Saks L.A. Holiday Dinner Stokes Anticipation for New Beverly Hills Store

It wasn’t a Dior Carousel of Dreams on Fifth Avenue, but it was a celebration nonetheless.

On Thursday night, Saks Fifth Avenue chief executive officer Marc Metrick hosted celebrities, clients, influencers and designers for a holiday dinner at hot spot Funke in L.A.

Wearing a Dior suit (bought at full price, he laughed), Metrick, was beaming about the new Beverly Hills store due to open in the old Barneys New York location on Feb. 8.

“This is such an important market for Saks….I’m so grateful to be here with you guys. One of the other reasons I am here is to check in on a little project we’re working on,” he said, toasting the crowd. “I was there today, it’s going to be unbelievable,” he added of the women’s store relocating from its current location to a new home at 9570 Wilshire Boulevard, with an expanded space dedicated to personal shopping and styling.

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The night started with signature Saks cocktails on the rooftop where fashion plate Mary Martin, dressed in a Jason Wu coat, and husband Dave Martin caught up with Metrick and recapped their trip to Formula 1 in Las Vegas. Jonathan Simkhai, who is busy looking for a new design headquarters, having outgrown his La Cienega Boulevard space, chatted holiday plans, which involve staying close to home.

Nicky Hilton, Kathy Hilton

Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Kathy Hilton

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Guests brought it in the glam department — Kiernan Shipka in a strapless pink Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress and Stephanie Hsu in a Thom Browne corseted tuxedo look. Dinner was served in a private room at the new Evan Funke Italian restaurant, where Erin and Sara Foster, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Kathy Hilton and Tina Craig enjoyed focaccia, pizza and pasta while wondering where the year had gone since the last Saks holiday dinner at Caviar Kaspia.

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