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For some folks, fashion may originate at Saks, but the nearly 800 guests at a party at the fashion bastion's flagship store were celebrating something with a bit more history. The gala party had a triple theme, kicking off Fashion Week; the publication of National Geographic Books' new book Fashion; and the opening of “Where Fashion Comes From,” an exhibition of photographs from the book that is up in Bryant Park.
The book is an anthropological and historical take on the cultural influences of fashion. In keeping with the cultural theme, multicolored wooden bead necklaces designed by Casablanca Promotions were handed out as guests walked through the darkened first floor of the store. Guests--including members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, National Geographic subscribers and the fashion press--then moved on to Saks' newly-renovated second floor. There they noshed on dumplings, individual Chinese-take out containers of noodles, and chicken satay provided by Sonnier & Castle while mingling among the St. John knits, and listened to the sounds of DJ Tom Finn. The entertainment highlight was an energetic performance by Dominic Kanza and the African Rhythm Machine.
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