The Five Essential Pieces Saks’ Fashion Director Is Picking Up for Fashion Week

When you have the best of the best at your fingertips, narrowing down your choices to five is tough!

By: Laurel Pantin
Photography: Weston Wells

As the SVP fashion director at Saks, Roopal Patel has a hand in all things fashion and creative (sounds fabulous, right?). “I oversee women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, and beauty—no two days are ever the same,” she says.

But what exactly does that mean? Well, for Patel, it means defining the fashion direction and trends for the mega-retailer, scouting new designers, and bringing the season’s trends to life. Which, as you can imagine, makes for a pretty busy fashion month. But when you have the entirety of Saks Fifth Avenue as your virtual closet, the dressing challenge becomes one of editing rather than options. Oh, and a challenge of packing. “When I’m packing, I like to hang everything on thin hangers and then put them in garment bags,” she says. “I fold them into my suitcases so that I can just pull them out and place them in my closet. This makes unpacking very easy considering I hit London, Milan and Paris. Organization is key!”

So, when you have the best of the best at your fingertips, what do you pick? “This season I am all about power dressing. I love the luxe and rich textures and statement accessories. Here are some of my favorite pieces, and how I’ll wear them.”

Saint Laurent Velvet Blazer“I’ll layer my Saint Laurent velvet blazer over t-shirts and slip dresses.”

Saint Laurent Black Boots: “I’ll style my Saint Laurent slouchy black boots with some of summer’s short skirts and bohemian blouses.”

Attico Wrap Dress: “I’ll wear my Attico color block satin wrap dress with heels for an evening event.”

Monse Polka Dot Suit: “I love the idea of head-to-toe polka dots—I’m going to wear my Monse suit with a statement white bag and shoe.”

Dries Van Noten White Boot: “I’ll wear my Dries Van Noten white boot with everything from jeans to dresses.”