The 52nd Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show on October 5th is the signature fundraising event of The Children’s Service Board, an affiliated organization of Children’s Memorial Hospital. They raised more than $450,000 and proceeds from the show will go towards The Children’s Service Board’s commitment to support the needs and programs of Children’s Memorial, including the new hospital in Streeterville.
The show included individual store-sponsored segments from prestigious Chicago retailers and a competition segment where emerging designers competed for the coveted Gold Coast Fashion Award. The audience selects each year’s winner by voting for their favorite designer.
This year’s Gold Coast Fashion Award went to Gustavo Cadile whose Fall/Winter 2007 collection delighted the audience with his elegant evening wear.
Other participating designers included: Tory Burch, Lyn Devon, Phillip Lim, Zac Posen and Rachel Roy. Retail presentations of fall fashions were presented by Escada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Frances Heffernan presenting Rena Lange, JAKE presenting Behnaz Sarafpour, Mark Shale presenting the men’s segment, MaxMara, J. Mendel, Neapolitan presenting Yves Saint Laurent, Neiman Marcus presenting Marni, Nordstrom presenting Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue presenting Pauw.
Last year’s winner, Dennis Basso, opened the show with his fall collection and was on hand to accept the award. I had the opportunity to meet the enthusiastic Dennis Basso and ask about his latest collection. "The shapes are more classic, hemlines are dropping a bit. I believe in enhancing a woman’s looks by complimenting her shape and keeping it feminine. The colors are neutral, creams, silvers and black and sueded sables." He knows women, which is why he a winner!
— Carol Calacci
Photos: Dan Rest
Courtesy of Children’s Memorial Foundation
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