Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography  

On Saturday, August 4, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE and the LEAGUE TO SAVE LAKE TAHOE welcomed 660 people to Lake Tahoe for their annual luncheon and fashion show featuring OSCAR DE LA RENTA. Now in its 49th year, the event raised more than $870,000 to keep Tahoe blue.  OSCAR DE LA RENTA Co-Creative Directors LAURA KIM and FERNANDO GARCIA introduced the Resort 2019 collection with CEO ALEX BOLEN and his wife ELIZA BOLEN, Executive Vice President for the brand. The show featured 64 looks including everything from modern power suits in pop colors, shorts suit sets, signature Oscar toile du Jouy prints done in modern silhouettes, sleek cut-out gowns with high slits, and petal and Wedgewood pastel day dresses.  Laura and Fernando noted, “Our resort collection looked incredible against Lake Tahoe with the blue backdrop and wind giving life to the dresses on the runway.”

Notable attendees included Fashion Show Chairs Barbara Brown, J. Riccardo Benavides, Jessica Hickingbotham, and Krista Giovara, in addition to San Francisco social scene regulars Dr. Carolyn Chang, Komal Shah, Mary Beth &David Shimmon, Maria Quiros, Chrisa Pappas, Farah Makras, Jane Mudge, Sonya Molodetskaya, plus Tyler Clinton, model & nephew to Bill & Hillary Clinton, and Tom and Linda Coates.

The elegant luncheon hosted by AT&T was held at the Schumacher Family estate on a beautiful stretch of Lake Tahoe shoreline. The day began with a cocktail reception hosted by Oliver Luxury Real Estate, a live auction presented by Robbie Gordy of Christie’s during the luncheon, and ended with a backstage shopping opportunity, which was the most successful backstage trunk show in the event’s history.

“We’re delighted to continue such a special tradition with the League to Save Lake Tahoe for the 49th year. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow our customers to experience luxury fashion from Oscar de la Renta with a one-of-a the kind backdrop, as well as raise money and awareness surrounding an extremely important cause that is beloved throughout the Northern California community,” said Tracy Margolies, Saks Fifth Avenue Chief Merchant. Now in its 49th year, the tradition dates back to 1969, when designer Bill Blass began showing his collection to a few loyal clients and friends.  Saks Fifth Avenue has partnered with Oscar de la Renta for the show for more than two decades.

The event has raised over $18 million to save Lake Tahoe. “The Raise the Paddle which funds special projects such as forest restoration, beach clean-ups, and water clarity programs, stole the show at the auction, raising over $84,000, the most we have ever raised during this portion of the auction,” said Kristin Keane, League to Save Lake Tahoe Development Consultant.

Fashion Show Chairs: Barbara Brown, J. Riccardo Benavides, Heidi Cary, Edith Tobin, Robert A. Damaschino, Krista Giovara, and Jessica Hickingbotham 

IMAGES:             Click here for event imagery from 2018

*Courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography





Megan Connelly

Saks San Francisco



Kristin Keane

The League to Save Lake Tahoe




Rebecca Goodman Krantz

Oscar de la Renta