SAKS L.A. SCORES WITH CHANEL
BEVERLY HILLS — It was like old times for the Colleagues, this town’s high-powered women’s charity group.
At their annual Valentine’s Day luncheon, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, Nancy Reagan served as honorary chairwoman. More than 700 Colleagues, including some members of Reagan’s Kitchen Cabinet, and supporters honored Ricardo Montalban and his wife Georgiana. They also enjoyed a Chanel fashion show and raised funds for the Children’s Institute International, a private nonprofit organization fighting child abuse. It was the biggest turnout of the Colleagues since Reagan left the White House in January 1989.
And they helped Saks score big with a Chanel three-day trunk show, which posted just over $1 million in sales at the Beverly Hills store, just two blocks from the hotel. Bestsellers included cotton khaki pants, priced at $785; a pink and ecru tweed jacket, $2,990; a pink wool crepe suit with velvet piping, $3,110, and a white and rose wool and cotton coatdress, $2,990.
Saks kept the momentum, with a Bill Blass three-day show at the San Francisco store. It posted a healthy $450,000 in sales. Among the bestsellers: a jade crepe dress priced at $1,820; a navy and white sweater set with crepe pants, $2,200, and a two-piece silk orange print suit, $4,070.