Last week's 'April Showers Bring May Flowers' benefit fashion show was in quite the unorthodox venue. Hosted by nonprofit Helping Hands Forever, the benefit was held in the new Mercedes-Benz showroom in Wicker Park, a towering steel structure that rose out of the busy stretch of North Avenue and looked out onto the nearby expressway. As the tallest building in the area, the third floor party afforded amazing views of the unobstructed skyline (a very cool perk indeed). But inside, the warehouse-like space was perked up and, for lack of a better term, "girlified" with balloons, martini glasses that literally glowed in the dim light, and tables of adorable merchandise, compliments of M.Go Fashion Salon. One of the more uncommon features of the party was the shining assortment of Mercedes Benz cars, littered throughout the space, which brought out another uncommon feature at a typical fashion event—lots and lots of men. In addition to the shopping, the cars and the glowing drinks, guests could enjoy blackjack tables and dance to DJ Gus from club Crescendo. Proceeds from the event went to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and one of the evening's highlights was a raffle for an actual C Series Mercedes-Benz.
The fashion show kicked off toward the end of the evening, hosted by Helping Hands Forever founder and The Man & Woman Of The Year Candidate Jenny Sepulveda. Sepulveda kicked off the evening's festivities by introducing the sultry belly dancer Layla, and then dashed off to dress for the show herself. In Helping Hands Forever's usual method, the models were an assortment of professional models and notable Chicago women. The strutted designs from M.Go Fashion Salon and Nicholas Joseph and as the lovely Layla closed out the runway, you could tell everyone had enjoyed a great party for an even greater cause.
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