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Fit For a Queen! (Of Social Media!)

Jenny Wu tries on the Opulence trend for size

I’m in a Marie Antoinette state of mind as I’ll be in Europe in September for three glorious weeks. I’m leaving work and LA life behind and taking suitcases filled with opulent head to toe pieces fit for a queen. After all, fall 2012 is trending with opulence so there’s no reason to hold back. Rich velvets and metallics, jacquard, brocade and Renaissance inspired prints keep floating in my head conjuring a sense of lavish refinement reminiscent of the royal yesteryear. For me, channeling the opulence trend is not just about looking like Versailles-it’s about feeling effortlessly ladylike and regal. The trend’s emphasis on decorative fabrics that are rich in color, pattern and texture make it absolutely accessible to look and feel like royalty.

With my outfit, I kept jewelry at a minimum as the ornately printed Stella McCartney silk top and brocade skirt are already bejeweling. The crystal encrusted Chloe purse adds another layer of bling while the baroque Prada sunglasses infuses shaded dimension to the look. The Louboutins add to the color saturation and completes my modern “queen for a day” look. Let them wear baroque!

 

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Check out Saks’ Edit on all things Opulent here!

I’m in a Marie Antoinette state of mind as I’ll be in Europe in September for three glorious weeks. I’m leaving work and LA life behind and taking suitcases filled with opulent head to toe pieces fit for a queen. After all, fall 2012 is trending with opulence so there’s no reason to hold back. Rich velvets and metallics, jacquard, brocade and Renaissance inspired prints keep floating in my head conjuring a sense of lavish refinement reminiscent of the royal yesteryear. For me, channeling the opulence trend is not just about looking like Versailles-it’s about feeling effortlessly ladylike and regal. The trend’s emphasis on decorative fabrics that are rich in color, pattern and texture make it absolutely accessible to look and feel like royalty.

With my outfit, I kept jewelry at a minimum as the ornately printed Stella McCartney silk top and brocade skirt are already bejeweling. The crystal encrusted Chloe purse adds another layer of bling while the baroque Prada sunglasses infuses shaded dimension to the look. The Louboutins add to the color saturation and completes my modern “queen for a day” look. Let them wear baroque!

 

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Check out Saks’ Edit on all things Opulent here!


Go Behind the Scenes with W Magazine and Saks

Saks’ own Terron Schaeffer and Colleen Sherin take you behind the inspiration, magic and fabulous fashions of the Saks fall catalogue

 

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It’s Fashion’s Night Out

We at Saks are ready for the most exciting Fashion’s Night Out Ever!

It’s fashion’s biggest night. Designers abound! Late night shopping! Performances by your favorite artists! And Saks is all over it. Stop by Saks flagship in New York on September 6. Check out a list of highlights below and stay tuned as we make more announcements about fashion’s big night at Saks! (1) Obsessed with Nail Art — So are we! Join us as Rebecca Minkoff and Valley Nails do manicures inspired by prints in her collection. (2) Not enough Nail Art for You? Saks has partnered with the hot fashion label Suno to create Minx nails in cool prints. Exclusive to Saks on FNO! (3) The inimitable, style savvy — and quite tall — New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire will be making an appearance at Saks. (4)…

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It’s fashion’s biggest night. Designers abound! Late night shopping! Performances by your favorite artists! And Saks is all over it.

Stop by Saks flagship in New York on September 6. Check out a list of highlights below and stay tuned as we make more announcements about fashion’s big night at Saks!

(1) Obsessed with Nail Art — So are we! Join us as Rebecca Minkoff and Valley Nails do manicures inspired by prints in her collection.

(2) Not enough Nail Art for You? Saks has partnered with the hot fashion label Suno to create Minx nails in cool prints. Exclusive to Saks on FNO!

(3) The inimitable, style savvy — and quite tall — New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire will be making an appearance at Saks.

(4) Meet Oscar de la Renta, who will be making an appearance at Saks as we launch his latest fragrance Essential Luxuries his latest exclusive to Saks!

(5) Makeup artist to the world’s most famous and Estee Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pechaux, will be taking customers through the new beauty collection that he designed for Estee Lauder inspired by the colors and contrasts of Paris.

(6) Meet designer Erin Fetherston and get your bangs trimmed from hairstylist, Edward Tricomi

(7) Last and hardly least, Darren Criss of “Glee” and a Special Guest will be signing the September Issue of Vogue

 

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Jenny Wu Interviews Cut 25 designer Yigal Azrouel

My first encounter with the extraordinary designs of Yigal Azrouël took place a few years ago. I flew to New York to attend a friend’s graduation and stole an afternoon to go shopping in the Meatpacking district. In typical New York fashion, heavy downpour unexpectedly commenced. I ran inside the closest open door seeking shelter and warmth. I found both and just a little bit more. I was inside the Yigal Azrouël boutique and instantaneously fell in love with the brand’s intricate fabrics, design aesthetics and innovative styling. That afternoon, I shopped up a storm. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview (my designer crush) Mr. Azrouël himself on life, fashion and his fabulously chic contemporary line, Cut 25. I also got to style and shoot pieces from Cut 25, a fall…

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My first encounter with the extraordinary designs of Yigal Azrouël took place a few years ago. I flew to New York to attend a friend’s graduation and stole an afternoon to go shopping in the Meatpacking district. In typical New York fashion, heavy downpour unexpectedly commenced. I ran inside the closest open door seeking shelter and warmth. I found both and just a little bit more. I was inside the Yigal Azrouël boutique and instantaneously fell in love with the brand’s intricate fabrics, design aesthetics and innovative styling. That afternoon, I shopped up a storm.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview (my designer crush) Mr. Azrouël himself on life, fashion and his fabulously chic contemporary line, Cut 25. I also got to style and shoot pieces from Cut 25, a fall 2012 collection that is absolutely chic, stylish and perfect for sunny days, rainy days, and every day in between.

My interview with Yigal Azrouël:

SaksPOV: What’s your driving force behind creating Cut 25? Who or what inspires you in fashion, film, music, art, pop culture?
Yigal Azrouël: I really wanted to create a brand that aims to offer designer quality and aesthetic at a more accessible price point. I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels and nature, most recently to Paris and the gardens in Japan. I always have music playing in the studio which really gets me in the mood and establishes my mindset.

SaksPOV: Which key elements separate Cut 25 from the Yigal Azrouel collection?
Y.A.: The Cut 25 girl is a bit edgy; she is educated on fashion and aware of current fashion trends, but she’s much more whimsical with her style choices than the woman who is wearing pieces from my mainline collection. The Yigal Azrouël woman is more refined and sophisticated.

Cut 25 jacket, Michael Antonio shoes and Jenny Dayco jewelry

SaksPOV: You are one busy man as you are creating, designing and running three separate collections every season! How do you balance and manage your time?
Y.A.: I’ve definitely become much more organized over the years, and I’ve really learned to wear a different hat depending on the collection I am designing for. Each one requires a different thought process but under it all really come from a similar creative and intellectual space.

SaksPOV: I know you’ve practically lived in New York all your life. To date, what’s your favorite New York moment?
Y.A.: It’s not a specific moment really, but I love walking on The Highline and people watching. I feel like this is one of the most ‘New York’ things you can do.

Cut 25 pants, Mara Hoffman top and Jenny Dayco jewelry

SaksPOV: What blogs are you obsessed with?
Y.A.: T The Moment and Business of Fashion, but I am always looking to find new blogs.

Cut 25 dress, Rory Beca belt and shoes by 3.1 Phillip Lim

SaksPOV: What are the five things you absolutely, positively cannot live without?
Y.A.: Nike running shoes, iPad, Blackberry, Steve McQueen Persol sunglasses, My Surfboard

Cut 25 top and pants, vintage Hermes bag and Jenny Dayco jewelry

SaksPOV: Your fashions shows are coming up! Do you have any superstitions, good luck charms, talismans?
Y.A.: I am not a superstitious person at all, so with the show coming up, I really just pretend like it’s a larger scale of what I do every day, imagining the audience to be my design team for example.

SaksPOV: What is the last dream you remember having? Did it inspire your collections at all?
Y.A.: I do not seem to remember my dreams lately, but in terms of inspiring my collections, this is mostly done through my day to day experiences.

Photographed by Josh Williams Photography.

 

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Shoe Short-List

September begins a new round of Fashion Week jaunts for stylist-supreme Giovanna Battaglia


September begins a new round of Fashion Week jaunts for stylist-supreme Giovanna Battaglia. Find out which shoes are making the trip here.


September begins a new round of Fashion Week jaunts for stylist-supreme Giovanna Battaglia. Find out which shoes are making the trip here.