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August 28 2014

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Window Watching

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The crowd at Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday window unveiling last night was, for the most, the Champagne-swilling uptowners and socials you’d expect, but this time, the drink was hot chocolate, the hors d’oeuvres were iced cookies, and the plus-ones were under-10s. “When I was a little kid, that was my holiday treat, to go see all the windows,” Brooke Shields (left, with daughter Rowan) remembered before the big reveal. “Now that we have two daughters, we take them, too. It’s tradition.” The family-minded affair shut down Fifth Avenue briefly and included a soulful (naturally) rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Patti LaBelle, as well as fashion’s current fascination: a light show on the storied flagship’s Fifth Avenue facade.

As for the windows, they each had the fixings of a storybook scene, but the featured dresses—ten one-of-a-kind frocks by Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Jason Wu, Kaufman Franco, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Sophie Theallet, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler—were decidedly adult. “They told me my window was inspired by the sea, so my dress is an homage to Jacques Cousteau,” Théallet explained of her light turquoise draped one-shoulder creation.”It’s his 100th anniversary, but we’re also related. I’m his niece.”

Shields, too, had extended family on the mind: The actress is flying to Florida for the holiday weekend to see hers. “Since my dad passed away, we all try to make sure we get together. My stepmom is having a big birthday and my half-sisters and sisters and I are all heading down there,” she said. “She’s trying to get us not to get her presents, but that’s not going to happen. We’re going to get her presents!”

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