The Chosen Ones: Lines in Saks’ Contemporary Space

Joseph Boitano explains why the 15 collections in Saks’ new contemporary space are necessary now.

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In this economy, there’s no room for excess. Here, Joseph Boitano tells WWD why the 15 collections in Saks’ new contemporary space are must-haves.

This story first appeared in the February 4, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.


Clu: “Through fit and fabric, Clu has raised the bar with their T-shirts.”

Elizabeth and James: “Effortlessly combines masculine and feminine elements with men’s wear-inspired blazers and delicate dresses.”

Geren Ford: “Pop colors and feminine details amplify her tops and dresses.”

Gryphon: “Former Vogue fashion writer Aimee Cho may have started with the perfect trench, but she has seamlessly evolved her brand into a well-edited, item-driven collection.”

Hanii Y: “Casual yet refined, Hanii Yoon plays perfectly with proportion, color and abstract prints.”

Haute Hippie: “Bringing together the embellished and the basic, product ranges from leggings to sequined tank dresses and feather boleros meant to be layered together.”

Helmut Lang: “Urban and minimalist. Nicole and Michael Colovos have evolved the brand for the contemporary customer without veering too far from the classic Helmut Lang aesthetic. Highlights this season include their leather leggings, classic denim and motorcycle jacket with feminine knit details.”

Organic: “Eco-friendly, fashion-forward product that doesn’t compromise on style or the environment.”

Rachel Comey: “Vintage-inspired prints and knitwear with unexpected, often quirky details that tell a strong story.”

Rag & Bone: “[Designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s] British tailoring influence is seen in their well-tailored jackets, classic button-down shirts and perfectly fit denim.”

See by Chloé: “Feminine, eclectic clothing that plays with pattern, volume and proportion, highlighted by dresses and skirts in colorful prints.”

Superfine: “The perfect skinny jean with unique washes and treatments inspired by the British rock scene.”

Twenty8Twelve: “Designed by Sienna and Savannah Miller, the brand wonderfully interprets London ‘It’ girl style for our customer.”

Vena Cava: “Romantic fabrications and artisan-inspired details are what sets apart this original and sophisticated collection.”

What Comes Around Goes Around:
“This bohemian brand is complemented by actual vintage items, such as perfectly worn-in Levi’s, to give you the slouchy boyfriend jean look.”

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