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Saks kicks off Fashion Week with Charli XCX, Big Freedia


Saks Fifth Avenue kicked off New York Fashion Week with a glamorous night at the members-only Aman Jazz Club, which featured musical performances…and lots of twerking.

Singer Charli XCX took the stage in front of guests including actress Emma Roberts – seated in a bench seat in a chic white dress – Alice + designer Olivia Stacey Bendet, Markarian designer Alexandra O’Neill, co -“Emily in Paris” stars Ashley Park and Paul Forman, Nicky Hilton, Julia Fox, socialite Ivy Getty and NYFW designer Fern Mallis.

“Are you ready for f-king fashion? For a whole fuckin’ week?” Charli asked before launching into her hit “Boys.”

Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts hosted the party.
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Big Freedia, who just appeared on Beyoncé’s hit ‘You Won’t Break My Soul,’ then took to the stage, surrounded by pink-clad supporting dancers who sparkled and twerked onstage, later doing splits while bouncing to the song “Azz Everywhere.”

A couple of brave partygoers even got up there to show off their own moves, trying to bounce as well as the dancers. They partially succeeded.

After the performances, guests mingled with passing caviar and pizza, and it was all washed down with a tower of champagne.

Greater Freedia
Big Freedia’s performance was all about twerking.
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‘Scream Queens’ star Roberts is the face of Saks’ new Spring 2023 campaign.

The following day, the “American Horror Story” alum jokingly called out his mother, Kelly Cunningham, for revealing her 2-year-old’s face on social media for the first time last week – without asking permission.

Julia Fox and Ivy Getty were present.
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Ivy Getty, Julia Fox
Julia Fox and Ivy Getty were present.
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“When your mom posts your son’s face without asking but you love them both, it doesn’t matter,” she wrote via Instagram Stories.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.