year to get their hands on these great kids’ pieces. They’re available right now at Saks Fifth Avenue retail stores and on Saks.com. Check out some of the key looks below and make sure to check out the small clip from behind the scenes of Ralph Lauren Children’s Fall 2014 fashion show.

Ralph-Lauren-Childrens-Fall-2014-Fashion-Show-Literacy-Program-Saks

Ralph Lauren Children’s Fall 2014 Key Looks for Your Back-to-School Youngsters

Leather Moto Jacket  I  Tartan Plaid and Sequin Dress

Boy’s Wool Toggle Jacket  I  Mesh Polo Shirt  I  Striped Shirt

Girl’s Wool Blazer  I  Oxford Shirt  I  Fair Isle Skirt  I Striped Scarf

From August 18, 2014 through August 24, 2014, 10% of the purchase price from the sale of Ralph Lauren Childrenswear apparel and accessories (excluding footwear and hosiery) sold at Saks retail stores and Saks.com will be donated to Reach Out and Read as part of the Ralph Lauren Children’s Literacy Program.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the children’s fashion show below:


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To learn more about Reach Out and Read, visit ReachOutAndRead.org.

 

 Books provided in partnership with Scholastic.

 

Make sure to check out all the key looks at our Ralph Lauren Kids Event.


Meet Karen Blanchard

All about Where Did U Get That? blogger Karen Blanchard, Saks’ official street style photographer for NYFW!

If Karen Blanchard has her way, the acronym WDUGT will one day be as commonplace as YOLO. It stands for “Where Did U Get That” and is the name of her blog and its spinoff, WDUGT Street. “I have always stopped people on the street to ask where did they get something they were wearing,” says the North London native, now based in New York. “So it made sense to document that with photography and street style. I get such a buzz from the brief conversations with strangers about their clothing finds.” So who better to document street-style trends for us this New York Fashion Week? Lucky for us (and her readers), the photographer ditched her 9-to-5 day job to become her own full-time blogging…

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If Karen Blanchard has her way, the acronym WDUGT will one day be as commonplace as YOLO. It stands for “Where Did U Get That” and is the name of her blog and its spinoff, WDUGT Street. “I have always stopped people on the street to ask where did they get something they were wearing,” says the North London native, now based in New York. “So it made sense to document that with photography and street style. I get such a buzz from the brief conversations with strangers about their clothing finds.”

So who better to document street-style trends for us this New York Fashion Week? Lucky for us (and her readers), the photographer ditched her 9-to-5 day job to become her own full-time blogging boss. We caught up with Blanchard — who also helms the Two Kools site on chic couples — and dished all things…style, of course.

SaksPOV: When did the fashion bug first bite?
Karen Blanchard: I blame my mum for the fashion bug. I remember growing up with her walking around Roman Road Market in East London every Saturday. We would check out our favorite stall sellers to snag bargains of high-street looks for a fraction of the price. It’s like the ultimate diluted food chain: from runway to high street to the local street market. I remember when we came home I’d do a little fashion show, twirling around in our latest bargains. We were both like squealing piglets at the scores that she found for us both. I still feel like that to this day when shopping.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
K.B.: I ping pong from ladylike to rock chick to masculine to British rockabilly to Mod Sixties to boho hippie. It literally depends on what mood I am in. Hats are the common thread though throughout — plus dark, smoky eyes or winged liner.

SaksPOV: What brought you to New York?
K.B.: Since childhood I knew that I would end up living in New York even though I didn’t know why. Several years ago I met my then-American boyfriend via accident on email. Our emails literally crossed by mistake and we started speaking to each other. Strange right? It snowballed into me crossing the big pond and starting life in New York.

SaksPOV: Your style takeaways (and tips!) from living in London?
K.B.: Having lived in both cities, I can say that London is overall more fashion forward. People don’t take themselves as seriously so anything goes when it comes to assembling looks, which breeds tons of inspiration for me. My tip therefore is to definitely try and see the fun side of fashion — play with it and don’t be afraid to experiment.

SaksPOV: What are your favorite trends for spring?
K.B.: I loved the Mod Sixties black and whites of Louis Vuitton. Talk about a throwback to Mary Quant. I think a great structured mini or square-toed, low-heeled flats are a brilliant way to update your silhouette for spring.

SaksPOV: When getting dressed in the morning, you start with…
K.B.: If I’m in a shoe mood, then I’ll pick the shoe first that I want to wear that day and find the clothes for it. If not, it’s usually the skirt or trouser. Tops are easy, so are always last.

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SaksPOV: If you could trade closets with someone else…
K.B.: Probably Agyness Deyn. I love her boyish style. It’s effortless and very British. There’s a fantastic military coat she’s got — I stopped her once while wearing it and asked her where did she get it. Of course, she said vintage, which means the only place I can get it is to literally have her closet.

SaksPOV: What are your can’t-live-without-’em fashion must-haves?
K.B.: My creepers. They remind me of my British roots, plus they make anything edgy and less formal. I have about 20 hats and, to me, they literally complete a look. Plus they are brilliant for bad hair days.

SaksPOV: Your advice to would-be street-style photographers?
K.B.: Never leave the house without your camera. I always see someone dressed brilliantly on the day that I leave mine behind. Shoot based on gut instinct, not on what is necessarily “in”.

SaksPOV: If money were no object, your next purchase would be…
K.B.: A classic Chanel in black with gold hardware or a Valentino Rockstud shoulder bag. Either one still gets me going.

SaksPOV: Love the DIY section on your blog — have you always been this crafty?
K.B.: Thank you! I have no idea where the DIY part of me comes from. I think it’s an extension of me wanting to bring new life to certain things. Plus I see trends that sometimes look so easy to replicate that it screams to be tried. Plus it’s 10x more satisfying to know that you did it yourself.

 

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Absolutely Aerin

I grew up reading magazines.  From when I was a little girl I just loved fashion and inhaled the pages of Vogue as if they had every nutrient that was essential for my tiny being. One thing that always fascinated me was the social pages. The parties. The glamour. The gorgeous socialites — Aerin Lauder, Marina Rust, Renee Rockefeller. Aerin Lauder, specifically, has long been my personal style icon — with her tawny glow, gold flecked hair and exquisite collection of Oscar de la Renta gowns. So it was with great excitement that my first assignment many years ago as a Women’s Wear Daily reporter was to interview her.  She was as lovely, gracious and smart as I imagined she would be, talking about her…

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I grew up reading magazines.  From when I was a little girl I just loved fashion and inhaled the pages of Vogue as if they had every nutrient that was essential for my tiny being. One thing that always fascinated me was the social pages. The parties. The glamour. The gorgeous socialites — Aerin Lauder, Marina Rust, Renee Rockefeller.

Aerin Lauder, specifically, has long been my personal style icon — with her tawny glow, gold flecked hair and exquisite collection of Oscar de la Renta gowns. So it was with great excitement that my first assignment many years ago as a Women’s Wear Daily reporter was to interview her.  She was as lovely, gracious and smart as I imagined she would be, talking about her grandmother Estee’s namesake company opening its first boutique in Manhasset on Long Island. Of course, I asked her lots of business questions, but what I really wanted to know was personal — what are her beauty secrets?

Well, it took some years later, but I did get to interview Aerin again recently on behalf of Saks Fifth Avenue, where she launch her own eponymous beauty collection, dubbed Aerin.  The collection is simple and really beautiful. Centered on two palettes with eyes, cheek color and lip color, the collection is divided into “weekday” and “weekend” looks. As a mom of two boys, Aerin (outfitted in a chic black Lanvin skirt suit and Christian Louboutin pumps) talks about looking glamorous and effortless beauty tips, her favorite fashion designers and yes (!) even her favorite form of social media.

SaksPOV: You practically grew up in the beauty industry. What are some thing your learned from your iconic grandmother Estee Lauder?

Aerin Lauder: Estee always had a unique sense of beauty. She was known for wearing color. She always [had] coral or red lips. She taught me the importance of mistake-proof makeup.

SaksPOV: As a busy mom and beauty mogul, what advice can you offer our generation of multi-tasking women?

A.L.: Take time for you beauty and skincare. Buy products that work and are beautiful. This collection is about effortless beauty.

SaksPOV: It’s the day and age of social media. What is your favorite platform?

A.L.: I love Pinterest. It’s so visual and you can create boards for inspirations. It’s so fun to add and explore. I love Lauren Santo Domingo’s Pinterest. She does a fantastic job.

SaksPOV: We’re coming off of the New York collections. What shows did you go see?

A.L.:  [I saw] Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Thakoon, Oscar, Tory Burch. It’s the start of the fashion season!

SaksPOV: What’s on your shopping list for fall?

A.L.:  I Just bought yellow pointed toe Lanvin flats. [Otherwise looking for] some black leather pieces and a great piece of statement jewelry.

SaksPOV: Spill. What do you carry around in your cosmetic case every day?

A.L.: Foundation, the Aerin palette, lip gloss and lipstick. Lip gloss is so versatile!

 

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