Surprise and Delight: Interview with Harper’s Bazaar’s Mary Alice Stephenson

October 9, 2008 • Fashion


Natayle Henry for Second City Style Magazine

Imagine being in your favorite department store at the cash register
about to pay for your items when a beautifully chic woman offers to
pay. Your first thought is probably that you’re going crazy or she
is crazy. What what person in their right mind would offer to do that?
Customers at select Saks stores nationwide were able to experience that
moment of disbelief and later euphoria when Saks Fifth Avenue and MasterCard joined together to bring the
“Want It” event hosted by renowned celebrity stylist, TV personality
and Contributing Fashion Editor for Harper’s Bazaar, Mary Alice
. Shoppers left with fantastic finds and amazing gifts with purchases, not to mention the opportunity to meet Mary Alice.

I had a chance to sit down with Mary Alice.

SCS: Tell us about the event.

MAS: Tonight is a fun cocktail party MasterCard and Saks are having for their “Wanted List.” Every
Fall MasterCard and Saks work with [Fashion Director] Michael Fink, to
bring a fashion hit list (key trends) of what you need to have to make
your Fall wardrobe more fashionable.
This event is a really great
way for real women to say “so what is it that I really need to have and
know about?” There are eight fashion musts women and six for men.

We’re also going to be doing something really fun that MasterCard loves to do called ‘surprise and delight.’ So I get to have my Oprah moment and actually go up to some customers at the register and say “I’m going to buy this for you.”
Which is so fun! It’s so rare that you get something free anymore,
there are usually strings attached. People have been in all out tears
to complete shock or denial. It’s Saks and MasterCard’s way of thanking
their customers.

SCS: What are some of the must-have trends for Fall?

MAS: One of the trends for the season is the romantic blouse, which you are wearing so good job. A lot of the trends for the Fall are about embracing your curves and femininity. The tailored dress is another fall must-have. There will be more tailoring for Fall. Size doesn’t matter.

A top handle bag is another Fall trend. All you need is one
bag for the day. This season, designers have created bags special
enough to wear to work and out at night. Practical yet special. Another
trend this year are boots, boots, boots. Boots have a lot more
personality and diversity this season than any other I’ve seen in a
long time. Designers have put as much emphasis on boots as they do on
handbags. Boots have become  the real focus for Fall.

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2 Responses to Surprise and Delight: Interview with Harper’s Bazaar’s Mary Alice Stephenson

  1. Kelley Epps-Woods says:

    omg Fantastic!

  2. tom says:

    How nice, gorgeous and inspiring is Mary Allice! Rare in that business. Kudos to Saks and Mastercard for having her.

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