Bespoken Word: Street-Style Trends Become Essentials

With the advent of street-style, some trends are here to stay.

Single-breasted or double? Tailored or loose fit? Floral or solid? Theres’s so much to choose from, so its been that the consensus via street style images is that men of style are now focusing more on the details than on complete ensembles. It’s all about the accessories.

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Summer Layering

David Yurman: Lapis Beaded Bracelet    I    Fendi: Leather Wrap Bracelet

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Single-breasted or double? Tailored or loose fit? Floral or solid? Theres’s so much to choose from, so its been that the consensus via street style images is that men of style are now focusing more on the details than on complete ensembles. It’s all about the accessories.

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Summer Layering

David Yurman: Lapis Beaded Bracelet    I    Fendi: Leather Wrap Bracelet

For the past few seasons, bracelets have certainly moved from trendy to stable status. Magazines have all been advocating the trend while well-known design houses such as Fendi, Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo have created pieces that can be worn everyday. These high quality and stylish pieces use a variety of stones and metals: light titanium, classic gold and silver, or even contemporary leather and cord.

Not only do bracelets hardly ever fail to make a strong fashion statement, they’re also the perfect keepsake; pieces picked along the way that carry a meaning and a memory, and therefore, play an integral part in establishing your personal style.

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Hats Off

Gucci: Wool Hat    I    Paul Smith: Vintage Paper Straw Hat

This summer, chances are you can’t look at any street style gallery and not see men in hats. This summer, it looks like this signature accessory is peeking; brands like Gucci and Paul Smith are making fedoras, and for those who are apprehensive about that old-timey look, other designers are also catering to the man of style who feels more casual. Leather baseball caps from brands like rag & bone are proving that dressing down isn’t synonymous with being underdressed.

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Self Reflection

3.1 Phillip Lim: Sunset Mirror Sunglasses    I    Ermenegildo Zegna: Metal Aviators

Sunglasses are certainly nothing new to a must have accessories list. However if you want to bring a little eccentric touch to your personal style, you may want to move it to the top of the list. This season, what seemed to have been popular only on the ski slopes has made it’s way into the suited man’s closet: it’s all about the mirror lenses.

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Be a Square

Eton of Sweden: Camo Pocket Square  I  Giorgio Armani: Oval Print Silk Pocket Square

Gentlemen: If your suit is missing the pocket square, your look is far from done. It’s a quintessential item in any distinguished man’s closet. This is the ultimate final touch and allows men to express their personal style, given all the possibilities in terms of color, pattern and texture. Now bring your personal touch, have fun playing with the color, or keep it classy and neutral, or feel free to decide on a tieless look; Milan this summer even saw a few stylish men combining suits, t-shirts and pocket squares.

That’s what’s happening on the streets of Milan. Discover what digs other men of fine tastes are getting into with some menswear bestsellers.


Menswear Runway Report

Our globetrotting Men's Fashion Director Eric Jennings shares his top runway picks

The world of men’s wear recently descended upon Europe for the semiannual exhibition of the men’s collections at Pitti Uomo in Florence and men’s fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Having just taken in dozens of runway shows and presentations, Saks Fifth Avenue’s intrepid VP and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings distills the season to his five favorite looks. Think of it as your sartorial Cliffs Notes for Fall 2013. 3.1 Phillip Lim “A fantastic patchwork military jacket with a jacquard knit sweater.”   Paul Smith “The bomber jacket is the must have piece next fall. I love the fur lining on this bomber as well as the intarsia knit sweater, and printed shirt and tie.”   DSQUARED “Astrakhan is a runway favorite this season and I…

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The world of men’s wear recently descended upon Europe for the semiannual exhibition of the men’s collections at Pitti Uomo in Florence and men’s fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Having just taken in dozens of runway shows and presentations, Saks Fifth Avenue’s intrepid VP and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings distills the season to his five favorite looks. Think of it as your sartorial Cliffs Notes for Fall 2013.

3.1 Phillip Lim

“A fantastic patchwork military jacket with a jacquard knit sweater.”

 

Paul Smith

“The bomber jacket is the must have piece next fall. I love the fur lining on this bomber as well as the intarsia knit sweater, and printed shirt and tie.”

 

DSQUARED

“Astrakhan is a runway favorite this season and I love it paired back with denim in this look.”

 

Valentino

“I love Prince of Whales plaid and how Valentino used the black leather detail to make this look very modern.”

 

Viktor & Rolf

“I’m calling fall 2013 the the season of the coat, as I’ve never seen so much outerwear on the runways. Brown is an important new color for tailored clothing, which is why I love this head to toe brown look from Viktor & Rolf. This topcoat has a removable fur trim collar and the cable turtleneck sweater has an interesting resin coating.”

 

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Jenny Wu Takes Europe!

Greetings from Europe!  I’ve been traveling to London, Paris and Milan! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of discoveries, new friends, and many new memories. It’s also been an endless fashion feast for my eyes as I peeked into the unique style sensibilities of each city. London is truly the capital of street style.  Parisian style is all about channeling one’s inner confidence, translating to a look that’s well coiffed and très chic! In Milan, the streets brimmed with glamorous fashion lovers attending fashion week. I’m deeply inspired by what I’ve seen and hope to bring European fashion inspirations into my personal style. My outfit choices for my trip represents the casual boho girl in me as I brought a piece of the California…

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Greetings from Europe!  I’ve been traveling to London, Paris and Milan! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of discoveries, new friends, and many new memories. It’s also been an endless fashion feast for my eyes as I peeked into the unique style sensibilities of each city.

London is truly the capital of street style.  Parisian style is all about channeling one’s inner confidence, translating to a look that’s well coiffed and très chic! In Milan, the streets brimmed with glamorous fashion lovers attending fashion week. I’m deeply inspired by what I’ve seen and hope to bring European fashion inspirations into my personal style.

My outfit choices for my trip represents the casual boho girl in me as I brought a piece of the California sunshine to Europe:

Notting Hill, London. LAMade Clothing maxi dress.

Tuileries Jardin, Paris. Vintage floral dress and vintage blouse.

Fontainebleau, France. Nectar Clothing dress, Ann Taylor handbag.

Tuscany. T by Alexander Wang t- shirt, vintage skirt, Hermes scarf.

John Richmond fashion show, Milan.  Ann Taylor tank, pants, purse and necklace. Calvin Klein necklace.

 

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Saks Reports from Milan

The inside scoop from Linda DeFrances on Prada, Jil Sander and Aquilano.Rimondi at Milan Fashion Week

With a passion for languid lines, just the right amount of embellishment and good form, Saks Vice President of Ready-to-Wear Fashion, Linda DeFrances is  reporting back to SaksPOV readers on her favorite looks from the front lines of Milan Fashion Week.  Stay tuned next week for Linda’s pick from the Paris collections. —Edited by Sophia Chabbott “I adored Jil Sander! Raf Simons was inspired from the Fifties with couture like shapes with double face coats over lingerie inspired dresses combining color and various textures of knit. I particularly loved the opening of the show with the double face clutch coats in pale pink, dove grey, lilac and red. It’s every reason to buy something new for fall and own a piece from Raf’s final Collection…

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With a passion for languid lines, just the right amount of embellishment and good form, Saks Vice President of Ready-to-Wear Fashion, Linda DeFrances is  reporting back to SaksPOV readers on her favorite looks from the front lines of Milan Fashion Week.  Stay tuned next week for Linda’s pick from the Paris collections. —Edited by Sophia Chabbott

Jil Sander

“I adored Jil Sander! Raf Simons was inspired from the Fifties with couture like shapes with double face coats over lingerie inspired dresses combining color and various textures of knit. I particularly loved the opening of the show with the double face clutch coats in pale pink, dove grey, lilac and red. It’s every reason to buy something new for fall and own a piece from Raf’s final Collection at Jil Sander.”

Prada

“A dazzling collection!  It was very 1960’s inspired, starting with long black coats, coat dresses and long vests with opulent beading. I loved the use of color and pattern, mixed geometrics, jacquards and embroideries. Shapes were linear, long and lean very refined with an emphasis on tailoring.”

Acquilano.Rimondi

“Baroque inspired, fully embracing the decorative trend of the season and elements of Italian style in corseted short cocktail dresses and jackets. Mixing panels of velvet with leather and extravagant beading – it was opulence at its very best!”


Packing for Milano

If you don’t like travel, I’m not sure I can recommend the fashion industry. You’re constantly chasing shows, trends and designers. On the road, what might normally be a luxury becomes a necessity—if only for temporarily preserving your sanity. As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end, here’s a quick review of what I brought along for the ride… The Uniform Isaia suit. Charvet ties in blue, black and grey with an occasional flash of color. Crocodile belts from Prada (or custom-made). I could get dressed in the dark—as one often does when recovering from the red-eye. Turnbull and Asser Shirt Once you find your shirt, you stick with it. Mine are from Turnbull and Asser, each with my initials woven into the midsection. Every…

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If you don’t like travel, I’m not sure I can recommend the fashion industry. You’re constantly chasing shows, trends and designers. On the road, what might normally be a luxury becomes a necessity—if only for temporarily preserving your sanity. As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end, here’s a quick review of what I brought along for the ride…

The Uniform

Isaia suit. Charvet ties in blue, black and grey with an occasional flash of color. Crocodile belts from Prada (or custom-made). I could get dressed in the dark—as one often does when recovering from the red-eye.

Turnbull and Asser Shirt

Once you find your shirt, you stick with it. Mine are from Turnbull and Asser, each with my initials woven into the midsection. Every shirt has two buttons at the collar to keep it high throughout the day, plus barrel cuffs with the diagonal corner cut.

Wolford Socks

Wolford’s over-the-calf cotton velvet socks are the only ones I own—and they never fall down. Could they cut off your circulation? Well, who am I to judge? The socks come in grey, black, blue and occasionally beige. They stopped producing brown, which is really a trauma.

Piaget Watch

The Altiplano Double Jeu is two watches in one, with a flip-top revealing a hidden second face. I set the top one for where I am and the bottom one for NYC, which really comes in handy for places like India where there are half-hour time differences. And Piaget makes remarkably thin watches to begin with, so even the two-in-one Double Jeu avoids feeling like wrist dumbbells.

Edward Green and John Lobb Shoes

Edward Green crafts a masterful dress shoe. John Lobb makes a more casual suede shoe—my preference for travel days. If it’s a longer trip, I may throw in a pair from Loro Piana for good measure.

iPad and Blackberry

Each has its own finger-pleasing covering—the iPad in its Salvatore Ferragamo sleeve and the BlackBerry with its Valextra crocodile back.


Yumi Takes Europe

Saks.com’s Yumi Shin opts for austere lines countered with quirky accessories to take on Milan and Paris

Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager Yumi Shin spends her days scouring the world’s top design houses cultivating unique, wearable and intriguing collections for Saks.com. Yumi is now off to Europe to take in the runways of Milan and then Paris to bring Saks.com buyers the best of the best of fall 2012 fashion. Here, she gives SaksPOV readers a peek at what’s she’ll be wearing in the front row.

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Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager Yumi Shin spends her days scouring the world’s top design houses cultivating unique, wearable and intriguing collections for Saks.com. Yumi is now off to Europe to take in the runways of Milan and then Paris to bring Saks.com buyers the best of the best of fall 2012 fashion. Here, she gives SaksPOV readers a peek at what’s she’ll be wearing in the front row.

Jil Sander Dress Maria La Rosa Socks Prada Shoes J Brand Denim Jeans FLorian Necklace


Terron’s Takes

Dinner events are not exactly rarities in the fashion world. Especially during the holiday season, it can be difficult to keep up with where you’re supposed to be and who’s giving an award to whom. But that makes it all the more important to make a spectacle of those rare occasions when the spotlight shines on good people doing truly wonderful things. Such was the case last Thursday when I attended a dinner honoring my dear friend Franca Sozzani, long-time editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. The occasion was a celebration of Franca’s appointment as the very first Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development, an initiative created by the United Nations to achieve some of its millennium development goals: ending poverty, empowering women and establishing global partnerships….

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Dinner events are not exactly rarities in the fashion world. Especially during the holiday season, it can be difficult to keep up with where you’re supposed to be and who’s giving an award to whom. But that makes it all the more important to make a spectacle of those rare occasions when the spotlight shines on good people doing truly wonderful things.

Such was the case last Thursday when I attended a dinner honoring my dear friend Franca Sozzani, long-time editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. The occasion was a celebration of Franca’s appointment as the very first Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development, an initiative created by the United Nations to achieve some of its millennium development goals: ending poverty, empowering women and establishing global partnerships.

One of her first initiatives has been to elevate the profile of the traditionally under-represented African design community. When we spoke at the dinner, she was beaming about two Nigerian designers who are mixing prints in hypnotic ways: Ere Dappa and Doru Olowu. She ensured that Vogue Italia’s Who is on Next? showcase at Milan Fashion Week featured partnerships between African fabric makers and Italian fashion houses (see photos). Later this month, Franca and her son, photographer Francesco Carrozzini, will be traveling to Accra, Ghana, for a presidential presentation with some of the country’s most promising talents. She even hinted that a spring issue of Vogue Italia could be filled with works from African designers.

Ms. Sozzani’s enthusiasm was infectious, inspiring all who attended the dinner, from Andre Balazs to The Sartorialist Scott Schuman to Francesco and Alba Clemente. The crowd was so energized that I have no idea when the party ended. I slipped away at 1am with the evening still going strong…

Below: Scenes from Vogue Italia’s Who is on Next? showcase at Milan Fashion Week