Interview: Michael Fink Women’s Fashion Director at Saks

I was lucky enough to interview Michael Fink, the director of women’s fashion for Saks Fifth Avenue the other day. Michael gave me the lowdown on the top trends for fall and a preview of Saks new promotion with Master Card.

Most of the trends that Michael shared with me weren’t surprising but a couple of them were to me. Maybe it’s the L.A. in me (meaning the lack of needing a jacket) but the tailored jacket being worn in place of a cardigan and the return of the sweater coat was surprising to me. Even though it was shocking I am pretty pleased, the return of dressing like a lady will be new and exciting to a lot of people, I think.

Here are the top trends from Michael Fink with a Fashion Kitty spin of course.

Fall 2008 Trend Report

The Overall Look: More grown up, classic but not boring.

Trend #1- The Tailored Dress: Say goodbye to shapeless dresses (thank you) and say hello to a more tailored shape. These dresses will fit closer to the body, will likely be black, and will remind us of Jackie O.

Chloe Patchwork Cashmere Cardigan, Scarf & Khaki Pants

Trend #2- Casual Jackets: More polished than a sweater, the casual jacket is set to replace this cardigan this fall. Wear it with jeans for a comfortable and clean look. Michael says we should “go for boxy shapes with a vintage look.”

Trend #3- Big Bold Necklaces: It’s all about the statement necklace this fall 2008. Michaels tells us “the more the merrier!” Colorful strands, layers of chain — whatever necklace you choose, the bigger the better.

Trend #4- The Sweater Coat: “Cushy and comfortable” is the way to go according to Finks. Go for cable knits and old-fashioned looks to really nail the trend.

Trend #5- The Boot Wardrobe: One pair of black boots and one pair of brown just won’t do this fall because it’s all about the “boot wardrobe.” What should your boot wardrobe have? Mid calf, over-the-knee, scrunchy boots, and ankle boots are a good place to start. Michael says, “Whether they are perched up on a stiletto, a chunky heel, or a flat” boots are a key element to your wardrobe this fall. Oh and a great hint from Michael … boots “are the first to sell out on the floor.” So basically, don’t bother waiting for them to go on sale.

gucci devendra mid-heel bots

Trend #6- Top Handle Bag: The bag shape to have this fall is the top handle bag. It’s roomy, soft, borders on a hobo, and if you’re lucky it comes with a detachable shoulder strap. Hmmm, sounds similar to a bag I just bought. Some brands to look out for at Saks include Valentino, Kooba, Trisha A, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Trend #7- The Romantic Blouse: This blouse is great to wear to the office then later out to cocktails. Lace trims, ruffles, colors or prints – doesn’t matter just make it scream romance.

Trend #8 – Polished Face: 1. Natural color. 2. Soft, rosy cheeks (as after a brisk walk). 3. Glossy lips. 4. Defined eyes. 5. Luminous shine … I can live with that!

Trends in Color: Black, gray and brown will be staples for the fall wardrobe. Deep purple will be the accent color to covet, especially in handbags.

Trends in Denim: I just had to ask Michael about denim because, well, I love denim. He advises us to go for straight and skinny legs in a faded and ripped style. Did I or did I not call that 😉

Well there you have it folks excellent trend insight from our favorite place in the world, Saks. Check out this link (30 Days of Fashion)to learn more about the trends that Michael shared with me.

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