On Thursday, October 30th the president and chief merchandising officer of Saks Fifth Avenue Ronald Frasch along with Amy Sacco hosted a cocktail party in honor of Escada’s new creative director Damiano Biella. The red carpet event was held on the second floor of the landmark shopping mecca and benefited Free Arts NYC.
Besides a wonderful performance by Duffy there were sets of rotating models decked-out in head-to-toe looks from the fall 2008 Escada collection. That said it was almost more fun to see the pieces on the guests, many of which were wearing dresses from the latest fall Escada collection.
The collection has some particularly stunning eveningwear, much of which features delicate pleating done in wonderfully deep greens and reds, along with bold and colorful jewelry and plenty of the leading luxury brand’s signature color mixes and embroidery.
Though personally I’m no good at spotting celebs and socialites, the event was chock-full of photographers and the guest list is said to have included Hilary Swank, Duffy, Michael Strahan, Heloise Williams, Miri Ben-Ari, Kiera Chaplin, Arden Wohl, Caroline Alexandra McBride, Carole Radziwill, Kelly Bensimon, Justin Daly, Alexandra Lind Rose, Annie Churchill, Karen Duffy-Lambros, Dayssi Olarte de Kanovas, Kipton Cronkite, Antony Todd, Hilary Dick, Todd Romano, Amanda Ross, Philip Bloch, Chris Benz, Gilles Mendel, Christian Leone, Blair Husain, Natalie Leeds Leventhal, Dori Cooperman, Ann Caruso, Elizabeth Meigher, Susan Shin in addition to all the gracious hosts and a few hundred other fashionable guests.