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Saks Window Display Features Local DAAP Grad

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Peggy McGrath in front of her window at Saks (click to enlarge)

Peggy McGrath. Remember that name. You’ll be seeing it on the tag of your favorite garment in 10 years – mark my words!

This fashion-focused pocket-sized powerhouse just graduated from UC’s DAAP program and already has a job designing woven tops at American Eagle.

Peggy's collection at the 2011 DAAP fashion show (click to enlarge)

As a crowning moment to end this Kenwood native’s senior year at UC, she won a huge award: the Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati Design Award. This earned her $1000 cash from Saks and a Saks window display on 5th St completely dedicated to her and her designs.

All seniors in UC’s DAAP fashion design program create a collection of four to eight garments as their capstone experience. The winner of the Saks award is selected by members of the Cincinnati Saks Executive Team during the students’ final critique at the end of May. Saks’ judges looks for collections that are creative, innovative, and wearable.

Peggy's window at night (click to enlarge)

Peggy said her collection, cleverly titled “Cowboys and Indians,” was inspired by just that: western wear and also a trip to India. She said India’s fabric houses inspired her to use unique fabrics and the architecture there inspired her unique shapes and patterns. The western influence gave the looks fringe, cuffs and some even cowboy boots and hats.

For a few of the garments and accessories, she laser cut a trellace shape out. One dress overlay she cut it out of metallic velvet and another dress’ overlay was out of pigskin suede. She even created a necklace out of the pigskin pattern pieces and painted them gold and them fastened them with grommets. The third dress in the display Peggy actually hand-knitted.

I loved all three pieces in the window at Saks and could see myself wearing all three. When you walk by (which I highly encourage you to do) it doesn’t look out of place. Her garments look so posh and polished that they fit right in with all the other high-end designers you typically see in Saks display windows.

Make sure you drive/walk by asap! The Saks marketing manager said she’s not sure how long the window will be up – but it will be up until this Friday for sure!

Watch the webcast below that I did with Peggy yesterday to virtually meet this fashion superstar in the making!


A Few New Fall Trends

I know… we’re in the thick of a hot and sticky Cincinnati summer… why the heck am I talking about Fall? Well, retail is already gearing up for the new season, and we got a sneak peek of the new Fall trends soon to hit the shelves at Saks downtown. Last week, we featured a few key pieces from Lafayette 148’s new fall collection. This week, we’re back at Saks, but this time, we’re talking more about trends in general. So, watch the video below to get some good tips for colors, fabrics and silhouettes to keep an eye out for in Fall!


Sneak Peek at Lafayette 148’s New Fall Line

Pieces from the Lafayette 148 New York 2011 Fall Collection (click to enlarge)

It’s hard to look at fall and winter clothes when the heat is boiling at 90 degrees like it will be today. But fall clothes are filing into stores, and Cincy Chic got a sneak peek into Lafayette 148‘s newest collection at Saks downtown.

In my last blog about Lafayette’s Designer Edward Wilkerson, I told you that new collections are inspired by his world travels. The last blog was about the “Sistine style” inspired by his trip to Rome. This new collection is inspired by his recent trip to India.

The collection is comprised of separates in warm chocolate brown, cool cream and deep red. You’ll find classic red coats and capes, slacks in sophisticated fabrics and blouses in elegant cuts. And Lafayette is known for its beautiful feminine separates, novelty embellished pieces, exquisite leathers, and luxe knitwear. Fun fact: Lafayette 148’s knitwear is made in-house by their couture knitters!

So, this new fall line is in town (at the downtown Saks) for a trunk show just for a short while this weekend and then they’ll be introducing new pieces from the line into the stores each month. Lafayette is also doing the ATP fashion show again – I covered it last year here – so I’m excited about that! It was a great show last year!

Check out the video below where Ilene Ross, my Cincy Chic Show co-host, interviews a Lafayette 148 New York rep about the new line, and gets a sneak peek at some of the new fab pieces!


Key to the Cure

Uma Thurman in Key To The Cure Photo (Photo Credit: Fabrizio Ferri)
Uma Thurman in Key To The Cure Photo (Photo Credit: Fabrizio Ferri)

I was at Saks recently, and I got this great cotton long sleeve tee. It’s seriously the most comfortable material I’ve ever worn. And I love the print on it (It’s designed by Donna Karan!). Plus, it’s for a good cause, Key to the Cure. Learn more about Key to the Cure in the press release I posted below.

I was pleasantly surprised when my Cincy Chic event planner, Libby, told me Saks wanted us to have a ladies night there to kick off the Key to the Cure campaign. Since I had just learned all about it, and thought it was fab, I was thrilled to help support the effort! Click here to check out info about the event Saks and Libby came up with! And click here to RSVP.

I hope you can attend this event to celebrate this Key to the Cure campaign with an “Evening of Beauty” on Oct. 21. Enjoy cocktails, shopping, expert beauty advice and one-on-one makeup and skincare consultations. A portion of the sales will go to the wellness community that the Key to the Cure campaign supports! Oh, and while you’re there, be sure you snag one of these shirts!

It quickly became my favorite t-shirt ever! (Which makes my hubby happy because I’m no longer stealing his comfy t-shirts!) : )


CINCINNATI September 16, 2010 – To help raise both money and awareness for women’s cancers, Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati will partner with The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and host the 2010 Key To The Cure, a charity shopping weekend taking place Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24.

Trying to get a pic in my Key to the Cure shirt, but my dog kept getting in the way! haha!
Trying to get a pic in my Key to the Cure shirt, but my dog kept getting in the way! haha!

To launch this year’s event, Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati will host a Key To The Cure celebration on Saturday, October 23, from 12 – 3pm, featuring a personal appearance by acclaimed Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego with hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and, of course, shopping.

Saks will also offer a limited-edition Key To The Cure T-shirt designed by Donna Karan, available beginning Friday, October 1 and retailing for $35 in Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and on saks.com. 100% of the purchase price of each shirt sold will be donated to local charity partners.

Actress Uma Thurman is the 2010 Ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key To The Cure. In support of this program, Ms. Thurman will appear in a national public service announcement (PSA) wearing the Donna Karan limited-edition T-shirt. The Key To The Cure PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October.

Saks will donate 2% of sales Thursday to Sunday, October 21 to 24, up to $500,000, to local and national women’s cancer charities. Saks Fifth Avenue will also make a donation of $375,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Saks Fifth Avenue initiated its charity shopping weekend in 1999.  Since then, the company has donated over $33 million to women’s cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations benefiting from these funds include: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, Cleveland Clinic, Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Nevada Cancer Institute and many others.

Black is the New Black

lafayette 148 Fall 2010 collection - black lace trench coat
lafayette 148 Fall 2010 collection - black lace trench coat

The ATP was quite the fashion-forward event this year.

Wait… before you start thinking they’re the latest fad and go stock up on visors, polos and those funny underwear with “tennis ball pockets” … I should explain.

I told you how excited I was that Saks was bringing Lafayette 148’s Sistine-inspired wares to the ATP Ladies Brunch this year. It was a great idea, because it attracted hundreds of ladies who – even though there were tons of internationally known tennis players playing on the courts – wouldn’t have been there if not for this fabulous fashion show.

So, in my previous blog post about this event, I did a sneak peek with someone from Lafayette who gave me the story behind the collection we would be seeing at the ATP. From the interview, I was told to expect luxurious fabrics and posh designs. The show definitely lived up to all that. I love love loved how elegant and “wowing” each of the evening pieces were, especially.

But I have to be honest. I was also told to expect loud, vibrant colors that Lafayette’s Designer (Edward Wilkerson) said he saw in Italy’s Sistine Chapel. I didn’t really see a lot of color at all. But maybe the pops of color were more in the subtleties … like a bold red bag with a LBD, or a big orange flower at the clasp of a cape.

Many of the garments in this show were black. Beautiful, timeless and classic… black. It’s a trend I picked up on a few posts ago when I said that I was excited to see “black is the new black” in ALK‘s line to be launched with Bras with Flair on Oct. 1.

So, this solidifies it in my mind. Black is back. No more trying to find the “new black.” Embrace it. Love it. And bring your lint roller.

Check out all the beautifully black – with a hint of color – designs from the new Lafayette 148 collection in the below video I shot at the ATP’s Ladies Brunch! And in case you’re wondering who carries Lafayette, I’m not sure who else does in the area, but I know Saks does for sure.

PS: I’m in looooooove with the jacket (first garment in the video, and pictured above). If anyone wants to tell my husband that it would be a nice gift for our wedding anniversary, that would be great. We’re getting ready to celebrate our second year on Sept. 27! And aren’t you supposed to give cotton for the second anniversary? Perfect!


Lafayette Ladies Day at ATP

lafayette 148I just found out about a brunch the ATP is putting on for us ladies. They’re partnering with Saks to do a fashion show at the event. The invite says Lafayette 148, a line carried in select Saks stores, will be the line that’s going to do the clothes in the show. So, I asked my contact at Saks if I could get a sneak peek of some of the items in this new collection before they walk the runway at next week’s event.

I actually had a really interesting conversation with the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lafayette, Debra Clark. She said Lafayette’s Designer Edward Wilkerson recently took a trip to Rome and that’s what inspired this season’s collection. The Sistine Chapel in particular inspired the color palate and design structure for the items. Click here to see a video of Edward going more into detail about his trip and design inspiration.

I can see where he’s coming from with the breath-taking colors, architecture and design at the Sistine Chapel. My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and we just stood there for hours craning our necks at the ceiling of that beautiful building.

Seeing the colors in this new collection, it’s like a personified version of the Sistine in the form of fibers and fashion. It’s amazing. I love the bold colors, classic silhouettes and daring finishes. Knowing a lot more now about the Sistine Chapel, that’s what it’s all about and I applaud Edward for capturing it in his collection.

My three favs in the Lafayete 148 knit collection (click to enlarge)

I can’t wait to see the pieces in person next Tuesday at this ATP Lafayette Ladies Day Brunch! When I was talking to Debra, she also mentioned that Lafayette is known for their knits. My brain can’t comprehend “knit” right now with this awful heat out, but the pics she sent were pretty. A couple of them were marmy (which knits can easily be if you’re not careful), but I pulled three of the pieces she sent (in the animated pic to the left) I thought were classic, but cutting edge and on-trend.

Debra said these pieces will be carried at the Cincinnati Saks, so you know where to go if you want to add one of these classic couture pieces to your wardrobe. Speaking of couture, they’re not cheap. But you get what you pay for. Here’s the pricing info on the pieces pictured to the left:

Italian Silk V-Neck with Flower Detail ($298.00)

Stretch Merino Hand-Stitch Chain Cardigan ($298.00)

Cozy Flannel Asymmetrical Cardigan ($268.00)

And here’s more info about the Lafayette Ladies Day Brunch if you’d like to attend! Click on the image to enlarge, and go to www.cincytennis.com if you want to get tickets to it!

lafayette 148
Information about the Lafayette Ladies Day Brunch (click to enlarge)

Saksy Savings & Event

My friends at Saks recently sent me an event invite and a coupon, and told me I could share it with you.

The event, cleverly named “Choos Your Shoes” is a night to pamper and spa with your friends while shoe shopping. Not unlike what my heaven will look like…

If you do realize that you have a few Benjamins to spare (I unfortunately do not thanks to house renovations and landscaping bills…boo) and spring for a new pair of Jimmy Choos, you’ll get a free Choo 24:7 tote bag. I talked about the new 24:7 line here.

Saks also sent me a coupon to share with you. BTW, I’m not being paid to tell you about this and I don’t get any residuals if you use this, just so you know. I just want to share in case you were planning on buying something, and could use the discount!

I’m on the hunt for some new mascara (aren’t we all). I read this article about the top five mascaras based on expert reviews, so I’m going to stop in and give them a try and use my coupon if I decide to make a purchase! I’ll let you know if any of the mascaras rock my world! : ) Have a great weekend!