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Partying with Sir Elton John at the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Show

He was already convinced that fireworks continue wherever Sir Elton John passes when he arrived at Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday night, ready to ignite the famous annual Christmas lights and department store window display. He was wearing, as promised in an email interview that morning, “Gucci from head to toe”: a red and blue tracksuit, Gucci x Adidas sneakers, and a matcha green blazer tailored with his name emblazoned on the breast pocket. . As a golf cart ushered him to a blocked section of the previously bustling street, a grand piano was moved to Fifth Avenue in his honor. He tickled the opening notes of “Your Song,” and the department store windows behind him suddenly glowed with the merchandise he’d helped select. All of this is to say that, after 52 years on the road, John still knows how to curate a good show.

The 75-year-old singer, or Rocket Man, as he is popularly known thanks to one of his greatest hits, had just returned from his last stop in the United States on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The night, John says, was incredible, even after the more than 3,500 shows he’s played in his career. He wrote via email: “I kept thinking about myself on stage, Here I am 52 years after my first Dodgers show, And I can’t think of a better way to end my time in America than at the iconic Dodgers Stadium that has meant so much to me throughout my career.”

After leaving Los Angeles with her husband, David Furnish, and their sons, Zachary and Elijah, she arrived hours later in New York, ready to launch not only the light show, but also a holiday collection at Saks. The gift capsule, available from November 23, features pieces from more than 60 brands, including (but not limited to) Givenchy, Versace, Balmain, Burberry, Jo Malone, Wales Bonner, Christopher John Rogers, Staud and Gucci, all curated in collaboration with John. As part of a $1 million commitment from Saks, $500,000 of the collection’s proceeds will go directly to the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Rocket Fund, which John started in 1992. The organization’s goal is to end AIDS in everyone by 2030, and the Rocket Fund in particular is a multi-year campaign dedicated to ending stigma and deploying resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

“Over the past 30 years, we’ve grown a lot and gained support to grow our revenue from less than $1 million a year initially to more than $25 million a year today,” John wrote. “We have built coalitions with community organizations, national health systems, research institutions, activists and the growing movement of people living with HIV/AIDS to make an impact through programs in dozens of countries around the world. Witnessing and being a part of that growth has been one of the greatest joys of my life.”

Elton John performing at the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows 2022

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    These days, the iconic artist hopes to spend more time at home with her husband and young children, though don’t expect her mark on the music industry to change anytime soon. As a lover of numerous musical genres, she hates to play favorites with his co-collaborators and trainees, but names Sam Fender and Billie Eilish as two artists she’s excited to see climb the charts. “I was blown away when I first heard his music and look back on them now,” John wrote. “They made music at such a young age that I couldn’t even comprehend making it when I was so young.” As for his children, they probably mentioned the name of Dua Lipa. “My cool quotient went up when we collaborated on ‘Cold Heart,’” John jokes.

    After finishing “Your Song,” John sat with his family in the front row of the bleachers set up on Fifth Avenue, where he could see the Saks Christmas lights. He rocked back and forth as his own music blasted from huge speakers, synchronized with blinding flashes of light and fireworks from the Saks rooftop. Even amid all the noise and color, her beloved red sunglasses caught the light. It was easy to distinguish him from the crowd.

    “When I go out and when I’m on stage, I want to feel special,” she wrote to me. “I still want to be bold and surprise people with my appearance.” After more than five decades on the stage, he continues to do just that.

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