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9 Dec

L.A.’s Fashion Ascendency the Talk of Saks Dinner

Saks Fifth Avenue toasted Los Angeles on Wednesday night, throwing a ceremonial dinner for friends and clients at latest hot spot Caviar Kaspia.

The retailer shall be turning its attention to the market next yr when it takes over the previous Barneys Latest York constructing on Wilshire Boulevard, opening its Saks store there in fall 2023.

Saks shouldn’t be giving up its current constructing, either, which it has plans to make use of for other projects.

“L.A. is such a vital market and in the event you’re not careful, you’ll be able to be living in a bubble in Latest York. It’s been a part of Saks almost since Saks has been Saks. It was one in all our first stores,” said chief executive officer Marc Metrick.

“We’re investing out there, we took the Barneys constructing and the parking zone adjoining to it.…This can be a marketplace for us that was underdeveloped and it’s necessary. Take a look at what all of the brands are doing on Rodeo. We’re not alone here,” he continued.

Indeed, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is within the midst of developing a nine-story Cheval Blanc hotel on Rodeo Drive, where it also purchased the Luxe hotel constructing, and just opened its first L.A. Loewe store; Dior is as a consequence of break ground soon on a four-story boutique and restaurant, and Chanel is within the throes of constructing its boutique, which shall be one in all the brand’s largest on this planet.

Emma Roberts and her boyfriend Cody John, Ava Phillippe, Alexandra Shipp, Kathy Hilton, Anita Ko and others sat under the celebrities on the restaurant, sipping Champagne and eating caviar baked potatoes with hand-calligraphed spoons.

Emma Roberts

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The talk was all concerning the crazy end-of-year fashion news, including Balenciaga’s disturbing ad campaigns (“I feel the brand is finished, don’t you?” said one guest) and Alessandro Michele’s surprise departure from Gucci.

Individuals who saw the designer in L.A. just weeks ago for the LACMA Art + Film gala said they didn’t see any signs he was leaving, but suggested he would land on his feet, perhaps even “pulling a Tom Ford,” and launching his own brand, which has proven to be quite lucrative.

L.A.’s continued ascendence was a hot topic, from the upcoming Celine and Versace runway shows here, to the continuing store openings, which don’t appear to be stopping in 2023. Beauty entrepreneur Tina Craig revealed that she’s going to spending lots more time in L.A., since she’s opening her first U Beauty store here.

“That is my second time here in a month, and my wife is beginning to ask questions,” Metrick joked during his toast to the group, referring to an event he hosted with Staud’s Sarah Staudinger a couple of weeks ago at Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge. He continued, “Benefit from the night, benefit from the carbs. It’s OK after they’re French.”

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