Audrey for the 60s and Now

My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey). Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue. Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner…

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My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey).

Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Next up, Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Alice & Olivia sequined dress, Valentino dress with bows on the hem, 3/4 length leather gloves, green jeweled Anya Hindmarch clutch, a Christian Louboutin bag with an enormous black bow, Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Evening has to be a mod white and black striped sequined Alice & Olivia dress or just maybe the retro peachy Valentino dress with bows on the hem.  Of course, a night out also requires the perfect 3/4 length leather gloves, a striking green jeweled evening clutch from Anya Hindmarch or a dramatic Christian Louboutin shoulder bag with an enormous black velvet bow (there’s a theme building). To top it off, a statement necklace or the “must” Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Yes, that’s my purple party hat that was plunked on my head as I was ironically blindly asked to guess what famous legend I might be. Thank you, Audrey. Thank you Saks. You both inspire me. Now, hopefully, I’ve inspired you.

— Nancy Jane (NJ) Falk, The Brunette, The Blonde and The Brunette


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What are your favorite iconic Audrey Hepburn looks? Tell us in the comments or tweet @Saks!

 


Just Hue It

Go bold with Blair Eadie

Back when she was just a Poly Sci co-ed at the University of Florida, Virginia native Blair Eadie was an intern at Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she’s back, as part of our Pin It to Win It  holiday campaign. Of course, in the years since she’s become one of the coolest fashion bloggers out there with Atlantic-Pacific, her ode to East Coast-meets-West Coast style. As for that name, it’s simple: Eadie lived in San Francisco when she was a merchandiser at the Gap and is now firmly planted in New York, as a consultant to Tory Burch. But scan the pages of her blog and the hook is more than just bicoastal style. The girl has a way with color and prints. She’s fearless. And…

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Back when she was just a Poly Sci co-ed at the University of Florida, Virginia native Blair Eadie was an intern at Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she’s back, as part of our Pin It to Win It  holiday campaign. Of course, in the years since she’s become one of the coolest fashion bloggers out there with Atlantic-Pacific, her ode to East Coast-meets-West Coast style. As for that name, it’s simple: Eadie lived in San Francisco when she was a merchandiser at the Gap and is now firmly planted in New York, as a consultant to Tory Burch.

But scan the pages of her blog and the hook is more than just bicoastal style. The girl has a way with color and prints. She’s fearless. And we’re jealous. Thankfully, in our Q&A, she shared her insider secrets — and more.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
Blair Eadie: Colorful and eclectic but with a preppy undertone.

SaksPOV: East Coast vs. West Coast style?
B.E.: The East Coast is much more colorful and preppy, which I feel like is the foundation of my personal style, but the West Coast is where I learned to step outside of my comfort zone and take more risks. Now that I am back on the East Coast, but in New York, I am finding this city is teaching me to refine my style and “grow up” a bit.

SaksPOV: Top three rules in the Blair Eadie Style Guide?
B.E.: The top three rules would be…there are no rules. Rules don’t belong in a creative place. I doubt the book would do very well, eh?

SaksPOV: Personal motto when it comes to prints and color?
B.E.: There is no such thing as “too much.” Sometimes this works out well, sometimes not so much — but I will stick to that motto.

SaksPOV: Your advice for those wary of wearing color and prints?
B.E.: Be yourself. Take it and make it your own. Don’t force it.

SaksPOV: What are your style tips to wearing color during the holidays?
B.E.: I think most associate black and jewel tones with the holiday season — but I think pastels and primaries are just as relevant. I think when it comes to wearing color, especially color-on-color, it is important to pair rich, yet differentiated fabrications to give it more interest and depth.

SaksPOV: And what about prints for holidays?
B.E.: I think it is best to stay within one color family when you are wearing print-on-print and when you are pairing a print back to a color. Right now I am feeling for prints in unexpected items, such as a printed pump or printed bag.

SaksPOV: Who would you want to trade closets with?
B.E.: No one. Not because mine is perfect, but because I like to try and appreciate what I have. Also a lot of my pieces are special to me because they are part of my most favorite memories and moments and I wouldn’t be able to trade that for anything.

SaksPOV: What’s a typical day like for you?
B.E.: I wake up early to answer blog emails and hopefully sneak in taking pictures for a post before heading into the Tory Burch office at 9am. Each day in merchandising looks very different, which is why I love it. You can be working on detailing product one day, reviewing a new set of samples another, editing sketches and discussing color direction for the season or analyzing the business and creating a strategy for the next concept. I hopefully leave work by 7 or 7:30 pm and, about two to three days a week, I have a meeting for the blog. If I have a meeting, it is typically dinner or drinks, and then I head home around 10 pm, edit the post I did in the AM and prep it to go up the next morning.

SaksPOV: Favorite Pinterest board of yours?
B.E.: I like to keep my blog focused on strictly fashion, but with Pinterest I have a little more fun. The critters board is my favorite. I just love animals, and the images on this board put me in a good mood. I mean, who doesn’t love a picture of a puppy in an adorable sweater?

QUICKFIRE ROUND: 

Polka dots or Op Art? Polka dots for the win.

Ombré or Colorblock? Colorblock.

Audrey Hepburn or Katharine Hepburn? I can’t believe you asked. #teamaudrey

Animal or Tech/Digital Print? Animal. Rarwr.

Bangles or Cuffs? Bangles.

Norma Jean or Marilyn Monroe? Marilyn.

Peplum or Padded Shoulders? Peplum.

Primaries or Neons? Primaries.

Tribal or Floral? Floral.

Forties or Fifties or Sixtes? 1950s.

Macaroons or Cupcakes? Neither. Haribo Gummies or Twizzlers.

 

 


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Checking it Twice

Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings tells us what’s on his holiday shopping list!

My favorite part of the holidays is being with my family on the west coast and seeing how my nieces and nephews are all growing up so quickly! Below are some of my holiday gifts this year. I won’t tell you who they are for because I want them to be a surprise! These Edward Marc salted caramel chocolates are absolutely addictive. (Whenever I buy these as a party gift, I buy one for me too!) For a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, this is the ultimate gift…of all time! A candle is always a welcome gift because you can never have too many at home! This is a great gift for my family because we all struggle with our skin! To ease the holiday stress,…

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My favorite part of the holidays is being with my family on the west coast and seeing how my nieces and nephews are all growing up so quickly!

Below are some of my holiday gifts this year. I won’t tell you who they are for because I want them to be a surprise!

Edward Marc Salted Caramels- 32 pc. Set | Saks.com

These Edward Marc salted caramel chocolates are absolutely addictive. (Whenever I buy these as a party gift, I buy one for me too!)

Sony Music Bruce Springsteen,The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story (Deluxe Box Set) | Saks.com

For a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, this is the ultimate gift…of all time!

Michael Aram Botanical Leaf Candle

A candle is always a welcome gift because you can never have too many at home!

Clarisonic Mia 2/Peacock | Saks.com

This is a great gift for my family because we all struggle with our skin!

Baccarat "Harmonie" Tumblers | Saks.com

To ease the holiday stress, these handsome crystal glasses will make any drink more festive!

 

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Need more inspiration for the people on your list? Visit the Holiday Gift Guide.


Holiday Chic

Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin, tells us what’s on her gift list!

With our window unveiling tonight, we are in full-on Holiday mode. As always, our customers inspire use — we hear in store who’s on your list — and what you’re excited to give. Taking a cue from our customers, who are busy making up their gift lists, we asked our Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin what is on her gift list this season. Let the celebrations begin! “The best part of the holiday season is spending time & celebrating with family and friends.  One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree with beautiful ornaments that were hand-made by my Great Grandmother – they are like little jewels.” —Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue For my fashionable friends: “Dressed to Kill: Virginia’s Jazz Age Fashion” by…

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With our window unveiling tonight, we are in full-on Holiday mode. As always, our customers inspire use — we hear in store who’s on your list — and what you’re excited to give. Taking a cue from our customers, who are busy making up their gift lists, we asked our Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin what is on her gift list this season. Let the celebrations begin!

“The best part of the holiday season is spending time & celebrating with family and friends.  One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree with beautiful ornaments that were hand-made by my Great Grandmother – they are like little jewels.” —Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue

For my fashionable friends:

“Dressed to Kill: Virginia’s Jazz Age Fashion” by Virginia Bates & Daisy Bates;  Published by Rizzoli; Celebrating the glamorous world of the 1920′s through Virginia’s meticulously curated collection of heirloom pieces; $75.

For hostess gifts and for getting into the holiday spirit at home:

Diptyque scented holiday candles in Ambre Oud, Frankincense, and Holiday Spruce; $68 each.

For the little ones in my life:

Portolano kids hat & mitten sets.  Bunny hat, $39; Bunny mittens, $36; Bear hat, $36 and Bear mittens; $36.

For the chic techie:

Graphic Image personalized python-embossed leather iPad case, $135.

For those in need:

A donation to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

 

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Need more inspiration for the people on your list? Visit the Holiday Gift Guide.


Haute & Cold

Style & Pepper’s Jessie Artigue keeps it feminine and fun when cozying up for the cold NYC winter!

I used to cringe at the thought of putting on a pea coat, and puffer jackets once seemed far from pretty.  Having spent most of my life in the sunny, arid climes of both Scottsdale and San Diego, my love affair with outerwear didn’t begin until December of 2007, after a move to the Midwest and one of the worst winters Kansas City, Missouri has ever seen.  The need to bulk up my winter wardrobe came as quickly as the first ice storm, and I was faced with the devastating option of either freezing my bum off on the way to the shops, or trying to stick out the season wearing my ski jacket (chic enough for the slopes, style-blasphemy on the street). Five years…

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I used to cringe at the thought of putting on a pea coat, and puffer jackets once seemed far from pretty.  Having spent most of my life in the sunny, arid climes of both Scottsdale and San Diego, my love affair with outerwear didn’t begin until December of 2007, after a move to the Midwest and one of the worst winters Kansas City, Missouri has ever seen.  The need to bulk up my winter wardrobe came as quickly as the first ice storm, and I was faced with the devastating option of either freezing my bum off on the way to the shops, or trying to stick out the season wearing my ski jacket (chic enough for the slopes, style-blasphemy on the street).

Five years later, and I’ll be the first to admit my unapologetic obsession with cold-weather-wear, and the fact that I firmly believe a brisk wind can be used as the perfect accessory (hello, “nature’s wind machine”).  I now live for these crisp fall mornings when it finally seems like adding a layer (and eventually two or three) seems not only prudent, but a great opportunity to bring some much-needed interest to our quickly fading summer trends.

Seems like it’s about time to start exploring our options for the upcoming season, so I decided to pop into Saks to check out their always on-point selection. Naturally, we snapped a few fun photos for you in the process.  Whether you’re adding an anorak to your already-impressive collection, or in need of a new knit-cap for your first winter in NYC (go with Rag & Bone + Moncler, respectively)… Saks has my heart when it comes to a seriously stylish selection, and now this desert-girl is even more ready to be bundled up with the best of ‘em.

—Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper

Apres ski: Moncler black puffer jacket, $975; Proenza Schouler dress, $2,450.

Calling Ali McGraw fans! Cole Haan camel wool coat $795; Vera Wang chiffon dress $895 Chloe orange wool sweater, $1,030; Vince fox fur gilet, $1,675; Chloe black booties $850, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection rex rabbit fur earmuffs, $70 and and Rag & Bone gloves $275.

Tally Ho! Canada Goose Coat, $650; Rag & Bone jeans, $286; Philip Lim turtleneck,$450; Rag & Bone Men’s Scarf,$255; Rag & Bone fedora, $175 and Philip Lim shoes, $525.

Photographed by KSW, Styled by Sunita Kumar, Makeup by Ylenia Mazzei for Dior at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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The Saks Winter Guide: 5 be-all, end-all, wear-all ways to heat up the season.

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