• Spring Collection Preview @ Saks SF | 3.19.09

    Last night at the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s store, we were invited to a Spring Collection preview party by Saks and Urban Daddy, hosted by none other than Eric Jennings, Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Fashion Director. It was a homecoming of sorts, since Mr. Jennings is originally from Walnut Creek here in the Bay Area.

    Stay tuned for our post next Monday, where we’ll have our exclusive interview (!!!) with Mr. Jennings. But for right now, click after the jump for more pictures of the men’s spring preview.

    Cas sampling the new John Varvatos men’s fragrance. The gentleman informed us more than once of the fragrance’s blood orange scent. I liked it a lot.

    Why yes, yes we do.

    The first things you noticed upon leaving the elevators are models on small podiums throughout the store. You know that scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin where they talk about “putting the p***y on a pedestal”? This is like the opposite of that. Literally.

    Some of the Junya Watanabe / Comme des Garcon. I definitely WANT IT.

    I’m pretty sure I can get a satin jacket like this in Chinatown for $12.

    Eric Jennings! Who is, incidentally, wearing slim-cut cargo-style pants. I have a pair, and Cas makes fun of me for wearing them. Take that, Cas.


    One of the preview’s primary themes was “deconstructing the blazer”, where a lighter, less rigid blazer is paired with more casual digs.

    Fashionistas can say whatever they want – but as far as I’m concerned, Angus Young invented this look.

    I forgot the name of this look, but it’s awesome. Bright blue (faux?) patent with a vaguely African-tribal print shirt.

    The recession affects us all. Even Rob Lowe here has to take extra modeling gigs on the side.

    This has nothing to do with this picture in particular, but during the presentation, there were a TON of people who refused to keep their voices down and were just downright rude. I expect better from San Francisco’s supposed bourgeois.

    Cas with…this guy. I know he runs a modeling agency, but his name escapes me. We’ve definitely run into him a number of times before though.

    In the grey on the left is our girl Franchesca. Even though she was SUPER busy with all of the arrangements for the night, she went out of her way to schedule our interview with Mr. Jennings and help us out last night. Franchesca, if you’re reading this, thank you for being a sweetheart. We promise to catch up with you more when we’re all not so worried about business and such.

    Another theme – “dressing up the sneaker”. These are patent leather Dolce & Gabbanas that, surprisingly, don’t look out of place on the look at all. I’ve seen a hi-top version that are absolutely BANANAS though. Do want.

    Desert-colored desert boots. Super clean.

    Mr. Eric Jennings. Very nice guy. Again, stay tuned on Monday for our interview with him.

    Overall, some fairly good ensembles in the spring collection. Lots of stuff for the ordinary guy who just wants to look good and feel comfortable in the warmer spring climates, and a good selection of looks for men who want to push the envelope. Be sure to swing by your local Saks soon and peep it for yourself.

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    Comments ( 12 )

    [...] didn’t mention it in either the Saks Spring Preview post or in our interview with Mr. Eric Jennings, but…I scored that [...]

    The Steel Closet | A Blog for Fashion, Film, Food and Friends| Have You Got Any Soul? added these pithy words on Mar 25 09 at 4:13 pm
    Great coverage. And that Junya x Commes jacket is kick ass!

    Hot BotNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 20 09 at 7:03 pm
    those dolce sneakers are a must cop. is patent making a comeback…again?

    Latarian MiltonNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 20 09 at 9:58 pm
    dope post cas! looking fwd to the exclusive interview!!!

    First Lady of MADENo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 22 09 at 3:35 pm
    In a recession, I’m not sure if patent is ready to come back. That’s just excessive.

    casanovaruffinNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 23 09 at 10:50 am
    In love with the desert colored desert boots.

    KriziaNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 30 09 at 9:49 am
    and Mr. Jenning’s pocket square.

    KriziaNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 30 09 at 9:51 am
    P.S. Cas, can you get me that guy’s number? The one in the glasses and “Starry Night”-ish shirt + olive/grey blazer? I’ll love you forever.

    KriziaNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 30 09 at 9:53 am
    I was gonna say ugh! but nm, you got pretty good taste haha. As far as models go.

    casanovaruffinNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 30 09 at 11:08 am
    Damn, I really wanted to make this event but I just couldn’t make the time work with my redeye flight the same night. Looks like you had a great time and the goods looked fantastic. I’m really digging the gray tux jacket.

    Patrick WangNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 31 09 at 1:07 pm
    All sorts of spring goodies are rolling out Patrick, I’m sure you’ll be able to catch the next round of unveils in the city.

    Alexander Worthington iiiNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 31 09 at 1:15 pm
    Next time Patrick…next time.

    casanovaruffinNo Gravatar added these pithy words on Mar 31 09 at 1:16 pm

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