Key to the Cure with Fashion

Every year Saks Fifth Avenue partners with the Friends of Dana-Farber to present the annual nationwide “Key to the Cure” initiative to fight women’s cancers. For one weekend in October, Saks donates 2 percent of all clothing sales to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers and raises a ton of money from the entrance to the fashion show itself.

This year I was extremely honored to have been asked to help style and emcee this annual fashion show!

Last week I was invited to Saks in Boston to see what the Marketing Director, Cara Fratto had up her (designer) sleeve. Along with Marketing Manager Christina Giordano, we went through each look one by one and discussed how it could best be styled for every type of woman, from mom to corporate vixen to lady who lunches to lady who picks up kids at school to charity queen. We spent hours picking out the perfect hats, cross-body bags, jewels, sunglasses and of course, the ever-so important shoe, for every single ensemble. Tough job, but somebody had to do it.

Pulling looks

Pulling looks

Red Valentino fur jacket and skirt; Derek Lam blouse

Red Valentino fur jacket and skirt; Derek Lam blouse

Lanvin cardigan

Lanvin cardigan

The Row gray suit; Dries Van Noten blouse

The Row gray suit; Dries Van Noten blouse

Alexander McQueen white dress

Alexander McQueen white pearl dress; Jimmy Choo shoes

Now, the hardest part, picking the perfect ensemble to wear to the show for moi….

I was drooling over this Alexander McQueen dress

I was drooling over this Alexander McQueen dress

Celine fur top, Givenchy top, Givenchy tank, Stella McCartney pants

Celine fur top, Givenchy top, Givenchy tank, Stella McCartney pants

What these pieces actually look like….

From the runway and the incomparable Carine Roitfeld

Givenchy F/W 2013 runway and the incomparable Carine Roitfeld

Givenchy F/W 2013 Runway

Givenchy F/W 2013 Runway

What I really wanted to rock to the show…

Celine fur sandals

Celine fur sandals

Celine fur top with blush colored skirt

Celine fur top with blush colored skirt

Time to rock and roll…

Show time

Show time

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Waiting to take the stage

Waiting to take the stage

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The amazing Gretchen Pace, Saks’ General Manager and uber stylish mom

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Saks_048_1095Seven For All Mankind printed denim, Joie leather top, Yigal Azrouel leather jacket, Reed Krakoff cuff and necklace, Brian Atwood shoes.

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Pretty faces in the crowd

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Brunello Cucinelli silk pants, Lanvin sweater, Eugenia Kim wool hat, Tod’s loafers

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Missoni knit dress, Marc Jacobs Coat, Jimmy Choo knee-high leather boots

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The Row leather dress, Dolce & Gabbana floral blouse, Celine leather booties

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Carven coat and blouse, AG coated jeans, Eric Javits hat, Alexander Birman for Saks flats.

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Etro black gown

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Acquilano Rimondi red dress, Nicholas Kirkwood booties, Dolce & Gabbana clutch.

How glamorous are these?!

How glamorous are these?!

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Helmut Lang black gown, SGA black leather gloves, Alexis Bittar black lucite bangles.

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Alexander McQueen white pearl dress, Dolce & Gabbana embellished clutch, Jimmy Choo yellow shoes

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Nina Ricci pink gown with black bow and lace detail at back

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Thank you to our gorgeous models and for all of our gracious supporters!

A beautiful show if I do say so myself… Till’ next year…

For more information about this event or any of the looks, don’t hesitate to contact me! e: alisa@alisakapinos.com

**Most of above photos by Michael Blanchard Photography

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