The second day of Fashion Focus Chicago kicked off in style with the smartwater and Chicago Magazine 'Mario, Make Me a Model' and Wave of Fashion show. The crowd gathered in the Millenium Park tent before the show to sample Ciroc cocktails and receive their bottles of smartwater in the swanky smartwater lounge. During fashion week, you can never get enough hydration!
The smartwater lounge inside the tent
Now in it's third year, the 'Mario, Make Me a Model' contest, headed up by Chicago beauty guru Mario Tricoci, provides all the elements of modeling boot camp to a select group of would-be models. The models receive guidance in everything from fitness training (with Equinox Fitness) to beauty styling (with Wella Professionals) to the ever important runway walk (with Ford Models).
Five finalists are then chosen and given the opportunity to strut their stuff among professional Ford models at the final show wearing the pieces of five amazing Chicago designers: Calvin Tran, Zamrie, Reddoll, Dorsia and Jermikko. The winner would receive a bounty of fairytale prizes including an all inclusive five-night trip for two to Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Cancun Mexico through Apple Vacations/Dreams Resort & Spa, $500.00 in COSE cosmetics and a one-year membership to Equinox Fitness Clubs, not to mention the prospect of being signed by Ford Models!
As the show got underway, we in the audience enjoyed ourselves trying to tell who the would-be actually were! They all did a great job and at the end of the show, Mario Tricoci came out to personally award the winner.
And in the end, the winner was…….
A mod beauty emanating a Twiggy-like glamour, Briana from Bolingbrook is the new 'Mario, Make Me a Model' winner! Congrats to her!
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