ALIVE On The Scene: Donna Karan And Saks Fifth Avenue Present St. Louis Women Who Inspire

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Saks Fifth Avenue and Donna Karan New York teamed up to honor thirty St. Louis women for their inspirational community contributions during an exclusive dinner at the home of Susan Sherman, St. Louis Fashion Fund Chairman, who co-hosted the event along with Deedra Hartung and Margery Marshall.

Photos by David Vassalli for ALIVE Magazine.

Co-hosts Margery Marshall and Women Who Inspire Honoree Susan Sherman.

Co-hosts Margery Marshall and Women Who Inspire Honoree Susan Sherman.

Donna Karan New York representatives, Director of Retail Stylists Curtis Farnham and Senior Manager Global Marketing and Advertising Rachel Apirian.

Donna Karan New York representatives, Director of Retail Stylists Curtis Farnham and Senior Manager Global Marketing and Advertising Rachel Apirian

The private champagne dinner featured an installation of looks from Donna Karan’s Fall 2014 collection, dramatically displayed on a series of mannequins which greeted guests as they entered Sherman’s home.

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As guests arrived at the Sherman residence they were welcomed with an extra large dome of classic white Mondial roses that set the tone for the evenings floral décor that was present though out the entertainment area. The elaborate design was created and executed by Buds, a new floral and event business venture by designer Jimmy Jamieson and Tony Montano. The extraordinary menu was prepared by Melissa Lee, Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton, and Simone Faure of Patisserie Chouquette. The duo created a delightful experience for the evening, pairing each course with an exclusive portfolio of champagnes from the LVMH Collection.

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Chef Melissa Lee prepares a four course dinner with her staff. Menu items included Lobster Sacchettini, Sea Bass, Herb Poached Beef Tenderloin and Caspian Sea Osetra Caviar.

Dessert was a Deconstructed Assiette des Fromages by

Dessert was a Deconstructed Assiette des Fromages by Simone Faure of Patisserie Chouquette.

“Thanks to our partnership with Moet Hennessy, the Donna Karan champagne dinner featured an exquisite tasting experience from the iconic houses of Dom Perignon, Krug, Ruinart, Moet & Chandon, and Veuve Clicquot. A Champagne Ambassador coordinated the best champagne pairings for each course throughout the dinner,” said Curtis Farnham, Director of Retail Stylists at Donna Karan New York.

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As part of Donna Karan New York’s 30th anniversary, the brand has generously donated 10 percent of the next week’s sales to benefit the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. These funds are earmarked to help reproduce the looks of two young designers who participate in the Lift for Life Academy’s fashion program and annual fashion show luncheon in May, one of whom will be awarded with an all-expenses paid trip to New York City with local designer, Laura Kathleen Baker.

 

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