Saks’ Roopal Patel and FIT’s Valerie Steele Talk Fashion Shows and Trends

After a whirlwind month covering the fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, gave the lowdown to Valerie Steele, curator and director of The Museum of FIT on Thursday afternoon.
The conversation, which took place at the third annual winter luncheon of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, was held at Avra Madison Estiatorio and sponsored by Saks.
By way of introduction, Kathy Reilly, luncheon chair, said Patel has driven the transformation of Saks since 2015, with responsibility for trend forecasting, spotting emerging designers and honing the seasonal fashion message.
Steele then kicked off the discussion, asking Patel to describe her primary day-to-day responsibilities and strategic point of view.
Patel, who oversees men’s, women’s, accessories, jewelry and beauty, said, “When we look at fashion, there’s a lot of storytelling that goes on. Our job and my responsibility is to be the translator and curator. Taking what we’re seeing on the runways in London, New York, Milan and Paris, and making sure that that vision and the trend direction is translated for the Saks customer to experience.”
One of Patel’s goals is to make sure they’re making shopping at Saks

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Barefoot In the Park – Gene Saks

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Barefoot In the Park

Gene Saks

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 25, 1967

Master of Broadway comedy Neil Simon adapted his hit play about a conservative young lawyer and his off-the-wall bride for this warm film classic. Robert Redford is Mister Straight. Jane Fonda is his new wife, who dedicates her life to the pursuit of fun. As the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping in a five-flight walk-up, the harmony of marriage turns to comical discord. The mother-in-law complains meekly. The middle-aged lothario upstairs flirts. Joy turns to anguish. There is little doubt that the young people will kiss and make up by the end of the picture, just as there's little doubt that the mother and the neighbor will find each other. Fonda and Redford make a wonderfully successful comedy team.

© © 2004 Paramount Pictures

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The Odd Couple (1968) – Gene Saks

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The Odd Couple (1968)

Gene Saks

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 7.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: May 2, 1968

Neil Simon has a special genius for finding the great hilarity in ordinary people doing everyday things. Like two divorced men who decide to share a New York apartment. That's the premise of The Odd Couple, though there's nothing odd in the casting of two Oscar®-winning talents like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The two veteran funnymen work together with the precision timing of a vaudeville team, but always with bright spontaneity. Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado. An enduring and endearing picture, with the intelligence one usually misses in comedies.

© © 1967 Paramount Pictures Corporation.

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Saks’ All-American Push

New York City real estate doesn’t get more prime than Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th streets. The East Side stretch belongs to Saks Fifth Avenue, which is using its flagship to make a major statement in support of American fashion beginning today. For two weeks, the department store is filling all of its windows with American brands showing during New York Fashion Week in September.
Timed to the lead up to NYFW, the window concept is meant as a pep rally of homegrown fashion during a moment when American designers could use a boost. “The whole state of American fashion is going through a change,” said Roopal Patel, Saks’ senior vice president and fashion director. “For the last few seasons, there’s been a lot discussion, a lot of conversation about the calendar, and New York Fashion Week, and what American fashion means today. We felt it was a really important moment to celebrate American fashion and creativity.”
Patel said Saks asked all of the American brands the store carries that are showing during New York Fashion Week to participate, and the return was high.
The center six Saks Fifth Avenue windows will feature designer windows by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Michael

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Charlie Rose, Kay Redfield Jamison, Elyn Saks, Jeffrey Lieberman, Helen Mayberg, Stephen Warren, and Eric Kandel, July 8, 2010 – Charlie Rose

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Charlie Rose, Kay Redfield Jamison, Elyn Saks, Jeffrey Lieberman, Helen Mayberg, Stephen Warren, and Eric Kandel, July 8, 2010

Charlie Rose

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 4.95

Publish Date: July 8, 2010

© ℗ © 2010 Charlie Rose Show

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Saks & League to Save Lake Tahoe Hold Annual Oscar de la Renta Luncheon

Oscar de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, special guests at the annual Saks Fifth Avenue and League to Save Lake Tahoe luncheon last Saturday, decided to get a close-up look at the nature under threat — and got more than they bargained for.
“Laura and I were going to do a hike at 6:30 in the morning when we saw a bear tear right out of the neighbor’s gate, which was quite the wake-up call. That thing was running fast and I was terrified,” Garcia related. The pair ended up waiting it out and completed their hike, and also enjoyed swimming and waterskiing on the lake.
The centerpiece of the event was a showing of the resort 2018 collection in front of 650 guests at the Schumacher family estate on the shores of the famed body of water.
Created 48 years ago when Bill Blass began showing his collection there to a small group of clients and friends, the event has evolved into a benefit luncheon and fashion show partnership with Oscar de la Renta and Saks Fifth Avenue for almost 20 years. This year’s event raised a record $ 1.1 million.
“We were lucky enough to go on Oscar’s last trip to Lake Tahoe,

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Manolo Blahnik Books First-ever Personal Appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue

SHOE IN: Manolo Blahnik will make his first-ever personal appearance at a Saks Fifth Avenue store next month. On Sept. 10 the stiletto-maker will appear within his Saks shop-in-shop boutique — located on the retailer’s “10022” shoe floor — for a signing.
From 5 to 7 p.m., shoppers who purchase a new pair of Blahniks can have their shoes signed by the footwear impresario.
Blahnik’s Saks shop-in-shop — his first-ever permanent retail fixture at a Saks store — opened within the retailer’s Manhattan flagship location earlier this month.
“New York is a very important city for me, so seeing this shop coming to life means a lot…It is very exciting to meet new faces and see the usual customers again. I really enjoy communicating with them; it’s always great to hear their experiences and feedback in first person,” Blahnik said of the event.

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Azzedine Alaia to Debut First Fragrance at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Frank Sinatra — and Kin — at Saks

Have you always worshipped Frank Sinatra? How about his daughter Nancy Sinatra, known for her 1966 number-one Billboard hit “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”? Now there’s a chance to celebrate the father, daughter and a granddaughter at Saks Fifth Avenue, where Nancy and her daughter, Amanda Erlinger, will be appearing on July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. On view will be what Saks calls the Sinatra Collection, a group of rare vintage photographs of Ol’ Blue Eyes. There will also be a special preview of the limited-edition photography book “Sinatra,” published to celebrate the tenor’s centenary. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies and will include a previously unpublished photograph and a certificate signed by the Chairman of the Board’s three children.

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Saks Off Fifth Scores Vintage Birkin

BAGGING A BIRKIN: Saks Off Fifth opened its newest location in Stamford, Ct., on Thursday with a big prize in its inventory: a $ 16,000 vintage Hermès Birkin bag. The large, dark gray Birkin with matte silver-tone hardware was spotted by a source on Friday, and on Monday a store associate said the bag had already been sold.
The Birkin was displayed in a glass vitrine of “Designer Vintage Accessories” alongside pieces from Fendi, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. A sign perched on the case informed customers: “Please note that this is a previously owned item: Imperfections are a unique aspect of vintage product.”
Saks Off Fifth’s new 56,259-square-foot Stamford unit is located in the Stamford Town Center mall — in a space previously occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks closed its Stamford location in 2013, but continues to operate a store in the neighboring town of Greenwich.

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How to Score the Best, Last Deals of the Season: The Ultimate Guide to the Final Sales at Barneys, Saks, and Bergdorf


For all the joys of online shopping, sometimes you get tired of tromping to the UPS store, returning all those boxes full of dreams you clicked on with such hope and pathetic anticipation just a day or two before. There are times when you long to shop the old-fashioned way—to touch and try on a glittering prize right before you buy it, to wallow in the pure pleasure of a brick-and-mortar Valhalla.

To that end, and to celebrate the final markdowns of the season, I set out to explore the slashed priced possibilities at three iconic Manhattan department stores—Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys New York. At Saks, my first stop, sale items are a healthy 70 percent off, which means a cherry-infused Nina Ricci slip dress is now a delightful $ 387, and a deliberately huge Givenchy polo with a flowered border and an American rainbow flag patch (bet you don’t already have something like this) is an encouraging $ 267. If I am not citing original prices here, it is because they are not always visible on the tags. In fact, the final price can frequently only be discerned by a helpful salesperson scanning the tag, which is how I learn that a silk Burberry blouse printed with a map of London is now $ 238, a pair of heavily decorated Junya jeans are $ 327, and an incredibly lovely white McQueen cotton dress—perfect for summer!—is $ 598. But there is a thorn in this garden—Saks has a Final Sale policy, which for a serial shopping bulimic myself (I have been known to buy, return, and then rebuy on more than one occasion) is a rather daunting prospect.

Over at Bergdorf Goodman, the liberal return policy we have come to associate with department stores is still in place. There is 75 percent off here, which means a Prada coat in a gray Russian Constructivist print with silver piping—a real statement piece—is now $ 1,779, still fairly hefty, but comparing well to the original price of $ 7,130. A tweedy black and white Proenza Schouler overcoat, to throw over everything you own, is $ 739, down from $ 2,950, and a Céline peacoat with big satiny buttons lifted from a tuxedo is $ 1,289 instead of $ 3,250. If you want to spend far less, there’s a white shift from The Row for $ 299, and at least two variations of silky tropical print trousers—turquoise and maroon from Dries Van Noten for $ 459, and emblazoned with chrysanthemums by Erdem, for $ 299.

At my last stop, Barneys, the tag prices—well, when one can find the tags—are 60 percent off, but a last-minute perusal of its website this morning indicates that many items have just now dropped an additional 15 percent. (However, a deep throat in the store tells me that some things are resting at 70 off.) So by the time you read this, tariffs will surely be at least slightly less than the prices quoted here. In any case, when I visit, an olive cotton knit affair by Isabel Marant, either a long tee or a short dress, is $ 99. (If, despite your best efforts, a T-shirt still makes you look like someone who forgot to get dressed in the morning, you have 30 days to return sale items.) Two Sacai dresses catch the eye—one, an elaborate gray sweater with oddly charming printed chiffon panels, experimental enough for very creative black tie, is now $ 909; another, a short tee-dress in navy with satin trim, is only $ 129. And in the event that merely keeping warm has become your top priority this week, a wooly pinkish sweater from Thakoon Addition, for a very comfortable $ 289, would be ideal for snuggling around the fireplace—or at least the space heater.

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