Menswear Runway Report

Our globetrotting Men's Fashion Director Eric Jennings shares his top runway picks

The world of men’s wear recently descended upon Europe for the semiannual exhibition of the men’s collections at Pitti Uomo in Florence and men’s fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Having just taken in dozens of runway shows and presentations, Saks Fifth Avenue’s intrepid VP and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings distills the season to his five favorite looks. Think of it as your sartorial Cliffs Notes for Fall 2013. 3.1 Phillip Lim “A fantastic patchwork military jacket with a jacquard knit sweater.”   Paul Smith “The bomber jacket is the must have piece next fall. I love the fur lining on this bomber as well as the intarsia knit sweater, and printed shirt and tie.”   DSQUARED “Astrakhan is a runway favorite this season and I…

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The world of men’s wear recently descended upon Europe for the semiannual exhibition of the men’s collections at Pitti Uomo in Florence and men’s fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Having just taken in dozens of runway shows and presentations, Saks Fifth Avenue’s intrepid VP and Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings distills the season to his five favorite looks. Think of it as your sartorial Cliffs Notes for Fall 2013.

3.1 Phillip Lim

“A fantastic patchwork military jacket with a jacquard knit sweater.”

 

Paul Smith

“The bomber jacket is the must have piece next fall. I love the fur lining on this bomber as well as the intarsia knit sweater, and printed shirt and tie.”

 

DSQUARED

“Astrakhan is a runway favorite this season and I love it paired back with denim in this look.”

 

Valentino

“I love Prince of Whales plaid and how Valentino used the black leather detail to make this look very modern.”

 

Viktor & Rolf

“I’m calling fall 2013 the the season of the coat, as I’ve never seen so much outerwear on the runways. Brown is an important new color for tailored clothing, which is why I love this head to toe brown look from Viktor & Rolf. This topcoat has a removable fur trim collar and the cable turtleneck sweater has an interesting resin coating.”

 

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Jenny Wu Takes Europe!

Greetings from Europe!  I’ve been traveling to London, Paris and Milan! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of discoveries, new friends, and many new memories. It’s also been an endless fashion feast for my eyes as I peeked into the unique style sensibilities of each city. London is truly the capital of street style.  Parisian style is all about channeling one’s inner confidence, translating to a look that’s well coiffed and très chic! In Milan, the streets brimmed with glamorous fashion lovers attending fashion week. I’m deeply inspired by what I’ve seen and hope to bring European fashion inspirations into my personal style. My outfit choices for my trip represents the casual boho girl in me as I brought a piece of the California…

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Greetings from Europe!  I’ve been traveling to London, Paris and Milan! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of discoveries, new friends, and many new memories. It’s also been an endless fashion feast for my eyes as I peeked into the unique style sensibilities of each city.

London is truly the capital of street style.  Parisian style is all about channeling one’s inner confidence, translating to a look that’s well coiffed and très chic! In Milan, the streets brimmed with glamorous fashion lovers attending fashion week. I’m deeply inspired by what I’ve seen and hope to bring European fashion inspirations into my personal style.

My outfit choices for my trip represents the casual boho girl in me as I brought a piece of the California sunshine to Europe:

Notting Hill, London. LAMade Clothing maxi dress.

Tuileries Jardin, Paris. Vintage floral dress and vintage blouse.

Fontainebleau, France. Nectar Clothing dress, Ann Taylor handbag.

Tuscany. T by Alexander Wang t- shirt, vintage skirt, Hermes scarf.

John Richmond fashion show, Milan.  Ann Taylor tank, pants, purse and necklace. Calvin Klein necklace.

 

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Saks Reports from Milan

The inside scoop from Linda DeFrances on Prada, Jil Sander and Aquilano.Rimondi at Milan Fashion Week

With a passion for languid lines, just the right amount of embellishment and good form, Saks Vice President of Ready-to-Wear Fashion, Linda DeFrances is  reporting back to SaksPOV readers on her favorite looks from the front lines of Milan Fashion Week.  Stay tuned next week for Linda’s pick from the Paris collections. —Edited by Sophia Chabbott “I adored Jil Sander! Raf Simons was inspired from the Fifties with couture like shapes with double face coats over lingerie inspired dresses combining color and various textures of knit. I particularly loved the opening of the show with the double face clutch coats in pale pink, dove grey, lilac and red. It’s every reason to buy something new for fall and own a piece from Raf’s final Collection…

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With a passion for languid lines, just the right amount of embellishment and good form, Saks Vice President of Ready-to-Wear Fashion, Linda DeFrances is  reporting back to SaksPOV readers on her favorite looks from the front lines of Milan Fashion Week.  Stay tuned next week for Linda’s pick from the Paris collections. —Edited by Sophia Chabbott

Jil Sander

“I adored Jil Sander! Raf Simons was inspired from the Fifties with couture like shapes with double face coats over lingerie inspired dresses combining color and various textures of knit. I particularly loved the opening of the show with the double face clutch coats in pale pink, dove grey, lilac and red. It’s every reason to buy something new for fall and own a piece from Raf’s final Collection at Jil Sander.”

Prada

“A dazzling collection!  It was very 1960’s inspired, starting with long black coats, coat dresses and long vests with opulent beading. I loved the use of color and pattern, mixed geometrics, jacquards and embroideries. Shapes were linear, long and lean very refined with an emphasis on tailoring.”

Acquilano.Rimondi

“Baroque inspired, fully embracing the decorative trend of the season and elements of Italian style in corseted short cocktail dresses and jackets. Mixing panels of velvet with leather and extravagant beading – it was opulence at its very best!”


Packing for Milano

If you don’t like travel, I’m not sure I can recommend the fashion industry. You’re constantly chasing shows, trends and designers. On the road, what might normally be a luxury becomes a necessity—if only for temporarily preserving your sanity. As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end, here’s a quick review of what I brought along for the ride… The Uniform Isaia suit. Charvet ties in blue, black and grey with an occasional flash of color. Crocodile belts from Prada (or custom-made). I could get dressed in the dark—as one often does when recovering from the red-eye. Turnbull and Asser Shirt Once you find your shirt, you stick with it. Mine are from Turnbull and Asser, each with my initials woven into the midsection. Every…

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If you don’t like travel, I’m not sure I can recommend the fashion industry. You’re constantly chasing shows, trends and designers. On the road, what might normally be a luxury becomes a necessity—if only for temporarily preserving your sanity. As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end, here’s a quick review of what I brought along for the ride…

The Uniform

Isaia suit. Charvet ties in blue, black and grey with an occasional flash of color. Crocodile belts from Prada (or custom-made). I could get dressed in the dark—as one often does when recovering from the red-eye.

Turnbull and Asser Shirt

Once you find your shirt, you stick with it. Mine are from Turnbull and Asser, each with my initials woven into the midsection. Every shirt has two buttons at the collar to keep it high throughout the day, plus barrel cuffs with the diagonal corner cut.

Wolford Socks

Wolford’s over-the-calf cotton velvet socks are the only ones I own—and they never fall down. Could they cut off your circulation? Well, who am I to judge? The socks come in grey, black, blue and occasionally beige. They stopped producing brown, which is really a trauma.

Piaget Watch

The Altiplano Double Jeu is two watches in one, with a flip-top revealing a hidden second face. I set the top one for where I am and the bottom one for NYC, which really comes in handy for places like India where there are half-hour time differences. And Piaget makes remarkably thin watches to begin with, so even the two-in-one Double Jeu avoids feeling like wrist dumbbells.

Edward Green and John Lobb Shoes

Edward Green crafts a masterful dress shoe. John Lobb makes a more casual suede shoe—my preference for travel days. If it’s a longer trip, I may throw in a pair from Loro Piana for good measure.

iPad and Blackberry

Each has its own finger-pleasing covering—the iPad in its Salvatore Ferragamo sleeve and the BlackBerry with its Valextra crocodile back.


Yumi Takes Europe

Saks.com’s Yumi Shin opts for austere lines countered with quirky accessories to take on Milan and Paris

Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager Yumi Shin spends her days scouring the world’s top design houses cultivating unique, wearable and intriguing collections for Saks.com. Yumi is now off to Europe to take in the runways of Milan and then Paris to bring Saks.com buyers the best of the best of fall 2012 fashion. Here, she gives SaksPOV readers a peek at what’s she’ll be wearing in the front row.

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Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager Yumi Shin spends her days scouring the world’s top design houses cultivating unique, wearable and intriguing collections for Saks.com. Yumi is now off to Europe to take in the runways of Milan and then Paris to bring Saks.com buyers the best of the best of fall 2012 fashion. Here, she gives SaksPOV readers a peek at what’s she’ll be wearing in the front row.

Jil Sander Dress Maria La Rosa Socks Prada Shoes J Brand Denim Jeans FLorian Necklace