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
Fin" 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
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 ChicagoLatinoFashion.com.
Here are some more of the Chicago designers with their legendary muses at Macy’s.
Enjoy Latino Fashion Week Chicago!
— Carol Calacci
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