Holiday Chic

Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin, tells us what’s on her gift list!

With our window unveiling tonight, we are in full-on Holiday mode. As always, our customers inspire use — we hear in store who’s on your list — and what you’re excited to give. Taking a cue from our customers, who are busy making up their gift lists, we asked our Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin what is on her gift list this season. Let the celebrations begin!

“The best part of the holiday season is spending time & celebrating with family and friends.  One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree with beautiful ornaments that were hand-made by my Great Grandmother – they are like little jewels.” —Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue

For my fashionable friends:

“Dressed to Kill: Virginia’s Jazz Age Fashion” by Virginia Bates & Daisy Bates;  Published by Rizzoli; Celebrating the glamorous world of the 1920′s through Virginia’s meticulously curated collection of heirloom pieces; $75.

For hostess gifts and for getting into the holiday spirit at home:

Diptyque scented holiday candles in Ambre Oud, Frankincense, and Holiday Spruce; $68 each.

For the little ones in my life:

Portolano kids hat & mitten sets.  Bunny hat, $39; Bunny mittens, $36; Bear hat, $36 and Bear mittens; $36.

For the chic techie:

Graphic Image personalized python-embossed leather iPad case, $135.

For those in need:

A donation to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.



Need more inspiration for the people on your list? Visit the Holiday Gift Guide.

Haute & Cold

Style & Pepper’s Jessie Artigue keeps it feminine and fun when cozying up for the cold NYC winter!

I used to cringe at the thought of putting on a pea coat, and puffer jackets once seemed far from pretty.  Having spent most of my life in the sunny, arid climes of both Scottsdale and San Diego, my love affair with outerwear didn’t begin until December of 2007, after a move to the Midwest and one of the worst winters Kansas City, Missouri has ever seen.  The need to bulk up my winter wardrobe came as quickly as the first ice storm, and I was faced with the devastating option of either freezing my bum off on the way to the shops, or trying to stick out the season wearing my ski jacket (chic enough for the slopes, style-blasphemy on the street).

Five years later, and I’ll be the first to admit my unapologetic obsession with cold-weather-wear, and the fact that I firmly believe a brisk wind can be used as the perfect accessory (hello, “nature’s wind machine”).  I now live for these crisp fall mornings when it finally seems like adding a layer (and eventually two or three) seems not only prudent, but a great opportunity to bring some much-needed interest to our quickly fading summer trends.

Seems like it’s about time to start exploring our options for the upcoming season, so I decided to pop into Saks to check out their always on-point selection. Naturally, we snapped a few fun photos for you in the process.  Whether you’re adding an anorak to your already-impressive collection, or in need of a new knit-cap for your first winter in NYC (go with Rag & Bone + Moncler, respectively)… Saks has my heart when it comes to a seriously stylish selection, and now this desert-girl is even more ready to be bundled up with the best of ‘em.

—Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper

Apres ski: Moncler black puffer jacket, $975; Proenza Schouler dress, $2,450.

Calling Ali McGraw fans! Cole Haan camel wool coat $795; Vera Wang chiffon dress $895 Chloe orange wool sweater, $1,030; Vince fox fur gilet, $1,675; Chloe black booties $850, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection rex rabbit fur earmuffs, $70 and and Rag & Bone gloves $275.

Tally Ho! Canada Goose Coat, $650; Rag & Bone jeans, $286; Philip Lim turtleneck,$450; Rag & Bone Men’s Scarf,$255; Rag & Bone fedora, $175 and Philip Lim shoes, $525.

Photographed by KSW, Styled by Sunita Kumar, Makeup by Ylenia Mazzei for Dior at Saks Fifth Avenue.



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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 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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Foundation Myths, Debunked

The foundation of any good relationship should be based on fact, not fiction. As should the foundation of your relationship with, well, foundation. Which is why I felt it appropriate to celebrate the launch of Dolce & Gabbana’s new Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation by asking the brand’s National Makeup artist Christian McCulloch to separate foundation fact from foundation fiction.

Foundation Fiction: The best way to test a shade is on the back of your hand.

Foundation Fact: Ideally, you would test the shade on your face — as that is where you will be wearing it!  You want the shade to “disappear” and blend perfectly so testing on another body can result in a poor match. Sometimes I may go up a shade if someone is trying to have more color in her face. You want an overall even look, of course! 

Foundation Fiction: Foundation should be applied evenly all over the face.

Foundation Fact: Foundation is best concentrated in the center of the face where most people have a little redness or unevenness. Start around the nose, chin, under the eyes and forehead, and blend outwards towards the outer edges of the face. Create a very sheer base and then layer as needed. Right now, I am loving the new Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation — it is a medium coverage formula that has illuminating benefits to instantly diminish imperfections and redness and provide a soft, even finish.  

Foundation Fiction: Foundation should never be applied with the fingertips.

Foundation Fact: Foundation can of course be applied with the fingertips, as well as with makeup brushes and/or sponges. Whichever technique you find easiest to achieve a smooth application is what you should use — I often use both. If you are using your fingers to apply, use smaller amounts and “pat-pat” to blend. And if you are new to tools, like any makeup application, practice until you get the hang of them!  Dolce & Gabbana has a great foundation brush that I recommend to all of my clients.  

Treat yourself to Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation and put your new expertise to work. Inspired by the honey-hued glow cast on the skin by the Sicilian sun, I am borderline obsessed with how it instantly warms up the skin in a totally believable way. You will be too!



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Scouted at Saks: Tom Ford Beauty Fall Color Collection

Tom Ford. The name alone conjures up images of luxury in the most sexy way imaginable.  Hence, when I was visiting the counter to preview the Fall collection, I broke out my lace pencil skirt and silk ruffle blouse for the occasion.

What better counter to visit in an effort to amp my look up from minimalist summer simplicity to statement making Fall fabulousness.

If Tom Ford had his way, every woman would walk around sporting a dramatic eye and a bold lip every single day.  While I appreciate the intention to encourage women to be glamorous 24/7, the reality — or at least, my reality — is more of a “one or the other” lifestyle. A statement lip with a neutral eye, or a subtle lip with dramatic lids — and maybe, just maybe, on a super special occasion, both.

However, I figured, when in Rome

So, I let a Tom Ford Beauty advisor take me through a range of looks that could be created with the Fall 2012 Color Collection.

Look 1: Power Pout

From the second I laid eyes on the new Lip Color in Aphrodisiac, I wanted to be the girl who could wear it. Within minutes, I was.

Starting with the skin (Tom Ford Beauty is all about dewy, dewy and more dewy — something I can definitely get on board with), I got glowing with the Illuminating Protective Primer (a perennial best-seller) and Traceless Foundation.

Next — something I could go on and on about but will save it for next time — the genius Reflect and Illuminate cream contouring duo.

Another Fall newbie, the Lip and Cheek Stain in Tainted Love, added a flush, and a light wash of shadow set the stage for an all out power pout.

Several coats, applied precisely with a lip brush, topped off with a dab Naivete gloss for sparkle, was all it took to make me look — and feel — like an entirely new woman.

Look 2: All Out

We kept the lip.  And, using the Enchanted Eye Color Quad, we took the eyes up about 10 notches. The ability of the shadows to be used wet and dry offers major versatility.

The ruby wine Plum Absolute gel liner along the lash line brought out the blue in my eyes and the best-selling Brow Sculptor pretty much changed everything — filling in the brows for, at least in my experience, unprecedented definition. Whoa.

Look 3: An Eye Full

Slipping back into my comfort zone, we neutralized the lip with Casablanca Lip Color — an existing shade that fits perfectly within the Fall lineup — and Sahara Pink gloss on top for that Tom Ford signature, dimension.

With the neutral lip, we couldn’t help but layer on a little more drama on the lids. After all, that is the Tom Ford Beauty way.

And I like it. Very much.



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Spotted at Saks: NARSSkin

Jenn Falik Interviews Francois Nars about NARSSkin

I am obsessed with the idea of glowing skin. I would venture it is safe to say that we all are, right?  So is François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of Nars. In particular, he says, “I have always been fascinated by the way light is reflected off of healthy, beautiful skin…to see a woman’s face glow through her makeup.” As such, the new NARSskin collection is entirely focused on illuminating.

Nars is introducing a unique Light Reflecting Complex, which, all fancy skincare speak aside, basically means that the translucency of the skin gets a boost. Pair that with Light-Active Micro-Prisms, algae extract and Polynesian seawater, and voilà — a skin regimen that completely focuses on optically enhancing light reflection.

My personal picks is the Luminous Moisture Cream.  It feels amazing on the skin, and provides an instant pick-me-up to make that first look in the mirror each morning slightly less daunting. Add to that the fact that it makes my makeup last longer, and lets just say it has a permanent place on my vanity.

François Nars is also a fan of the Luminous Moisturizer — his go-to is the Aqua Gel Oil-Free version, which was used at Marc Jacobs for the Fall 2012 look because “it was just the right texture, not too heavy.” Of course a makeup maestro like François Nars understands the relationship between skincare and makeup, and develops products designed to work together.

If you are in the New York area on September 20, stop by the Nars counter at Saks to meet François Nars from 5-7pm EST, who will sign copies of his book X-Ray. And get acquainted with the new NARSskin line. Your complexion will be forever grateful.



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Mad About Leather!

Saks Insider Denise Magid Shows Us Three Ways to Rock the Leather Trend This Fall

One of the biggest trends this fall is LEATHER. From dresses and bottoms to outerwear and vests — we want it all in leather! Here, we team up with Saks Insider Denise Magid to show three ways to wear the second skin.

The first is essential: leather leggings

Helmut Lang stretch leather leggingsVince sweater, Helmut Lang fur and leather vest, Alaia booties.

Leather leggings are the answer to looking polished, edgy and oh-so-comfortable. Adding some leather elements to your wardrobe will instantly take your look from an upscale version of pajamas to an effortlessly cool, rock and roll ensemble.

The A-line leather dress

Theory dress, Gemma Redux necklace, Pierre Hardy shoes.

Talk about the perfect day to night item. During the day you can make it totally work appropriate with a blazer and color block sandals and at night, lose the blazer and switch out the heels for studded booties.

And of course, no closet is complete without a leather jacket.

3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, sweater and trousers; Vince booties.

You really can’t go wrong with a black leather moto jacket. You can throw it on over anything…except maybe the leather leggings. We would advise against it unless you’re Sandy on your way to convince Danny that he’s the one that you want.

Photographed by KSW. Special thanks to Eric Sorlie of the Saks Fifth Avenue Club.


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Beauty Break

Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily Shuman takes Fashion Week Beauty Break with Jenn Falik at the Estee Lauder Counter at Saks

In every photo on Emily Schuman’s blog, Cupcakes & Cashmere, the girl looks flawless. When I found out that she does her own makeup for them — needless to say, I was impressed. We met up at the Estee Lauder counter on Monday for a New York Fashion Week Beauty Break. Truth be told, however, I just wanted to get her photo-ready tips for myself.  But have no fear — I am a good sharer.

Skin Prep.  Emily always starts with a freshly washed and hydrated face. For her skin, which is on the dry side, she uses Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.  Even in the light of day, she loves it as a base for moisturizer.

Get Even. Emily never takes a photo until she has evened out her skin. Redness around the nose, dark circles under the eyes- those are things that a camera can majorly magnify.  Her essential (and as of this interview, mine too) is Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. Warm it up on the fingertips, apply like a moisturizer, and reap the benefits of luminous skin. For pictures, luminous is better than glowy. Glowy skin can look shiny, but luminous reads as lit-from-within.

Add Color. For this California girl, bronzer that gives the effect of an afternoon spent in the sun is a must. She sweeps Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess on her forehead, down the center of her nose, along her cheekbones and a dab on her chin. Then, she does something kind of awesome. Combining Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer a pink powder blush, Emily creates a custom-every-time shade that adds immediate vibrancy to her face.

The Eyes Have It. She loves to play up her eyes for photos, but a classic black and grey smoky eye can be a tad too, well, classic. So after applying liner, she opts for an unexpected shade like Cyber Ruby along the lash line, blended up the crease. Mascara follows—  and voila! — Dramatic but not too much.

Lip Service. You can never go wrong with a simple glossy pink lip, and Emily is madly in love with Estee Lauder gloss in Star Pink. For day, it is the final step in a polished look. For night, it is the counterpoint to tone down a sultry statement eye.

Always one to volunteer my face for the good of the group, I slid into a makeup chair at the counter and put her tips to the test.  Personal experience had led me to believe that photo shoot makeup is a 60-minute endeavor — but apparently, I had it all wrong. Five minutes flat and I’m ready for my close up.



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Art and Fashion Meet Again

Christie’s Brooke Lampley models the latest from Vince — alongside works of art by Picasso and Gris!

“I was always addicted to art history,” says Brooke Lampley, Head of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s, within minutes of our introduction. By the end of our conversation, a good hour later, you realize that’s an understatement. The daughter of painter Joanne Lampley Metcalf and sportscaster Jim Lampley, she set her sights on an art career at an early age and never really looked back. For instance: Unsatisfied with the art history courses available to her in high school, Lampley convinced a teacher to also educate her, independently, on the finer points of color theory and headed off to an NYU summer program in Florence to further her studies.

She’s long been keen on the modern period of art, too, even when everybody else was clamoring over the contemporary era. “I was the only person in the world who didn’t want to do contemporary art!” says Lampley. “Everyone thought it was really quaint and conservative to want to learn about Picasso. But for me, modernism was my ideal.” Even at Harvard, she tried to talk her way out of taking the art survey course. “I was self-selecting in my art historical interests,” she admits. “I wasn’t interested in studying the other periods.”

Does her cut-to-the-chase attitude extend to her wardrobe? You bet. Ask Lampley to describe her personal style and the first word to fly out is efficient. Yes, efficient — not exactly your run-of-the-mill fashion adjective. “My outfits tend to have very few components,” she says. “I like to get up and out the door quickly.” Talk about a girl who knows what she wants. And that’s where Vince comes in. “I just love everything here. I need it all,” Lampley gushed at her fitting at Vince.

Here, as she preps for a major auction in November (check out the artwork here for a sneak peek), Lampley talks Christie’s and Vince. Be sure to stop by Saks’ new Vince boutique in New York!

This encapsulates what my daily look is—simple and professional with a personalized twist. A fur vest is a great addition that you can mix into other things in your wardrobe.

Hanging, Pablo Picasso Femme au chien, 1962 (Estimate: $5,000,000-7,000,000, at Christie’s New York Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, November 2012)

This is fantastic—luxurious and simple. Dresses are a major part of my wardrobe because you can just put it on and go.

This is definitely a weekend and evening outfit. You can see there’s a leather story going on. I think it’s a nice way to add richness to an outfit without having to change the color so much.

This is an effortless look for day with the draped top and leather skirt. And those Valentino boots! Love them!

Painting by Juan Gris, Citron et raisin, 1925 (Estimate: $300,000-500,000).

On her painter mom

She was a huge influence — always went to museums and took me as a child. I grew up with art books all over the house. My mother also shamelessly copied paintings that she loved, just for decoration. We couldn’t ever hope to own a Matisse, but she could paint it and we could hang it.

On life at Christie’s

People don’t realize that we do everything from start to finish, from the creative to the business. We price the works, put the financial package together, do the entire catalogue, lay out the exhibition…. I personally move each painting into the spot I think will showcase it the best.

On knowing when a work is authentic

You know the opening passage in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink? It really rings true. In a sense, the longer I spend doing this, the harder it is to explain to people why I know their work is fake. It becomes much more intuitive.

On the move from museums to auctions

I had worked in a few museums — the Fogg at Harvard, the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and the National Gallery of Art — but I struggled with the slow pace and lack of a deadline. I love to be busy; I’m a masochist in that way. I wanted something with a little more electricity. Also, at an auction house, you get a macrocosmic perspective on the market.

On the interaction of fashion and art

Both express trends in our culture. There’s no denying a nexus. We spend an amazing amount of time factoring in aesthetic details into the economics of what we do — for example, whether a red Warhol is more valuable than a green Warhol. Those things matter in dollars in our marketplace. Even the fact that China has become a powerful player in the luxury world—that’s important for art and drives developments in our fields.

On Vince

I like that the clothes are simple, understated basics you can integrate with a lot of other things. They’re super-functional.

Photographed by KSW at Christie’s in New York. Hair by Patrick Ferrara, makeup by Ylenia Mazzei for Dior at Saks Fifth Avenue. Special thanks to Christie’s Erin McAndew.



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Elle’s Accessories Director Kate Davidson Hudson Gets Jeweled in Ippolita’s New Collection

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!

EVENING: Stacked of glittering bangles, a great pair of chandelier earrings and a cocktail ring give a festive and chic look!



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