At An Intimate In-Store Soirée, Saks and the Elton John AIDS Foundation Celebrate New Charitable Capsule Collection

Saks is donating $1 million to the EJAF's Rocket Fund, $500,000 of which will come from proceeds from the multi-brand collection that includes Gucci and Golden Goose.

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On the first of December, in the hub of Beverly Hills—at Saks Fifth Avenue, to be precise—a flurry of fashionable activity kicked off a special in-store soirée benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). In recognition of World AIDS Day, the event unveiled Saks and EJAF's new multi-brand holiday capsule collection.

As part of the partnership, Saks is donating $1 million to the EJAF's Rocket Fund, $500,000 of which will come from proceeds from the collection. Featuring an assortment of women's and men's ready-to-wear, accessories, kids, beauty, and home from Gucci, Valentino, Staud, Jonathan Adler, and Golden Goose, the collection is available to shop now at the luxury retailer's locations and website.

Attendees were greeted by a quintet of event hosts—namely, L.A.-based fine-art and aerial photographer Gray Malin, creator and co-founder of I am a voter Mandana Dayani, YouTuber Natalie Tran, founder of Freudenberger Design and author of bestselling book Surf Shack, Nina Freudenberger, and celebrity wardrobe stylist Tara Swennen.

An assortment of dazzling designer presents beckoned shoppers. Fashion's who's who embraced the festive step and repeat. The DJ spun Elton John and Dua Lipa's global hit Cold Heart. L.A.-based artist Kelly Maryanski feverishly painted fashion illustrations of guests in real time. The highlight of the evening: Welcome remarks from Sandra Lee. The multi-Emmy and Gracie award winner slash iconic chef extraordinaire – who's also an EJAF board member – glowed in a bubblegum pink Alice + Olivia blazer (layered over a Cinq à Sept lace-trim blazer) with pink pants to match. Metallic satin Versace platform pumps anchored her look.

After losing friends to the disease, the fight against HIV/AIDS is a cause Lee holds near to her heart and one of the reasons she joined the EJAF. Debuted in 1992, the nonprofit funds frontline partners to prevent infections, fight stigma, and provide treatment for the most vulnerable groups affected by HIV worldwide. The activist and philanthropist has been part of the EJAF family for the last decade and has served for many years as a co-chair of both its L.A. and the New York events. She is also the recipient of the Enduring Vision Award.

The event followed the unveiling of Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday display, where Elton John sang "Your Song," on the piano in the middle of Fifth Avenue.

Shop the Saks x EJAF holiday capsule collection (ranging from $19 to $35,280). Select items are listed below.

Gifts for her:
David Yurman cable edge hoop earrings – $2,800
Valentino Garavani one stud crystal-embellished micro leather shoulder bag – $2,900
Christian Louboutin lipbooty suede high-heel booties – $1,495
Givenchy cube chain leather crossbody bag – $2,490
Repossi Antifer 18K rose gold heart ring – $750 

Beauty gifts:
Molton Brown stocking filler 10-piece bath & shower gel set – $50
Disney x House of Sillage Mickey Mouse parfum – $395
Nest New York Holiday two-piece candle & reed diffuser set – $88
Augustinus Bader the ultimate soothing cream – $280
Clive Christian Noble Collection XXI art deco bonde amber perfume – $550 

Gifts for him:
Gucci double GG mix logo jersey track jacket – $2,300 & jogger pants – $1,650
Versace logo baroque bathrobe – $595
Givenchy classic varsity logo jacket – $4,290
Alexander McQueen contrast leather sneakers – $590

Gifts for kids:
Golden Goose little girls' & girls' may glitter low-top sneakers – $300 – $345
Janie and Jack baby girls' fair isle reindeer cardigan – $56 & sweater joggers – $42
Janie and Jack little boys' and boys' nutcracker print pajama set – $44
Golden Goose kids' high-top sky star sneakers – $335 – $400

Gifts for the home:
Caïyu Candle hera candle – $40
Jonathan Adler vice gilded peace canister – $130
Fornasetti Tema a Variazioni star decorative wall plate – $330
Aerin ava bamboo-effect brass frame – $150
Sugarfina rainbow three-piece candy set – $32

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