NYFW, The Outtakes

Saks’ Official New York Fashion Week Street Style Photographer shares some of her best shots!

Where did she get that? Why Saks, of course! As you know by now, we tapped Karen Blanchard, the uber cool, camera toting, well-shod blogger of Where Did U Get That? to capture the latest trends at New York Fashion Week for Saks.com. Karen braved frigid winter temperatures, a blizzard named Nemo and a dearth of available taxis, all in the name of fashion. Here are some of her favorite outtakes from our shoot! “The biggest challenge of shooting fashion week in February is the temperature. It’s so much colder in New York in February….and yet everyone manages to dress smart and cool and chic in every outfit.”   “There’s such troupers, they’re the fashion soldiers,” says Blanchard of well-dressed industry-types. “You see women in…

Read More..

Where did she get that? Why Saks, of course! As you know by now, we tapped Karen Blanchard, the uber cool, camera toting, well-shod blogger of Where Did U Get That? to capture the latest trends at New York Fashion Week for Saks.com. Karen braved frigid winter temperatures, a blizzard named Nemo and a dearth of available taxis, all in the name of fashion. Here are some of her favorite outtakes from our shoot!

“The biggest challenge of shooting fashion week in February is the temperature. It’s so much colder in New York in February….and yet everyone manages to dress smart and cool and chic in every outfit.”

 

“There’s such troupers, they’re the fashion soldiers,” says Blanchard of well-dressed industry-types. “You see women in the brightest sherbets, pastels, neons — and they’re leaping over puddles and sleet! They contrast beautifully with the city.

 

 Miroslava Duma, wearing Chanel Haute Couture, Blanchard’s favorite street style subject.

 

“As far as jewelry I’ve always thought that during winter it’s less seen, so I always look to those trying to work against that and work in the jewelry anyway. Perfect layering pieces to pop out of a coat sleeve!”

 

“There are a lot of people on the streets themselves that nobody knows…I call them the phantom stars.”

 

MORE:

See the complete story on Saks.com.

 

 


Downtown Girl in an Uptown World

Style blogger Lainy Hedaya takes a spin in the latest from Helmut Lang in NYC

Lainy Hedaya’s style is decidedly downtown, even though her address isn’t. The New York City style blogger of Haute Inhabit, is known for her edgy looks — Helmut Lang is one of her favorite designers — but perhaps surprisingly, she spends much of her time in uptown Manhattan, where she gathers inspiration for her blog, takes in world class art and sketches fashion looks. Here, Saks spends a day uptown with Lainy, as she wears her favorite new look from the Helmut Lang spring collection, which Vogue called the “fashion equivalent of fashionable surf and turf,” with  boxy jackets and short suits inspired by all things nautical. The “urban ocean”-themed collection is a departure for Lang designers  Nicole and Michael Colovos, who took inspiration from…

Read More..

Lainy Hedaya’s style is decidedly downtown, even though her address isn’t. The New York City style blogger of Haute Inhabit, is known for her edgy looks — Helmut Lang is one of her favorite designers — but perhaps surprisingly, she spends much of her time in uptown Manhattan, where she gathers inspiration for her blog, takes in world class art and sketches fashion looks. Here, Saks spends a day uptown with Lainy, as she wears her favorite new look from the Helmut Lang spring collection, which Vogue called the “fashion equivalent of fashionable surf and turf,” with  boxy jackets and short suits inspired by all things nautical. The “urban ocean”-themed collection is a departure for Lang designers  Nicole and Michael Colovos, who took inspiration from the drawings of  nineteenth-century German biologist Ernst Haeckel and tapped tattoo artist Thomas Hooper to recreate his drawings as seen on the jacket in this story.

“I love Helmut Lang because their designs are very sexy. Not sexy in a sense that they are revealing, but the edge and cleanliness of the design is what makes it so attractive. I like this outfit because it’s very comfortable — I can run around in it all day and feel good.”

“Art and fashion blend in a sense that the materials and composition in a garment can be applicable to art.”

“The innate foundation of what I am inspired by comes from my childhood, James Bond films, 18th Century and modern architecture.”

“When I design something I am mainly focused on the construction of the garment. I like things that are complex.”

Photographed by KSWFashion credits: Sea Horse Print blazer, Spectra Jersey Sleeveless top, Glossy linen pants, all by Helmut Lang. Shoes by Jimmy Choo, bag by Christian Louboutin.

 

MORE:

Ready Lainy Hedaya’s blog Haute Inhabit.

See the Spring 2013 Helmut Lang Collection on Saks.com.

 

 


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…

Read More..

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.

Karen Blanchard, Where Did U Get That Blogger Karen Blanchard, Where Did U Get That Blogger

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.

 

MORE:

Visit Karen Blanchard’s blog Where Did U Get That?