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What to wear today? How to style your look? Denise Magid has the answers.

It was in high school when Denise Magid, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Contemporary Sportswear, knew the fashion business was for her. From designing her own prom dress to working with designers like Diane Von Furstenberg to bring the greatest mix to Saks, Magid has certainly come a long way. 

I knew I wanted to work in fashion when…
In freshman year of high school I was infatuated with the Seventies and so I designed my own bell bottoms. I also designed my own prom dress and picked out the fabric because I didn’t want to look like everyone else. I was lucky to have my mom’s help. She was a seamstress at Evan Picone and used to sew all my creations.

My first job out of college was…
In the Lord & Taylor training program.

I’m inspired by…
Diane von Furstenberg who is an icon and an inspiration to all women. I am in awe of Andrew Rosen [founder of Theory] who I think is a genius in the contemporary market — he has eye for talent.

The best thing about my job is…
Having the opportunity to nurture young talented designers and help them grow their business and reach new audiences.

My biggest challenge is…
Juggling a career that I love and being a new mom to twins.

I absolutely cannot live without my…
Celine luggage bag. It fits everything. It is a great workbag and holds all my papers and on the weekends I throw my diapers and sippy cups in there [for her twin babies!].

The best investment piece I have is…
My black leather Helmut Lang leggings I bought a few years ago. They are not my most expensive piece of clothing but I will have them forever. They fit incredibly well and literally are as comfortable on as a pair of sweats. I wear them everywhere — on the weekend with a T-shirt and sneakers and to the office and out at night with heels and a blazer. My only regret was buying only one pair! Lucky for me leather is a big trend for fall and I will definitely be buying them in a few colors.

I love contemporary fashion because…
Contemporary is all about trends, items and mixing it all up. There are no rules. It’s not about wearing a brand from head to toe. It is about finding great pieces and the versatility of the items. It’s also affordable — you can by five pieces and layer them with what you already have and you have a whole new wardrobe.

Fashion should make you feel…
Confident.

You can gain that confidence by…
Finding a great sales associate who understands your lifestyle and helps you find the items that make you feel and look your best. Personally, I have been working with Eric Sorlie in our New York Fifth Avenue Club for almost 8 years. He has helped me build my wardrobe and since we have been working together for so long he can hone in on what I need each season.

The best wardrobes are…
Built around a handful of key, well made pieces. That’s where you should splurge because they will last you a lifetime. For me it is a structured black blazer, a pair of black leather leggings, a statement fur vest, tailored black trousers, and a great leather jacket.

Some of my favorite designers are…
Phillip Lim. He is my current obsession. We just launched our new shop with him on the 5th Floor in New York. He brings high fashion at a contemporary price point and is re-defining modern luxury.

This summer, I plan to…
Go a little overboard and buy everything! I was pregnant all last summer and I am so happy to be back in my old size that a whole new wardrobe is in order.

This summer I cannot wait to…
Throw my twins Luca and Gemma a big party to celebrate them turning one on August 19th. Also, I am looking forward to spending a week in East Hampton with them and their first trip to the beach. They are going to look so cute in their floaties and little bathing suits.

 

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