Chicago Latino Fashion Week Kicks Off at Macy’s. A Glimpse of The Week To Come.

October 23, 2008 • Fashion Shows

Latino Fashion Week
 Chicago kicked off on Wednesday with the Latino Legends of Hollywood
exhibit created by local Latino designers. You can view this exhibit on the
third floor of Macy’s on State Street. The reason famous movie stars were used as the
inspiration for these pieces is to create awareness of the fact that Latinos have always been an influence on fashion. Also featured are authentic cinema posters from the private collection of Raul Mendoza de
Los Reyes
obtained from cinemas in Mexico.

This exhibit is a sneak peek at the Grand Finale Fashion Show "El
which will be held on Sunday November 2nd at The Drake.  Featured local designers include James de Colón, Orlando Espinoza, Anna Fong, Elda de la Rosa, Carol Pineiro and Horacio Nieto. One of
these legends will be there in person – actress and icon Rita Moreno! Celebrity guests include actor Freddy Rodriguez, celebrity stylist Samy, JJ Cortez, designer
Louis Verdad and model
Jaslene Gonzalez.


Chicago holds the first and only Latino Fashion Week, and from what I can tell, this
fashion week is on the road to success. First of all, they
are "first" and it is always best to be in that position! I was familiar
with some of the events last year, but this year it seems to have really grown in size and quality. There is a large Latino presence and
designer influence in Chicago, and the midwest is geographically a great
meeting ground – from all directions! And the fact that this is open to
the rest of the country, and potentially the world based on the celebrities and designers attending this year, Latino Fashion Week Chicago has a great chance of becoming something really big!

Check out the entire schedule of events starting Monday October 27 through Sunday November 2 at

Here are some more of the Chicago designers with their legendary muses at Macy’s.

Anna Fong with her glamorous one of a kind Rita Hayworth design

Horacio Nieto with his Maria Felix inspired design. This is a 2-piece bustier and skirt dress and he was already getting requests for the skirt. I like the top!


James De Colon with what he called "the dance in the gym dress" (from West Side Story) dress for Rita Moreno!

Enjoy Latino Fashion Week Chicago!


— Carol Calacci

Photos: Second City Style

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