LL and Maxi’s First Fashion Night Out

A few nights ago, with the help of my babysitter bailing on us, my husband and I triumphantly brought both of our boys to their first fashion event. Saks Boston previewed their spring men’s designer collections with a fabulous presentation styled by local designer and super cool dad, Jeff Lahens of DressCode Boston, all to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. The wine was flowing, the music was bumpin’, the newest kicks were kickin’ and my boys were taking it all in. Earlier that day, I told LL we were going to a party so he was expecting kiddos and cake. When he walked in, he saw men’s shoes, fancy hors d’oeuvres and nothing close to a birthday cake. Poor kid.

Before long, he was shaking hands with Boston’s finest, trying his hand at DJing, posing for our favorite Boston events photographer Michael Blanchard, getting schooled on the difference between Tod’s and Fendi loafers and finally standing front row as the models came strutting down the runway. Versace sneakers, monochromatic red head-to-toe ensemble, gorgeous velvet loafers (which LL pointed out as “tapki”- “slippers” in Russian), it was truly a beautifully styled presentation that showcased the fashion-forward thinking of Jeff Lahens and the team at Saks Boston.

LL and Maxi’s first night out in the world of fashion was a success… at least in my eyes it was. They were on their best behavior, we managed to get through the party without filling a Farragamo loafer or Zegna sport coat pocket with food, smiles all around and the best part came at the end of the night… LL’s valuable lesson. Sometimes cake is round and cut into triangles and sometimes, when mama takes him to fancy adult parties, cake is the size of a matchbox car, covered in chocolate and sits on a stick. At that point, he didn’t care about anything else, in LL’s eyes, if there was cake, t’was truly a party after all!

Get your butts to Saks and check out their men’s collections… my husband was definitely eyeing some pieces for spring!

watermarked photographs courtesy of Michael Blanchard… http://www.michaelblanchard.com

 

Where's the cake?

Where’s the cake?

 

On the 1s and 2s

On the 1s and 2s

 

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Schmoozin'

Schmoozin’

 

Versace Kicks

Versace Kicks

 

I'll take one in each color...

I’ll take one in each color…

 

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Cara Fratto, Saks' Marketing Director with Jeff Lahens

Cara Fratto, Saks’ Marketing Director with Jeff Lahens

 

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Bruins

 

Silly boy...

Silly boy…

 

With the talented Jeff Lahens

With the talented Jeff Lahens

 

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Little Maxi takes over...

Little Maxi takes over…

 

Thanks for a great night Saks!

Thanks for a great night Saks!

 

 

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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

Lanvin Does Minnie

After all these years, I knew there was a reason why I was head-over-heels in love with Alber Elbaz, head designer for Lanvin.

Lanvin's team styling Minnie

Lanvin’s team styling Minnie

For Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary bash next month, Minnie will strut her stuff in a fashion parade in the French label’s custom-made dress. According to trade sources, her boy Mickey Mouse wrote a letter to Alber Elbaz himself requesting he make something custom for his love… how utterly romantic… I wish my husband had that kind of pull.

It’s all about the power of the dream.  “I always start the collection with a story or a dream, after that I find the solutions, then I arrive at the technique, then I have to finish it off with the dream once again. I start and end with the dream,” says Elbaz in the video. 

Check out the fashionista and the brilliant designer at work in this video….