Meet the Newsies

Hear all about it! These new brands to Saks.com are sure to freshen up any man's wardrobe

One of the age-old spring cleaning mottos is “out with the old and in with the new.” Fortunately for you Saks.com is welcoming three men’s wear labels that are well worth that prime real estate you’ve just created in your closet. We asked our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, to chime in on why he loves Porter, Slowear, and Nudie Jeans. Porter The stats: Japanese accessories house with a cult following. Notable fans: The haute staffers at Monocle. Jennings’ take: “I use my Porter bags for the gym and the beach.”   Slowear The stats: Italian. Pronounced “slo-wear.” Under the Slowear label are four sub-brands: Montedoro for jackets, Zanone consists of wovens and knits, Glanshirt is the shirting line and Incotex denotes their…

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One of the age-old spring cleaning mottos is “out with the old and in with the new.” Fortunately for you Saks.com is welcoming three men’s wear labels that are well worth that prime real estate you’ve just created in your closet. We asked our VP and Men’s Fashion Director, Eric Jennings, to chime in on why he loves Porter, Slowear, and Nudie Jeans.

Porter

The stats: Japanese accessories house with a cult following.

Notable fans: The haute staffers at Monocle.

Jennings’ take: “I use my Porter bags for the gym and the beach.”

 

Slowear

The stats: Italian. Pronounced “slo-wear.” Under the Slowear label are four sub-brands: Montedoro for jackets, Zanone consists of wovens and knits, Glanshirt is the shirting line and Incotex denotes their pants classification.

Notable fans: Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean.

Jennings’ take: “The phrase classic with a twist is so overused, but it’s true of Slowear. They have great colors and they make the best of the best in each category.”

 

Nudie Jeans

The stats: Swedish. The jeans are made in Italy with Japanese, Turkish and Italian denim. Nudie was organic before being “organic” was a trend.

Jennings’ take: “They are the future of what it means to be sustainable and a great example of how to do it in a cool way.”

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Terron’s Takes: Impressions from London

Follow Terron Schaefer as he travels to Europe for the Fall 2013 collections

First stop London. Of all the London shows, L’Wren Scott’s show was the most extravagant. This was her first London presentation, and the true Brit in her wanted everything gilded. The venue was One Great George Street, a beautiful Edwardian building a block from Parliament whose gold leaf ceilings were echoed by gilded shoes, belts, sunglasses and embroidery on the runway. Gilded names were in attendance (Anna, Mick and all the rest). At one point, lunch was served with drinks in gilded glasses. Even the shepherd’s pie seemed to have a golden crown (though I’ve always believed the shepherd’s pie served on Mondays at Green’s in the West End to be the gold standard). Other notable shows included master of the print Mary Katrantzou, who…

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First stop London. Of all the London shows, L’Wren Scott’s show was the most extravagant. This was her first London presentation, and the true Brit in her wanted everything gilded. The venue was One Great George Street, a beautiful Edwardian building a block from Parliament whose gold leaf ceilings were echoed by gilded shoes, belts, sunglasses and embroidery on the runway.

Gilded names were in attendance (Anna, Mick and all the rest). At one point, lunch was served with drinks in gilded glasses. Even the shepherd’s pie seemed to have a golden crown (though I’ve always believed the shepherd’s pie served on Mondays at Green’s in the West End to be the gold standard).

Other notable shows included master of the print Mary Katrantzou, who draped her models in oversize digital photography prints that turned the runway into a walking art gallery.

Fans of Mary should check out her denim collaboration with Current/Elliott that Saks picked up for spring — her prints are based on the lines on passport pages.

 

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Beauty Exec Tested, Blogger Approved

Jenn Falik takes Deborah Walter’s Picks for a Test Drive

The thrill of a new beauty discovery is not lost on Senior Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Saks Beauty, Deborah Walters — nor is the uncanny ability to spot under-the-radar beauty must-haves. Deborah invited me invited to test drive her favorite items for the spring season and I am smitten with each and every one! These four finds will forever have a place on my vanity: Cle de Peau Beauté Synactif Skincare Soap The last facial bar soap I used was likely from Noxzema in the late ‘80s — and clearly they have come a long way since then! I was skeptical at first, but now I’m completely addicted to the light lather that leaves skin completely clean and super soft. Sitting on…

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The thrill of a new beauty discovery is not lost on Senior Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Saks Beauty, Deborah Walters — nor is the uncanny ability to spot under-the-radar beauty must-haves.

Deborah invited me invited to test drive her favorite items for the spring season and I am smitten with each and every one!

These four finds will forever have a place on my vanity:

Cle de Peau Beauté Synactif Skincare Soap

The last facial bar soap I used was likely from Noxzema in the late ‘80s — and clearly they have come a long way since then! I was skeptical at first, but now I’m completely addicted to the light lather that leaves skin completely clean and super soft. Sitting on top of a petite tray, there is something very retro about the whole thing, but in the most modern way imaginable.

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream SPF 15

Cracked cuticles and brittle nails are no match for this anti-aging indulgence. Enriched with protein conditioners, it has become my daily manicure maintenance plan.

Chantecaille Pure Rosewater

This lovely mist (lovely is the perfect descriptor here) elevates my morning makeup routine from lackluster to luxe. Makes total sense that Rosewater has been used for centuries to cure headaches-one spritz is a sanity saver.

Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9

Like a therapist for my skin, instantly soothes and comforts. Even the simple act of dipping a fingertip into the jar is decadent. This is a beauty secret of several in-the-know personal friends, and now, of yours truly.

 

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Fashion, Fast!

Get the look off fall ’13 fashion right now

Patience. What of it when it comes to fashion? Hardly able to wait until fall 2013 to wear some of the amazing trends from New York Fashion Week, I took a cue from Saks senior women’s fashion director, Colleen Sherin, taking her favorite looks fresh off the runway and sought to get the look now. Because isn’t it nicer when someone holds your hand a little bit? Especially when it comes to fashion, which can seem intimidating sometimes — but no need to worry, we have you covered.   To start, Colleen proclaimed her love for classic elements, as shown in the latest Marc Jacobs collection. “I love the chic simplicity of reinvented classics.” One particular outfit paired a fitted knit with an embellished pencil skirt,…

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Patience. What of it when it comes to fashion? Hardly able to wait until fall 2013 to wear some of the amazing trends from New York Fashion Week, I took a cue from Saks senior women’s fashion director, Colleen Sherin, taking her favorite looks fresh off the runway and sought to get the look now. Because isn’t it nicer when someone holds your hand a little bit? Especially when it comes to fashion, which can seem intimidating sometimes — but no need to worry, we have you covered.
 

To start, Colleen proclaimed her love for classic elements, as shown in the latest Marc Jacobs collection. “I love the chic simplicity of reinvented classics.” One particular outfit paired a fitted knit with an embellished pencil skirt, which turns workwear staples on their heads. And thanks to fashion’s current obsession with all things ornate, there are tons of pieces to choose from — try a slim skirt like that by Diane von Furstenberg and an equally slim sweater from Inhabit to get the classic look.
 

According to Colleen, “oversized knits worn with short flared skirts were a major look on the New York runways,” which means that the easiest way for you to put together this outfit on your own is to find — you guessed it — a loose sweater and full mini to create a killer combination like those seen at Rag & Bone’s show. Need suggestions? This boxy knit from T by Alexander Wang would work perfectly with BCBGMAXAZRIA’s ponte flare skirt.
 

One of Colleen’s favorite fall trends is the luxe sweatshirt, as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim. “Luxe Sweatshirts are a key trend for fall 2013, and this one in leather with side-zip details is spot on,” declares Sherin of this Lim look. I second that motion. Seek out similar styles in a rich material and interesting details like the J Brand and Stella McCartney versions above. Add trousers for a look that is unique yet still appropriate for work.

Now that wasn’t too hard, was it? Go off and be your bad self, ladies. These autumnal trends are yours for the taking right now.

 

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Best of Spring Bags

Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer picks her faves

With winter still here, a great way to freshen your wardrobe up (before the mercury rises for real) is with a fun, spring bag. Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer explains the new bags for spring are “softer with a bit of structure.”   3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo “Practical, modern and the green is a great neutral for the season.”   The Row Drawstring Backpack “Elegant, sporty and very New York.”   Chloé Vanessa Crossbody “I love this because it’s really functional, without being too big. If you needed to, you could wear it to dinner.”   Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag “This bag is ladylike and retro, but it still has that McQueen edge.”   Lanvin Partition Bag “The orange is both bold and wearable….

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With winter still here, a great way to freshen your wardrobe up (before the mercury rises for real) is with a fun, spring bag. Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer explains the new bags for spring are “softer with a bit of structure.”

 

3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo
“Practical, modern and the green is a great neutral for the season.”

 

The Row Drawstring Backpack
“Elegant, sporty and very New York.”

 

Chloé Vanessa Crossbody
“I love this because it’s really functional, without being too big. If you needed to, you could wear it to dinner.”

 

Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag
“This bag is ladylike and retro, but it still has that McQueen edge.”

 

Lanvin Partition Bag
“The orange is both bold and wearable. This is a luxurious bag but it’s incredibly understated with gold hardware and elegant closure.”

 

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What is your must-have spring bag? Tell us in the comments or Tweet @Saks!