Last night saw the 6th Annual Garden of Eden Fashion Show hosted by Chicago boutique Akira and nonprofit organization Immerman Angels. The invitation called for an evening of Shakespearean flavor and the venue did not disappoint. The event, themed 'The Tudor Rose' was held in the the ethereal space of Galleria Marchetti. A cocktail reception was held in the elegant gardens before the show, the Joffrey Ballet was scheduled to perform after, and the tent that housed the runway was swathed in sheer white fabric with rugged, woodsy-looking chandeliers.
The overall aesthetic of a fairy tale set the stage well for Akira's runway show featuring their newest fall fashions that ran the gamut from hero to villain. High-waisted tartan pants, fur-lined vests, and trench coats accented with zippers seemed fitting ways to usher in the throes of fall. Sateen blazers and embellished shrugs offered simple but high doses of glam for nights out, and worked better than fellow options of form-fitting gold lame dresses and over the top glitter. Throughout the show, a steadily prevalent biker edge also came through in the form of sculpted boleros, fringed vests, and denim that was either shredded or sporting chaps-like leather patches. Models stalked the runway in layers upon layers, punctuated by the chilly wind brought in through the open flaps. Though it seems summer is now officially behind us, the Garden of Eden show succeeded in reminding us we have a lot of reasons to look forward to fall.
Photo Sources: Second City Style, Steve Starr