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Contemporary Spring Trunk Show @Saks

Yes! I love Saks and I just can’t help it that they throw amazing events that I love going to and darned if they didn’t throw another one recently;  a contemporary Spring trunk show that involved clothing and – joy of joys – shoes!  If you know me you know how I am about shoes and they had some new ones there that have not been to the Columbus Saks before.  Brands like Ash, Alice & Olivia, Joie  and more.  There were the wonderful guys serving the chardonnay along with the nummy appetizers but my focus was strictly on the shoes and clothing.

Ok, sure I took a detour at some of the Louboutin shoes (a girl can dream can’t she?) but there were some gorgeous shoes from the trunk show that had me ready to bust out the plastic and go for it.  I never thought I’d be one for wedge sneakers but the Ash ones they had there might just change my mind;  casual but with style.  It was also great to see that the shoes came in heel heights from flats and flat sandals to oh my high!   The Spring trend of brighter colors (Spring will you please get here – stat!) was very much on display with the shoes and clothing.  I was happy to see that peplums and cropped jackets are still with us along with leather for warmer weather.

Louboutin shoe 2 Louboutin shoe 1 Ash wedge sneaker

The event was hosted by local news person, Yolanda Harris, who did a bang up job working the crowd and Saks gave away gift cards in a raffle.  Five happy winners disappeared later into the beauty department which was hopping with their beauty week event.  It was a fun and busy day but let’s look at those shoes and fashions shall we?

Welcoming Rebecca Minkoff to Saks

On November 7th, Saks Fifth Avenue at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio welcomed designer Rebecca Minkoff to its store.  It also welcomed hundreds of women to the store who either had her bags, were getting a bag for the first time, or were getting more of her fantastic handbags.  And as always, when Saks throws a party – they throw a party!

The entire center atrium area of the first floor was transformed into Minkoff land.  There were more of her handbags and accessories than I had ever seen before along with some of her ready to wear clothing line.  Her bags come in multiple sizes and materials from cute little petite bags ideal for the woman who doesn’t wish to carry a lot or for that special little lady’s first designer purse up to and including larger bags and totes.  Her line is about accessible luxury in her handbags, shoes, apparel and accessories.  Fun and fashionable go hand and hand; just enough edge to make it trendy but not overly so.

Her clothing showcased for the event included pants, tops, jackets and dresses including this one very hot body hugging number.  There were also some very cool accessories there such as  iPhone cases and this one phone “headset” which resembled an old fashioned telephone handset.  That just totally fascinated me – loved it!  Those two would make excellent stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays in my opinion.

Saks really pulled out some stops for this personal appearance party.  Besides the bar with the wine, martinis and Shirley Temples; besides the servers handing out the delightful tidbits to eat including those too cute chocolate purses; besides the DJ playing tunes that had some women dancing pumping their Minkoff bags in the air – they also had beauty stations for all in attendance to try out.  There was a hair braiding station by Sleeq Salon where you could get your hair braided; that was a very popular station with the younger set.  Desdemona’s Designs was there creating some very beautiful and intricate henna tattoos.  Even though I did not get a chance to get one, it was just fascinating to watch her work.  Saks beauty associates provided a nail polish and smoky eye bar for guests and last but not least there was some informal modeling showing Rebecca’s latest designs.

Yes! There was a party going on but there was also a charitable side to the night.  Saks partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbus.  Lynda Pomeroy, Executive Director, gave a little speech about the association and a thank you shout out to Saks who contributed a percentage of the evenings sales to the MDA.  Thank you, Saks, for giving back to the community.  So, what about the nights special guest?

Rebecca Minkoff is a charming lovely woman with a ready smile and laugh; a real person who showed me a cute picture of her little one in his skeleton Halloween outfit.  As she does at all of her appearances, Rebecca went on stage to announce a handbag giveaway.  You were to take a picture of yourself with your favorite Minkoff bag and tweet it with a certain hashtag for a chance to win a bag.  There was a massive flurry of iPhones and Android phones right after that announcement!

By then a line had formed for those wanting Rebecca to autograph their handbags and wallets.  Ladies had bags hanging from their shoulders, in their hands, and in bags they brought with them.  Many went directly from the register to standing in line with their new item to have it signed .  It was a very busy and excited line with Rebecca chatting, autographing, and taking pictures with her many admirers.  Everyone enjoyed themselves very much that evening.

It was a great night and a great party that Saks threw with many a fan of Rebecca Minkoff going home with a smile and a new goodie.  Saks events are just so much fun to attend.

(Coming up next, my interview with Rebecca Minkoff)

The Speedy Retrospective party at Louis Vuitton

The doors were closed early to the public as the staff inside began preparations for the evenings event.  The Speedy handbag displays were set up while the catering staff from Cameron Mitchell restaurant put the final touches on the evenings offerings.  With everything and everyone ready,  invitees names were checked off at the door and the event began at the recently opened Louis Vuitton store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.  And what a night it was!

This was a combination event;  to welcome customers to the new store and to honor a Louis Vuitton icon – the Speedy – in its many incarnations.  And does it ever have multiple incarnations!  There were two display walls of different Speedies; some still available, some rare classics, and some were just incredible.   LV has collaborated with artists in the past and this year is no exception with the stunning Yayoi Kusama bags and accessories that were in the store, but we will talk about that in a later post.   There was a Speedy made of ostrich skin,  that fantastic denim bag that they no longer make (darn), and the one $20,000.00 mink Speedy pictured below.  Well, fur is a fall trend after all.

LV staff members gave the guests a tour of the store and a history of each Speedy bag that was on display.  Such a wealth of information was provided…who knew!  Impressive.  There was even a lady there who showed you how they make the bag handles.  Now I assumed that the handles were entirely machine made.  Guess who was wrong?  The handles – filled with a material called toron –  are machine stitched up to a certain part; the very end of the handles.  It is at that point that they are hand sewn, afterwards a certain dye is rubbed over the raw edges which gives them that iconic burnt umber color and then those edges are rubbed down to complete the look.  It was amazing to watch the demonstration and for the rest of the evening I looked at the handles on the bags differently; as works of hand craftsmanship.

    

The guests were served champagne, a very refreshing mint water, and a cocktail called the “Sweet Speedy” – get it – a Louis Vuitton custom made drink.  Ahi tuna and polenta triangle appetizers,  just two of the many yummies served, were accompanied by charming smiles and real napkins.  No paper napkins for this soiree!  The attentive servers were constantly moving about making sure everyone had what they wanted and if you didn’t they made sure that you received it quickly.  Even though I did not have any, white chocolate truffles were served as dessert.  Truffles and champagne? How elegant is that!

Guests busily perused what new purchases they wanted to make from the vast assortment of bags, scarves, jewelry, belts, and accessories while the people from Columbus Photo Booth began to take souvenir photos of the guests .  At first people were a bit hesitant to have their pictures taken but when the word got out that there were staff people available to assist you in creating the ensemble you wanted  – holding or wearing anything in the store for your souvenir photo – the fun quotient was kicked up a few notches!  It was adult play dress up time with some very nice items.  Your photo was printed in color or black and white upon request, available on the spot,  and given to you in a LV monogrammed paper folder.  All in attendance had a grand time and quite a few left with some new treasures.

    (photos taken by Columbus Photo Booth)

Thank you, Louis Vuitton, for a marvelous time.  The new store is just gorgeous.  Would you consider doing this again for the holiday season?