The year’s most anticipated and hottest fashion extravaganza swept through Chicago last Friday evening, and Second City Style was on hand to witness every wardrobe malfunction, red carpet blunder, best (and worst) dressed, and after party craziness. How's that for a night out on the town?
Macy's Glamorama is a traditional fashion staple in the Chicago area that ecompasses over-the-top fashion, glitz, glamour, and A-list entertainers that take the windy city by storm. This year’s theme evoked fashion, fantasy, and magic with performances by Grammy award-winner, Macy Gray and Acoustic Soul sensation, Eric Hutchinson. More importantly, the event benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Norwest Indiana, and honorary chair and ultra glam socialite, Candace Jordan, was on hand to explain why this year’s show was more significant than past productions. "The Ronald McDonald House is definitely a charity worthy of great cause, and you'll see that tonight with the family we're honoring. I got goose bumps during the rehearsal!" Candace was right. Carol, my partner in crime for the evening, had to pass me several tissues!
As the curtains rose in the historic Chicago Theater, innovative designs from Chris March, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jezebel, 2(x)list, Just Cavalli, Felina, Issey Miyake, Marc Jacobs, Material Girl, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Sonia Rykiel, Sportmax, Tommy Hilfiger, and Hugo Boss – an exclusive treat for Chicago only, cascaded down the runway worn by gorgeous glamazons worthy of People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful People List.’
During her red carpet interview, Macy Gray discussed her love for Chicago and her overwhelming excitement for participating in this year’s production. "Every time I come to Chicago, I feel like I should live here, Gray noted. There's good food, good fashion, and great entertainment." When asked how she felt about this year’s whimsical theme, Gray quickly pointed out that the purpose of entertainment (in various arenas) is about being outlandish and memorable. "The whole purpose of entertainment is to create a fantasy, especially with fashion and 2 hours of eye-candy." And boy was there eye candy…
Macy Gray recently released her 5th album, which is in stores now, and fans can catch her on tour starting in October.
We caught up with our beloved Chris March from season 4 of ‘Bravo's Project Runway’, and he too expressed his great love for the Chi-town, our fashion sense, and the importance of giving back to the community. "This event is (especially) great because it supports a charitable cause and it's always great to give back to the community," said March. "I must also say that Chicago's very stylish, friendly, and everyone takes their shopping VERY seriously!" For this special occasion, March wowed the crowd with his fabulous costume designs for the opening number. Talk about talent! We gave Chris two chances to sum up his fashion sense in three words. TAKE ONE: "Whatever fits, he jokingly said. No, wait, is that three words?" Its okay, Chris. We still adore you. TAKE TWO: "Classy, fun, and shocking." He nailed it, folks.
Concluding the show, thousands of star shaped confetti fell from the ranks of the theater – as guest whisked off to the 7th floor of Macy's on State Street where they indulged in decadent appetizers, seasonal cocktails, and the latest dance club mixes spun by DJ Rex. Fashions from the Chicago Fashion Incubator designers with OfficeMax were displayed, along with glow-in-the-dark hula-hoop dancers.
That’s the magic of Macy’s.
Check out the recap video segment with interviews from NBCChicago.com's very own Multimedia Entertainment Reporter, Marcus Riley.
– Nicole L. Townsend
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