Local and international fashionistas(os) gathered together under one roof at Saks Fifth Avenue this past Friday to celebrate the opening of the highly anticipated “Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess“ exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame. Attendees channeled their inner queen, arriving in decadent gowns, dramatic headpieces and shoes straight from the runway. Not to fret, there were a couple kings tucked in amongst the stunning queens.
Susan Barrett is known for her ability to style outside of the box and with a closet as impressive as hers, it’s no secret that dressing is something more than a hobby. As the director of the World Chess Hall of Fame and one of the brains behind the “Queen Within” exhibit, we weren’t surprised to see her dressed to impress. The fab feathered frock was certainly a flock apart from the rest.
The always beautiful Deborah Roberts of ABC News dazzled in her mermaid-esque textured gown. Susan Sherman was the queen of canary in her expertly embroidered gown.
Saks Fifth Avenue’s PR Manager Tania Beasley-Jolly wasn’t afraid to show a little leg in her full, cropped and strapless dress. This look was really all about the shoes and Tania knew just the dress to complement.
Cameron Silver of Decades certainly got the memo about the exhibit. This famous fashionisto was decked out in checkerboard from head-to-toe. The slim cut paired to his bold personality allowed him to checkmate the suiting competition.
Chess Grand Master Jennifer Shahade stunned in her embellished gown. The unexpected sheer cut-outs created interest and shape in the otherwise full piece. Shahade has not only mastered the game of chess but she’s also dominating the fashion game.
Miran Halen shone bright in her fuchsia, McQueen-approved gown and headpiece. The slim bodice paired to the light yet dramatic headpiece was curated with expert detail in mind.
PR Maven Amanda Cook wowed in her tiered, textured black gown and strappy pumps. The fur detail paired to the hardware emblazoned belt was the perfect balance of the season’s neo-punk movement.
Alan Brainerd’s butterfly print blazer was a major player at the event and on the dance floor at the after party. The simple addition to the otherwise basic black suit took the look from drab to fab. Brainerd, known in St. Louis for his impeccable style and ability to raise the bar for menswear and dressing, was on-trend and on-point, as usual.