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Runway Recap: Fashion x Philanthropy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Published April 17, 2018 by

SEEN recaps the hottest modern cocktail attire caught strutting down the runway at Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event at Saks Fifth Avenue.

By Chelsie Dzbanski 

Photography by Erin Kirkland 

“A taste of modern cocktail attire” was the theme of the night at Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event on April 12 at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Collection. The event, co-founded by Jennifer Granger and Amanda Fisher, benefitted the Detroit Musical Hall Center for Performing Arts and was the first of quarterly runway shows. Fashion lovers including bloggers, industry experts, stylists and avid shoppers lined the runway to catch a glimpse of the latest cocktail attire available at Saks. Men and women strutted their stuff in favorable brands such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Valentino, Ferragamo, Prada and more.

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A model wears an Armani ivory dinner jacket with Kooples track pants and a Versace tee while another model dons a Roland Mouret silver and black foil dress with a fur lamb cape, a silver Valentino rockstud cutch and Chanel Mary Jane shoes during Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event April 12 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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A model, left, wears an Alexander McQueen off-the-shoulder peplum top with a sheer windowpane skirt and caged Alaia shoes with a Valentino black and white stud clutch while another model, center, wears a Dolce & Gabbana fish print chiffon dress with a Celine clay pocket book and Louboutin cream mules.

Texture, layers and unique textiles were widely played with among the cocktail attire for women. Fun features such as feathers, pleats, plastic and transparent fabrics gave typical evening wear silhouettes a fresh, updated look. And while there was a the common black and white cocktail palette, pops of color including red, yellow and soft pinks displayed a plethora of options other than a little black dress. Punchy prints such as tropical florals, animal print and geometric designs were dressed to the nines to expand our idea of evening wear appropriate. Accessories were abundant and playful ranging from strappy heels, statement handbags and oversized sunglasses.

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A model wears pink rockstud heels during Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event April 12 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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A model wears a Joanna Ortiz ruffled polka dot dress with a Givenchy leather and suede wrist bag, Rossi sock lace booties and a Nina Gilin choker.

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A model wears an Etro bohemian lurex dress with a Prada ostrich feathered scarf.

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A model dons a Prada mandarin collar shirt with ostrich feathered sleeves.

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A model wears a Joanna Ortiz asymmetrical shirt with Alice and Olivia leather leggings and Alaia caged shoes.

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A model wears an Amur tropical jumpsuit with a Carolina Herrera mink bolero, Gucci glasses and Aquazzura shoes.

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A model wears a Celine pleated skirt with a Stella off-the-shoulder peasant blouse, Prada cat eye sunglasses, a Kenneth Jay Lane necklace and Cherry Blossom shoes.

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A model dons an Alexander McQueen sleeveless fit and flare.

The men’s attire featured a mixture of classic and clean with sporty and modern. Sharp suiting with a pop of color  was a common style seen among the men in addition to more casual looks that included bomber jackets, graphic tees and bold statement sneakers. A neutral color palette consisting of grey, white, black and beige was repeated throughout the men’s looks, giving them a more effortless and casual, cool vibe.

A model dons a Versace shirt with an Armani jacket during Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event on Thursday, Apr. 12 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Shop these modern cocktail looks at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Collection and visit the Fashion x Philanthropy Facebook page to learn more about the brand and how they are colliding the fashion world with the real world in order to make it a better place, one designer shoe at a time.

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