Man In Black (Label)

Nacho Figueras, the elegant and articulate Polo champ — and face of Ralph Lauren — reveals his inner musings on fashion, sport and architecture

When it comes to Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras, a portrait really is worth a thousand words. There’s a reason why photographer Bruce Weber, whom he met at a Hamptons dinner party 12 years ago, introduced him to Ralph Lauren. And a reason why Lauren went on to name him the face of both Black Label and World of Polo Fragrances. And have we mentioned that Vanity Fair readers voted him the second most handsome man in the world in 2009 — a notch above Brad Pitt? Of course, you can judge for yourself when he makes an appearance at Saks today to celebrate the opening of our new Ralph Lauren Black Label shop. There’s more to Figueras than his beautifully chiseled cheekbones, though. Growing…

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When it comes to Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras, a portrait really is worth a thousand words. There’s a reason why photographer Bruce Weber, whom he met at a Hamptons dinner party 12 years ago, introduced him to Ralph Lauren. And a reason why Lauren went on to name him the face of both Black Label and World of Polo Fragrances. And have we mentioned that Vanity Fair readers voted him the second most handsome man in the world in 2009 — a notch above Brad Pitt? Of course, you can judge for yourself when he makes an appearance at Saks today to celebrate the opening of our new Ralph Lauren Black Label shop.

There’s more to Figueras than his beautifully chiseled cheekbones, though. Growing up outside of Buenos Aires, he got into polo at age nine, turned pro at 17 and is now arguably the most famous face behind the sport, with even a guest stint on Oprah under his belt. Here, the polo sensation talks style, suiting and his relationship with — guess who? — Lauren.

On his fashion inspiration…
Ralph has always been an inspiration. I like old-school pictures, too.

On his style…
Classic.

On his earliest suit memory…
14, cousin’s wedding.

When buying a suit, always remember to…
Have a tailor fit it. Makes a big difference.

On his go-to look when…
Dressing up: Suit and silk knit tie. Dressing down: Jeans, T-shirt and Alpargatas shoes.

On Ralph Lauren…
Ralph is a man who inspires me very much and working with him for 12 years has been a real honor and privilege.

On what he’s thinking about when being photographed…
My next polo match.

On current guilty pleasures…
Horses, I have too many horses.  

On his alternate career, if not a polo player…
Architect. I really like design.

A man looks best when…
He feels comfortable. Attitude is everything.

And a woman looks best when…
She is not trying too hard.

 

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Must-Have Men’s Shoe For Summer: The Espadrille

Espadrilles are the epitome of au courant

Espadrilles, now a mainstay on the runways, were first worn to battle by the foot soldiers in the Kingdom of Aragon in the 13th century. Today, the rope-soled shoes are a must have, not for warriors, but for weekends and designers from Ralph Lauren to Salvatore Ferragamo have made the shoe a summer staple. “Espadrilles are the shoes of summer,” says Eric Jennings Saks men’s fashion director. “They’re perfect for trekking to the beach or enjoying sunset cocktails. Most likely you’ve seen canvas espadrilles but these by Ralph Lauren have an orange suede upper, which dresses them up a notch and gives them a pop of summer color.” Salvatore Ferragamo’s Burt Strap Espadrille is a hybrid of the original silhouette combined with a leather sandal…

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Espadrilles, now a mainstay on the runways, were first worn to battle by the foot soldiers in the Kingdom of Aragon in the 13th century. Today, the rope-soled shoes are a must have, not for warriors, but for weekends and designers from Ralph Lauren to Salvatore Ferragamo have made the shoe a summer staple.

“Espadrilles are the shoes of summer,” says Eric Jennings Saks men’s fashion director. “They’re perfect for trekking to the beach or enjoying sunset cocktails. Most likely you’ve seen canvas espadrilles but these by Ralph Lauren have an orange suede upper, which dresses them up a notch and gives them a pop of summer color.”

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Burt Strap Espadrille is a hybrid of the original silhouette combined with a leather sandal strap back for greater breathability. Ferragamo sent them down the runway with everything from summer suits to casual weekend wear.


In Search of Time

Ralph Lauren outlines his unwavering quest to find leading artisans to create the exquisite timepieces in his Slim Classique Collection

Ralph Lauren’s passion for haute horlogerie is uncovered in this video on SaksPOV, where the iconic designer extols the intricacy and guilloche (the Old World art of a rose engine machine used by master engravers for the most precise designs and embellishments on a watch dial) and the overall patience, dexterity and dedication of the master Swiss watchmakers that hand make each Ralph Lauren Slim Classique timepieces.

Ralph Lauren’s passion for haute horlogerie is uncovered in this video on SaksPOV, where the iconic designer extols the intricacy and guilloche (the Old World art of a rose engine machine used by master engravers for the most precise designs and embellishments on a watch dial) and the overall patience, dexterity and dedication of the master Swiss watchmakers that hand make each Ralph Lauren Slim Classique timepieces.


Love It: A Step Up

Louboutins for the little ones? Not Quite. But Saks Fifth Avenue’s new children’s shoe department comes close.

Whether your baby is four minutes or 14 years old, Saks’ new children’s shoe department — nestled between all the latest fashions for kids — is a haven for the littlest luxe feet in the house. Treat your mini fashion plate to a pair of Bloch metallic ballet flats, D&G leopard Mary Janes, Burberry plaid rain boots, Ugg booties or Ralph Lauren patent dress flats. And — there’s just as much for the boys — Gucci loafers and lace-ups, Hunter boots, Ralph Lauren oxfords and a range of sneaker styles from Converse, Armani Junior and Lacoste. One-stop, head-to-toe shopping for kids has never been easier — or more fashionable. Main Image: Obsessed with children’s shoes? Definitely a Manrepeller.  Blogger Leandra Medine peruses Saks kid’s shoe…

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Whether your baby is four minutes or 14 years old, Saks’ new children’s shoe department — nestled between all the latest fashions for kids — is a haven for the littlest luxe feet in the house. Treat your mini fashion plate to a pair of Bloch metallic ballet flats, D&G leopard Mary Janes, Burberry plaid rain boots, Ugg booties or Ralph Lauren patent dress flats. And — there’s just as much for the boys — Gucci loafers and lace-ups, Hunter boots, Ralph Lauren oxfords and a range of sneaker styles from Converse, Armani Junior and Lacoste. One-stop, head-to-toe shopping for kids has never been easier — or more fashionable.

Main Image: Obsessed with children’s shoes? Definitely a Manrepeller.  Blogger Leandra Medine peruses Saks kid’s shoe department. Photo by Kristen Somody Whalen.