What better way to toast the strong women of this world than on International Women’s Day with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF? That’s exactly what we did this week at our Chicago flagship with a private luncheon and afternoon of shopping to benefit the global organization.

The hosts of the afternoon—Martha Metz, Tina Trott, and Susie Silich—were joined by a powerful group of Barneys designers and entrepreneurs who participated in a panel session led by our very own Simon Doonan. As the guests finished their Freds-hosted lunch, the panelists began reminiscing about influential women in their lives who helped shape their respective careers, along with how they succeeded in the business of fashion. The Freds dining room was filled with an upbeat excitement that carried on during the shopping portion, where the designers joined guests on the sales floor for one-on-one assistance. Designers in attendance included sculptor turned jewelry designer Ana Khouri, pop-loving designer Lisa Perry, young Italian shoe designer Nicolo Beretta of Giannico, and investment banker turned candlemaker for good Sterling McDavid of the Starling Project.

Scroll on for a closer look at the delightful afternoon event, then make sure to learn more about how you, too, can help save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children through UNICEF.


Nicolo Beretta, Lisa Perry, Ana Khouri, Sterling McDavid, and Simon Doonan.

Lisa Perry and Richard Perry.

The energy at Freds is at an all-time high.

The iconic Simon Doonan led our panel discussion.

Nicolo Beretta of Giannico with two happy guests.

Jewelry designer Ana Khouri helps choose the perfect pair of earrings.

Guests at the UNICEF shopping event at Barneys New York in Chicago.

Sterling McDavid strikes a pose.

Three cheers for these amazing women, who were on hand to host and attend our event raising money for the fantastic UNICEF humanitarian fund.