Hot Fun in the Wintertime

Is it spring yet? Women's Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin shares her favorite resort looks from the runway

Until we can pack up our winter accessories and bare some more leg, we’ll be ogling flights online and stocking up on sunscreen for a sunny getaway. Sure, the passports are ready, but how about your wardrobe? Our women’s senior fashion director, Colleen Sherin dishes on five resort ensembles perfect for warmer temperatures. Read on for inspiration from the vibrant hues and can’t-miss patterns to put a little spring in your step, even if you’re landlocked and daydreaming by the heater. Altuzarra “I love the unexpected mix of the chambray shirt, military jacket, and Ikat skirt…it nods to the Spring 2013 trends and is perfect while the weather’s still cold here in NYC!” Gucci “With its easy, relaxed, 1970′s vibe, this look is spot-on for…

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Until we can pack up our winter accessories and bare some more leg, we’ll be ogling flights online and stocking up on sunscreen for a sunny getaway. Sure, the passports are ready, but how about your wardrobe? Our women’s senior fashion director, Colleen Sherin dishes on five resort ensembles perfect for warmer temperatures. Read on for inspiration from the vibrant hues and can’t-miss patterns to put a little spring in your step, even if you’re landlocked and daydreaming by the heater.

Altuzarra
“I love the unexpected mix of the chambray shirt, military jacket, and Ikat skirt…it nods to the Spring 2013 trends and is perfect while the weather’s still cold here in NYC!”

Gucci
“With its easy, relaxed, 1970′s vibe, this look is spot-on for a Resort getaway.”

Nina Ricci
“Lace in color-get this dress now, and you’ll be perfectly on trend for Spring 2013!”

Stella McCartney
“Such a gorgeous floral patterned jacquard — and don’t miss the off-beat pairing with leopard spot pumps.”

 

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Best in Men’s Accessories

Spring is around the corner and our Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings Tells you exactly which accessories you need to get there

If clothes make the man, then perhaps accessories separate the style savvy guy from the rest. As you begin shopping for spring, Saks’ Vice President & Fashion Director of Menswear, Eric Jennings shows you the sartorial ropes in sprucing up your look with some dashing accouterments! Del Toro  Orange Tribal print slipper shoe “These slipper shoes are definitely not just for lounging around the house. Quirky and packed with attitude, they will surely get you notice this spring.” Miansai Silver Hook Rope Wrap Bracelet “Casual, cool and accessibly priced, everyone from Miami to NYC loves Miansai. This bracelet is my go to accessory with or without a suit.” Oliver Peoples Tortoise/Clear Frames “I’ve been wearing Oliver People sunglasses for a very long time. They fit…

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If clothes make the man, then perhaps accessories separate the style savvy guy from the rest. As you begin shopping for spring, Saks’ Vice President & Fashion Director of Menswear, Eric Jennings shows you the sartorial ropes in sprucing up your look with some dashing accouterments!

Del Toro  Orange Tribal print slipper shoe

“These slipper shoes are definitely not just for lounging around the house. Quirky and packed with attitude, they will surely get you notice this spring.”

Miansai Silver Hook Rope Wrap Bracelet

“Casual, cool and accessibly priced, everyone from Miami to NYC loves Miansai. This bracelet is my go to accessory with or without a suit.”

Oliver Peoples Tortoise/Clear Frames

“I’ve been wearing Oliver People sunglasses for a very long time. They fit my face perfectly and this pair has a great retro vibe.”

Jack Spade Dipped Coal Bag

“Jack Spade was the first bag I got when I first started working at Saks. I like how this one has camo-type print on top and bright orange on the bottom. Note worthy is that orange and green citrus colors are big this spring!”

Hook & Albert Colorful Shoes Laces

“I’ve been known to wear Hook + Albert label accents frequently, but I also wear their shoe laces too! When the laces on my wingtip brogues broke, I paired the red laces with my black shoes and the lake color with my cognac shoes.”

 

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Guys: What are your spring must-haves? Tell us in the comments or Tweet @Saks!

 


Best New Beauty Products for 2013

Saks’ resident beauty guru, Deborah Walters, tells us what’s new and necessary in the world of beauty this year

Resolutions, resolutions. Everyone is talking about what they will do differently this year. Vices to give up, do-gooding to do more of, and taking better care of ourselves. Our resident beauty guru, Deborah Walters can help with the last category of resolutions. Here, she shares her beauty resolutions and products to help her (and us!) get there. On the list: “Hydrate! Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to hydrate skin from the inside out,” muses Walters. She also plans to glow, bright. “A glowing, dewy complexion is so fresh,” she says. “I am switching from powder blush to a creamy cheek color.” Have your pen and paper (or smartphone note taking app as it may be) ready — because you are going…

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Resolutions, resolutions. Everyone is talking about what they will do differently this year. Vices to give up, do-gooding to do more of, and taking better care of ourselves. Our resident beauty guru, Deborah Walters can help with the last category of resolutions. Here, she shares her beauty resolutions and products to help her (and us!) get there. On the list: “Hydrate! Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to hydrate skin from the inside out,” muses Walters. She also plans to glow, bright. “A glowing, dewy complexion is so fresh,” she says. “I am switching from powder blush to a creamy cheek color.”

Have your pen and paper (or smartphone note taking app as it may be) ready — because you are going to want to own every single item on Deborah’s beauty shopping list. 

The Beauty List

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Frolic | Saks Fifth Avenue

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine

Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancer Conditioning Treatment | Saks Fifth Avenue

Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancer Conditioning Treatment

Estee Lauder New Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum | Saks Fifth Avenue

Estee Lauder New Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum

Chantecaille Boutique | Saks Fifth Avenue

Chantecaille Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliator (Available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores.)

Revive Moisturizing Renewal | Saks Fifth Avenue

Revive Moisturizing Renewal

Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara | Saks Fifth Avenue

Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara

Cellcosmet Cellulite-XT-M | Saks Fifth Avenue

Cellcosmet Cellulite-XT-M

Erno Laszlo SEA MUD Cleansing Bar | Saks Fifth Avenue

Erno Laszlo SEA MUD Cleansing Bar

Laura Mercier Eye Bright Basics | Saks Fifth Avenue

Laura Mercier Eye Bright Basics

La Mer Soft Creme | Saks Fifth Avenue

La Mer Soft Creme

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask | Saks Fifth Avenue

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

 

 

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It’s beauty month at Saks Fifth Avenue! Renew yourself with complimentary makeovers, deluxe gifts and expert appearances — every day, all month long. View the calendar.

 

 


Rules of Holiday Dressing

Saks Insider James Krohn tells us How to keep it elegant and chic!

Don’t break the rules, have fun with them! The holidays are steeped in traditions and finding the right balance between honoring them and keeping things fresh might be easier than you think. How about a playful approach to convention instead of eschewing it all together? Wearing a jumpsuit, like this one by Valentino, for a party that calls for cocktail attire can be a great way to achieve that effect. Don’t be too literal. Red and green color schemes can be fun to play with, but easy to overdo. Think about wearing them in an abstract manner like a bold red lip from Chanel‘s Rouge Allure collection or a new pair of Christian Louboutins, with that subtle flash of red sole. Break out the heirloom…

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Don’t break the rules, have fun with them!

The holidays are steeped in traditions and finding the right balance between honoring them and keeping things fresh might be easier than you think. How about a playful approach to convention instead of eschewing it all together? Wearing a jumpsuit, like this one by Valentino, for a party that calls for cocktail attire can be a great way to achieve that effect.

Don’t be too literal.

Red and green color schemes can be fun to play with, but easy to overdo. Think about wearing them in an abstract manner like a bold red lip from Chanel‘s Rouge Allure collection or a new pair of Christian Louboutins, with that subtle flash of red sole.

Break out the heirloom jewelry or acquire a new heirloom.

For many women, nothing conjures the memory of a loved-one better than a piece of jewelry that has been handed down. What better time to take those pieces out and to feel connected? Here’s another idea: how about sharing your heirloom pieces with the next generation sooner rather than later, so that you can get the enjoyment of seeing them worn in the present? And how about creating a new heirloom? Many women prefer to be given jewelry, but treating yourself to a bauble after a banner year in business or the accomplishment of a long-standing resolution can be a great way to pat yourself on the back. I’m kind of obsessed with H. Stern’s pave sutra bracelet (pictured here).

An accent is often enough.

Head-to-toe says ‘crazy Christmas tree’ while a single accent is often a more sophisticated approach. I like the idea of a metallic washed clutch like Nancy Gonzalez did this season, or this candy cane beaded bag from Fendi which could be worn with a simple black dress.

Break out the fur.

Real fur, eco fur, sheared, cross cut, dyed or even fur printed fabric-there is a fur option for every point of view or political stance. Nothing says festive better than an accent of fur. It can be is simple as a leopard printed sheath dress, or as elaborate as a this kidskin with dyed fox trim cape from Giuliana Teso.

 

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The Measure of a Man

Ralph Lauren Black Label opens a shop at Saks complete with a Made-to-Measure boutique

With the opening of the new Ralph Lauren Black Label  we talked over the process with two experts in the menswear field: Men’s Fashion Director and Saks Insider Eric Jennings and GQ’s executive merchandising stylist Brett Fahlgren (who also has his own neckwear and accessories collection under the label Fahlgren and edits Style Ledger). SaksPOV: How is made-to-measure suiting ultimately different from something off the rack? Brett Fahlgren: It’s a special experience from start to finish: from selecting a fabric from hundreds of options and getting properly measured and fit with an expert tailor, to choosing key details like button stance and liner. Customization is important in menswear and all men should consider made-to-measure. SaksPOV: What are a few things men should consider when doing made-to-measure?…

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With the opening of the new Ralph Lauren Black Label  we talked over the process with two experts in the menswear field: Men’s Fashion Director and Saks Insider Eric Jennings and GQ’s executive merchandising stylist Brett Fahlgren (who also has his own neckwear and accessories collection under the label Fahlgren and edits Style Ledger).

SaksPOV: How is made-to-measure suiting ultimately different from something off the rack?

Brett Fahlgren: It’s a special experience from start to finish: from selecting a fabric from hundreds of options and getting properly measured and fit with an expert tailor, to choosing key details like button stance and liner. Customization is important in menswear and all men should consider made-to-measure.

SaksPOV: What are a few things men should consider when doing made-to-measure?

Eric Jennings: Made-to-measure is not bespoke. You will still be working with what we call the designer’s “block” so it will look similar to the silhouette off the rack, but it will certainly fit you better and require fewer alterations.

B.F.: Really consider what type of suit and fabric you want for this very special addition to your closet. Is it something for your wedding day, worn just a few times a year, or will it be your best suit for the office, for your most important business engagements. Whatever you determine, enjoy the process and take your time, fine-tuning and taking advantage of the many options available. And remember that when it comes to finding the perfect suit, fit is the most important element to master.

SaksPOV: What should they avoid?

E.J.: Avoid putting too many “bells and whistles” if they offer you fancy linings, stitching and pockets. Keep it sophisticated and avoid too much novelty.

B.F.: This is a very special suit that you should be wearing confidently for years to come. Don’t overthink the fabric options and decide to go bold on color pattern in order for it to stand out. You’ll be wondering several years down the road why you never wear it. The minimal beauty of a navy suit is often just right.

SaksPOV: Which body types does made-to-measure best suit?

E.J.: It’s perfect for any guy who does is not the “average” body type. For example, athletic guys have fuller chests and narrower waists.  Some guys have longer than average arms, fuller than average chests, or more girth around the middle. A suit will always make a man look better if it fits him right, so for the guys described, made-to-measure is definitely the way to go.

B.F.: Even if you’re a perfect 40 regular, a made-to-measure suit just feels differently from off the rack suits. That said, many men require a significant amount of tailoring when they make a suit purchase and MTM makes perfect sense for them. They may end up spending less on MTM vs. traditional suiting when you factor in tailoring.

SaksPOV: What are the key silhouettes that you love right now?

E.J.:  A two-button notch lapel jacket with side vents is standard. However, these days, I like the rolled to two-button jacket model.

SaksPOV: Any styling tips?

B.F: For this fall season I like to match up my gray and navy suits with a pale blue shirt and navy knit tie, a combination popular throughout Europe. It’s sophisticated but in a modern way.

E.J.: I love tweeds and flannels for fall.

SaksPOV:  Fill in the blank. A good suit should always ________.

E.J. Fit you like a glove. Period.

 

 

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