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August 27 2014

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Cheesecake And Checks At Saks

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If you haven’t been thinking and seeing pink everywhere you turn, you’re probably living under that proverbial rock. October is, of course, the month for breast cancer awareness. Saks Fifth Avenue is doing its part in a few ways, one of which is donating 2 percent of all this upcoming weekend’s sales to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. To kick it all off, yesterday the store hosted a private lunch on its second-floor café, where a smiling Steve Sadove, Saks’ CEO, was heavily outnumbered by a roomful of women, including Evelyn Lauder, Becki Newton, and Lauren Bush. Sadove announced that the store would be donating another $500,000 to Lauder’s own charitable fund, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

But inevitably, conversation turned to more casual and girly matters. “I’m exhausted,” said Charlotte Ronson. “I’m basically doing double duty with the JCPenney line and my own. But I can’t complain.” Fresh from Paris fashion week, Lauren Remington Platt and Annelise Peterson wistfully recalled the phenomenon of the leisurely European lunch. “I lived in Paris after college and I would just wander around the Marais,” said Platt. Appropriately, a pink dessert was served to end the proceedings. En route to the ladies room, Newton joked, “Don’t steal my cheesecake!”

Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan.com

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