March 29, 2013

Saks Fifth Avenue: Men’s Fall 2013 Collections

     "For Fall 2013, Saks Fifth Avenue will add new lines, new designers and new shops to its iconic in-house men’s brand. Saks Fifth Avenue Black will be joined by a new White collection of modern sportswear and a Platinum collection of couture outerwear. The additions come in response to the remarkable growth of Saks Fifth Avenue’s namesake menswear collection, which made its first appearance in 2009. To house the expanded White, Black and Platinum offerings, Saks is building dedicated shop-in-shops in key markets including New York, Chicago, Boca Raton, Bal Harbour (2014) and Saks Fifth Avenue’s newly opened stand-alone men’s store in Beverly Hills, The Fifth Man."

     Saks Fifth Avenue has set themselves apart with their Men’s Fall 2013 Collections. From their innovated use of mixed-media to the details in stitching, I am loving every piece in this collection! Their choice of subdued colors from spring are the perfect way to transition into fall. I was lucky to get an early sneak peek thanks to Caroline M. of Sak's Fifth NY, and I'm overly excited to share with my readers.

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     This outfit is my favorite out of The White Collection. I am a sucker for varsity jackets. I have about 5 vintages ones in my collection, and I actually just purchased one today. (haha) This mixed-media version of the varsity jacket sports nylon sleeves, a wool body and autumnal berry hues. Fall is a season to keep warm. Saks Fifth's White Collection captures the perfect balance of simplicity and detail making basic layering that much more appealing. Underneath the crew-neck sweatshirt, is a hint of pattern from the striped cotton T-shirt with chest pocket. The bottoms add texture from the lightweight maroon corduroy pants. I would finish the look with any of their shoes from their White & Black Collection.

1. Quilted nylon puffy vest. Diagonal stitch crewneck sweater. Cotton shirt. Bedford cord pants. 2. Wool knit peacoat. Cotton henley. Striped T-shirt. Lightweight corduroy pants. 3. Quilted nylon and wool mixed-media shirt jacket. Microstriped cotton shirt. Lightweight corduroy pants. 4. Leather bomber jacket, reversible to a wool body and leather sleeves. Knit argyle polo. Cotton-blend knit pants.


     The White collection features sportswear that has been tailored, slimmed down and casualized for a new generation of modern gents. “Modern doesn’t have to be clinical and minimal,” says designer Rhett Bonnett, who adds natural, warm elements to the NYC-designed collection. Every piece is streamlined and created to be layered with ease. Run your hand over the fabrics—they’re much softer than traditional dry-touch textiles. Hybrids appear en masse: Sweaters read as outerwear and dress pants are crafted with casual fabrics. The palette includes faded shades like brick, eggplant and deep ocean blue.

1.Extra-fine, lightweight wool scarf. Merino wool V-neck sweater. Mélange yarn shirt with soft brush finish. Chunky wing-tip brogues with lug soles. 2. Cashmere shawl-collar sweater with contrast sleeves and elbow patches. Cotton gingham checkered shirt. Suede chucker boots with studded rubber soles. Mélange grey and multicolored cashmere scarf. 3. Hand-sewn nappa leather gloves with contrast cashmere lining. Left: Cashmere shawl-collar sweater with suede piping and zipper pull. Plaid cotton shirt. Right: Lamb’s wool sweater jacket with horn buttons and antique leather elbow patches and trim. Plaid cotton shirt. 4. Half-zip cashmere sweater with suede piping, spun from Todd and Duncan yarn. Cotton shirt with soft brush finish. Suede chukka boots with studded rubber soles. Mélange multicolored cashmere scarf. 5.Double-faced cashmere scarf. Ribbed cashmere hat. Double-breasted wool peacoat. Cotton shirt. 6. Reversible leather vest. Checkered cashmere scarf. Super 100’s wool flannel pants.
1.Hand-sewn nappa leather gloves with contrast cashmere lining. 2. From left to right: Leather dress shoes with monk strap. Sapena leather dress shoes with silver horsebit. Burgundy lace-up cap-toe leather dress shoes. 3. From top to bottom: Leather Chelsea boots. Lace-up cap-toe brogues. Suede Chelsea boots. 4. Cotton-blend scarves with screen-printed deer motifs.


     The Black collection wardrobes the worldly man, from his cashmere hat down to his Italian leather shoes. The fit is tailored. The look is sleek. Picture up-to-date essentials with a global flair, presented from a distinctly American point-of-view by veteran designer Kim Herring. The Fall 2013 Collection features heritage fabrics sourced from the world’s finest mills: Pima cotton from Peru, extra-fine merino wool from the Zegna Baruffa Mill in Italy, two-ply cashmere from Mongolia and Todd & Duncan cashmere from Scotland.

The classic bomber jacket flies high with ultrasoft matte calf leather and removable beaver fur lining.


     The Platinum collection features couture Italian outerwear made from rare leathers and trimmings. Each piece is artisanally constructed, one-by-one, in a small facility specializing in leather goods. The luxe elements include butter-soft Italian nappa leathers, Brazilian corozo nut buttons and removable beaver linings.

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