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On Saturday, Oscar de la Renta held his eighth annual benefit for the League to Save Lake Tahoe on the shores of the glittering lake. The designer, along with son-in-law Alex Bolen and Saks Fifth Avenue executives, flew from New York for the Saks-sponsored affair at the Fritz family’s waterfront estate.

A record 650 guests, including socialite Angelique Griepp, Google vice president Marissa Mayer and interior designer Jean Larette, sipped Champagne and bid on Verdura and Cartier auction items. “It all went so well — although I have to admit, it is hard for the fashions to compete with the beauty of Lake Tahoe,” said de la Renta. “Thanks to the League for protecting the lake. It looks fantastic.”

This story first appeared in the August 5, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

The designer and Bolen had spent the previous night at Dolph and Emmy Andrews’ mansion in the redwoods, where Bolen then got up at dawn for a brisk water-skiing session with the Andrews’ boys. “I was still on New York time,” said Bolen of his 6:30 a.m. start.

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