chicago, striving to make a name for itself in new and innovative fashion, began Fashion Focus 9 years ago. the city’s own fashion week was held october 15th through 20th of this year, with stylish events and fashion shows being held around the city. these events are always a great way to see the fresh designs from local designers, get inspired, and enjoy great events at some of the city’s best venues.
on wednesday, october 16, we attended the fabulous Live Out Loud Down the Runway fashion show at the oh-so-chic Nacional 27 in River North, where a few of our favorite local designers and vendors showed off some of their best goodies for the crowd. adorable Consuella from V103 was fabulous as the emcee of the show. Crystal B Designs, Modhanik, and PurposeRosa sent some of their best spring creations down the runway. the looks were bold, bright, and fabulous. the designers had a great time with bright colors and bold silhouettes in their runway looks. we sipped Bonfire Wine (um, it was delicious), and got to see some fabulous styles by Yellow Plum (yes, i wanted everything). the entire event was created to benefit Live Out Loud, a charity for suicide prevention and awareness.
one of Crystal B Designs’ best runway looks; Consuella looking fab in Modhanik on the runway; the awesome gems of PurposeRosa on the catwalk
on thursday, october 17, we had a ball at the gorgeous Germania Place in the Gold Coast, where the NextFashion Chicago show was held. we got to shop local designer popup boutiques, sip mixed drinks, and chat with some promising student designers. the show was great, emceed by the sassy Daniella Guzman and Alicia Roman from NBC5, and featuring many emerging designer’s innovative spring collections. there was also a completely badass performance by Corky Siegel, a harmonica-yielding wizard who stole the show with a performance while the models strutted down the catwalk. there was also a great speech by Jonny, the founder of cancer support group Imerman Angels, where cancer patients are matched with survivors who provide encouragement throughout the journey. it was such a fun show!
the hosts of the show in the spectacular ballroom; the final runway walk; enjoying the designer boutiques and drinks; credits to Amie Hana for her great photography!