Glow Patrol

La Mer Expert Kumi Craig Shares Tips for Luminous Summer Skin

With a glitzy résumé that includes prepping beauties for fashion photography in magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, plus grooming high profile stars like Jon Hamm and Chris Pine for their red carpet close-ups, La Mer Expert Groomer Kumi Craig knows absolutely everything about making skin look radiant. This summer she’s visiting Saks locations around the country to give personalized La Mer consultations. In the meantime, she’s shared tips to give you a jump-start on flawless skin.  Are there essential steps for every skin care program? Everyone’s skin is different and it depends on each person’s skin concerns. I like to keep my regimen pretty simple and I encourage my clients to do the same. Everyone should incorporate a moisturizer into their routine and always use sunscreen. Should men and…

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With a glitzy résumé that includes prepping beauties for fashion photography in magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, plus grooming high profile stars like Jon Hamm and Chris Pine for their red carpet close-ups, La Mer Expert Groomer Kumi Craig knows absolutely everything about making skin look radiant. This summer she’s visiting Saks locations around the country to give personalized La Mer consultations. In the meantime, she’s shared tips to give you a jump-start on flawless skin. 

Are there essential steps for every skin care program?
Everyone’s skin is different and it depends on each person’s skin concerns. I like to keep my regimen pretty simple and I encourage my clients to do the same. Everyone should incorporate a moisturizer into their routine and always use sunscreen.

Should men and women approach their skin care differently?
For the most part, the same goes for men and women. Men need to keep their skin fresh and hydrated, especially if they’re shaving. I recommend The Radiant Infusion as an aftershave and to hydrate the skin under a beard.

What are your absolute no-nos?
When I’m preparing men for a shoot or the red carpet, I never like to use foundation. Instead, I apply La Mer’s SPF 18 Fluid Tint in Dark, because it gives skin a beautiful healthy glow without looking like makeup. Natural looking skin is key.  

What’s the best quick fix for stressed skin?
Hydrate and moisturize! The Mist really wakes up the skin—it’s like giving it a drink of water. For dark circles and puffiness, The Eye Concentrate with the silver tipped applicator is my go-to. I use it to massage under the eyes; it cools and gets the blood circulating. It really works!

Does the summer weather affect your skin care recommendations?
In a humid climate, skin doesn’t need a heavy moisturizer. I recommend The Moisturizing Gel Cream, a light, cooling option, for daily use. The Soleil de la Mer line with SPF 30 for the face, and The Reparative Body Sun Lotion are perfect for everyday.

Speaking of summer… To tan, or not to tan?
A little sun kissed glow is always nice, but never lay out without applying SPF.   I like a tan but no sunburns!

 

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What are your favorite Sun Care & Bronzer products? Tell us in the comments.

 

 


Cool, Chic and Collected

Carolina Herrera Presents Her Fall 2013 Runway Collection with Saks Chicago

It might be called the Windy City, but ever the refined lady, Carolina Herrera had nary a hair out of place when she came to Chicago with Saks Fifth Avenue late last month. Herrera came to Chicago to present her eponymous fall 2013 collection in a runway presentation hosted by Trish Rooney Alden, Kay Krehnbiel, Jill Rasmussen and Kara Wright. Proceeds from the ticketed event benefited A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area, which supports organizations that provide tools to underprivileged individuals to enter the workforce with an education and credentials. Held at Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Herrera trotted about glamorous looks ranging from an astrakhan skirt with a fur-trimmed mink jacket…

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It might be called the Windy City, but ever the refined lady, Carolina Herrera had nary a hair out of place when she came to Chicago with Saks Fifth Avenue late last month.

Herrera came to Chicago to present her eponymous fall 2013 collection in a runway presentation hosted by Trish Rooney Alden, Kay Krehnbiel, Jill Rasmussen and Kara Wright. Proceeds from the ticketed event benefited A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area, which supports organizations that provide tools to underprivileged individuals to enter the workforce with an education and credentials.

Held at Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Herrera trotted about glamorous looks ranging from an astrakhan skirt with a fur-trimmed mink jacket evoking a modern day Katherine Hepburn, a trumpet skirted evening gown in color-blocked plum and crimson and the finale gown, an extraordinary long sleeved emerald evening gown in silk sating with a fur-trimmed plunging back.

“This collection has great drama and emotion,” noted Herrera in the show notes for this collection.

“We were delighted to present Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2013 runway collection, with a nod to 1940′s glamour, to our lovely ladies in Chicago,” said Saks Senior Fashion Director, Colleen Sherin. “ Mrs. Herrera never fails to present an ultra-chic collection with a high wearability factor for women of any age.”

After the show, Saks President Ron Frasch feted Herrera to a glamorous seated dinner, where they nibbled on Filet Mignon with a Roquefort crust and closed the evening with a sweet note with a lemon soufflé tarts.

 

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Shop the Carolina Herrera spring 2013 collection here.

 

 


Zac Posen Comes to Saks San Francisco

Drama! Romance! Fantasy! Zac Posen brought it all to Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco along with his Fall 2013 collection. The designer and Project Runway star teamed up with Saks to present his fall collection replete with scores of models, teams for hair and makeup and — oh yes! — droves of adoring clients. Posen was the guest designer for the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, benefiting San Francisco Ballet in late April. Posen displayed 41 looks and to a 500-plus audience that included actress Jane Seymour and event chairs Claire Steward Costic and O.J. Shansby.  Fittingly, Posen’s latest collection was inspired by a woman’s travels from East to West, as the designer himself crossed the country for…

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Drama! Romance! Fantasy! Zac Posen brought it all to Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco along with his Fall 2013 collection. The designer and Project Runway star teamed up with Saks to present his fall collection replete with scores of models, teams for hair and makeup and — oh yes! — droves of adoring clients.

Posen was the guest designer for the 32nd San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel, benefiting San Francisco Ballet in late April. Posen displayed 41 looks and to a 500-plus audience that included actress Jane Seymour and event chairs Claire Steward Costic and O.J. Shansby.  Fittingly, Posen’s latest collection was inspired by a woman’s travels from East to West, as the designer himself crossed the country for the event.

First shown during New York Fashion Week in a salon-style setting at The Plaza Hotel’s Terrace Room Posen’s fall collection conjures the old world grandeur of the 1940’s. The clothes themselves are both architectural and elegant, from the show stopping strapless lavender hourglass gown with fluted ruffled hem to a drape-neck wine gown with affixed cape.

Of the event, Posen told WWD: “It was more women dressed in my clothes than I’ve ever seen in one room [as I helped guests] in and out of dressing rooms helping women get ready for gala season.”

Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin notes: “We were thrilled to bring a bit of New York fashion week magic to San Francisco, with the ever-charming Zac Posen presenting his Fall 2013 runway collection, brimming with red carpet-ready looks.

 

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Shop Z Spoke by Zac Posen’s spring collection on Saks.com.

 

 


A Moment with Ennio Capasa of Costume National

You might not know the name Ennio Capasa, but the Costume National designer likes it that way — he would rather the women that wear his clothes to have the spotlight.  The evasive designer made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue New York on Wednesday night to celebrate the house’s fall 2013 collection with a performance by buzz worthy songstress Sophie Auster. As guests shopped the collection (a portion of the evening’s sales went to benefit OrphanAid Africa), we took a moment to ask Capasa our most burning questions about his critically lauded collection. SaksPOV: Word has it that the inspiration for the fall 2013 collection came from an adventurous (and somewhat dangerous!) hiking trip through Burma and China, where you encountered the Miao…

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You might not know the name Ennio Capasa, but the Costume National designer likes it that way — he would rather the women that wear his clothes to have the spotlight.  The evasive designer made a rare appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue New York on Wednesday night to celebrate the house’s fall 2013 collection with a performance by buzz worthy songstress Sophie Auster.

As guests shopped the collection (a portion of the evening’s sales went to benefit OrphanAid Africa), we took a moment to ask Capasa our most burning questions about his critically lauded collection.

SaksPOV: Word has it that the inspiration for the fall 2013 collection came from an adventurous (and somewhat dangerous!) hiking trip through Burma and China, where you encountered the Miao tribe. How did that trip inspire your collection?
Ennio Capasa: During my trip I was so impressed by the geometrical approach to garments of the Miao tribe. I could relate to this approach and wanted to bring some details into the fall collection.

SaksPOV: Where is the next place you want to travel?
E.N.: I feel very attracted by urban environments at the moment, I like to observe the individuality and creativity of New York City and LA!

SaksPOV: How do you define the Costume National woman?
E.N.: The Costume National woman has a capricious attitude towards clothing and life in general. She likes to explore modern clothing but always enjoys the classic tailoring aspect of the Italian tradition

SaksPOV: What is the most exciting thing for you in fashion right now?
E.N.: I feel that the most exciting aspect of fashion today is that each woman can be very free to explore  her  very personal style through designer clothing

SaksPOV: Who would you love to see wearing costume national today?
E.N.: My ideal customer today is an independent woman with a curious attitude paired with a strong sense of aesthetic and innovation.

 

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Shop Costume National’s spring 2013 collection on Saks.com.

 

 


Oscar Worthy

A look at Oscar de la Renta’s best in bridal

As every wedding-themed reality show will remind you, there’s a lot of drama around one’s nuptials. And in his Spring 2013 bridal show, Oscar de la Renta delivered exactly that: drama, of the highest sort. Of course, we’re talking about sartorial showmanship of the good, jaw-droppingly gorgeous kind. There were voluminous tulle capes topping white lace sheaths, prettily embroidered ball-gown confections and a stunning dazzler or two with floral appliqués cascading down the bodice. De la Renta definitely didn’t hold back; the show was one grand statement maker after another. He even threw in a few daringly colorful options, including the blood-red dress that opened the show and a handful of lovely baby-blue silhouettes throughout. Not quite that outré but still aching for that something…

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As every wedding-themed reality show will remind you, there’s a lot of drama around one’s nuptials. And in his Spring 2013 bridal show, Oscar de la Renta delivered exactly that: drama, of the highest sort.

Of course, we’re talking about sartorial showmanship of the good, jaw-droppingly gorgeous kind. There were voluminous tulle capes topping white lace sheaths, prettily embroidered ball-gown confections and a stunning dazzler or two with floral appliqués cascading down the bodice. De la Renta definitely didn’t hold back; the show was one grand statement maker after another. He even threw in a few daringly colorful options, including the blood-red dress that opened the show and a handful of lovely baby-blue silhouettes throughout.

Not quite that outré but still aching for that something blue? We suggest you check out the designer’s newest wedding-themed fragrance, Something Blue, exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue. You can have your wedding whites and your proverbial “blue” good luck charm, too.

Read our interview with Oscar de la Renta here.

 

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Shop Oscar de la Renta or call 212.940.2269 in New York or 310.887.5509 in Beverly Hills to make an appointment at the Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon.