It’s good to shop, but even better to shop for good. That was certainly the case this week as a group of well-heeled Chicagoans gathered at our flagship store there for a private luncheon and afternoon of shopping to benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Coming together with Barneys in hosting the afternoon was a group of women with ties to organization, an assemblage that did Chicago proud: Martha Metz, Tina Trott, Wendy Serrino, and Susie Silich. These ladies were joined by a powerhouse selection of Barneys designers, who spoke to guests at the Freds-hosted luncheon and then joined them on the sales floor for one-on-one assistance with shopping, from which a portion of proceeds went to UNICEF. Designers in attendance included jewelry designer Sharon Khazzam; Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen; the design duo behind Brock Collection, Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock; and designer Esteban Cortazar.

Scroll on for a closer look at the day’s happenings, then check out UNICEF to learn more about how you too can lend a hand in working toward the day when no child dies from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.


The Windy City ladies who came together to host the afternoon: Susie Silich, Wendy Serrino, Martha Metz, and Tina Trott.

Managing Director of UNICEF’s Chicago regional office, Casey Marsh, addresses the crowd at lunch sharing the aims of the organization.

The luncheon’s panel discussion, moderated by Barneys EVP Charlotte Blechman, presented the group with a well-rounded selection of top designers. Left to right are Blechman, Brock Collective‘s Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar, Sharon Khazzam, Esteban Cortazar, and Poppy King.

Designer Esteban Cortazar flashes one of his signature charming smiles during the discussion.

Guests at the luncheon included, left to right, Missy Kedzior, Maria Pinto, Renee Shrier, and Kimberli Macpherson.

Moving on to shopping portion of the afternoon, jewelry designer Sharon Khazzam demonstrates how to layer some of her signature pieces.

Poppy King selected and suggested personal shades of Lipstick Queen product to best suit and complement each guest.

I think we have a winner! Guest Catherine DeOrio admires the shade of Lipstick Queen that Poppy selected for her.

Laura Vassar, along with Kristopher Brock, worked with clients in pointing out the fit and details of their exquisitely draped and tailored collection.

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