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If the shoes fit… The Man Repeller wore them

This fall SaksPOV launched the new 10022-SHOE Tumblr with the help of Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller.  Follow the behind the scenes story of our inaugural Tumblr photo shoot as Medine skipped  around Manhattan living  out the old adage “If the shoe fits, wear it” in some of the finest shoes 10022-SHOE has to offer.

All photos by Kristen Somody Whalen

This fall SaksPOV launched the new 10022-SHOE Tumblr with the help of Leandra Medine, aka the Man Repeller.  Follow the behind the scenes story of our inaugural Tumblr photo shoot as Medine skipped  around Manhattan living  out the old adage “If the shoe fits, wear it” in some of the finest shoes 10022-SHOE has to offer.

All photos by Kristen Somody Whalen


Letter from the Editor: Pure Imagination

Editorial Director Sophia Chabbott shares her Point of View on all things stylish

Alexander McQueen was once quoted in The New York Times saying, “People don’t want to see clothes. They want to see something that fuels the imagination.” McQueen’s quote underscores this week’s theme at SaksPOV, where art and fashion converge to form something entirely new and utterly fantastical. Take for instance the behind scenes feature chronicling the fashion in the wildly imaginative Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows, where fashion becomes the ultimate fantasy. Ten exclusive fashion looks by the likes of Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Olivier Theyskens, and Naeem Kahn and others were commissioned to take center stage for millions of people to experience while walking down Fifth Avenue this season. One such dress drew a collective gasp when it was uncrated at Saks headquarters…

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Alexander McQueen was once quoted in The New York Times saying, “People don’t want to see clothes. They want to see something that fuels the imagination.”

McQueen’s quote underscores this week’s theme at SaksPOV, where art and fashion converge to form something entirely new and utterly fantastical.

Take for instance the behind scenes feature chronicling the fashion in the wildly imaginative Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows, where fashion becomes the ultimate fantasy. Ten exclusive fashion looks by the likes of Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Olivier Theyskens, and Naeem Kahn and others were commissioned to take center stage for millions of people to experience while walking down Fifth Avenue this season.

One such dress drew a collective gasp when it was uncrated at Saks headquarters in New York. The house of Alexander McQueen graciously loaned Saks the magnificent gown of silk organza and ostrich feathers worn by Kate Moss on the September 2011 cover of Vogue.  Designed by Sarah Burton, the claret-colored gown took 2,500 hours to create and embodies the mission house’s late namesake: to intrigue and inspire.  “When I first took this gown out of the massive box that it arrived in from London, I was utterly speechless and enraptured by its beauty,” muses Saks Women’s Fashion Director Colleen Sherin in the piece. Take a look at the custom wedge shoes especially designed to coordinate with the dress at left (photographed by Isauro Martinez-Cairo).

In Fashion on the Fly, the artist Michelle Elzay poses among Post-War and Contemporary works of art at Christie’s auction house wearing the most painterly inspired looks from Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Haider Ackermann, while our exclusive debut of photographer Donald McPherson’s stunning video tribute to the late Isabella Blow left those who previewed it with goose bumps.  McPherson, a close friend of Blow continues to find himself inspired by the manner and freedom with which Blow art directed his shoots.

Muses are a key facet in both art and fashion. Terron Schaefer recently ran into quite a famous muse, Rossy de Palma, at a gala honoring the director Pedro Almodovar at MoMa. De Palma, a striking model and actress has been an inspiration for the great Spanish director and also has posed for Saks many times throughout the years.  As for Peter Dundas’ muse? The creative director of Pucci, the fashion house of swirling prints and riotous color tells writer Caroline Tell that he has many.  With the list ranging from PYTs such as Eugenie Niarchos, Bianca Brandolini and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, to latter day icons like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Marilyn Monroe, Dundas give the Pucci collection a Point of View unique from any other.

Where does  your inspiration come from? Share your Point of View on fashion, art, culture and shopping with us on FacebookTwitterTumblr and keep the conversation going.

Sophia Chabbott
Editorial Director


Top 10: French Glamour

This week’s Top 10 is an ode to French glamour — that perfect blend of pretty with a soupcon of edge
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Fashion on the Fly

Life Imitates art for Michelle Elzay

In this week’s Fashion on the Fly, SaksPOV invited artist Michelle Elzay to become our muse in painterly inspired clothes by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Haider Ackerman among the stellar Post-War and Contemporary art offerings at Christie’s New York. Amid displays of the finest works of contemporary art by Donald Judd, Mike Kelly and Jim Hodges, Elzay, whose own artistic mediums range from photography to painting and video, channeled iconic 20th Century muse and patron of the arts Marchesa Luisa Casati. Elzay herself finds muses in various facets and fashion is certainly one of them. Her work has been exhibited in shows at PS1, Stephen Kasher Gallery and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Elzay is also a co-owner of Sparrow…

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In this week’s Fashion on the Fly, SaksPOV invited artist Michelle Elzay to become our muse in painterly inspired clothes by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Haider Ackerman among the stellar Post-War and Contemporary art offerings at Christie’s New York.

Amid displays of the finest works of contemporary art by Donald Judd, Mike Kelly and Jim Hodges, Elzay, whose own artistic mediums range from photography to painting and video, channeled iconic 20th Century muse and patron of the arts Marchesa Luisa Casati. Elzay herself finds muses in various facets and fashion is certainly one of them. Her work has been exhibited in shows at PS1, Stephen Kasher Gallery and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Elzay is also a co-owner of Sparrow Design, a collaborative design workshop fusing the arts with interior design. Up next for Elzay is an installation of her new paintings at Fitzroy Gallery’s booth at NADA Miami Art Basel from December 1-4.

Saks Asks, Michelle Answers:

Most memorable trip to Saks was…I’m sworn to secrecy; but I can say there were shoes involved and an escalator.

My style is can be described as… slightly decadent, somewhat formal, often butch, but always intentional

My beauty essentials…Black mascara, red lipstick, Crème de la Mer

Dr. Bonners & a bit of Arpège or Chanel.

On my playlist now…Entertainment, King Krule, Robin Gutherie, Wild Nothing, Burial

I collect…contemporary Art, Dries Van Noten, copper pots and 19th century French memento mori

 I never leave home without… my fountain pen

My lucky charm is…a found 1973 penny

When I’m not making art I can be found… trying to surf

Favorite destination… Antwerp, Nantucket, or my bed

Favorite fashion designers are…  People currently on my mind are: Dries van Noten, Rick Owens,  Maison Martin Margiela, Anne Demeulemeester,, Maria Cornejo, Paul Harden.

Words to live by…. “Vanity pays attention to everything.” Barby d’Aurevilly

 

Shop the looks:

Marc Jacobs skirt                             Stella McCartney dress

Special thanks to Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art department for generously allowing SaksPOV to shoot at Christie’s New York.


Homage to Isabella

Isabella Blow friend and collaborator Donald McPherson pays a video tribute to the late muse and fashion icon

As a supporter of young designers, artists and models such as Alexander McQueen, Phillip Treacy, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, Isabella Blow inspired many during her lifetime. Donald McPherson is yet another one of the late Blow’s collaborators.  McPherson, an American fashion photographer trained under greats such as Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier met the English fashion editor and consultant in 2002 after working together on a shoot for V Magazine. They quickly became friends and Blow asked McPherson to share an apartment in Paris’ Le Marais neighborhood (The apartment had previously belonged to Blow’s longtime protégé Alexander McQueen and the bed that Blow had given McPherson for his bedroom had once belonged to Freddie Mercury). In true Blow style, she brought McPherson under her…

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As a supporter of young designers, artists and models such as Alexander McQueen, Phillip Treacy, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, Isabella Blow inspired many during her lifetime. Donald McPherson is yet another one of the late Blow’s collaborators.  McPherson, an American fashion photographer trained under greats such as Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier met the English fashion editor and consultant in 2002 after working together on a shoot for V Magazine. They quickly became friends and Blow asked McPherson to share an apartment in Paris’ Le Marais neighborhood (The apartment had previously belonged to Blow’s longtime protégé Alexander McQueen and the bed that Blow had given McPherson for his bedroom had once belonged to Freddie Mercury). In true Blow style, she brought McPherson under her wing and assigned to photograph fashion shoots for Tatler, where he shot stories with the likes of Manolo Blahnik, the Prince of Kuwait and Grace Jones.

“She was really good at inspiring me,” McPherson recalls in an interview with SaksPOV. “The inspiration she would give enabled me to be completely creative.”

McPherson’s video, launching exclusively on SaksPOV was filmed at Blow’s Waterloo home in England before her tragic suicide in May 2007.  “Everyone that I’ve shown the video to gets goose bumps,” says McPherson of the intimate and haunting video, which is bowing near the anniversary of Blow’s November 19 birthday. “This is just how I saw her. This video is a tribute to her.”

Photos and Video by Donald McPherson