Friday, August 9, 2013

Fashion & Fundraising!

This week got off to a very stylish start as we attended The Service Club of Chicago's 'A Day on the Terrace' luncheon at The Peninsula Chicago. Headlining the afternoon was a fashion show featuring designs from local and national brands that were modeled by notable Chicago women (and men!). We chose our six favorite fashions, which was no easy task as the day was overflowing with envy-inducing looks!

Here's who made our list:

1. This vintage Arturo Rois headpiece modeled by Christina Montgomery immediately caught our eye. Christina was outfitted by Laurie Davis, the godmother of vintage in Chicago, and the owner of high-end vintage boutique called Lulu's on the Avenue at 900 N Michigan. The shops carry carefully selected jewelry and apparel curated from auctions, estate sales, etc. and date back to the 1920s to 1980s. Laurie is incredibly passionate about her business and takes pride in picking each piece displayed in her stores.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

2. Toni Canada looked strong and chic in the romantic and naval-inspired pieces that defined the Fall 2013 Ralph Lauren collection. And, while this elegant collection has a military essence, it boasts a powerful sense of femininity, reflecting Toni's personal style.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

3. JP Anderson, editor of Michigan Avenue Magazine, was quite dapper in this Tom James ensemble. Tom James is known for designing expertly crafted custom men's and women's apparel. All the designs reflect the refinery and elegance upon which founder Spencer Hays built this business. 

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

4. Candace Jordan stunned in this fun, yet sophisticated Carolina Herrera dress. Herrera has been designing classic, every-day apparel and striking evening looks since 1981 when friends encouraged her to start her own line to demonstrate her keen sense of style.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

5. Saira Mohan Cooper showed off her edgy side with this show-stopping Alexander McQueen leather number. The British designer began in the industry as an apprentice making suits for Prince Charles. After Isabella Blow recognized his young talent, his career soared, landing him several awards and a powerful reputation.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

6. Our final favorite look was seen off the runway as Rochelle Trotter slipped into her go-to designer for the lunch portion of the afternoon. The Swarovski crystals on this Atelier Azza gown perfectly represented Rochelle’s sparkling personality. Emerging designer Azeeza Khan launched her line in 2012, quickly establishing herself in the fashion industry and receiving praise from some of the most influential fashion publications, such as Vogue and Glamour. Hand embroidery, lush fabrics and delicate embellishments give the line a look of “modern opulence.” And how could we forget about that clutch? One-of-a-kind handbags are the newest addition to Azeeza's collection.

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

Cheers to fundraising over fashion! 

By Rebecca Taylor, MDPR Team Member

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