Chicago Event. Backstage Beauty At Akira’s 7th Annual Garden of Eden Fashion Benefit.

September 29, 2010 • Beauty, Events


On a chilly, yet festive fall Sunday evening,  Second City Style was on-hand backstage during the Akira & Belvedere Vodka's 7th Annual Garden of Eden Folklorique Fall Fashion Show to check out the hair and makeup trends for this annual fashion benefit. Akira is known for producing some of the most unique and exciting fashion extravaganzas, and there was no skimping in the beauty department. Approximately 9 Zazú Salon and Day Spa team members dazzled backstage as they painted 27 FORD models gorgeous hues in soft neutrals, metallic’s, greens and hints of purple. 'Kat', one of the lead makeup artists for the Zazú team noted that this year’s inspiration for hair and makeup was all about "a whimsical, unordinary, creative feel" with lots of dramatic flair. As hair was being teased left and right, I also caught up with Zazú’s go-to 4 year veteran, 'TJ', who noted that she's living her dream styling multiple runway shows and having the opportunity to work amongst some of the most talented in the industry. "I used to create my own runway shows when I was kid, so I've loved every minute of this."


With competition fiercely aligned in the beauty industry, the uniqueness of a salon is just as important as the work and staff they produce. Owner and super talented hair stylist, Anthony Segretto says it generally goes beyond obvious."Teamwork and always being accessible is something that sets us apart from our competitors. We've been in the business for 35 years, and we pride ourselves in exceeding everyone's expectations." Providing a nurturing and educational environment for his staff has also contributed the team’s successes and longevity in the business. Additionally, Segretto also noted that clients of Zazú Salon and Day Spa can expect to receive ultimate luxury treatments such as hand massages and unique beauty consultations that are all complimentary. It can't get any better than that, folks!



The creative flair that the Zazú team rallies behind nearly took my breath away, and when the models gathered to line up for the show, I was so excited for what the crowd was in store for.

To learn more about Zazú Salon and Day Spa or to make an appointment, please visit them online.

– Nicole L. Townsend

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