Fashion Focus Chicago 2009: Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion

October 26, 2009 • Fashion Shows

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Photo Courtesy of Billy Rood Photography

Despite the early winter chill, fashion lovers came in throngs to the 7th Annual Gen Art Chicago's Fresh Faces in Fashion show at the Chase Promenade at Millennium Park that showcased up-and-coming designers, and viewers were definitely not disappointed!  The show, part of Fashion Focus Chicago, has launched the careers of designers like Zac Posen and Vena Cava. From apparel to accessories, every collection exemplified attention to detail, imagination and talent. 

The lobby showcased the three accessory designers chosen by Gen Art Chicago.  

Fab Studio by Asia

Fab Studio Jewelry, Photo by Alia Rajput

Fab Studio jewelry graced the models in the center of the room. The new collection for the line A'sia, by Asia Borycka, included long statement necklaces with a decidedly rock and roll attitude. 

Kling Handbags

Natasha Kimling Kwan, Photo by Alia Rajput

Kling, the eco-concious line from designer Natasha Kimling Kwan, featured PVC-free polyurethane wallets and clutches in a variety of colors. Tastefully studded, these one-of-a-kind bags are equally affordable. 

Emma Carroll Etc

Emma Carroll, Photo by Alia Rajput

Emma Carroll Etc., the jewelry line from Emma Caroll, included a lot of great, statement pieces.  All are made from the finest quality Italian veg-tanned leathers. The line includes geometric cutout necklaces, and great studded bracelets. 

Next, it was the time for the apparel fashion show. 


C/Fan design, Photo by Alia Rajput

C/Fan Design, Photo by Alia Rajput


Christina Fan, the designer behind C/Fan should be applauded for creating sleek, chic, casual wear that can be taken from day to night. Her designs were feminine and laidback – from coral dresses to racer back tunics with harem pants or shorts, the pieces were well tailored and incredibly wearable. 

Color: Coral, Jadeite, Slate, Chalk, Amethyst

Stand out pieces: the Haddon Dress in Coral, & the Crystal Dress in Slate

Kristin Hassan 

Kristin Hassan Design, Photo by Alia Rajput

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Kristin Hassan Design, Photo by Alia Rajput

Kristin Hassan

Kristin Hassan's eponymous line debuted for the girl who loves color and confidence. Bows, bright pink and gold lame were prevalent throughout the collection, which included leggings, bow dresses and tops, a shirt dress and wrap skirts. The perfect collection for a night on the town. 

Color: Gold, Black, Pink, White

Fabric: Crinkle Chiffon, Poly Shantung, Poly Rayon Spandex Jersey, Cotton Shirting

Stand out pieces: Lorenzo Wrap Dress, Jillian Tank with Nicholas Wrap Short, Victoria Dress


Dorsia Design, Photo by Alia Rajput


Dorsia, the menswear line from artist-turned-model-turned-fashion designer Andrei Savtchenko, was all about tailoring and color. From the opening orange graphic tee and black tuxedo short suit, the pieces that came down the runway were filled with details like gingham cuffs and great statement pieces like the nylon zipper jacket. It didn't hurt that the models were super-confident, either. 

Color: Orange, Grey, Yellow, Navy, Olive, Black

Fabric: Denim, Jersey, Vegan Leather, Nylon

Stand out pieces: Neil Vegan Leather extreme zipper jacket with straight-leg denim and a perforated leather belt.

JLee Silver 

JLee Silver Design, Photo Courtesy of Billy Rood Photography

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JLee Silver Design, Photo by Alia Rajput

Jlee Silver

For pure accessible luxury, one needed to look no further than Jenna Lee Fowler and Melanie Manego's Jlee Silver. The dresses, whether maxi or cap sleeve, were designed with a woman's body in mind: structured to capitalize on the strengths and hide the imperfections. Crafted with seemingly expensive satin and linen, it is a line for the every woman looking for simple elegance. 

Color: Grey, Leopard, Navy, White, Eggplant, Lilac

Fabric: Satin, Linen

Stand out pieces: Diamond Grey Maxi Dress with Asymmetrical Neckline, Leopard Dress with Exposed Shoulder Zipper, Eggplant Dress with Pleated Pockets

Imaginary People 

Imaginary People Design, Photo by Alia Rajput

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Imaginary People Design, Photo by Alia Rajput

Imaginary People

Asymmetry was the name of the game in Telo Dunne and Olivia Shanks' Imaginary People collection. Mostly consisting of black and white prints with some pops of floral color, the skinny pants, vests and dresses were tailored to perfection. The collection evoked a sense of casual elegance and innovation that is accessible yet enviable. 

Color: Black, White, Floral Print, Yellow, Blue

Stand out pieces: Black Floral Minidress and Multi-wrap Sweater, Long, Lapel & Crop Bamboo Vests with Black & White High Waisted Pant

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Red Doll by Tatyana Merenyuk Design, Photo Courtesy of Billy Rood Photography

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Red Doll by Tatyana Merenyuk Design, Photo Courtesy of Billy Rood Photography

Red Doll by Tatyana Merenyuk

Tatyana Merenyuk's Red Doll by Tatyana Merenyuk collection stood out as the high couture show of the evening. With incredible diversity, she showcased pieces from a white and silver Tulle Ballerina Dress with brocade detailing around the hips, to an Ice Blue Silk Hand Gathered Dress. Her white satin origami dress featured flower detailing along the neckline while her black cutout origami gown made cotton elegant. A talent to watch for. 

Color: White/Silver, Ice Blue, Black, Cream, Red

Fabric: Tulle, Silk, Cotton, Satin, Silk Chiffon

Stand out pieces: Tulle and Silver Silk/Cotton Brocade Ballerina Dress, Black and White Ruffled Skirt with Cream Satin Halter Back Bow Tie, Ice Blue Silk Hand Gathered Dress

Afterwards, everyone went to celebrate all of the designers successful collections at Enclave. What a fabulous night and congratulations to all for a job well done! I can't wait to get my hands on some of the pieces I saw…

-Nina Krek

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