Saturday, October 4, 2008

...Red Hot!!!

Photos by Robert F. Carl

Fashion sizzled beneath the Chicago skyline at the Chicago Is…Red Hot!!! fashion show. The evening of September 26, 2008 promised sparkly cocktails and enchanting fashions under a big tent encased by the Chicago night sky on Northerly Island. The celebration was held in honor of “Chicago Is…Red Hot!!! Day,”pronounced by Mayor Daley in honor of the Apparel Industry Board and all its efforts to make Chicago a most fashionable city.

The night
began with cocktails, appetizers, and even more appetizing case displays of amazing designer jewelry, knit accessories by Ping Wu, elegant wraps by Kat Szymanski for Twist, and lovely custom designed hats by Chapeau Creations. The celebration was also dedicated to Dorothy Fuller, the woman whose lifetime has been credited in having put the “chic in Chicago”. Dorothy happily opened the show as “Chicago’s Fashion Visionary” and moved the audience to a standing ovation before one high heel even hit the runway.

The runway showcased the latest fashions from twenty-seven hot local designers and student designers from five of Chicago’s fashion schools. The latest designers and labels to shop in Chicago include Kreatia, Caroline Rose, 5p1t, Doe Work-Wear, Doodlebug, The Wooley Caterpillar, Sunia, Evil Kitty, Yana Collection, Debra Davis Designs, Jermikko, Katelyn Christopher (Dominican University), Nora Del Busto (International Academy of Design and Technology), Alice Schoenau (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Sarah Matouchi (Columbia College Chicago), Nicole Gray (The Illinois Institute of Art), 600 West by Henry-Lee & Co., Tennille White, Yolanda Lorente, Lauren Lein, Phizza’z Designs, Bobby Chi, Jorge Del Busto, Mark Heister Design, Alyce Designs, Caroline DeVillo Couture Bridal, Elda De La Rosa Couture, and Mira Couture. Each label had its own unique way of fashioning up-and-coming women’s and children’s fashions. Chicago’s latest trends were unleashed and ready for report.

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-Jackie Medler

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