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Look Out for Lim

SaksPOV catches up with shining talent Phillip Lim

Since launching his eponymous collection five years ago, Phillip Lim has accomplished what takes others decades to achieve. Now his label includes women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, accessories, shoes, and intimates. What’s more, in 2006 Lim received Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award, and in 2007 he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Swarovski Awards for Womenswear. SaksPOV spoke with the shining talent. Saks POV: How would you describe the 3.1 Phillip Lim look? Phillip Lim: My aesthetic is definitely about cool, easy, chic.  It always comes back to a global citizen who has an eye for design. POV: What is the must-have piece from your fall collection? P.L.: That’s a tough one – I really think there are so many pieces that…

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Since launching his eponymous collection five years ago, Phillip Lim has accomplished what takes others decades to achieve. Now his label includes women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, accessories, shoes, and intimates. What’s more, in 2006 Lim received Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award, and in 2007 he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Swarovski Awards for Womenswear. SaksPOV spoke with the shining talent.

Saks POV: How would you describe the 3.1 Phillip Lim look?
Phillip Lim:
My aesthetic is definitely about cool, easy, chic.  It always comes back to a global citizen who has an eye for design.

POV: What is the must-have piece from your fall collection?
P.L.:
That’s a tough one – I really think there are so many pieces that every woman should own!  But our ‘Pashli’ Satchel bag for the fall season is definitely something everyone will have for a long time, like an old friend!

POV: What has changed for you since you started your own collection?
P.L.:
I work so much more now than I ever had in my life! It’s crazy.  Also, I have the real honor to be able to do something I love doing every day.


The Brand Architect: Reed Krakoff

Reed Krakoff combines structure and form in his namesake collection

Reed Krakoff approaches fashion with broad strokes, informing his designs with his passions for other artful arenas including architecture, sculpture to martial arts. When the designer launched his eponymous label in 2010, he outlined his definition of American sportswear: refined utilitarianism and updated classics done in luxurious materials. His pre-fall collection, in stores now, includes a chic cropped black shearling jacket, metallic python wrap-skirt, and rich cobalt suede coat. SaksPOV sat down with Krakoff. SaksPOV:  What is your morning routine? Reed Krakoff: My morning typically begins by getting my children ready for school and out the door on time. I’m fortunate that my schedule each day in the office is very different, so sometimes I’m working on an entirely new concept while other times I’m revisiting something…

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Reed Krakoff approaches fashion with broad strokes, informing his designs with his passions for other artful arenas including architecture, sculpture to martial arts. When the designer launched his eponymous label in 2010, he outlined his definition of American sportswear: refined utilitarianism and updated classics done in luxurious materials. His pre-fall collection, in stores now, includes a chic cropped black shearling jacket, metallic python wrap-skirt, and rich cobalt suede coat. SaksPOV sat down with Krakoff.

SaksPOV:  What is your morning routine?

Reed Krakoff: My morning typically begins by getting my children ready for school and out the door on time. I’m fortunate that my schedule each day in the office is very different, so sometimes I’m working on an entirely new concept while other times I’m revisiting something from the day before. It is the process of that work that is most important for me. Getting started is the easy part.

POV:  What inspires you today?

R.K.: A friend gave me a documentary on the sculptor Anish Kapoor that I watched yesterday evening. He is truly amazing.

POV: How would you describe your own style?

R.K.: I wear a uniform everyday: APC denim jeans, a Turnbull and Asser button down shirt and John Lobb shoes.

POV: Did you always think of yourself as a designer?

R.K.: Yes. Except during the times when I thought I was going to be an ice hockey player, a jazz musician or a painter.


Haider Ackermann: Fashion Insiders’ Man of the Moment

SaksPOV sits down with Haider Ackerman to get the story behind the buzz

The Colombian-bred, Antwerp-trained Haider Ackermann has been the talk of the Paris collections for the last few seasons, but American women are still familiarizing themselves with the designer’s dramatic, sweeping, artful dresses, coats and pants. He recently came to New York to co-host a party at Saks’ Fifth Avenue Flagship, where Saks POV caught up with the man of the hour:

Saks POV: You’ve said that when you first started out, you, like many designers, were short on money. What has helped you succeed beyond those circumstances?
Haider Ackermann
: Dreams help you succeed. I was dreaming a lot when I first started. Of course when it comes down to it, there’s a lot of work that goes into it, and it’s also about having someone believe in you and give you strength.

POV: What is your idea of the perfect day?
H.A.:
Wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning, wander the streets, go for some breakfast and then start work feeling fresh and good.

POV: What have you been doing during your visit to New York?
H.A.:
I organized my trip so badly! I should have stayed two more days. The only free moment I had was the 45 minutes I took to take a look at the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. It really was so thoughtfully done – beautiful and touching.

The Colombian-bred, Antwerp-trained Haider Ackermann has been the talk of the Paris collections for the last few seasons, but American women are still familiarizing themselves with the designer’s dramatic, sweeping, artful dresses, coats and pants. He recently came to New York to co-host a party at Saks’ Fifth Avenue Flagship, where Saks POV caught up with the man of the hour:

Saks POV: You’ve said that when you first started out, you, like many designers, were short on money. What has helped you succeed beyond those circumstances?
Haider Ackermann
: Dreams help you succeed. I was dreaming a lot when I first started. Of course when it comes down to it, there’s a lot of work that goes into it, and it’s also about having someone believe in you and give you strength.

POV: What is your idea of the perfect day?
H.A.:
Wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning, wander the streets, go for some breakfast and then start work feeling fresh and good.

POV: What have you been doing during your visit to New York?
H.A.:
I organized my trip so badly! I should have stayed two more days. The only free moment I had was the 45 minutes I took to take a look at the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. It really was so thoughtfully done – beautiful and touching.


Choose Choo!

Jimmy Choo celebrates a birthday

Jimmy Choo, maker of super luxe stilettos and handbags, turns 15 this year. Saks POV caught up with Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo’s chief creative officer and star of its sensual fragrance ads. Saks POV: What do you buy to get ready for fall? Tamara Mellon: I look for a great transition piece like an ankle boot or a suede hobo bag. Because I travel a lot, I need pieces that are versatile. POV: What are the top shoe trends? T.M.: With all the music festivals happening, especially like indie rock gathering and mud fest Glastonbury in England, the casual biker boot makes a strong statement.  At the same time, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, I feel that women are returning to classic…

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Jimmy Choo, maker of super luxe stilettos and handbags, turns 15 this year. Saks POV caught up with Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo’s chief creative officer and star of its sensual fragrance ads.

Saks POV: What do you buy to get ready for fall?
Tamara Mellon:
I look for a great transition piece like an ankle boot or a suede hobo bag. Because I travel a lot, I need pieces that are versatile.

POV: What are the top shoe trends?
T.M.: With all the music festivals happening, especially like indie rock gathering and mud fest Glastonbury in England, the casual biker boot makes a strong statement.  At the same time, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, I feel that women are returning to classic feminine luxury. A pointy toe pump on a stiletto heel is making an important comeback for fall.

POV: What is inspiring you now?
T.M.: I have recently relocated to New York and am very influenced by the unique energy of the city. As a mother and a working woman my day can take me from downtown to uptown, from board meeting to art opening, so I try to keep my looks classic and infuse spirit and color with my accessories.


Totally Tory Burch

Tory Burch’s classic and colorful designs appeal to women across generations

Tory Burch’s classic and colorful designs appeal to women across generations. Divya Chowdary, buyer for saks.com, told Saks POV why she thinks the line is a must-have for fall.

Saks POV: How do you maintain personal style when wearing one designer head to toe?
Divya Chowdary:
Pick out pieces that really speak to you.  Choose items that you can wear head to toe or mix with your existing wardrobe.  It’s all about finding clothes you love, so gravitate towards those you do and they will naturally work with so many other things in your closet.

POV: Why do so many women identify with Tory’s style?
D.C.: I think Tory is accessible and democratic, so a lot of people get her.   You can be in your 20s or your 50s and look fabulous in her clothes, and I think that’s why people really connect with her.  And her collection is really yours to style the way you want.

POV: What are your favorite pieces for fall?
D.C: An important trend for fall is mixing graphic prints.  She has some beautiful graphic patterns in her line that I love.  When they’re worn together right, it looks amazing.

Tory Burch’s classic and colorful designs appeal to women across generations. Divya Chowdary, buyer for saks.com, told Saks POV why she thinks the line is a must-have for fall.

Saks POV: How do you maintain personal style when wearing one designer head to toe?
Divya Chowdary:
Pick out pieces that really speak to you.  Choose items that you can wear head to toe or mix with your existing wardrobe.  It’s all about finding clothes you love, so gravitate towards those you do and they will naturally work with so many other things in your closet.

POV: Why do so many women identify with Tory’s style?
D.C.: I think Tory is accessible and democratic, so a lot of people get her.   You can be in your 20s or your 50s and look fabulous in her clothes, and I think that’s why people really connect with her.  And her collection is really yours to style the way you want.

POV: What are your favorite pieces for fall?
D.C: An important trend for fall is mixing graphic prints.  She has some beautiful graphic patterns in her line that I love.  When they’re worn together right, it looks amazing.