February 6, 2020 Runway To Red Carpet

L’Avenue at Saks Celebrates First Anniversary to Kick-Off NYFW with Billy Porter

Posted by Catherine Kallon
Billy Porter Todd Hessert X Unawares

On Tuesday (February 4),  L’Avenue at Saks and Le Chalet invited a host of celebrities to their one year anniversary birthday celebration, which also served as the unofficial kick-off for New York Fashion Week, which officially starts today.

The star studded event brought the glitz and glam from multi-hyphenate Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning style icon Billy Porter (‘Pose,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Kinky Boots’), who also served as the co-host of the evening.

Billy Porter:  The actor did not disappoint in head to toe black leather from the Todd Hessert X Unawares Fall 2020 collection.

Yes.  Those Coach platform boots are back, but they work better here in black, they did in white with the Hogan McLaughlin dress he wore to the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards.

The look was accessorized with a bag that read “F**K U PAY ME”.  A sentiment a lot people can relate to when they are asked to work for free.

Todd Hessert X Unawares Fall 2020
 Gwendoline Christie Dior Men

Gwendoline Christie:  The ‘Game of Thrones’ British actress is having quite a moment with the Dior Men Fall 2020 collection.  Admittedly, I failed to warm to her previous Dior Men look

This formal suiting with an overcoat feels so luxe with the contrast embroidery and pearl accented ‘Dior’ pin, and it has that grandiose feel that I expect, and love, from a Gwendoline Christie look.

Dior Men Fall 2020
Winnie Harlow Vivienne Westwood

Winnie Harlow:  The model was looking as statuesque as ever wearing black and white dress from Vivienne Westwood featuring a screaming visage which hails from the designers Fall 2017 menswear collection. 

I don’t mind the heavy boots here, as this is the kind of styling I would expect for the brand known for its rebellious nature.

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2017
Natasha Lyonne
Natasha Lyonne

Natasha Lyonne:  The ‘Russian Doll’ actress donned a chic, lavender pantsuit that paired perfectly with the floral accents of the night.  I’m in love with the pleated draped trousers.  It adds such a cool and unique twist to this masculine, summery suit.

Images courtesy of BFA for Saks Fifth Avenue &

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8 Responses to L’Avenue at Saks Celebrates First Anniversary to Kick-Off NYFW with Billy Porter

  1. Guest February 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm #

    Billy looks best is more simple looks like this, still hate the platform boots. This look reminds me of this recent streetstyle serve from Billy:

  2. Guest February 7, 2020 at 5:54 am #

    Except Natasha everyone did really well. Thank god Billy is back to normal, he looks good when he puts on proper clothes. Gwendolene’s coat is a real fashion statement and she always elevates a look with her attitude and height. Willow’s has the correct amount of feminity and rebelliousness.

  3. Guest February 7, 2020 at 2:51 am #

    Gwendoline for sure. Love that coat.

  4. Guest February 6, 2020 at 10:23 pm #

    Gwendoline Christie, come THROUGH and hand me that coat and those heels. Of course, I am not statuesque enough to pull off that coat but she is. Love. Just wish her beauty look was a bit stronger.

  5. Guest February 6, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    I quite like all of the looks here with Gwendoline being my fave. However, I find Natasha Lyonne’s make up and hair too severe for this look and also quite aging.

  6. JR February 6, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

    Gwendoline looks fantastic. Regal and commanding.

  7. Guest February 6, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

    I like Billy’s and Gwendoline’s outfits here. Lavender on a redhead should be a winning combination but Natasha isn’t selling the outfit. Maybe on someone such as Bella Hadid or Rihanna then I enjoy it more.

  8. Guest February 6, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

    Billy’s jacket is great. I want to take the boots from him and throw them away. Gwendolyn looks quite regal here even though I am not usually a fan of the jacket as a cape look. The other two looks are awful.

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