Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011: Runway

August 15, 2011 • Chicago, Events, Fashion, Fashion Blog, Lifestyle, Yahoo

The opening act to Glamorama 2011

After speaking with the stars of the show, we were definitely ready to see what Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011 had in store for us! With amazing seats to catch every inch of the action, we sat back and waited to be wowed.

The show began with on a tranquil note. Modern dancers gracefully unfurled onto the stage to a choral rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” and for a moment, we forgot we were there for fashion! But Show Choreographer Myron Johnson’s signature sense of inventive movement soon shone through as the girls tore their tutus off, revealing outfits with a striped referee motif and were joined by male break dancers to jam out to the opening number.

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel was on the fashion lineup first, serving up a sumptuous Parisian boudoir as her backdrop. She showcased her signature knits in rich, earth tones like crimson, emerald and slate gray and displayed both ladylike silhouettes and voluminous outerwear, perfect for fall layering.

Jean Paul Gaultier Collection

The Jean Paul Gaultier Collection was next with sassy suits in tweed and brightly printed separates. The theme seemed to embody a ladies who lunch aestehtic, as many of the models slinked in with cat- eye glasses, pillbox hats and furry cuffs. A standout piece was this cobalt-colored, slim-fitting dress with a head-turning ruffle down the center. Love!

Jean Paul Gaultier Collection

In between designer’s we were treated to more performances, including an adorable ballroom dancing set by the young dancers we had seen on the red carpet, which morphed into an amazing break dancing set that included more pint-sized performers. And finally, both grown ups and tots took the stage for a rousing, black-light lit spectacle of tightly coordinated moves to the beats of today’s biggest pop stars like Britney Spears, Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco.

Tiny ballroom dancers!

Blacklight dancers

Next in fashion was Armani Jeans with achingly handsome male models walking a moving sidewalk and jumping off to pose. And then came Marc Jacobs. Models were styled identically to Jacobs’ fall 2011 runway, sporting head to toe polka dots in some variation and the chin-strapped berets which Jacobs made so famous at last season’s fashion week shows. Tracy Reese came through with her specialty— bevy of beautiful gowns and flirty dresses and Far East Movement took the stage as the best possible background behind bar 111’s urban and slightly boho line.

Marc Jacobs

Tracy Reese

The big fashion reveal of the evening was Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse, a capsule collection available only at Macy’s as part of the retailer’s designer capsule series. Designed as an extension of the designer’s signature style, the collection featured refined dresses, airy tops and modern tweeds for Lagerfeld-esque flourishes like high-collared necks and crocodile prints.

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse

The last highlight of the evening was Cee Lo Green’s performance, which began intimately as he took the stage and spoke to us, Chicago, like we were old friends. As the set continued, things started to heat up and the audience went from waving their hands in the air, to dancing in their seats to getting on their feet for the final number of Cee Lo’s hit “Forget You”, (a Macy’s rep later told me that out of the four cities that Glamorama tours, she had never seen an entire theater on their feet, dancing in the aisles like that before). With all of us singing along and the dancers, big and small, taking the stage  to back him up, Cee Lo closed the show out right with his crazy energy, soulful vocal stylings and a final burst of confetti!

Cee Lo Green!

Press and industry professionals alike, all agreed that few other shows offer up this much fun. Still dancing out of the theater, we continued the night onto the after party!……

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: Steve Starr

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