SEEN recaps the hottest modern cocktail attire caught strutting down the runway at Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event at Saks Fifth Avenue.
By Chelsie Dzbanski
Photography by Erin Kirkland
“A taste of modern cocktail attire” was the theme of the night at Fashion x Philanthropy’s inaugural event on April 12 at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Collection. The event, co-founded by Jennifer Granger and Amanda Fisher, benefitted the Detroit Musical Hall Center for Performing Arts and was the first of quarterly runway shows. Fashion lovers including bloggers, industry experts, stylists and avid shoppers lined the runway to catch a glimpse of the latest cocktail attire available at Saks. Men and women strutted their stuff in favorable brands such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Valentino, Ferragamo, Prada and more.
Texture, layers and unique textiles were widely played with among the cocktail attire for women. Fun features such as feathers, pleats, plastic and transparent fabrics gave typical evening wear silhouettes a fresh, updated look. And while there was a the common black and white cocktail palette, pops of color including red, yellow and soft pinks displayed a plethora of options other than a little black dress. Punchy prints such as tropical florals, animal print and geometric designs were dressed to the nines to expand our idea of evening wear appropriate. Accessories were abundant and playful ranging from strappy heels, statement handbags and oversized sunglasses.
The men’s attire featured a mixture of classic and clean with sporty and modern. Sharp suiting with a pop of color was a common style seen among the men in addition to more casual looks that included bomber jackets, graphic tees and bold statement sneakers. A neutral color palette consisting of grey, white, black and beige was repeated throughout the men’s looks, giving them a more effortless and casual, cool vibe.
Shop these modern cocktail looks at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Collection and visit the Fashion x Philanthropy Facebook page to learn more about the brand and how they are colliding the fashion world with the real world in order to make it a better place, one designer shoe at a time.