Home 2011 February

Two if by Sea

Karolina Kurkova, Alek Wek, Sonny Zhou and Caroline Winberg make beautiful pictures

The inundation of electric brights on the Spring 2011 runways inspired Saks to flood our photo studio — quite literally. The venerable Albert Watson made his way through thousands of gallons of water to shoot a cast of all-star models — including Karolina Kurkova, Alek Wek, Sonny Zhou  and Caroline Winberg — making their way to Saks in  a range of sea-faring vessels from an elaborate gondola, to a raft and even a water bike. The beauties struck poses for the Saks Spring book wearing a kaleidoscopic range of high-energy looks.

View the Image Gallery for a behind the scenes glimpse of the H2O drenched shoot.

The inundation of electric brights on the Spring 2011 runways inspired Saks to flood our photo studio — quite literally. The venerable Albert Watson made his way through thousands of gallons of water to shoot a cast of all-star models — including Karolina Kurkova, Alek Wek, Sonny Zhou  and Caroline Winberg — making their way to Saks in  a range of sea-faring vessels from an elaborate gondola, to a raft and even a water bike. The beauties struck poses for the Saks Spring book wearing a kaleidoscopic range of high-energy looks.

View the Image Gallery for a behind the scenes glimpse of the H2O drenched shoot.


A Look Back Before A Look Forward

Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week Review

New Yorks’ fall 2011 shows were a dizzying whirlwind of catwalks, editors, parties, models and—of course—gorgeous clothes. Fashion Director Colleen Sherin sat down with Saks POV to revisit the fashion frenzy through pictures. Here are our favorite shots of back stage and the front row Alice & Olivia, Bagley Mischka, Rag & Bone, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Sophie Theallet and Derek Lam.

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New Yorks’ fall 2011 shows were a dizzying whirlwind of catwalks, editors, parties, models andof coursegorgeous clothes. Fashion Director Colleen Sherin sat down with Saks POV to revisit the fashion frenzy through pictures. Here are our favorite shots of back stage and the front row Alice & Olivia, Bagley Mischka, Rag & Bone, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Sophie Theallet and Derek Lam.


Style Matters

Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style by Kate Betts

As a fashion journalist and editor for two decades Kate Betts is known for her informed eye to fashion, seeing trends as cultural moments worthy of interpretation.  Her book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, on sale in February, is the perfect partner to the New York collections.  Here, Betts shared this excerpt from her tome on Saks POV: In many cultures—French, Italian, Russian and Japanese, to name a few – why style matters is self-evident and arguing in defense of it is like arguing on behalf of music or art or even clean water and fresh air. But Americans are ambivalent about style. We are by turns attracted to and afraid of style, fascinated and suspicious. We confuse it with transient…

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As a fashion journalist and editor for two decades Kate Betts is known for her informed eye to fashion, seeing trends as cultural moments worthy of interpretation.  Her book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, on sale in February, is the perfect partner to the New York collections.  Here, Betts shared this excerpt from her tome on Saks POV:

In many cultures—French, Italian, Russian and Japanese, to name a few – why style matters is self-evident and arguing in defense of it is like arguing on behalf of music or art or even clean water and fresh air. But Americans are ambivalent about style. We are by turns attracted to and afraid of style, fascinated and suspicious. We confuse it with transient fashion trends and logo-splashed clothes. Too often American women subvert their sense of style and don a uniform instead. They play it safe so as not distract from their intellectual contributions. Style is frivolous; style is for airheads. Tenacious conventions pit style against substance and suggest we have to choose one or the other as a defining focus or sensibility: you can work for shoes and bags or you can work for world peace. But not both.

Excerpted from Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style


Jason Wu’s Formula for R&R

SaksPOV relaxes with Jason Wu

By 28, designer Jason Wu has already dressed Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and, of course, the First Lady — not to mention the four collections he masterminds each year. Wu’s sophisticated, embellished fall looks, now in stores, were inspired by photographer Robert Polidori’s book Parcours Museologique Revisite which documents the 25 year restoration of Versailles. “I was especially taken by the photos where construction was in progress,” Wu says. “The contrast between the raw and the opulent was especially interesting. Especially since my collection is a work in progress until minutes before the models walk out!” Having just shown his spring 2012 collection—a combination of sport and graffiti references—SaksPOV caught up with Wu to hear how he keeps sane. RELAXING ROUTINE “Drinking green tea and…

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By 28, designer Jason Wu has already dressed Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and, of course, the First Lady — not to mention the four collections he masterminds each year. Wu’s sophisticated, embellished fall looks, now in stores, were inspired by photographer Robert Polidori’s book Parcours Museologique Revisite which documents the 25 year restoration of Versailles. “I was especially taken by the photos where construction was in progress,” Wu says. “The contrast between the raw and the opulent was especially interesting. Especially since my collection is a work in progress until minutes before the models walk out!”

Having just shown his spring 2012 collection—a combination of sport and graffiti references—SaksPOV caught up with Wu to hear how he keeps sane.

RELAXING ROUTINE
“Drinking green tea and eating well. After a long day at work, I play with my cats, Jinxy and Peaches, and then watch my favorite shows, Iron Chef and Outsourced.”

GO-TO SPA
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental for a deep tissue massage. “The whole atmosphere of the spa is incredibly relaxing!”

COCKTAIL
White cosmos from DBGB, star chef Daniel Boulud’s low-key eatery in New York’s East Village

ON HIS iPOD
Empire of the Sun

INDULGENCE
The Ice Box Cake from Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea