Saks' Second Opening Party

Saks Fifth Avenue rolls out the luxe for mega party, 12 hours before offically opening

Saks Fifth Avenue sparkles with mega party for M.D. Anderson

Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta, Tracy Margolies
Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta, Tracy Margolies. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Weezy Dees, Michelle Smith
Weezy Dees, Michelle Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Bobby Dees, Marc Meterick
Houston GM Bobby Dees, Saks Fifth Avenue president Marc Metrick, deigner Erdem Moralioglu, Saks executive vice president of stores Larry Bruce. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Amy Pierce, Melissa Edwards
Amy Pierce, Melissa Edwards. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, George Lancaster
George Lancaster, Blair Beal, Josh Bell, Michael Landrum. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Estela Cockrell, David Cockrell
Estela Cockrell, David Cockrell. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Diane Lokey Farb, Luca Somoza
Diane Lokey Farb, Lucas Somoza. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin, Joan Schnitzer Levy
Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin, Joan Schnitzer Levy. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Dr. Yvonne Cormier, Rufus Cormier, Claire Cormier-Thielke
Dr. Yvonne Cormier, Rufus Cormier, Claire Cormier-Thielke. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco
Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Isabel David, Tracy Margolies
Isabel David, Tracy Margolies.
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield
Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Margaret Alkek Williams, Sylvia Forsythe
Margaret Alkek Williams, Sylvia Forsythe. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Jan Duncan, Becky Cooke
Jan Duncan, Becky Cooke. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Percy Creuzot, Cheryl Creuzot
Percy Creuzot, Cheryl Creuzot. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Janet Walker, Leslie Walker
Janet Walker, Leslie Walker. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Dancie Ware, Kelli Blanton, Denise Monteleone
Dancie Ware, Kelli Blanton, Denise Monteleone. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Nick Stefanakis, Jenee Stefanakis,
Nick Stefanakis, Jenee Stefanakis and friends. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Brian Teichman, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel, Andrew Cordes
Brian Teichman, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel, Andrew Cordes. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, John , Zack Fertitta and Grant
John Furnish, Zack Fertitta, Grant Kaiser. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta, Tracy Margolies
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Weezy Dees, Michelle Smith
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Bobby Dees, Marc Meterick
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Amy Pierce, Melissa Edwards
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, George Lancaster
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Estela Cockrell, David Cockrell
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Diane Lokey Farb, Luca Somoza
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin, Joan Schnitzer Levy
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Dr. Yvonne Cormier, Rufus Cormier, Claire Cormier-Thielke
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Isabel David, Tracy Margolies
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Margaret Alkek Williams, Sylvia Forsythe
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Jan Duncan, Becky Cooke
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Percy Creuzot, Cheryl Creuzot
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Janet Walker, Leslie Walker
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Dancie Ware, Kelli Blanton, Denise Monteleone
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Nick Stefanakis, Jenee Stefanakis,
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, Brian Teichman, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel, Andrew Cordes
Saks MD Anderson benefit 4/16, John , Zack Fertitta and Grant

No glass was left empty, no luxurious detail was overlooked at Saks Fifth Avenue’s cocktail party and store preview Wednesday. The hot ticket event benefited The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and drew a dazzling coterie of fashionable and philanthropic locals who clamored at the chance to get a sneak peek at the store.

The first floor was abuzz with partiers exploring the spacious new 10022-SHOE department and the genius bar concept, serving bubbles galore while David Caceres performed with his band. 

A quick ascent up the spiral stairs led to DJ Mav pumping dance music to throngs of guests making their way to the sleek and spacious new 51Fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails, where the line of sparkling stilettos and dapper suits gathered around the restaurant’s bar.

In between the sipping and the socializing, there was also plenty of shopping. Saks Fifth Avenue donated all of the ticket sales and 10 percent of the evening’s store sales to M.D. Anderson’s Moon Shots Program, an unprecedented effort to rapidly reduce deaths from cancer and transform care.

Close to 1,000 guests attended the party with more than a few women donning designs by Erdem Moralioglu, who was holding court in the fashionable rotunda showcasing his collection. 

The retailer's honchos were out in force including Saks Fifth Avenue president Marc Metrick, Saks executive vice president of stores Larry Bruce, Saks chief merchant Tracy Margolies, and Houston general manager Bobby Dees.

As guests made their way to the valet, they were handed a sweet and perky treat of donut holes and coffee to end the evening.

Those spotted exploring Saks’ glamorous new digs included Lucas Somoza, Becca Cason Thrash, Diane Lokey Farb, Estella and David Cockrll, Courtney and Jason Frettita, Isabel David, Claire Cormier-Thielke, Janet Walker, Michelle Smith, Jan Duncan, Tony Bradfield, Kevin Black, George Lancaster, Fred Smith, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, and M.D. Anderson Physician in Chief Dr. Thomas Buchholz.

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