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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Animal Instincts

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue for their popular perfume line Kilian. Mr. Kilian Hennessy himself was in attendance along with an uber chic crowd that was there to smell themselves up with his enticing scents and also to raise money and support for the MSPCA. The MSPCA is an organization that protects animals from abuse, fosters community awareness of animal cruelty, provides healthcare for the sick and also offers pet adoption.

Among the guests were two women that are not only ridiculously glamorous and fun but also very outspoken about their involvement with the welfare of animals. Erica Corsano spends countless hours raising money to help the MSPCA and also chairs their annual Spring Gala. And Amber D’Amelio is an avid animal rights activist. I chatted with Amber for a bit about  her true passion for animals and the message she’s spreading. As a true fashionista (you should have seen her most-coveted Chanel No. 5 bottle clutch) it’s hard to imagine being so involved with a cause that deeply frowns upon fur and leather, two things that seem to be a staple in the fashion world.

This got me thinking about the love affair that not only we have with animal inspiration but our children as well. How can we create a generation of kids that can appreciate the beauty of animals but not abuse and take advantage of their integrity? I thought perhaps by taking the idea of what animals stand for, their fun colors and abstract prints and incorporating that idea into their dress, we can encourage a different type of appreciation in fashion. I’ve searched Safaris and zoos high and low and compiled a fun array of animal inspired duds that any kid would go bananas for….

Click here for more information about supporting the MSPCA or for information on adopting a pet.

 

Mini Rodini Cheetah shirt

Mini Rodini Cheetah shirt

 

Desigual lion shirt

Desigual Lion shirt

 

Mini Rodini Elephant shorts

Mini Rodini Elephant shorts

 

Mini Rodini Elephant sweatshirt

Mini Rodini Elephant sweatshirt

 

Mini Rodini Elephant playsuit

Mini Rodini Elephant playsuit

 

Finger in the Nose Cheetah t-shirt

Finger in the Nose Cheetah t-shirt

 

Mini Rodini Giraffe onesie

Mini Rodini Giraffe onesie

 

Mini Rodini Giraffe dress

Mini Rodini Giraffe dress

 

H&M animal print pants

H&M animal print pants

 

H&M animal print pants

H&M animal print pants

 

H&M animal print dress

H&M animal print dress

 

H&M Tiger sweatshirt

H&M Tiger sweatshirt

 

J.Crew Elephant t-shirt

J.Crew Elephant t-shirt

 

J.Crew Tiger swimsuit

J.Crew Tiger swimsuit

 

J.Crew Parrot swimsuit

J.Crew Parrot swimsuit

 

Kenzo Tiger t-shirt

Kenzo Tiger t-shirt

 

 

Little Marc Jacobs Giraffe dress

Little Marc Jacobs Giraffe dress

 

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

 

Venera Arapu animal print skirt

Venera Arapu animal print skirt

 

~ta-ta from googoogabgab…

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