SACAI ON THREE: Saks Fifth Avenue wanted to give Chitose Abe’s label, Sacai, a special home on its third floor.
The new Sacai shop-in-shop, conceived by Abe herself, showcases the collection against artfully arranged mirrored armoires and wooden dressers, and also features a new capsule range exclusive to Saks. It’s comprised of basic silhouettes — think Ts, sweats, hoodies — decorated with lace, pleating, chain embellishment and built-in “necklaces” made from crystals and faux pearls, and sits from about $300 to $1,000, a slightly more accessible price range than Sacai’s signature line.
“I love the idea of taking something very casual, like a basic cotton-jersey T-shirt, and adding something elegant to it to change how you look at a casual item,” Abe said. “It’s about taking these classic items and changing them in a way that makes it more Sacai. I’m always inspired by my daily surroundings and daily experiences.”
“It’s really her moment,” said Roopal Patel, Saks’ senior vice president and fashion director, of Abe. “The brand has gradually gone from having this cult following within the fashion set to growing Stateside in a really big way….She’s helping to move fashion forward on her own terms, in her own way, especially during these times, when we need unique point of views. One thing Chitose has done is always remain true to her following and her vision.”
The event, which mostly drew stylists, editors and other fashion insiders, was cohosted by Nina Garcia, Marie Claire’s creative director and Project Runway judge. “I am thrilled that there is a little piece of heaven here at Saks,” Garcia said. “[Sacai] is one of the shows that all the editors and stylists love to attend, and we’re so inspired after we see it in Paris. I just love her sense of whimsy….When you see it, you know it’s Sacai. There’s always a sense of volume, proportion, femininity and texture…and everybody can wear it their own way.”